Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WHY I HAVE NO GREAT RESPECT FOR THE FOURTH ESTATE

Times have changed since Edmund Burke said "There are Three Estates in Parliament but, in the Reporters Galley yonder, there sits a Fourth Estate more important far than they all".    

The days of great crusading editors like John Seigenthaler or, closer to home, Lesley Watts in Cambridge have long gone.    They have been replaced by semi-illiterate journos whose abiding characteristic is their inability to do the hard yards in researching their stories.    The result ... shock horror headlines followed by a non-story.  

Case in point.    A few days ago the Dominion ran a front page article decrying the fact that the 15 sandstone columns that comprise the Australian Memorial at Wellington's National War Memorial Park had been constructed from stone sourced from India.   What the f**k does it matter where the stone came from.   It's the memorial that counts.    But if you want to get really picky about it you might want to reflect on the fact that 5,000 plus Indian soldiers served at Gallipoli with 1,700 making the ultimate sacrifice ... so right there is an ANZAC connection.  

So its a wonder to me that the Dominion, having determined it's an affront that the memorial was comprised of stone from India, didn't pick up on the fact that the rousing bagpipes-and-brass piece 'Highland Cathedral' is not Scottish but was composed in the 1980s by .... wait for it, two German musicians called Roever and Koch; or even that the bronze plaques on our soldiers graves in RSA cemeteries throughout the land are made from copper and tin sourced from ..... !!!!!

It's no wonder that the 'profession' is rated by many as on a par with used car salesmen and only a tad above the oldest profession of all.  


Monday, April 27, 2015

ANDREW CHAN & MYURAN SUKUMARAN

In the next few hours Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed by firing squad on the Indonesian Island of Nusakambangan.    I have previously made it clear that while I am personally opposed to the death penalty I respect the right of sovereign countries to enforce their own laws.

This outcome was predictable.   The Indonesian Government, faced by a burgeoning hard drugs problem with an estimated 110,000 heroin addicts and 1.2m users of crystal methamphetamine, was never going to back-down in the face of considerable diplomatic and political pressure.  One might even argue that 'outside' pressure was likely to reinforce their resolve ... shades of the 'Ugly American' perhaps.

Reports have it that Chan and Sukumaran are preparing to meet their maker with dignity ... if such a thing is possible.    I hope they are at peace with themselves.

I repeat ... I am opposed to capital punishment but equally, I hope this serves as a further warning that, if you 'do drugs' in Indonesia, then be prepared to face the consequences of your actions.


 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

THE GREENS ATTITUDE TO TRADE

I see Catherine Delahunty from the Greens has condemned a potential free trade deal with the Gulf Cooperation Council and particularly Saudi Arabia because of its supposed poor human rights record including the fact they allow executions by beheading and that women are not allowed out without male supervision and cannot drive cars.

If that were to be the standard against which all trade deals were assessed then we in New Zealand would would find ouirselves in real trouble with most of our markets blocked off including China (currently our second largest trading partner with our exports worth $6.7b; the GCC 5th at $2b; India (where you see females being stoned to death) 12th at $926m ... the list goes on and on.    Just where do you draw the line on this?   Is death by beheading (Saudi) any different to death by Firing Squad (Indonesia) ... not sure that it is.

When you start playing 'God' with trade then you are on a slippery slope to nowhere.    But then again I guess the Greens prefer to stand clean and pure and bugger the consequences.    The good news is for most most people, the opinions of Delanunty are irrelevant.   But if she were to get her mits on the levers of power ....................

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday's Fulminations

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

SOME ADVICE FOR ANDREW LITTLE AND METIRIA TUREI

as you attend the 100th anniversary commemoration of the landings at ANZAC Cove and reflect on the sacrifice of the 36,000 Australians and New Zealanders killed or wounded in that campaign doing their duty.    I wonder if it bothers you to think back on the speeches made in Parliament in response to the announcement that we were deploying 146 service personnel to help train Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic terrorism.

Perhaps I can refresh your memory Andrew, you can read your speech here    Metiria, you can look here to see what your co-leader had to say.

I have no difficulty in accepting your opposition to the deployment.   That is your right and indeed, with the Greens, it is to be expected given their opposition to the use of military force anywhere, anytime and especially if the US is involved.

But unlike NZ First, the Maori Party and United Future, all of whom opposed the deployment, you failed to acknowledge in any way shape or form the troops being deployed; to wish them well and hope for their safe return.

Crass, insensitive, insulting, unworthy.  Call it what you will.   Not the action of a Parliamentary leader. So excuse me if I puke when I see you poncing round at Gallipoli.    I will know you are there to be seen and that's all.    Your hypocrisy in pretending to honor those who serve and have served cuts no ice with me, no ice at all.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Je suis John Key.


David Cunliffe's Marriage to Karen Price dissolves amid suggestions that the great helmsman might be doing some  homework with a particularly bubbly  political reporter with an impeccable pedigree.

Helen Clark marries a professor and it is later revealed it was an arranged marriage to satisfy the troughmaster general' considered opinion that to reach the exhaulted office of PM she should be "Married", it was suggested later that the blushing bride was in fact in tears.
That it later degenerated somewhat with a hurried exit from LA of "hubby" with rumours of high level diplomatic intervention was never 'news'.

