Sunday, November 30, 2008
Now, we have hundreds more killings by muslims in Nigeria.
Islam truly is a Religion of Peace, eh!
When will we wake up to the threat to us all from this evil 7th century Death Cult?
Just what is it with 'Downfall'? It has been adapted to poke fun of the politics of the US, Britain, and New Zealand. What about Australia? I am sure Kevin Rudd would make a lovely Adolf! It's those glasses, you see.
Anyway, Iain Dale has posted a new version of Downfall to account for the deepening economic crisis facing Britain and Gordon Brown's tax raising mini-budget.
If that has whetted your appetite for more of the Scottish Fuhrer, here's the other downfall he faced a few months back, when he was 20% or so behind in the polls, which seems to be where he is heading now.
There seem to be others too, such as a movie trailer, which I am sure would be well worth a reworking to feature the dying days of Helen Elizabeth Clark!
Why am I posting so much UK politics at the moment? Is it because I am heading back there? Or is it because there seems to be stuff all happening in New Zealand at the moment.
Just what sort of a country am I returning to!!???
Maybe someone did think of this but I missed it.
It's the ultimate election campaign bill board.
The Selwyn Toogood bill board.
I hope some kind soul who knows how to use all the gismos can do it up for me.
The heading across the top is:-
"What's it to be, New Zealand?
The answer in blue and red, with respective pictures of a smiling John Key and a surly Helen Clark is:
On the left hand side in blue, "The Money" and on the right hand side in red "The Bag."
The Toxic Wife, first identified in these pages almost two years ago, is a particular and terrifying species.
Not to be confused with the stay-at-home mother who selflessly devotes herself to the upbringing of her children, with all the housework and domestic chores that entails, the Toxic Wife is the woman who gives up work as soon as she marries, ostensibly to create a stable home environment for any offspring that might come along, but who then employs large numbers of staff to do all the domestic work she promised to undertake, leaving her with little to do all day except shop, lunch and luxuriate.
Having married her wealthy husband with his considerable salary uppermost in her mind, the Toxic Wife simply does not do "for richer, for poorer". Little Dorrit, she ain't.
Indeed, lawyers and financial advisers have reported a 50 per cent increase in the number of divorce inquiries since the financial markets collapsed in September.
The horrible truth has dawned: they married a woman who wanted them solely for their money.
Another flop from Gordon Brown's Britain: free flip-flops or jandals for drunken women!!!
Yes, the Boys in Blue have a $80,000 scheme which the Taxpayer's Alliance brands a waste of money.
But police say the programme will actually save money as the high-heeled drunken sluts won't injure themselves when they fall over!
What a land I am returning to?!!
Presumably this means that for the time being she no longer faces the threat of immediate arrest and deportation.
Were she to have been forcibly returned to Iran, she faced the prospect of imminent and violent death at the hands of the current regime. No, she would be safe, according to our gullible authorities who know better than the Belgian and French intelligence services about these things and have relied on the notion that Iranian law does not yet prescribe the death penalty and therefore she would not be in danger. Of course, they just send out a team of goons in the middle on the night to do their dirty work. So much easier than messy laws and courts.
Adolf knows the young lady in question and her brother (who has permanent residence) quite well and in view of the sheer hell this family has suffered over the last year and a half, it would seem to Adolf that Minister Coleman could do himself and his party a huge favour by granting Ms Moradi residence before Christmas. From where I sit, the officials of the various departments and quangos have proven to be spectacularly incompetent.
Thus might be seen the stark difference between a compassionate government and its predecessor whose sole criterion and interest was a person's value to the Labour Party.
His analysis of where the chips have fallen is spot on.
And here's another good sign . There will be good buying out there for smart investors like these guys.
People will just have to cut their losses and move on. I have had to do a major restructure of how I run my business. Now the dust has settled, even though I've lost a bit of cash, I can see many opportunities opening up in the short term. I'll just be a bit leaner and hopefully smarter.
Matt McCarten really should move on. The election is over. His side lost. I can't believe that he gets paid to write this crap, let alone get it published.
McCarten writes such arrant drivel that he soon will have have his rate per word cut to match his readership. He does not deserve comment. Wade though the knee-deep crap for yourself.
