Welcome to the dailyÂ Whaleoil BackchatÂ â€“ posted at 6:30 pm every day.
This post is like an end-of-day General Debate post. It has come about at the request of our readers. They want a place to chat with each other at the end of the day.
Beans on toast for dinner?
You slip and fall during a day walk. Â Your leg is broken, and it is a good hour walk back to the car. Â As a rate payer, would prefer that Len Brown paid for
a) Â Someone to sing for you or put on a play
b) Someone to come pick you up in a helicopter
A drop in funding of nearly $500,000 to the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust is set to go ahead, a grant allocation board says.
Vern Walsh, chairman of the Auckland Regional Amenities Board, confirmed this afternoon the proposal to cut the trust’s grant from $900,000 to $450,00 over the next financial year had been approved by the board.
The trust’s grant had already been reduced from $1.2 million to $900,000 last year – and it was staunchly opposing further reductions.Â Read more »
Historical, institutionalised mind-sets have pre-programmed Labourâ€™s perception and initial starting-point framework they operate from.
Labour were borne out of confrontational, adversarial industrial actions fighting for worker rights. And back in the days of Michael J Savage those fights needed to happen â€“ for all of us today, so we could enjoy things like a 40 hour week and the employment laws we now have.
Ironically, with Labour being so successful at adversarial confrontation, decades later, theyâ€™ve become the architects of their own demise, because of their success at it.
As societies evolve at an ever increasing rate â€“ especially post computer/internet era â€“ human/social understanding of â€śbest practiceâ€ť with maintaining work-based/boss/worker relationships, has now evolved to such a point that the need for union-led industrial actions/strikes nowadays are largely over. Employment laws we enjoy today have helped frame those work based expectations and behaviour standards. As have social media that instantly disseminates information from anywhere to everywhere â€“ instantly.
The â€śrightsâ€ť and laws that were fought for back in the days before there was even an electricity sector Labour could attempt to sabotage – those laws, rights and employment conditions have now largely been set in stone through legislationâ€¦ largely making Labourâ€™s original reason for existence, mostly redundant in the hear and now of today. Â Read more »
Predators should not be protected. Â Brendan Manning reports
A sports therapist found to have behaved inappropriately during a massage session breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.
The client’s first treatment involved a deep tissue massage to her leg which she felt effectively relieved her pain and so booked a second appointment, according to a statement from the Health and Disability Commissioner.
However, on her second appointment, when massaging the woman’s leg, lower back and neck, the therapist asked the woman to remove her vest jacket and skivvy. She was not wearing a bra.
How dumb do you have to be?
This dumb Â Read more »
Thanks for participating in yesterday’s poll questions. Â Of course, these are not “scientific”, nor are they representative of anything except what our self-selecting group of voters decided to share, but based on that, we can draw some conclusions about the Whaleoil community.
47 people voted for Len Brown, 776 didn’t, and 578 weren’t allowed to vote.
7 people would vote for him again.
Assuming that those 7 also voted for him the first time, that’s a 85% drop in support from Auckland based Whaleoil voters. Â Will be interesting to see if that is reflected in the Herald Digipol when it comes out.
1021 people felt Len should have resigned, with 26 people believing he’s doing the right thing right now.
Rather confusingly, 81 people think Len has a mandate (I can’t figure that out). Â 883 people don’t.
Someone mentioned that I’m happy to be interviewed for newspaper, TV and other blogs, but I don’t actually make myself available to my readers. Â Did I not think that odd?
I guess I just assumed you already know what you want to know.
But perhaps not?
So, in this AMA (Ask Me Anything) will go in two steps:
- Leave your questions in the comments of this post. Â Perhaps indicate if you like a question by voting for it.
- I will select 10-20 of the most popular questions, including a couple of wacky ones, and answer them in a subsequent post.
I would suggest you don’t ask questions to which the answers are already well established in the public domain. Â If you have those sorts of questions, perhaps other commenters can answer them in the comments.
Have fun – I hope you come up with some good one.