Fran O’ on the Graceless Green Taliban

In many of our cultures we had the notion of allowing people we didn’t agree with, even at war with, safe habour so a conversation could be had.  While under the protection of the host, the guest was treated with respect and dignity.

For an MMP party that never has been part of working together with anyone unless it suited their selfish ends, the Greens are the the problem yet again.

It’s time that we grew up as a nation when it comes to diplomatic courtesy. It’s time the Greens revoked their “unofficial ban” on visiting political leaders addressing the New Zealand Parliament.

Some of the world’s most powerful leaders like Germany’s Angela Merkel and China’s Xi Jinping are headed our way later this month after they’ve been to the G20 Summit in Brisbane.

Having political leaders of such calibre addressing our Parliament while it is sitting is not going to subvert our democracy. But the Greens’ overblown and juvenile stance that only New Zealand politicians should be allowed to address a sitting session makes us look absurdly pretentious…

“GIVE ME BACK MY FLAG!”

Enough said?   Read more »

John Roughan describes the monster we’ve created – and it needs to be slain

John Roughan has a killer op-ed. Should councils be concerned about the Arts?   Should they be calling for tolls on roads they don’t own?  What about banning stuff they can not legally ban?

So without enough to do, the elected body ponders long-term planning objectives and reads a great deal of paper on subjects such as environmental sustainability. It is getting so that every time the Auckland Council says or does something it causes me to wonder, do we need elected councils?

Seriously. The whole of New Zealand has a population no bigger than a decent-sized world city. Can a population of four million support more than one elected body? By “support” I mean give the body real power.

Power forces an elected body to use common sense. Without power an elected body can easily become a talking shop of pointless, though possibly perfectly rational, proposals that we are never going to see.

Councils get into the vicious circle about trying to meet targets that then become the driver for sub-objectives that lose complete sight of what they are there for in the first place.   As you have seen with our New Zealand’s Silliest Local Body Spending Competitions, it gets seriously out of control.  Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo by Hasan Baglar Iris oratoria, known by the common name Mediterranean Mantis or (less frequently) Iris Mantis Photo location: Nicosia, Cyprus.

Photo by Hasan Baglar
Iris oratoria, known by the common name Mediterranean Mantis or (less frequently) Iris Mantis
Photo location: Nicosia, Cyprus.

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Get ready for Len’s fireworks inspectors

Len Brown’s council seems intent on poo-fingering any event that people might have fun at.

The latest imposition of silly rule making twats with clipboards is over Guy Fawkes night next week.

Aucklanders wanting to celebrate Guy Fawkes on November 5 must find a public display or stay in their backyards, the council says.

Fireworks were banned from public places in May this year with the aim of protecting people, animals and property from the risks of fireworks.    Read more »

Another dud Green idea

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The Green party is a party of dud MPs, dud ideas and dud results.

Yet another of their dud ideas has crashed and burned because they never bothered to check out the details.

They wanted the government to replace the extremely fuel efficient diesel BMW fleet with gay electric cars…except they never checked if they will ever be available in New Zealand.

The Green Party may have ideas around having Tesla Model S sedans as government limousines, but if they do they will be private imports, with Tesla telling AutoTalk it has no plans for the New Zealand market.   Read more »

Miniature socialist weasels?

One of the gang of baby weasels discovered at a quarantine facility. Photo / Supplied

One of the gang of baby weasels discovered at a quarantine facility. Photo / Supplied

A “gang of baby weasels” have been discovered dead in a container.

For a moment there I thought that it was a tragedy for a bunch of Young Labour people travelling to the next labour leadership debate.

A gang of baby weasels has been discovered in a container of tyres recently arrived from Malaysia.

They were discovered at a transitional quarantine facility in Te Rapa, Hamilton, by a port worker last month.   Read more »

This could so easily describe NZ Labour

Ed Miliband is dead set useless.

He is about to lead the Labour party to a stunning and crushing defeat in Scotland at the hands of the Scottish National Party.

Ed Miliband’s hopes of become Britain’s next Prime Minister suffered a serious setback today as a new poll suggested Labour is facing political annihilation at the hands of the SNP in its Scottish heartlands.

The survey, by Ipsos Mori, found Labour is currently polling at just 23 per cent in Scotland which, if replicated in May, would see the party lose all but four of the 41 MPs it currently has north of the border.

Such a result would make it next to impossible for Labour to win an overall majority in Westminster and form a Government after the next election.  Read more »

How many people use a smartphone as a phone? [POLL]

The results of this survey confirm what appears to be happening

Making a call is now only the sixth most common use for a mobile phone, a study has found.

Sending and receiving text messages, reading emails, browsing the internet and using the phone’s alarm clock have all overtaken actual conversation.

In fact, almost four in ten smartphone users believe they would manage without a call function on their handset at all.

The study, by taxi app Hailo, found the average person uses their mobile phone for an hour and 52 minutes a day.

Most of this time is taken up with texting, emails and surfing the web, but around 20 minutes will be spent making an average of three calls.

The survey of 2,000 people found that social media apps, calculators, calendars and cameras were also seen as particularly important functions.

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What is your primary use for your smart phone?   Read more »

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Virgin Galactic crashed – one dead

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Will this set back space tourism?

At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in a California desert, the California Highway Patrol has said.

The craft was undergoing manned testing when it experienced what the company described as “a serious anomaly”.

Television images shot from a helicopter showed what appeared to be wreckage bearing the Virgin logo.

SpaceShipTwo is carried aloft by a jet, then launched into sub-orbit.

In a statement, Virgin Galactic said the “vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo”.

Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman told the Reuters news agency the craft’s co-pilot was killed, while the pilot ejected and was seriously injured.

Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the crash, told the Associated Press news agency the craft exploded after it was released from a plane that carries it to a high altitude.

That aircraft, known as White Knight 2, has landed safely, Virgin Galactic said.

With the rocket blowing up a few days ago, and now this, it is a keen reminder that space continues to be hostile and at the edge of safety.   Read more »

David Cunliffe is running for Deputy leader

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New Lynn have gone all in on Andrew Little

Former Labour leader David Cunliffe’s loyalists appear to have thrown their weight behind Andrew Little in the Labour leadership race, including promoting unofficial meetings for him and fellow contender Nanaia Mahuta. Read more »