10¬†An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random.
Following on from the many, many manufactured “outrage” videos as people walk around and get complimented on their appearance against their will, here is a great lampooning of the genre (if you’re a Benny Hill fan, I guess….blush). ¬† Caution: ¬†langauge
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?
There is a small tributary to the Thames which runs through an antiques shop. (source)
A while ago I was contacted by Josh Forman, who works for a state sector organisation closely linked to CERA and the EQC, for coaching as a blogger.
He wanted to set up a reasoned voice on the left, I thought this sounded like a good idea at the time.
I did however have some suspicions about his integrity and certainly his previous brushes with the law made me wary.
From the¬†start he seemed in a hurry to get somewhere and was always looking for dirt on National MPs in order to make a name for himself.
He certainly wanted to attack John Key.
In his correspondence with me, he certainly outlined who inside Labour he was working with and he claimed a strong working relationship with Annette King. If you check their Twitter conversations they are certainly very friendly.
On Monday night there was a lot of chatter about the leak of the IGIS report into the SIS and the Prime Ministers Office.
He was emailing me asking questions about it. ¬† Read more »
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There is a Facebook group where over 2000 journalists of any and all persuasions gather to talk about journalism. ¬†Full disclosure, I left before the council that convened to discuss throwing me out could complete. ¬†After all, I’m a curse to their profession and as the subject of Dirty Politics I was to be run out of town.
It is in this place that I found the following
I’m going to let that sink in a little for you. ¬†Here is a journalist, asking other journalist, what they think about content from a public Facebook page being used without their permission by others. Read more »
I have been rabbiting on for a while now that Local Government is broken and among the rot exists significant issues with the way that Councils have managed their books. Core to the issue has been the manifest failure of Councils to adequately perform specific functions and duties that are required of them by the Local Government Act, but particularly where it concerns the management of infrastructure. Councils have for years ignored maintenance of infrastructure in the ground and in doing so has deferred the maintenance costs for future generations.
Now Auditor General Lyn Provost has come forward with a fairly blunt warning about the perilous state of Local Government infrastructure stating that without sharpened management and financial commitment by Councils failure of services is guaranteed.
Ironically, there has been a tendency to under-spend on infrastructure. Expenditure has historically come in waves, but since 1986 there has been a significant tapering off of expenditure. “Some local authorities will face real difficulties in managing decline and in ensuring that their assets are the right size for their needs. They might hope that capital investment will reinvigorate growth & prevent further decline ‚Äď but it may be only hope.‚ÄĚ Said Ms Provost. “These spending trends raise questions about local government asset planning, depreciation practices and capital expenditure management”.
And she is quoting a $7 billion funding gap by 2022 if Councils continue to spend less fixing the services they should maintain as priority. Read more »