American News reports a scam where a pair of dodgy bastards have been caught marketing counterfiet copies of common health and beauty products in supermarkets, including such common articles as "chapstick" lip balm.
First thought was why would you but a million units at 10c clear profit, soon its real money.
How to pick 'cheap replacements' advice was offered including checking packaging in a similar way one might check if a $50 note is good.
Now one of the most annoying things in shopping for grocery is the complete revamp of a well known and oft purchased product only to find after wasted time and a trip to the help desk it was there, hiding in clear view all the time, only some young gun marketing guru has given the product a "new image".
My latest, the new compact 100gm Nestles Classic Instant coffee, about the volume of two match boxes it is the same content as the 120mm x 40mm packet in use for ever.
Got out the reading glasses and read the small print and heavens to betsy it contained the same 100g, didn't check the price but it is a dead certainty it wont be less'.
When should I start to consider it may not be what I thought, it just might be counterfeit.
Over a day has passed since Malaysian Airlines 777 Boeing en route KL to Beijing just evaporated and is now presumed to be in the gulf of Viet Nam where two oil slicks are visible.
No radio warning, it just to all intents and purposes vanished from every monitor available so far, two hours into a 5 hour flight.
It took two years to locate and recover the "black box and cockpit voice recorder from the Air NZ A320 Airbus that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Southern France while on pre delivery flight checks.
A wait that long will be pretty hard to take for everyone involved to whatever degree.
Mr Cunliffe has yet another little dark secret that relates to his concept of what Joe and Josephine Average might understand about truth, trust and honesty.
A HoS reporter asked Mr Cunliffe about a suggestion he had been involved in the sale and purchase of a $4 000 000 property in Hawaii and received a categorical assurance he was not involved.
Now, an in the know real estate agent has given evidence that the wannabe Prime Minister did inspect the luxury property and it was then purchased by none other than one of the three donors to his leadership trust fund to be outed of the five stooges.
It appears the temporary leader of the parliamentary wing of NZLP either has a concept of truth trust and honesty that is markedly different to many of us or he considers himself untouchable.
Forget how the evidence of all of his missteps, mistakes, lapses in judgement, misdirected emails and policy documents, either David 3rd is seriously deficient in cognitive function or he is the victim of a further attack by the ABC faction. Whichever it is, it's not healthy for our system of government but it couldn't happen to a nicer person.
While addressing the saga that is Cunliffe, a random question, who will be the more embarrassed if the other two two donors to his leaders trust are exposed?
I tend to the opinion it may be Cunliffe as the donors may be already known to those closest to them!
There have been the usual suspects in Tricky Cunny's defense on this latest "dance on a pin head" plus some surprises, one suggestion The Messiah's privacy might have been breached.
Well color me pink, wasn't that the sort of dirt Mr Mike Williams, past president of NZLP went to excavate in Melbourne for days in the lead up to election 08.
Nothing wrong with having a gander at a property a mate was looking at but the dissembling denial is what is causing another hole below his waterline.
I haven't paid much attention to the stories about Cunliffe using a trust to keep donations for his leadership bid anonymous. It was a pretty stupid thing to do, as it left him open to charges of hypocrisy and making him fall back on "It was within the rules," as though he was some kind of National Party cabinet minister.
Unfortunately, doing stupid things seems to have been a feature of the Labour leadership since Clark left, so this latest one didn't come as any great surprise. However, the stupidity seems to be catching - what really did surprise the fuck out of me was that National would decide to pick a fight over, of all things, anonymous fucking donations. Seriously, anonymous donations? In terms of self-defeating idiocy, this would be on a par with Labour claiming National is selecting too many candidates who've only ever worked in politics or lobbying.
Sure enough, it didn't take long for Gower to sit down with the PM and ask him about his new-found concern for transparency and the right of the public to assume that anonymous donations involve a quid pro quo - specifically, whether he would now be announcing who provided National with anonymous donations a couple of orders of magnitude greater than those he's been bothering Cunliffe about. Which, sure enough, left Key spluttering that these anonymous donations were different, and falling back on "it was within the rules." Between this and Judith Collins helping her husband's company out, "it was within the rules" is getting to be Key's catchphrase.
