Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Colin Craig

Today's events have led to an outpouring of comments all over the blogs and there's not much I have to add except to observe that my understanding of defamation is that for action to succeed, statements by the accused have to be shown to be not only untrue but to have been made with malicious intent while known to be untrue.

I think Mr Craig will struggle.

AM I ALLOWED TO BE CONFUSED?

So the 'nice' Mr Little is opposed to changing the flag (despite it being Labour Party policy to do so) but now he's all for ditching the national anthem .... perhaps he wants it changed to the 'Internationale' sung at Labour Party conferences until recently.

I see too he has an likely ally in Winston First.

Is it just me that is confused about this apparent inconsistency of approach?


IT Might Be A Good Move Adam.



Adam Goodes is a big name in Aussie Rules, plays for The Sydney Swans, is very adept at the game including milking penalties and playing the 'poor me card' on and off the field.
That said he has carved out a stella career in the AFL.

He was awarded Australian of the year some time ago and is regarded as a success in the travel to normalising of the place of Aboriginals in modern Australia.

Lately some fans, and everyone knows they can be knuckle dragging retards particularly when lubricated with alcohol, have been finding fault with Goodes tactics and Booing him.
Now most players would just ignore such behaviour and get on with playing the game, however Goodes has recently raised the stakes by making a sort of war-dance towards the booing spectators and quite naturally that is seen as similar to giving the finger  salute, just recall how Andrew Mehrtons effort on the High Veldt went down with the Boors.

The poor wee petal is now upset and has taken "time out" to deal with the trauma and hurt.
Sorry Adam it aint your ethnicity it is how you behave and then react and if you were a blond haired Caucasian you would be treated no different.

Australian sport is littered with some amazing talent who have come from way back in the bunch to star as Aboriginal sports personalities. Evonne Goolagong Cawley, The Ella Brothers, Nicole Cusack, Jonathon Thurston, Ben Harradine, Cathy Freeman, to name a few who were/are embraced as National icons, but had they moved into the territory Goodes has ventured, would have been given similar treatment.

Nothing to do with your race Mr Goodes and the best idea I have heard lately is retirement, take what remains of your Mana and let it go. Perhaps you might just work it all out some day, here hoping for your sake.

Labour's Last Hope

It's clear from Andrew Little's latest dumb utterances that Labour lives in a make believe world, totally out of touch with reality.  Much like a TV show - say, somethng like Dad's Army.

The cast:

Captain Mainwaring



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Private Pike (You stupid boy!)




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Mavis

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Sergeant Wilson


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Private Walker




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Depends On A Concept Of Human.



While Blessie's Family grieve, there are many who by their actions condemned her to die,  who continue to dance around on their pin head.

Human rights, privacy, justice, all high sounding basics of our way of life that when applied to the young male killer and child molester by the hand wringers and their enablers, sadly left Blessie, violated, and quite dead but not until she had been treated in what has turned out to have been her last hours as a degrading, horrifying, traumatic and ultimately fatal end.

The piece of excrement had a record of behaviour and interaction with the system that at all times since reaching his teens were clear markers he was an unrecoverable degenerate, hell even his Grandfather is quoted as believing he was only fit for being "put down".

In an age where some strange people can claim animals need to be given a place in life, a status equal to what civilised humans have come to regard as normal. Hence we have dog lovers treating their canines as children, society being called to give equal protections to the apes and monkeys, and even whales and dolphins are being afforded rights aligning with what Humans expect as a right..

It is in very recent history it was entirely lawful for Negros,  Aboriginals, Mongols, Slavs and Jews to be regarded as somehow subhuman and therefore undeserving of what passed for the rights of self recognised superior humans. Germany in the nineteen thirties enabled possibly the ultimate high priest of racists to exterminate millions of "inferior" humans.
Racists in the 'deep south' of the US were  treating Afro Americans as somehow undeserving of basic human rights and winning high office by being so retarded politically in the second half of last century, similarly in South Africa, but when equally thick manipulating modern racists such as Mugabe use the same tactics it is somehow less wrong.

