Chaos & Mayhem

What have we got for $317.5 million?

Readers will know I?m no fan of nanny-state troughers trying to tell us how to live our lives.

Over the last few years we?ve seen the gradual shift in the focus of the troughers from smoking to obesity, and this blog has exposed examples of public funds being used to travel the world troughing it up.

Over at Kiwiblog, there?s a guest post ?TEN YEARS AND $317.5 MILLION LATER?AND STILL GETTING FATTER? by my mate Carrick Graham, who knows a thing or two about who is tucking into large amounts of taxpayer money.

?For the last decade I have been tracking the funding streams of public money spent by the Ministry of Health on obesity related services via contracts with non-government organisations/service providers.

Collectively over this period the?Government has spent approximately?$317,565,118?to address obesity concerns in New Zealand. This figure was obtained from official data provided by the Ministry of Health and released under the Official Information Act 1986.

This $317.5 million figure does not include research grants or other funding for academic research on obesity. Research grants identified by my company Facilitate Communications, to just a few well-known researchers in the field total more than $16 million and represents the tip of the iceberg of government and other funding sources for obesity related research.?

Shows the $16 million being tucked into by obesity troughers like Boyd Swinburn, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, and others, is a mere drop in the ocean. ? Read more »

F*** it, I'm off. I'm off to Paris

With the latest suspension handslapping applied to Honest Hone Harawira, Chaos & Mayhem Productions Limited decided to give Uncle Pita and Aunt Tari a hand and tout for the hospital pass to give to someone else to look after him.

Our international agents are currently in, where else, but Paris, retracing steps of Hone the cultural pioneer who wouldn’t miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Paris.

Hone is now free to a good home.

Today the agent managed to offer Hone to several French residents all looking far less fortunate than Hone does on his six figures.

Day one – no takers. Even French gypsy beggars do not want Hone.

Why then is Bomber so desperate?

Hone Harawira - Free to a good home