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Political Identification Chart for the upcoming Election

MEMO TO SOME LABOUR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

Evidently, some folk in the Labour Party have difficulty in recognising who the real enemy are.

Accordingly, I have taken the step of borrowing from the World War 2 era, where the British War Office produced Enemy Plane Identification Charts to easily recognise British warplanes and not confuse them with their Nazi counterparts;

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To assist some Labour MPs, who seem to have comprehension and eyesight difficulties, I have designed an  easy-to-understand wallchart, to differentiate between the enemy (National, ACT, Peter Dunne, et al) and the Good Guys (their allies, the Greens and Mana).

It helps when you know who to ‘shoot’ at, and who to welcome as a potential Parliamentary ally. Accordingly, I present  the Friends & Foes Political Spotter Chart;

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It helps the Cause not to shoot your friends.

Anyone who cannot tell the difference should not be on the political battlefield.

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 14 March 2014.

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What do you call…

28 February 2014 2 comments

…  nine National MPs deciding to stand down?

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Answer: A good start.

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A music moment: Blerta – Dance All Around The World

17 February 2014 2 comments

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Silurians take offence…

13 February 2014 10 comments

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Is John Key a reptilian alien?

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"look at me! Do I look anything like that grinning primate you call your 'Prime Minister'? He is most definitely not from the noble race of Silurians! We are offended by any such suggestion! We suggest you check with the Nematodes of Beta Hydrii IV. Your leader is most likely one of them!"

“Look at me! Do I look anything like that grinning primate you call your ‘Prime Minister’? He is most definitely not from the noble race of Silurians! We are offended by any such suggestion! We suggest you check with the Nematodes of Beta Hydrii IV. Your leader is most likely one of them!”

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Well, I guess that sorts that one out. Even the Silurians won’t claim Key as one of their own!

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Twelve days to go!

10 February 2014 7 comments

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Dr Who Symphony

 

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Twelve days till the Dr Who Symphony! Woohoo!

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Beehive make-over

24 January 2014 5 comments

Seen from Molesworth Street, in down-town Wellington,

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The Beehive is under-going a face-lift/make-over.

Just in time for the coming election and the new, incoming, Labour-Green-Mana(-NZ First?) government.

Good timing.

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March of the Puppies – It’s “moving day” for Wellington’s SPCA! (part rua)

15 January 2014 1 comment

Continued from: March of the Puppies – It’s “moving day” for Wellington’s SPCA!  (part tahi)

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NZ, Wellington, 22 December 2013 – On Sunday 22 December, it was moving day for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). A march of puppies, dogs, and their Human companions made the two kilometre journey on foot – and paw – from their previous premises in Adelaide Road, to the old Fever Hospital in Mt Victoria.

Halfway along their journey, the marchers made their way up Constable St, on a fine Wellington summer day,

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Meanwhile, in Alexander Road, which runs along part of the Mt Victoria ridge-line, the convoy of SPCA vehicles had arrived and parked on the roadside, outside the Fever Hospital grounds,

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The convoy made it’s way into the old-hospital grounds, where their passengers disembarked,

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The smallest of the small, were given special attention, to help any frayed nerves,

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The new premises would offer much more space for Human and animal alike, putting to good use a historic building ,

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As Dominion Post journalist, Kate Chapman wrote on 5 December, last year,

There are now stainless benches and crisp white walls where previously there was junk and graffiti. A “dog house” building has been erected, along with a new fence to help keep animals within the grounds. Cupboards are ready for use and workers are busy with the final pieces of work – including painting and preparing to install cages.

“We’ll be working right up till the time we move in,” chief executive Iain Torrance said yesterday.

The laundry has been deliberately left half-finished, to help retain the heritage look and show how the hospital used to be.

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Eventually, the ‘stars’ of the day, the March of Puppies, arrived, much to the delight of the crowd (off camera) watching,

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It had been a long walk, and both four-footed and two footed were looking forward to cool drinks and inspecting their new home,

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Nearly there…

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And finally arrived at their new ‘digs’,

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Human companion and ‘Misty’, patiently waiting to enter her new home,

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Meanwhile, Wellington mayor and invited guest, Celia Wade-Brown was on-hand to watch the move and see for herself how the City’s investment was being put to good use. She stood with SPCA chief executive, Iain Torrance, as the walkers went by,

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Iain gave Celia a guided tour of the facilities, pointing out each new feature and where specific work would be carried out by staff and community volunteers,

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In between showing Celia through the facilities, this blogger spoke to Celia and Iain. I asked them both for their views and thoughts on the day.

