Cowardice

White Island tragedy exposed a growing institutional cowardice

On the 1st December 2019 New Zealand’s Civil Emergency  department was transformed into the National Emergency Management Response – NEMA for short.  A week later, White Island erupted on December 9th.

Some Australians are praising New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her classy response to the White Island volcano disaster.  Oh, it’s a class act all right.  

I wonder what they’d think if they learned that after the volcano erupted, the emergency services were told not to respond.  The first responders were ordinary New Zealanders – real heroes.  They’re the ones who acted.  The NZ Government had nothing to do with it – although they’ve taken the credit.

After Whakaari/White Island, it’s up to us to save ourselves

Mark Law

Whakaari/White Island and, inset, helicopter pilot Mark Law, who flew to the island to help as soon as he heard of the eruption.

OPINION: “The tragedy at Whakaari/White Island last week exposed a growing institutional cowardice among emergency services, particularly police, that affects their usefulness to citizens.

When the eruption occurred, and the emergency calls started on Monday afternoon, police and rescue services decided that they would not head to the island to help.

It was left to my fellow citizens to respond with māia (courage). Those nearby, and back on the mainland, reacted instantly and humanely. They ran, flew, and sped by boat toward the danger.

Politicians and officials have praised these as “first responders”.  Their use of the phrase was a dishonest attempt to hide that these people were not official first responders, but ordinary people.”

Read more – Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/118219897/after-whakaariwhite-island-its-up-to-us-to-save-ourselves


Risk aversion

A man would tell the leadership to “grow a pair” and respond.  To “grow a pair” is to tell someone they don’t have the balls, that they SHOULD have to do something “manly”  But this feminist led leadership isn’t configured to “grow a pair.”

Finding NEMA

Where was NEMA?  Perhaps they were paralysed by OSH – another stifling government department called “Occupational Health and Safety,” which is also led by a woman.  I guess we’ll have to ask Jacinda, our prime minister.

The head of the newly formed NEMA is Carolyn Schwalger, from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, New Zealand.

It’s not a good look for the New Zealand government.


12 Dec 2019, aftermarth:

White Island eruption – What police boat was doing so close to shore

“Police initially refused to reveal the boat’s specific activities so close to the island when asked for information by Newshub, saying it was “providing whatever support was required.”  A spokesperson stressed no individual stepped foot on the island.

However, on Thursday, after Police Minister Stuart Nash blasted police communication and called for greater transparency during the eruption aftermath, police confirmed the boat was the launch site for drones.”

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/12/white-island-eruption-what-police-boat-was-doing-so-close-to-shore.html


 Links

NEMA
‘How good is Jacinda Ardern’: People applaud NZ PM.  
White Island eruption: The ‘distressing’ aftermath described by first responder Mark Law

Islamic attacks, what are modern Brits saying in private?

The Manchester-born singer, Morrissey, has hit out at politicians for their reaction to the bombing in his hometown that has killed 22 people and injured 59 more.

“Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an ‘extremist’. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?”

Criticising the prime minister, the musician added: “Also, ‘will not break us’ means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa.”

He claimed that “her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues”.

Morrissey also criticised the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, who he said had failed to condemn the Islamic State group after it claimed responsibility for the attack.  Khan is a Muslim.

Morrissey cited government immigration policy among his complaints saying the prime minister would never change her immigration policy in the light of the attacks. Police have said that the bomber, Salman Abedi, was British-born and from Manchester.

“In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections,” the singer wrote on his Facebook page.


The family of Georgina Callander, who tragically died in the Manchester bombing, has warned the government it must ‘open its eyes’ before more parents lose their children to terror.  Source: http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/28/family-of-manchester-terror-victim-warn-government-to-open-its-eyes-before-its-too-late-6667225/

The 22 people killed in the Manchester bombing included children, with the youngest just eight years old. Of the 59 wounded, many were children under 16.


Tommy Robinson in Manchester: “Politicians have sold us out”

The word ‘MUSLIM,’ none dare say it …

“To stop this, we need to identify what’s happening.  And it’s happening because the Quran, in over a hundred verses, incites murder and war against us!”


Manchester Attack: What They’re NOT Telling You

Almost certainly, nothing will change.  There are things we can change; mass surveillance of hate preaching mosques, solitary confinement of individuals who are likely to radicalise others in prison, extreme vetting and strict quotas on Muslim immigration, deporting known terrorists, prosecuting NGOs who send out boats to rescue unvetted migrants – some of them who sympathise with, or are members of Isis.” – Paul Joseph Watson

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This is tolerance.  This is diversity.  This is the future our leaders have chosen for us.

“But we have a choice.  We have hope.  Don’t let them tell you not to be angry – “to go on with life as usual.”  Because that’s not bravery – it’s cowardice.  Enough hashtags.  Enough vigils. Enough celebrity platitudes. It hasn’t worked.  We need change. We need action.  Hope has two beautiful daughters.  Their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are and Courage to see that they don’t remain as they are.”