Unlike McCarten, Bill Ralston actually knows what he is talking about. He is a media insider so he is worth studying.
Where else in the world would you find a business that turns over three hundred million dollars and consistently makes no profit? Until today I did not know that this is our grand state run infotainment factory TVNZ. Ralston nails them to their profit and loss account thus:-
"It should not take long for Coleman to wonder why a company that rakes in more than $300 million a year in revenue makes no profit other than the subsidy it gets from him."
Ralston predicts only half the prescription.
"I suspect Coleman is determined to screw more dividends out of TVNZ, remove government subsidies from it and make it completely commercial."
The other half can wait for the next parliamentary term. The sale of TV2 and any other appendages with TV1 retained and well trimmed down.
Mr Ralston's comment on industry assistance indicate he needs to stick to broadcasting.
"I always thought the essence of capitalism was survival of the fittest and profits were earned in relation to the risk taken. Why should the taxpayer subsidise the losses of a commercial business in bad times when we don't share the profits in the good years?"
Because, dear boy, you DO share in the profits by way of taxation. No wonder he voted Labour all his life. He just doesn't get the bigger picture. Unless you are an ideological zealot, you don't let otherwise well run companies which employ large numbers of people who pay income tax go to the wall if you can insulate them from issues which could not have been reasonably predicted and which are likely to be temporary.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
So does New Zealand Cricket as it awaits the arrival of someone who can make more than fifty runs in a test innings and bat for more than twenty minutes without taking a swish at a ball outside the off stump.
When he arrives, he too will be revered for 2,000 years.
I know I've blogged on the matter before, but I think Hamilton is a lovely city.
I have just spent much of the past week helping a mate move down there from Auckland and had things been different, I would be happy to live there too.
For me, Hamilton is the right size, with plenty of bars, shops, cafes , etc, while not being too crowded like Auckland. It is also a little cheaper too and the prosperous town has many fine new suburbs.
Hamilton is also close to so many other places, like Raglan, the Coromandel, Tauranga, Rotorua, etc, etc, and it is just 80-90 minutes from Auckland.
I might also add that when I worked there in the mid-90s , Mr New Zealand often came from Hamilton. Being close to Auckland, 'Horny Hamilton' as it is sometimes known, is ideal for a dirty weekends, also having some of the most shaggable people around, as well as so many motels!
Fran O'Sullivan today lays boot into the media coverage of economic issues into the run up to the election.
He attack comes as she raises the prospect that Bill English's planned spend up may not be enough to save us from severerecession.
It remains one of the major failures of New Zealand journalism that Key - and also Helen Clark - were able to gloss over the likely extent of the crisis during their television debates and other interviews.
It should have been abundantly clear to any economically literate journalist who had done even a modicum of international research that the incoming Prime Minister would be faced with substantially worsened projections than were contained in the Treasury's pre-election forecasts.
But instead of doing the hard yards, exposing the real deterioration in the economic performance of our international trading partners, and seriously challenging the politicians - the TV hosts (in particular) plied them with far too many irrelevant questions.
Indeed, Fran is entirely correct. This blog has long suspeced a severe downturn and we did comment on the lack of media coverage of the economic crisis several times durting nthe election campaign.
Even today, there seems little prospect that the tv stations, for example, will offer some real analysis beyond the soundbites. The reported departure of Agenda is ominous.
But whose fault is this? The media is a sickly beast today, weakening with rampant costcutting. TVNZ, Fairfax, APN, have all shed jobs. Trouble is, such moves create newsroom that have no resources to spare for analysis or anything that smacks off investigative journalism. The reporters are reduced to rewriting government media handouts.
Is this what people want to watch? What they want to read in their papers? No, but such journalism comes cheap, and the spiral of decline continues.
But back to Fran, this time on economics.
She is coming round to our view that Liarbour helped cause our recession, just as the OECD is noticing.
This country's recession predates the fallout from the sub-prime mortgage crisis. A combination of usurious interest rates, highly-inflated food prices, drought and punishing oil prices tipped New Zealand over the line at the beginning of this year.
Indeed, whose high government spending caused those high interest rates?
According to The Herald he'd like to see the rate of loss cut in half. Adolf could not see anywhere in his musings a time line for this objective, which is a pity.
