Will the MSM ever look at Andrew Little’s record, Ctd

His leadership is a dog's breakfast and tastes like a dog's leavings

What do you mean there are irregularities?

Over the past few weeks we have been looking into the EPMU under Andrew Little’s stewardship. There are a series of financial anomalies that need explaining, especially for a man who wants to be Prime Minister and be responsible for the Government Accounts.

Previous Questions were asked here, here and here.

 

We also provided the original documentation from the Societies web site. This is all public source information so anyone can find it if they visit the Societies web site.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Andrew Bolt on the bias of media

Andrew Bolt shares remarkably similar thoughts to my own on the inherent bias of media personalities.

What’s relatively new is journalists being called out publicly for their bias. For many years, when dissent was punished or simply not published, journalists congratulated each other on being balanced – or at least seeming so.

I’m talking of the time when even George Negus – Negus! – was assumed to be impartial. When Phillip Adams was seen as at the centre of respectable opinion. When the ABC defined the middle ground.

I think one of the sources of the rage so many journalists have for the likes of me is that we are now calling out this fraud, using endless evidence. I have no hesitation in leveling with the audience and announcing my own biases – humanist, conservative, liberal, rationalist and individualist – but I have no hesitation in pointing out the biases of others in the media, too, particularly on the ABC. For a start, I want to end this deceit that the ABC is balanced and not at all leaning to the Left.

ABC presenters have been outraged to have their cover blown. Some – Jonathan Green, Virginia Trioli and Patricia Karvelas – profess astonishment at being identified as Left leaning, either because they are simply not self aware or because they don’t want you to know where they lie.

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The square heads are getting sick of dodgy Greek ratbags

Time is up for Greece, and the Krauts are utterly sick of them.

Berlin has delivered a blistering attack on Greece’s beleaguered radical prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, accusing him of lying to his own people and seeking scapegoats for the country’s misery everywhere but in his own ranks.

The German government dismissed desperate attempts by Athens to salvage some form of bailout, prompting Tsipras to hit back, accusing the country’s creditors of trying to “blackmail” Greek voters with dire warnings that a vote against austerity in this weekend’s referendum would be a vote to leave the euro.

Tsipras referred to leaders of other eurozone nations as “extremist conservative forces” and blamed them for the capital controls that have forced the banks to shut down and ration cash.   Read more »

Google cars drive like a granny, but that’s ok

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People argue that self driving cars are risky, yet after millions of miles Google’s self drive cars have only had about a dozen accidents and none were the fault of the car.

Perhaps it is because they drive like grannies.

Google cars drive like your grandma – they’re never the first off the line at a stop light, they don’t accelerate quickly, they don’t speed, and they never take any chances with lane changes (cut people off, etc.).

Google cars seem to be a little overly-cautious at intersections where visibility is limited: Think a T-intersection where a big truck or a bush blocks visibility for the road that needs to turn either left or right. The Google car I saw inched forward very slowly with a lot of pauses, as if it was stopping to get its bearings even though it obviously hadn’t pulled forward enough to “see” anything. It appeared very safe, but if I had been behind it I probably would have been annoyed at how long it took to actually commit to pull out and turn.

Google cars are very polite to pedestrians. They leave plenty of space. A Google car would never do that rude thing where a driver inches impatiently into a crosswalk while people are crossing because he/she wants to make a right turn. However, this can also lead to some annoyance to drivers behind, as the Google car seems to wait for the pedestrian to be completely clear. On one occasion, I saw a pedestrian cross into a row of human-thickness trees and this seemed to throw the car for a loop for a few seconds. The person was a good 10 feet out of the crosswalk before the car made the turn.  Read more »

The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

Questions to Ministers

  1. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the international economy and its effect on New Zealand’s economy?
  2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s advice to farmers in November of last year that they should not get too worried about the milk price?
  3. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcement has he made about Government support to help tackle hill country erosion?
  4. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements?
  5. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister for Social Housing: In light of his answers to Oral Question No 2 on 30 June, does he consider overseas investment in community housing projects to be consistent with the openness of other countries to New Zealanders investing internationally? Read more »

Oregon legalises cannabis, the roll is on

Yet another state, this time Oregon has legalised cannabis.

Smoking and growing small amounts of marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday (local time), as a growing legalisation movement spread down the United States’ west coast.

A law allowing recreational use, backed by voters in November, came into effect at midnight, opening the way for marijuana to be sold in shops by next year – though some lawmakers say they will still try to block retail outlets.

Similar legislation is already in force in Alaska and Washington State, reflecting a shifting legal landscape for a drug that remains illegal under federal law.

Further down the west coast, legalisation campaigns are also underway in California, while recreational use is already allowed in Colorado and Washington D.C.

“We are thrilled with the end of adult marijuana prohibition, but we are far from where we need to be,” said Russ Belville, from the Portland chapter of pro-marijuana group NORML, on Tuesday before the law came into effect.

Oregon residents aged 21 and older can now smoke privately, grow up to four plants and posses up to eight ounces (227 grams) at home and one ounce outside home, the Liquor Control Commission said.

Driving while high remains illegal and pot cannot be transported out of state, even to neighbouring Washington, where retailing started last year, the commission said.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Sirius Documentary

Photo: Sirius Documentary

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According to a report published in the newspaper La Estrella de Arica in  2003, “it all started on a winter morning when a local man from the pampa, Oscar Munoz, was following his hobby of collecting tokens, bottles and other objects of historical value in the ghost towns from the nitrate era.” Munoz went specifically to a ghost town called La Noria, located 56 KM to the interior of the provincial capital of Iquique.

As Munoz dug in the area around La Noria’s abandoned church, he came across a white cloth tied by a violet ribbon, finding inside “a strange skeleton no bigger than 15 cm [the size of a pen]. It was a creature with hard teeth, a bulging head with an additional odd bulge on top. Its body was scaly and of dark colour. Unlike humans, it had ten ribs,”  stated the article.

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Ernst Young endorses criminal activity, puts clients at mercy of hackers working with Dirty Media

Dirty media specialist Matt Nippert is having yet another boast about receiving an award from some fools who didn’t think things through.

EY, a professional services firm have named him business journalist of the year off the back of illegally obtained documents stolen from my computer by a criminal hacker.  You know professional services firms that go to the ends of the earth to seek privacy in communications with their clients:

EY partner Alan Judge said Nippert’s work was an “outstanding example” of how excellent investigative and communication skills could connect all players in the market – from regulators to employees, shareholders and customers.

“These stories demonstrate that business journalism is not an academic, siloed affair,” he said.

So EY, next time a hacker is doing their thing and let’s say Nippert “magically” gets hold of your client data and internal correspondence and republishes it online in some sort of perfectly legal non-scandal that injures their privacy and that of your staff, are you going to give him an award for that?   Read more »