Yeah, because banning toy guns will stop murder

Only the most slow-witted politician could ever think that banning toy guns is going to reduce gun crime.

It appears that New York has a good amount of slow-witted politicians.

Three dozen online retailers will no longer be able to sell realistic-looking toy guns in New York, according to PressConnects.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman?reached a settlement?this week?with 30 online toy gun retailers who sell their products through Through?Amazon, those retailers sold over 5,000 ?imitation weapons? -?toy guns that look real – in New York that are illegal because they did not meet state safety standards.

In August, Schneiderman?had?announced an agreement?with, Kmart, Sears, Wal-Mart and California-based ACTA for them to stop selling imitation toy guns. They also had to pay a $300,000 fine. ? Read more »

Lefty whingers are upset about Clarkson and co going to Amazon Prime

James Delingpole outlines the anger in?the left over the sacked Top Gear trio scoring an absolute mint from Amazon for their new show.

The Guardian?s readership have been giving their views on whether they?d pay ?79 a year ? $99 in the US ? for a subscription which gave them exclusive access to Amazon Prime Instant Video?s new ?160 million recruits ? former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Can you guess how the Guardianistas feel about all this?

Yes. That?s right. Here are a few sample comments.

As long as I am no longer paying to not watch them I am happy!

I wouldn?t watch them if you paid ME.

I?ve watched a few episodes and I can honestly say such patronising, racially and culturally offensive, technologically ill-informed and uniformative light entertainment has made me reassess my opinion of Benny Hill. He was a genius; Richard and Jeremy aren?t, and James May is one of the nastiest bigots I?ve ever seen on TV?

Arguably, Hammond is mentally around 14, in awe of being able to hang around with older boys and Clarkson is living out his days in the body and mind of 120-year-old Colonel.

Clarkson likes to boast about being the biggest car show in the world, well he can?t anymore can he? How many people actually have amazon prime? 11, 12? Good luck coping with nobody paying any attention whatsoever guys!

Can you add a tickable box that says ?I?d rather stick hot pins in my eyes?? Ta.

That?ll be a no then. (Well sort of: a quite surprising 47 per cent of those polled admitted ? no doubt through gritted teeth ? that actually the old Top Gear team would be worth the money).

Which is, of course, one of many things that is so thoroughly, deliciously gratifying about this remarkable surprise deal that Clarkson?s producer (and schoolmate: they were at Repton together) Andy Wilman has managed to pull off.

It is a defiant two fingers to all those progressives who would like to think there is no place in broadcasting for overgrown public schoolboys who rejoice in the size of their enormous, throbbing carbon footprints, see nothing wrong in describing a dodgy-looking motor as being ?pikey? and who regularly get themselves into hot water with their disgracefully xenophobic views on the silliness of foreigners. ?

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Please tell me why I should stay with Sky


So can anyone give me a single reason why I should still have a Sky account?

Don’t say sport, I can stream whatever I want…plus there are multiple sports channels with far more sport than most could consume available on multiple systems including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV (I have both) plus other systems. ESPN boxing and MMA coverage is superb, plus other sports that are never aired on NZ television, without paying extortionate fees to Sky TV for channels I barely watch.

Don’t say Movies, I can get whatever I want through Netflix, Hulu, HBO and a myriad of other services that in total don’t add up to the cost of even Sky Basic. ? Read more »

Another “wretched” corporate busted

David Farrar busts Fairfax’s chops today, just a day after the fools at the NZ Herald decided to draw attention to their own tax issues. The NZ Herald says tax dodgers, like them, are “wretched”.

The Dom Post?editorial:

Taxes are what we pay for a civilised society, according to the great American Supreme Court judge Oliver Wendell Holmes.

If that is so, then aggressive??is an offence against civilisation.

I?d love to know what the Dom Post defines as aggressive tax avoidance. I presume it means tax avoidance done by other companies, but not by ourselves.

Google, for instance, whose slogan used to be ?Don?t be evil?, in 2012 paid a mere $165,000 in tax in New Zealand. Amazon paid $1.6m tax on sales of $46.5m. And Apple paid $2.5m on sales of $571m. Does anyone think these companies are paying their fair share?? Read more »


David Clark’s comment not just dumb, also wrong

David Clark’s comment not just dumb, also wrong

This morning’s?post?about slapping GST on Amazon?covered on David “rising star” Clarkson’s dumb comment that:

?”It seems it would be pretty simple to speak with Amazon and other suppliers to ask them to collect GST since they collect, as I understand it, sales taxes for individual states in the US.?If that’s true, then it’s obviously an ideological decision from the Government not to collect it.”

Looks like the comment was not only dumb, it was wrong. Amazon is refusing to collect state sales taxes, even taking New York State to the Supreme Court. ?The Taxpayers’ Union has blogged:

How Mr Clark thinks that the New Zealand Government has any tax jurisdiction over companies operating in and domicile in the United States is unclear. Is he meaning that as Minister he would seek agreement from the large online retailers like Amazon to charge just New Zealanders more, and pass the money on to the government? If so, he is being optimistic.?Amazon for example is challenging New York State’s attempt to force it to collect its sales tax.?Why would Amazon (and it’s competitors) take any different view to New Zealand? ? Read more »

When will whinging retailers understand their business model is flawed?

A Devonport retailer is closing down and blaming online retail for her demise and the lack of GST on offshore purchases.

Devonport has always traded on its Englishness, with British street names and a quaint seaside village atmosphere.

But it’s the British-born residents that at least one retailer is blaming for the downturn in her business.

“One English lady came into the store bragging that she’d bought all her Christmas presents online at Marks & Spencer, which included free freight to New Zealand,” says Abigail’s owner, Di Francis, at her closing-down sale. “It pissed me off, really.”

It’s the latest case where increasing online sales are said to be forcing the demise of traditional stores.

This is utter bullshit. Even pommy bastard immigrants want a bargain and Devonport stores scalping their customers via massive margins isn’t a bargain. ? Read more »