Archive for March, 2005

DBM in fine form again

March 31st, 2005 at 11:59 pm by David Farrar

Dog Biting Men is once again having fun at my expense. And I deserve it :-)

However Mr Falloon has made a number of wrong assumptions.

1) That I shut up long enough to actually listen to the voice on the other end of the phone. I just talk the moment it is answered.

2) There was no chit-chat. Never been good at that. First voice recognition came after the invite to go to the beach.

3) She did not accept. She just thought I was weird ringing her out of the blue after months of not having even talking to each other.

4) I used to be lazier and only work 110 hour weeks.

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Human Rights in NZ

March 31st, 2005 at 4:46 pm by David Farrar

I think most people like the idea of human rights. You know the right to vote, free speech, not be convicted without trial, not be tortured, to choose our own faith etc.

But the NZ Human Rights Commission seems to be far more ambitious than that. Let’s look at this Stuff article on what they see as human rights.

* a focus on eliminating poverty

Well poverty is defined as half the average income, so we have the HRC saying it is a human right for people who do not work even one hour a week to be paid at least half the average income.

* actions to safeguard people in detention and institutional care

Fair enough.

* measures that enable every child to grow up able to communicate in English and Maori and, where different, their mother tongue

Oh dear – the HRC says it is a fundamental human right that every child in NZ must be taught Maori, regardless of if they or their parents wish them to do so.

* improving democratic participation, including that of children and young people

Does this mean compulsory voting like compulsory Maori lessons?

* a focus on the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements

What does this mean? That the Treaty should be supreme law?

* Educational participation and achievement rates for Maori, Pacific peoples and those from poorer communities are disproportionately low when compared to other New Zealanders

Actually almost twice as many Maori as non Maori now attend tertiary education.

* Other measures proposed in the report include: increased participation of disabled people in policy development and decision-making

I would have though the Cabinet was proof of this already being achieved :-)

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Quote of the Day 31 March 2005

March 31st, 2005 at 4:30 pm by David Farrar

“I’ve come to find I like liberals a lot more, they’re kind of cute when they’re cold, shivering and afraid.”

- Ann Coulter as Kansas University

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Quote of the Day 30 March 2005

March 31st, 2005 at 4:27 pm by David Farrar

Quote of the Day

“But I want to be more for Wellington than a safe pair of hands. I want to be the voice of the city I love, in an institution I respect, in the Government of Don Brash.”
- Mark Blumsky

Highlight of the Day

Me getting stamped with the ‘proved they are 18+’ stamp at the pub afterwards. Has been a fair while since I have had that happen :-)

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Very very sick humour

March 31st, 2005 at 4:21 pm by David Farrar

As those who know me can testify I have a very sick sense of humour. I will laugh at jokes no matter how tasteless and refuse to date people who do not like South Park.

So bearing that in mind, I just can not resist linking to Terri Schiavo’s Blog. I know it is wrong, and cruel, and mean but I just could not help but laugh. It is a very very sad case, more so that her family are having the world look on, but humour keeps us sane.

If you are masochistic read some of the comments on the blog where death threats and curses are traded.

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St Molesworth: Top 10 signs you’re not likely to win a Labour Party list seat

March 31st, 2005 at 2:55 pm by David Farrar

Very funny this week.

Top 10 signs you’re not likely to win a Labour Party list seat

1. You once employed someone with your own money.

2. When Helen Clark spoke glowingly about the Swedish model, you assumed she was referring to Tiger Woods’ wife.

3. You acknowledge that the UN sex scandals exist and may undermine the organisation’s moral authority.

4. You thought Jim Anderton was joking when he announced the appointment of Brian Easton to the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board.

5. You innocently asked President Mike Williams whether the Labour Party was required to include the Radio NZ budget in its statement of political donations.

6. You’ve eaten all the cheese, drunk all the wine, been made a member of the NZ Order of Merit and been pensioned off to London.

7. You think Michel Foucault may have played fullback for France during the 80s.

8. You don’t think disarming New Zealand ‘s military will turn the country into a moral superpower.

9. Chris Carter doesn’t immediately spring to mind when someone says “average Kiwi bloke”.

10. You’re the Minister of Police.


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Campaign Launched!