I can reveal the name of the  Judge who in his exalted position to make a real difference, who declined to sentence Blessie's killer to Preventative Detention following his appalling assault on the little girl in Tauranga ten years ago after he lured his victim into his car with a series of assurances he was in contact with the child's mother even to a point where he feigned a phone call to the mother.
He was only foiled when a policeman,  acting on a hunch went to the waterfall carpark and discovered the little girl and her abductor.

Justice Patrick Keane mistakenly decided that the teenager could be reformed and how wrong was he ten years ago.
The psychiatrists report that led to the further ten years of "intensive supervision" with the electronic anklet that made his movements after running Blessie down a compelling case in the conviction, leaves no room for doubt that he should never have been released from secure custody.
Hell the scrote even stayed at his apartment overnight to comply with his release conditions and the curfew. That compliance had Blessie now dead, in his garage until the curfew allowed the killer to remain compliant, then after the 0600 court imposed release time, permitted his travel to the cemetery where he dumped Blessie the next day.

Alas that is only strike one for the POE who I will not even dignify by according him the name he went to such lengths to keep suppressed, here's hoping he will be sentenced next month by a judge with Tony Adeane's  attitude and he remains in the hole until he is too feeble and weak to feed himself or wipe his bum.

By all that is sacrosanct to me, that saga does place severe doubts on my total opposition to state sanctioned killing, perhaps if I could somehow remove his very faint claim to be  Human, could be a way to give him the justice he so richly deserves.

Monday, July 27, 2015

You Couldn't Make This Up....

...could you?

"A massive oversupply of Kiwi teachers is forcing trained educationalists to seek other professions, or teach maths, a problem which may continue for several years."

So say's TVNZ in its daily attack on Gummint policies

Oh the shame of it all.   That'll teach the dork to go for a pussy worthless arts degree.


Karl du Fresne on Saturday



I often  have a bit of a lament on what I see as measurable declines in Journalism as a means to inform as to  what actually happened.

Recently Karl did a piece on Hagar's claims his journalistic endeavours that seem to play out in a three year cycle in the form of election influencing "books" that are not in du Fresne's opinion anything near what he understands journalism to be.
Now from my take it was a fair and reasonable summary of Hagar's works.

In his blog last Saturday he gives some further revealing comment on how his assessment of Hagar as a journalist has gained some equally revealing evidence of how the socialist left see his summary.

 Well said that man and worth a read.

I Wont Say Told You So.



However as the Northland By-election unfolded leaving Joyce and his monumentally inept side kick, Jo de Joux, writhing in the sands of the far north I did muse on whether  the broad  hints from Little Angry Andy  might just be playing Russian Roulette in  throwing Willow Jean under The NZF bus.
 Only the dopy prick had five chambers loaded of the six and that reduces the odds by some considerable margin over the revolver with only one round chambered.

Now that the duplicitous Dwarf has left AAL in the dust of Bowen St on his way to the forum my musings may have been more than a little prescient.

As third preferred Prime Minister for the little leader, how long before Robbo gets randy again and  lust replaces lost.
Clark managed to maintain her leadership throughout some rather sad polling in opposition but she had a reasonable bunch who saw her as the best to lead to the other side and El Dorado, I am certain the little leader does not have anywhere near that sort of support, certainly in the caucus.
The established coterie with previous announced ambitions and the necessary belief in their confused thinking they are up for it, must be working out third is not even second loser in politics.

I am wondering if the little leader will make it to 'the ides of march', if the assaination  is to have any hope of success,  if that could describe what yet another Titanic deck chair rearrangement could ever be, I would be suggesting about the end of the parliament in December at the latest.

One thing for sure the grand play in the far North has The Old Master as a serious problem and nearly every day at questions for oral answer the crafty old doyen has the opposition numero uno  persona firmly embedded in the minds of all the watchers.
The unfortunates in shot when the little leader makes another failed foray are a veritable study in body language, they vary between, fear, dismay, pity, and 'how did it come to this', then when they think the strange might just be  funny, their response is still confused at best.