Celia made no effort to hide her enthusiasm for the partnership project between Council and SPCA,

I’m delighted to see the dogs and cats and other animals coming up here. This fever hospital has been empty for ages and this such a superb partnership. It’s going to be a great place to take the dogs for  walks and Iain’s just been telling me about the dog-friendly cafe.  I think whether you’ve got a dog or not, this is a great place to walk to.”

Iain Torrance, the SPCA’s chief executive was equally excited about the new premises and soon-to-be-opened public cafe,

By Easter we’re looking to get a cafe set up right here behind us. So this is all about bringing the public back into a community site. It’s got a community location for the community to use. So this’ll bring a whole lot of people up here. They walk their dogs here anyway, and this will use the whole town belt, so they can  come in, make use of the building, and actually come and have a look at the dogs and cats and all the other animals available for adoption. But bring your own pet along as well!

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Meanwhile, the puppies and dogs were being settled in to their little “apartment” cubicles by their Human companions,

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A well earned rest by both Human volunteers, and their companion-animal charges,

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Though ‘Misty‘ had her own area outside,

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There was plenty of love and dedication shown by staff and volunteers alike, for their animal charges. It was evident that these animals were in good hands, and well tended to,

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It’s a shame that the same cannot be said for all our companion animals outside of the fences of the SPCA.

This event also marked the positive aspect of local bodies engaging with community organisations and investing ratepayer’s money in worthy projects. If anything demonstrated that Councils have a role other than rubbish, roads, and reticulation – this partnership between the SPCA and ratepayers was a clear example.

So next time some politician in the Beehive complains that local bodies should focus on just “the basics” – remember that life and the communities we live in consist of more than just “the basics”.

Enjoying more than just “the basics” is what makes our country; our cities; our neigbourhoods generally the envy of the world. Though there is certainly much more we can do to improve the lot of many of our fellow New Zealanders – whether on two feet or four.

It’s not often that this blogger gets to write a positive story – but this is one of those pleasurable moments. So, a big bouquet to Wellington’s mayor, councillors, and the staff and volunteers at the SPCA.

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Job well done.

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 8 January 2014.

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Donations

The SPCA is still seeking public assistance to help pay for the up-grades and renovations at their new complex. Even contributions of a few dollars will be helpful. So if you can, check out the Donations page. Every little bit helps!

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Media

Fairfax media: SPCA’s new home among the ghosts

Fairfax media: SPCA Move to New Home at Fever Pitch

Fairfax media: Wellington SPCA Moves To New Home

Information

Live Journal: Fever Hospital – Wellington, NZ

Donate: SPCA Page

Facebook: Wellington SPCA

Historic Places Trust: Fever Hospital (Former)

Copyright (c)  Notice

All images are freely available to be used, with following provisos,

  •     Use must be for non-commercial purposes.
  •     At all times, images must be used only in context, and not to denigrate individuals or groups.
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March of the Puppies – It’s “moving day” for Wellington’s SPCA! (part tahi)

15 January 2014 1 comment

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NZ, Wellington, 22 December 2013 – On Sunday 22 December, it was moving day for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA),

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They had outgrown their cramped premises at Riddiford Street, Newtown, in suburban Wellington and were moving to more spacious ‘digs’ at the old “Fever Hospital” in Mt Victoria.

The old premises had once upon a time been a hospital for TB sufferers; influenza patients;  and other infectious diseases. The buildings are  listed with a Category 2 classification  with the Historic Places Trust.

The full upgrading project has cost nearly $10 million, according to Dominion Post reporter, Kate Chapman.

Having been earthquake strengthened and refurbished by Wellington City Council, the premises were occupied by it’s new two and four-legged residents in a mass move, one sunny Saturday afternoon.