(photo pinched from The herald)
"In the year to October, 47,800 New Zealanders moved to Australia - 34,600 more than migrants coming the other way. It was the highest outflow since records began in 1978.
Mr English said that in the past, the long-term average of numbers migrating was about half of what it was now. Present levels were concerning. "We would hope in the future those peaks are significantly lower than where they are now."
I think John Key can make some political capital from the use of his name by giving his administration some JOHN KEY performance indicators. It should be realistic to expect a reduction from the current disastrous level of 48,000 to less than 40,000 within three years.
Of course there is the risk that the opposition will throw shit if the goals are not reached but on the other hand the government would be given big ups for sticking its neck out and actually telling everyone what it is trying to achieve, with our help and co-operation. Such a move would mark the biggest difference yet between National and Labour, the latter of which simply babbled platitudes about goals and then forgot about them as they launched the next round of buzz words and feel-good meaningless policy goals.
That's a very big call, for if true, it represents a huge breach of maritime law and convention which does not seem to Adolf to sit well with the culture of the National Party. Not only would it be a huge breach but it would put at risk all NZ maritime personnel who found themselves in need of rescue by the Japanese authorities.
For what it's worth, Adolf would rescue the Japanese whalers and leave the pirates to freeze or drown.
So, what did Mr McCully actually say and has he been misreported? You figure it out.
The Dom needs a good kick up the arse.
"The conditions are very dangerous in the Ross Sea and there is no way anyone can expect New Zealand to render assistance. The word impossible springs to mind," Mr McCully said.
"We will not have the ability to offer assistance because we can't go and station vessels around the ocean in the expectation that someone's going to do something unwise.
"If there are any difficulties then, as is often the case, we're going to be reliant on any vessels that are in the area."
Friday, November 28, 2008
1. November 28th is not an auspicious day for New Zealand, not only did a DC10 take a header into a mountain on this day as well as an Airbus going for a swim today but November 28th is also the date I arrived in New Zealand 20 years ago .
2. I passed a scholarship exam for Westminster boys school as a child but my mother would not let me go. Probably a good thing because being buggered and locked in my trunk while walking around all day in a cassock and ruffle sounds less appealing now than it did then.
3. Although I did get my turn in the cassock as a choir boy at my local C of E Norman era church (St Mary's in Baldock, North Hertfordshire), I sang in St Albans Abbey and at St Pauls for the Queen. My days as a child prodigy chorister came to an abrupt end when I got too cosy with our choirmasters daughter as a fresh faced 12 year old.
4. I am the grandson of the man who worked alongside Logie Baird as an industrial glass blower and who helped make the first working CRT.
5.I played lacrosse for the East of England senior team as a 15 year old against Cambridge university, scored a goal and lost my first adult tooth within 5 minutes of scoring.
6. I have not been to a Rugby match since the RWC in Sydney in 2003, I will never again experience the emotional high that I experienced during that game and Rugby now bores me. This comes after a lifetime of attending Test matches in Europe, NZ and OZ.
7. My name is Colin but as I am the fourth generation of my family bearing that name I am known by my middle name Russell, I regularly thank my mum for this because my fathers side of the family have a terrible record in naming eldest sons. My Great granfather was a Wlater, Grandad was known as Hector, and My father as Malcolm. The curse has been broken with my eldest who is James (But his middle name is Colin). My surname dates back to the Norman Conquest and is cheese eating surrender monkey in origin. The literal translation is Beautiful Mountain..
I shall not tag anyone because everybody I want to read has already done it..
British blogger Iain Dale has a funny poster created to attack a leading Conservative.
Now, I am sure with both Liarbour and National performing their own U-turns, I am sure we can come up with something like it here?
What do you think?
What ideas do you have?
Who is Wanted in New Zealand?
So here are the seven useless facts about me.
1- When I was a kid, I wanted to be a tv weatherman when I grew up.
2- By the time I went to sixth form, I wanted to become an accountant, but got involved with the student newspaper at university and settled on journalism.
3- I have a 'thing' about maps, often finding them fascinating. I have a thing about roads too and I often used to take old maps and draw new roads on them. Sometimes my doodles consist of imaginary maps. If I could not be Prime Minister, I would happily be Transport minister and would happily motorways criss-crossing our land. Wellington-Whangarei motorway, anyone?
