Tuesday, June 27, 2017

MORE ON SLAVEGATE

It just gets worse for the little man.    In an interview with Morning Report Little said the programme wasn't sanctioned, approved or authorised by the Labour Party despite it being run our of Labour's Auckland office by his former Chief of Staff who was on his (Little's) payroll.

Further, that he has no knowledge of the scheme despite being in Auckland every week ... that is simply unbelievable ... either Little is an idiot or he is taking you and me to be idiots.

But then he proceeded to shoot himself in the foot (twice).    In the interview he admitted that when McCarten first floated the idea with him earlier this year (bang goes his assertion that he had no knowledge of the scheme) he told him (McCarten) it was a Party issue and a campaign issue.   

Who is the head of the Party ... Nigel Haworth.   Who is the Campaign Chair ... Phil Twyford, ranked #4 in the Labour caucus.    How does it feel to the thrown under a bus chaps?


Why The Democrats Have No Show

It's the economy stupid.

Have a look at the unemployment figures here and then go figure.   By any measure, a substantial improvement over the Obama era of fundamental transformation into an economic basket case.

A reduction in total unemployed of 100 basis points since inauguration is nothing but Yuuuuuuuuuge!

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U-1 Persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force
2.01.81.81.91.91.81.71.71.8
U-2 Job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, as a percent of the civilian labor force
2.12.11.92.32.32.32.22.22.1
U-3 Total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force (official unemployment rate)
4.54.14.14.74.84.74.54.44.3
U-4 Total unemployed plus discouraged workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus discouraged workers
4.94.44.35.05.15.04.84.74.5
U-5 Total unemployed, plus discouraged workers, plus all other persons marginally attached to the labor force, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force
5.65.05.05.75.85.75.45.35.2
U-6 Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force
9.48.18.19.79.49.28.98.68.4
NOTE: Persons marginally attached to the labor force are those who currently are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for a job and have looked for work sometime in the past 12 months. Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related reason for not currently looking for work. Persons employed part time for economic reasons are those who want and are available for full-time work but have had to settle for a part-time schedule. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data. 

POLICE IN A VERY BAD LIGHT!



It is no secret I have an attraction to fire arms that is seen by far too many as unhealthy.

A five shot Browning shotty, a .303 sniper rifle, a .22 semi with ten round mags and silencer for subsonic and another ten round mag for long rifle ammo a .22 magnum to make things very difficult for Possums and vermin with a five round mag and bolt action are  included in a collection that will be dispersed eventually.
 I spent some time  as an Arms Licence adjunct until parsimonious attitude from a well paid salaried officer caused a rupture in employment matters,  Marksman qualifications as a school cadet and later miniature rifle competition participation that saw a 100.10 score included, I am rather self confident  in matters shooting.
So I take any assault on what I believe is a world class system permitting the privilege of Firearm ownership rather personal and recent crusading by the latest minion who succeeded O'Connor as police union rep is causing a serious erosion in confidence with the Police role in fire arms licensing and secure storage of citizen arms.
NZ kills far more people with motor vehicles yet the registration of those is not a police matter, storage and security when compared to fire arms is laughable and there are increasing tales of systemic failure in police handling of weapons security but they pale when stats are compared to vehicle involvement in crime.
Hell their track record in matters of AOS is not exactly inspirational with a barrage to kill animals on motorways, the killing of an innocent victim caught in crossfire in another incident and regular reports of inadequate standards exhibited by armed Plods.

So today a post at Whaleoil on a total shomozzle involving  outcomes when an "E" category licence to own firearms person, travelling from Timaru with a weapon to Yaldhurst to a prearranged appointment  to have work carried out on the weapon, was twice reported to 111 for doing lawful actions that maybe a little confrontational to an ignorant snowflake.
He stopped in Ashburton and went to a restroom for a pee. It appears in total compliance with the Arms regs, he removed the weapon from his vehicle and carried it with him to the toilet, IE kept the weapon secure in possession unloaded in public  at all times.
Further up SH 1 at Dunsandel he was pulled over by a police road block, ordered out of his vehicle and ordered to kneel with his hands on his head, further on accusations of obstructing police was arrested and taken back to Ashvegas Police HQ.

Now if half what is recorded in the Slater's blog summary is true then my case for removal of Licensing and storage of weapons to be removed from Police and handled by The Justice Department needs no further evidence. The police acted with astonishing levels of stupidity, incompetence and totally at odds with the rules of licensing including serious departures from and ignorance of the law and when the rights of Citizen Richard Lincoln are considered, a veritable bonfire of disaster management is revealed.

In the light of what is public around the WINZ office killings is considered  the actions and reactions of plod that seemed so exposed in the ability of Russell John Tully to perpetrate his appalling efforts may have links but this unrelated incident seems to expose matters that needed to be addressed "yesterday".
Disturbing does not come close but do your own discovery and come back to me.

WE DID IT

Like tens of thousands of other Kiwis I was up at 5.00 am this morning to watch the race ... even offered Memsahib a cup of tea which she did NOT appreciate.    And we did it.    Little old Team NZL beat the Americans (whose budget probably exceeded our GDP) by some quite brilliant sailing.

David slew Goliath.    I bet that has Big Bad Dennis Connor (Mr America's Cup) choking in his muesli.

Well done guys (and guyesses) ... you're the best.

p.s.   Wonder what was in those Louis Vuitton duffle-bags presented to team members who threw them into the crowd?


Monday, June 26, 2017

ON BREXIT

The Brits have voted to leave the EU.    Currently all the talk appears to be directed at securing a 'soft' Brexit.  

Now someone will correct me if I'm wrong but my understanding is that a hard Brexit (favoured by the discredited UKIP and a rump of Tories) means the severing of the ties with Europe and going it alone whereas a soft Brexit is based around keeping the bits you like (say zero tariffs) and binning the bad ones (ergo open boarders) ... something akin to having your cake and eating it too.

Seems to me that many calling for a soft Brexit are missing the point completely ... namely that the EU holds many of the negotiating aces.   Why should they agree to the Brits keeping the good stuff and discarding the bits they don't like ... what advantage is there for them in that?    Surely and if the EU were to make major concessions this would work to strengthen the hand of the Euro-skeptic parties in other member states.  Why would the EU want to do that?.

Or am I missing something completely?   I look forward to Lord Egbut's take on this as a dedicated Europhile.


Immaculate Contraptions

From the last 2000 or so years, the stand out winner must be:-

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And runner up, but a long way behind:-


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Third place getter:-

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Highly commended




Also rans:-

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