Nahed Hattar: Socrates of the Arab World killed

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us ... Socrates

The Socrates of the Arab world has been killed. His crime was to lampoon the beliefs of ISIS concerning religion, God, Heaven and Jihad.

A gunman shot dead the prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court in Amman where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Wahhabism.

https://jagarti.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/nahed-hattar-socrates-of-arab-killed/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/28/egyptian-journalist-cheers-secular-writers-assassination-on-television/?wpisrc=nl_wv&wpmm=1

An unexamined life is not worth living.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

ZOO-DOO WHAT YOU DO SO WELL

There are a few local journalists that I respect - Tracy Watkins, Dave Burgess ... Patrick Smellie [I used to include Dave Armstrong but he recently blew it by blackguarding me as a ‘Neo-Liberal’] so I was delighted to see the Dominion Post run a serious article this morning by Patrick that quietly puts the current line-up of mayoral candidates on the burner.

Boy ...

A MESSAGE FROM THE WELLINGTON SURFBREAK PROTECTION SOCIETY

The Surfbreak Protection Society [SPS] is disappointed with a lack of openness and transparency regarding the consequences of the proposed airport extension's impacts on Lyall Bay's surf breaks, in their communications with the local and national surfing community.

$ 8 MILLION CHIT ON THE BACK OF AN ENVELOPE

See:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/84679670/wellingtons-multimillion-dollar-singapore-airlines-subsidy-creates-almost-no-paper-trail

NO BROAD FRONTS NOW IN LEFT WING POLITICS – ONLY A FADING MOSAIC OF VALUES

Apparently NZ Labour Party Leader Andrew Little has dismissed former PM Helen Clark’s advice about the necessity for a winning Left-of-Centre party ‘to command the centre ground’ as meaningless:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/84636485/labour-leader-andrew-little-dismisses-helen-clarks-advice-about-commanding-the-centre-ground

Meanwhile the re-election of Jeremy Corbin as the UK Labour Party Leader has re-igni

POLLY WALLY NEEDS TO TAKE THE TEST

I am starting to feel somewhat guilty about berating local journo and spin-academic Dave Armstrong about being a Political Ignoramus 

[ http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2016/09/wellington-mayoral-debate-dave.html ].

So I thought that I should help him out with a bit of political education.

PAGE VIEWS AND THE WELLINGTON MAYORAL ELECTION

My primary purpose in running as a candidate for the Wellington Mayoralty has been the defence of Policy Analysis in the face of Voter Bribes and what increasingly threatens to be a Post-Truth World in Politics. I am proud of both my podium harangues and published articles on policy issues and take some credit for moving the debate away from Cats and Beggars towards some of the hard choices faced by Wellington.

MCCULLY BRINGS SMALL GOODS EXPERIENCE TO UK DIPLOMACY

New Zealanders are used to their country Punching Above Its Weight in the international ring but even its most ardent home supporters will have been stoked to see a carelessly leaked photograph of fly-weight UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson being ‘strapped’ behind the arras by his coach, mentor and trainer Murray Stuart McCully [NZ Minister for Foreign Affairs] at a UN Meeting:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/23/france-and-g

WELLINGTON BUSINESS COMMUNITY [WECC] AND WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL [WCC] NEED WAKE-UP ON ICT OPPORTUNITIES

I went along to the yesterday to make a presentation to the IT Start Up community [hosted by Creative HQ] as part of my mayoral campaign, having previously called in at the Wellington BizDojo space which provides IT-related co-working facilities:

http://creativehq.co.nz/

http://wellington.bizdojo.com/

I am very supportive of the IT Start Up community and would like to see the development

Jill Clayburgh (1944 - 2010)

FOR AN OLD LOVE

Hey Jill, I still love you gal – dance again!

I used to joke about my ballet career

And splitting my tights with the Junior Kirov,

On my pas de deux debut in Omsk -

But we never met and my lifts are dodgy

Though an entrechat might have easily disappeared

Between your broken smile and mine,

Entre chats with a coffee and bagel.
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