4- Sorry Adolf, but while you have a lovely Holden, I'm more of a Falcon man, having two when I lived in Australia a couple of years back. Now, I drive a Mitsubishi Carisma which has none.
5- When I was a kid, I used to just about worship cats, always kissing and cuddling them. Now I'm allergic to them.
6- I haven't always been a right-wing bastard. Growing up in a Yorkshire mining village, I recalled thinking Tories were 'snobs' when I was very young, until discovering my self-employed parents were Conservatives. And I really didn't become a Thatcherite until a few weeks off school with chicken pox gave me a chance to what all the main party conferences and being enthralled by the "U-Turn if you want to, the Lady's Not for Turning!" speech.
7- And finally, talking of Margaret Thatcher, I too was born above a grocer's shop. But I'm not sure if my parents had a VG or a Spar.
Now, as this tag has done the rounds, I won't tag any others, but our commenters are free to add any revealing useless facts about themselves.
"The plane crash may been witnessed by a nearby boat which saw it crash........"
The illiterates at Radio Left Wing News are reporting the crash at sea of an Air New Zealand Airbus while on a training flight in France. One death is confirmed.
Here's a sample of the reporting:
".....Air New Zealand says it's trying trying to verify if the reports are true."
It is the Indian Intelligence Service which completely failed to detect the plot. In a later post, DIM attributes the organisation to the Pakistani Secret Service and it is hard not to agree with his analysis.
How easy would it be for a gang of Muslim fanatics to pull off something similar here?
A piece of cake, perhaps?
First, pick your target. Where in New Zealand can you find a convenient concentration of wealthy Americans, herded together ready to be killed? In Mumbai the terrorists identified these clusters and attacked a couple of swanky hotels and restaurants. Here in Auckland, there is one obvious and easy target.
A big, fat, juicy cruise ship, packed with between three and four thousand victims.
The nice thing about cruise ships is that you know where they will be and when, almost to the minute. So, all you have to do is figure out how to blow a few holes in the hull below the waterline as she steams out into deep water, preferably before the lifeboat drill has been carried out.
Maybe it's not too difficult. Adolf is neither a naval architect nor a security specialist but a determined little gang of perhaps four people, with some careful study and preparation beforehand, might conclude as follows. (Remember, it was dead easy for the Froggies to sit a ship on its arse in Auckland a few decades ago.)
Attach twenty limpet mines at intervals along one side of the ship's hull, about twelve feet below the water line.
These are timed to explode simultaneously as the departing ship is exiting the channel and entering the Hauraki Gulf. (Probably close to where the Americas Cup races were sailed.) The objective is to let enough water in, fast enough to turn the ship turtle within a short time, say thirty minutes. Twenty holes, each two metres wide, should do the trick. Maximum carnage, no warning, flat footed authorities. No-one has a chance.
Of course, by this time the team will be safely on board flights to Pakistan via Australia.
Twenty mines are purchased on the black market, each mine containing perhaps ten kilos of explosive. They are shipped to Fiji where they are transferred by Muslim brothers onto a 32 foot yacht which sails to NZ. As the yacht passes down the coast of Northland it is met by a snapper fishing expedition off Hauhora and the 250kg cargo is transferred into a twenty foot launch which returns to land and is winched onto it's trailer and driven to Auckland.
A small narrow beamed boat, about fourteen feet long is purchased, along with a set of dive gear.
At about 0300 on the morning of the targets arrival in Auckland, the small boat with its cargo, diver and driver, sets off from the Birkenhead boat ramp and parks itself under the wharf at which the cruise ship is to be moored. The ship arrives at 0700 and disgorges it's passengers by 1000. It is scheduled to depart from Auckland at 1930. At 1030 the team begins installing the mines, two at a time at a depth of three metres, and the job is completed in just under two hours. No one can see what is going on under the wharf next to the ship. There is maximum privacy.
Using a buddy breather, the diver escorts the driver to the other members of the team who happen to be passing close by in their 20 foot launch. At 1300 they are quickly pulled aboard over the seaward side. The team proceeds to shore, dumps the boat in a back street in Birkenhead or Northcote and drives to the air port.
At 2010 the balloon goes up and the ship goes down, right in front of the wealthy denizens of NorthShore City's East Coast Bays.
