Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Students did no better when asked if they, as physicians, should obey any of three hypothetical orders: to threaten a detainee with psychotropic drugs that would not actually be given; to give detainees a shot of harmless saline solution that they've been led to believe is a lethal injection; to kill a detainee with a genuine lethal injection. More than a quarter of the respondents said they would do the first two but not the third. Six percent said they would do any of the three. The right answer, according to the Geneva conventions, as well as the American Medical Association, is none of the above.
Full story: www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1675614,00.html
As a counterpoint let me add that during my time in Kuwait, I met several US doctors on their way in or out of Iraq with the National Guard, none of whom displayed any indication of being the kind of sick f*ck described in this article.
I said I would report on the vicissitudes of life in
First, the notorious adverse travel advisories.
Adolf has difficultly remembering any statements as full of pettifogging hyperbole and hysteria as the adverse travel advisories issued by the governments of NZ and
Adolf and the Cook looked in on three resorts well known to us in the Nadi area and occupancy was obviously less than 20% with few if any forward bookings. (Our own timeshare resort continues to enjoy over 90% occupancy.) Taxi drivers report trade is at rock bottom.
Second, general opinion
I talked to as many people as I could (Indo and ethnic) about the coup and the Commodore and without exception they ALL said they believed Mr Bainimarama was doing the right thing for the future stability and prosperity of
Third, what of progress?
There is very good progress indeed. A new census has been completed. Readers might remember the completion of such a census is an essential prerequisite for a constitutionally legal election. Critics of the regime conveniently ignore the hard fact that the election which installed Qarase did not benefit from such a census.
Readers may not be aware that in
Mischievous reports in the MSM have quoted The Cmdr as saying that Qarase and the SDL will not be allowed to stand in these elections. The fact of the matter is that what he did say is that anyone attempting to stand on the policies of the SDL would be prevented from doing so by the terms of the charter. In other words, their racist policies would be unconstitutional. All in all, I’d say that Mr Bainimarama is two or three degrees smarter than Helen Clark and Winston Peters and is jogging along about twenty metres in front of them while they gasp to keep up as they desperately try to prop up their own corrupt regime.Fourth, how was the week?
Fabulous. From G & Ts at 1100 to warm water in the lagoon to 100 minute fast early morning walks to the humour that is just watching the locals being locals to a whole new meaning to the phrase 'gentle zephyr' as the temperature eased into the low thirties.
Clark's comment yesterday – that those arrested "at the very least" had been training with firearms and napalm – was also unusual, in that she was discussing cases currently before the courts.How about you let a jury work out what these bozos did, instead of making wild assertions to the media, you arsehole? Some of us prefer not to have politicians deciding who's guilty of what before the case even hits the courts.
Monday, October 29, 2007
For once, some praise for Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia, who accuses the Maori Party of 'playing the race' card over the Tuhoe 'terror raids.'
Horomia also realises relations between Maori and Pakeha aren't as bad as the Maori Party believe, who have accused the police and government of racism over the raids.
"And as we enter a new era we need to acknowledge the bonds that have been forged, sometimes painstakingly, between Māori and non-Māori.
We also need to acknowledge that there is no one Māori voice, but a range of different voices. That no one individual and no one political party speaks for Māori. Despite claims to the contrary, there is no one “authentic” Māori voice.”
His voice adds to some similar sense from Winston Peters on the matter, in contrast to the usual seperatist shite we get from the racist Maori party, who even compared Winnie to Don Brash.
It all leaves Colin Espiner of Stuff, like us, enduring that rare moment, agreeing with Winston Peters.
In the meantime, the police evidence is now with the solicitor general.
Hat Tip: Lindsay Mitchell.
This reminds Adolf of the the time the National Party stole Nutritech International's logo, sometime in the mid eighties. The company owner was overseas and Adolf sent out a press release entitles 'National Pinches New Logo.' We had heard at the time that a North Canterbury cocky's wife was on some upper echelon committee for the party and she spotted opur new logo on the envelope when she opened her statement of account. I will never forget the personal trauma of being pursued all day by journos desperate to get me to say we were going to sue the party. Of course we were never going to do that but, by hell, if it had been Labour it would have been a different story. I even had a call from one Max Bradford accusing me of being a publicity seeker. The cheek of the man. I reckon we got $50k's worth of radio, front page daily space and TV time out of it. Here they are. You make up your mind. (In fact, looking at it closely, I'd say the Gnats have made a few changes since those entertaining times.)