David Lange's marriage is a shambolic charade when David gets more than a little too friendly with his senior speech writer Margaret Pope who was later described as the Fourth Labour Government's very own Yoko Ono a reference to the woman credited with the breakup of the Beetles.

David Parker becomes a jiggilo when he usurps stroke victim and Labour stalwart  Chris Knox's woman.

Lecherous Len "pantsdown" Brown has an adulterous affair with a person holding a position with the Mayor's  council and the sordid affair is revealed after a second term victory with major emphasis on his loving family life among his powerbase voters of Manakau.

John Key tugs a coffee waitresses pigtail in a cafe he frequents and later apologises adding a couple of bottles of wine when he is made aware he has been causing some apparent degree of upset to the young lady.

Three Prime Ministers and two wannabe also rans and the Mayor of our largest city all involved in what many might think are lapses in judgement.
Five from team red and one from team blue but one of these Six is a standout, for a very simple reason.

Here is one clue.

Five of them only became common knowledge after they happened the sixth also became revealed some time later but for what may turn out to be different circumstances.
You may be  still guessing what was the profound difference to the treatment the standout one received.

Here it is, does any one recall any of the team red incidents being the lead item on TVOne six pm infotainment hour.

At present John Key is enroute for Gallipoli centenary events on the peninsula that many accept is where our nationhood and that of our Aussie cousins was forged and the ANZAC legend was born.
Today on his tatty  raving socialist blog, Two votes Martyn Martin Bradbury launches the big reveal about the Key incident based on the evidence of the still anonymous young woman.
The incident  happened some weeks ago and the luvvies who spend their days looking in vain for the big shootout that will leave Mr Key bleeding out from wounds, were on fire.
All laid out as the lead off for the state TVs flagship news effort.

Yes Key was imprudent and it is yet to be revealed as to what motivated the "Victim" who apparently accepted an  apology, and presumably has disposed of the wine, but the timing and the whole methodology of the expose leave me thinking there could well be some remarkable similarities to the Honey trap that sank the SS Richard Worth when his indiscretion partner was found to be very close politically and socially to one Philip Goff.

One Of Keys endearing traits that have seen him hold remarkable polling strength is his affable, approachable normal bloke persona that has him continually being confronted with the "selfie" epidemic, so news that someone has taken offense after some nine years at the helm of National "is the end of the dream", gimme a break please.

FFS it was in broad daylight, in public, in the company of wife Bronagh, at a café regularly attended when some normality is being sought, but that wont save him, he is a rapist, a liar, a sloth and he is proven to be totally unfit to be our Prime minister, hanging will be too kind.

This ending of the Key administration is right up there with Tony Abbott downing a 'schooner' of Victorian Bitter.

Psst luvvies your slip is showing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ON ANZAC DAY

I'll be delivering the address at Russell in the Bay of Islands. For me the years will roll back to 1965 when, at the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra, all the New Zealand officer cadets training in Australia formed the fourth Guard of Honour beside those representing the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Airforce to mark 50 years since the beginning of the ANZAC legend

The salute. if I remember rightly, was taken by Price Henry, Duke of Gloucester, but what was particularly memorable was the parade of 1,000 plus original ANZACs.   That was a piece of living history and as a person embarking on a military career it was a privilege to be able to meet with them after the event and hear their stories first hand.

At Russell I'll be commenting that we meet not to glorify war, or to argue the toss as to who won or lost, but simply to remember those who served during times of conflict and to reflect upon their selfless sacrifice.    I'll tell the story of Jack Harris, aged 15, who forged his birth certificate in order to join up and who was killed-in-action on 15 August 1915 at Lone Pine.   I'll remind those present of the need to acknowledge and support all those who currently serve in our armed forces and especially the 142 about to deploy to Iraq ... that it's vitally important that we never subject them to what we did to our Vietnam veterans when we hung both them and their families out to dry.

There will be many speeches made on ANZAC Day but for me the most moving thing will be to see and witness ordinary New Zealanders from all walks of life taking the time to pay their tribute to those who serve and have served.

That's ANZAC Day for me.   What about you?


TVNZ Fails NCEA

Cop this headline and wonder from whence come their genius headline writers.

Crane driver electrified by power lines in Auckland

The word they were looking for is 'electrocute.'

From The Oxford dictionary:-

Definition of electrocute in English:

verb

[with object] Injure or kill (someone) by electric shock: a man was electrocuted on the rail track

It's Just Not Working.




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When Dame Susan Elizabeth Anne Devoy was appointed the race relations commissioner I was seriously in favour of what I saw as the appointment of one who had been a dedicated and world leading sportswoman in her chosen sport for a decade and with her CV including travel, meeting many and varied people in some very cosmopolitan places, as a bold and innovative move.
Someone who could identify with ordinary New Zealand citizens and  bring a common sense approach  to an office that has indulged in the whimsy while ignoring some of the most outrageous racist contretemps seen in years.
She has been an abject failure, lurching from debacle to chaotic debacle and it would appear the fearless take no prisoners ex-world champion  has abdicated to the faceless minions who infest her office.

As if her recent inclusion of the religious sect Islam as a racial group when its adherents would be one of the widest encompassing bunch of disparate racial groups on the planet wasn't bad enough, todays foray into the hair brained suggestion from Young Labour to make Maori Language compulsory in NZ schools is not only a grossly insensitive move but it has all the hallmarks of being lunatic personified.