Death toll - 3500
Survivors - 500
The weakest point in the plan is the risk of someone spotting the diver and driver being pulled aboard, mid harbour during broad daylight.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
These two broke the cardinal rule of Gulf State expat life: appearances must be maintained. In the Gulf states, keeping up appearances is everything. There appears to be very little drunkenness, adultery and fornication, and such that does appear is heavily punished. There is of course no lack of drunkenness, adultery and fornication among the locals, it's just that great lengths are gone to to keep it private. If you don't keep it private, you can expect to get dealt to. So if you're a typical Kuwaiti yoof, your parents ship you overseas so you can shag Western sluts for a few years until you've lost enough spunk to be capable of getting married. After that there's the maid, who won't dare get pregnant unless she wants to "commit suicide" by hurling herself from the balcony, and there's the apartment you maintain somewhere with a Filipina in it. Drinking is done in the privacy of your own home or Filipina's apt, and drunk driving not indulged in unless you have very influential friends. Your wife will have to settle for making friends with attractive young ladies and inviting them all round for coffee while hubbo's at work (which he won't be for more than 5 hours a day).
The expats of course are not Kuwaitis and have a different set of rules to live by. They are stratified by their value as a commodity, with Whitey (well, Westerners anyway) at the top and Bangladeshis at the bottom. Whitey in fact occupies an entirely different stratum from any Third World expat, again on the basis of commodity value. Third Worlders are a buyer's market- they're queuing up to get into the Gulf States, so there's always plenty more where that one came from. Whitey is a seller's market - not that many Whiteys want to live in Kuwait, so you want to hang on to the ones you've got. For this reason, Whitey can get away with stuff that would see Third Worlders in jail. As an example, one evening I was out with 2 Indian guys. We came to a Police checkpoint, and the Indians got out their ID cards. I realised I'd forgotten mine. The Indians freaked out - we were in deep shit, these motherfuckers were going to throw us in the cells, what was I thinking? We got to the front, the cop carefully inspected the Indians' IDs, glanced at me, then waved us through. It was rather hard to ignore what this said about our differing statuses as far as the Kuwaiti authorities were concerned.
But from the cops point of view: (a)what Whitey is going to be in Kuwait as an illegal immigrant? We usually can't wait to get back out of the place with our money; and (b)Whitey is going to be the valuable posession of a rich and presumably influential Kuwaiti - leave him alone unless he's doing something in public.
That's the important bit - leave him alone unless he's doing something in public. Kuwait is even more conservative than Dubai and alcohol is an illegal drug. Fortunately, my apartment block had a walled garden out the back with a swimming pool and bar, so party time was most weekends. It's kind of obvious to the surrounding neighbourhood that Whitey's building is hosting another raucous pissup, and in fact the people in the buildings overlooking our garden could watch us doing it. But the cops never came, because we were obeying the rules - it was behind our garden wall, kept among fellow barbarians.
All good. But: if we'd been mug enough to take the pissing up and poolside groping across the road to the beach, the cops would have been along to cart us down the cells in no time. There are rules, and it's best to stick to 'em. I didn't feel a whole lot of sympathy for Acors and Palmer.
I've got a couple of projects lined up for next year and it seems I'll be borrowing money for them at around 3% less than what I'm paying this year. For good honest long term stuff this is the difference between a shit fight and sleeping well at night.
I'm beginning to think that the worst maybe over.
The graphs of the world may have leveled out. Billions of dollars have been created and spent. I don't profess to understand where this money has come from, printing presses would be my guess. At the end of the day money is a manmade invention, used and abused like any other commodity. All I know is that I will be treating cash with a lot more respect in the future.
As a wise man once said to me.
"Keep your hand on your cash and your cash at hand"
Don't trust men with big hats and no cattle"
We may be heading for a simpler world where every dollar of profit is a dollar earned and hopefully taxed lower.
As an aside, I heard Bruce Shepard giving Hanover a superb going over on 1ZB. It seems that they are hoping that $10 million cash is going to make all their problems disappear. If I had any money with them I would be on the phone to the recievers.
