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Human-made, Gender-neutral Insanity

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a city ruled by political correctness? All you need to do is to get yourself on a plane ride to Berkeley, California.

Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but “human-made.” And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join “collegiate Greek system residences” rather than fraternities and sororities. Berkeley leaders voted unanimously this week to replace about 40 gender-specific words in the city code with gender-neutral terms — an effort to be more inclusive that’s drawing both praise and scorn. That means “manpower” will become “human effort” or “workforce,” while masculine and feminine pronouns like “she,” ”her,” ”he” and “him” will be replaced by “they” and “them,” according to the measures like approved Tuesday by the City Council.

The San Francisco Bay Area city is known for its long history of progressive politics and “first of” ordinances. Berkeley was among the first cities to adopt curbside recycling in the 1970s and more recently, became the first in the U.S. to tax sugary drinks and ban natural gas in new homes.

Great. Can’t even fart in your own house.

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Woke Comedy Isn’t Funny

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that New Zealand comedy is dead. That’s assuming that by “comedy” you mean stuff that is actually funny. But if by “comedy” you mean far-left politics and liberalism together with a good dose of fake outrage, Kiwi comedy is alive and well! But still, what is woke Kiwi comedienne to do when she wants to show how badly women are sexually harassed but can’t actually find a way? As Newshub reports, make shit up of course!

Cricket fans are outraged after Kiwi comedian Melanie Bracewell admitted faking an erotica message she claimed had been sent to her by a member of an online cricket group. Bracewell shared a screenshot of the “NSFW” [not safe for work] message, which she said had come from someone in the Reddit cricketing community, off her Twitter account.

“Oh my God I commented on the cricket subreddit and got this private message,” she said. The message contained explicit sexual details about what the person wanted to do to her and caused disgust amongst her followers, with one person describing it as “extremely gross and sexist”. However, a user on the Cricket group then posted they’d found a recent post on the ‘dirtypenpals’ subreddit by a user called ‘melthrowaway2019’ titled “this game of cricket is so good that I’m horny”. The poster […] solicited dirty messages.

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This Is De-facto Decriminalisation.

Everyone except the PM and David Clark agrees. This is de-facto decriminalisation. Laura Walters from Newsroom explains.

A war of words is raging over the war on drugs, as the Health Select Committee reports back on the most significant piece of drug reform legislation in 40 years.

Just to put things in perspective. The reform, if made, will make the cannabis referendum a mere rubber stamp.

The parties are divided over a single, but significant, clause in the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill, which enshrines police discretion over prosecution, and prioritises therapeutic options when dealing with possession and personal use of controlled drugs.

It is the same approach Portugal took when changing its drug laws in 2001. […] Labour, including the Prime Minister and the Health Minister, have pushed back on National’s categorisation that this bill creates “de facto decriminalisation by stealth”, saying it doesn’t take away the power to prosecute, and police would do so when needed.

The bill definitely creates de facto decriminalisation. The NZ Drug Foundation says it does, the police say it does, Chloe Swarbrick says it does. The only people who disagree are the PM and David Clark.

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Survey Reveals Backlash against ‘Forced Acceptance’

Colour me surprised. Breitbart reports on how LGBTQ acceptance amongst American youth has actually gone down.

A survey produced by the Harris Poll in partnership with Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) finds young Americans’ comfort with LGBTQ individuals has plunged from 63 percent in 2016 to 45 percent in 2018. According to the Accelerating Acceptance report, Americans aged 18-34 who say they are comfortable interacting with LGBTQ people dropped from 63 percent in 2016 to 53 percent in 2017, and then to 45 percent in 2018. […]

“At the same time, the Trump administration continues to attack the LGBTQ community through discriminatory policies and targeted rhetoric, and LGBTQ Americans are becoming more vulnerable to hate crimes and violence,” GLAAD said in response to the survey outcome.

Yep, it’s all Trump’s fault.

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I’m a Libertarian against Euthanasia

Radio New Zealand has reported on euthanasia activist Sean Davison.

New Zealand-born euthanasia activist Sean Davison has been sentenced to three years under house arrest in South Africa for helping three people to kill themselves. Davison was convicted in New Zealand of assisting his terminally ill mother to die in 2006, and was sentenced to five months home detention in 2011. He has been found guilty of pre-meditated murder in the South African cases for helping a quadriplegic friend and two other people die. Davison, a forensic scientist, founded of right-to-die organisation DignitySA in South Africa. He was arrested in September last year in connection with the death of his friend in 2013, who had become a quadriplegic after a car accident. He was given a sentence of eight years in total, five of which are suspended.

An extremely lenient sentence.

[…]Davison became a campaigner for the right to assisted dying after he was arrested in New Zealand in 2010 for helping his 85-year-old mother, who was ill with terminal cancer, to die four years earlier. The 57-year-old served five months of house arrest in New Zealand after pleading guilty to assisted suicide, before returning home to his family in South Africa.

RNZ


All the above of course is tragic. But there is no way, in my view, that euthanasia should be legal. I am absolutely opposed to it.

