June 2013

Sunday nightCap

Great job Dad. Life long fear just to get a YouTube hit

Today’s Trivia

Via cleancutmedia.com

Via cleancutmedia.com


The Guillotine was still the official method of execution in France until the death penalty was abolished… in 1981. The last actual execution in France? 1977. (source)

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It’s Business Time

In my 20s, I thought Flight of the Conchords were just funny. Now in my 30s with a wife, two kids and a mortgage, I can see they were bloody prophets. – canadafirst

Angriest guitar player ever

Caution:  Language

He even has one for Katana Plonkers

Via the Tipline

Greed and cheap money

Via the Tipline.

Old, but still relevant.  Especially as it is starting all over again.

Oh… Language warning, although with an Irish accent, it always sounds less harsh

There is a good chance the zombie apocalypse will start with teachers.

Vice has a post about dealing with an outbreak of infectious disease by target quarantining key groups…like teachers.

In the event of a pandemic outbreak of bird flu or the new MERS virus, public officials might want to look at quarantining children and teachers first—a new study has found that young people and school teachers are prime candidates to spread infection, due to the amount of “social contact” they have each day.

Anyone who has watched chicken pox spread through a classroom may think the study’s findings are just common sense, but tracking disease as it moves through a population has been tough, especially with highly contagious, airborne infections like the flu.

The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, tracked the social interactions of about 5,000 British people. It found that average person had about 26 hours of contact with other people per day (when someone was in close contact with multiple people at once, the time with each person was counted). But some groups had much more contact than the average person, including children (47 hours), health workers (33 hours), people in the service industry (33 hours), and teachers (32 hours).    Read more »

Hooton on Harawira

Matthew Hooton must have fallen out with the Brown Brothers. He comments on the destructiveness of Hone Harawira.

Those most supportive of the Don Brash and ACT Party message of “one law for all” should be deeply grateful to Hone Harawira.

If the Northland firebrand had the slightest emotional intelligence and ability to think medium-term, he would now be set to become leader of a united Maori Party capable of winning all seven Maori electorates and something approaching 5% of the party vote.

Instead, his personal anger and belligerence, his childish emotional need to be a staunch bro’, and his extraordinary arrogance, so associated with the Harawia clan, meant he moved to split the Maori Party in 2011 and set up his own far-left Mana movement.

His complaint was that the other Maori Party MPs weren’t radical enough for him and were prepared to accept crumbs from John Key’s table as opposed to the … well, it is never quite clear what he would try to deliver to his people were he ever to have the chance.  Read more »

An indicator for life after Shearer?

Labour’s caucus should look to Australia as the first polls show a bit of a lift for Labor after Rudd rolled Gillard.

Labor will get some heart from this poll, although it’s still behind and the sample is very small (1000):

According to the Galaxy poll, taken exclusively for News Limited papers, Mr Rudd is considered the better choice for prime minister by 51 per cent of voters compared with Tony Abbott’s 34 per cent.

The Labor Party is also back in the electoral fight with a two-party preferred result of 49 per cent to the Coalition’s 51 per cent.   Read more »