Herald looks for conspiracy in Eminem case

The NZ Herald is looking for all sorts of conspiracies:

The High Court decision on whether the National Party ripped off Eminem seems to be running late, as the wait for a verdict goes well past the usual time limit.

National is accused of using a backing track for a 2014 election ad that was too similar to Eminem’s song Lose Yourself, therefore infringing copyright.

Justice Helen Cull reserved her decision on May 12 – noting at the time that decisions were usually delivered within three months.

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Maori Party candidate will vote for National candidate

Weird things happen during election season.

But few things are weirder than a candidate coming out to say they won’t even vote for themselves. Wendy Biddle, the Maori Party candidate for the Rotorua general electorate has come out and said just that.

“I’m ticking Todd, that’s me,” she said.

Biddle is aware the admission may surprise some, but she’s pragmatic.

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Photo of the Day

William Frederick Cody (1846 – 1917), American Army scout and showman, known as Buffalo Bill, after slaughtering huge amounts of buffalo to feed workers for the railroad companys. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bill

At the turn of the 20th century “Buffalo Bill” Cody was the most famous American in the world. His path from frontier poverty and obscurity to international celebrity is one of the most remarkable stories of America’s Gilded Age. It begins on February 26th, 1846, in Le Claire, Iowa, where William Frederick Cody was born to Isaac and Mary Ann Laycock Cody. At age eight he moved with his family to the Kansas frontier where his father hoped to homestead. The family experienced a series of financial and personal setbacks brought on by the turmoil of the slavery debate and culminating in Isaac Cody’s death in 1857. As the oldest male member of the household, eleven year old Will took it upon himself to find work and soon joined the freighting firm Russell, Majors, and Waddell as a cattle drover and teamster. Over the next few years Cody would pursue the life of the Plainsman, accompanying westbound military supply trains. He also met and became friends with James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. In his 1879 autobiography Cody claims to have also pursued gold prospecting, fur trapping, and work as a Pony Express rider during this period.

In 1864 Cody enlisted in the Seventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry and served as a private for one and a half years. After the war he conducted a brief courtship with Louisa Frederici of St. Louis followed by their marriage in 1866. Though the relationship would prove to be stormy and include one attempt on Cody’s part to sue for divorce, the pair would stay married for over fifty years. Cody made several attempts to lead a more settled life; he briefly owned and managed an inn and tried unsuccessfully to found the town of Rome, Kansas, but was forced to take various odd jobs with the railroad first and, later, with the Army.

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Labour’s tax on bottled water will only bring in $20,000 p.a. at best

David Farrar has has someone email him with some calculations for Labour’s tax on bottled water:

Yesterday on Morning Report ( go to http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201859010/ardern-responds-after-farmers-protest-in-home-town ) when being interviewed by Guyon Espiner,  Jacinda Ardern stated (just after 2 minutes 30 seconds and again at 9 minutes 20 second) that the tax would be ten times that  proposed for  water abstracted for irrigation. That irrigation rate is between 1 and 2 cents per tonne.

So now we know what the bottled water tax will be – between 10 and 20 cents per tonne.

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Cartoon of the Day

Farrar’s law on political commentary

You’ve possibly heard of Moore’s Law; Wikipedia says it is “named after Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, whose 1965 paper described a doubling every year in the number of components per integrated circuit, and projected this rate of growth would continue for at least another decade. In 1975, looking forward to the next decade, he revised the forecast to doubling every two years.”

Of course who can forget Godwin’s law on the internet. Wikipedia explains: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1”; that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Adolf Hitler or his deeds.     Read more »

No French Fries for you!

I wonder if the Restaurant owner on Waiheke Island who refuses to sell adults french fries on their own has ever watched Seinfeld? There was a running gag on Seinfeld that involved a man they called the Soup Nazi. If the customers did not do what he wanted them to do he would refuse to sell them any soup. This did not put off his customers though because he served the best soup in New York.

What very few people know about that Seinfeld character is that he was based on a real person who not only sold the best soup in New York he even looked like the actor who played him.

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The bullshit of Clarke Gayford

That’s not almond milk dear…

Clarke Gayford has said more to the media in 6 weeks than Peter Davis ever did in nine years of his wife’s draconian rule of New Zealand.

One of the things he said, in between moaning about how people are being mean to Cindy, was that she once got up to make him almond milk.

Jacinda is someone who so constantly thinks of others that she once woke in the middle of the night worried I was out of milk for my morning cup of tea.

So she got up and decided to soak some almonds at 2am, just to make me almond milk at dawn.

It was the best cup of tea I’ve ever had, and I hate almond milk.

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Ohariu is looking like a Blackadder’s Rotten Borough

Amazing how you can have more than 100% enroll.

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Labour’s fiscal hole isn’t a hole, more of a shortfall…of more than $10b

When Steve Joyce brilliantly deployed Cunningham’s law over Labour’s fiscal hole, the commentariat rushing to correct him, and in doing so showed that there was definitely something fishy with the numbers being presented.

He got the headlines, and the corrects followed some time later. But the damage was done.

Now people don’t refer to the fiscal hole, more of a “shortfall”. But the evidence continues to mount that Grant Robertson’s lazy attitude to his role has cost Labour big time.

David Farrar has more information on Labour’s fiscal shortfall:

I’ve been sent a spreadsheet that was put together by a senior former Treasury official in consultation with some other senior former Treasury officials. It shows that Labour have not left enough money in their fiscal plan to cover inflation.

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