Why? – I just do not get it. – Observation by the Owl

Ms Turei insisted the Greens “want to change the government”, and suggested they would offer Labour confidence and supply even without a coalition deal.

I just do not get it! Why are Labour and Greens etc so obsessed with changing the government?

I have read, re-read and followed all the politics going on and the only policy I see that Mana, Greens, NZ First and Labour has and at least Ms Turei has said it out loud – “want to change the government”.

People will only change the government if the following happens.

  • Interest rates hit 10%
  • Law and order collapses
  • We stop paying our bills
  • Blues win a game away – (then we know something is wrong).

Please would someone from the Mana, NZ First or their sidekicks the Green and Labour party give me a policy which I can say – YES, you are on the right track.

The PEOPLE of NZ do not give a dam about Kim Dot Com and silly policies around caravan and truck speed.  Read more »

Imagine being able to lease a 3D printer to build your entire house

Affordable homes could also come from the application of 3D printers on a much larger scale.

Kathleen Miles reports

The technology, called Contour Crafting, is already here and can build a 2,500-square-foot home in 20 hours.

The massive robot printer was invented by University of Southern California professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, who says that the technology is so versatile that it can be used to build homes in slums or human habitats on Mars.

The technology is ideal for the world’s slums and areas destroyed by natural disasters, claims Khoshnevis, because the robot’s construction is cheaper, stronger, faster, safer and more eco-friendly than manual construction.

Khoshnevis also says NASA is supportive of using the technology to build lunar habitats, laboratories and roads on the Moon or Mars that could eventually house human life. NASA did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

He points out that construction is far behind manufacturing when it comes to automation.

And instead of churning out the same parts over and over again like we have in traditional manufacturing, you can print out a different 3D house on every run. Just send it different instructions.

The robot can also tile the floors, install plumbing, install electrical wiring and even paint or apply wallpaper.

Khoshnevis disputes concerns about potential job losses from such technology. In fact, he says it will create new jobs that are safer and that will allow women and older workers to participate more in the construction industry.

Khoshnevis is planning to establish a company to commercialize the technology and hopefully make it available for purchase in a few years, he told the USC student newspaper Daily Trojan.

Ultimately, Khoshnevis thinks that Contour Crafting will replace construction as we know it, reduce costs and make construction accessible to anyone.

“Imagine a Contour Crafting machine for lease at you local Home Depot,” the researcher’s site reads.

Recovering from disasters such earthquakes, cyclones or tsunamis could also be dramatically improved.

It may be a little too easy to think of this as far fetched stuff that we won’t see in our life time, but who could have foreseen smart phones when the first man set foot on the moon?

One thing is for sure. 3D printing has the potential to be the next revolution in how mankind gets ahead.


- huffingtonpost.com

Now here is an idea for Len Brown


The mayor of a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs can offer a guarantee to his constituents: He won’t be going to bed hungry.

Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley, in a gut-busting campaign to draw attention to the tiny borough’s varied restaurant scene, set out to visit all 24 of them on Saturday, starting with a pre-dawn visit to IHOP.

“With one pancake,” Foley said in late afternoon. “And IHOP does not want to sell you one pancake.” Read more »

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Face of the day

Helen Clements, from Gloucestershire, revealed she had grappled with the dilemma of whether to stay in the burning vehicle or step out with her two children into the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.

She told Sky News: ‘It was a little bit frightening, and obviously the children were frightened at the time,’ she said.

The mother described how she honked the horn in order to get the attention of the park rangers after she noticed smoke coming out her car.

‘Then the flames came out of the car, and were obviously coming into the car,’ she added.

‘We then thought we had better get out the car, but obviously the rangers were saying get back in the car.

‘Obviously for safety reasons.’

The family managed to avoid 12 lions in the enclosure after being transferred to a ranger’s vehicle before the car burst into flames.

No person or animal was hurt in the incident but the park had to temporarily close while firefighters extinguished the blaze. – Metro


Daily Proverb

Proverbs 20

4Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.

Sunday nightCap

Buying a Porsche 911? Think again..

Daily Trivia


Glucose (sugar) has an opposite “handed” isomer L-glucose, that tastes identical and isn’t metabolized as sugar, also safe for diabetics. Unfortunately, L-glucose costs 50% more than gold. (source)   Read more »


1956 clip: how they used to make cricket balls