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The world gets sillier with each passing day.

The ridiculous creature you’ve just watched is now the head of a new part of the US Department of Homeland Security, the Disinformation Governance Board.

What a coincidence that this announcement comes just days after Elon Musk buying Twitter and the Liberal world setting its hair on fire as a result.

The Department of Homeland Security is setting up a new board designed to counter misinformation related to homeland security, with a focus specifically on Russia and irregular migration. The board will be called the “Disinformation Governance Board,” and will be headed by executive director Nina Jankowicz.

And there it is right out of the gate, “irregular migration”. So we won’t be able to say “open borders” any longer? Or “illegal aliens”, (even though that’s the legal term) without the ban hammer coming down, or worse.

I’m going to call it the Ministry of Truth from here on because that’s entirely appropriate.

Ms Jankowicz herself writes:

Now that I’ve got it: a HUGE focus of our work, and indeed, one of the key reasons the Board was established, is to maintain the Dept’s commitment to protecting free speech, privacy, civil rights, & civil liberties.

That sounds like exactly the opposite of what this board is designed for. It’s purpose will be to stamp out information that the Biden administration doesn’t like, censor any thoughts that run counter to the MSM narrative of the day, and “fact-check” points of view deemed “inappropriate.”

The thing is that she herself is a peddler of disinformation as, for example, the 2020 claim that Hunter Biden’s business records were a Russian plant. In fact she was still pushing this as of March 2021.

Amazing how all those “natsec experts” were completely wrong, although that’s being generous as I think they just flat-out lied: they’ll probably gets jobs working for her at the Ministry of Truth. Hmmm… DGB… that acronym rings a bell.

It was the claim that it was Russian Disinformation that was the actual disinformation — partisan Democrat Deep State disinformation. As the new Disinformation Czarina, she should, of course, be eager to apologise for her previous disinformation. What are the odds?

I see some back-peddling going on with the Biden Administration now claiming that work on this started on Trump’s watch in 2020. Oh really? When during 2020 did this “work” begin? What exactly was that “work,” of which the current bureau is a merely a “continuation”? Did Trump ever hear about it? Did the Trump administration ever appoint an Executive Director of a Ministry of Truth?

Actually it’s fun to imagine the Liberal world’s reaction if Trump had done this. It would have made the Musk meltdown look like nothing.

But then something like this was always on the cards with the DHS. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks twenty years ago I figured that President GW Bush would tear down the CIA, FBI and other “intelligence” agencies that had so clearly failed and then re-build them into something fit for purpose. But instead, as a typical Moderate, Centrist Right Winger – the sort who loves Big Government almost as much as the Left does – he simply created yet another giant bureaucracy called the Department of Homeland Security and draped it over the top of the existing failures, supposedly to tie them together better.

Claims from the Right and Left that making the National Security state even bigger posed future dangers to the freedom of Americans was ignored in the heat of 9/11 emotions. The Right – admittedly mainly Libertarians – saw it as just another example of how bigger government creates bigger problems in the future, mainly because it further empowers those who love state power for its own sake in controlling individuals. The Left had traditionally felt uneasy about the NatSec state – until recently it seems, now that there’s a chance it can be weaponised against Right Wing enemies.

As silly as Ms Jankowicz appears, this is deadly serious. That joking meme of GW is no joke when you read official shit from the DHS like their March 2021 report, ‘Internal Review of Domestic Violent Extremism.’:

A March 2021 unclassified threat assessment prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Department of Justice, and DHS, noted that domestic violent extremists “who are motivated by a range of ideologies and galvanized by recent political and societal events in the United States pose an elevated threat to the Homeland in 2021.”

The assessment pointed to newer “sociopolitical developments such as narratives of fraud in the recent general election, the emboldening impact of the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol, conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and conspiracy theories promoting violence” that “will almost certainly spur some [domestic violent extremists] [sic] to try to engage in violence this year.”

This is what DHS is now all about, exactly as its critics predicted two decades ago, and this new Board is simply another drawing back of the covers to reveal the machinery underneath. What’s next?