I guess hubris gets its appropriate punishment, but this was so easily predictable it's more like a Darwin Award. I can only assume that the media has so helpfully run National's lines the last few months that they started to think of the press gallery as an extension of their comms team. It's really not.
For me who cares but increasing numbers of people are quite confused, even amongst his supporters, both real and imagined.
A person I know reasonably well and whose politics are a complete mystery although should I discover he had supported Labour and possibly the Greens in the past it would not elicit any surprise, made a high impact statement recently that not only surprised but left me gobsmacked.
In a discussion about a thoroughly disgusting individual who was ripping off vulnerable people my mate blurted out " Sheesh I would trust Cunliffe over that prick". For me, very revealing on several points, has Silent "t" replaced both used car sales and real estate sale people as reasonably low on scales of trust, truth and basic honesty to the point of becoming a benchmark of his very own creation.
If a week is a long time in politics, three weeks is an aeon.
It is late March and three major opinion polls have been published since the day Big Julius got stabbed. (How's your history?) All these polls have Labour sharing less than 30% of the popular vote with Cunliffe in free fall as PPM. The Greens are hovering around ten percent and NZ First is failing to make the cut. Labour's rules prevent the Caucus from rolling Cunliffe so they are stuck with him until the dreadful slaughter of 2014 is over.
Just imagine how the only sane people in their caucus are feeling? I refer to Damien O'Connor and Shane Jones, possibly the only two who aren't knee deep in the rainbow faction or the trade union movement.
I'm picking both of them will jump ship. Their once proud party has deserted them. I has been said they might move to NZ First but I don't believe that. NZ First's rules are worse than Labour's rules. Rules number one through to forty-nine are all the same - Kiss Winston's arse.
No my guess is they will set up a new centre left party, funded initially by the same businesses whose owners thought Cunliffe would be good for business. Their policies will be aimed fair and square at Chris Trotter's 'Waitakere Man' - the straight tradie/small businessman who is a man's man and whose woman loves him for it. There's will be a party whose every policy will be viewed through a lens focused on getting Kiwis into jobs and off welfare dependency.
A sample of some policies might be:-
Income tax cuts all round (with the usual rise in the amount of tax collected); an increase in defense spending with a commitment to negotiate with Australia for one or two RAAF combat squadrons to be based at Ohakea (known as the Anzac squadrons.); support for charter schools and merit pay for teachers; legislation requiring local government to sell all social welfare functions to central gummint with a suitable reduction in rates; assistance for Ports of Auckland to relocate its container terminal to Marsden Point; upgrading the Auckland Marsden Point rail link; pay a first job subsidy to every employer who hires and keeps a person in his or her first job for six months.
These guys could almost be guaranteed to make the five percent cut and O'Connor would piss in the West Coast electorate seat.
They'd make a might fine coalition partner for National.
Reproduced below is a post from 'Fisiani' at Kiwiblog. He has done NZL a service. Read and you now understand ........
"This latest outburst from Cunliffe confirms my clinical diagnosis of him being in the 1% of the population with narcissistic personality disorder. I say this not with any sense of hubris or schadenfreude but with huge concern that if Cunliffe was elected we would have another Muldoonist demigod ruling and ruining New Zealand. People diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder are characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance. They have a sense of entitlement and demonstrate grandiosity in their beliefs and behavior. They have a strong need for admiration, but lack feelings of empathy.
Symptoms of this disorder, as defined by the DSM-IV-TR include: Expects to be recognized as superior and special, without superior accomplishments Expects constant attention, admiration and positive reinforcement from others Envies others and believes others envy him/her Is preoccupied with thoughts and fantasies of great success, enormous attractiveness, power, intelligence Lacks the ability to empathize with the feelings or desires of others Is arrogant in attitudes and behavior Has expectations of special treatment that are unrealistic
Other symptoms in addition to the ones defined by DSM-IV-TR include:
Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends, has trouble keeping healthy relationships with others, easily hurt or rejected, appears unemotional, and exaggerating special achievements and talents, setting unrealistic goals for himself/herself.
Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, and an over-inflated sense of self-importance that is in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.
In addition to these symptoms, the person may display arrogance, show superiority, and seek power. The symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder can be similar to the traits of individuals with strong self-esteem and confidence; differentiation occurs when the underlying psychological structures of these traits are considered pathological. Narcissists have such an elevated sense of self-worth that they value themselves as inherently better than others, when in reality they have a fragile self-esteem, cannot handle criticism, and often try to compensate for this inner fragility by belittling or disparaging others in an attempt to validate their own self-worth. Comments and criticisms about others are vicious from sufferers of NPD, in an attempt to boost their own poor self-esteem.
Another narcissist symptom is a lack of empathy. They are unable to relate, understand, and rationalize the feelings of others. Instead of behaving in a way that shows how they are feeling in the moment, they behave in the way that they feel they are expected to behave or what gives them the most attention."
Cunliffe nailed to a 'T'.
Many images of the last three days are on the Net and very few convey the reality many citizens are enduring. The pictures don't convey the damp, wet and totally demoralising effects beyond control.
Here in Paradise the electricity came and went all day Tuesday finally ending with what turned out to be a twenty hour cut at around 2000 hrs Tuesday night.
Landline Phones nearly all require mains power to work, Cell coverage through Telecom reduced to emergency use only, Vodaphone for me not available.
The trusty 2Kva Honda generator that gives us Mains power for the mobile home was already in situ, so with a gas hob, a gas fire and a roll around 9Kg heater our comfort was assured.
However that wind was something else. Gusting well in excess of 100 kph and sustained for nearly 40 hours, scary/ frightening, barely covers it.
Since the seismic events that began in 2010 most structures appear to have more movement within their basic integrity. We have a 300 meter brick clad on a floating foundation and during wind events such as we have just endured, big gusts present a far greater apprehension than that prior to Sept 2010.
Our fears fade into irrelevance though, when images of poor buggers in many parts of Christchurch are viewed.
Parts of the Village of the Damned have lowered up to half a meter during the now well over 10 000 tremors, creeks have narrowed, creek beds are seriously silted and water tables are now very different.
The potential for flooding is elevated to alarming levels.
So serious debate must occur as to retreating from many areas of the city. I have referred to an old map I have in my possession c1930 that shows no residential development in the areas of our city that were worst hit with quakes and now are the most flood affected.
Up until what that map reveals, town planning had little input, building codes were what a builder delivered, the RMA was not even a wet dream for socialists of those days, and yet Dallington, Bexley, Aranui, and all those suburbs now leading disaster TV, were untouched for housing.
Millions of acres in a crescent from Prebleton to Yaldhurst have been largely ignored as development happened on the Eastern Swamps.
Norman Kirks government initiated a move to make Rolleston, Christchurch's Hutt valley, just never flew. Now I am not waving a flag for big Norm, what has emerged as a result of seismic and now associated flooding was not from visionary thinking it was all about space and cheap land deemed unsuitable for intensive use. That crescent is now where the city is being rebuilt and it includes to the West as far as West Melton, all on shingle and higher above sea level.
That was a bitch of a storm, I was based in Masterton when Bola hit Gisborne and the East Coast, it did not have anything like what that bitch delivered here. That said Bola was seriously alarming for many then in and around Gisborne.
Before any Gorebullshit advocates, use current misery to bolster their crap money making frauds check Southern England c 1287 not flash then either.
The third test at Newlands was a classic addition to the saga of Australia vs South Africa and as announced on day three, Saffa skipper Graeme Smith's swansong.
After a comprehensive win to Clarke's men at Centurion followed by an equally rated hammering at Port Elizabeth these two cricket powerhouses squared off for a decider.
Australia prevailed with four and a half overs remaining on the fifth and last day when aussie quick Ryan Harris, took Steyn with a yorker and cleaned out number 11 Morkel with balls 1 and 3 of what was a last throw of the dice for him as Michael Clarke made increasingly desperate moves to get the win
Graeme Smith's men made a tremendous fight to salvage a draw, hanging on for over five sessions with no realistic chance of winning, a feat the test aficionados recognise as an Everest like challenge.
