Photo Of The Day

Philippe Halsman: Dali Atomicus, 1948

Philippe Halsman: Dali Atomicus, 1948

Halsman and Dali Playing

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David Fisher: Genius

David Fisher’s latest article where he continues to deal with a criminal and write about criminally obtained private e-mails is a cracker.

Using his highly honed Journalistic senses he has read my post on Whaleoil and has quoted my words as Cam’s words.

Genius.

Cam and I are close David but we are not the same person.

My opinions are mine alone.

However what else can we expect from the likes of Fisher?

David Fisher falsely quoting my words as belonging to Cam

David Fisher falsely quoting my words as belonging to Cam

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Luvvie bludgers looking to bludge some more

What is it with the movie industry?

Always with their hands out for more taxpayer dosh to subsidise their already incredibly subsidised bludging lifestyle.

The film-makers behind Once Were Warriors are asking the public for half a million dollars to get another movie off the ground – and will reward investors with a stake in the production.

The team behind the classic Kiwi movie – including director Lee Tamahori and producer Robin Scholes – will also helm The Patriarch, with actor Temuera Morrison taking a starring role.

The adaptation of Witi Ihimaera’s 1994 book Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies is due to begin pre-production here in December, Scholes said.

It will be Tamahori’s first New Zealand film since Once Were Warriors.    Read more »

Hands up who wants to trust an “expert panel”?

David Cunliffe says that Labour will make sure there is an “expert panel” who will determine whether or not the house you are selling is your residence, before applying the capital gains tax.

Key said National would release its fiscal plan next week but reiterated any tax cuts would be modest and aimed at low and middle income earners.

He hammered the point that Labour would add five new taxes and tried to reprise the “show me the money” moment from his 2011 debate against Phil Goff asking Cunliffe if his capital gains tax would apply to houses in trusts.

But Cunliffe avoided answering, turning the topic instead to Labour’s broader tax plan. His advisers told media in the break that the tax would not apply to the family home if it was in a trust.

Speaking to media after the debate, Key clarified his attack on Cunliffe regarding Capital Gains Tax applying to family homes that were owned by a trust.

“My read of the [Labour policy] is that if you own a family home and it’s in a trust, under Labour you will be subject to a capital gains tax because that policy says that you don’t pay a capital gains tax on a family home… if you are the owner/occupier. 

“But, of course under a family trust the trust is the owner.

Key said he’d received a “ball park” figure from an unnamed tax specialist that 300,000 Kiwi homes were in trusts.   Read more »

There can be only one…

Lindsay Mitchell comments on the debate last night…and the mention of dirty politics.

On dirty politics: Key reminds people how Mike Williams went looking for dirt on him in Australia. Searching through his tax records. Then he asks Cunliffe directly about bloggers in his own office… “And I will name them if you want me too…” Cunliffe rejoinders there is no equivalent on the Left like Whale Oil. (No. None have anywhere near his readership.)

No left winger will ever overtake me, they would have to work non-union hours.  Read more »

This is beyond absurd. NZ Herald fronting an Internet MANA voter scam

You may recall me looking at mobilize.org.nz a few days ago.  It is a web site that is a very thinly disguised effort by the Internet/Mana parties to get a mailing list and to provide social pressure and possible incentives for voting.   This is yet another party-aligned web site that pretends to be neutral by skirting the electoral rules.  I mean, why not?  The message is out that any electoral law transgressions will earn you a “caution” from police… at worst.

NZ Herald has a piece this morning on voting early.   Here’s the headline

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That’s fine.

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Labour’s CGT tax grab is coming for 300,000 Kiwis

John Key destroyed David Cunliffe’s capital gains tax plans last night in The Press leaders debate.

He forced David Cunliffe to admit that 300,000 Kiwis were going to get slammed with the capital gains tax on what is ostensibly their family home, despite the promises of the Labour otherwise.

John Key landed a blow on David Cunliffe over Labour’s planned capital gains tax in a fiery leaders debate in Christchurch.

ONE News political reporters say The Press leaders debate seemed pretty even until the National leader turned to his Labour counterpart and asked: “Will I pay a capital gains tax if my family home is in a trust?”

After being challenged again with the question, Mr Cunliffe responded that Labour will run surpluses every year “as long as there is no international downgrade”.

He said Labour will “pay down the record debt this government has built up – more than New Zealand borrowed during World War Two”.   Read more »

I bet he was registered too, when he was indecently assaulting his female students

Another dirty teacher has been done for diddling his kids.

A former Havelock North school teacher has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting his female students.

Charles John Michael Harter, 63, was a music, mathematics and drama teacher who taught students from his home studio and between October 2012 and June 2014 also taught music and drama at Havelock North Primary School.

The nine counts of indecent assaults, against nine young girls aged between 7 and 12, involved Harter inappropriately touching his students over and under their school uniforms.

One further charge of indecent assault was withdrawn at the Hastings District Court this afternoon.

One victim had weekly guitar lessons during school terms between February and July this year and prior to the lessons had attended large group lessons at Havelock North Primary School with Harter.

Harter would say “time for your lesson”, before reaching over the top of the victim’s shoulders and placing his hands on her breasts, before “jiggling” her private parts with his fingers.     Read more »

Where did that global warming go to?

RSS satellite dataset

RSS satellite dataset

Global warming has failed to materialise in line with the flawed models.

The scientists explain this as a “pause”.

But the pause keeps on extending. Now it is out to 19 years at the surface and 16-26 years in the troposphere according to a new paper.

The IPCC has drawn attention to an apparent leveling-off of globally-averaged temperatures over the past 15 years or so. Measuring the duration of the hiatus has implications for determining if the underlying trend has changed, and for evaluating climate models. Here, I propose a method for estimating the duration of the hiatus that is robust to unknown forms of heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation (HAC) in the temperature series and to cherry-picking of endpoints.

For the specific case of global average temperatures I also add the requirement of spatial consistency between hemispheres. The method makes use of the Vogelsang-Franses (2005) HAC-robust trend variance estimator which is valid as long as the underlying series is trend stationary, which is the case for the data used herein. Application of the method shows that there is now a trendless interval of 19 years duration at the end of the HadCRUT4 surface temperature series, and of 16 – 26 years in the lower troposphere. Use of a simple AR1 trend model suggests a shorter hiatus of 14 – 20 years but is likely unreliable.

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