Another Dodgy Deal with the Dodgy Socialist Dam?

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The Dodgy Socialist Dam in Central Hawkes Bay got another kick in the arse recently, with the promoters having to pay the costs of appellants in the high court case that highlighted how dodgy the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is.

Word from inside the council staff is that the dam promoters are really struggling to sign up water users, so have come up with some creative clauses in the contracts.

So far the sign ups have been slow.

Contracts signed so far to take water from Hawke’s Bay’s Ruataniwha dam and irrigation project added up to only about 13 percent of the commitment needed to make the scheme commercially feasible.

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Stuart Nash on the Boagan’s plans to nick the AECT trust

Stuart Nash has written a piece on Michelle Boag’s plans to nick the AECT funds to gift to Len Brown for his train set.

It is on a little read hate speech blog run by Wrongly Wrongson, the blogger formerly known as Martyn Martin Bradbury, and so deserves wider attention.

Move forward to 2014, and John Collinge is at it once again.  Collinge, backed by another former National party president Michelle Boag, and helped by Auckland EMA CEO Kim Campbell, is trying to gather support for a scheme that would steal the shares off the people of Auckland for good.

Their miserable plan, as I have been led to believe, involves pressuring the National government to introduce legislation that would allow the shares, worth around $2.1b, to be nationalised, and then gifted back to the Auckland City Council for them to sell – to the people of Auckland and overseas buyers.

Let’s put this into perspective.  This year the AECT returned a $335 dividend to all shareholders (75.1% of whom are the people of Auckland). This is a most welcome bonus to many who are currently struggling with the extremely high costs of living in Auckland.

Vector is an incredibly progressive and innovative company and so this dividend is only going to grow.  Why sell it?  This is about ideology – and a massive disconnect by some wealthy individuals who simply have absolutely no idea at all how important $335 is to a huge number of Auckland families.  Read more »

Taliban step over the line and Pakistan fights back

In places like Pakistan they don’t do slacktivisim, when they get mad at people, like the Taliban cowards who killed innocent kids and teachers in a school, they get even.

And the Taliban, who once enjoyed safe havens in Pakistan are now being slaughtered…and run out of the country.

Pakistan has finally taken a stand against the terrorists.

The grief has given way to rage. Three days after Pakistan suffered its worst ever terrorist attack, with the massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, the country has hit back.

In the tribal areas of North Waziristan and Khyber along the Afghan border, Pakistani jets strafed militant targets as troops combated militants on the ground. The military says that it has killed 77 as the assault presses on. For days, Pakistanis in major cities held candlelit vigils, placing flowers under portraits of the pupils who were killed in their school on Tuesday. Yesterday, they took to the streets to protest against pro-Taliban preachers and declare their resolve to end the threat that the militants pose.

Schools and colleges across the country have been closed until the new year. Major cities were on high alert yesterday amid fears that the Taliban will try and make good on its intention to slaughter more innocents. “We are bracing for another attack,” Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan’s Defence Minister, told The Independent.

“There are reports that Punjab and other provinces are also threatened by terrorists – particularly soft targets like schools, public places where there is low security.”    Read more »

How to breathe easy…don’t break the law

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With the wave of activism in the US and more hashtagging and t-shirt activism over “I can’t breathe” a cop has taken them all on with his own shirt,

In recent weeks, we have seen basketball players go on the court for warm ups before games wearing t-shirts that say, “I Can’t Breathe.” In fact, the entire Phoenix Suns basketball team entered the court earlier this week wearing the t-shirts. NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James also participated in making a statement by wearing the shirt. This is their way of showing support and bringing attention to the death of Eric Garner in New York.

While the police officer involved in the arrest during which Garner suffered a health emergency and subsequently died was not indicted in his death, some on both sides of the political aisle find aspects of what happened troubling. However, one fact that has been virtually hidden is that although the arresting officer was white, the entire situation was supervised by a black, female sergeant.