To fall short by such a narrow margin was still a fitting final curtain on the career of one of the great cricket captains in history.
Appointed at the age of 22 to lead a country that has a very proud history with the unique problems all sport and in fact life in the Republic throws up, he took South Africa to number one test nation and leaves with that record intact.
Smith will be the first to admit his form in what became his last series was very ordinary but that his team went so close to saving a test that very few teams could ever have achieved, was a testement to his outstanding leadership.
So to Graeme Smith farewell and thankyou, enjoy your new life.
A humiliated Gerry Brownlee has apologised to Labour MPs he sledged over their workrate on behalf of earthquake victims and says he feels let down by EQC.
The thing is, O Mighty One, the NZ government made you absolute dictator of Christchurch, with unlimited authority to do what you saw fit. A cabinet minister can be let down by their officials, but an absolute ruler gets absolute responsibility. Suck it up, milord.
I am appalled that a large portion of comments on this thread on Kiwiblog appear to support Colin Craig's defamation claim against Russel Norman.
Anyone who values a rich, vibrant democracy should be aghast at the thought of a leader of a party not in parliament threatening to sue a sitting MP for what was plainly an off-the-cuff remark said in the cut and thrust of political debate.
I couldn't care less it's Russel Norman, the Communist from Canberra. Most cheerleaders on Farrar's blog think the opposite: It's acceptable because it's Russel Norman.
Anyhow, the alleged comment is hardly defamatory; and even if it was, Norman has more defences than the Chiefs backline.
Thought for the day.
Cunliffe has been ratfucked by his own team. Again.
Whoever grassed him up for the secret leadership trust will probably want to keep out of the Tax cheat campaign managers way.
However, don't feel too bad for Cunliffe, despite his family living on struggle street and enduring a middling income, the 8k refund (which personally I doubt will ever be paid) represents less than one week of household income for the Cunliffes.
Currently Shane Jones is the only Labour front bencher demonstrating any political common sense and integrity. He has launched highly successful attacks on supermarket bullying and Maori extortion.
I wonder how long he will put up with clueless Cunliffe's ineptitude and lurch to the left.
What are his options?
Under Labour's current rules he hasn't got a show of gaining the leadership. Might he resign before the election? Could he jump ship and stand for National? Could he gain a spot on the National list? Could he start up a genuine Waitakere Man party?
They seem to have a greater need of your obscure talent. You might make a fine replacement for their numero uno.
Serial tit sucker and appropriately named Troughmaster General, James Patrick Anderton, in cahoots with pinko ex Nat Minister and sometime Mushroom grower Phillip Burdon, having been told to F**k off by the judicial system, are this morning making yet another attempt to thwart the Anglican Diocese in their plans for the wrecked Cathedral in the CBD of our Village.
Catholic raised, wrecker of every political movement he touched, one time joined at the hip with Silent t's Thief of Staff, this manipulative legend in his own mind has called a press conference at 0900 to deliver another in a long list of offers to make a take overbid for the City Diocese.
You are yesterdays megolomaniac Anderton, just get out of the way and let those who have the task of dealing with the pile of dangerous albeit valuable halswell stone sitting expensively in the heart of our town get on with it.
Whether you were selected by some with an agenda of using your hearing loss is moot but a minor party that never resiles from listing people then using their traits of ethnicity, background or in your case, clearly demonstrated hearing loss, as selling points for the whole, is no basis for excessive use of taxpayer dollars.
This is not a beatup on you because of that disability.
Good on you for what you have achieved, but spare me the rubbish point scoring that a significant hearing loss precludes any scrutiny of a rather expensive use of the system to go to Masterton, sheesh it was our rural service center for over 20 years, to talk to the listener of a whacky little wireless.
It has been claimed that skype is not suitable, who answers your home telephone?
We talk to daughter in Canberra, ACT over the ditch using face time on swmbo's Ipad and it is as if she is sitting across the table here at our whare in paradise.
We get increasingly frustrated and annoyed with the sense of entitleitus that politicians and bureaucrats slip into as a cloak of extravagance and your deafness does not rate any exemption, sorry about that. I have serious loss of function and consequent degradation of my left hand but my right works just fine, ironic I know.