Dame Susan is totally unfit for purpose, Devoid of any skill and all at SEA!

They were married !!!!



and on the evidence published so far, very much in love.

 An Iowa State politician Henry Rayons visited his wife in a dementia unit and is charged with having sexual relations with a woman incapable of granting consent.

Two widowed sixty somethings met at their church choir, fell in love and married.
Some eight years later Donna Lou fell under the bastard mind destroying disease Alzheimer's, and eventually was admitted to a nursing home.
Henry was a regular visitor and no problems until the home moved Donna Lou into a shared room. Next time Henry called he closed the privacy curtains and the other resident called the nurse.

Well of course Donna's daughter didn't like Henry and immediately took her mother to hospital where a full medical indicated sexual contact had occurred, there was zero indication of force or injury but because the matter of consent from a  person of diminished mental ability was in question, Henry Donna Lou's lawful husband was arrested and charged.

My life skills have indicated to me that humans with diminishing mental capacity have a serious need for contact, verbal, physical  and emotional and a response from a hug with emphasis on cuddle can bring some to tears very quickly.
Now as to sexual contact my knowledge is somewhat limited but not to the point of knowing nothing, I can read observe and listen.
A dear old lady I knew well ended her days in a rest home and the staff informed me, as I had a legal guardian relationship that the dear old soul had formed a relationship with another resident, male younger but suffering onset dementia.
My response was that so long as no-one was in danger just let them be and although my friend never even admitted that there was a new man in her life, in the chaos of end of life with the morphine and variable cognitive conditions she blurted out that she had always been "faithful to her late husband".
I saw no point in responding, an acceptance and moving along sufficed as the dear old soul was in the terminal stage.
That was a sobering little additional glimpse to what can occur in someone drugged and drifting and whatever happens to dear old Henry in Iowa it is possible a grave miscarriage of justice will eventuate, as for Donna Lou thankfully she is no longer there but I would not be so sure that Henry will see much peace in his remaining years as the punishment for loving his wife may be as long as ten years in the poky.

How anyone other than Henry and Donna Lou could possibly form an accurate judgement as to what happened and what motivated them is something that will be of monumental interest to many but on what has been revealed so far it is indeed a conundrum with no prospect of resolution.
Many rest homes do not allow relationships to develop and there are too many cases where lifelong partnerships of well over 50 years, are ended in the chaos of the resthome solution.

Modern younger people who see their freedoms in relationships as normal have enormous difficulty in even considering that old people might have a similar view of those same freedoms.

Good luck Henry I fear you may well need it in spades.

While John Key has sent troops you and all NZ shoppers are funding ISIS



Spanish Bride at Whaloil has posted another revelation on how shoppers are funding the very terrorists the Government has decided to assist the state of Iraq to fight.

It started here in NZ with the introduction of Islamist approved slaughtering of meat destined for export to Iran.
Then as meat that is not slaughtered according to Moslem tradition can cause Halal meat to be made unworthy, all slaughter houses converted their facilities.
This was quite costly and guess who paid, yep the already debt  burdened NZ Cockies.
All the slaughter activity at the start of every "chain" had to be realigned so as to have things line up with Mecca wherever it was dictated that would be.
All animals to comply had to be dispatched by a registered Moslem Slaughterman who slashed the animals throat then the animal had to be allowed to pump its blood from the carotid arteries in a vain attempt to keep the brain alive. To be any where close to humane any real man will slash the condemned animals throat and at the same time break its neck thus causing sufficient trauma so as to render the dying animal brain dead in a second.
Hell no said the enlightened followers of the desert religion the poor bloody animal was to remain conscious so as to make the bleed out more efficient and complete. A compromise was reached in that sheep and goats were to be stunned with electrodes to the head before Allah's tool did his slash and pray bit.

That was nearly 40 years ago but now any food product that might want to be exported to a Moslem Country and or sold to a practising follower of Islam must be "certified Halal" necessitating an annual fee paid to a duly approved agent who then authorises the stamping of that product with an Arabic emblem.
Where does all that money extorted from food producers go, well much of it goes direct to funding the freakin murderous bastards who were reported yesterday to have slaughtered two more groups of Christians in Libya. You want to know something else They do not do anything to make those poor bastards departure from this life conform in any way with Christian beliefs they just shoot them or hack their heads of any way they can, kneeling, shackled and helpless.

Just think for a moment how depraved the bastards might appear if they were not followers of a peaceful religious dogma born in the deserts of Arabia 1400 years ago and virtually unchanged ever since. Then if you have time give a few moments consideration as to how you might feel funding a terrorist bunch Our government has sent soldiers to combat.

Daylight Robery



Stop/go signs were set up on Colville Rd over the weekend and road users were asked to donate a gold coin before continuing their journey.

On a highway in the Coromandel a bunch of Maori are creating an ad hoc roadblock complete with road cones, hi viz jerkins and stop go signs.
They then solicit "donations" from the travelling public for the local Community Centre.

I understand there is no Koputauaki Community Center as most understand it.
There is no permit from the district council for such an event.
There is no traffic management plan.
The attitude of "the collectors" is described as intimidating and aggressive.

Two questions:

1 how long before an official intervention if SWMBO and I set up, at say The Hilltop with a similar fundraiser for the Aylmers Valley Charitable Trust.

