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Ireland host the All Blacks

Shamrock Ireland

Good morning and welcome to the morning’s rugby match where the two top teams in the world take on one another.

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Faces of the day

Newshub has published a thinly veiled hit piece/outrage article about the Hawera Mt View Lions Club. The article even stoops so low as to mock the fact that there were spelling errors in the club’s facebook post. (Someone should have a word to their editorial team about the dangers of throwing stones when you live in a glass house)

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Daily proverb

Proverbs 18

14 The human spirit can endure a sick body,
but who can bear a crushed spirit?

He is becoming more conservative as he ages and isn’t sure if it is due to the wisdom that comes from life’s hard-earned experience, or intolerance of what passes for humanity these days.

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Old and irascible for as long as he can remember, his CV includes a brief stint in the Royal Air Force and 40+ years as a registered nurse in the UK and NZ (including more than seven years of medico-legal work.) 30+ years back-country fly-fishing in the South Island have helped him retain a modicum of sanity. For some of the time, at least.

Psst, wanna save $17,000 whilst saving the planet?

In what clearly has to be the deal of a lifetime (well 20 years, anyway), a company is promising a saving of $17,000 (Ts & Cs apply) for a subscription of just $85 per month.   Newsroom reports: Quote.

New Zealanders will be able to ditch traditional power companies and “stream the sun” with an $85 a month subscription model for solar panels and storage batteries.

Solarcity, a solar power company, believe their offer will accelerate New Zealand’s goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

Home solar systems have had some hurdles, namely due to the need for a battery to store energy for later use. Without batteries the energy collected by a solar panel can only be used during the day, when many people are at work. With batteries alone costing around $10,000 it’s put a dampener on the willingness of people to switch.

“Powering homes locally is just a lot more efficient and makes more sense. It’s 25% more efficient to power your home from your own rooftop than a lake down south.”

Solarcity say their new service, solarZero, could make powering a home greener, more affordable and end pricing disparities where a family in Kerikeri can pay 45 percent more for electricity than a family in Auckland.

The solarZero service include the panels and a Panasonic battery as well as an app to control usage and an Amazon Echo Spot connected to Alexa, which checks the systems [sic] performance and can be used to manage connected appliances. End quote.

Amazon Echo units can also be hacked to listen in on the home occupants – but that is a whole different story and hopefully the software has been updated by now. Quote.

Subscribers need to commit to a twenty-year contract and the panels and battery remain the property of Solarcity at the end of the contract. The overall subscription cost is $20,400.
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Air New Zealand’s new safety video: Seriously, it’s awful!

Air NZ safety video featuring a famous Maori kid, some Air NZ staff and a rapper bloke who used to be a girl.

Honestly, I have no idea what Air New Zealand are thinking.

I flew up to Auckland this week. I almost always fly Air NZ, because, you know, I usually need to actually get to where I’m going. I had been having a pretty cruisy trip; got to the airport early, sat in the lounge and grabbed a bite to eat. I caught up on my Whaleoil reading etc. then made my way down through security screening, got pulled aside to check out what the little box with curly wires going into it was, (a radar detector, not a bomb), and had just sat down when they started boarding the flight.

So up I jump so I can get on first, (easier to get away with way too much carry-on that way), popped into my favourite seat (5A – The window is at just the right spot, lots of legroom etc). A quick ‘gidday’ to a couple of lovely older ladies behind me and I settle into my seat, grab my headphones and open up the latest issue of Top Gear magazine.

Then I rememberd you have to take your headphones off now for the safety video, so I waited dutifully for the all-important safety advice, (I can’t afford to do a Sir Bob and get my own plane). I was a bit shocked to see a new video come on as it has been less than two months since I last took a flight.

I was quite glad really, as I was completely sick of the virtue signalling Antarctica one that has been running for so long but, oh dear, Air New Zealand, what have you done? Read more »

ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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The Minister for Rocks in his head

Photoshopped image credit: Pixy

The Minister for Rocks in his Head continues the clueless coalition’s strangling embrace of incompetence.

When I heard this on the car wireless on the way home two nights ago, I had to pull over; I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing. I fully expected this to be all over the news yesterday, yet…nothing.

With great fanfare and press release Andrew Little announced, just three days ago, the re-entry of Pike River Mine, with loads of bluster about justice, the collection of possible forensic evidence and ‘not ruling out’ criminal charges.

There is just one problem with all this. At this stage, he has zero support from those qualified to collect that evidence! The police have not agreed to take part in the farcical re-entry and have ruled out sending attendees to the training camp planned, while the other vital cog of evidence evaluation and testing, the ESR, has released a statement specifically stating they will not make any personnel available for underground duties, and furthermore: quote.

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Living in Wellington idbkiwi is self-employed in a non-governmental role which suits his masochistic tendencies. He watches very little television, preferring to read or research, but still subscribes to the daily paper despite his distillation of dismay and disappointment at the very low standards of the modern press on every opening of the awful rag.

He is married, to an obviously very unfortunate woman, and has a family who allegedly loves him despite his right-wing nut-job views on life and the meaning of. He believes laughter is the best medicine for whatever ails you, closely, very closely, followed by wine. He hopes to reach retirement, both alive and eventually.

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Who’s to blame for the Pike River mine tragedy?

Now that we are going back in, the really big question over blame is again being raised by hurt and angry families and by others keen to point the finger at who is ultimately responsible for the loss of the 29 men underground at Pike River.

Families are expecting criminal proceedings on the back of the evidence they hope to find with Andrew Little’s mine re-entry.

Judith Collins was Minister of Police at the time of the Pike River disaster and she was interviewed by Duncan Garner on the AM show. I was very disappointed to hear Collins call Peter Whittall the villain, as I genuinely like her and consider her to be a diligent minister, but in this, she is quite wrong.

In one breath, Judith says that responsibility for not to attempting a rescue mission at Pike, lay with her boss at the time, John Key, who made that very important decision. Despite the police being in charge of the disaster and reporting to Collins, despite being well briefed and travelling several times to the disaster site, Collins acknowledges that Key was ultimately responsible for the decision about if and when a rescue was attempted. When told by Garner that Little had said the mine was actually safe to enter, Collins said:  quote.

That’s certainly not the advice we had at the time,” said Ms Collins, when pressed on the issue by Duncan Garner. “You’d need to take it up with who was in charge at the time. John Key was the Prime Minister.” End of quote.

End of story, all well and good?  Well no, because Collins does not apply that same logic to Peter Whittall, who she calls out as the villain of the disaster because in the next breath she goes on to say. Quote.

I think Peter Whittall was the person who has the most responsibility in this, and if there’s any evidence that comes out of this mine showing that there should be a prosecution, and then I think we should get on with it,” Ms Collins said. End of quote.

Here is the double standard: Whittall also had bosses that he regularly reported to, and took instructions from, over his six years at Pike River mine.  Since his appointment as Chief Executive at Pike River Mine the previous month Whittall’s boss was the Pike River Mine Board of directors. A newspaper reported that the Board had not taken their health and safety responsibilities seriously, indeed the chair actually threw Whittall under the bus.  Quote.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

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