It’s probably easier going after “domestic violent extremists” than after the people that were originally supposed to be the focus of DHS: people like Nidal Hassan, Omar Mateen, Fahreed Skyhook and his concubine and at least a dozen or so other attackers as well as plots that were only foiled by sheer dumb luck rather than by the DHS/FBI.

It’s appropriate to leave you with this interesting article: Would censorship have stopped the rise of the Nazis? The short answer is no!

Weimar Germany had laws banning hateful speech (particularly hateful speech directed at Jews), and top Nazis including Joseph Goebbels, Theodor Fritsch and Julius Streicher actually were sentenced to prison time for violating them. The efforts of the Weimar Republic to suppress the speech of the Nazis are so well known in academic circles that one professor has described the idea that speech restrictions would have stopped the Nazis as “the Weimar Fallacy.” 

Meh – I couldn’t leave it on such a grim note, so here’s the original silliness, featuring what is generally agreed to be one of the worst fake accents on film, courtesy of American actor Dick Van Dyke as a Cockney chimney sweep.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 2, 2022 at 8:41 am

Dance like you’re scum (updated)

Homophobic. Transphobic. Racists. Traitors.

Filled with hate. Violent. Symbols of division and intolerance. Desecrators of statues.

Did I say racists? Disgusting.

All of those words have been used by the Canadian toy boy Prime Minister to describe the thousands of truckers currently ensconced at the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

You can see them here in this video smuggled out of Truckistan.

Looks like they’re having an effect too, despite being “fringe”:

A majority of Canadians now say it is time to end COVID restrictions, according to an Angus Reid poll, a sharp increase from when the same question was asked in early January.

Meantime, here’s two photos taken on the NorthWestern Motorway in Auckland on Sunday as the local effort went along. I think that’s the St Lukes-MOT overpass.

Last thought re Canada…

UPDATE:

I no sooner post this than news arrives that Ottawa has declared a state of emergency and the police are taking their fuel/gas supplies used for heating and that anyone bringing in “supplies” of such, or food, will be arrested. A type of siege warfare then! Video shows that the cops are fully SWATted up as they grab the supplies – as you need to be when dealing with terrorists.

Heh. Well you shouldn’t have chosen Canada then. Hell, if you took the Ottawa Police and dumped them into East Germany in the 1970’s they’d have fitted in perfectly as the Stasi, but then Justin would have made an excellent leader of that nation, and would have been swooned over by Western Leftists as the youthful, cool face of communism.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 8, 2022 at 6:00 am

The Stasi Agent next door

In early 2020, one of the two contributors to the Kiwipolitico blog site, Lew, made a Twitter comment about how the C-19 pandemic had led to the rise of what he called, “curtain twitching Fascists”, people in New Zealand spying on and informing on their neighbours breaching of the Lockdown rules and regulations.

This post is about something far worse rising in the USA.

I’ve covered some of the discussions about a new US Civil War in two previous posts, A second American Civil War and a A Civil Break, not a Civil War.

This talk seems to have started around the time that Trump became President, waning as Orange Man Bad left office, but now waxing as the Democrats stare down the gun barrel of electoral defeat in this year’s Mid-Term election (funny how the discussion rises in fever pitch whenever the Democrats are out of power nowadays).

Most of these discussions focus on the traditional aspect of citizens rising against a State they feel is represented only by other citizens. Although there is occasionally a semi-technical discussion pointing out that it would be more like a guerrilla war than the almost formal conflicts of the past, even that doesn’t get to grips with the fact of two American populations that increasingly cannot stand the sight of each other. In both Democrat and Republican circles there are those who play this down: the traditional appeal to “the better angels of our nature” and so forth, also pointing out that living different lives is what America has always been about.

