Daily Proverb

Proverbs 19

12 The king’s anger is like a lion’s roar, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Friday nightCap

Dan News bloopers 2014

An annual must-see, but do be warned… it’s unedited in places

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Today’s Trivia

via fanpop.com

via fanpop.com

 

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?

 

A koi fish once lived for over 200 years. (source)

 

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The realities of war

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Useless human skills

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Daily Roundup

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Jacinda Ardern: Labour to hit 40% during 2015

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You have to wonder how self delusional Labour are.

Hitting 40 percent in the polls is Labour MP Jacinda Ardern’s goal for 2015 – but as her National rival Jami-Lee Ross warns, they have to reach 30 first.

Labour had a shocking election, with just 25 percent – its worst result in more than 90 years. Ms Ardern says Labour tried to outline its alternative vision for the country, but was caught up in the Dirty Politics fallout, despite the party having nothing to do with the book’s alleged dirty deeds.

Excellent.  I like it when lies are written down.  I can come back to this later.

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The AECT money grab

I would like to thank Cam Slater for bringing the attempt to hijack the huge Auckland Energy Consumers Trust money to buy a train set.  That money belongs to the Electricity Consumers, and is held “in Trust” on their behalf.  The interest on that money is distributed to the consumers in a handsome annual check.

While I can sympathise with the Aucklanders as they grapple with the powerful, I have a major concern that if they did manage to change the legislation, Tauranga will try to follow suit.  Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) has a value of around $850 million.  It distributes 80% of its dividends to their consumers who live in the original area of Trust Power when it was privatised, and 20% to the community organisations for things like equipment, buildings and events.  The cheques to the consumers this year were around $350 per Trust Power  household.  This money is really important to those with limited resources.  It has saved many a household’s finances, because it is a large enough sum to make a difference.

Some years ago the consumers voted to retain the 80-20 split by a good majority, in spite of a push by some who wanted all the money to go to community organisations, Councils etc. Read more »