Monthly Archives: November 2008

Today is white ribbon day.

Around 2.30 pm on Stuff home page.

Govt hired PI to watch rugby on TV
A Government ministry hired a private detective to watch World Cup rugby final matches on television to see if advertising was run in the programme, a court has heard.

‘Hideous’ abuse exposed as child killer jailed
The mother of a murdered South Auckland infant wailed as the “hideousness” of their baby’s killer was exposed at the High Court in Auckland this morning.
Audio Presentation. Mother’s anguish after daughter killed
Article. White Ribbon – in defiance of violence

Teen lay on the road after death drive
A teenage driver tried to get himself run over as a woman lay dying under the van that he flipped on the Pahiatua Track, a court heard.

Bondage dungeon owner sentenced
A Christchurch man who cut scar patterns into teenage girls in a purpose-built suburban bondage dungeon has been sentenced to nine months home detention.

Editors’ Picks
- Most Viewed
- Disgraced swimmer pleads guilty to bashing
- Election of Obama leads to more hate crimes
- Violent fighting outside High Court
- Arrest over Rotorua road rage shooting
- Blackadder returns for Christmas special
- Front-facing buggies may stunt babies’ brains
- Kiwi seeks compo over alleged abuse by Aussie priest

Blackadder seems to be the only light relief, apart from the rugby story. It is patently obvious why we so desperately need White Ribbon Day and Its not OK campaigns. Today is white ribbon day.

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Adopt the brace position in an emergency

I have been travelling quite a lot by air lately. Consequently I have heard the safety announcements fairly often. You know the one, with the instructions on the brace position and holding onto your ankles so your feet won’t leave the floor in an emergency. I was led to reflect on the seemingly ineffectual nature of such an activity when you are hurtling earthwards at a frightening pace after hearing about the Qantas plane dropping from the sky, causing panic and some severe injuries before being able to right itself. But I do keep my seat belt fastened which is probably all you can realistically do when the chips are down.

I also wonder how useful the equivalent economic brace positions adopted by governments around the world might be in the current economic maelstrom. As I watch my retirement savings diminish I hope they will have some effect.

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