But today comes news of an opinion poll conducted by one of the reputable pollsters in the USA, Rasmussen, which asked Democrats some key questions. The results are both startling and frightening:

  • 55% of Democrats support fines for the unvaccinated (the Austrian solution).
  • 59% of Democrats support the unvaccinated being confined to their homes at all times except in an emergency.
  • 48% of Democrats support fines or prison for people who publicly question the existing COVID-19 vaccines on any platform.
  • 45% of Democrats support putting the unvaccinated in temporarily designated facilities.
  • 47% of Democrats favour a government tracking program for the unvaccinated.
  • 29% of Democratic voters would support the unvaccinated losing custody of their children.

While the survey showed solid majorities of all American citizens being against all of these ideas, the fact that such huge proportions of Democrat voters support them is a terrifying fact that seems far worse than any discussion I’ve seen so far about a civil war. This is about something far worse than just having two large groups of people who increasingly have little in common. This suggests that your life really could be under threat from people like this if their numbers swell only a little more and they have their hands on the levers of power when you’re in opposition to them – on any number of things.

Note also the percentage of Republicans supporting such ideas: it’s a lot lower but frankly it should be zero.

At best one can argue about errors from sample sizes, but this survey was done along the same conventional lines as other polling. It won’t be that inaccurate as to enable these large numbers to be dismissed. Although the title of this post names agents of a state, the better term here for these people is Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter.

Who could continue to live amidst Democrat voters after seeing this? Moreover, what does it portend for the future in a country where power is still evenly split, where such things are perhaps just one election, one swing state away from becoming reality.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 21, 2022 at 3:44 pm

NKVD or Gestapo: which fits better?

I’m going to add the following two photoshopped pictures to the media library of No Minister where they can be used by other authors here in their posts, since the rest of the NM collective focuses on New Zealand.

But I thought I’d give readers an opportunity to debate which one is the more suitable.

First up is the classic: Der Führer Jacinda.

We all know this one. That armband swastika really jumps out at you and the Nazis are the go-to boogeyman in every fictional TV show and movie that deals with the past century, or connects our present – and sometimes our future – with totalitarian regimes.

But I always feel that this comparison is too easy, even if in our present situation we have a government using the private sector to work its will.

So to our second choice. General Secretary Adern.

Personally this one is my preference simply to balance up the totalitarian comparison game. Admittedly we’re also more into the dreary world of the Stasi than the mass murdering NKVD, given how New Zealand is operating with the use of willing Informeller Mitarbeiters.

I suppose Jacinda in a Mao suit might be even more appropriate, given how we kowtow to the CCP nowadays. I’ll talk to the photoshop artist.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 23, 2021 at 6:38 am

You can start practicing now

Using this online version of the game, Papers Please.

Whichever side of the fence you’re going to be on, the one presenting the papers or the one examining them.

The NZ Police might like to consider letting their officers play this game so they can be ready for work on the Southern and Northern borders of Auckland city.

You play the role of a serious man – an inspector on the border between countries that are enemies. The events take place in 1982 in a fictional state Arstotzka. The main character gets the job on the border and controls the immigration process. All the migrants are trying to enter the territory of your country, but not all of them do. The reason is pretty simple – after the war ended, the enemies keep on trying to sneak on these territories. Each day, they will enter your office one by one, showing their documents, and trying to convince you that they can be trusted. Be careful – the task is to distinguish evil guys from ordinary people, keep the villains away, and let people enter. The more migrants you check, the higher you rating becomes. Not only you grow as a professional and get more chances to become the best worker. Also, you receive in-game cash for every session. This cash is spendable and you are the one to decide how to use them. The choice is yours!

Written by Tom Hunter

October 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm

I was informed that these were OTT comparisons to NZ

Vaccine certificate will be central to the new ‘traffic-light’ system – RNZ

It is that sort of comparison that causes the opponents of the current Lockdowns to be ridiculed. And no, you won’t be able to convince me that basically I am (and just about everyone I know) is just the same as the Nazi SS.

It’s certainly time to re-visit this goodie, even if she has resigned, because luckily you’ll still be able to laugh without a vaccine certificate.

New Zealand is more frightened than Britain

I came across a fascinating, sad article today about the “post-Covid” world of Britain’s population, The Most Frightened Nation.