March 31st, 2005 at 8:45 am by David Farrar

Wow, last night was great. Turnout exceeded expectations with over 300 people there. Was great to see so many from blog-land there, and also the huge number of students and younger voters.

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The movie was great. I laughed even more than when I first saw it in 1997. Everyone loved the movie, and it really should be a compulsory part of political science lectures at universities.

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They are eyebrows, not catapillas!

Mark’s speech (which I have included below) hit all the right spots and Don gave one of the best off the cff speeches I have seen – it really had people fizzing. Yes of course I am biased, but I did have heaps of people say it was a great event.

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Afterwards a couple of dozen of the younger attendees (which I include myself as :-) went to a fine local drinking establishment, which was very enjoyable.

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The infamous Hannah and friends!

Was a real pleasure to meet the talented Hayley Wain, to whom I had to humbly admit she beat the Councillors in her Ward whom I was helping with their re-election campaign. A very nice person.

Thanks again to all those who turned up, and a bigger thanks to those who made it happen. Oh yeah and thanks Mark for being a great candidate :-)

Speech below:
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Around some blogs

March 31st, 2005 at 7:45 am by David Farrar

In Gary’s owns words – “Some fucker pinched my car“. My sympathy. That is even worse than being forced to live in New Plymouth!

Gonzo highlights that lack of sleep leads to bad sex and dangerous driving. I will resist the urge to crack jokes about bad sex while driving :-)

Graeme is hoping that Nick Smith is correct in pointing out that under the Government’s daft new Building Act, the Beehive will have to close from tomorrow.

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Shoot the headline writer

March 31st, 2005 at 7:05 am by David Farrar

Could the other staff at the NZ Herald please locate the sub-editor who came up with the headline below, and tell them never to do it again. To read that headline, straight after my fevered imagination is imagining Rodney and Duncan as “soul mates” is just too much at this time of the morning!

NZ Herald: Cosy threesome at Clark morning tea

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Soul Mates

March 31st, 2005 at 6:59 am by David Farrar

I just pissed myself laughing when I read that John Tamihere had labelled Rodney Hide and TV3 reporter Duncan Garner “sout mates”.

All sorts of inappropriate visions about civil unions flashed through my mind.

And one really needs a better conspiracy theory that Duncan’s girlfriend has a parent whose sister once dated in the 1970s the Waipariera Trust’s chief financial adviser.

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Spin not substance

March 31st, 2005 at 6:49 am by David Farrar

You know something is wrong when the Government announces a solution to the scholarship debacle, and members of its own advisory expert group say the Minister is spinning.

The solution looks like a messy hybrid. Claiming it is still a stanadrads based system, but also assigning mark and grades so rankings can be assigned but having those grades and rankings a secret not to be passed to the student!

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DPF’s lessons from life

March 30th, 2005 at 2:34 pm by David Farrar

The NZ Herald has a regular weekly feature where they interview someone on ten lessons they have learnt from life, so to speak. Nice light stuff, which unfortunately is not part of their online site.

Having had Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston turn them down, they interviewed me instead.

A copy of an earlier draft (it may have changed a bit) is below for those who want to see some good mistakes to avoid :-)
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Telco issues

March 30th, 2005 at 2:23 pm by David Farrar

A couple of related issues, which may be of interest.

Computer World has an article on the review currently happening of the Telecommunications Act. A hard issue to make sexy, but an important one.

Also last week the Commerce Commission made a ruling on whether ISPs have to fund TSO (used to be Kiwishare) obligations. Because Telecom are “burdened” with the local loop monopoly, they get to invoice out to other telcos a proportion of the money they lose on unprofitable (generally very rural) residential customers. No allowance is made for the 1 million+ profitable customers incidentially so telcos such as Vodafone and Telstra-Clear have to pay Telecom several million dollars to cover their market share proportion of the loss making customers.

Now some of these telcos were keen to have all ISPs have to contribute to the cost also. This would have led to ISPs having to also pay hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more, to Telecom.