"Jesus George on a bicycle!" he exclaimed, "the bloody new government isn't even sworn in and these idiots are screaming and yelling about 'what they might do.' "
My advice to my friend was that I did not go out of my way to read Pravda so I don't see why I should bother to read its intellectually handicapped juvenile brother.
Go over and have a look for a laugh.
The funniest part of the whole show comes when you realise these guys believe the crap they write. It gets even funnier when you see the number of authors they use. Hell, it took less people to write the Bible.
Then for the real rib cracker, go and have a look at their comments. They are pretty much all fellow authors patting each other on the back and piously editing comments to separate the sheep shit from the goat shit.
They literally spend all bloody day commenting on each others' sbloggerings in order to improve their Tumeke ratings.
Pravda in drag.
"There is much angst around following the Nia Glassie case. Garth George has written an article and DPF has taken exception to it.
I think they both are missing the point.
We have become a society that tolerates and indeed allows violence against children it is just a matter of where you draw the line that is the argument.
Garth George draws the line at conception and David Farrar draws the line at birth. (I think, perhaps he would like to clarify when it is ok to kill babies and when it is not.)
My view is that we are indeed a sick society at whatever point we kill and excuse it away with weasel words like foetus, procedure, first trimester etc.
Likewise my view about most of the recent cases of horrific child abuse is that they are no more and no less anything but late term abortions. The simple fact is that the parents of the children had no more respect for the life of the child than someone having a “procedure”.
You see if we accept that you can kill children at up to 21 weeks from conception then why not at birth or why not at 5 years old, or even 18 just before they can vote. For me there is no difference. The Nia Glassie’s and Kahui twins are simply late term abortions by parents who no longer respected the life of their child. As long as we fail to respect human life then we will continue to get these case and no one should be at all shocked by it all."
His name in not important but what caught my eye was his occupation which is listed as 'sickness beneficiary.' (On RLW News, not in The Herald report.)
From what illness can one suffer which renders one too ill to work, yet leaves one able, with a knife, to attempt to murder one person and successfully kill another ?
Why did The Herald refrain from listing his occupation?
Adolf hopes someone is asking some hard questions of The Hon Paula Bennet's new department.
Man acquitted of rape convictionAdolf has always understood one was 'acquitted' of a charge. One cannot be acquitted of a conviction. This fellow had his conviction overturned at a retrial. In other words he was charged a second time and acquitted rather than found guilty.
· v. (acquitted, acquitting)
1 formally declare not guilty of a criminal charge.
Last night in my Bill English post, I touched upon our worsening economic situation.
The OECD clearly highlights the failings of the Helengrad years with a couple of clear statements.
New Zealand has entered recession ahead of other OECD countries, a victim of simultaneous domestic and foreign shocks," it said.
Oh! I wonder why we entered recession ahead of others? Who was to blame for these domestic shocks. Some answers to follow:
"The outlook remains subdued because the large macro-economic imbalances which have built up over the past decade - inflation, housing overvaluation, high household debt and a huge current account deficit - will take some time to unwind."
And who was responsible for that? who was in office then?, but Uncle Helen and her Fiscal Fool!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Other governments also do their bit to 'help.'
I guess the devil will be in the detail and we won't know how helpful such spending sprees will help until we know exactly what the spending will go on.
However, I have some concerns about the effectiveness of spending your way out of recession.
We heard horror stories about Liarbour's 'Decade of deficits' but wouldn't it be hypocrical if National delivered an even longer spell of debt.
I also don't remember the Thatcher government of Britain in the 1980s also spending their way out of trouble. It saved Britian by tough budget restraints, free markets and 'monetarism.'
However, like some beast from beyond the grave, Keynes is back in vogue again!
Now, Britain has just announced its 'recession-busting' big spend up, with added old-style socialism of tax increases for the wealthy. Bloggers Iain Dale, Archbishop Cranmer, and Guido Fawkes look at the economics and politics of PM Brown's mini-budget, with a major focus on Britain's massive debts- debts New Zealand could be rushing towards.
Bill English had certainly better be careful not to send us down that same red-ink stained track.
Can Rodney and Roger stop him? Do we want them to?
In the meantime, enjoy Gordon Brown selling Britain's soul to the Devil.