It’s no coincidence that the “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts being worn are black with white lettering as many, including MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, have tried to turn the issue into a racial one despite the fact that both Garner’s wife and daughter do not believe that race had anything to do with his death.    Read more »

Pimping the Poor – Timaru Herald style

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ON STRUGGLE STREET: But can afford to dye her hair, get multiple tattoos and afford the internet and a cellphone

All the media loves pimping the poor and Timaru Herald is no different…except they actually do add in some quotes that are enlightening with the person they’ve chosen to pimp out.

The high level of poverty in some streets in the Marchwiel area was highlighted last week in a social justice report commissioned by Anglican Care.

Kelvin St resident Racheal Gates is one of many people living day-to-day and struggling to make ends meet.

“There’s a lot like me around here who are struggling,” the 37-year-old said yesterday.

Report author Ruth Swale spoke to more than 30 agencies, organisations and individuals in South Canterbury over a six-month period, and the issue which stood out to her was the level of poverty in the Marchwiel area.

The research found some streets in the north-end area were within the lowest categories (9 and 10) on the deprivation index.

Gates receives a supported living benefit from Work and Income and has a casual part-time job at Strathallan Lifecare.

Three years ago, she tipped the scales at 150kg and struggled to find work.

After having gastric bypass surgery, she is now half the size she was.

“I feel good, but I have had a few underlying health issues, like chronic fatigue . . . so I can’t do a lot of physical work or work long hours.”

With a diploma in social services, Gates said she would one day like to work in mental health. She also suffers from anxiety.

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What on earth is wrong with Peter Dunne?

And why aren’t hordes of women and leftie liberals not demanding his head?

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Sky City turns Steven Joyce into the Labour and Green Parties’ whipping boy

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

Stephen Joyce must be wondering: with friends like Sky, who needs enemies?

Opposition parties are urging the Government not to fund a cost blowout in SkyCity’s proposed new international convention centre in Auckland.

A resource consent application lodged on Friday revealed the centre’s initial $402 million price tag is set to increase by $70m to $130m.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce blamed inflation, and said the cost differential will be addressed through savings on the project, including in procurement. Read more »

Passengers a huge inconvenience to Jetstar employee

Jetstar employee Emily Capewell, via Facebook

Jetstar employee Emily Capewell, via Facebook

Jetstar just can’t shake the attitude

A Sydney Jetstar employee labelled those complaining about delays on Saturday “a bunch of whingers” and “nuts freaking about delays”.

In a Facebook comment, Jetstar employee Emily Capewell blamed passengers who were affected by Jetstar’s computer glitch which caused delays for Jetstar passengers.

“Obviously don’t travel enough. Happens to everyone and today it’s jetstars day,” Capewell wrote in a Facebook comment on the Sydney Morning Herald’s Facebook page which has since been deleted.

“You are all a bunch of whingers! Grow up and think about the people that are working today and have to deal with all you nuts freaking about delays!” Read more »

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Face of the day

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Jim Hickey read the weather for the first time in 1988

Fans of veteran weather presenter Jim Hickey have paid tribute to the man who has beamed into their living rooms for more than 20 years…

Hundreds of well-wishers have left messages on the ONE News Facebook page for Jim…

“Thank You Jim for all the great memories, and all the very best for the future you will be sadly missed,” Paul Axon wrote.

“The best weather man ever! We’ll miss you! Happy retirement!” Kylie Brown said.

“You’re the best Jim. The nation loves you. Now I’ll have to put up with years of dissatisfaction from my partner who thinks you’re the best weather reporter in the universe (I also agree). No one compares! Will miss your charisma, energy, punchy weather facts & shiney face it’s been a pleasure watching you return and sad to see you leave yet again,” Laura Drummond said.

“Hey Jim. You made the weather look great regardless of how bad it was. We will miss your funny puns and sayings. Enjoy your ‘retirement'”. Nadine Dornbusch said.

“Thank you for 26 years of our weather Jim. And you’re still good looking even now lol. Hope you enjoy your retirement,” Christina Olsen said.

“Ah Jim, you were the one who made the weather interesting and fun. Those that are coming after you have big shoes to fill. All the best. We will miss you,” Jeannette Mackenzie said.
-TVNZ

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