Driving merit points: the latest PC “everyone’s a winner” nonsense

I see a newspaper editorial is all in favour of the latest “everyone is  winner” PC nonsense currently doing the rounds advocating for merit points for good drivers.

Nothing annoys generally well-behaved drivers quite so much as having the traffic rulebook thrown at them for a minor transgression. It offends their notion of fairness and, in the process, erodes their support for the police. The police, for their part, have little option but to issue tickets. Successive governments’ emphasis on lowering the road toll has dictated a low-tolerance approach. It is welcome, therefore, that a way around this unsatisfactory state of affairs may soon surface in the shape of merit points.

The concept will be studied in research about to be initiated by the Transport Agency. It will be part of an analysis of the impact of demerit points since their introduction 22 years ago. The research will ask if they have achieved better driver compliance, whether a merit-based system would be more effective, or whether the two should operate in tandem. Merit points would be gained for the time a motorist has been driving without receiving a ticket. Or they may operate as in Victoria, where tickets can be waived if a driver’s good record is deemed to warrant just a warning.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Chris Kotsiopoulos

Photo: Chris Kotsiopoulos

Lightning Man

A Man Hit Seven Times

Roy Sullivan was born 1912 in Greene County in central Virginia, today home to just a shade over eighteen thousand people. He was the fourth of eleven children and lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his family.

In 1940, at the age of 28, Sullivan joined the national park’s fire patrol. He became one of three rangers to monitor the forty mile area between Waynesboro and Swift Run Gap in the southern area of the park, less than eight miles from where he grew up.

In April 1942, Sullivan was in a fire tower lording over his land when a thunderstorm struck. This was a serious problem owing to the fact that the tower had no form of lightning rod installed. According to Sullivan himself, he saw lightning strike seven or eight times and the valley engulf in flames. He fled the tower, fearing what would become the inevitable. He didn’t make it far when he got hit.

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David Fisher pimps the stupid, and Cry Baby of the Week

Stupid is as stupid does - Aileen Wood Photo/  Facebook

Stupid is as stupid does – Aileen Wood         Photo/Facebook

When he isn’t making stories up he is out their pimping the stupid.

His latest story is about an oxygen thief who got dudded through her own stupidity…then ran off to Fisher for a story proving how truly dumb she really is.

And WTF is that headline about? Do single women not get scammed? Ir is he saying married women are especially stupid?

pimping the stupid

A woman who fell for an online scam and sent her inheritance overseas says welfare bosses have docked her benefit because of the payments to the stranger she met on the internet.

It has left Aileen Wood, 53, with a $41,000 gulf in her finances and a reduced amount of money each week on which to live.

The 18-month online relationship has left Mrs Wood emotionally and financially devastated.

It has emerged the Ministry of Social Development cut $100 a week from Mrs Wood’s entitlement because it considered the money sent offshore to be a loan. An increasing financial pinch meant the reduced amount was impossible to live on, she said.

She chose to speak out only when cuts to her benefit made it difficult to manage through the week – and as a warning to others lured by promises of online love.

“I’ve been scammed,” she told the New Zealand Herald. “It really has stuffed my life for me. I was grieving. I got caught at the wrong time. If I could catch up with him, I’d kill him.”

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Cartoon of the Day

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Credit: SonovaMin

Social Liberalism has Polygamy in its sights

Whenever we make a substantial change in our laws people talk about a slippery slope. When abortion was first legalised they said it was a slippery slope and that not only would we end up with abortion on demand but that we would end up having late term abortions. They were right. Now a Social Liberal has pointed out that by winning for Gays the right to be married we have dismantled all the arguments that previously could be used against Polygamy. Fredrik deBoer says that we are now on a slippery slope and society is heading straight for Polygamous marriage.



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Iwi want to own the forest, but then want taxpayer to pay for doing the weeding

Iwi want to own and manage the forest and tell us all they are the guardians of Waipoua Forest for us all…but it turns out that they really mean for a price….to help with the weeding.

The Waipoua Forest Trust says the Transport Agency is putting Tane Mahuta and other giant kauri under threat by careless management of the road that runs through the Northland forest.

The conservation trust sent a report to the agency saying endangered plants have been weed-sprayed and rare trees chainsawed, and invasive weeds are running rampant.

The trust’s spokesperson, Keith Stewart, said the agency was ignoring its responsibility to protect the forest, and the iwi in charge of managing the roadside needed to take more care.

He said the agency was being cavalier.

“I think the problem lies with the NZTA [New Zealand Transport Agency], they’re the ones at the end of the day who have the responsibility for that road and for the forest it goes through, the problem that we have at the trust right now is that the response from NZTA has been to completely ignore our complaints, completely ignore them.”

The Transport Agency said it had met trust representatives to try to understand their concerns, and was auditing the management of the forest.

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Wogs vote No, they’re screwed now

The dumb Greeks have voted No.

They want to continue on bludging off the rest of Europe while they spend other people’s money.

Greeks have voted overwhelmingly “No” in a historic bailout referendum, partial results show, defying warnings from across Europe that rejecting new austerity terms for fresh financial aid would set their country on a path out of the euro.

With more than half the votes counted, official figures showed 61 per cent of Greeks on course to reject a bailout offer from creditors that was the official issue of the ballot.

The figures showed the Yes vote drew 40.1 per cent. An official projection of the final result is expected this morning (NZT).

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Bill’s tax cuts are back. Roll on up for an election spending spree

Bill English is back to talking about tax cuts…just in time for a nice long roll up to the 2017 election.

First up he dismisses talk of a recession.

Falling dairy prices are not as disastrous for the economy as they seem and the country is not heading for a recession, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Mr English told TVNZ’s Q+A this morning that the dairy industry was “probably a smaller part of [the economy] than most people think”.

“I think we’ve got to keep the dairy industry in perspective,” he said.

“It’s about 5 to 6 per cent of the whole economy. It’s only 20 per cent of our exports. The other 80 per cent will be starting to enjoy the benefits of the lower exchange rate, and the lower exchange rate will help cushion the impact on dairy of their lower prices.”

When asked by TVNZ’s Simon Dallow whether he agreed with Steven Bayliss of BNZ that New Zealand had a “recipe” for recession on its hands, with low dairy prices coupled with a potential drought and falling Christchurch house prices, Mr English said he thought the prediction was overstated.   Read more »


Euthanasia the other side of the story


The slippery slope argument makes some valid points. Once we get permission to kill ourselves when we are terminally ill and in pain aren’t we opening the flood gates to doctors killing people for other reasons? What if I told you that Euthanasia would be used on young, physically healthy people? Believe it or not it is already happening and it makes me realise how the euthanasia debate is not as cut and dry as we all would like it to be.

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A newspaper amends its article to stop propagating Ron Mark’s SAS lies

Ron Mark is despised in the armed forces for pretending to have served with the NZSAS.

This blog has opened up that can of worms and through a number of confidential sources we have previously established Mark has been dining out on his fake SAS record without ever taking the opportunity to correct it.

Even now, the NZ First site continues to misrepresent Mark’s true involvement with the NZSAS.  He may have been selected, but he failed to make the grade and never served.


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