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, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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Seek the truth or hide your head in the sand. Both require digging. – Andrew Nolan

11 Responses to Saturday soapbox

  1. robertguyton says:

    “Leaders of Pacific nations are beginning to speak out about claims New Zealand has been keeping too close an eye on their people and one prime minister has called the move a breach of trust.

    Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who was elected last December, said he would raise the issue in his first meeting with Prime Minister John Key.

    “It means New Zealand breached the trust that has been established between the two countries,” he told Radio NZ’s Checkpoint programme.”

    Spying on the neighbours – reminds me of the woman who lived over the road from Samantha and Darren and Tabitha.


  2. JC says:

    “It means New Zealand breached the trust that has been established between the two countries,” he told Radio NZ’s Checkpoint programme.”

    Well, he would say that wouldn’t he.

    Tonga has been rated the 6th most corrupt country in the world, has shipped arms to al Qaida, has done deals with international criminals, has many riots, has muzzled the Press and stifled democracy. Its debt has reached 44% of GDP much of it held by China and thats just a bit of what we know publicly.

    Thats a damn good reason to be keeping an eye on the place and most of the rest of the Pacific Islands.



  3. Andrei says:

    Vladimir Vladimirovich has just announced that he is taking a 10% pay drop as are all the Duma deputies and senior public officials in his administration

    He has also stated that this is not to be taken as a signal for private companies to drop their employees salaries and they should not do so


  4. robertguyton says:

    Andrei – that’s good. JC – spying on Tonga is good???



  5. JC says:

    I said it was a good *reason*.

    Spying on other countries is neither good nor bad so much as necessary.



  6. Andrei says:

    What do you think about Snowden’s release of transcripts of a private telephone call between Angela Merkel and her husband JC?


  7. JC says:

    Andre. It would have been more surprising if she wasn’t under scrutiny..

    Grew up in East Germany, joined the official youth group sponsored by the Socialist Unity Party, was member and secretary of “Agitprop” (agitation and propaganda) and cut her teeth in East German politics before unification.

    The other European nations and US would have been very interested and somewhat concerned in her rise to power with that background.



  8. Andrei says:

    JC what if it was John and Bronwyn Key who had been eavesdropped upon?


  9. JC says:

    The odds are good that they were or are. Surely that wouldn’t surprise you?

    And thats not counting some rogue cops or the sort of news hackers who caught our future king wishing he was a Tampon.

    We have reached the stage where just about anyone has the technology or ability to buy it to intercept any communication, film anyone inside their own home and bedrooms and mostly get away with it. That includes Hager and media stealing Whaleoil’s emails, publicizing them and getting away with it, yet when the stakes are national security we have fools trying to hobble the Govt. to 1950s technology and approvals.



  10. Andrei says:

    The world is what it is I suppose JC – fallen with some unpleasant people doing unpleasant things to each other

    Time for laugh


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