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Cartoon of the Day – Redux

On Friday’s SonovaMin is too busy making real money and he can’t entertain us, so we just run some of his older work.  I think this one is especially enjoyable in hindsight.  (And will become relevant again in the future…sshhhh)

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Another green energy company about to collapse?

Green energy companies around the world are dogs, mostly they require the industry they are in or themselves to be heavily subsidised by the government.

In the US there have been spectacular failures like Solyndra, which had the backing of President Obama.

Here in New Zealand another green energy company is failing, and this one had, or still has former Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons as a shareholder…which in and of itself is interesting because she was front and centre in axing a water project int eh South Island and pushed instead wind technology…which she held shares in.

The auditor of New Zealand’s only turbine maker Windflow Technology says it has not received enough information from the company to form a view on whether it is a going concern.

Auditors from accountancy firm KPMG said in Windflow’s annual report 2014 that there were “multiple uncertainties” for the Christchurch company in the future.

And there was a limit to obtaining audit evidence about the outcome of future events.

But as far as it appeared from the examination of Windflow’s records, proper accounting records had been kept, KPMG said

Windflow’s directors continue to prepare accounts on a going concern basis but acknowledge “a significant element of uncertainty” over the company’s future in the annual report.   Read more »

Why did we ever think the Greens weren’t mad?

You have to give Russel Norman credit:  he’s managed to make us forget just for a moment that the Greens are nothing but a collection of flat earth idiots.  To a person, they tend to be single issue nutters that identify with the Greens because they are the party that provides a home for them (although Labour has been creeping in on that territory)

Steffan Browning is the Green MP that got in because of the final count of special votes.  It cost National its outright majority.  This is what we got for our money:

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Prime Minister John Key has dismissed a Green MP’s suggestion that health officials should consider homeopathic remedies to treat the deadly Ebola virus as “barking mad”.

Green Party MP Steffan Browning made the suggestion, regarding World Health Organisation (WHO) options for treating Ebola, while acknowledging “some people will see it as wacky”.

This week Browning signed an online petition on Change.org, which calls for the WHO to end the suffering of the Ebola crisis by testing and distributing homeopathy as quickly as possible to contain the outbreaks.

Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine, based on a doctrine of “like cures like”, which means the patient is treated with a very diluted form of the substance causing the symptoms of the disease – in this case, a diluted version of the Ebola virus.

Key said he thought the idea was “barking mad”.

“Let’s be honest, this is a serious global issue, and if he really thinks that’s the answer I’d love to see the medical research.”

Browning said “it was probably a bit unwise” to sign the petition, which he also shared on his Facebook page encouraging other people to sign it.

When asked, Browning also supported the US continuing to use Homeopathic Questioning Methods on Al Qaeda.

Here is a secret conversation we recorded by “industry insiders” about a whole different problem Browning should probably look into.   Read more »

Why international ranking charts on things like child poverty are b.s.

The left wing especially likes to trumpet international reports from places like the UN as gospel on things.

There is a recent report into child poverty that is currently being trumpeted by the left but no one bothers in this country to look beyond the report and the authors.

In the UK they have a somewhat more responsible and questioning press, which highlights why such reports are often nothing but b.s.

The British are a tolerant race, and we have long been used to having our deficiencies pointed out to us by self-important foreigners whose own countries sometimes leave a lot to be desired.

But there are limits. However broad our backs, there comes a time when we are entitled to question the motives of our critics — often highly paid United Nations’ officials fond of jetting around the world — and suggest as politely as possible that they should take a running jump.

The latest piece of idiocy does indeed come from the United Nations. A report by Unicef ranks Britain 25th in a child poverty table behind Chile (which holds the number one spot), Romania (12th) and even Bulgaria (20th).

Sounds dreadful. But is it?

Simple souls might imagine this suggests that children in our apparently benighted country are worse off than their counterparts in Chile, Romania and Bulgaria. It sounds shocking. My God, some will exclaim. This Coalition has a lot to answer for.

Of course it’s not true. The average income of a Briton is approximately three-and-a-half times that of a Chilean, over four times that of a Romanian, and six times that of a Bulgarian. Even poor children in this country have possessions which most middle-class children in these three countries wouldn’t dream of having.  Read more »

New employment law, and the sun still came up

Compare and contrast:

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Claire Trevett, who I used to rate a few months before the election, has not yet come back from her spiteful anti-government rants.  Here she goes getting stuck into the latest issue the voters don’t care about.

A law which takes away the legal right to a tea break and weakens collective bargaining has taken line honours as the first law change passed in National’s third term, squeaking into law by 62 votes to 58.

The Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with support from National, Act and United Future despite strong oppostion from Labour, the Greens, NZ First and the Maori Party. It is the first piece of legislation to be passed by the new Parliament.

National has argued that it allow for more flexibility in the labour market. However, Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway said it broke Prime Minister John Key’s election night promise to govern in in the interests of all New Zealanders. Read more »

Stupid Cow of the Week

I have this abiding belief that people are stupid….some more than others.

Like this stupid cow.

When an Auckland midwife turned up to the airport 19 minutes before her flight and was told she could not check in she said: “I’m going to cause a ruckus”.

