Do they need the Queensbury Rules as part of Standing Orders?

Compare this to David Parker holding his breath and turning red for getting his ass handed to him by Bill English.  How would he survive here:

Perhaps the next step in Tau Henare’s colourful political career spanning many parties is that he’s going to join the Ukranian parliament? ¬†It appears they have a need for his pugilistic skill set.

Labour still playing fast and loose with intellectual property

What started as a time sensitive reference to Game of Thrones, Labour’s tweet pushing their North Korean power solution has backfired somewhat.

Commenters on twitter have lambasted Labour for using a photo of a Ukrainian forest taken by a Ukrainian photographer who goes by the name of Vladimir Agafonkin or his online persona of “Mourner”.

Sp Labour couldn’t be bothered finding a Kiwi image, or use one from w Kiwi photographer and instead nicked a photo from an offshore photographer hoping they wouldn’t get sprung.

Then again why should we be surprised when they get their IT policy dictated to them by Kim Dotcom.¬† Read more »

But do they have fricken laser beams

The Russians have nicked the Ukraine’s secret combat dolphins.

Foreign Policy reports:

The Ukrainian military is promising to one day reclaim its¬†former¬†bases in Crimea, but one unit has been lost forever: Ukraine’s combat dolphins, who are now swimming for Russia.

The dolphins, stationed in a Ukrainian navy oceanarium in Sevastopol, will now attack enemy scuba divers, attach buoys to sea-floor mines, and patrol open waters at the behest of Moscow,¬†according¬†to Russian news service RIA Novosti. The program had been set to shut down, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has apparently given Sevastopol’s combat dolphins another crack at navy life. “Our experts have developed new devices, which convert the detection of objects by the dolphins’ underwater sonar to a signal on an operator’s monitor,” an oceanarium employee told the news service in an overt attempt to curry favor with his new bosses. “But the Ukrainian navy lacked the funds for such know-how, and some projects had to be shuttered.”¬† Read more »

Darth Vader runs for President of Ukraine

In an eerily similar case of ¬†political activism a Darth Vader who is standing for the “Internet Party” is running for office in the Ukraine.

I’m sure Kim Dotcom will have something to say about the claims of their leader:

Founded and led by Dmytro (or Dmitry) Golubov the party claims to be the first¬†Internet party¬†in the world, its slogan is “electronic government against bureaucracy” and it wants to “create an electronic government in Ukraine”.

In 2006-2007, the party began to create by the alleged Ukrainian¬†hacker, Dmytro Golubov. The founding congress was held on October 1, 2007. On March 1, 2009 in a hotel complex “Magnolia” in Odessa, was held the first official congress of the party.

Oh dear looks like Kim Dotcom has ripped off another idea and touting it as his own.


As Ukraine battles to stave off dark forces of its own, iconic movie villain Darth Vader announced he was running for president in a bid to restore all glory to the downtrodden nation.

The Sith Lord, or at least an unnamed protester dressed up as him who has often been seen on Kiev’s Independence Square during the winter protests flanked by his loyal Stormtroopers, has been chosen as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP) which has become known for its theatrical public stunts.¬† Read more »

40,000 Russian troops massed on borders of Ukraine

Ukraine’s future continues to hang in the balance as Russia continues to mass troops on Ukraine’s border and their annexation of the Crimea continues.

United States officials have reported that there are currently up to 40,000 Russian troops on Ukraine’s east border and that Russia could still invade Ukraine.

Though there is no consensus on the exact number of troops on the border, on March 27th, Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH)¬†said¬†there were 80,000 troops on the border, and other sources told FOX News that more than 50,000 troops arrived in the last few days.¬† Read more »

How are the Germans getting on with green energy? …Not so well it turns out

The German economy is almost on its knees as a result of green energy policies that are failing to deliver.

Germany is in the middle of one of the most audacious and ambitious experiments a major industrial economy has ever attempted: To swear off nuclear power and run Europe’s largest economy essentially on wind and solar power.

There’s just one problem — it’s not really working.

The energy transformation, known as “Energiewende,” was meant to give Germany an energy sector that would be cleaner and more competitive, fueling an export-driven economy and helping to slash greenhouse-gas emissions. On that count, the policy has floundered: German emissions are¬†rising, not falling, because the country is burning increasing amounts of dirty coal. And electricity costs, already high, have kept¬†rising, making life difficult for small and medium-sized businesses that compete against rivals with cheaper energy.¬† Read more »

Map of the Day



Date not known. The Ukraine.

Photo Of The Day

Photo by: Sergey Dolzhenko

Photo by: Sergey Dolzhenko

Keyboard music has been a regular presence at the protests in Kiev Read more »


The Huddle


I was on Larry Williams’ show The Huddle last night with Josie Pagani at 1740.

Our topics were:

  • Ukraine and Russia shaping up for fisticuffs.
  • The Oscars, not sure what we are going to argue about on that one, maybe I‚Äôll ¬†Josie take the lead on that.
  • The¬†¬†Cunliffe situation with funnelling money through a trust to fund his leadership bid campaign ‚Äď a bit of hypocrisy! ¬† Read more »

The Huddle at 1740


I am on Larry Williams’ show The Huddle tonight with Josie Pagani at 1740.

Our topics are:

  • Ukraine and Russia shaping up for fisticuffs.
  • The Oscars, not sure what we are going to argue about on that one, maybe I’ll ¬†Josie take the lead on that.
  • The¬†¬†Cunliffe situation with funnelling money through a trust to fund his leadership bid campaign ‚Äď a bit of hypocrisy!¬†

You listen online via iHeartRadio or usual methods.

I will post the audio tomorrow morning.