I picked on Horomia not because he was fat but because he was a member and supporter of NZLP in a race based seat and a party to spending OPMS with gay abandon.
I have nothing but revulsion for Len brown, not because he is a serial trougher, economical with the truth, with the morals of a tomcat, or even because he is a socialist it is because he never accepts what nearly everyone who does not depend on him for employment considers him to be, totally unfit to be numero uno citizen of our largest city.
David Cunliffe is another whom I have zero respect for, not because he leads a minor socialist party, but because he is a duplitious persona who regularly exhibits total disregard for the mores of honesty integrity and responsibility I aspire to.
So Ms Mathers your offence was not entirely that you thought the mantras and philosophies of your little preachy, holier that thou pressure group, erroneously classed as a political party, consider your ill-advised trip to a small provincial wart on the counties backside, or that you got found out, it was the arrogant assumption that as a list MP you continue to live in Christchurch and enjoy free, make that taxpayer funded travel to anywhere you choose for whatever reason and that you ignored every bit of technological advance to give the finger to the rest of us.
How many of the long arduous hours you claim to be representing us do you spend traveling when a flat within a walk of your chosen place of work, what the rest of the plebs in this country put up with every day would be the most cost effective solution. As a bonus it would fit with the philosophy of the Melon Party, you know the planet and all.
Hypocrisy is a serious and growing advent of modern life and all should take steps to reduce its incidence, none more so than those who make their life around restricting, controlling and berating the rest of us who fund our little foibles from the wee bit of coin we manage to keep from the grasping we know best minions in the big house.
So in closing best wishes, the late Sir Kieth Holyoake's famous words are appropriate, breathe through your nose for a bit.
btw if you have read this I would be interested on your take on an earlier post on Ngai Tahu's reckless disregard for our planet.
It is probably not such a bad thing for Russia to annex the Crimea.
After all, the people largely are Russian speaking with Russuin roots;
they hate the guts of the Ukrainians;
the Crimea was ceded from Russia to Ukraine in 1854;
Sebastapol is the home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet;
and the guy who just ran away was a corrupt bad bastard.
So for me, if the options are status quo leading to civil war or orderly transfer of territory to Russia, I favour the latter.
Mr Kevin Waters worked for Alpine Energy for 33 years, resigning in 2008.
Some six years on he recently applied for two openings at Alpine Energy for engineering jobs, for one he was informed he would not be interviewed, as better candidates were on offer and he missed the second after an interview.
Following a "Hearing" on February 10th, The Human Rights Tribunal has ruled Waters can access the CVs of the other candidates who applied "to assist Waters in making a case for age discrimination".
Clearly the opinionated troughers at HRT have more regard for the rights of Mr Waters than the privacy of the other applicants, many of whom probably would likely not want their present employers to know they had even applied for another Job.
Tough shit eh.
The other fact here, did Mr Waters not think for one minute Alpine Energy might just have been pretty comfortable he had resigned in 2008, glad to see his sorry arse gone in fact.
Maybe Mr Waters has a mate at the HRT who was just being helpful to someones constituent.
Pardon me, but I would have thought "My CV" would be privileged and not for disclosure to anyone other the an entity offering employment and any staff or agent involved, without my express permission, is that unreasonable.
Handing it out to souls competing for work seems to fly in the face of what the promulgators of privacy law used to bolster their law making efforts, the sanctity of my personal information.
"My husband received a pay rise at the beginning of this year. We should
be jumping for joy as this is something that is hard to come by, but
instead of jumping for joy, I was rejigging budgets and making cuts to
spending. With this pay increase we moved over the threshold for the
daycare subsidy, and the before and after school programme subsidies,
and were instantly $150 a week poorer. There goes the payrise and some."
A couple of matters not covered here.
Was this whinger actually "entitled" to all the money she "lost".
What was Mr Bludger's Pay rise, all we are told it was a figure somewhat less than the $150 pw.
One massive problem when welfare is expanded, is the ability to tailor all the often conflicting data that requires processing to arrive at the equitable level the intentions the maze of interconnected entitlements involved, attempted to address.