It lists a number of the things done in that country over the last two years in The War Against Covid-19.

First up are some examples of the propaganda used by the Tory government:

The most heavy-handed of the government’s several advertising campaigns—which together have constituted the real “blitz”—was “Look them in the eyes . . . and tell them you’re doing all you can to stop the spread of Covid-19.” Posters showed rheumy patients staring into the camera looking soulfully woeful while muzzled by oxygen masks. These images alternated with exhausted nurses in full PPE regalia.

No wonder other health care experts began getting worried about patients not turning up to hospitals, even when they had urgent problems.

The numbingly repeated “Stay Home/ Protect the NHS/ Save Lives” tagline chevroned each podium during the government’s televised Covid briefings…It took a surprisingly long while for media wags to observe that the purpose of the NHS is to protect the people, not the other way around. The government might as well have warned the populace to avoid expressing bellicose sentiments about foreigners so as to “protect the Army.”

Further into the pandemic, that monotonous coronavirus motto morphed to the catchily asonant “Hands/Face/Space”—a slogan that would be right at home in a nursery school and parallels the efficacy of “duck and cover.” By this point, viral transmission from surfaces allegedly accounted for only about one in 10,000 cases; real-world evidence that masks make any substantial contribution to the curtailment of infection remained conspicuously scant; and the virus was known to be communicated by fine aerosols that can circulate aloft for hours, making the government’s two-meter social distancing requirement arbitrary and unscientific.

Then there were the police actions, some of which I caught a year ago (The Police could be worse):

Derbyshire police drones photographed a couple hiking in the wilderness with their golden Labrador with no one else in sight, and then published the shot on Twitter with the strapline “WALKING YOUR DOG IN THE PEAK DISTRICT / NOT ESSENTIAL.”

In January, two women who had driven five miles to go for a socially distanced walk were surrounded by so many police that one of them “thought someone had been murdered.” The women were fined £200 each because driving out of your local area for exercise was “not in the spirit of the lockdown” and the hot drinks they were carrying were not allowed because they were classed as “a picnic.”

What if you’ve neglected to fill out a form at the airport or filled it out incorrectly? That’ll be another £10,000, thank you. A ten-grand fine is more than enough to destroy the average Briton. Fortunately, the courts, the last bastion of sanity and due process, have voided convictions for violating Covid restrictions wholesale.

Well yes, but the main driver of such things is that the process is the punishment. You may emerge with no charges, let alone convictions but The Powers That Be know they’ve hurt you, which will make you more compliant. It’s a form of psychological torture increasingly approved of by our Police and governments because it works and leaves no visible marks.

Of course none of this would work without the assistance of Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter.

Only three days into the first lockdown, the Northamptonshire force alone had received “dozens and dozens” of public reports about, for instance, neighbors who had been out for a second run in one day (more “guidance,” not law). By early April 2020, a full 11 percent of Derbyshire’s 2,300 daily calls were to rat out lockdown flouters. Last autumn, Johnson encouraged local councils to hire citizen “Covid marshals” to bully and harass the noncompliant.

The article also goes into the insanity of the rules that can lead to fines. My favourite being the debates over whether a Scotch egg counted as a “substantial meal”.

But here’s the kicker to all this, and it actually comes at the start of the article, where it quotes an Ipsos MORI poll conducted in July, which I’ll bullet point here:

  • 27% of Britons want to impose a government-mandated nationwide curfew of 10 PM—not then in force—“until the pandemic was under control worldwide” When will that be?
  • 19% would impose such a curfew “permanently, regardless of the risk from Covid-19.”
  • 64% want Britain’s mask mandate in shops and on public transport to remain a legal requirement for the duration of the global pandemic
  • 51% want to be masked by law, forever. 
  • 35% want to confine any Briton who returns from a foreign country, vaccinated or not, to a ten-day home quarantine—permanently, Covid or no Covid.
  • 46% would require a vaccine passport in order to travel abroad—permanently, Covid or no Covid.
  • 36% want to be required to check in at pubs and restaurants with a National Health Service contact-tracing app forever.
  • 34% want social distancing in “theatres, pubs and sports grounds,” regardless of any risk of Covid, forever.
  • 26% of Britons would summarily close all casinos and nightclubs forever.