The ensuing ruckus brought her before Manukau District Court today after she admitted a charge of making a bomb threat.

Midwife Christine Hawea – who has been suspended from the profession since 2011 – was sentenced to 100 hours community work.

On May 1, the 57-year-old arrived at Auckland Domestic Airport for a flight to Napier but was told she was too late.

“You became aggressive to staff and demanded you be let on the flight,” Judge Jonathan Moses said.

Airline staff tried to pacify Hawea but this only served to enrage her more.

She briefly walked off with her luggage, leaving it in another part of the airport before returning and threatening staff.

“I got a bomb, do you want to look for it?” Hawea said.    Read more »

Face of the day

Jenny Gibbs

Jenny Gibbs

 

Ethics – not politics – appear to be behind a prominent art patron’s decision to reallocate her financial support for New Zealand’s representative at the Venice Biennale.

Dame Jenny Gibbs confirmed today she “did not approve” of Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager’s attendance as a specialist adviser to the New Zealand exhibition at the international art event. However, she said speculation she had withdrawn funding from the general patronage pool because of her politics – she is major donor to the Act Party – were incorrect.

Creative New Zealand confirmed in August that Hager would travel to Venice as an adviser to artist Simon Denny whose biennale project Secret Power takes its title from a 2006 book by Hager on the role and international standing of New Zealand’s intelligence work.

“I just want to set the record straight,” Dame Jenny said. “I am, in fact, still supporting the biennale. I’m paying for an assistant curator, rather than my money going into the general pool.

It is true I don’t approve of Nicky Hager going, but that’s because I don’t approve of people living off stolen emails.

It has absolutely nothing to do with politics. I would have the same feeling if they were taking Cameron Slater, or, for that matter, if it was the year Nicky did the ‘Corngate’ book. I just don’t support people living off stolen emails and I don’t care who that is.”

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I wouldn’t be at all surprised, if she also doesn’t approve of independently wealthy writers, who made hundreds of thousands of dollars from stolen e-mails, choosing to take thousands of dollars from a charity such as Givealittle to help pay for their lawyer.

 

Journalistic ethics

Journalistic ethics

 

 

Et Tu Fisher?

“Et tu, Brute?” (pronounced [ɛt ˈtuː ˈbruːtɛ]) is a Latin phrase meaning “and you, Brutus?” or “and you, too, Brutus?”, purportedly as the last words of the Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his assassination. The quotation is widely used in Western culture to signify the utmost betrayal by an unexpected person, such as a friend.

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Green MP thinks homeopathy will help with Ebola, signs petition

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Steffan Browning is a dangerous luddite from the Green party, not only is he a trougher, but he is also potentially very dangerous in that he has signed a petition supporting the treatment of Ebola victims with nothing but water homeopathy.

Green Party MP Steffan Browning has signed a petition calling for the World Health Organisation to use homeopathic remedies to treat the deadly Ebola virus, a move he now says was “unwise”.

The online petition on Change.org calls for the World Health Organisation to end the suffering of the Ebola crisis by testing and distributing homeopathy as quickly as possible to contain the outbreaks.

Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine, which claims to stimulate the body to heal itself through a natural process.  Read more »

Has Bill Burrill been economical with the truth regarding his land sale?

Where there is smoke there is fire.

Earlier this week former Auckland Regional Councillor Bill Burrill was bleating to the NZ Herald that he was the unfortunate victim of rates rises and that he was pushed off his land forcing a sale of $39m.

But we have discovered that Burrill is frugal with the truth and hasn’t been living on the Flatbush land for over a decade.

In the NZ Herald Burrill was quoted as saying “Essentially the rates pushed us off. I sold it out of frustration,” he said bitterly, having moved 15km away to Mellons Bay …

Burrill has decried his plight, unable to subdivide nor to afford to stay.

“You end up in a situation where you’re absolutely stuck. You’re paying rates but unable to do anything with the land,” he complained.

But hang on…Burrill says he couldn’t afford to stay on the land.

But he hasn’t lived on the land since 2003. Further into the Herald article Mr Burrill is quoted as saying:

“Burrill bought in Mellons Bay because he had always wanted to hear the waves at night: “It doesn’t feel a lot different. It just means I’m not paying those horrific rates.”

But Burrill has lived on his property in Mellons Bay since 2003 paying $2 million for 1824 sqm of cliff top luxury. The Burrills were not pushed off their land by rates recently at all and nor were they struggling to pay the rates. The truth is that the Burrills chose to leave it some time ago, most likely leveraging against the already high value of their farmland in Flatbush.

But this is where the story gets murkier. Both Burrills were at various points of time – Councillors – on two of the most strategically important Council’s relative to their land holdings. Bill was 18 years on the ARC until it was dissolved (thus since 1992). Maggie on Manukau City Council until it was dissolved. Both have been (and perhaps still are) certified by the MFIE as Commissioners able to make planning decisions such as Plan Changes. In 2010 Maggie Burrill sat as Commissioner on the PC30 plan change for the expansion of Beachlands. Both are sophisticated, skilled and in positions of influence.  Read more »