You see Mrs Bludger you should feel a bit of gratitude that all the Mr and Mrs Net Taxpayers out there in struggle street, were so freakin generous, as you possibly missed the very pertinent fact that they might be missing the odd luxury to pay the taxes you are now missing out on, churned into your "entitlement" welfare.
Nothing in this life will be seen by all as "FAIR".
Spare a thought for Mr and Mrs Childless down the road, they may not be accessing all that luverly dosh successive snake oil salesmen have dished out as a pure bribe to get you and Mr Bludger to vote for the charlatan promising a bigger Turkey next Christmas, and the IRD wont care a tinker's cuss when they take their hard earned money that may well be a whole lot less than your Mr Bludger is paid before or after "his pay rise".
Never mind, when that nice Mr Cunliffe and his green melon mate get the state check book it wont happen again as they think welfare should be available up to $150 000 a year.
Then again an ungrateful bint such as yourself probably thinks that is OK.
But the best Labour can hope for is a final rearranging of the deckchairs.
When will they realise that there is no "game changer" for them because the game has already changed - and they don't understand the new rules. We need new ideas not a desperate clawing back to redundant thinking that well and truly ran out of steam last century.
What really must annoy them the most is the dawning realisation that they are past their use by date.
At least McCarten will ensure they will all go down with chairs neatly arranged on port.
While the Melons and their whacky pseudo brand of hypocrisy is filling the vacuum that exists in the uneducated thickos cranial space with copious amounts of environmental garbage and Maori legend that has been unwritten and therefore easily reinterpreted to suit changing circumstance, they are ignoring what could be seen by some who love this country as a rather unfortunate degrading of what was once Crown Land.
As part of their "settlement with the Crown" Ngai Tahu grabbed a goodly segment of the assets that became available from the massive sales of "the family silver" by previous administrations of Labour.
One such acquisition was the 10 000 Ha Balmoral Forest on the north bank of the Hurunui River straddling SH7. At the time noise was created suggesting the marvelous opportunity for training and work for the youth of the tribe.
Well forget that, the tribe has embarked on a massive transformation from a forest with all the supposed "green benefits" that accompany such land use, eg carbon lockup, climate enhancement and habitat provision that could come with gradual replacement of Radiata pine trees with varied and feel good plantings for native fauna and flora. to the most massive dairy farm imaginable.
Turning 25 000 acres of forest into a dairy farm? wouldn't logical analysis have the melons protesting all the way to the Chinese ice cream eaters and babies.
Nope, you see it is Ngai Tahu and they are Tangata Whenua so it's all right.
Well not quite, normally in Green speak, there are already enough of the hated bloody bovines in the Amuri Basin eating nitrogen boosted grass, shitting and pissing all the way to Armageddon. Just ask any Melon.
Rivers are under threat, creeks are buggered, and now the freakin Tribe under Sir Mark Solomon's watch are going to double the previously perceived problem yet I aint seen a word of protest.
One unforeseen outcome from this rape of vulnerable soils as trees are cut over, stumps are removed and regrassing is introduced, the water is not allocated, or even planned for delivery. Work is underway sans irrigation in situ.
First the Tribe supported the control of the catchment and head waters of both branches of the Hurunui River that runs along the southern boundary of the block.
Existing Lake Sumner on the North branch was to be controlled at Summer high with a control gate, releasing water to maintain flows by lowering to Summer low levels. On the South branch it was to be dammed to conserve flood water for summer release.
That very forward thinking and sensible scheme was dropped with indecent haste after the usual suspects, unable to see progress in a forest, made sufficient protest and their natural allies the Tribe withdrew. their support.
Next a half arsed and impracticable lesser effort was planned on a tributary of the Hurunui, The Waitohi, it never made the runway let alone take off. That was one bit of good news.
Now the Tribe are proposing taking water from the Waiau that is already well allocated to the Amuri scheme built nearly 50 years ago on the border dyke system used widely for the RDR in Mid Canterbury and now being converted to center pivots as the area of watered land grows and cow numbers increase, by canal, south to Sir Mark's Eldorado on the Banks of the Hurunui.