Animals were led out, some walking under their own power,

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Others were assisted out, by their human companions,

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Several SPCA vehicles were on hand to transport those that would be driven to their new home, about two kilometres away,

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Strangely enough, few of the animals seemed stressed or outwardly worried and appeared to be content with the goings-on around them,

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The Bunny Family were not forgotten, gently helped into their carry-cages for the move,

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One good thing about transporting animals – you won’t hear “are we there yet?’ umpteen dozen times.

The puppies and mature dogs were brought out, each on a leash, and each guided and cared for by their respective companion human,

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This wee chap wasn’t so keen on the shift, and was given the personalised, deluxe service,

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Once outside, they were keen and eager to hit the road,

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As the vehicles filled, the courtyard became an assembly point for Human and companion animal alike that would walk the journey,

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Some were more exuberant than others, at hitting the road,

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And some just chilled, enjoying the afternoon summer sun,

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A final strategy conference amongst the group…

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… and the march of puppies began,

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With the water-bearer close by, for anyone needing a quick drink of  refreshing water along the way,

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The procession made it’s way down the long drive, out toward the road. Companion animals seemed to lead the way for their Human friends,

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And finally out onto the road, there was something of a “Biblical” nature as Human and animal headed off to their “Promised Land“,

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Humans, meanwhile, busied themselves with lining up the SPCA vehicles, also ready for the final move. Somewhere, in my head, I could hear a certain musical tune, and a deep, American voice, announcing,

This here’s the Rubber Duck, I think we got ourselves a con-voy!”

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The marchers, moving steadily up Constable Street. The puppies and dogs had probably not had such a long walk for ages,

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Crossing busy intersections,

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Halfway to their destination, their new homes awaited.

To be concluded at: March of the Puppies – It’s “moving day” for Wellington’s SPCA!  (part rua)

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 8 January 2014.

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Media

Fairfax media: SPCA’s new home among the ghosts

Fairfax media: SPCA Move to New Home at Fever Pitch

Fairfax media: Wellington SPCA Moves To New Home

Information

Live Journal: Fever Hospital – Wellington, NZ

Donate: SPCA Page

Facebook: Wellington SPCA

Historic Places Trust: Fever Hospital (Former)

Copyright (c)  Notice

All images are freely available to be used, with following provisos,

  •     Use must be for non-commercial purposes.
  •     At all times, images must be used only in context, and not to denigrate individuals or groups.
  •     Acknowledgement of source is requested.

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If John Key, Rodney Hide, or John Banks told you…

… that voting was a waste of time, so don’t bother – would you decide to give up and not vote?

Hell no! You’d tell them where to stick it, where the sun don’t shine (to quote our American cuzzies)!

And because there is a meme for every occassion, these are the ones I’d like to share with you.

These ones are designed to engage young people,

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Vote - Key Bring us down

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Vote in 2014 dude - do yourself a favour

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Vote the government out

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And more general ones,

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VOTE dont-vote-dont-complain

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Voting is your voice - be heard

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Not voting is not rebellion, it's surrender!

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On a lighter note to start the New Year…

Found these on Youtube.

I thought they’d be a nice way to start the New Year!

Enjoy!

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Happy New Year everyone!

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Some pure wisdom from Facebook…

28 December 2013 1 comment

Amongst all the dross, BS, and outright hoaxes, occasionally one finds something on the ‘net that is a little nugget of wisdom…

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Hoax stories on the internet

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Duncan Lucas

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Photo of anti-Brown protestors…

19 December 2013 2 comments

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A pic of the protest “crowd” that harassed Len Brown yesterday (18 December),

 

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Wow. I can count all of… eight people?!

Not quite the 50,000 who protested against National’s plans to mine DoC’s Schedule 4 lands, or the 5,o0o who protested against state asset sales…

Hint to Brown’s political  detractors, if you’re going to mount a witch hunt, it should look something like this,

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That’s how you do it. (Though you might need resource consent for the torches.)

New Zealand – we do moral panic very well.

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A positive indicator for NZ Post…?

16 December 2013 6 comments

Taken in a shopping mall in the Hutt Valley today;

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A posting box over-flowing with mail? Could this be a turn-around for NZ Post and a sign of increased business?

As we are all shareholders in the company – let’s hope so!