2 Did not the English face a similar impediment to coaches on main roads c 1700.

The answer to 1 would be a few minutes , the answer to 2 was yes.

So what did officials do 300 odd years ago, well they arrested the perpetrators and with minimal due process left them swinging from gibbets on the roadside with no treatment for their sore throats.

If this was an impromptu one off fundraiser under say a Telethon weekend it just might fly but as the latest extortion of people going about their rightful activities it is highway robbery and has a potential to degenerate into civic chaos so Mr, sorry The Honourable Minister Michael Woodhouse, sort it

Monday, April 20, 2015

You're Kidding Me?



During the state TV infotainment hour, an Item on over the counter drugs to combat erectile dysfunction, a spokesman  for medical professionals was concerned that some might bypass their GP at around 40/50 smakeroos to get assistance in the tackle efficiency department from their friendly pharmacist.

Since last October the drug silvasta has been available after  a sitdown 20 minute consultation with the Pharmacist. Repeats only need five minutes.

His closing statement just blew me away,
"some men might use this drug to enhance their performance".

No shit Sherlock, after years of Viagara @ $30 a pill then Ciallis stirred the viagra drug dealers to put a new name on it and reduced the cost of "avigra"  now silvasta over the counter, who would have ever  have er thought some might want to perform better?

You mean all those adverts with panic stricken greying men with a blonde bombshell in their arms needing an insurance policy,  I thought it was the next news segment, waddya mean an advert.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Gee that was News but it went Over Corins head.

 Tonight TVOne released their first poll since Winny became defacto Leader of Her Majesties Opposition and Corin Dann  resident spin meister for the red team kinda missed the real news.

You see abdicating his best campaign opportunity to make progress in cementing his slipping grasp as alternative Prime minister  the abrasive cleaner  was left stranded with his glorious coalition around his ankles.

The debacle for the Nats with their totally inept understanding of By election tactics that saw the old dwarf make his last hurrah, had Corin and co slavering at just how far the government had fallen only to find they didn't fall at all in fact they held stronger.

Mana made it back to a smudge in the margin of error along with Craig's disciples, Act  and the Natives.
To be fair NZF's rise apparently came from the hapless GP as the slipped below 10%

The MMP mirage has been further smeared as the proportionality that is supposed to be so defining and suffered a smack in the goulies is proven to be out of whack.

The abrasive toilet cleaner, trying desperately to make a positive, is left with his pathetic suggestion that being a list only leaves him time to get out and about while The Dwarf is tied to Northland.
Sorry hopeless,  Winny is tied to nothing, all you have done is raise his profile way above yours, read the poll stupid,  the truth is your continual exposure to sycophants and isolation from voters continues to keep your ankles toed firmly together.
If Colgates answer to toilet duck is happy to be where he is at, I am sorry loser that is nowhere that matters, you have empowered the dwarf to be far more seen in the eyes of NZ as the best qualified to hold the National government to account.

That Corrin is what that poll meant in the big wide world, it is not about you.

Friday, April 17, 2015

HOPE I'M NOT GOING TO BE STRUCK DEAD FOR SAYING THIS

but the news that Kevin Rudd has thrown his hat in the ring for the top job at the UN which will see him competing against Helen Clark leads one to the conclusion that in a race between the two of them there would be a clear winner ... and it wouldn't be Rudd.

Can it be that Rudd's ego is such that he is entering the contest in order to siphon votes off Clark and take her down a peg or two.   That would appear to have some credence given his statement here that he doesn't stand a chance and that it's Europe's turn to take over from Ban Ki-moon when he retires as Secretary-General in 2016.

Kevin Rudd ... a mystery, wrapped up in an enigma and consumed by his own self-generated importance.


The Jewel in the Crown

If you go to a Greenpeace function anytime soon, don't expect curry to be on the menu.

India, that jewel in the crown of Queen Victoria's empire, has told the PC alarmist wankers of the world to fuck off and mind their own business.

The Indians know that all the expensive green energy boondoggles in the world won't lift their people out of poverty.  They need cheap bulk energy and that means coal and nuclear power.

The Indian government has said it needs to emit more to industrialize and lift millions out of poverty.

~ ~ ~ ~

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government aims to double Indian coal production to 1.5 billion tons by 2020. India needs more fuel to meet rapidly growing demand for electricity.

And in another blow to the green eco=terrorists I see the Indian authorities have closed down all Greenpeace bank acounts.

A dossier prepared by the Union Home Ministry on March 4 claimed that Greenpeace’s foreign contribution was used “to influence and lobby” for the formation of government policies.

It claimed that the “foreign funded campaign and protest creation by Greenpeace India led to wastage of financial resources, prevented creation of productive capital and caused loss of jobs and incomes for locals, apart from depriving the country of energy”.
The dossier, prepared after investigations for six months beginning last September, said the non-operationalisation of Mahan coal block was due to the “protest-creation” of Greenpeace in Singrauli and eight other locations.
Another result of Greenpeace protest was “slowing down Government of India’s energy policy implementation by physically preventing the commission of new nuclear and coal based energy projects” and “creating hurdles in the path of existing coal based plants”.

It must be true.  It's in The Guardian.


