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Cooks and Stewards Union did for me

by George

How do we become the political animals we are?

I would imagine that across the political spectrum there are those of us who are intelligent, inventive, radical and just plain dumb. Do we become so entrenched in our views of the world that nothing will divert our thoughts from the path we choose to travel? It is fascinating that many of us live in the same environment, work in similar occupations, enjoy similar social and sporting occasions and yet are so opposed politically. Why is this? I don’t pretend to have the answer but I believe that one’s life experiences can impact on one’s political outlook.

But even that raises contradictions. Take John Key as an example. Brought up in a state house, by a solo parent (without government financial support), and yet he embraced capitalism which enabled him to become extremely wealthy and eventually become a very popular National Prime Minister. He viewed his upbringing as glass half full. He witnessed sacrifice, extreme toil and commitment from his dedicated mother. This example suggests that hard work, regardless of its social status, will reap its rewards.   Read more »

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Poor old Chris Trotter, he is back on his Greek delusions

Dear old Chris Trotter, he is back making up wistful stories about the demise of the socialist ratbags in Greece, who seem to believe they can have a free ride paid for by other hard working people like the Krauts.

He thinks there are three groups commenting on the Greek crisis, the first group is the largest and are those who simply don’t care.

Then there are people like me, and most readers of this site who he describes like this:

Then there’s the group that regards the unfolding Greek crisis as a simple morality tale. According to this view, the Greeks awarded themselves a lifestyle they had not earned and paid for it with other people’s money. When the music stopped and their creditors came a-calling, the Greeks were required to discover just how unpleasant life can become when excessive debt falls due. As far as this group is concerned, the Greeks are in the process of being taught some very valuable lessons. On no account, therefore, should the EU be encouraged to remove its knife from Greece’s throat.

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Asking debtors to pay up is now terrorism?

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Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis accused Athens’ creditors of “terrorism” in an interview, a day before Greeks vote in a high-stakes referendum on the conditions of the country’s bailout.

“What they’re doing with Greece has a name – terrorism,” Varoufakis told the Spanish El Mundo daily on Saturday.

“What Brussels and the troika want today is for the “Yes” (vote) to win so they could humiliate the Greeks.”

“Why did they force us to close the banks? To instill fear in people. And spreading fear is called terrorism,” he said, referring to the IMF, European Central Bank and the EU.

These idiots have been living beyond their means.  They have not heeded all the warnings and offers of help along the way.  And now that the Day of Reckoning has come, everyone else is to blame.   Read more »

Greeks still in denial that they can keep spending other people’s money with no consequences

Greece is about to tip over. The stupid socialist idiots running the place still think they can keep using other people’s money without there being any consequences.

They are wrong and about to find out just how wrong they are.

Allister Heath explains just precisely how bad the situation is for Greece.

Tragically, Greece itself is now very close to the brink. It is set to default on its €1.6bn payment to the IMF on Tuesday and its referendum will determine whether or not it quits the euro, or if it is able to cling on for a while longer.

There are generally four steps to social and economic collapse. First, the middle class loses access to its money, either because the banks shut or go bust in a mass, uncontrolled manner. Second, food and supplies start to run out in supermarkets as foreign suppliers slash lines of credit or domestic companies are banned from sending cash abroad.

Third, the state starts printing money uncontrollably, and hyperinflation sets in. Fourth, the lights start to go out, with power cuts and a generalised failure of the infrastructure. This process has now started, and could easily spiral out of control.

Greece is very much at step one, though it could end up in stage two much more quickly than many realise. In the short term, the public will probably put up with the limits on how much cash they can withdraw.

One week isn’t that long; and the money is still theirs. But businesses, as well as individuals, are also being affected, and it is here that the constraints could bite most dramatically over the next few days.   Read more »

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Face of the day

French President Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande

Finally it is hitting home to the political leaders in Europe that their countries are under attack. It has been happening for a very long time to Israel but they didn’t care when it happened to Israel.

“It’s difficult for a society to live for years under the threat of attack,” he told French journalists. “The question is not if there will be another attack … but when.”

-theguardian.com

How difficult does he think it has been for the Israeli people? He and so many other misguided ‘intellectuals’ simply did not understand that Islamic terrorism against Israel is not about land but about forming a worldwide Islamic Caliphate and that Israel is just one of the countries on their list. It is Global Jihad and no, it is not because countries have done something to ‘provoke’ the attacks.

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Bad luck if socialism gives you the sh*ts

It really is bad luck if socialism gives you the shits, as the chances are there is no toilet paper to assist in the clean up.

