It’s time to bring back the death penalty for people like Tarrant

What are your first thoughts when you read or hear that an innocent person has lost their life in a horrific and calculated act of murder? Or some white supremacist shoots up a mosque? Even typing the question feels mildly ridiculous. Within most of us, the desire for justice burns. But for others, it’s not the terror inflicted upon innocent victims that inspires the greatest feeling. Of primary importance, they insist, are the rights of the murderers themselves. The self-righteous ferocity with which the commentariat oppose any suggestion of a…

John Oliver praises ‘amazing’ NZ after Christchurch mosque terror attack

John Oliver has opened the latest edition of his show, commending New Zealand’s reaction to the Christchurch terror attacks. US talkshow host and comedian John Oliver has praised New Zealand for how “it’s been showing its strength in how it’s been responding” to the Christchurch mosque shooting. Oliver opened the latest episode of his Last Week Tonight show with the New Zealand flag in the background, before launching into a monologue praising the country’s resilience in the wake of the shootings which left 50 people dead. Oliver said it wasn’t “just a disgusting act” from…

Pig brothel dismantled during FBI raid

FBI agents cracked down on unsuspecting party goers at a Missouri pig farm yesterday where more than 40 arrests were made over allegations of bestiality and animal cruelty. Suspected for some time by local authorities of running a pig farm functioning as an underground pig brothel, where clients paid for sexual services with the farm animals, the 67-year old farm owner was arrested with two of his sons and some 30 guests who were present to celebrate his birthday. Caught in full action during the night of the birthday bash, the FBI raid engaged…

Woman spits out six babies in nine minutes

A woman in Texas, US, has given birth to six babies in just nine minutes, a hospital has reported. Thelma Chiaka gave birth four boys and two girls on Friday morning. The whole birth of the six babies took place between 4.50am and 4.59am (local time). According to the Women’s Hospital of Texas, where the babies were born, the newborns are all healthy and in stable condition in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. The mother is also doing well. The mother has reportedly named her daughters Zina and Zuriel.…

Surfing king Kelly Slater makes surprise visit to Mangawhai Beach and reckons the waves are shit

It’s not often a member of the surfing elite makes a visit to Northland, let alone the best of them all: Kelly Slater. He isn’t impressed with the non-existent swell at all. The 11-time world champion surfer made a surprise appearance to Mangawhai Heads beach on midday Sunday in what was his first visit to New Zealand since 1993. Slater, born in the United States, was in the country as a guest player in a golf tournament at Tara Iti golf club in Mangawhai. After visiting the local surf shop,…

New Zealand gun law reform within 10 days

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to unveil gun law reforms within 10 days and announced a review into security agencies after the mosque shootings. Cabinet met today and had made an in-principle decision about changes to gun laws. “As a Cabinet we were absolutely clear, the terror attack on Friday was the worst act of terrorism on our shores,” she said. The mosque shootings had highlighted weaknesses in our gun laws and these would be addressed, she said. Ardern also confirmed there would be a review of security agencies’…

Brenton Tarrant ‘most targeted person’ in New Zealand prisons

he accused gunman in the Christchurch terror attack would be “the most targeted person” in prison, an expert says. Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been warned he’s a marked man by gang members, following the horrific attack on Friday at two Christchurch mosques. One gang member said “we’ve got friends inside, too”. He didn’t elaborate but the warning was clear. “Threats should be taken very seriously,” said Canterbury University criminologist Greg Newbold, who has spent time in prison himself earlier in his life. “I would take that very seriously and I…

DO NOT SHARE CHRISTCHURCH SHOOTING VIDEO

Sharing of Christchurch shooting video likely to be against the law, one person has already been charged  The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) advises that people who share the video of the shooting today in Christchurch are likely to be committing an offence. A DIA spokesperson says that the video is likely to be objectionable content under New Zealand law. “The content of the video is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see. This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the…

Questions about policing online hate are much bigger than Facebook and YouTube

n the wake of a hate-fueled mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, major web platforms have scrambled to take down a 17-minute video of the attack. Sites like YouTube have applied imperfect technical solutions, trying to draw a line between newsworthy and unacceptable uses of the footage. But Facebook, Google, and Twitter aren’t the only places weighing how to handle violent extremism. And traditional moderation doesn’t affect the smaller sites where people are still either promoting the video or praising the shooter. In some ways, these sites pose a tougher problem — and…