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Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Eight of the ten largest statues in the world are of Buddhas. (Source)

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Andrew Little will be face-palming after Daesh threatens NZ

We're winning I tell you, we're winning

What? They’ve threatened us? But, but I said there was no threat…

Just the other day Andrew Little was claiming that John Key was scaremongering over terrorists’ threats for NZ.

Fairfax reported at the time:

The Prime Minister is “scaremongering” with details of threatening Kiwis wanting to commit a terrorist attack in New Zealand, says Opposition leader Andrew Little.

John Key spoke on Tuesday of several New Zealanders under 24-hour surveillance with links to Islamic State, who want to commit a terrorist attack on Kiwis.

About 40 people are being monitored in New Zealand for their ties to Isis but the most threatening are under constant watch, which means they’re unlikely to be able to get anywhere near executing a terrorist attack, said Key.

“There’s no question about what their motivations are and that’s the tragedy of the Isis story is that you get some very dysfunctional people, for want of a better term, who want to associate themselves with Isis,” he told Radio NZ.    Read more »


Ratbag Bureaucrats Attempt to Stitch Up Len Brown

Len Brown and Stephen Town

Len Brown and Stephen Town

If Lame Duck Mayor Len Brown and his merry bunch of left-wing councillors had half a brain they would now be issuing a written warning to Chief Executive Stephen Town, and directing him to kick the well-padded arses of three troughing bureaucrats: Sue Tindal, Matthew Walker and John Bishop.

These ratbag bureaucrats conspired to write a report to the Council’s Finance and Performance Committee called “Alternative Sources of Financing – Feedback”. Knowing the chairperson (Penny Webster) is lovely but dead set useless, the bureaucrats spent half a million dollars of ratepayer’s money on two worthless reports from Ernst & Young and Cameron Partners.

Town and his officers know full well that Len Brown and the Labour councillors are too gutless to man up and sell public assets in election year to pay off the Council’s debts. The councillors are solely responsible for doubling the debt, hiking the rates and bankrupting Auckland. This is why half of them will be joining Len in retirement this time next year.

The politicians have missed Town’s real agenda: more power to the bureaucrats. Knowing asset sales are off the agenda, the bureaucrats are eyeing up more centralised powers (for themselves). Town and Tindal want total domination of HR, communications, ICT – and they are promising $15.2 million in savings if the half-witted politicians buy it.

This is classic Sir Humphrey stuff: obfuscation and manipulation.    Read more »

Green Taliban: RMA reforms will “lock people out”

Yes.  That’s the whole bloody point.  To allow people to develop their properties without others trying to run the country by committee.

The Green Party has criticised proposed changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA), saying the overhaul would leave many people out of the consultation loop.

The Government has finally secured the numbers to change the legislation after getting the backing of the Maori Party.

The proposed changes are expected to reduce unnecessary red tape and speed up construction, which could help ease Auckland’s desperate housing market.

But Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says the changes will leave too many people without the means to voice their opinion on changes in their neighbourhoods.

“The major part [of the legislation] will be locking people out of consultation and having a say,” Ms Turei told the Paul Henry programme this morning.

She says even under the current laws, only a relatively small number of people are actually involved in the process.

And those make a huge mess.   Not only that, the costs, the delays and the waste of productivity in general it causes is disproportionate.    Read more »