On Labour's Leadership Woes

I blogged yesterday on the dreadful poll result for Andrew Little.

Some wag over at Whaleoil has suggested they go down the co-leader path but in a bid to out PC the Greens, appoint Robertson and Little.  This would give them a poofter and a wanker.  Much better than the boring old male female job share.

However I've got a better idea.  Labour should announce that 'leadership' is nineteenth century and the party will break new ground and operate without one.  True democracy in action.

This will have the effect of taking the preferred PM polls out of the news and will make journalists work a little harder.  They'll have to remember who is the party's respective spokesthing for each portfolio.

State run, good, you are kidding!


The Union sponsored beatup on Serco is  going to its next stage  today, while a disturbance yesterday at Corrections run  Mangaroa is blamed on understaffing.
Apparently at around 100k per prisoner in the corrections setup, more money will stop thugs smashing thugs, so long as it leads to more staff, union members of course.

A  minor problem arises at Waikato DHB with a couch operator and over a score of patients being sought after treatment by an unquallified shrink. Could that happen at a privatised hospital, possibly, but more money at a DHB will fix it, right.

Headline yesterday,  violence also happens in state run prisons, gosh how is that.

There are so many facets of prison management that could cut costs and prevent mindless thuggery but they would be deemed unacceptable.

Great aint it that such wrongs in Society only happen when nanny state is exposed to the real world, we are so lucky.
Cant wait for all security firm work handed back to the police, all WoF  removed from contracted workshops, motor regs and distance licences back to an enlarged Post Office,  close charter, integrated and private schools,  remove volunteers from Fire and Ambulance, I mean the USSR, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea are virtual Utopia eh.

The biggest advantage with privatising comes with accountability as Serco is discovering. With nanny state such hazards just never exist.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Little By Little......

....Labour is disintegrating.

TV3 poll confirms Winston Peters is leader of the Opposition.

Of course, Patrick Gower tries to  keep  the Chingaling story going but Little is stuffed, hovering just over single figures as preferred PM.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Entirely likely



Slater at whaleoil has a very believable opinion on how the Serco saga has unfolded  on his blog this morning.
Explains why Davis was so apparently un prepared when he called for the snap debate and other matters.

Once upon a time------



Those who chose to do bad things were called "outlaws", as such, as well as being "wanted"  by whatever passed for a legal system they were also beyond the protections that were the right of the law abiding.
That a number of those so deemed were not outlaws because they were as yet unconvicted or even "caught"  may have been luck, power or protected by those in power , an inherent unfairness that has been addressed to some degree.

I am not advocating for "Bedlam", "Newgate" or even the old "Mt Eden", however the concept that those in a prison retain rights as basic as voting seems a bit precious.

Is it not just a tiny bit odd that the current saga of thugs continuing to be thugs is confined to a gaol that happens to be run by a private company. It is not as if it is unknown at gaols run by "Corrections" as revealed in reports that the killer of Ihaka Stokes got the bash in Paparoa Remand Facility.

Living happily ever after has been somewhat put at risk when the bad bastards who are at the center of Sams rather tawdry world made their unfortunate choices and I for one would be better able to assess the degree of concern  I should be experiencing if some background on what led to their incarceration,  however temporary was published.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday's Fulminations

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Regards

Adolf

Thursday, July 23, 2015

They are thick,



Totally bereft of intelligent life.

For a time the NZEI, the primary teachers union kept silent and possibly were seen to be less moronic.
Yesterday that facade fell off it's perch when they rejoined the PPTA in their mindless crusade to destroy Charter or in Newspeak, Private Partnership Schools.

Among the scattered garbage flung at the move to address the forgotten thousands who fell off the state school train for any of several reasons, the cloth capped retards intent on the  single driver of protecting the almighty union, we were variously dumped on with;

"They will be able to employ unregistered teachers, yes but what will that do. Only weaken the already well proven fact that 'registration ensures nothing additional to any protections'.
There has been a disastrous parade of registered teachers sexually molesting pupils, committing fraud and contravening drug laws.

