Took me 1 minute 10 seconds into the video to figure out “The Rule”. Â Share your score in the comments.
He’s ok folks – months in hospital and significant surgery but he is ok. I think we all learned a lesson today.
Welcome to the dailyÂ Whaleoil BackchatÂ â€“ posted at 6:30 pm every day.
This post is like an end-of-day General Debate post. It has come about at the request of our readers. They want a place to chat with each other at the end of the day.
Katie Milne writes
In October 2010, the late Horizons (Manawatu) regional councillor, David Meads, toldÂ The Manawatu StandardÂ that the Resource Management Act made it harder for his council to deliver its core business of flood protection: “That $6 million saved Palmerston North . . . But the work lower down, on the tributaries, was way behind. As we found out in 2004.”
Farmers felt shut out on consultation on flood and drainage schemes yet, “they were the people whose gumboots overflowed when heavy rain caused flooding on the plains”.
In Christchurch, I guess we can now add homeowners.
Just over two months after Meads gave that telling interview, Golden Bay suffered from its worst flooding in over 150 years.
An unstoppable force of water bulked up by tonnes of gravel washed from hill gullies met the gravel-clogged lower reaches of the Aorere River.
It struck unmaintained gravel banks and instead of spilling over rock walling smashed through them and onto homes and farmland instead.
A root cause was Tasman District’s zero extraction policy, adopted earlier despite that river having high gravel movement and build-up.
While some of the damage was caused by the extra volume of water, there’s no doubt a lack of flood channel maintenance made it worse.
KatieÂ exposes the root cause of the floods: rampant environmentalism.
Canâ€™t dredge without consent, RMA consultation and process delays means flood protections take ages and we have the same curse that saw Britain flooded out. Â Read more »
Another registered teacher still registered.
A teacher previously convicted of conspiring to supply a P-precursor drug has again escaped deregistration after being convicted of drink-driving.
The teacher, who was not named in the decision, failed to inform the Teachers Council of the new conviction.
She argued that she was suffering post-traumatic stress as she had found out three of her children were victims of Northland paedophile James Parker, former deputy principal of Pamapuria School.
In a decision released today, the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal decided not to cancel her teaching registration but warned it was her “very last chance”.
In 2012, the teacher was found driving with a reading of 607 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.
She was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $200.
The teacher had been convicted in 2006 on a charge of conspiracy to supply a precursor substance to pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of P.
She’s just the the stereotypical model of what a teacher should be. Â No wonder they keep her on. Â Read more »
Daniel Hannan explores and explains the sometimes unhappy relationship between traditional media and blogs…from his own blog, that is ironically part of The Telegraph.
Back in the pioneering days, blogs were seen as a challenge to the established media. And, in one sense, they were. When Guido scalped his first minister, Peter Hain, in 2008, something changed, though the newspapers were slow to notice. When, the following year, he aimed his tomahawk at Derek Draper and Damien McBride, old-style pundits were still laboriously explaining to their readers what these blog thinggies were. By the time Tim Yeo became Guidoâ€™s latest victim, no one needed to ask any more.
When a dozen dead tree newspapers determined the agenda, the mediaâ€™s chief power lay inÂ notÂ reporting a story â€“ not through conspiracy, but from shared assumptions about what constituted news. Take the leak of the â€śhide the declineâ€ť emails from climatologists at the University of East Anglia in late 2009. At first, the astonishing trove was reported only by bloggers. It wasnâ€™t that environment correspondents were meeting behind drawn blinds and vowing to repress the discovery; it was that, being uncomplicated believers in the AGW orthodoxy, they couldnâ€™t see why the emails were a story. Only when repeatedly needled by online commentators were they were eventually forced to report perhaps the biggest event in its field of the century.
The key moment came when the story wasÂ picked upÂ by James Delingpole, whose post attracted 1.6 million hits. Tellingly, that post appeared here, on Telegraph Blogs. Blogs were now part of the established media. In the early days, some had believed that the MSM would be displaced, others that the old brands would conscript the upstarts. In fact, something more interesting happened:Â the distinction broke down. Â Read more »