But read the whole article.

I wonder what such a poll would show about New Zealand. Judging from the comments I’ve seen here, on neighbourhood groups, and left wing blogs

I know that part of their concern is working alongside unvaccinated co-workers…I know many people who are very uncomfortable about the idea of travelling on airlines with unvaccinated people. 

… I think we’re at least in the same ballpark as Britain.

Part of me likes to think that, as with wartime regulations, censorship and the like, this too shall will pass. But the other part notes that, around the world, “victory” constantly slips away with this virus, leaving the masks and the lockdowns and the behaviour behind, vaccinated or not.

I also note the old adage that while you can replace governments you can’t replace a people.

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On the note of how the Police could be worse, here’s Australia, again. Muldoon and the Police of his time would have loved to have had this tech during the 1981 Springbok Tour protests.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 12, 2021 at 4:42 pm

The advantages of lagging the world

For more than a century New Zealanders liked to think of themselves leading the world, mainly as a result of employment and welfare reforms introduced by the late 19th century Liberal government.

But the attitude persisted long after the Second World War, and this was not solely the preserve of patriots but often people from overseas. I vividly recall reading the section on my country in the set of Encyclopedias I had as a child in the 1970’s. It was not the famous Britannica series but some competitor, rather US-centric and dated from the early 1960’s I’d guess. Lots of glossy colour photos (the fabulous one of the Mike H-Bomb test was there).

About New Zealand it said right up front that we were “perhaps the best governed nation in the world“. Even at a tender age I felt some pride upon reading that and the culture around me often reinforced the idea that we were world leaders in many ways, with Public Healthcare reforms in the 1930’s, the MOW, dam building, and stories of Hamilton jetboats, the flying farmer Richard Pearse, physicist Earnest Rutherford, and JPL scientist Bill Pickering. This cultural pride even continued with the Rogernomics reforms of the 1980’s; even though it was actually following in the trail of Reagan and Thatcher, we held ourselves to have been bolder and gone further, as revolutionary leaders do.

The funny thing is that a good chunk of New Zealanders suddenly decided that they didn’t like us being revolutionary and leading the world, at least when it came to reducing the size, power and control of government. People began to mutter that perhaps we should lag the world!

However, the World Leader stuff, especially from those opposed to Rogernomics, returned with things like Gay Marriage laws; it seems that reducing the size, power and control of government is acceptable only when it comes to bedroom issues of sex and drugs.

Everything else in one’s life is up for grabs by the government, as is increasingly the case with every passing year.

Which brings us to our government’s response to Covid-19. The local Left have of course gloried in the sunny praise that has poured down upon Jacinda from around the world as she danced with baby Neve at the news that our L4 Lockdown had “crushed” the virus.

But there was also, once again, vast and ongoing approval from the Left for increasing the size, power and control of government. Funny that.

Sadly for Jacinda and her acolytes, reality has caught up with the limits of government power and control, and in the second wave caused by the ever-mutating little beastie, the idea of “crushing” it has been officially scrapped. There has been much wailing (Dreams and their deaths), crying (Surrendering to the virus) and gnashing of teeth (Delta’s Week Of Doom).

But perhaps this is a good thing as it allows us to look around the world at nations that are ahead of us in moving through this pandemic and its consequences.

Sweden is back to normal, having departed from it very little. Much is made of their “thousands of Covid deaths”, but the politicians, epidemiologists, and most importantly the people of that nation don’t seem to think they did wrong (aside from not sufficiently protecting rest homes early on), and given the praise they’ve had over decades for their caring culture, society and welfare systems, it’s rather hard to say that they’re monsters who didn’t care if granny died.

Lithuania has shown us another possible Covid future and it’s a dystopia.

There are other stories of course.