The brainchild of Porirua part-time music teacher Tim Manu, the new branch is open to 18 to 25-year-olds.
Mr Manu, 26, who was elected to Porirua City Council this month, said he had been frustrated while a student to see NZ First without such a group.
"You always had National . . . and Labour on campus, but there was never NZ First."
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I don't recommend it despite the enjoyment I had crossing the finish line in just on 4 hours.
I had planned/hoped to finish in 3:45 but slowed down in the head wind along along Tamaki Drive.
Now I'm very sore. It's a pleasant sore though.
I might stick to half marathons in the future. Much easier on my old bones.
How pathetic it all is.
Mallard The Muss turns out to be Palid The Puss.
Some commentators even say he deserves sympathy. Ralston should go and take a cold shower. This is the fellow who broke yet another convention for partisan political gain by fingering Dr Brash in the house. All I can say is, I hope Mallard's political career goes the same way as that of his victim. The difference is, of course, that it won't because Labour has no ethical standards. Then again, Labour will realise that, unlike Dr Brash, Mallard is unemployable in the real world.
Oh how Adolf would love to have been a fly on the wall. Did it go something like this?
'Speaking of affairs, Trev, how's Brenda? Have you caught any crabs lately?'
(For the juvenile lefties who might be trolling past, 'catching crabs' is a term used in rowing. It's what happens when you don't quite get your oar in properly.)
When is the next set of opinion polls due?
It's usually best to ignore any social science reporting in the media, or even any science reporting based on statistical data (eg, just about anything to do with nutrition and health), because working out whether you should take it seriously or not would require you both to look at the actual published research to see what it really found, and then spend some time analysing the likely agenda of the researchers and how they might have massaged/manipulated the results to get the outcome they were looking for.
For instance, if you read that someone analysed survey data from 7 countries and discovered a clear correlation between dietary fat intake and heart attacks, you might need to spend a lot of investigative time figuring out that he decided to leave out of his article the survey data from a dozen other countries showing no correlation at all. Or, if someone writes that your favourite food increases your chance of getting toenail cancer by 30% (Shit! Stop eating that poison now!), you'll search the news story in vain for the level of absolute risk, which most likely turns out to be that enjoying this food could increase your absolute risk of toenail cancer from 0.02% to 0.026%. (Well, that is a 30% increase, isn't it? Surely that's fair reporting then?)
In this case, it was reasonably obvious right off the bat where the grift is. The obvious first question is "How did you define sexual abuse?" (An obvious first question that no journo seems to have thought to pursue - as usual.) In this case, sexual abuse seems to have been defined as anyone ever touching you sexually in a way that you didn't want. Well, on that basis 1 in 4 seems pretty damn low if you ask me. Hell, I've been sexually abused on that basis. Who are all these people who haven't been?
If you go look at the WHO report, as opposed to the sensationalist blather from locals, you can see that it's a fairly well-designed survey that does actually distinguish genuine sexual abuse from sexual activity you didn't initiate or that happened before you hit the age of consent. I blame local activists for trying to turn the results into "1 in 4 women sexually abused!" scare-mongering.
Fergusson's right - all that this kind of scare-mongering achieves is the development of skepticism in the general public, and a consequent skeptical attitude by the public to genuine claims of abuse.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Hampshire police thought it would be a good idea to advertise on the rear of a bus... although their planning did not take into account the position of the bus's exhaust pipe... It gives a new meaning to the phrase "would you blow into this, sir"!
So Mallard's 'other woman' is finally exposed. It's former world champion rower Brenda Lawson.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Because I took a lead yesterday for a posting from the Midnight Sun, I was accused of potentially being a "vile racist bigot."
"The populist Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was often labelled right-wing but said, fairly or unfairly, that he was hostile to Islam because he did not want to "have to go through the emancipation of women and homosexuals all over again". He entered politics partly out of rage at young Muslim men smashing the windows of his gay bar.
Left liberals, meanwhile, are thrown into confusion, or worse. In 2004, the left-wing Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, hosted a visit by Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Muslim cleric whose fatwas endorse wife-beating and the murder of homosexuals."
