This is beyond absurd. NZ Herald fronting an Internet MANA voter scam

You may recall me looking at mobilize.org.nz a few days ago.  It is a web site that is a very thinly disguised effort by the Internet/Mana parties to get a mailing list and to provide social pressure and possible incentives for voting.   This is yet another party-aligned web site that pretends to be neutral by skirting the electoral rules.  I mean, why not?  The message is out that any electoral law transgressions will earn you a “caution” from police… at worst.

NZ Herald has a piece this morning on voting early.   Here’s the headline

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That’s fine.

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Labour’s CGT tax grab is coming for 300,000 Kiwis

John Key destroyed David Cunliffe’s capital gains tax plans last night in The Press leaders debate.

He forced David Cunliffe to admit that 300,000 Kiwis were going to get slammed with the capital gains tax on what is ostensibly their family home, despite the promises of the Labour otherwise.

John Key landed a blow on David Cunliffe over Labour’s planned capital gains tax in a fiery leaders debate in Christchurch.

ONE News political reporters say The Press leaders debate seemed pretty even until the National leader turned to his Labour counterpart and asked: “Will I pay a capital gains tax if my family home is in a trust?”

After being challenged again with the question, Mr Cunliffe responded that Labour will run surpluses every year “as long as there is no international downgrade”.

He said Labour will “pay down the record debt this government has built up – more than New Zealand borrowed during World War Two”.   Read more »

I bet he was registered too, when he was indecently assaulting his female students

Another dirty teacher has been done for diddling his kids.

A former Havelock North school teacher has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting his female students.

Charles John Michael Harter, 63, was a music, mathematics and drama teacher who taught students from his home studio and between October 2012 and June 2014 also taught music and drama at Havelock North Primary School.

The nine counts of indecent assaults, against nine young girls aged between 7 and 12, involved Harter inappropriately touching his students over and under their school uniforms.

One further charge of indecent assault was withdrawn at the Hastings District Court this afternoon.

One victim had weekly guitar lessons during school terms between February and July this year and prior to the lessons had attended large group lessons at Havelock North Primary School with Harter.

Harter would say “time for your lesson”, before reaching over the top of the victim’s shoulders and placing his hands on her breasts, before “jiggling” her private parts with his fingers.     Read more »

Where did that global warming go to?

RSS satellite dataset

RSS satellite dataset

Global warming has failed to materialise in line with the flawed models.

The scientists explain this as a “pause”.

But the pause keeps on extending. Now it is out to 19 years at the surface and 16-26 years in the troposphere according to a new paper.

The IPCC has drawn attention to an apparent leveling-off of globally-averaged temperatures over the past 15 years or so. Measuring the duration of the hiatus has implications for determining if the underlying trend has changed, and for evaluating climate models. Here, I propose a method for estimating the duration of the hiatus that is robust to unknown forms of heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation (HAC) in the temperature series and to cherry-picking of endpoints.

For the specific case of global average temperatures I also add the requirement of spatial consistency between hemispheres. The method makes use of the Vogelsang-Franses (2005) HAC-robust trend variance estimator which is valid as long as the underlying series is trend stationary, which is the case for the data used herein. Application of the method shows that there is now a trendless interval of 19 years duration at the end of the HadCRUT4 surface temperature series, and of 16 – 26 years in the lower troposphere. Use of a simple AR1 trend model suggests a shorter hiatus of 14 – 20 years but is likely unreliable.

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Face of the day

I decided that the face of the day would be the face of the hacker so I did a google search for’  hacker face.’

I was expecting to find images of a shadowy figure or something funny like a nerdy teen or guy in a basement with stains on his PJs in front of a flickering screen.

Instead I was presented with image after identical image and finally the penny dropped.

 

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Daily Proverb

Proverbs 2

He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to Him.

Tuesday nightCap

Time for something upbeat, something good, love, happiness

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Today’s Trivia

via sito.org

via sito.org

 

“No” is the 84th most used word in English while “Yes” is down at number 486. And that is a little saddening people. (source)

 

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