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More about ‘irrational Maori ghastliness’

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on March 3, 2012

More about 'irrational Maori ghastliness'
Surely, when someone speaks of “irrational Maori ghastliness with spitting, smugness, self-righteousness and the usual neurotic Maori politics…” he’s launching a diatribe, rather than initiating a debate. I’m not sure how one engages with a person who makes that sort of statement, or even whether one should bother to do so. Perhaps the best thing to do with “broadcaster” Paul Holmes — who once described former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a “cheeky darkie” — is ignore him*. Incidentally, why are New Zealand’s newspaper op-ed pages (totally?) dominated by right-wing columnists like Karl du Fresne — a man who apparently doesn’t realize that the answer to the plight of the Palestinian refugees is justice, not charity. But that point aside, why should the Arab states — or any states, for that matter — facilitate the Zionists’ ethnic cleansing of Palestine?

Du Fresne an idiot

Returning to the subject of Maori, I find the statement: “No-one in their right mind wants to see Maori fail; every New Zealander has a vital stake in Maori succeeding…” patronizing and condescending. I feel like responding: “But it’s easy to ensure Maori succeed. All you have to do is pat them on the head and give them sixpence. Then, if they don’t perform as expected, you give them a good boot up the backside.” As in much colonialist literature, the statement treats the “native” as a museum specimen, who really should do the “decent thing” and stay in his glass case.

* In September 2003, he [Holmes] repeatedly referred to then-United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a “cheeky darkie” during a rant on his radio show, as well as using “darkie” to refer to black people generally. — Wikipedia.

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Syria’s death toll could equal Iraq’s, says Obama

Posted in iraq, syria, united states by Blimp deflator on March 3, 2012

Syria's death toll could equal Iraq's, says Obama
But of course, the United States kills only “bad guys”. Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of February 27, 2012.

The brave new world of body scanners

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on March 3, 2012

Better get used to body scanners
The above editorial is from the Manawatu Standard of February 8, 2012. My reply, which was published on February 10:

Warwick Rasmussen should keep a copy of his editorial Better get used to body scanners (February 8). With a few minor adjustments, he will be able to use it again when the Surveillance State decides to install body scanners in other locations. The United States is already installing scanners at courthouses, and has hinted at the possibility of deploying them at train and subway stations. The entrances to shopping malls are also likely to see the technology introduced.

Don’t worry about the (imposed) dose of radiation you receive every time you pass through one of the devices. It’s unlikely to do you any harm – unless, of course, the machine malfunctions. And your loss of privacy shouldn’t bother you, unless you’re a member of the transgender community, or a person with breast prostheses, prosthetic testicles, a colostomy bag or a catheter. People in the latter category will probably have to have such equipment physically inspected.

Yes, indeed, a small price to pay for safety.

Body scanners alert