Friday's Fulminations

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE HYPOCRISY OF ANDREW LITTLE & RON MARK REVEALED

It's sad that here in New Zealand Labour and Winston First (the Greens don't count) have preferred to bury their heads, ostrich like, in the sand and pretend that ISIL and El-Qaeda isn't a threat to western civilisation. Obviously the latent anti-US sentiment always present in sections of the Labour Party has jumped the political fence with those two Parties opposing the decision to deploy troops to Iraq in a training capacity.  

This stands in sharp contrast to the more mature political consensus displayed across the ditch where there is bi-partisan support for the ANZAC deployment.

But clearly the hypocrisy of Andrew Little and Ron Mark knows no bounds when they criticise the Government for failing to secure a full Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) ahead of the deployment. The advice that the Government has secured an agreement with Baghdad sufficient to allow the deployment to proceed with confidence cuts no ice with them.

I agree with the commentator who opined that Little's insistence about the importance of a SOFA is just petty politicking.    A SOFA is the Rolls Royce solution to how to protect our forces from the legal system of the host nation.   There are many reasons why a country might not wish to sign up to it including a perceived loss of sovereignty.

But here's the kicker.   For more than a decade in Afghanistan the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which included British, Australian and New Zealand troops, were protected, not by a full SOFA, but rather a Military Technical Agreement (MTA). The MTA included provisions about who had primary jurisdiction over ISAF forces if they committed criminal or disciplinary offences or damaged civilian property.

And just who was happy to authorise the deployment of  New Zealand troops to Afghanistan covered by the MTA rather than a full SOFA ... quelle surprise.   Labour and Winston First with Peters as Foreign Minister and Mark as their Defence Spokesthingy.

Hypocritical and dumber than a sackful of hammers.

p.s   I wish Ron Mark would stop pretending he was a member of the SAS.   Motor Mechanic and Workshop Manager yes, SAS no.


No Winners but there is still The Law.




I note the Medical Practitioner Mother who 'forgot her infant son' and he died in a closed parked car outside her place of work is to be charged in the Wanganui Court on a charge of Manslaughter.

The consensus explanation for her action may well exonerate her of criminal action but it is pretty certain if the mother had been in a pub playing pokies she might well have had the excuses that have already been advanced as a possible explanation but it is unlikely the gambler would  not have been charged.

Unless evidence emerges that could point to a pattern of lack of care there will be absolutely no punishment required, it is unimaginable how any parent could cope with what happened but there is a  dead child and any possible explanation does need to be tested in law as there is a case to be resolved.

It is the Law dammit

Who Gives An Airborne Copulation.



Yesterday the Australian Labor Party propaganda unit sent a skilled and trained staff member to a Presser by the Australian Defence Minister The Hon Kevin Andrews on  the formal announcement of their joint NZ troop deployment to Iraq, and this stalwart dumbarse thought he had scored the scoop of the century when Minister Andrews was forced to admit he could not name the head honcho of ISIS.

The mystery man is the supposed leader of a ragtag bunch of Islamist terrorists who have no head office let alone a capital, and who, other than a lefty pseudo journalist intent on creating a sound bite really gives a toss. Whoever that leader is, I would venture he will have serious difficulty in obtaining life insurance so his long term future as the head terrorist is probably reasonably threatened.

Then later in a move inspired by the ALPBC's activist subversive, an as yet un-named intrepid scribbler used the ploy on PM Key, who in his all too open ways  IMHO, made an attempt and fired a blank.
Earth shattering for sure in the eyes of every one of John Campbell's 127 viewers but who else cares.

ISIS, ISOL, Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham,  the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, Daesh or whatever, the murderous bunch is identified most readily by its ghastly videos of its totally degraded murderous behaviours and I would suggest far more NZ and Aussie  people might well accord the leader the name of the murderous bastard pom, Jihardi John rather than the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Our troops have been deployed to "TRAIN" elements of the Iraqi military so the relevance of a shadowy leader of some of those the Iraqi army might confront after training, to not be at the fingertips of the PM or Minister Andrews for that matter, means saccharine, shag all to the man in the street but to a totally biased media hack trying to look even more inept I guess they might see it as a bombshell scoop.

Oh and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is not the only name the low life scumbag uses, just like Good old Groucho on his principles, Baghdadi with names, has others.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hoi Simon, Alternative Pathway To A Surplus



Parliamentary Services needs new drones.
Obviously 121 is not enough

The is currently advertising for: 
  • An Organisational Development Manager to join the People and Culture Leadership team
  • A Senior Organisational Development Advisor
  • A Senior Learning and Development Advisor to build people and organisational capability
  • A Talent Manager for the People and Culture Leadership team
  • A People and Culture Services Manager.
So that would be one boss, one manager, one teacher, a con artist on parole and a janitor adorned with a hunk of jade on a bootlace.
That will take five off the dole and the Minimum Wage will see them overpaid.

Or
Let MPs who need a janitor, hire one on a zero contract  as there are so many days they wont be needed.

Then tell the entire office for wimmins affairs to let the cougars go find their own marks.

Tell Susy Squashplayer to go back to school and see if she can work out unassisted there actually is a massive difference between Race and Religion. Then since the boss will be absent for some time, pay the rest of those who slurp at that trough, off to go and get a real job.

Force all crims to either front up with a brief at their cost, get a sympathetic graduate to help pro bono or plead guilty and seek mercy.

