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DIY Railgun, with a Donald Trump cameo

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Whaleoil Sport Quiz

Two sport quizzes today.  I thought Nige was running out of time, so I did one too.  We haven’t seen each other’s so here they are.  There may be overlaps because of that.

After doing both, there is a poll to indicate which quiz was “better”.  This is the way to stick it to one of us.  Pretty rare occasion to be able to do so!

Here’s mine

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Sir Bob Jones on Colin Craig

Bob goes where others fear to tread – criticism of Mr Colin Craig

At times I worried for the judge and jury’s safety during the Williams-Craig libel trial. Certainly no one would have been surprised if Her Honour had cried out “man the lifeboats” or at least demanded the issuing of life-jackets for all present, given the Biblical-scale flood of wetness exhibited by the key protagonists.

We all know Craig is saturated, so much so I actually felt sorry for him. Hitting on him was bullying as he was simply far too easy a target, thus after that bleak bugger Russell Norman took an unfair poke at him I went to his defence in my NZ Herald column. Craig, however, did his usual thing and ludicrously announced he was suing Norman but then he was always claiming he was suing people for libel. That the only libel action he has actually experienced has him on the receiving end is rather ironic.

Being exposed over his pre-pubertyish flutterings re his former secretary is of little moment for, when it comes to sexual obsessions, as we all know from personal experience, insanity is the main characteristic, albeit obvious only after the passing of the years, and no one except, apparently, Phil Goff is immune. I say that as inexplicably during all of this public scout-masterish courtroom drowning display over not even hand-holding for God’s sake, (a single kiss has been shockingly alleged but is hotly disputed) Phil, totally missing the point, felt an urge to indirectly participate and chimed in announcing he’d only ever had it off with his wife.

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Agitation for a cabinet reshuffle poor timing

Matthew Hooton flies a kite

For two years, the government has meandered. Ministers are housetrained. Their focus has turned to bureaucratic processes rather than policy outcomes. An unattractive arrogance has emerged. Mr Key, expected to reshuffle his team in the New Year, may opt to strike early.

The top candidate to be sacked is obviously Nick Smith. Beyond his Kermadec and Resource Management Act failures, the housing triumvirate of Dr Smith, Bill English and Paula Bennett is not working, at least politically. Mr English should be allowed to get on with it alone. Ms Bennett might try another economic role, say tourism.

Second for sacking is surely Nathan Guy who seems to think his job is reading out the Ministry for Primary Industries’ talking points rather than the elected official in charge of rooting out what looks increasingly like corruption within it.

His logical replacement is Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller, a former senior executive at both Zespri and Fonterra whose experience, at least at the former, would signal the government understands agribusiness is about consumer perceptions of value rather than pumping out greater volume from the farmgate.

There is indeed a level of ineffectiveness and complacency present, but luckily this is against the backdrop of the government getting most of the boring basics right.   Read more »

The NZ Left: a dwindling, angry, self-reinforcing sect

Rodney Hide provides some analysis

What ails the left? They lack puff and policy.

They were once vibrant, challenging and full of ideas. The right were the dreary, backward-looking ones.

The left now suffer from closed minds and moral smugness. They are moribund and backward-looking.

They run from ideas. Opposing philosophies distress them.

They pillory dissenters as stupid or immoral and often both. There’s no debating or explaining, just abuse for those who step outside received wisdom.

There is an undercurrent of anger, envy and spite to all of it.  And somewhat ironically, they are led by someone who is known as Angry Andy, who owns the label, and prides himself on it.   Read more »

A rare time the Police Association and I are on the same page

The Police Association says an overwhelming majority of frontline officers are against raising the youth court age.

It follows calls to include 17-year-old offenders in the Youth Court, rather than facing a judge in the adult system.

Offenders under 17 are dealt with in the Youth Court, and often escape prison sentences.

“The youth court is highly effective,” says Tessa Lynch. “It’s got expertise with dealing with the causes of offending; it’s got expert, specialised staff.”

Many say intervention and rehabilitation is more effective than putting our teenage criminals behind bars.

But the Police Association told The Nation three quarters of its members, and more than half of youth aid workers, are against raising the Youth Court age to include 17-year-olds.

“It’s pretty much based on a 100 percent belief that we won’t be able to resource it,” says Police Association president Greg O’Connor.

A shop assistant, Jordan Byrt, doesn’t want the rules to change either.

“I think it’s pretty stupid, because if you’re over 16, at that point you should be going to a normal judge and going to an adult court and dealing with the justice system that way. By the time you’re 16 you’re allowed to do many things that adults can already do,” he says. Read more »