Hint: It’s the same defeated Labour Cabinet Minister who, as part of his electorate office’s work in assisting people to enrol to vote, is said to have destroyed voter enrolment forms from people suspected of being likely to vote National, and only forwarded the enrolment forms to the Electoral Commission if he thought the potential voter was a Labourite.
Mary is in her mid 70's, she is a widow and lives in Kaikohe. Mary is sick, she has all the usual symptoms of a person with heart problems, tightness in her chest, breathless and lacking any energy at all. She has a home help that pops in and a variety of other people in her life that help her get things done. Over the nine months or so that I have known her I have noticed a marked deterioration in her health and mental state. She is on multiple pills, multiple times a day and the jolly Mary I met has deteriorated into a frightened husk.
Her GP is trying to manage the situation and sent her to Whangerai to see a specialist, this took 2 months. She saw the specialist who told her she needed to be booked in for a scan. It took 3 months to get the appointment for the scan. She had the scan last week and it turns out she needs a bypass.
Whangerai don't do these so she is now on a waiting list to see a specialist in Auckland, this is expected to take another 3 months, once she has seen the specialist in Auckland she will wait another 3 months for the necessary scans to be done again. If they confirm what everybody already knows she will then go on the waiting list for a bypass operation, the waiting list is currently around 9 months.
All up that is 20 months. Mary will die before she ever gets on the operating table, and she knows it. I had a cuppa with her today and she has shrunk in a week. She has effectively been sentenced to death by our public health system.
The rational among us might say she has had a good and long life and we cannot fix everybody.
To them I would say, come up to Kaikohe and have a cuppa with Mary and tell her that her life is unimportant and she is not worth saving.
Billions of extra funding in a decade and we still cannot get the basics right.
Another friend of mine had a bypass operation in Auckland three weeks ago, 12 days after seeing the private specialist that his doctor referred him to. He has Southern Cross. The hospital he was in was half empty and apparently has extra capacity just waiting to be switched on when our new government decides to utilise all means to beat our waiting lists.
I really hope they do it soon because my friend is going to die
Uncle Helen has been to Samoa.
Hang on! How dare she not be supporting the New Zealand tourism industry in its hour of dire need! :)
Just joking, I thought I was a Herald on Sunday journalist writing about John Key!
It's a handy reminder that you can't get better govt by replacing the current failures with previous failures. As a chronic gimp, I'm a regular consumer in the health system. No matter what complaints my No Minister colleagues may have had about the health system under the last govt, I can assure them as a regular customer that my personal experiences of it were vastly improved under Labour, and the system under Ryall constituted a low point. I fully expect new lows to be achieved in the next few years, unless Key gets serious about stripping the dead wood out of his Cabinet.
A glimpse into the mindset of average people.
Fearful that economic conditions could get worse and stay that way, Americans are showing an enthusiasm for thriftiness not seen in decades.
This behavioural shift isn't simply about spending less. The New Frugality emphasises stretching every dollar. It means bypassing the fashion mall for the discount chain store, buying "It is a whole reassessment of values," said Candace Corlett, president of the consulting firm WSL Strategic Retail. "People are learning again to say 'no, not today'."
"Everybody has been trying to keep up with the Joneses and trying to look rich when they're not," said Erin Pettingill, 24, a married mother of two preschool children in Provo, Utah "You can't necessarily have everything you want when you want it.
This will apply equally well here in New Zealand. The world may actually be a better place if governments can learn the lesson as well.
Frugal citizens and "bells and whistles"government will not be a happy mix.
Brian Rudman could not have chosen a better headline (if he did choose it) 'Hide and Local Government Scary Mix.' For once he's right but it's the bozos who infest local government who will be scared and it's rate payers who will be smiling in anticipation of seeing their tormentors from 'the council' get their fiscal wings clipped.
The Herald would do well to take Rudman aside and suggest he desists from his vendetta against Rodney Hide. It is tiresome and will be costing the paper circulation if it allows him to keep up his puerile campaign of denigration. Rodney Hide has been elected to govern, Mr Rudman. Get used to it or bugger off with your good mate Mike Williams.
Adolf looks forward to seeing Tony Ryall direct DHBs that all people presenting at hospital A & E departments should be greeted first by an examining doctor instead of a manager demanding paper work first be completed.
Reminds me of a 1970s ABC interview with the late ex Victorian state premiere the popular and pugnacious Sir Henry Bolte.
