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Left wing logic fail


If you listen to the left wing they all believe in the wonders of socialism…and advocate for increased minimum wages, advocate for a “living wage” and constantly carp on about equality and equity.

How did that all work out for a company in the US when their brain dead CEO decided to pay everyone the same irrespective of skills?

When Dan Price, founder and CEO of the Seattle-based credit card payment processing firmGravity Payments, announced he was raising the company’s minimum salary to $US70,000 a year, he was met with overwhelming enthusiasm.

“Everyone start[ed] screaming and cheering and just going crazy,” Price told Business Insidershortly after he broke the news in April.

One employee told him the raise would allow him to fly his mum out from Puerto Rico to visit him in Seattle. Another said the raise would make it possible for him to raise a family with his wife. Overnight, Price became something of a folk hero — a small-business owner taking income inequality into his own hands.

But in the weeks since then, it’s become clear that not everyone is equally pleased. Among the critics? Some of Price’s own employees.

The New York Times reports that two of the company’s “most valued” members have left the company, “spurred in part by their view that it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises.”

Maisey McMaster — once a big supporter of the plan — is one of the employees that quit. McMaster, 26, joined the company five years ago, eventually working her way up to financial manager. She put in long hours that “left little time for her husband and extended family,” the Times says, but she loved the “special culture” of the place.

But while she was initially on board, helping to calculate whether the company could afford to raise salaries so drastically (the plan is a minimum of $US70,000 over the course of three years), McMaster later began to have doubts.

“He gave raises to people who have the least skills and are the least equipped to do the job, and the ones who were taking on the most didn’t get much of a bump,” she told the Times. A fairer plan, she told the paper, would give newer employees smaller increases, along with the chance to earn a more substantial raise with more experience.

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Cry Baby of the Week – I see nothing but a poll bump in this

The left wing are all whinging about how John Key made some cry-baby sheila upset over his rejection of her daft idea of a Maori Language Week.

A teenage girl was “upset and embarrassed” when the Prime Minister said her suggestion of   a Maori language month would be boring.

The 16-year-old asked  John Key whether he would extend Maori language week, when he visited a school assembly at Waiuku College, on Friday.

Key said he preferred keeping it to a week of Maori language celebrations and that people would get “bored” by a month.   Read more »

Idiot Tim Groser says he is in a “war” over the TPPA

Now, I’m not a diplomat, but even I know that trade negotiations shouldn’t be talked about in public as acrimonious.

That will do absolutely no good.

Trade Minister Tim Groser insists the government will win the political “war” on the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal once the facts and figures can be laid out on the table.

Talks in Hawaii have ended without a finalised agreement, and Mr Groser said the nations involved were down to three final issues, and will meet again soon to iron those out.

Mr Groser said he believed reasonable people were being “whipped up into a frenzy” over issues like pharmaceutical costs and investor-state dispute settlement, by people who oppose the deal for ideological reasons

“Look, this did not reach an agreement for other reasons,” he said of the lack of a deal after the latest talks.

He said the impasse was down to automotives, intellectual property and dairy.

The Minister said the government was fighting TPPA opponents with one hand tied behind its back, as it simply could not provide the real facts and figures while the discussions were still happening.

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People don’t live the way the opposition expects, so they need persecuting

Labour and the Greens have launched an attack on Gloriavale for their schooling practices.

People aren’t living the way they expect them to live, so they need persecuting.

Politicians will demand answers from education bosses over what secretive Gloriavale school is teaching girls – besides how to expertly wash men’s clothes.

The Education Review Office will be hauled before the Education and Science Select Committee this month to explain why the extreme fundamentalist school is allowed to stop education early and steer all pupils towards life in the community on the South Island’s West Coast.

Green MP Catherine Delahunty, who has requested the briefing, and Labour MP Chris Hipkins, hope it will be the forerunner to a Parliamentary probe into the isolated sect’s school.

Delahunty is concerned that the school’s narrow curriculum, believed to be based on an American fundamentalist Christian course, prevents pupils, especially girls, from going on to tertiary study.

She understood the highest level of secondary learning was NCEA level 1, and there was a strict divide of subjects girls and boys could study to steer them for working inside the compound.

She is questioning how the ERO, which recently gave Gloriavale a pass mark, could rubber-stamp a school that appeared to be in breach of human rights legislation.

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Guess what Europe’s BIGGEST problem is?


Immigration is the main concern of Europeans, ahead of economic problems and unemployment, according to a new opinion poll released by the European Commission.

A similar poll last November had the economic situation, employment, and public deficits top of the list.

Since then immigration has been a hot topic, with Italy, Greece and Malta having to deal with unprecedented arrivals by sea from Africa and the Middle East. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Medicinal Cannabis on its way


At last some progress on legalisation of cannabis, albeit for medicinal purposes.

Toni-Marie Matich’s eldest daughter suffers from intractable epilepsy – a seizure disorder that cannot be controlled with conventional medicine. It led the Hawkes Bay mother-of-five to found United in Compassion (UIC), which advocates for New Zealand-based research into the therapeutic effects of cannabis-based medicines. The paediatrician caring for her daughter just happens to be the Children’s Commissioner, Russell Wills.

And that’s led to the unlikely but powerful alliance of Wills and UIC, teaming up with NZ Drug Foundation, to campaign for broader access to medicinal cannabis. It’s raised the prospect that it could soon become as readily available as morphine.

For Wills, juggling both roles could be a political minefield, but he says its not an issue: as a doctor, he can see the daily impact of what these “devastating diseases do to children and their families”. He’s not short of stories of desperate and vulnerable families who have gone to “extraordinary lengths to obtain treatments at enormous cost and extreme risk that then aren’t effective”.

“I think doctors are desperate,” he says, “to see patients have access to effective treatments.”

Research and random-control trials of cannabinoid products are underway in Israel and the United States and the results of those trials could be just months away – which could mean a New Zealand-approved product could be available by next year, once manufacturers have produced a product and passed MedSafe checks.

At that point Pharmac will negotiate a price with the manufacturers and Wills doesn’t see there being any delays because associate health minister Peter Dunne, the ministry, doctors and parents “are all on the same page”.

“Pharmac will be persuaded by evidence of effect and cost.”

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Interesting choice of spokes-person to talk about a sex scandal

Radio National in Australia had an interview this morning with the spokesman from the UK’s Electoral Reform Society about the Lord Sewel hooker sting and sex scandal.

Calls for reform of the House of Lords are gaining momentum in the UK, following the extraordinary scandal that has engulfed the deputy speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Sewel, who was secretly filmed allegedly snorting cocaine and cavorting with prostitutes.

The footage released by The Sun newspaper also showed him making disparaging remarks about a number of senior politicians, including the Prime Minister David Cameron.

Lord Sewel has now resigned, but the scandal has reignited calls for urgent reform of the upper House of Parliament, with many saying the time has come for the peers to go.

The UK’s Electoral Reform Society has long campaigned for an elected House of Lords.   Read more »