Today’s Trivia


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?

Possum and Opossum refer to different species of marsupials on opposite hemispheres of the world. (Source)

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Double whammy: Aurora Borealis and Whales




Daily Roundup


Look!   I got a new selfie stick.  /facepalm

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Reader Content: My Greatest All Black

In this time when the term great etc is applied ad nausem to all sorts of various players and feats I have chosen a more old fashioned great as my personal favourite All Black player.

Among the more than 1100 men honored with this honour I have limited my selection to those who I have personally met, known, refereed or watched.   As a former referee I have been luckily enough to referee a number of All Blacks, many current at that time and was able to observe first hand just what standards of play they bring to the game.  The skill, determination and dedication applied often showed why our All Blacks are the crème de la crème.

I am of the age when players turned up on every Saturday for either club, province or country and competed for one team position or part of a four team reserve bench that did not guarantee you a game unless there was a pre game injury.  After a test was played on a Saturday it was not usual for a player to return home and play for his province on the Sunday.

As some W/O readers will be well aware of my Cantabrian red and black blood that flows within my veins and will have no doubt thought that an old grizzled Alex Wylie or a fungus Fergie McCormick would be high in my list as well as a multitude of former hard men of Canterbury and South Island rugby.  Surprisingly my selection has a very limited tenuous connection with Canterbury, and indeed the South Island, apart from a very brief stint with the Hornby club and of course, Canterbury.   Read more »


I need a lie down: Helen Kelly and I agree on something


Politics and my personal feelings about unions aside, people are people, and Helen Kelly’s been dealt the card with cancer on it.   It’s not my/our way to rejoice in seeing people suffer just because they come from the wrong side of politics.

Outgoing CTU president Helen Kelly is going to ask Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne for an exemption to use cannabis oil as part of her treatment for cancer.

Ms Kelly told TV3’s The Nation program on Saturday that her cancer was progressing despite the chemotherapy and a new immunotherapy drug. Read more »

Pimping the Peonage

Peonage is another word for servitude and subjugation. We have always had a Pimping the Poor series and I am wondering if we should now have a Pimping the Peonage series given the number of articles promoting the Muslim culture of the subjugation of women in our media.
Vaimoana Tapaleao is the New Zealand Herald’s Pacific Affairs and People reporter and her spin on a woman who wears a Burka and gloves as well as a Niqab or Hijab on other occasions is that covering up brings out the beauty beneath and that negative public reaction to a subjugated woman is nothing more than hostile prejudice.
Burka in France

Niqab in France

Interestingly  Vaimoana is at great pains to reveal that the woman behind the Niqab and Burka mask is a
‘blonde, beautiful, European Kiwi.’ Why do we need to know this? Her identity and beauty or lack of it is irrelevant. The mask takes away her identity and dehumanises her which is why she experiences negativity while wearing it.

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3% of adults experience 53% of crime

And for that, I would like to thank them.

I’ve always been enormously sceptical of official crime statistics and surveys.

They bamboozle you with numbers that suggest fewer crimes have occurred than the year before, and the year before that, and you’re invited to believe that everything is sweet in paradise.

It’s a cynical process that rather reeks of propaganda compiled by public servants and police officers pandering to their political masters.

Massaged numbers aside, the only question that really matters is this: do you really feel like you live in a safer society?

Do the children in your family walk to school (like every child did in the first half of the 1980s?)

I’ve been the victim of several crimes that were more trifling than traumatising. And after serious thought this week I must say I do feel generally safer.

But I’m also keenly aware that potential crime is always lurking. I never leave bags or valuables in a parked car and I stick to well-lit areas. I’d never leave home with a window or door unlocked.

I’m conscious that there are little things I can do to prevent property crime. But I confess my contents insurance is probably on the low side, I haven’t marked all my household items so if they were stolen I might one day get them returned, and I haven’t taken photos of all my property and stashed them safely with all the receipts.

Is this because I don’t really think about being burgled, or because I haven’t got off my chuff and done it. A bit of both I’d say.

So what to make of this week’s latest survey on crime? It’s all slightly confusing, but apparently we’re living in utopia.

While the scumbags and ferals mostly target each other, it certainly feels that way.   Read more »


The TPPA is mediocre, and that’s exactly why it’s good

One of Audrey Young’s more lucid pieces:

Voltaire was not required reading at Hawera High School, so when Trade Minister Tim Groser invited the media, during the TPP press conference in Atlanta this week, to ”remember the old phrase … The excellent is almost always the enemy of the good …” I couldn’t.
Before getting a second to think about it, discussion had moved on to the significance of the Canadian election on the TPP deal.

It wasn’t until NZ First leader Winston Peters started talking on Morning Report a day later that Voltaire’s words hit home.

Mr Peters attacked the deal, effectively because it was less than excellent.

He invoked the words of latter day philosopher and writer Stevie Wonder to suggest ”Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours” was the negotiating plank of the Government.

On the issue of perfection, Mr Peters is right.

We haven’t seen the deal, but we know enough to know it did not land in the ”high quality, ambitious and comprehensive” zone agreed upon four years ago by the 12 parties.

The US, Japan, Canada reneged on that commitment.

If comprehensive and high quality were the test, New Zealand would not sign it.

The question, in the absence of perfection, is what the test should be.

The only rational answer to that is: ”Will New Zealand be better off by signing the TPP or by not signing it?”

Correct.   And to expect an agreement where every country walks away with ‘excellence’ is simply undo-able.  The only way to have winners is to have losers.   And to have no losers, you need compromise.   Read more »