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Suggested candidates for new ACT leader

14 December 2013 5 comments

With the impending demise of  John Banks as ACT’s leader – the third in two years – it is time for this blogger to add his helpful suggestions for a new Party leader.

In purely alphabetical order…

Hilary Calvert

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My pick for ACT’s new leader is Hilary Calvert.

She is an accomplished business woman who even put her eyes to work

As a Southerner she would  make her region top priority as it slides further down the economic scale. Top priority would be selling the entire Otago Region to investors from Beijing and Harvard University. Menfolk would be employed in the region’s  fruit orchards at market rates for pay (60 cents an hour) and womenfolk… well, there are always vacancies at  La Maison in Dunedin.

As for children, there are plenty of chimneys needing cleaning in this southernmost of cities. It does get rather cold Down South in winter time.

Other leading contenders are,

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Ayn Rand

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The original Libertarian. Poster-person for the New Right. Original thinker. Articulate. Literate. Also dead.

But this hasn’t been an impediment to ACT in the past, as several of their previous leaders failed to exhibit usual human life-signs.

Whether dead or alive, let the Market decide ACT’s leadership.

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Cameron Slater

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Tenacious. Nasty. Unyielding. Afraid of no force on Earth (and reputed to have “dirt” on God). Would bring whole new meaning to the term “gutter politics”. Totally unafraid to go for the jugular and dispatch political foes before breakfast – and that’s just his own ACT colleagues.

The Speaker of the House may have to re-visit Parliamentary rules when Slater insists on machine-gunning the entire Green caucus. Does “free speech” extend to mass murder?

On the plus side, at last Parliament will have fair representation for some of  society’s minority groups who thus far have been sadly under-represented; narcissists, sociopaths, misogynists, and other social misfits.

May have to go solely for the Party vote as Slater’s candidacy may be a step (or giant leap) too far for the gentile folk of Epsom.

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(See entry for Cameron Slater)

Currently a fictional character – but ACT’s contract-scientists are working on it. Expect an announcement soon.

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Hannah Tamaki

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Co-leader of Destiny Church. She is definitely a “lateral thinker”. When challenged on an episode of TV3′s “The Vote” that many  New Zealanders were too poor to afford heating for their homes, she advocated that families “cuddle together” under blankets to stay warm.

With cool thinking like this, she’d be a natural for ACT.

Her tendency to lead ACT’s caucus into  prayer meetings might be seen as a distraction by some – but might bring ACT and the Conservative Party closer together. (Would they worship the same deity though?) But considering that ACT is currently polling near-zero, the Party needs every bit of help it can get – even the supernatural variety.

Where does ACT stand on burnt offerings?

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Appropriate.

But would having three co-leaders be a step too far for a Party that eschews political correctness?

And would even the Three Stooges be able to bring some light-hearted mirth to a Party that exhibits all the fun of a crematorium at peak-time?

As always, the Market will decide.

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 7 December 2013.

 

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Random Thoughts on Random Things #2…

21 October 2013 3 comments

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John Palino. Cameron Slater. John Slater.

That’s quite a nasty, toxic little clique that Ms Chuang has gotten herself mixed up with.

What’s that old saying about supping with the devil? (Or his three mortal minions, for that matter.)

And does Slater’s nasty little tabloid trash mean that it is now open season on all right wing politicians and their own sordid little affairs?

If I was a National MP or Minister, I would be ruing the day Slater published his dirty little story on Len Brown and Bevan Chuang. Because now they are now all legitimate targets for left-wing bloggers. Is the House of National (and Slater, for that matter) purer than snow?

We shall see.

As for Ms Chuang – none of those three men (Palino, Slater Senior, Slater junior) mean her well.

As The Doctor says to his companions – when faced with nefarious forces of darkness – run!!

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Random Thoughts on Random Things #1…

21 October 2013 9 comments

Why is it…?

That a fictional woman, in fictional stories, wearing a mask,   is seen as a crime-fighting hero, fighting evil-doers and worth a billion-dollar Hollywood/entertainment industry…

 

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But a real woman in a niqab seems to freak out so many people?

