April 2010

Homo Troughicis Nelsonii

Maryan Street - TrougherYesterday the travel expenses of MPs were released. I blogged about the differences in travel between scum List MPs and real MPs. After that the tipline ran hot pointing out to me a reason why one scum List MP has such a massive travel bill.

By way comparison Maryan Street lives in Nelson, as does Nick Smith. For domestic travel Maryan Street spent $15,032 for the first quarter of this year and Nick Smith spent $8150 from Ministerial Services (travel for work as a minister) and $6079 from Parliamentary Services (travel for spouses and children). This is astonishing that two MPs from the same area have such different spending for domestic travel. One a minister of the crown and a vastly higher work load than a scum List MP has actually spent less on domestic travel than the scum list MP.

This is highlighted even more when you compare two scum List MPs, David Shearer and Maryan Street. My Little Pony, Jacinda Ardern lives in Auckland and her travel bill was almost identical to Maryan Street’s. David Shearer, a real MP from Auckland, spent just $5145 on domestic air travel.

Hmmmm….something isn’t right here. I decided to look at all the figures available for Maryan Street.

Jan 1 – 30 June 2009 (6 months) – $34,842

1 July – 30 Sep 2009 – $21,663

1 Oct – 31 Dec 2009 – $10,950

1 Jan -31 March 2010 – $15,032

Total (15 months) – $82,487

I then looked at Air New Zealand’s website to check how much a return airfare between Wellington and Nelson is. A flexi-plus airfare at popular business travel times is between $166 and $201 one way. I’ve averaged it out to arrive at a figure of $367.00 for a return flight. That means that Maryan Street has used 224 return flights against her account for 15 months. Or an average of 15 flights per month. Except the figures don’t show the real travel when looking at averages.

Jan 1 – 30 June – 15.8 flights per month

1 July – 30 Sep 2009 – 19.6 flights per month

1 Oct – 31 Dec 2009 – 9.9 flights per month

1 Jan -31 March 2010 – 13.6 flights per month

Now most MPs I know fly to Wellington on Monday night and return Thursday night and only when parliament is sitting but let’s be generous and assume 1 return flight per week even for weeks when parliament isn’t sitting. That should mean that over 15 months Maryan Street by travelling at the absolute minimum would have had just 60 flights instead of the 224 flights she has racked up against her Parliamentary Services account. Even is she travels twice a week that only gets us to 120 flights. There are about 450 days in 15 months so Maryan Street is charging return flights to Nelson to her account almost every second day. Surely not?

Then I remembered something.

Miss Clark’s former chief press secretary, Kathryn Street, has left for fulltime university study.

Maryan Street’s wife Kathryn Street is studying full-time at University. Good for her. I wonder though if she is studying at Victoria University? There doesn’t seem to be any Universities in Nelson and the closest would be Victoria University. Nice to have a partner who can pay for the commute, means you can stay in your own house instead of doing what every other student from Nelson would have to do and live in Wellington.

This is seriously taking great liberties with the intent of parliamentary travel for spouses and I would hazard a suggestion that this in fact should be called a rort. The taxpayers are coughing up about half of Maryan Street’s travel bill so that her wife can attend university. I certainly don’t think that is on. Remember too that Maryan Street is a scum List MP so there is zero reason for her to commute anyway. The troughing must end.

Getting ready for Draw Mohammed Day

hat tip Not PC: Looks like we have a new Lego kit.

LEGO Mohammed

LEGO Mohammed


Remedial Math required?

from Rachel at Throng

Every night so far in 2010, I’ve been doing a comparison of the first five stories on ONE News and 3 News on Throng.

One of the recurring trends is for both bulletins to do seemingly simple mathematical calculations incorrectly.

It’s happened three times recently and in each case, the price increases were over-exaggerated.? There never seems to be any corrections made, or accountability for these mistakes – which may enrage and worry the general population who believe and repeat their figures without ever knowing they were incorrect.

Here’s four recent examples:

  1. ONE News and 3 News incorrectly calculate new prices for if GST rises to 15% by just adding 2.5% to current prices (link)
  2. 3 News incorrectly calculates the new alcohol prices; saying a $40 bottle of whiskey would rise by $28.44 (instead of a rise of $10) (link)
  3. ONE News and 3 News incorrectly calculate the new tobacco prices; saying a $13.30 pack of 25 cigarettes will go up to $14.40 overnight and to $17 in 2012 (instead of $14.18 and $16.23 respectively) (link)
  4. 3 News misrepresents the police crime report, saying there were “451,000” methamphetamine offences in 2009, “up 19% or 20,000 more offences”.? 451,000 was the total recorded crimes for 2009, and the percentage change is incorrect. (link)

It is not surprising that every time maths is presented on the news, I am already doubting their calculations.

To be fair to the repeaters they are probably repeating a press release from whatever slant (Labour’s) the editor wants to put on a story. Actually I can’t be fair, the teleprompter repeaters just read what is put in front of them, no thinking is required.

An Interesting House

An interesting house has come on the market today. Also step one on the “retribution” plan started this week.

An Interesting House - What is that on the wall?

Tony Abbott has to be well placed for Pollie of the Year

Tony Abbot has forced Kevin Rudd to take a position on something. Rudd is of course mortified and has blamed the opposition for having to ditch Australia’s efforts at an ETS.

In hindsight, it is even more extraordinary Turnbull was so obstinate. From the moment he rolled his hapless predecessor Brendan Nelson for articulating the exact wait-and-see position Rudd has now adopted, Turnbull and his supporters claimed the Coalition had no choice but to back Rudd.

They were supposedly terrified of handing Rudd a trigger for a double dissolution election on climate change. But even before Climategate, before the flop at Copenhagen, it was obvious that wasn’t the case. As I wrote last August, Turnbull should have called Rudd’s bluff, and embraced an election on a new energy tax.