These schools will enjoy higher funding levels, again a massive fail, published data reveals the opposite.

PP Schools will have a freedom from the curriculum, well all schools across our nation enjoy remarkable freedom in bringing differing curicula variations to the table.

No the stream of invective directed at the policy involves one single  reason for the attacks, when these schools under the PP  umbrella produce their results they are delivering a level of renewed involvement and successful learning outcomes that are wonderful for the pupils from the discard pile and are an embarrassing revellation of the failure of the cloth cap retards who seem to have absolutely no concerns when up to 20% of the resource is allowed to fail.

The only thing that sustains the sad ignoring of the mass of the talent pool is the easy road of just turning up to work the union protected job for life that is the very worst of retarded union protections, right brothers.

Well brothers, the people out there in world real dont consider your ignorant charade is a goer, some of our youth will be very successful as plumbers, sparkys, chippies, drivers and for that they need to emerge from your green house with skills and enhanced talents that the teacher unions, in their ideological nether world see only as collateral damage and the thought that an alternate system might do things better must be killed at birth.
Apparently the NZLP concurs.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

She Needed Treatment

A mother and her twins were refused a ride on a hospital shuttle. 

And quite rightly so, as it turns out.  The safety crazed pooftahs who made the regulations and their scurvy mates now are squealing because their own pettifogging rules outwieghed common sense.

She desparately needed to get to Wellington Hospital for her weekly entitleitis treatment.

Did nobody suggest she could have called a cab?

And Damned Right He Is Too!

The trash tabloid organ of the labour Party is trying to take the piss out of Prince Philip by publishing what they call some of his 'ill-advised comments.'   Here they are and you can judge how ill or otherwise advised they were.

In the aftermath of the Dunblane school massacre in 1996, where 18 people were killed, Prince Phillip questioned the need for a firearms ban: "If a cricketer, for instance, suddenly decided to go into a school and batter a lot of people to death with a cricket bat, which he could do very easily, I mean, are you going to ban cricket bats?"

Of course, he's quite right.

"You look like you're ready for bed!" he once cringe-inducingly commented to the President of Nigeria, who was dressed in traditional robes.

One of the Duke of Edinburgh's early clangers: "British women can't cook," 1966.

"Do you still throw spears at each other?" he tactfully asked a group of Aboriginal performers in Australia in 2002.

In fact, in this modern day and age, they still do.  It's  part of primitive tribal 'justice' in the outback.

"It is very difficult to see how it is possible to become immensely valuable by singing what I think are the most hideous songs," Prince Phillip said about Tom Jones, of all people, in 1969. Later, on how difficult it is to get rich in Britain: "What about Tom Jones? He's made a million and he's a bloody awful singer."

Here, I think he went a bit far.

In 1995 he asked a Scottish driving instructor in Oban: "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?"

Right on!!!!!

On a tour of a Scottish factory in 2002 he slammed a shoddy fuse box by saying it "looked as though it was put in by an Indian."

Any thoughts on wind turbines? "Absolutely useless" and "an absolute disgrace" apparently.

How right he was.






If Kelvin is the Answer, Move To Question Two.

At the end of questions for oral answer yesterday that I had recorded, the over run caught the opening two speeches  on a snap debate on a request from Kelvin Davis on the Fight Club violence and the clear contraband issues that made the release of the videos public from the Serco run  Mt Eden Remand prison possible.