Make bail a real financial guarantee to comply with court appearance requirements.

No named father = no welfare with the option of placing the child up for adoption.

Dump the RMA in a skip.

Form a "razor gang" and give them machetes.

Relocate remaining government offices to the provinces. Blenheim, Masterton, Hastings/Napier, Palmerston Nth, Wanganui and Gisborne all need  investment to grow and the drones could walk to work

End all corporate welfare, all means all.

By all means build new schools near where people choose to live but offset the costs, by  consolidating and closing schools that are becoming monuments to history, nostalgia and  perceived community hubs.

Sell Cullen's train set for one dollar for any bits some brave bugger is willing to have a go at and if no buyers emerge then sell the tracks to China for scrap and the land with no value as an infrastructure corridor, to the neighbours.
What other business that cost  1.5 billion to buy less than 7 years ago, now needing another billion to keep running makes any sense. Only the government running a business could achieve a result as spectacular as that.

Lastly the hard one but politically the simplest, end ToW NoW.

Oh and sell the rest of the generators before Rio Tinto pull their plug out of the wall and collapse the power price.

There ya Bill, a real budget surplus and taxcuts next year. Must have saved a few Billion already and  apart from a reduction in drones that will expand the pool for PS to recruit theirs, a surplus before the budget is decided.

Next week MMP,  reduction in size of Cabinet, MPs travel and transport, Ministry for sport, Human Wongs commission, Red Radio, NZ on Air, Tourism, Climate change, Racing and all the other affairs. Most people wanting an affair sort their own out, Ms 'Mae West' Bradford, Katie to her closest, could assist  with that but I would need contact details.
Where is David "I'm  in charge"  these days.

I CAN HEAR THE KNASHING OF TEETH ALREADY

At the news that Mike Sabin has been appointed to head Peppers Carrington Resort and oversee its development into the biggest five star resort in the country which, when finished, is expected to being tens of thousands of tourists into Northland and the Carrington Peninsula.

I mean how dare Sabin not wallow in self pity and shut himself away while he deals with the issues that caused him to resign from Parliament.    And how dare the Chinese owners invest an estimated $360 million of their own money in developing the property to include an additional 751 new rooms along with a shopping and entertainment centre.

The Veteran and Mrs Veteran have stayed at Carrington previously and clearly it's not for the average punter.   It's one of those places where if you need to check the prices you probably can't afford to go there.    It's one of those places where you can play the golf course and not see another person even on a busy day with the added advantage that half way round you can divert through the tunnel under the road and end up at the winery when, after a few 'bevvys' your score suddenly appears quite good.

Be that as it may this is a major boost for the Northland economy and is to be welcomed and no matter that Peters and Harawira will decry it as proof positive of an 'alien' invasion ... their views count for nought.   They would prefer that Maori remain trapped in inter-generational dependence, reliant on the State for sustenance and with their so called 'mana' intact through not having to work for a foreign owned company for a living.  

Funny that we don't hear that about Juken Nissho in Kaitaia though.    

SIR APIRANA NGATA HAD IT RIGHT

When he said that social welfare would destroy his people.     No-one can intelligently argue that there should not be a safety net for those in genuine need and that's not the point of this post .... what really worries me is the development of a hand-out culture and the refusal by some to acknowledge that those in receipt of taxpayer support incur obligations.

Yesterday I was invited to present a proposal to a group of senior and mid-level bureaucrats designed to support the children of vulnerable and transient families and facilitate their access to quality services.     The proposal had been developed by a working group comprising health professionals and those with expertise in the field of family support along with community representatives and had the endorsement of a senior professional responsible for the delivery of services to our most vulnerable.

All good ... not quite.    While it was agreed the proposal had merit and should be explored further (or was that the code-word for it to be shelved) there was an undercurrent of opinion from some of those present that for it to work it would need to be incentivised (whatever that means) in order for Maori to sign-up to it.   Give me strength .... what sort of incentives are required to have a parent/caregiver (never mind the ethnicity) sign-up to a raft of 'free' government services.  Have we come to the point where someone other than the family has to pick up the child and take him/her to the health professional/dentist/specialist etc in order for them to access those services.   Is parental responsibility a dirty word?

In all truth I went away from that meeting disheartened.   There has to be a paradigm shift in the way we manage those at most risk and if elements of the bureaucracy are so wedded to the concept of hand-out rather than hand-up then the reality is that nothing much will change.   A pig with lipstick on is still a pig and Apirana Ngata got it about right.

I'm sure Lindsay Mitchell will have a view on this.


 

Nah Lets Just Ban Them.



I started my working life as a casual farm worker in a zero hour contract sans paper.
With a couple of dogs one saved from a .22 bullet and the other a reject, Lou was undershot a serious defect in selecting a pup. Any way some days I had no work but never had nothing to do, the next day could well have a conundrum from multiple choices on offer.

Where zero hour contracts have overstepped comes with requirements that to gain this opportunity for entry to the workforce where those signing up were required to be on call with the contract at risk for not accepting an offer of hours.
That is beyond what flexibility in employment changes to employment law did  not intend  it is clear that some employers I would never work for or more probably a half arsed HR person with little or zero understanding of the law of unintended consequences would add a requirement that the employee "Must be available".
That is what needs addressing.