Well, sure enough, Rudd blinked. He never wanted to go to voters with a new tax. He wanted to walk to the polls hand in hand with Turnbull, as a great statesman with his patsy, having pulled a fast one on an electorate soon to be burdened with the costs.

Ironically, this description of Rudd and his mad dash for an ETS is not only accurate for Rudd but also for John Key.

Rudd’s mission to rush out in front of the rest of the world with an ETS because climate change was ”the greatest moral challenge of our time” has finally been exposed as flimflam.

John Key might want to spend a bit of time on the phone with Tony Abbott and get a few pointers on this Climate Change thingy he seems hell bent on believing. meanwhile Tony Abbott gets a nomination for the Whaleoil Politician of the Year Award.

He has stopped Rudd’s great big new tax.

He has put the Liberals into play this cycle.

He has scared the crap out of Rudd by calling him what he is, Prime Minister Blah Blah, and all talk and no action. The only thing better he could have done was describe Kevin Rudd as “Smile and Wave”.

Latest M.P. travel expenses out

The Speaker has released the latest MP travel expense list so we can see who the troughers are. There are still plenty of examples of troughing.

For example of the top 4 big spenders 2 are Labour MPs and are both list MPs. We all know that List MPs are scum and for them to be in the top 5 is uncalled for.

They top 4 were:

  • Hone Harawira ($40,869)
  • Shane Jones ($26,857)
  • Maryan Street ($25,501) $25k for three months of? travel between Nelson and Wellington. FFS is she commuting daily?
  • Chris Auchinvole ($25,034)

Chris Auchinvole has a long skinny electorate and Hone Harawira has the far north to contend with. There is no excuse for Snapper Jaws and Five Chins though, both being scummy list MPs.

Some notable match ups are:

Chris Tremain ($7,171) and Nashy the Rooter ($15,292) They live just a few kms away from each other but somehow the Mangrove uses up twice as much travel in 3 months and The Magrove is a scum List MP.

Nikki “One Can” Kaye ($10,711) and My Little Pony ($14,488) Perhaps the teeth are excess baggage? Again we have a scum List MP outspending the real MP.

Boris ($8,851) and Mr. Chadwick ($16,638) Sweet Mother of God another scum List MP outdoing the local MP by almost double.

Wellington based Charlie Shovel manages to trip his way through $11,890 in three months including his famous flight from Auckland to Wellington where he ticked off a mother. I wonder if his costs also include the fares to the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras that he was travelling back from when he got all uppity?

Labour, astonishingly, have trimmed a massive $186,000 from their 3 monthly budget.

Still a ways to go though and clearly List MPs think they are entitled to trough it up in travel far above a real MP.


Why the Music Industry are fans of Child Porn

from Boing Boing’s Cory Doctrow.

“Child pornography is great,” the speaker at the podium declared enthusiastically. “It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that, we can get them to start blocking file sharing sites”.

The venue was a seminar organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm on May 27, 2007, under the title “Sweden — A Safe Haven for Pirates?”. The speaker was Johan Schl?ter from the Danish Anti-Piracy Group, a lobby organization for the music and film industry associations, like IFPI and others…

“One day we will have a giant filter that we develop in close cooperation with IFPI and MPA. We continuously monitor the child porn on the net, to show the politicians that filtering works. Child porn is an issue they understand,” Johan Schl?ter said with a grin, his whole being radiating pride and enthusiasm from the podium.

First we the attempt to foist s92a onto us, then we had the Department of Internal Affairs unilaterally decide to implement an Internet Filter to stop people accessing “child porn” and then we had ACTA. How long do you think it will be before this nanny-state government accedes to the Recording Industry demands to filter file-sharing sites?

Thursday Tool-time – DeWalt Longrange Nail Gun

I missed Wednesday Weapons, but as a suitable replacement I have Thursday Tool-time. Today’s tool is the new DeWalt long Range Nail Gun.

Just thought I would show you a picture of the new nail gun DeWalt just came out with?this baby is a Man?s Tool!

It can drive a 6-D nail thru a 2 X 4 at 200 yards.

This makes construction a real breeze ? you can sit in your lawn chair and build a fence.

Just get the wife and kids to hold the fence boards in place while you sit back, relax with a cold drink ? when they have the board in the right place, just fire away.

With the hundred-round magazine, you can build a fence with a minimum of reloading.

After a day of fence-building with the new DeWalt rapid-fire nail gun, the wife won?t ask you fix or build anything else.

DeWalt Nail Gun

DeWalt Nail Gun


Daily Randominity – Facebook Fun

from The Chive of course

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A more felching post couldn’t be found in New Zealand. You may need this tool.

As a beloved candidate, Len Brown is invited to show off his skills as an artist

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The end result! Unbelievable! Surely the even the Louvre would be proud to have this on display!

His Worship the Mayor Len Brown and I were invited to join five other ?real artists? to showcase our talents with the brush at an event to mark the lead-up to the Shanghai Expo on Sunday at the New Lynn community centre.

With more than 400 people crammed into the hall to wish the New Zealand delegation good luck for the Expo (opening in Shanghai on May 1), the pressure was on me and Len to produce a masterful piece of art.

We combined to create a golden Kiwi shoulder to shoulder with the Expo?s mascot ?Haibao (meaning ?the treasure from the sea?).

I had the pleasure of drawing the eyes for the mascot while Len added more colourful touches to the golden Kiwi ? which drew rapturous applause from the audience.

One attendee told me he and his family would be voting for Len as Mayor for the Supercity:

“He is our singing mayor and I?m sure he will voice our interest very well”