When Davis got the nomination to contest Northern Maori and replace  the rather useless MP who had departed the Maori Party who delivered the seat to him, only to be dumped as Hadfield set out on his brave new world of Mana,  many people  suggested he was a best thing since sliced bread.
Well Davis won and Mana, the Internet party, Laila Harre and the fat bastard all crashed and burned when they attempted to carry the Obese Finnish/German crook  further into the entrails of government.
Davis came good and I believed it, until his tawdry efforts when he got lucky and Mr Speaker gave him his big chance yesterday afternoon.
What he delivered was a fractured, poorly assembled incoherent and at too many times a faltering litany of unsubstantiated drivel that there are thugs and crooks in prison.  Sheesh who would have thought that could be true.
Under the cloak of privilege and only divulging one single name, prisoner Evans, who has since died from a serious medical infection some weeks after he was taken to hospital with an alleged ruptured lung, the whole refried pan of beans had all the hall marks it was written by Rufus Painter's dementia suffering great aunt.

What it was, as revealed when I had watched his tawdry effort twice was a total beatup attack on Serco, the private UK company who run the Mt Eden remand gaol under a contract to Corrections.
Now everyone knows and understands nothing ever happens to an inmate in a Corrections Dept run facility, yeah right.
This morning we are informed the piece of shit Plod has banged up for killing Ihakaa Stokes got the bash in Paparua mens remand facility that last I heard, was run by dept of corrections and has now been moved to 'protective custody'.
Probably an incorrect report though,  he probably slipped on a wet floor, not that pissing his pants when he got what most kiddy killers can expect in gaol could have made that floor wet.

Of course had KD asked the speaker for a snap debate on private prisons on behalf of the PSA or whoever  the other thugs and contraband smugglers in prisons  have speaking for them, then he would have been rightly refused.
His efforts yesterday were in a word pathetic. It was patently clear from the very poorly assembled and presented ten minutes of torture, he had not expected to get lucky with his letter to the Speaker.

Pesata Sam's effort in reply only made KD look worse and Sam, bless him, is no orator.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Irredeemably Illiterate SMH

What a wonderful  headline from the SMH:

'Dead Man Found On Way To Work

I wonder what his job is?  Counting the peanut Fairfax pays its journalists?

DONALD TRUMP DOESN'T HOLD A CANDLE TO JOHN McCAIN

Every political party has its share of weirdos and embarrassments.   The Republican Party is no different and Donald Trump's outburst against Senator John McCain where he took issue with him being described as a war hero places him fair and square in the weirdo and embarrassment category (if he wasn't there already).  

Trump has three things going for him; money and more money and an ego out of control.     His commitment to the Republican Party is at best tenuous having been a leading light in the Reform Party (1999-2001); a Democrat (2001-2009) and a registered Independent (2011-2012).    One thing is for certain ... he is no team player.   It's his way or the highway.

His attack on John McCain is extraordinary from a man who has never pulled on his countries uniform and who sought and gained a student deferment from the draft during the Vietnam war.   He compounded his brainstorm by criticising McCain for failing to act on the scandal that has engulfed the US Department of Veteran Affairs especially DVA run hospitals.  

Memo to Trump.  The UIS DVA is on organ of state run by a Democrat appointed by President Obama.   It's a bit like blaming a colleague Republican for the scandal that had the IRS conducting illegal audits of conservative political groups at the behest of the Obama administration.

Trump is unfit to be a presidential candidate for any political party except perhaps the US equivalent of the McGilliccudy Serious Party.     He joins Hillary Clinton in that regard.


A Little Knowledge is Dangerous

So Andrew Little reckons a capital gains tax will fix the so-called Ackland housing crisis?

Australia has one, along with a pretty hefty slug of stamp duty paid by the purchaser.  Hasn't helped much in Sydney, where prices and the size of loans are going through the roof (pun intended.)

The only way to fix the Auckland problem is to sack the Mayor and thee council top brass, put in a commissioner and release more land for housing.   It would be a fairly simple matter for the commissioner to stop all expenditure connected with Len's rail set; dismiss all the forty or so media hangers; on along with half the thousands of useless planning staff; tear up the ridiculous unitary plan and abolish Len's recent rate increase.   New building consents could be contracted out to City of Tauranga with penalty clauses for undue delay. 

There you are,  Problem solved.

