Bill’s tax cuts are back. Roll on up for an election spending spree

Bill English is back to talking about tax cuts…just in time for a nice long roll up tot he 2017 election.

First up he dismisses talk of a recession.

Falling dairy prices are not as disastrous for the economy as they seem and the country is not heading for a recession, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Mr English told TVNZ’s Q+A this morning that the dairy industry was “probably a smaller part of [the economy] than most people think”.

“I think we’ve got to keep the dairy industry in perspective,” he said.

“It’s about 5 to 6 per cent of the whole economy. It’s only 20 per cent of our exports. The other 80 per cent will be starting to enjoy the benefits of the lower exchange rate, and the lower exchange rate will help cushion the impact on dairy of their lower prices.”

When asked by TVNZ’s Simon Dallow whether he agreed with Steven Bayliss of BNZ that New Zealand had a “recipe” for recession on its hands, with low dairy prices coupled with a potential drought and falling Christchurch house prices, Mr English said he thought the prediction was overstated.   Read more »

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Euthanasia the other side of the story

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The slippery slope argument makes some valid points. Once we get permission to kill ourselves when we are terminally ill and in pain aren’t we opening the flood gates to doctors killing people for other reasons? What if I told you that Euthanasia would be used on young, physically healthy people? Believe it or not it is already happening and it makes me realise how the euthanasia debate is not as cut and dry as we all would like it to be.

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A newspaper amends its article to stop propagating Ron Mark’s SAS lies

Ron Mark is despised in the armed forces for pretending to have served with the NZSAS.

This blog has opened up that can of worms and through a number of confidential sources we have previously established Mark has been dining out on his fake SAS record without ever taking the opportunity to correct it.

Even now, the NZ First site continues to misrepresent Mark’s true involvement with the NZSAS.  He may have been selected, but he failed to make the grade and never served.

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Narcissism can be fatal

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Are you prepared to die to get a photograph of yourself?

A young Russian woman has died after a fall from the bridge where she was trying to make a memorable selfie next to the Moscow City financial district, police sources say. Her death is the latest in a rash of fatal and near-fatal selfie incidents.

The woman, a 21-year-old graduate of the Russian State University of Tourism and Services Studies, reportedly wanted to make a selfie in front of one the famous landmarks of the Russian capital, but fell from the bridge while taking the photo.

The incident took place Saturday night next to the Moscow International Business Center, also referred as Moscow City.

“According to preliminary information, the young woman was taking a selfie together with her friends, but couldn’t hold on and fell from the bridge onto the quayside,” a source close to the investigation told TASS news agency.

According to other sources, the reason for girl’s death was a broken fence on the bridge that she leaned on while taking the photo.

Anton Tsvetkov, of the Commission on the Common House on Safety, told Interfax that he will investigate the reasons for the deadly incident.

“What the fence is like that it couldn’t hold a fragile young woman?” he asked.

The rash of recent series strange and deadly incidents involving selfies have hit the headlines as social media users seem to be doing more and more outlandish things so that their photos stand out from the crowd.

It’s natural selection at work.   Let it be.  These people are serving society better if they are no longer part of the gene pool.

 

– Aljazeera

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Today in History

Piper Alpha

On this day, in 1988, an explosion occurred on the Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea. Read more »

Face of the day

Lekha Namboothiri

Lekha Namboothiri a Hindu, donated her kidney for free to a Muslim Man too poor to pay for it and was rewarded with abuse. PHOTO-haindavakeralam.com

Have you ever heard of an organ donor being abused by the recipient? Unfortunately today’s face of the day Lekha Namboothiri had exactly that happen to her. She gave selflessly and did not care what religion the recipient was. Lekha is Hindu and the recipient of her kidney was Muslim. Unfortunately he considered a Hindu kidney to be ‘haram’ even though by taking her kidney his life was saved. Considering his disgusting treatment of her since his life saving operation I think he should give it back and then hurry up and die. What do you all think?

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

cavil (verb) – To raise annoying petty objections; quibble; carp

(noun) – A captious trifling objection

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1540s, from Middle French caviller “to mock, jest,” from Latin cavillari “to jeer, mock; satirize, argue scoffingly” (also source of Italian cavillare, Spanish cavilar), from cavilla “jest, jeering,”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 6

18a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong

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