Why is Kelloggs trying to get Kiwis to help starving Aussies?

Taken at Pak ‘n Save Upper Hutt yesterday.

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Kellogg’s are obviously run from Australia – with the brand manager probably never having set foot in New Zealand!

Having a promotion to sell their products by saying that:

“For every box of specially marked Kellogg’s cereal you buy, you’ll help provide breakfast for Australians in need” clearly shows that they don’t care about the Kiwi consumer, nor the Kiwi hungry kids!  Read more »

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Dirty, polluting, recidivist pig farmer having a sook over a fine

A dirty, polluting, recidivist pig farmer is having a sook over copping a $65,000 fine for unauthorised dumping of his pig poo.

So what do they do? Roll out the tears, shill the story to media and bring up a sick toddler…

A Te Aroha farming family, struggling to care for a sick toddler, claims it has no way to pay a $65,000 fine handed down by a judge for illegally dumping pig poo.

Environment Court Judge Jeffrey Smith ruled Kenneth Julian McIntyre deliberately defied a court order against him dumping effluent at a Te Aroha piggery and issued the fine, as well as a five-year ban from managing animal effluent.

The court heard McIntyre spread 340,000 cubic metres, or six truckloads of pig poo across the 800 hectare property.

McIntyre  and his partner Cassandra Kidd have a 15-month old son who was born with a severe medical condition and has had multiple complex surgeries since birth.

In making his decision, Smith said it was important that McIntyre was around to focus on the needs of his son and partner.    Read more »

Bless, Justice Wylie got something right, shame no one listened to him

The scumbag who raped and then murdered Blessie Gotingco can now be named.

The man who murdered and raped Blessie Gotingco is also a child sex offender who had just been released under the strictest possible conditions – including 10 years of GPS surveillance – when he killed Ms Gotingco.

Tony Douglas Robertson, 28, today lost his fight for name suppression, two months after being found guilty by a jury at the High Court at Auckland.

Back when he was released from prison he had a hearing regarding close supervision.

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Credit where it’s due: at least this has the potential to be useful

Paula Bennett

Paula Bennett

Overseas travel agents are being offered free training to help them explain New Zealand’s road rules and conditions to tourists.

It’s the latest road safety initiative in response to a spate of accidents earlier this year involving foreign drivers.

Publicity around the accidents led to some ugly incidents and in several cases irate locals seized keys from visitors. Read more »

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Delphine La Laurie

Delphine La Laurie

The Twisted Tale Of Delphine La Laurie

And Her House Of Horrors

Over 200 years ago, a torture chamber was discovered in the attic of a wealthy socialite. Through the years, the tale of her brutality has grown and shifted, and today, it is difficult to discern fact from fiction in the story of Delphine La Laurie and her house of horrors.

Born in 1775 to Barthelmy Louis Macarty and Marie Jeanne Lovable, the Macarty’s were prominent among New Orleans society, having emigrated to the Big Easy from Ireland in the 1730s.

The extent to which slavery impacted Delphine’s early life is difficult to tell. Some accounts say that her mother (and others her father) was murdered by a slave, while others hold that her uncle was killed by his slaves shortly before she was born. Still another version of the tale states that her family was affected by the slave revolt of 1811. In any event, none of these are confirmed by objective sources.

Although one authority says she was 14 when she first married, it is more likely she wed her first husband, Don Ramon de Lopez y Angullo, a Spanish officer of high rank, in 1800. Together they had one daughter before Don Ramon died, sometime around 1804.

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The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Questions to Ministers

  1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How has the New Zealand economy been affected by recent international economic developments?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “it is highly unlikely, actually, that the Government will have to pay any more through Pharmac. But on the basis that it had to pay a tiny bit more, the Government would fund that increase”?
  3. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he sought or received on threats to public health in New Zealand?
  4. Dr JIAN YANG to the Associate Minister of Education: What investment is the Government making in Auckland schools to manage growth?
  5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Read more »

Why social media is a dud bet in politics

The left wing loves social media. Mainly because some tool claimed it was how Barack Obama won in the US.

They of course have tried themselves and failed using the same techniques so we can safely assume it wasn’t social media.

Helen Lewis at the New Statesman explains why this is.

Here’s my melodramatic theory: social media lost Labour the last election and it’s going to lose Labour the next one, too.

It sounds bonkers, doesn’t it? But look at it like this: “political Twitter”, the small subset of the social network that isn’t tweeting about One Direction or surfers being ­attacked by sharks, is undeniably skewed to the left. Twitter probably evolved into lefty heaven as a reaction to the right-wing dominance of the printed press, and because of the many arts and comedy bigwigs who imported their existing followings on to the platform. Most progressive commentators and columnists are on there, tweeting away several times a day, while their right-wing equivalents avoid the service altogether, or venture on very occasionally to share a link to their piece.

Then there’s Facebook, a much bigger fish, which ought to be more reflective of the wider population because it’s made of networks of schoolfriends, former colleagues, and parents and children. But news on Facebook travels through “Likes” and shares, and people won’t Like a crackdown on benefits, even if they secretly support it. A lot of what happens on Facebook, as with Twitter, is “virtue signalling” – showing off to your friends about how right on you are.

It was this “Tyranny of the Like” that had many social media users convinced that Ed Miliband could squeak the election; after all, their friends seemed to be lapping up the mansion tax and the action against non-doms. No one seemed enthused about taking £12bn off the benefit bill, or reducing the help given to disabled people.

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Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Speculation: Colin Craig’s presser today

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Ex-Board members are speculating this will either:

a) announce Colin Craig is stepping out of politics altogether and will arbitrarily seek to wind up the Conservative party without reference to the Board OR,

b) more likely, trumpet an “overwhelming” response from selective party members (using the stolen party database) to “Please please come back Colin.” He may use his ballot to establish some legitimacy for a dubious (ie unconstitutional) process to arbitrarily return as Leader a bit later, perhaps at a party conference that he may also arbitrarily announce today (and then organise). The positive responders to his ‘ballot’ will be invited to that ‘conference’. Others will not.   Read more »