Thursday nightCap

One place you should visit: Auschwitz by drone

The scale of it is just gob smacking.  What a focal point of human misery.


Today’s Trivia


James is away for a while.  Prepare yourself for… change.  – Pete

Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Originally one Michelin star meant “you can safely eat here without getting the runs,” two stars meant “if you happen to pass this place do stop and have some food,” and three stars simply conveyed “if you’re hungry, this one is worth adding twenty miles to your trip and taking a diversion.” (source)   Read more »

10 Places in the world you can never visit


Would you say this woman is another Eleanor Catton type?


Daily Roundup


Snow drift outside a global warming affected domicile in the USA

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Ratbag tax dodger Alex Swney likely to spend some time in the pokey

Ratbag tax dodger Alex Swney is likely to be spending some time in the pokey after he pled guilty to ten years of tax evasion.

After months of staunchly maintaining his innocence former Heart of the City chief executive Alex Swney phoned his parents on Tuesday night to say he was going to plead guilty to nearly $1.8 million worth of tax evasion.

Swney, who once challenged John Banks in the Auckland mayoralty race, appeared in court yesterday for what was expected to be an administrative hearing looking ahead to trial. However, he entered a surprise guilty plea that leaves him facing up to five years in jail and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

The 57-year-old pleaded guilty after the 39 charges laid by the IRD were condensed to four representative counts during what was meant to be an administration hearing. When contacted on Tuesday, Swney said he wasn’t sure what was happening in court the following day.

Butter normally wouldn’t melt in this guys mouth but there is little doubt now that he is a slimy tax dodging ratbag.   Read more »

I hate scumbag employers that let the side down

Andrew Little and his union mates use cases like this to justify rules, actions and new laws against 99.9% of the business world because of scumbags like this.

A Christchurch construction company breached labour laws by failing to pay the minimum wage and keep employment records for workers, the Employment Relations Authority found.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Labour Inspectorate investigated Verney Construction Limited last year after receiving a complaint from two employees involved in the Christchurch rebuild.

The investigation found that the workers had been treated as contractors, when in fact they were employees.

They had not received the minimum wage or their final holiday pay and were not provided with employment agreements. Read more »

Who is Andrew Little? – Can Andrew Little Compete with John Key?

Labour have been confident that they finally have a leader that can compete with John Key.

They were stoked when he said “cut the crap”. They liked his no nonsense, straight talking style, not realising that he would have to actually compete in likability stakes with John Key, as well as competence stakes.

Little’s first head to head confrontation, yesterday’s state of the nation speeches, did not go well for Little.

He ducked and weaved and delivered a speech that was pedestrian at best, and “very flat” or “Even if his delivery and presence at the podium still needs a lot of work” according to whichever left wing pundit you choose to follow.

Whats worse is todays usually reliable Dominion Post has a headline “Key trumps Little on speech day”.

The even more reliable Vernon Small had to point out the obvious, a big win for John Key.

The battle of the speeches has delivered a clear victory to Prime Minister John Key, who set out headline-grabbing plans to revamp social housing, including a potentially unpopular sell-down of thousands of state owned houses.    Read more »