I'm surprised there has not yet been a petition signed by 5,000 iraate ratepayers, calling for the gummint to legislate under urgency for recall local gummint elections.

Me Too Takes Hold.



Angry Andy has embraced the Me Too strategy and there will be some nervous people in his tent.

What ever happened to policy being thought through with input along the chain of branch, region, national conference and then through the parliamentary party's systems to adoption.
He and his predecessors since Key  won the treasury benches have variously cast aspersions on an apparent reliance by the Key outfit on polling in every  policy move and it seems any pretence at holding that perception of highground has been cast aside as Little Angry Andy daily makes policy on the hoof to stay in touch.
At 8% as Preferred PM I guess it was predictable.
 
This mornings effort was the casting aside of the suggestion to extend the ban on smoking to greater areas at present beyond the Nicotine Nazis successes in bars and restaurants.

When added to the CGT flip-flop, the latest decision to try to out Peter  Peters on xenophobia, the business tax policy, and other shallow me too incidents,  have the fractured NZLP in ever greater confusion as to what the party actually stands for.
So what chance the missing million will re-emerge like Blucher at Waterloo.

Oh No, Max Went On Holiday, The Total Bastard.



One thing that became very important as our spawn headed for adult life, was how important and possibly a last chance to enjoy their company on holidays became, and any such opportunity was to be  treasured.

It is entirely possible that should the Keys have hired a house in Wanaka and gone skiing at Treble Cone, Cardrona,  or any other of the seven or so options available within a two hour drive it would have been no different for a sad old lefty scrabbling for relevance such as Soper, to try and make political 'hay'.

When the 'She Beast' went walking in Nepal,  climbing Kilimanjaro, or even strolling through some of the SI's  iconic opportunities I do not recall any comment that she might have been doing something well beyond the economic reach of the poor of South Auckland. Her actions in fact, were lauded for her taking what many understand as necessary 'time out'.
Then of course her clear lack of children did limit such cheap shots and as for her "marriage"____?

Just as the sad inanities attempted using Steph  Key's Art school pics to get a headline, this latest  equally pathetic bashing the family effort is only more evidence that anything is OK if the socialists do it  meme.
Should say Slater, dish it to the family of one of the socialists it would have the Media in a universal frenzy of disgust for attacking the those who should correctly be beyond  such cheap shots.

Bazza could do his country service above and beyond if he just retired and shut up.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Blindfold With A Bootlace


A racist denigration that I thought had been consigned to history along with;

Why do the klan wear white robes, so the thick bastards dont lynch the wrong rapist.
Or where do the police begin to look for a Maori, at the tip hiding among the other seagulls.
Why do Afro Americans rape white chicks, they are easier to find in the dark.

Not very nice and certainly not funny, so can someone explain how Twit Twyford  and Angry Andy are getting such an easy ride in the MSM while their outrageous misuse of raw data from a branch of B & T garnered in such dubious circumstances seems acceptable.
With every day that passes, the conclusions drawn are becoming more discredited and racist to the point where the acknowldged expert on such matters political from St Marys Bay is even backing off.

Every realestate sale and purchase I have signed as purchaser was bought in the name of a very Celtic name, as agent.

As if the blatant racism in accepting that a person named Young is most likely to be a foreign domiciled Chinese national for the purposes of a beatup when the truth is that by far the biggest drivers of rising Auckland house prices is returning citizens from what used to be very long stay OE or genuine immigrants from almost any country one wishes to name.

I have no idea where the B & T office that was the source of the data but if it was in Howick or Pakaranga then a high percentage of "Chinese" names could present but even then it is a ridiculously long bow to draw in suggesting it is "The Yellow Peril".

Sunday, July 19, 2015

UNDERSTANDING GREECE

Looking at various left wing blogs and you see Greece portrayed as the underdog standing up to the money-changers infesting the temple.

I was interested to read this alternative view ..... 

