Saturday soapbox

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to muse or amuse.


6 Responses to Saturday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    OK the Winter Olympics are in Sochi next year and its open season on Russia
    Even John Key joined the pile on
    Tuesday 13th August 2013

    Mr Key said on Tuesday that New Zealand’s concerns have been expressed to Russian officials by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.
    “It’s our view that New Zealanders, irrelevant of what their sexual preferences are, should be able to go and compete in the Winter Games.
    “We’ve made that point clear, and we select people on their ability on the sports field – not on what their sexual preferences are.”

    It is of course against the Olympic Charter to ban anyone from the games on the basis of “sexual orientation” and nobody is actually suggesting they will be.

    Key here is just pandering to the vapid concerns of our elites with this statement – I have no idea or not whether he realizes it is empty blather or he truely believes his bullshit

    The real issue exercising the tiny minds of our elites who live in their own banal echo chambers is a recently passed Russian Law

    “О защите детей от информации, причиняющей вред их здоровью и развитию”


    “On Protection of children from information harmful to their health and development” – now who in their right mind could object to keeping age inappropriate material away from children?

    Who indeed?

  2. willdwan says:

    In 1993 climate alarmists predicted the Arctic would be free of ice in 20 years. I’ve been watching the progress of some guys trying to row a boat through the famous Northwest Passage to draw attention to this calamity. The boat is called Arctic Joule, (sponsored by an alternative energy firm, hence the twee name). There is a lot of ice up there at the moment and the boys have had a rotten time of it. They’ve just called it quits and will bail out short of halfway at Cambridge bay. Sarcasm aside, it was a great effort, and genuinely interesting to follow. The history of this area is extraordinary. I can recommend the documentary “Search for the Northwest Passage” to anyone who is keen.

  3. Marc says:

    If althletes chosen to compete at the Winter Olympics participate as athletes, I’m sure they will have a fantastic time, and I wish them all success in their sport. If however while competing they choose to become politicians and grandstanders for their particular cause, then not only will they be contravening the Olympic Charter they are selected under, but will deserve all the criticism and aggravation they receive in return.

    Their cause may be righteous, but it’s not the time or place.

  4. Andrei says:

    I’m not sure there is anything righteous about a group of self appointed activists from places like Greenwich Village – New York, Soho-London and Ponsonby-Auckland trying to impose their values on the Children of Rostov-on-Don and Vladikavkaz entirely against the wishes of the parents of those children, Marc

  5. TraceyS says:

    17 years old and publicly talking about being gay. Why is there a need to do that?

  6. Andrei says:

    To be the center of attention for five minutes or so.

    This is one reason why all the BS is so dangerous, you might be a young kid, not in the cool crowd but then “come out as gay” and suddenly you are noticed and getting attention.

    Which is all well and good when you are sixteen but wont work out too well when you hit late middle age and find out that you are all alone in this wicked world and there is nothing sadder perhaps than an lonely elderly homosexual

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