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Shalom Kiwi slams the screaming skull

Shalom.Kiwi has slammed John Minto AKA ‘the screaming skull.’

Last week, John Minto, perpetual protestor and anti-Israel obsessive, sent an open letter to news editors, journalists and Members of Parliament, entitled “Don’t be caught out by ‘the trick’”. For reasons best known to him, Minto decided it was timely to share an extract from a 2002 interview – yes, 17 years old – with Jewish Israeli Shulamit Aloni who had, prior to the interview, been a Cabinet Minister in Israel and is now deceased.

When asked to comment on the fact that often people are called antisemitic when there is dissent expressed in the United States against policies of the Israeli government, she responded that: Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. ..They are talented people and they have power and money, and the media and other things…. And they are not ready to hear criticism. And it’s very easy to blame people who criticise certain acts of the Israeli government as anti-Semitic, and to bring up the Holocaust, and the suffering of the Jewish people, and that is to justify everything we do to the Palestinians.

Minto then asserted that in New Zealand, “the trick” is used to silence criticism of Israel and that newspaper editors, journalists and Members of Parliament are intensely pressured whenever they speak out against Israel by groups like the Jewish Council, the Israel Institute, the Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group, and the Israeli embassy. […]

How many ways is this letter antisemitic? Let us count the ways. First, we note that Minto thinks that he is better able to determine what is antisemitism than Jewish people. We believe that Minto would not dare to tell Muslims, M?ori or gay people that what they consider to be prejudice towards themselves is actually not. Indeed, it is well accepted and understood by progressive people that minority groups have the right to determine and define prejudice towards themselves according to their lived experience. Denying Jewish people a right that every other minority group has is antisemitic.

Of course, Minto wouldn’t tell Muslims, Maori or gay people that what they consider to be prejudice is not.

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Guns are the easy target

Denis Prager gives some thoughts on the latest mass shooting.

This past weekend, Americans learned of another mass shooting, this time by an employee who decided to murder as many of the people he had worked with for years as possible. As of this writing, the murder toll is 12 people. Every American asks why. What was the killer’s motive? When we read there is “no known motive,” we are frustrated. Human beings want to make sense of life, especially of evil.

This is because we erroneously think that if we can find the motive, we can prevent it happening again.

Liberals (in this regard, liberals’ views are essentially as the same as leftists’) are virtually united in ascribing these shootings to guns. Just this past weekend, in a speech in Brazil, former President Barack Obama told an audience: “Our gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon any time — without much, if any, regulation. They can buy (guns) over the internet. They can buy machine guns.”

Guns are the easy target.

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Everything that is wrong with the liberal Left

Apparently, Trump is threatening violence on Twitter and should be banned, according to Linda Sarsour.

Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour claims that the President of the United States is putting people’s “lives in danger” when he tweets. Sarsour and other Women’s March activists are now lobbying Twitter to ban President Donald Trump from its platform. Representatives from the Women’s March brought several boxes of petitions to Twitter headquarters last week, calling on the company to ban the President of the United States from its platform.

Sarsour expressed her dismay to see that President Trump had called out Iran on Twitter last week, in which he stated, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” “The fact that we have a president that is actually calling for the elimination of Iran on Twitter is absolutely outrageous,” said Sarsour, “that really has to be the line that Twitter draws.”

Ah, is she for real? What Trump did was state a fact. There was no call to eliminate Iran.

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Penny Hulse respects & supports kids wagging for nationwide school strike

A bunch of kids decide to wag school but Auckland Councillor Penny Hulse reckons it’s all good. Quote.

On the same day as the nationwide schools strike for climate change action, councillor Penny Hulse has announced the council’s Environment and Community Committee will have the declaration put in front of them for a vote. Ms Hulse, who is chair of the committee, expects it to pass. She said a declaration would put climate considerations front and centre of council decisions. End of quote.

Which would be great if it meant the council not being able to do anything except maintain infrastructure and day to day business. quote.

“This isn’t just an empty gesture; we can back it with the actions. At that same meeting we will hopefully be signing off consultation for our Climate Change Action Plan,” Ms Hulse said. […]At this stage it would not trigger any legal actions, she said. End of quote.

Yes, at this stage…quote.

[…]“This is about making a statement, but it’s also about directing all our policies, and all our thoughts into this absolute emergency that our world is facing. End of quote.

Virtue signalling in other words. quote.

[…]Ms Hulse said she supported the widespread School Strikes for Climate around the country on Friday. “Against the wishes of their schools, they’re participating, and respect to them for that. End of quote.

So it’s ok to wag school. quote.

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A warning for Wellington

Kate Hawkesby gives Auckland Transport a serve and issues Wellington with a warning. quote.

Quote:So Wellington’s getting rid of roads and cars, and ideologically popping everyone onto public transport – in an ironically titled “Let’s get Wellington Moving” campaign. The irony being that Wellington’s usually at a standstill due to the buses not working or bus drivers striking.End of quote.

Yep. Don’t blame the motorist. quote.

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