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Sea Shepherd pirates fined for dumping diesel into the sea

Pirate ship Sam Simon dumped oil in the sea

Pirate ship Sam Simon dumped oil in the sea

Like all green taliban members and eco-terrorists Sea Shepherd are sanctimonious hypocrites.

They have just been fined for dumping diesel into the sea after being caught by Australian authorities.

A LEADING conservation organisation fined $15,000 for spilling diesel in the Trinity Inlet says it has taken steps to ensure it never happens again.

Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd, whose Australian arm is chaired by former politician Bob Brown, pleaded guilty earlier this year to spilling up to 500 litres of diesel into the inlet on October 13, 2012 from their newly purchased ship, the Sam Simon.    Read more »

New trains stuffed and former fan Mike Lee puts the boot in

Mike Lee in happier times when he loved the new electoric trains

Mike Lee in happier times when he loved the new electoric trains

It seems that Len Brown’s much vaunted new electric trains are in fact a dog.

Auckland’s flash new electric trains have been grounded by power faults which are mystifying the region’s transport authority.

Four of the state-of-the-art Spanish-built trains were disabled in one stroke this week due to power failure.

They have been replaced on the Onehunga-Britomart run since Tuesday by their diesel predecessors, and Auckland Transport says it could take several more days to identify and fix the problem.

But Auckland Council infrastructure chairman Mike Lee says the “bizarre and unacceptable” irony is the old diesels are running at faster speeds than the electric trains were allowed to reach.

The trouble has struck just weeks before more trains in what will ultimately be a 57-strong fleet costing the council and the Government $540 million are due to start running between Manukau and Britomart via the eastern line through Panmure and Glen Innes.

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No surprises, troughers vote for trough to continue to be filled with lolly

Auckland Council troughers have voted to continue to sup fromt eh trough despite the council running a black budget process due to burgeoning debt.

Not for them to have to spend time with the smelly passengers and poor people in cattle class.

A group of Auckland councillors have managed to retain a business-class-travel perk, but a bid to give them free parking has been voted down.

The move comes as reduced library hours, street cleaning and an end to inorganic rubbish collections are on the table for sweeping budget cuts.

George Wood, Christine Fletcher, Denise Krum and Calum Penrose were among those who voted yesterday to defeat an amendment by councillor John Watson to restrict business-class air travel to health grounds only.

Councillors get to keep the perk of sitting in business class when taking flights of more than six hours and conducting council business within 24 hours of landing at an overseas destination.

It took the casting vote of finance committee chairman and Labour councillor Ross Clow to keep the status quo in the elected members’ expenses policy, despite many of his left-wing colleagues voting to tighten the rules.

Right wingers Cameron Brewer and Dick Quax supported the left to tighten the rules.

Mr Clow justified his decision on the basis that elected representatives needed to turn up fresh and fully prepared to represent Auckland after long-haul travel beyond most of Australia.

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SST not happy about David Cunliffe meeting with known sex pest

As reported by Newstalk ZB’s Barry Soper, David Cunliffe was briefed about the name suppressed sex pest prior to meeting him, and decided to go ahead with the lunch anyway.

This, after he apologised for all men to a womens’ conference on sexual violence.

The Sensible Sentencing Trust don’t like it much either.

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“Man up and vow to change the nonsense NZ suppression laws Labour” challenges Ruth Money, Sensible Sentencing Spokesperson.

The NZ Herald reported this week that while on holiday in Queenstown last week David Cunliffe met “with a prominent New Zealander given name suppression on charges of performing an indecent act.” Read more »

Cowardly Cunliffe caught in another lie

David Cunliffe is too scared to debate John Key and so went after the ref instead in labour’s continuing war against the media.

War on the media is the last resort of losers and so it is that Labour and their proxies are now building dossiers against media people that they hate.

But David Cunliffe has been caught in another lie.

He like to talk tough, descriptions of “game on”, bring the battle to Key”, “The War room”, Labour being on a “war footing”.

Unfortunately his tough talking rhetoric is backed only with cowardy, cowardy, custard.

Listen to him from a couple of months back talk the big game with Tim Fookes.  Read more »

The Cunliffe still at odds with Kel Davis over SH1

David Cunliffe still insists on dissing State Highway 1 and insulting Northlanders by insisting they should all want trains not roads.

David Cunliffe says the Labour Party’s new regional development fund will do more to help Northland than the Government’s Puhoi-Wellsford highway, at a fraction of the cost.

Labour is planning to put at least $200 million aside for regions that “have been hollowed out under National with young people leaving for the cities and overseas”.

“Most regions in New Zealand have been going backwards under the current Government,” Mr Cunliffe said on Firstline this morning.”

“Thirteen out of 16 have a lower median income than the day John Key was elected, and unemployment is lower than when he was elected in only one place, which is Canterbury, and that’s because of the rebuild. Everybody else has gone backwards.”

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has called it a “classic” Labour response of throwing money around, which Mr Cunliffe rejects.  Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

John Key brain fart or is the arrogance starting to come out?

With Gerry Brownlee and his two staff walking straight through airport security is an appalling show of arrogance.  Especially if you are the Minister of Transport to boot.  Granted, he did offer to resign as Transport Minister straight away.

But then Key stuffed up.   Big time.

Tracy Watkins:

Is Prime Minister John Key’s refusal to accept Gerry Brownlee’s resignation a sign that National thinks it is bulletproof?

Brownlee’s blunder in brushing past airport security to board a plane was far more serious than the “silly mistake” that Prime Minister John Key excused him for.

It has exposed serious flaws in our aviation security system in that it allowed three unauthorised passengers to board a plane with no security checks whatsoever.

It has also put the Civil Aviation Authority in the invidious position of having to investigate its own minister

That’s actually the real problem.  He showed up his own people by embarrassing them in public.  He showed how crap regional airport security can be.  And for that alone, he no longer deserves to be their minister.   Read more »

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Fancy a bet on the election?

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Sportingbet Australia odds

Whale Oiler RGW writes:


 

Right thinkers despair at the prospect of the left mess winning.

Fearing I might become suicidal if that happened I got to thinking what I might do to minimise having to top myself. I found the answer in Australia!

I call it my “Emotional Election Hedge.”

I discovered that Sportingbet Australia are offering (or were at the time I placed my bet) $7.00 on a Labour-led Government. National: $1.09, and Other: $50.

So I asked the holder of the Visa what value she would put on my not topping myself in the early hours of September 21 (or later if it’s really close). She determined that would be worth $300. At  least it was $300 Australian.

Armed with this approval I scampered off and bet the $300.    Read more »

Over time Charter Schools getting better and better

In the USA Charter Schools have had time to bed in. Those that fail get closed and progress occurs in the others and the approval and evaluation systems.. The Stanford Credo studies of 2009 and 2013 showed significant growth and improvement.

A new nationwide US study produced from the University of Arkansas also paints a picture that will challenge the half-baked assertions from the NZ left/unions.’

A first-ever report released July 22 by the University of Arkansas, which ties charter school funding to achievement, finds that public charter schools are more productive than traditional public schools in all 28 states included in analyses of cost-effectiveness and return on investment.

The national report, titled “The Productivity of Public Charter Schools,” found that  deliver on average an additional 17 points in math and 16 points in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam taken by students for every $1,000 invested. These differences amount to charter schools being 40 percent more cost-effective in math and 41 percent more cost-effective in reading, compared to traditional .  Read more »