Venezuela’s product shortages have become so severe that some hotels in that country are asking guests to bring their own toilet paper and soap, a local tourism industry spokesman said on Wednesday.

In Merida, a state in western Venezuelan that’s known for its stunning mountain landscapes, small hotels are struggling to stock their rooms with basic supplies, especially as the busy Semana Santa or Holy Week holiday gets underway.

“It’s an extreme situation,” says Xinia Camacho, owner of a 20-room boutique hotel in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada national park. “For over a year we haven’t had toilet paper, soap, any kind of milk, coffee or sugar. So we have to tell our guests to come prepared.”

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Montilla says bigger hotels can circumvent product shortages by buying toilet paper and other basic supplies from black market smugglers who charge up to 6-times the regular price. But smaller, family-run hotels can’t always afford to pay such steep prices, which means that sometimes they have to make do without.   Read more »

The real reason behind the UN’s continued scare campaign over global warming

Here is a clue for you…the UN isn’t interested in saving the planet from a non-existent threat, it is actually interested in controlling the planet, and one of their top officials has proved it.

The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

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Little understanding of how business works from Labour leader

His leadership is a dog's breakfast and tastes as good too

His leadership is a dog’s breakfast and tastes as good too

Andrew Little is back to being Angry Andy, with a bit of dunderhead Andy thrown in.

The man clearly has no understanding of business when he utters inanities like this.

Mr Joyce conceded that a smaller convention centre would be less attractive to some groups and could result in missed business “at the margins”.

Asked if he was hopeful SkyCity might soften any downsizing by spending more than the agreed $402 million, Mr Joyce said indications were that it wasn’t off the table.

“They are already making comments in that regard, so, let’s see.”

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When is working a crime?

Imagine the government forcing your 7-day business to close one day a week.

Only in France

France’s top baguette baker has attacked his country’s attitude to work after he was ordered to stop opening his shop seven days a week.

Stephane Cazenave has been told he will face a €1,500 ($2,300) fine if he fails to adhere to a law which states that all shops selling bread must close one day a week.

Mr Cazenave, who runs a bakery in Saint-Paul-les-Dax, in south-west France, says the 1999 prefectural order means he will lose €250,000 ($382,000) a year and will be forced to lay off some of his 22 staff, who work five-day weeks.

The ruling has sparked a debate in France, with many viewing the baker’s plight as a symbol of all that is wrong with anti-business regulations.

Currently French MPs are debating a bill seeking to cut red tape and inject more flexibility into the French labour market.

Mr Cazenave, who won ‘best baguette of France’ award last year, told TV channel France 3: ‘I am treated like a thug just because I asked to work. Working shouldn’t be a crime in France.

‘I opened seven days a week three and a half years ago. I create jobs and wealth and I don’t see why one would hinder me doing so.’

Socialists know better than you do.  They will try to run everything about your life.  How much you can work, how much you can earn, how much tax they give to people who don’t have to work.   Read more »

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Venezuela’s socialist paradise is turning into a nightmare

Venezuela is held up by many on the left as a socialist paradise, funded by oil profits and dogged by big spending socialist governments the place is rooted.

They can’t afford condoms, a 36-pack of Trojan condoms are going for 4,760 bolivars (about $US750) and now with oil prices plunging people are dying in the socialist paradise for want of simple medical supplies.

Venezuela is suffering under the boot of socialism.

For Jose Perez, a Venezuelan taxi driver from Caracas, the hardest part about watching his wife die from heart failure was knowing just how easily she could have been saved.

The surgeons at the Caracas University Hospital were ready to operate on 51-year-old Carmen, but because of the shortages of medicines now ravaging Venezuela, they had no stocks of the prosthetic artery that would have saved her life.

For a day, the family enjoyed a glimmer of hope after a nationwide search uncovered one such device, but Carmen needed two and a second one was nowhere to be found. She died two days later.

It is life-and-death stories like these that illustrate the depth of the economic crisis now confronting Venezuela, a crumbling socialist-run petro-state that looks in danger of being tipped over the edge by the crunch in world oil prices.

For Venezuelans like Mr Perez and tens of thousands more awaiting medical treatment around the country, the magic realism of Hugo Chavez’s great Bolivarian socialist revolution has turned to bitter reality less than two years after the former leader’s death from cancer.

“It’s the government who is responsible for my wife’s death, not the doctors,” Mr Perez, 63, told The Telegraph last week. “Things are very bad in this country, and they are getting worse. I feel that we are in a dictatorship. At the start I believed in Chavez, now I can’t look at him. He is in the best place now.”

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