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They fry birds now they are a hazard to aircraft…welcome to green energy

Birds are being fried by the new solar plant in California and now the massive plant is blinding pilots…not sure this green energy malarky is working so well.

Airplane pilots cruising over southern California have been complaining about a “nearly blinding” glare emanating from a massive government-funded solar thermal facility.

The Ivanpah solar energy plant in San Bernardino County is the world’s largest solar thermal plant and has 173,500 large mirrors that reflect sunlight onto boilers in three 459-foot towers. A feat of modern engineering — to green energy advocates, but a flying hazard to pilots.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) got two anonymous complaints in August that mentioned a “blinding glare” coming from the Ivanpah solar facility. One complaint came from a Los Angeles air traffic controller and the other from a small transport plane pilot that took off from an airport in Boulder City, Nevada.

“The FAA is aware of potential glare from solar plants and is exploring how to best alert pilots to the issue,” an FAA spokesman told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Read more »

Agassi’s Academic Achievement

Tennis great Andre Agassi was in NZ recently. What the PPTA/NZEI/Labour/Green conglomerate would hate you to know is that what he rates his greatest societal achievement is a Charter School he founded in Las Vegas.

In 2007 he was quoted on Good Morning America (ABC) as saying:

“Las Vegas has the highest teen dropout rate of school, teen pregnancies. We lead in all the worst stats in the world,” he said. “If it works here, it works anywhere. If we are doing it with the national average, we are literally removing the excuses.”

“It’s not just about the books,” Agassi said. “You could have straight A’s, and if you interfere with somebody else’s education, someone else’s goals and dreams for their life, there’s the door. … It’s a culture. It’s a way of life.”

“We’re going to have a sign there that’s going to be going, ‘Georgetown, three miles that way,’ and an arrow point[ing] to Yale, you know, 2,900 miles that way,” he said.

Today’s 10th-graders have been students of the Agassi Academy since the first day it opened its doors. In 2009, they will be the first graduating class.

“It will prove that the world can actually be this way, is how it’s going to feel to me. Watching these kids go off to college, these children that society has written off — the most having a future of their choosing is — is a miracle,” Agassi said. “It’s a miracle of, of what happens when people come together. People come together, the world changes. That’s a fact.”

You can see why the opponents wouldn’t want this here – no one would be left to vote for them.

He spoke to a group in Auckland and touched on his school work.

His achievements are being recognised in Australia too –

“Whilst he’s achieved a lot on the tennis court I think you’ll find that in 10 or 15 years’ time more people will recognise him for what he’s achieving outside the lines, trying to give an education to people that can’t afford one,” 

How can anyone think it is a bad thing to have inspiration people creating aspirational kids – regardless of background.

If the teacher unions and opposition parties have even half a care for the actual education of children it is well past time to drop the charade.

For parents – time to claim the choice for your kids.

Truth on Sale Now

The latest Truth is on sale now:

What has Brian Tamaki been up to in Las Vegas with the “first fruits”?

Who got kneecapped over a drug debt?

What on earth is First Union doing with their member’s money?

Has NZ been Conned with NZ’s Got Talent?

A guest article from Imperator Fish as well.

All in this weeks Truth, plus regular favourites like the Bin Man

What a proper gentleman

Prince Harry was just being a proper gentleman:

Pictures of a naked Prince Harry bear-hugging a nude girl in his ÂŁ5,000 a night Las Vegas hotel suite were reportedly taken as he tried to spare her blushes.

A witness told The Sun newspaper that the prince’s actions were gentlemanly, and that he was trying to protect the girl’s modesty from onlookers.

The prince was said to have had around two dozen people in his suite when the pictures were taken at 4am. They were first published by US website TMZ.

A witness told The Sun the prince “went over to be a gentleman” and told the girl “I will shield you, I will protect you, I won’t let them see you.”

The Isolation of Politicians

We are very lucky in New Zealand with our access to politicians. Even with the DPS it is still possible to meet and greet the prime Minister without too much bother. Not so in the US.

Everywhere that Obama goes the airspace is shut down for the time he is in the location and they even shut down and screen access to venues. This costs businesses money.

One of my regular correspondents told me that just the other day he visited Las Vegas and all the tourist helicopter operators running people out to the Grand Canyon had to shut down, even those running out of Boulder City 40 miles away. To top it all off it hosed down with rain and dumped 6 inches into the city when they normally only get about 4 inches per annum.

Now his trips are shutting down businesses in Iowa.

The owner of a famous beer stand at the Iowa State Fair says President Obama’s visit last night cost him as much as $25,000.

The Bud Tent, which has been serving fairgoers for 65 years, had to be shut down to the public during the presidential drop-in; patrons had to be screened and scanned before being allowed entry.

“I was in a position to make a campaign donation against my will,” said third-generation owner Mike Cunningham II to the Des Moines Register.

Cunningham, it should be noted, is a Republican.

“I wouldn’t have voted for (Obama) before,” Cunningham said. “I won’t again.”

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, stoked the flap with a Tweet today: “How does PresO justify havin secret service shut down the bud tent @ the state fair nd the owner told me he loses 50,000 n 1 nite.”

Cunningham told the Register the loss was closer to $25,000.

I hope we never get to the situation where this happens in New Zealand. Hell if John Key visited any place takings would probably increase.

Politicians need to be accessible, otherwise they become captured and aloof from the ordinary citizen.