Bolte was up from the bush for the Royal Easter Show and he was asked 'How are things in the bush, Sir Henry?' ('In the bush' is Australian for 'down on the farm.')
The reply - 'Weeell son, its the worst drought I can remember, wool prices are down, we can't get much for our lambs, the web worm has put paid to the wheat crops this year and we've had some pretty bad bush fires but, you know, in spite of all these difficulties, people are optimistic and full of hope because WE HAVEN'T GOT A BLOODY LABOR GOVERNMENT IN CANBERRA!'
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Britain seems to have just received the kind of December mini-budget promised by Michael Cullen, which thankfully, he never had the chance to deliver.
Now, Britain has just had such a mini-budget aimed to get the country out of a recession.
Main features include higher borrowing, tax increases for top earners, and lower VAT (GST), plus a bit more money spent on infrastructure.
Now, since Helengrad tended to follow UK Liarbour, I can only wonder whether such polices might have also been delivered by Mr Cullen. Lower GST, more borrowing and higher taxes for the better off not only seems very Old Liarbour but very Cullenesque too!
It was the first day of a school in USA and a new Indian student named Chandrasekhar Subramanian entered the fourth grade.
And I'm not yanking anybody's chain!
But our hyperactive member for Epsom was on Close Up just now talking about toilets.
Apparantly, current rules means a new toilet can need eight inspections and building rules making projects cost thousands more than necessary, even a turd, I mean a third, of the total cost.
As regulatory responsibility minister Rodney was in fighting form, with another great interview with Mark Sainsbury.
We are certainly seeing how ACT is adding to the ACTion we are seeing from our National-led government.
This, coupled with Rodders also opposing the RMA follies concerning that North Shore supermarket clearly shows how ACT is lifting the lid on red tape and bureaucracy.
He seems to be on a roll, as well!!
The model citizen pictured below is called Grant Alexander Dey
The story from Stuff, with selected highlights in italics below.
Staff and pupils at Christchurch's Wainoni Primary School will get apology letters from a 41-year-old man who caused a lockdown at the school when he threatened to shoot two staff a fortnight ago.
Heavily tattooed beneficiary Grant Alexander Dey pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court today to charges of threatening to kill, and possession of cannabis, the Christchurch Court News website reported.
He also admitted charges of theft, and unlawful possession of a knife, which do not relate to the school incident.
Right then, fairly serious charges, guilty as charged.. What do you think the judge did next?
Judge Gary MacAskill remanded him in custody for a pre-sentence report and sentence on December 24.
Fair enough, no problem so far..
Remember what the charges are, in fact go back up and read them again because the next quote is a goodie..
He asked for a report on his suitability for home detention, even though Dey has no home address.
HE IS HOMELESS AND THE JUDGE IS CONSIDERING HIM FOR HOME DETENTION.
Simon Power, you have got a long and tortuous journey in front of you to sort this out.
I recommend you all click through and read the story...
Why the hell did they just not set their VCRs to record the damned thing?
Well the answer is, of course, that the Ministry of Culture and Heritage doesn't sully it's intellectual fingers with Rugby. After all the Minister has instructed that Rugby is only to be used for prime ministerial photo opportunities. It is NOT something cultured people of heritage would or should ever watch.
What an appalling waste of tax payers' money. I wonder how many courses of Herceptin or other life preserving non funded drugs could have been funded instead of this fiasco.
The proposal is to micro-chip aids carriers who are known to possess aggressive sexual tendencies.
Naturally there is a hue and cry, with the usual blether about human rights and all sorts. Apparently it is a 'human right' these days to impregnate anything that walks with your lethal seed if you feel the urge.
RNZ did not go into any detail of the actual micro-chipping but Adolf has done some research.
Apparently the chip is embedded beneath the flaccid foreskin while the recipient is suitably restrained. Upon the onset of erection, a signal is sent to the pituitary gland which emits a stream of libido inhibitors into the blood stream and lo and behold, the moment has passed before it has arrived. Problem solved. No matter how pissed, no matter how spaced out, no erection, no jiggy jig, no spread of HIV. Simple but brilliant.
New Zealand Cricket is investigating, in the hope that this breakthrough when reversed, might put some spine into our batting line up.