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Photo: Google/GeoEye

Photo: Google/GeoEye

The Boneyard

 World’s ‘Biggest’ Plane Cemetery Up Close Read more »

Who is Andrew Little? Where is the Union Members $3 million?

Andrew Little made a huge pitch to the Labour members during the leadership election claiming he was the man who rebuilt the EPMU. As we saw yesterday it was all “I” “I” “I”.

So he was the man responsible.

So why has no one questioned him on the EPMU accounts, which are publicly available? The part to look at is the Education and Training Trust, which is note 18c in the 2013 the accounts.

What appears to have happened is in 1996 $6m of members money was transferred into the Education & Training Trust. At some stage this amount miraculously turned into $3m, with $3m going missing.

Little took over in 1999, he had senior positions until then. There are two big gaps in the accounts.

Note that all union accounts have to be made publicly available and are on www.societies.org.nz (Organisation number 1023) so we are not making anything up, we have just investigated Little’s time as the head of the EMPU and want to know where the money has gone. We also want to know why the accounts do not tell the public, let alone union members, where the $3m is.   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Why Labour isn’t connecting

Labour is a glass is half empty type of party.

They can never, to partial quote Monty Python, never “look on the bright side of life”.

The aren’t aspirational, mainly because most of then look at life through the rear view mirror, always looking wistfully at the past and where we have been but never at the future and where we are going.

Take a look at this graphic from Labour that their adherents and forelock tuggers are chucking around social media.

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Argh crap. I warned him about this

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John Key may get good advice but it doesn’t mean he accepts all of it.  He’s breaking one of the golden rules for starters:  explaining is losing.

Prime Minister John Key and Labour Party leader Andrew Little are both poised to deliver keynote speeches tomorrow, but Mr Key has got in first, setting the agenda with the issue closest to everyone’s heart – housing, but specifically selling off the ones the state owns. Read more »

I think she needs to be sectioned, she certainly needs help

Cactus Kate wrote on Facebook:

Instead of media writing endless ridiculous articles about this woman vilifying her further how about they investigate why she isn’t locked up and given proper mental health care? Quite clear she needs it.

Who is she talking about?

Drinking water ain't going to help love

Drinking water ain’t going to help love

A woman who has been branded a “menace” and banned from being near children, was given a last chance by a District Court judge.

Margaret Mabel Dodds, 59, on November 28 breached a condition of her prison release that she not to  be near children aged under 16.

In the Christchurch District Court today, Judge Gary MacAskill said Dodds was well known to court, continued to be a risk to the community, and was at a high risk of going back to jail.

He sentenced her to intensive supervision for two years with conditions that she attend counselling and treatment as recommended by her probation officer.

Judge MacAskill warned Dodds that if she came back to court again for this type of offending, the court would have no alternative but to send her back to jail.

Dodds is a resident of the Seager Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital, and has been banned from parks, recreation centres, shopping malls, some streets, public transport, and schools.

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Burqas at the beach, the parody and the reality

I have included a parody video that is meant to make us laugh at our misconceptions of Islam.

An SBS spokeswoman said: “Legally Brown uses satire and a range of outrageous characters and parodies to tackle taboo racial and social issues in a lighthearted, humorous way, with the aim of encouraging Australians to understand and appreciate diversity.”

-dailytelegraph.com.au

Before you view the video lets first have a look at some real life Burqa’s at beaches around the world. Maybe then we can have an informed opinion as to whether the parody has an element of truth or is in fact far too close to the truth.

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Angry Andy’s #SNOT2014

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As a public service, here is Angry Andy’s speech.   It’s just as well I copied it for you, because otherwise you have to read it like this:   Read more »

Who is Andrew Little? The Labour Party don’t seem to know

Andrew Little has been leader of the Labour Party since the 18th of November.

Yet the Labour Party web site has not updated his media centre page.

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Invercargill Crazy Cat Lady hits the end of the line

Some other crazy cat lady

Some other crazy cat lady

You may recall last year’s non-political drama of the Invercargill council trying to compel a lady to get rid of some of her thirty-plus cats.  It got ugly, with a run-in with a 3 News camera crew at one point.

Well, it seems the legal channels have been followed, and for once common sense was allowed to win.  For now.

Neighbours say the problems began when Averil  Gardiner moved in three-and-a-half years ago.

“There were faeces on the lawn, spraying around the property,” says neighbour Katrina Robertson.

“There is cat poo on our lawn almost daily that I’ve had to pick up, and along with the cat poo there are flies,” says neighbour Rachel Webber. Read more »