The Southern Cassowary

The flightless Southern Cassowary

Casuarius casuarius johnsonii

Has a dad who is customarily

Abusive

So is understandably

Shyly and warily

Reclusive.

The Grey-headed Flying-Fox

The Grey-headed flying fox

A wise nocturnal frugivore

Keeps apricots in its socks

And it’s where it likes to store,

Eschewing any kind of box,

Its peaches, plums and more.

DOMINION POST PLUMBS NEW DEPTHS IN COVERAGE OF SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTE

I was appalled to see Fairfax News promote an insert advertorial from the China Daily in this morning’s Dominion Post. Editor Bernadette Courtney should be bitterly ashamed that she is allowing the abuse of her newspaper to spin nationalist propaganda by a foreign government. This is an altogether new low in NZ Journalism.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

As noted in the Dominion Post, our NZ Prime Minister John Key is in Europe at present, having travelled to France to attend the graduation of his daughter from the Paris College of Art last Thursday:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/80032935/john-keys-flying-visit-to-france-to-be-at-his-daughters-graduation

The PM will also no doubt have viewed Steffie’s ‘Love Me Tinder’ exhibition, which showcases the art work that she completed under her hyper-sexual alter-ego,

ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY POLLUTING

Wellington City Council’s ra-ra rark-up for the Cruise Liner Industry notes that:

‘The 2015/16 season will bring 77 cruise ships to Wellington, with over 172,000 passengers and over $40.2 million injected into Wellington's economy.

At NRA forum, Trump completes his transformation into a pro-gun voice

The presumptive GOP nominee, who just a few years ago praised President Obama's appeal for stronger gun control after the Newtown mass shootings, attacked Hillary Clinton Friday on gun reforms.

By Jenna Johnson May 20 (The Washington Post)

LOUISVILLE — Donald Trump — who just a few years ago praised President Obama’s appeal for stronger gun control after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

TOM AND I

I was delighted to open the Friday edition of our Wellington newspaper the Dominion Post to find yet another excellent cartoon from our wonderful Tom Scott. So excellent the cartoon indeed that it reminded me very much of one that I had produced back on March 1st and published under the title ‘Are We [Likely] Reduced to This' [reissued on April 21st under the title: ‘The Unethical versus the Unspeakable’].

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN - ONE FLASH AT A TIME

See:

https://twitter.com/babesfortrump

ADDING INJURY TO INSULT

On the 21st April I ran a story under the title ‘Insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - £1000 prize on offer’:

http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2016/04/insulting-turkish-president-recep.html

Sadly I have to report that I did not win the prize.

Like many, my poem was about Erdogan acting the goat:

Turkish President Erdogan

Had a nanny with which he erred again

She knelt to his bidding

But ended up kidding

With offspring that were hard to explain.

ISIL AND THE WEST: IF YOU THINK SYRIA AND LIBYA ARE THE PROBLEMS YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET

The likely impacts of the loss of Egypt Air Flight MS804 on Egypt’s economy are dire. Already the country is suffering from a catastrophic loss in tourism revenues which is shrinking its foreign exchange reserves to levels at which international trade becomes parlous.

And the fiscal deficit is widening rapidly due to evaporating tax revenues and panicked pump-priming.

COUNCIL LACK OF DISCLOSURE NOW INCLUDES COUNCILLORS

“Surveyor, in your thoughts you may be reproaching Sordini for not having been prompted by my claim to make inquiries about the matter in other departments. But that would have been wrong, and I want this man cleared of all blame in your thoughts. One of the operating principles of authorities is that the possibility of error is simply not taken into account.
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