I was only thinking this morning that no-one has seen or heard from the wee fellow for about a month and I was getting concerned.
Then the story broke.
Rick Giles of NZB3 and Silent Running fame has been incarcerated in an American jail for the past month for staying a few days too long in the US of A.
He was trying to leave the country for Canada when a policement noticed he had stayed in the country seven days too long, which Rick said was due to him getting his dates mixed up.
But remember, he was trying to LEAVE America, he was not wanting to stay, he is no threat to America.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are working on the case and the Libertarian community is rallying round. The ACT Party has been informed.
Dear Helen, I know he's not a supporter of yours, Rick is just a harmless little Libertarian from Canterbury.
Please use whatever power you have to get the Americans to release him.
I am sure you will find him more worthy of your time than a Saudi who frees drug criminals.
You have duties closer to home Prime Minister, responsibilities to your own citizens.
So Please Helen, use your power, show your leadership.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Nope. Facing death by stoning or beheading for going the wrong way on any one of the items noted above ain't a big thing to good ole girl Laura. Instead, she highlighted the one thing that is ultimately less preventable and deliberate . . . Breast Cancer."
So wrote US blogger Debbie Schlussel a week ago about Dubya's better half's impending tour of the Islamic world, which is also covered by USA Today.
As Debbie notes, the irony is, while Mrs Bush panders to Islamofacist states, the leading country in the Middle East fighting breast cancer is , you've guessed it Israel!
And now she has arrived in supposedly moderate Dubai- the country that funds our yacht team and wanted to snap up Auckland Airport- we have the photo that encapsulates one of the many problems of Islam- it's treatment of women.
Debbie Schlussel makes another post this week, after the pics were published, adding a delightful caption competition.
All I will add, is at least by covering up the women don't have to worry about skin cancer!
UPDATE: I should have given a hat tip to Little Green Footballs but having just seen a posting on Fortress Australia, I am now thinking Debs was a little too harsh on Laura.
As an immigrant from the UK, I can remember when I first came to New Zealand in 1995 on a Working Holiday Visa, that I seemed significantly better off than I had been in Britain.
But, in the tale as I have repeated many times since, over the years, New Zealand living standards have barely changed, while those in England seem to inch-up by 2-3% every year and likewise Australia too has prospered, creating a now noticeable wide gulf in prosperity each time I visit.
Further confirmation of this comes in this story: Wages up so where's the money gone? - New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz
It follows last week , as Whale Oil explains, when David Farrar showed emphatically that despite all the rhetoric we are hardly any better off under Labour and wealth grew faster under the previous National governments of the 90s.
Now, National has released figures that show that despite increased wages, the impact of taxation and inflation have robbed the average worker of all but $500 of the increased $10,000.
Labour has reacted by producing their own figures and surprise, surprise they show we are better off, BUT only if you have children.
Whale Oil says it begs the question, "Are Labour alienating the non-breeders by favouring Breeders?" And he believes Labour will suffer a backlash from singles seeing how much of their taxes go on to funding other people's children via Working for families when they have student loans to pay, etc.
Indeed, there are philosophical points about how much you should subsidise someone's lifestyle. Should people, families included, stand on their own two feet? What can we say of a tax system that subsidises families when their gross income tops $100,000 a year, as Working For Families does? What can we say of a tax system where you lose so much of any extra income that it does not pay to work harder or gain that promotion, as happens under Working for Families.
Still, WFF creates jobs for bureaucrats, allows Liarbour to claim it is offering tax reliefs, allows people to be bribed with their own money, and allows the middle class to become welfare recipients, thus enlargening Liarbour's dependent constituency.
Wouldn't it be better if tax could be kept as low and as simple as possible? That way, there would be no disincentives to work and promotion, families would not need subsidy, fewer bureaucracts would be needed, singles would not feel hard done by.
That might not be good for Liarbour, but I am sure it would be good for all of New Zealand.
UPDATE: Whale Oil uncovers this parliamentary exchange, which reports on the figures quoted above, where Dear Leader has possibly misled the house over definitions of what are tax cuts and what are tax relief.
UPDATE2: Colin Espiner of Stuff blogs today: Working for Families can't be tax cuts in drag.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Something for everyone, including Environment Minister Marion Hobbs, to think about this cloudy Labour Day.