Yes there is

The UK Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, reckons there is no public interest in nude photos of Prince Harry in Las Vegas:

There was no public interest in the publication of photographs of Prince Harry nude in Las Vegas, the Culture Secretary has said.

Speaking to BBC News this morning, Mr Hunt said: “Personally I cannot see what the public interest was in publishing those.

“But we have a free press and I don’t think it is right for politicians to tell newspaper editors what they can and cannot publish. That must be a matter for the newspaper editors.

“I just hope that people won’t remember this, but they will remember the amazing good work that Prince Harry has done.”

There is enormous public interest in those photos. We all want to know how big his chopper is.

Didn’t they have billy sticks?

Some minders Harry has, useless the lot of them. Didn’t they have a billy club or a cosh, or a taster or some MMA move designed to take cameras off drunken naked women? The British Secret Service has been covering up royal rooting for generations, and before it became institutionalized there have been “courtiers” who’s job it is to be the mop up men.

Women in Prince Harry’s Las Vegas hotel room were not asked to surrender their phones despite his minders later pleading with them not to take photographs of him naked, it was claimed today.

During the party, believed to have occurred in a three-bedroom suite at the Wynn and Encore hotel complex which costs up to ÂŁ5,000 a night, embarrassing photographs of the Prince naked were taken.

The two pictures, taken on a mobile phone in the suite by a fellow reveller, were sold for an estimated ÂŁ10,000.

The 27-year-old prince is pictured wearing nothing but a watch and a distinctive thin necklace as he embraces a naked young woman who is clutching a pool cue during a game of “strip billiards”.

Royal aides admitted it was the Prince in the pictures, which were first published by TMZ, the American-based gossip website.

Bottom line though is those chicks should be blacklisted from any party ever at Las Vegas. They broke the cardinal rule that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

As I was writing this post someone emailed the tipline with an ad from a local paper in Las Vegas:

What a load of bollocks

The Telegraph is having a moan about Prince Harry’s awesome party time in Vegas.

The Prince’s disgraceful behaviour in a Las Vegas hotel room ignored the duty he owes to two respected institutions – the Royal family and the Army.

The Royal family are known to be dodgy. Broken marriages, illegitimate children, rooting mistresses in the garden, being German, it never really ends. As for the army, the average army man will root anything that is suspected of being female, human and alive.

Let’s not pretend otherwise. With a background like Harry’s of course he was going to get caught doing something dodgy. All this pious hypocrisy about institutions needs to end.

Since it is budget week

via the tipline

Here is a copy of a bill from one nights drinking in Las Vegas. It is real, I know a person who was there.

I do however have a few of questions.

  1. Where is McCully and Groser this week?
  2. What will the ministerial expense claims look like next release?
  3. How would you go about covering this one up if it was you?
  4. What one of these items is the hookers?

Note to Barry Colman and Busted Blonde, this is a real piss up using Veuve Clicquot. It is now nine months since the VRWC won the competition for Busted Blonde and still no party. Babies have been conceived and born in the time it has taken for this party to eventuate. Meanwhile in Las Vegas $189,375.98 USD was consumed prior to midnight at Tryst in Las Vegas.

Legendary Piss Up

Note the tip is more than the average wage in New Zealand. This is what the NZ tourist industry needs, not a bunch of wailing, dancing Maori in grass skirts feeding the masses greasy hangi for $50  a head begfore them back on the bus they came on.


Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies

In the space of 20 minutes, How many times did Winston mislead the house last Wednesday? – or in the words of Bob Jones “He didn’t mislead the House, He lied to the house”:

Volume 649, Week 83 – Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
General Debate
Rt Hon Winston Peters: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. No, we are not; we are going straight to the nub of the matter: “Wayne Crapper told TVNZ …”. That is what TVNZ repeated in its documentary, and that is what it is being sued for. I am asked by members over there how I know; well, because I have put enough time into it, enough effort into it, and a lot of money into it, as well.
[#1 funny that, I recall Winston previously said he had no idea of the legal fees or that he pays them]

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: …………….What did the New Zealand Herald say on 12 July? It stated that Mr Glenn, in an email that it will not show anybody, claimed that he gave money to New Zealand First. Mr Glenn, in the letter before the committee right now, claims he did not. So we have disposed of the first lie from the New Zealand Herald. Down goes one.
[#2 NZ Herald reprinted an email that stated Glenn thought he was donating to NZF]

The second thing that the New Zealand Herald claimed was that there was fraud. Mr Glenn, in his letter before the committee right now, stated that there was not. So down goes the second allegation, which is the core of the issue that these people over here were relying upon. Now here comes the third one.
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: Thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker-another win! Now here comes the third one; the critical one on which the alligators who are out there relied upon Mr Hide to come to this House and, somehow, fight their case for them, because, of course, we all know where this is going in the end.
Let me just say this. When one talks about those issues of personal experience, one needs to know what the travel diary for people and what their schedules might be. One has to know what events are important. One has to know which witnesses are important. ………………………..
[#3 (minor) Winston can't remember when or if he met OG, he cant remember what the Spencer Trust was but claims his memory is good]

Gerry Brownlee: Story No. 3.
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: It is not story No. 3, I say to Mr Brownlee; it is the same story that I told in respect of Mr Bob Jones, who admits now that there was no fraud and that my version was right.
[#4 Bob Jones denies that he has admitted anything to Winston]