Traffic lights on a motorway?

Surely, this is a joke?

Apparently, it isn’t.

Until a week ago I was looking forward to Waterview motorway connection like a kid waiting for Christmas. Correction: Like a kid who has been waiting 40 years for Christmas.

That’s as long as I’ve lived in Auckland and for all that time I have resented our ridiculous route to the airport.

Having to leave the motorway at Gillies Ave or Market Rd and wind through suburban streets has been a disgrace to a decent city. No wonder foreigners taking a taxi from the airport to the CBD start to wonder if they are being hijacked in Pah Rd. Ever since we were promised the Waterview connection would provide motorway all the way from the North Shore and central city, I have been counting the years and months until its scheduled opening, just a month away now.

Then last weekend, we heard it will have traffic lights.   Read more »

More people are seeing Jacinda’s star on the rise

Claire Trevett declares the Mt Albert rout the most boring by-election ever.   But it has once again boosted Ardern’s profile:

It is likely by now Little is wondering if he could squeeze a bit more profile and a few points in the polls out of having Ardern as his deputy instead of King.

That is no indictment of King – but there is a bit of magic about Ardern.

The by-election was a handy chance to road test how the two went side by side on the campaign trail.

Other than that the only vaguely interesting bit was The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan saying the by-election would be a litmus test on whether the party stood in the general election. It’s a silly litmus test – Geoff Simmons was hardly well known there.

Like a school sports day, it was reduced to being about participation rather than competition.

The concept of using Jacinda as political eye candy has to be considered.  Other MPs jobs may depend on it.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

No twelve year old girl wants to see a penis in the girls’ toilet

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President Trump has rolled back Obama’s perverted requirement that infringed on the rights of biological girls and women to have a same-sex toilet. It isn’t a total roll back however as his critics are claiming as he has given the individual states the right to make the decision for themselves instead of it being imposed on them as it was by Obama. The Media Party are saying that Trump is discriminating against Trans people because he is giving States the choice instead of requiring them to change the way Obama did. As usual, the rights of the majority (in this case biological girls) to not have a person with a penis in their toilet is being threatened by Obama’s letter. Now their fate is in the hands of their individual states.

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Map of the Day

A good judge tells fatty jazz fan she was pissed, too fat and clumsy

Looks like the UK has some top judges that don’t let fools trifle with the courts.

An 18-stone jazz fan who sued for compensation after an accident at Ronnie Scott’s was fat, drunk and careless in her high heels, a judge found.

Eren Hussein, 53, blamed dim lighting at the world famous Soho club after breaking her wrist and elbow falling down stairs after a party in 2012.

She wanted thousands in damages, but after a civil trial this week, a judge threw out her claim, saying the fall wasn’t the club’s fault.

Judge Heather Baucher QC said Mrs Hussein was intoxicated, obese, wearing shoes with high platform heels, and not taking care by holding the bannister as she descended.

“In her inebriated, obese state on three-inch platforms, that would be an obvious, simple step for anyone presented with what they saw as a hazard,” she said.

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Ron “I’ve heard of the SAS once” Mark gets one right

Steve Askin, the former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier who died in a helicopter crash while fighting the Port Hills fire, didn’t have life insurance.

New Zealand First MP Ron Mark is fired up about insurance premiums being charged to former New Zealand Defence Force personnel.

He says ex-servicemen and women are available for call up as reserves so insurers charge higher premiums.

The issue was highlighted when it was revealed Steve Askin, the former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier who died in a helicopter crash while fighting the Port Hills fire, didn’t have life insurance. Read more »

Hooton on Little’s racist attack on the Maori party

Matthew Hooton thinks that Andrew Little’s attack on the Maori party was racist:

[T]he Mana leader is unquestionably a genuine representative of a certain kaupapa of a minority within Maori society.  Equally undeniable is that the rival Maori Party gives voice to another genuine Maori worldview and mission, albeit one that is more positive and optimistic.  The temporary truce between the two parties indicates that both believe Parliament is richer that the other is represented, despite their differences.  They are almost certainly right.

Labour leader Andrew Little takes a contrary view.  In a Monday morning rant every bit as hate-fuelled as Mr Harawira at his worst, the failing Labour leader – a white man from Wellington – declared the Maori Party was hopeless, had achieved nothing for its people and was “not kaupapa Maori.” He savaged Mr Harawira, who has been nothing if not consistent through his many decades as a radical activist, as “all over the show.”

Mr Harawira was first out of the blocks, defending not just himself but also his Maori Party rivals. In an interview all the more devastating for its unusual restraint, Mr Harawira called Mr Little’s premeditated attack inappropriate and nasty, and declared that Maori did not need “white guys like Andrew Little telling us what to do and what our aspirations should be.”   Read more »

Photo of the Day

These Serial Killer Sisters Murdered So Many People They Broke A World Record. Like so many murderers, the González sisters’ crimes were exposed after police picked up one of their relatives on a routine bust. They suspected the relative, Josefina González, was involved in the kidnapping of a local girl, and upon interrogation, Josefina unravelled a horrific story about what is now known as the “bordello from hell.”

The “Bordello from Hell”

Busting The González Sisters

In the 1950s and 1960s, Delfina and María de Jesús González ran a large-scale prostitution ring in Northern Mexico. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the sisters also partook in a massive killing spree—targeting prostitutes, wealthy men, and illegitimate babies.

Delfina and María de Jesús González were born into poverty in El Salto de Juanacatlan, Jalisco. Their father, Isidro Torres, was abusive and expected his children to follow a rigid set of rules; ironically, he was also part of the local grass-roots police force that patrolled the remote area of Mexico on horseback. It wasn’t unheard of for the head of the González house to shoot innocent people during arguments or abuse his power, and he often locked the sisters in jail as punishment for wearing sexy clothing or makeup.

The González sisters (known as “Las Poquianchis”) were two sisters from the Mexican state of Guanajuato, located 200 miles north of Mexico City. From the 1950s until the mid-1960s the sisters ran Rancho El Ángel, called the “bordello from hell” in San Francisco del Rincón.

Like so many murderers, the González sisters’ crimes were exposed after police picked up one of their relatives on a routine bust. They suspected the relative, Josefina González, was involved in the kidnapping of a local girl, and upon interrogation, Josefina unraveled a horrific story about what is now known as the “bordello from hell.”

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Rodney Hide on Climate Change

Rodney calls time on the busted flush that is the climate change industry:

The glaciers are retreating. The glaciers are retreating. Humans are cooking the planet!

Hang on, the glaciers are advancing. They’re advancing. Humans are cooking the planet!

That’s the conclusion of NIWA and Victoria University scientists in a paper published in Nature Communications this month. I am summarising their findings.

Here’s the background: at least 58 New Zealand glaciers advanced for the 25 years between 1983 and 2008, with Fox and Franz Josef glaciers advancing almost continuously during the period.

That advance is neither here nor there in the debate about whether burning fossil fuels is dangerously cooking the planet.   Read more »