Experts mandated by the European Union to investigate the causes that led Greece to the current economic situation relate the following facts:

Greece falsified its accounts to enter the euro zone and has distorted the facts until it finally exploded. There were massive retirements at the age of 50 years.  The Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens employed 50 drivers for hospital vehicles andfor official's cars and 45 gardeners for a small lawn with 4 bushes.

Greece has the highest population in the world of people reporting an age of 110 years. The deaths are often not registered and pensions continue to be received. The EU found that there are families receiving up to five pensions which they are not entitled to.  There were still pensions paid to persons who died in 1953, 60+ years ago. 40,000 girls received monthly life pension of 1,000 euros for the simple fact that they were unmarried daughters of deceased civil servants. This, at a cost to the state coffers  of €550 million euros per year. Now they will receive pensions only up to the age of 18.

The pacemakers in Greek hospitals were acquired at a price 400 times  higher than in British hospitals. In Greece, many workers have benefited from early retirement, set at 50 years for women and 55 for men who belong to one of the 600 job categories identified as particularly painful among which included;

- Hairdressers (because of dyes that may be considered harmful)
- The musicians of wind instruments (blowing into a flute is exhausting)
- TV presenters (the microphones are supposed to cause damage to health).

There are thousands of rorts going on.  Take for example the Kopais Lake Agency created in 1957 to supervise the draining of the lake and building of a new road. The task was completed that same year, but the agency with a full-time staff of 30 (including a driver for the president of the agency) still existed through until 2010. 

In the last decade, Greece has created over 300 new public companies. Tax evasion is massive, over 25% of Greeks do not pay a penny on personal income tax. In addition, the weight of the public sector in the economy is overwhelming. There are about one million officials to 4,000,000 active people.

The average salary of employees of the railways exceeds €66.000 per year ... and this includes cleaners and other non-skilled workers.   While 90 million tickets are sold on the Athens Metro many people travel for free.   The income generated comes nowhere near to covering the operating cost.

French retirees receive, on average, 51% of the last salary, the Germans 40%, North Americans 41% and the Japanese 34%.    Meanwhile, Greek pensioners receive 96% of their salary earlier.

Greece has four times more teachers than Finland, the best situated country in the last PISA report, while the student performance in Greece is the lowest among many European countries by comparison.

In an apparent show of goodwill to the EU the Greek Government eliminated 10,000 postal worker positions .... 8,200 were found to be dummy positions.
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No wonder the EU, the ECB and the IMF took such a hard-line on the latest bailout.

Was There Nobody Else Available?

Adolf tripped over TVNZ news a few minutes ago.

The feature story is commentary from three young Chinese NZers about Labour's foolish racial profiling.

They all look the same, you know, so it wasn't until I read the names that the penny dropped.

One of the three is a 'business consultant' by the name of Bevan Chuang.  The only business in which she has any experience is funny business in the Ngati Whatua room with the dropkick Mayor.

What Is One More



The greens have found another crusade that can be cured with a Tax.

Plastic shopping bags, Denise Roche,   is banging the drum for a way to reduce the rather unfortunate outcome created by  the billion or so plastic bags that retailers have embraced to give clients a half decent chance to get multiple purchased objects from checkout to vehicle, public transport and then to a final destination, can cause when disposal is poorly done.

I can recall incidents in shopping precinct carparks where a shopper,  in the days of Paper Bags,   had the mortifying experience of a pile of escaped merchandise released to the asphalt due to a failure of the bag from a disastrous split or from a systemic failure brought on by liquid contamination. It is a rare outcome today indeed since the introduction of the lightweight but much more effective Plastic bag.

Of course some of that billion bags will become detritus and cause offense, or worse be  dangerous to wild life resulting from  indiscriminate disposal.
However any convenience has an inherent ability to cause grief if misused and it is the casual disregard or the intentional act of the undisciplined that is the problem not the retailer who is using the technology to make a customer happy.

The rather shallow bid to be seen to be responsible that follows from The Warehouse and Pak n Save to charge for their bags will have an almost nil effect as I get perverse  pleasure from taking a branded Bunnings bag to the Red Shed and a Countdown Bag to Pak n Save to carry my purchases.