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Peter Dunne – willing seller & buyer

22 August 2013 2 comments

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NZ spy agencies need urgent review

Source: Marlborough Express – NZ spy agencies need urgent review

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Peter Dunne and John Key are knocking back a couple of 100 year old scotches from Dear Leader’s private stock. They’re both pissed, and Key looks at Dunne and asks,

“Peter, would you bend over my Prime Ministerial desk and let met shag you from behind, if I paid you a million bucks?”

Peter Dunne – knowing that Key can afford a million dollars from his “Uncle Scrooge” petty cash tin, and considering how useful that money would be for next year’s election campaign replies,

“Why, yes, I would, John.”

Key grins slyly and carries on,

“Peter, what if I paid you half a million? Would that still be ok with you for a bit of rear-rogering?”

Dunne is a bit deflated. Half a million is not as much as a full million… but still, it’s better than nothing to fund his campaign.

He replies,

“Sure, John. Half a million would be ok, I guess,” and stands up to undo his belt.

“What about fifty bucks?” asks Key, downing the last of his glass of $50K-per-bottle scotch.

Dunne, fuming, screams at him,

“What?! Fifty bucks?!?! What do you take me for?!!!”

Key cooly replies,

“Oh, I think we both know what you are. We’re just haggling for the price, now…”

(With apologies – I know it’s an old joke…)

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While I’m away…

11 August 2013 2 comments

… some light reading material…

Left Turn – the New Zealand General Election of 1999   -  The New Zealand General Election of 1999

By Jonathan Boston, Stephen Church, Stephen Levine, Elizabeth McLeay, & Nigels S Roberts

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Left Turn The New Zealand General Election of 1999

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In Stormy Seas – The post-war New Zealand Economy

by Brian Easton

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In Stormy Seas The post-war New Zealand economy

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A thorn in their side

by Robert Green

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A Thorn in Their Side

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Revolution

by Marcia Russell

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Revolution

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Helen – Portrait of a Prime Minister

by Brian Edwards

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Helen Portrait of a Prime Minister

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Diary of the Kirk Years

by Margaret Heywood

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Diary of the Kirk years

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And one of my all time favourites (if I can find it amongst my stuff),

The Watchmen

Dave Gibbons & Alan Moore

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Watchmen

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Dolphin trains human to perform…

26 July 2013 1 comment

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I, for one, welcome our new cetacean Overlords, as they smile benignly over us…

It worked for this guy…

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6.5 Earthquake hits North Island…

21 July 2013 8 comments

… John Key blames previous Labour government.

… Paula Bennett blames drunk welfare beneficiaries.

… Ken Ring blames Full Moon heavier than Quarter Moon.

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Labour leader coup…

10 July 2013 4 comments

… are we there yet?!

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Still no signs of coup from Labour camp…

No helicopters circling the Beehive with red Labour flags fluttering…

No ultimatum from rank and file army of members to Leader Shearer to step down or face a blistering attack by volley of stern emails…

One gets the distinct impression that there’s some game-playing here;

  • playing political  silly buggers
  • and playing  Duncan Garner like a fiddle

Perhaps this should serve as a lesson here for the media.

1. Report the news

2. Don’t try to pre-empt it.

In the final analysis, this wasn’t really journalism. It was playing oneupmanship with your media competitors. And it’s not enlightening the public one iota.

If one wants an example of  fine journalism, Campbell Live tonight (10 July) on the machinations behind the GCSB Bill was the best I’ve seen for many, many years,

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This is what journalism used to be like.

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Project Loon…

15 June 2013 3 comments

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Balloons above Canterbury to beam down wireless internet

Acknowledgement: Radio NZ – Balloons above Canterbury to beam down wireless internet

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John Key…

Project Loon

Appropriate.

Talkback Radio, Public Radio, and related matters…
Radio NZ has an annual budget of $31,816,000. Which, by the way, has not changed since 2009 – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/02/28/talkback-radio-public-radio-and-related-matters/#sthash.4AIrT7hd.dpuf

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It’s a cat’s life…

It’s not just those cute and/or crazy cat memes on Facebook – Real Life took a weird turn when a sample cat-food satchet turned up in our letter box (with accompanying “menu”-stle advertising brochure).