If this major environmental and landuse scheme unfolding for Ngai Tahu on land they would never have used in a thousand years was the brainchild of say Shanghai Pengxin does anyone think it would be a goer, I for one say never in a thousand years, make that light years.
However we are talking about the other New Zealanders here, you know the privileged ones who need help, with cuzzies up country who want to be paid by a power company for putting water through a turbine.
Last week a traditional southerly bluster hit the exposed soils under renovation and serious quantities of the already sparse soils went on the breeze, to the point traffic on H 7 was endangered.
My informants tell me the dust cloud rivaled the smoke from the NW driven forest fire c 1954.
One wag went into the Waiau Pub and suggested to a group of Maori they should get out to XYZ's farm and put in a land claim as a considerable quantity of their potential dairy farm had relocated north.
Expansion of dirty dairy, nitrogen leeching and caps, effluent issues, would in normal circumstance have Stephan Browning, Mojo Mathers, Eugene Sage et al in hyper activity mode but so far, not a squeak, they must be still in Hypocrisy mode as it is their beloved tangata mates doing the rape and pillage.
Seen anything about all this in the Old Media, nope didn't think so but this makes the Crafar farms seem like a sunday picnic.
However we all know those nice Tangata persons do love the place.
but I guess when you have no balls, such a kick where they should be, wouldn't hurt that much.
From the Office of Minister Amy Adams;
"David Cunliffe latest attempt to rewrite
history on oil and gas exploration highlights an on-going,
casual relationship with the truth, Environment Minister Amy
Adams says. “As a minister in the previous Labour
Government, David Cunliffe knows there was no environment
oversight and certainly no public involvement in the
exploratory drilling process under his watch,” Ms Adams
says. “Once again he has been caught out being tricky
with the truth. He is trying to create a distraction from
Labour’s woeful environmental credentials. “Under his
government, 36 wells were drilled in the EEZ between 1999
and 2008 with no legislation in place to protect the
environment. “In fact, the Labour regime only required
the Minister for Energy and Resources to sign a permit and
required no formal environmental assessment at all. That’s
it – no public comment, no submissions, no consideration
of environmental effects. “The ridiculous thing about
David Cunliffe’s argument is that the EEZ Act introduced
by this Government actually replaces a non-existent
environmental regulatory regime for drilling in the EEZ,
where the public had no say. “Under this Government, the
public will for the first time get a chance to have a say.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can call for
submissions from the public prior to granting a consent for
exploratory drilling, if the EPA feels it is required. And
before any production drilling can take place, a full public
process must be held. “This means before an oil company
can make a single dollar of profit, they have to go in front
of the people of New Zealand and make sure everyone has a
say in the full
Absolutely no shame, "Fulla" Silent "t" should face a mandatory Drug test whenever he opens his duplicitous gob.
As for all those pathetic tossers in the melon party indulging in flying, motoring and in every which way burning carbon with their totally hypocritical pseudo protesting, where were you standing while master manipulator of fact and truth was living his fairytale.
Yes Boy Wonder, Tuatara, And XXXXCommie stink bomb, where were you then, just sitting around singing Kumbya and telling each other how valuable you were to Comrade Helen.
Great job Amy, give the useless git another one while he's hurting.
Spent some time yesterday at the Northland Field Days doing Gods work.
No sign of Labour or the Greens (funny that) but ACT was there (represented by an empty tent) along with a new Party called Focus New Zealand.
Popped along for a nosey and met their leader who turned out to be a failed National Party candidate (failed as in didn't make it through selection). We had a bit of a chat to try and distil where he was coming from. His take on life was that business confidence was low (on a day that ANZ reported it at a record high), manufacturing was 'stuffed' (where have I heard that before) and that Government should intervene to bring the Reserve Bank under control (whatever that means).
But what really blew me away was his ascertain that the US Federal Reserve was a private bank (with the implication it was that it was manipulating the American and, by default, the world economy to the advantage of the owners ... Jews! perhaps) and nothing I could say would dissuade him of that. He had heard it from a 'reliable' source.