As with almost every "project" the Melons move to use for yet another save the planet publicity stunt, it misses the target. It is changing the mindset of the idiot retards  who allow the bag to enter the environment through education that is the answer, as the charge is not effecting such an outcome.  At 5c it is totally ignored as a mechanism and if they were genuinely trying to make people aware that cost would need to be a dollar and then to the dumb it still would be only a cost of doing business but then it might also impact on the very bunch who they wish to bluff with their skilled marketing who just might go to the other mob still giving them for free. The cognisance to understand the free one will be added to the cost of the groceries or the piece of Junk made in China that will only make a short detour on its journey to the land fill anyway, being completely overlooked.

Sadly Ms Roche's solution will never work but she got her moment in the sunlight and it is of no matter that the brain fart will not make a blind bit of difference.  It will be no surprise when such detritus ends up on the roadside.

However as another tax to be levied it will just be added to the growing list.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday's Fulminations

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

A RECOMMENDATION

Every so often you come across a book that you find impossible to put down. Bill Browder's 'Red Notice' published by Random House earlier this year is one of those.

Its sub title is 'How I became Putin's No.1 Enemy'.    Lee Child describes it as "Reads like a classic thriller .... but it's all true, and a story that needs to be told".

Students of history and politics may recognize the Browder's name.   His family were steeped in left-wing politics.   His grandfather was the (in)famous Earl Browder, General Secretary of the Communist Party USA during the 1930s and 1940s and twice their candidate in the 1936 and 1940 Presidential elections.   His father, Felix, was a renowned mathematician who became chair of the University of Chicago mathematics department and was later awarded the US National Medal of Science.

Browder rebelled against his upbringing and in his own words "Then, towards the end of high school, it hit me, I would put on a suit and tie and become a capitalist.   Nothing would piss my family off more than that".

Fast Forward two decades and by 2005 he was a multi millionaire, the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, the largest foreign investor in Russia.    He made money (huge money) by beating the Russians at their own game when the country was privatized under Yeltsin but, in doing so, ran foul of a corrupt bureaucracy and trod on the toes of a number of oligarchs allied with President Putin.    He was expelled from Russia with the Putin government continuing to pursue a vendetta against HCR and their associated companies.  

His lawyer, Sergei Magnitski, was murdered in Russian Police custody and Browder embarked on a campaign to see justice done.   Against all the odds he persevered with and eventually succeeded in having the United States enact the 'Sergei Magnitski Rule of Law Accountability Act' which placed travel restrictions and froze the bank accounts of a number of high ranking Russians involved in Magnitski's killing.   In 2014 he was successful in having the European Parliament enact similar legislation.

Browder remains a target.   His words again "I have to assume that there is a very real chance that Putin or members of his regime will have me killed some day.   Like anyone else I have no death wish and I have no intention of letting them kill me.   I can't mention most of the countermeasures I take, but I will mention one, this book.  If I am killed, you will know who did it ......"

Read the book and understand.



The Mystery Is Why It Took So Long.



AS the opposing sides involved in Deyson Heydon's Royal Commission into Australian Union Corruption continue to spin the events to suit a political stance, one major principal of law remains hidden in the fog of ignorance.

As the world advances into a prosperous and transparent future commercial entities such as charities, companies and various industries are required to conform to legally binding facets of their operations to allow scrutiny by an increasingly more aware public that their operations and policies are fair, equally applied and honest.

As more information is delivered under oath by witnesses to Heydon's inquiry  a mountain of evidence is growing that Unions are totally exempt from rules that govern other enterprises.

It is no different here and in other jurisdictions and David Cameron has had enough. Now freed from the ball and chain that was the UK liberal Party he has launched a crusade to bring the increasingly irrelevant Trade Union Movement kicking and squealing into the twenty first century.
Similar noises are being heard in Australia, in particular why a Union handling millions of dollars is not subject to all the rules that restrain other commercial entities as to reporting and transparency.