At first I didn’t take much notice of it and casually chucked it into the pantry with the cat food cans. Next day when I took it out to give to our four-legged, non-rent-paying boarders, the label caught my eye;

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Tuna, surimi, whitebait ?!?!

Who gives their cats whitebait ?!?!

Holy smoke - I don’t eat whitebait! Not when the price-per-kilo is fast approaching that of gold bullion!

Maybe the front label was referring to mock-whitebait. Like surimi is mock-crab?

So I checked the Ingredients list as the back. Yep – there it is; whitebait.

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So, the only thing left – open it up.

With the contents emptied into a bowl,  a visual inspection showed what definitely looks like… whitebait.

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What next – crayfish?

Pate de foie gras?

Caviar?

Would the pussy cats like to see the wine menu, perhaps?

Whitebait… I think we’ll stick to cans of  ‘Chef’ or ‘Whiskas’.  I definitely prefer the natural order of things where cats pester us for our food, and not the other way around.

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Amazing events this last month!!!

19 February 2013 5 comments

Three amazing events that’ve taken place this last months, and which serves to remind us how unpredictable and weird the Universe can really be…

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Richard III’s skeleton discovered!

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The grave of Richard III was discovered on 4 February, under a carpark in Leicester (fitting, being the 21st Century), and caused a worldwide sensation as this 528 year old King was prominent in British history as well as the subject of a play by William Shakespeare…

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Richard III king's face recreated from skull discovered under car park

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Astounding!!!

Meteor shower over Russia!

Straight out of a science fiction movie, a huge meteor entered the atmosphere and exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, three days ago. Luckily, it exploded into fragments high up in the atmosphere.

Had it impacted the ground intact, the devastation and loss of life would’ve been far more severe.

It was a small taste of what our dino cuzzies must’ve experienced, 65 million years ago…

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Russian meteor fragments 'discovered at lake'

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Unbelievable!!!

Hekia Parata fronts on Campbell Live – Sceptics Society shocked!

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campbell live - hekia parata - christchurch schools -  18 february 2013

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Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either…

After sending her ‘flunkies’ (see previous blogopost:  Parata, Bennett, and Collins – what have they been up to?) to front for her and take media heat for Christchurch schools closures, the Novopay debacle, and other foul-ups – Education Minister, Hekia Parata finally fronted for an interview with TV3′s John Campbell.

The media training that Parata has been given seems to have worked. Her demented grin…

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hekia parata - 30 september 2012 - Q+A

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hekia parata - 30 september 2012 - TVNZ Q+A

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- was gone.

Meanwhile, in ‘quake ravaged Christchurch, where increased stress is causing children to have nightmares and instances of bedwetting has skyrocketed (see:  Quakes traumatise kids), Parata has decided not to close or amalgamate 31 schools.

She’s only going to close/amalgamate 13 schools (see:  Minister announces fate of Canterbury schools).

Well, that’s that’s f*****g big of her, isn’t it?!

Why not further gut the heart out of a community that has lost 185 of it’s people to a violent,  natural disaster; thousands of homes damages or destroyed; businesses closed; insurance companies and EQC dicking people around; and entire neighbourhoods written off.

In case anyone needed proof that National has no heart, well, look no further.

And for all you National supporters out there who don’t give a rats because it hasn’t happened to you… well, Karma is working over-time at present.

Your turn will come.

To the people of Christchurch, and for those shocked by today’s announcements, I just want to say that a whole lot of your fellow New Zealanders are with you, in spirit at least. I just hope there’s a change of government before Parata can implement her rotten-to-the-core, penny-pinching, policies.

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Asteroids, aliens, and an alternative scenario…

16 February 2013 9 comments

Two recent stories in the media have broken the usual msm  ‘diet’ of  crime/police/court “news”; disasters; war zones; our worsening economic situation and other on-going f**k-ups by National,

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Asteroid passes close to Earth

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And this dramatic event, over Russia,

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Meteor explosion injures 1200 people

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Now, without any intention to demean those who’ve been injured and lost property from the meteor shower over Russia, I have another interpretation on these two events.

Are they un-related?

Or are both events linked?

Perhaps Monty Python’s movie, “The  Life of Brian” unwittingly offered an insight,

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