And silly old me thought the members of the Board were nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
Seems like Focus NZL and the Conservatives have something in common with regard to 'conspiracy theories' .
Do Coroners require a degree in stupid, have papers in Stupid as part of their degree or do they just need to be assessed as terminally stupid in the selection and appointment process?
The latest incident has one of these well paid idiots, one Garry Evans, commenting at the close of an inquest into the death of a Mr Hoskins from Hastings on a rural Waikato road at night when he was walking back to a Cambridge Motel from a wedding at Matangi.
Any sudden death is tragic, a 26 yo son of someone doesn't improve that degree of tragic therefore I am sad about it.
My sadness is quickly evaporated though when a few pertinent facts emerge.
Hoskins had consumed sufficient alcohol to give a post mortem reading almost double the limit for driving.
He had also smoked Cannabis that in all probability exacerbated the effects of the booze.
The vehicle strike assumed to have ended his life occurred when a passing vehicle and laden trailer hit an object the driver thought could have been something on the road , a pothole or other road damage.
Well unfortunately for Hoskins, he is still dead but instead of focusing his closing on what I would consider relevancy, The Idiot Evans, possibly seeking the award for the most vacuous 'comment of the year' at the annual convention of coroners, leveled remarks on the regulations around vehicle lights on moving vehicles at night with reference to dipped headlights!!!!!
Nothing about victim being drunk, cannabis use, tiredness, clothing, visibility, suitablity of road side for pedestrians, nope just a stupid call for regulatory reform of lighting for vehicles at night around driving with dipped headlights.
It was suggested there was fog in the area and any driver with more than a smigeon of knowledge reduces from full beam, as the reflective nature of fog seriously diminishes vision for a driver.
Rural roads have many hazards on them dead vermin, lost loads, and in this case a human body, could just as easily been a lamb, calf, pig.
From my reading, no information on whether Mr Hoskins was struck once, twice or more, cadaver damage that might give a clue not offered or at least reported in what I read.
An attending Paramedic confirmed The unfortunate man was still alive when first examined but expired soon after.
When wedded bliss first arrived at our place swmbo contributed a "low headlight" Morris Minor c1948 model with a 6 volt electrical system, night driving a distinct worry, reflection from fog low on the disadvantage list.
I am sure any regulatory reform enacted as a result of this fatuous moronic brain fart from "his stupidness" will make very little difference to the outcome for another skinny drunk, lying comatose on a rural road in the dead of night with patchy low level fog making identifying such an object very difficult.
So goodluck with next years coroners convention Mr Evans, that effort was right up there and could well make the finals, plenty of equally stupid efforts for competition though, so don't be too disappointed, next year offers another opportunity.
It was fascinating today watching Sky seeing the media dissect the Qantas announcement. Bottom line is that the Company is a basket case. An airline living off a reputation long gone. An airline with weak management too scared to make the changes necessary for it to remain competitive until the decision was forced upon them.
Qantas was an airline hamstrung and dragged down by a bloated workforce enjoying gold-plated conditions that could not be sustained. Qantas was an airline bleeding from low cost domestic airfares ($49 Melbourne to Sydney) which saw the Company loosing money on every flight. It was a plane crash waiting to happen and now it has and there will be casualties. 5,000 of them plus an indefinite wage freeze for those employees still standing plus an asset sell off plus reductions in both routes and capacity.
And the Union reaction was to threaten strike action. Just what the Company needed.
It would have been through gritted teeth that had one industry analyst say that all Qantas needed to do was to look at Air NZ to find out what it takes to make a profitable airline.
Going around the traps yesterday was a el cheapo video from the State Services Commission for all public services employees on remaining neutral in Election Year.
Yeah I understand I am regarded as out of touch and call me old fashioned but I believe any political beliefs entering the performance of the bureaucracy at work must degrade that performance.
At best it will detract from delivery of performance and at worst it will destroy the object of the intended purpose.
Any PS who cannot get their head around that principle should be gone in minutes, no ifs, no buts and no maybes.
What bit about "PUBLIC SERVICE" do twats that indulge miss.
If they cant leave their political leanings at home then don't go to that job, find one where it is required or at least tolerated.