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Watch out Bill, Paula’s lining you up

Radio NZ had a schlock piece yesterday about Paula Bennett, where they bizarrely said she was sharp.

She may well be dumber than a bag of hammers but she is sharp…or at least her axe is, and her requirement for proper cutlery with her breakfast of eggs served at her desk (no glad wrap and a proper plate too). Just ask any of her staff she dismissed, or any CEOs of department who have been called into her office without notice and roasted when they didn’t have any briefing papers with them.

In the last few years however, Mrs Bennett has made an obvious effort to take on heftier portfolios (including climate change that she cheerfully admitted she knew nothing about), and associate finance, where she has worked closely with the presumptive Prime Minister Bill English.

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Interesting information on the road toll, lower drink driving limits and policy

Karl du Fresne has an interesting column about the road toll, lower drink driving limts and policy directions which don’t seem to match political and Police rhetoric.

I checked the latest road toll statistics a few days ago. Interesting.

I checked the latest road toll statistics a few days ago. Interesting.

For the year from January 1, road deaths were up from 291 last year to 300. For the 12 months to Tuesday, they were up from 315 to 328.

For driver fatalities, the figures were up from 138 to 151 (for the calendar year to date) and from 146 to 170 (over 12 months)

These are not big increases, but they appear to be more than mere statistical blips.

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Feel like eating at an award winning Marxist Vegan restaurant?

Well, you can’t not any more…it went out of business.

A “Marxist” “collectivist” “worker-run” restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, closed its doors this week after customers complained that they could no longer tolerate the bizarre hours, high prices and long lines.

The Garden Diner and Cafe—previously known as the Bartertown Diner—featured a vegan, vegetarian and raw food menu that had met with significant national acclaim. But the restaurant’s business model, which did not allow for bosses or managers, promised a “living wage” to all employees and a strong union, did not allow the restaurant to make enough profit to stay in business.

Worse still, while the food earned Bartertown a spot on VegNews’s “10 Hot New Vegan Restaurants” list, customers complained that it was almost impossible to get a meal at the diner.

People frequently noted on the restaurant’s Facebook page that they waited more than 40 minutes for a sandwich—and that’s when the diner was even open. Because the employees set the shop’s hours by group decision, the restaurant opened and closed at random times, leaving potential sandwich buyers totally confused.   Read more »

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Face of the Day

Could have gone either way, really.  A draw wouldn’t have been unkind to either fighter.  It wasn’t entertaining.  Both showed a lot of respect for each other and tried to pick the extra point.  Home town advantage may have been the difference.

Be that as it may, Parker didn’t embarrass himself.  He’s young enough to get a shot at unifying all the titles.

Word of the day

The word for today is…

juvenilia (noun) –  Works, particularly written or artistic works, produced in an author’s or artist’s youth.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Works of a person’s youth,” 1620s, from Latin iuvenilia, neuter plural of iuvenilis “of or belonging to youth”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 10

5A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.

Parker v Ruiz Jr – LIVE CHAT

For people who like to chat with each other leading up to the fight and perhaps even during!  That’s if it lasts more than 40 seconds of course. Read more »

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