There is a group of workers in the pool who for any number of reasons do not want to go to work every day, and a zero hour contract without penalty for non availability might be a best buy.

There will always be scumbag employers who through inexperience, desperation or sheer avarice will take advantage of vulnerable employees and the very best practise for dealing with them is publicity or not giving them  opportunity.
It appears the publicity angle has worked on several of the franchises with BK about to fold leaving only McDonalds holding out.

Of course there are increasing numbers of scumbag workers who under the protection of current employment law will just not turn up and expect zero repercussions and it is their attitude that contributes to some of the demand for casual workers to be available.

Tweak it yes ban it no.

Oh and all those bleeding hearts who want to reduce further opportunities for gaining access to work via casualization, will be the very same ignoramus who decried the 90 day law that has successfully gained permanent employment for many.
Both these modern employment structures can be beneficial for young people trying to get an opening entry on their CV so to ban either or both will impede unnecessarily, an increase in opportunity so badly needed with the entirely natural progress to casualization of the work force.

Anyone leaving school in the middle of last century would have had employment in hand, any thought of "a gap year", tertiary study with no idea of what they will do or having several career starts by age thirty unheard of but that is the modern world.
Who were the more fortunate those of us who from social pressure accepted we had to have a job or those c2015 who can drift for years and may quite possibly never settle on any permanent employment, largely made possible through the pretty generous welfare availability.

Wont stop Angry Andy and his pug lapdog Woody from calling for another ban without actually saying what it might be they will ban, great sound bite though.

The H Bomb

This looks like something out of the 1960s hippie movement.   Come to think of it, that's exactly where it's owner came from.   Hillary Clinton.

The subject of much mocking and parody, here are my two favorites which accurately sum up the bitch.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Why I Don't Watch TV

Apart from the fact that for mny years our houe has been a Campbell free zone, that is.

Tonight The Cook tells me some dumbarse cooking celebrity was waxing eloquent over the virtues of his 'mortar and pretzel.'

I kid you not.

Yaaaaawn, ooooooh, Yaaawn Again

So Handy Andy (the abrasive for sparkling toilets) has accused Simon Bridges of breaching cabinet guidelines over the Northland bridges.

I really don't think anyone outside the Labour Party, TVNZ, Radio Left Wing et al will be in the slightest bit interested.

Now Why Is That?




To vaccinate or not has been largely a choice for parents but things are changing.

Small pox used to kill children, as did whooping cough, measles, diphtheria.
In the year following the first world war soldiers departing Europe effectively carried a nasty flu virus throuout the world resulting in as many deaths as had died in battle.

Now influenza can still kill but usually only amongst those whose immune system is vulnerable and Flu vaccines only  aid the recipients immunity and give protection against the last mutation of the virus.
With Smallpox almost totally eliminated due to the very bold actions of a Dr Jenner who created a defensive vaccine using the very close related and widespresd cowpox after noting milk maids who were in contact with the bovine carried cowpox seemed to have immunity from the far more deadly  and for some serious disfigurement of survivors,  smallpox. Jenners discovery has led to the world being declared free from smallpox in 1980.

Whooping cough, diphtheria and measles vaccines are on offer to children in most developed countries as a triple vaccine but some strange people for reasons of irrational fears decline such treatment and their children are able to enjoy a low risk due to the Herd protection running in the mid eighty percent.
Of course those hippies and educated numpties do get their children protection from another killer disease that is soil born and not contracted from child to child contact as is the case with the triple targets.
Tetanus, all the objections to vaccine disappear real quick when little Tracy and Tarquin get a wound that could easily induce "lockjaw".

Tony Abbott last week caused  contretemps by announcing that any child that remained unvaccinated would be denied benefits. Nice one Tony let the freeloaders and bludgers enjoy their "freedom to refuse vaccination and let them find alternative funding streams to finance their lovely self centered selfish choices.

For me who is the co-owner of three little rugrats that we keep vaccinated for Parvo Virus and Kennel Cough without any state subsidy so they can enjoy access to public dog exercise areas, kennels and gatherings where production of current certificate of vaccination is a requirement to be produced on demand, sees it to be entirely fair and reasonable that such a requirement should apply to any gathering of vulnerable children including preschool, kindergarten, camps and schools.

Be grateful you aren't required to carry a current annual registration tag and have your little darling microchipped along with the current vaccination certificates.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Can They Do Feral Or What?


Miranda Devine is an Australian Journalist who dared to create an opinion piece for her Daily Telegraph Newspaper in which she lauded the economic credentials of the Key Government and in particular how the Key effort compares with the utter shambles of three years of K Rudd, followed by three years Of  Julia Gillard and the forlorn attempts of Hockey and Abbott in the face of a recalcitrant obstructionist Senate to do anything substantial to reduce the big black hole that six years of union directed socialist fuelled bribery and corruption created.

Now Miranda has some decent creds that begin with her choice of father, NZ born Frank Devine who started at the Marlborough Express as a cadet, moved to the lucky country and worked for the WA  'Western Mail', moved through New York, London and Tokyo as a foreign correspondent before returning to Aus  as editor of the Perth Weekend News, Frank then joined Readers Digest as its Australian editor and ten years on moved to New York with a senior role at RD HQ.
Rupert Murdoch then head hunted Frank as Editor of the Chicago Sun Times and later as editor of the New York Post. He then ended his career back in Australia as editor and a columnist of "The Australian".
Now with just that as a formative influence in her life it was no surprise his eldest daughter Miranda would carve out an impressive career in journalism.

