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Today’s Trivia



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The British prefer coffee to tea. Since the early 1970s, tea drinking in the UK has fallen by more than 60% while coffee consumption has tripled. Coffee sales first overtook tea sales in 1986. (Source)

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National’s pest eradication “Apollo mission” a big con job

We said it first – for the plan to work, it also needs to target all the other pests.  Dave Hansford has the courage to say it out loud

Suddenly it becomes clear just why fully half of all our endemic vertebrate species have disappeared forever.

It’s good news then, if long overdue, that the government means to set up a $28 million joint venture, Predator Free New Zealand Limited. This is capitalist conservation, a public/private enterprise, in which the government will put up a dollar for every two raised by local government and private sector investors to tackle large-scale pest eradication projects.

It’s a declaration of war on the unholy trinity of pestilence – rats, possums and stoats, but it avoids some sensitive semantics.

There’s a whole other pillaging cohort out there doing demonstrable damage – cats, hedgehogs, wasps, wallabies, wild pigs, goats, deer, thar, chamois, and while we’re committing blasphemy, trout and salmon. There: I said it.

Few others are prepared to, because they know that if they want public buy-in, it’s best to leave their beloved pets and dinner of choice out of this.

The concern is that DOC’s dream of killing off everything exotic in this country will be enabled by this plan, if only by making “creative mistakes” causing “unintended” by-kill  Read more »

Paula Bennett’s “you’re under investigation” details out


Remember when press secretary Lucy Bennett took a bullet for releasing a story in an attempt to take the heat off her boss Paula?   The details of the story came out earlier today.

A senior Auckland police officer who is under investigation was stood down after he tried to end an under-age love affair, according to reports.

Inspector Hurimoana Dennis, the chairman of Te Puea Marae in Mangere, was the subject of controversy last month after a ministerial leak revealed he was under investigation.

The marae rose to prominence when it threw open its doors to the homeless, which led to a visit from Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.

One of Ms Bennett’s staff members told a reporter Mr Dennis had privately told the minister he was under investigation, but no details were revealed at the time. Read more »

Obama’s legacy… is there one?


Michael Grunwald at Politico puts his finger on it

It’s true that Obama failed to create the post-partisan political change he originally promised during his yes-we-can pursuit of the White House. Washington remains as hyperpartisan and broken as ever. But he also promised dramatic policy change, vowing to reinvent America’s approach to issues like health care, education, energy, climate and finance, and that promise he has kept.

When you add up all the legislation from his frenetic first two years, when Democrats controlled Congress, and all the methodical executive actions from the past five years, after Republicans blocked his legislative path, this has been a BFD [Big ____ Disaster] of a presidency, a profound course correction engineered by relentless government activism. Read more »