Disruptive weather? ATC (Air Traffic Control) issues? The main focus was the airport of Jacksonville in Florida and people quickly established that temperatures there were in the mid-70’s (F) with sunny skies and winds at 5mph. Not likely a reason for cancelling 1800 flights. Southwest is possibly the best run domestic airline in the USA. Known for flying only Boeing 737’s (R&M and training made simple), staff and pilots who crack wise over the intercom with passengers, no seat booking (yet no fights as people board and grab what’s available), efficient, reliable and low cost.

What could possibly have gone wrong?

Airline travel blog, One Mile at a Time, had the inside scoop:

It seems that there could be something further going on. It’s my understanding that a huge number of Southwest pilots have called in sick this weekend, much more than usual. It’s anyone’s guess what the cause of that is, but it follows the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) on Friday asking a court to block the airline from requiring vaccination, in anticipation of an upcoming federal mandate.

But if you think it’s just those shitty Southern parts of the USA (controlled by Republicans) well…

Oregon Nurses Get Ready to Walk Over Forced Covid Vaccines:

While [Oregon Nurses Association board president Lynda] Pond said more than 90% of ONA nurses are vaccinated, in recent weeks large health care systems like Kaiser Permanente and Legacy Health have put thousands of staff across the country on leave because of they don’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“85% of the nurses at OHSU have indicated that they are unable to use vacation time or take a mental health day because there are not enough nurses to cover for those requests. 92% of nurses at OHSU report experiencing mental exhaustion,” said Calzia.

Perhaps the most concerning statistic, Calzia said, was that 60% of OHSU’s nurses are considering leaving the profession. He said that percentage is reflected at the national and state levels too.

While the ONA union is likely using this argument to bargain for wage increases, there is no doubt that the departure of even 10% of nurses is putting a huge strain on the Oregon healthcare system, not to mention trying to entice people into the profession to replace those retiring. And it should be noted that the ONA is downplaying the number of Oregon nurses walking out and citing national figures so as not to show up their best friend, Governor Kate Brown, who imposed these mandates in August and is already facing consequences in her state’s police and firefighters.

Of the three futures, Sweden, Lithunania, and the USA, I regard Lithuania as the likely one for New Zealand because of our frightened, compliant people (aside from the criminals). Decades ago the historian Keith Jackson tagged us as “the Prussians of the South Pacific”, something the 60’s Left used as scathing disparagement. We’re about to find out how true that is and how much the same Left approve of it.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 12, 2021 at 10:26 am

They teach history, don’t they?

Crazier and crazier.

Perhaps it’s different when it’s a majority?

I’d say that if George Carlin were still around he might have to start thinking whether this famous line still applies:

When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 7, 2021 at 11:17 am

Double Standards & Changing Narratives

Just another in an endless list of examples of how the narratives change depending on who is in power and what objectives they’re pursuing.

The focus here being on Australia, which continues its descent into Stasi-world.

Let’s start with stuff in New South Wales, whose State government I have been assured is a “Liberal” one with more of a “hands-off” policy than all those nasty socialists…

… followed by the real McCoy in Socialist Victoria.

Plus a bit of phone app tracking of you in South Australia where you get 15 minutes to prove to the government that you are where you say you are.

Culminating in scenes like this – because even after two burly cops have smashed a 70 year old woman to the ground and broken her hip you still need to pepper spray the fuck out of her. Just to be safe. She might have Covid-19.

It’s entirely predictable where the MSM will sit on this issue. As this compare and contrast does of the Guardian’s approach to two similar events with different bad guys.

Flashback: how “Public Health advocates” felt about protests during lockdowns in 2020 America (same here in NZ incidentally)

Thus, you can guarantee which photo the likes of The Guardian would support below.

It’s almost time to start playing that game Papers Please to get into shape for the questions.

Having had numerous people in the US talking about denying healthcare to unvaccinated folk, don’t be surprised if it also becomes more than talk.

Finally, a timetable for comparison. Readers can pick where New Zealand sits on this chart – and where we’re headed over time.