For her sins though she has been attacked by "Mickey Savage" at The Standard who is also the ubiquitous Greg Presland who made such a resounding success with Mr Cunliffe, first in his campaign for the leadership that included the mysterious secret trusts and then to his nadir with the best forgotten General election campaign that took the NZLP to its worst showing in nearly 100 years.
Presland gives 'taking the mickey' to new heights but his attempted demolition of one of the best credentialed political journalists at present working the scene in The Lucky Country, was petulance personified, then came the comments from the bottom feeding detritus who inhabit that cesspit.

I am reasonably certain Miranda would never visit the repository of such shallow inane crap but if she did she might just think of how far things have crashed since her illustrious Dad walked the international stage as a political journalist, Presland is not worthy of scooping up the horse shit that might fall from their horses, in fact that might just be where he gets his scripts from.

Miranda has worked for a bunch of major Aus Papers, has a regular slot on 2GB and is a casual guest on several Skynews Australia current affairs programs as they search for balance, something Presland would never understand even if it landed on his feeble skull as a package destined for his local newsagent.

That Is Indeed A Beautiful Sound


Since around 0645 we have had the sound of rain on the roof,  steady and after two hours, around 13mm.

Here in Akaroa we were not as desperate as many pockets  around North Canterbury, a friend from Cheviot next door to where we spent three years in the mid 60s, is saying it is so parched there is not even any green in gully floors where there is normally some hope of a lunch for a rabbit.
Another comment in Farmers weekly said their bit of unirrigated country has moved from brown to white.

Of course next years lamb crop is now set for almost every flock with the body condition of the ewes and the feed plane having established the fertility parameters for what is dropped next spring, however the current challenge for all, including some irrigated farming operators is just having a source of food to maintain a productive base through to  next season.  With a considerable quantity of stored supply in the form of hay, silage and baleage having been consumed to feed capital stock through the dry and sown winter forage either not yet growing or severely constricted. The good news is there are good supplies of Grain,
I hesitate to use the other 'd' word as drought is such an emotive and overused term.
Large areas of northern NSW and Queensland have not seen rain in three years and with much of the base livestock resource either dead, dying or sold, and farmers increasingly taking their own lives calling a dry of months a drought somehow diminishes the aura of what a serious drought can deliver.

Our first foray into farming as owners was in the autumn of 1969 and the next 12 months delivered us a baptism of adversity with only 500mm of rain and winter wheat delivering  a yield of .25 tonne per acre.
The next season was no where as bad with another 75mm or 16 inches of rain and yet we still made profits even though the district average was another 8 inches a year at 24 inches a year.

Many will see corporate welfare in what the government delivers as "Drought Relief "when the two main things such a status will deliver is some subsidised support in the form of coping and staying in the game and taxation relief in being able to avoid, note not evade, tax being assessed on monies generated from sale of capital stock, the funds so generated being needed to be spent to re-establish a productive base after the grass grows again. Corporate welfare, I don't think so, pretty much in the hand up category, sort of being neighbourly if you will

'Too little too late', is so glib yet it is a basic fact of life for most NZ pastoral and a considerable chunk of arable farming outside the Irrigated areas and it must be said there have been some crippling constraints in the water allocation dimension in those areas as well. It is sometimes too little but too late has a distinct glass half empty ring to it.

It is never too late as those in the game well know,  soil temperatures during the rains that break a dry are nearly always maintained to allow good growth and can be still conducive for weeks if not months later.
We moved our Farming to the Wairarapa in 1980 and that eastcoast district had endured a serious dry after crippling spring flood rains. A farm on our new  northern boundary had built a very large storage dam for reticulated stock water. The project was completed in late January and seed spread on the disturbed soils. The rain that struck that sowing came in June and boy did it grow.

The challenge facing all the farming operations as the dry ends is to "manage" what ensues and that is nothing more or less than those who have been in the game for a while understand and carry out with a dry being just another challenge albeit a biggie in this instance.
I recount what the late John Corbett said more than once as we struggled to cope with things so dry in the 1970s, "Murray a dry is easier to manage than a flood as the flood can take all while the dry is only a deficit of one of the things to be dealt with, you still have options",
It is rare to witness a farmer who has unsaleable stock and those instances indicate a person who would be better to leave the industry, but that said there will be cases yet to emerge publically.  Sadly they will almost without exception be what I consider to be mongrels who do not have to absorb the financial repercussions of their stupid cruel decision making, whether personal or more likely by proxy where a "Manager" will be the scapegoat.

Compared to what is facing the poor buggers in places such as Lightning Ridge NSW just South of the Queensland border, what the current dry has delivered here is relatively minor, so many of our  Aussie brothers and sisters  are totally buggered and as Allan Jones pointed out the other night on Sky, if it was a tsunami in Bali the Federal Government would be pouring a billion dollars into aid while the farmers facing ruin are left to the wiles and avarice of their own countries banks without so much as even recognition of their plight.  It is pertinent to remember that some 70% of Queensland to the South and SW of the tropical North is in serious rain deficit and has been for some three years.

Every 'dry' ends with a 'wet' and that is just farming, I have been there.