Luckily the Commerce Commission has decided that the cost should only be levied on those with inter-connect agreements with Telecom.

The INZ press release on the issue is below:
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Latest Peron news

March 30th, 2005 at 2:09 pm by David Farrar

NZ Herald story is here. A shorter NZPA story is on Stuff.

Far more details are on gaynz.com (I hate to think what all the links are doing to my google ranking for certain terms :-) including Part 3 of their investigation, and a new editorial which is worth a read.

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Moantones

March 30th, 2005 at 12:52 pm by David Farrar

It had to happen – a mobile phone company is now offering moantones for your phone – using Jenna Jameson recordings.

Now I’d love to hear someone actually use that on their phone, and see the reaction when it rings!

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Heh!

March 30th, 2005 at 12:46 pm by David Farrar

Stolen from Jacqueline Mackie Paisley Passey (I just love that name).

To impress a woman:
Wine her. Dine her. Call her. Hold her. Surprise her. Compliment her. Smile at her. Listen to her. Laugh with her. Cry with her. Romance her. Encourage her. Believe in her. Pray with her. Pray for her. Cuddle with her. Shop with her. Give her jewelry. Buy her flowers. Hold her hand. Write love letters to her. Go to the ends of the earth and back again for her.

To impress a man:
Show up naked. Bring chicken wings. Don’t block the TV.

Chicken wings are pretty optional :-)

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Lord Mayor Bob Harvey

March 30th, 2005 at 10:02 am by David Farrar

The former Labour Party President and Waitakere Mayor, Bob Harvey, wants there to be a Lord Mayor of Auckland, but for the Lord Mayor to be based in Wellington at Auckland’s embassy!

He must be upset he has not yet been made an Ambassador to a foreign country, so will accept an internal Ambassadorship.

Harvey is critical of the Minister for Auckland, Judith Tizard, having no support to do the job.

Perhaps we should have a Lord Mayor of Wellington also, and send them to our Embassy in Auckland.

As amusing as this all is, I am rather disturbed that the suggestion is dead serious!

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Crimes police will respond to?

March 30th, 2005 at 9:45 am by David Farrar

We are getting a growing list of crimes the Police are too busy to respond to:

We already know that they are too busy to follow up on thieves, despite being caught on camera.

We today also find out that they are too busy to respond to reports of a grossly drunk driver, despite the driver being followed to make it easy for them. They passed a police car ticketing another driver for presumably speeding.

But we also find out that even being raped does not get immediate police attention, with nine rape cases in Auckland yet to be investigated.

Previously also dead bodies washed up on the beach did not get a quick response either.

So I’m really stuck as to whether there are any crimes at all that guarantee immediate police attention. Oh yeah there are three:

* Driving at 111 km/hr on an open road
* Putting up an unauthorised billboard of the PM
* Sticking up posters on a Labour Minister’s office

Anyone else had additions to either the list of crimes which do not get attention or the list of crimes which do get priority?

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Wellington Central Campaign Launch tonight

March 30th, 2005 at 6:57 am by David Farrar

Just a reminder to those interested that Mark’s campaign launch is tonight at the Embassy Theatre. Details were previously posted here.

All supporters are welcome, even if you have not RSVPed, as you can pay at the door.

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Attorney-General attacking Judges, not defending them

March 30th, 2005 at 6:21 am by David Farrar

Labour’s lack of lawyers who have not lied or been forced to give up their practising certificate led to Dr Cullen going from history lecturer to Attorney-General.

He said just last Saturday “traditionally, the role of the Attorney-General was to defend the independence of judges “and I certainly have every intention of doing so” and “Parliamentarians have to be extremely careful about criticism of judges.”

Yet what did he do yesterday. He accuses the Chief Judge of the Maori Land Court of leaking documents to the news media. Now attacking a Chief Judge in Parliament, even if he had done that, is a very bad look for the Attorney-General. But even worse he got it wrong.

As the Herald reports, Judge Williams had not spoken to Jonathan Milne, and had not authorised its release because anyone who had requested it could have had it.

Milne confirmed he had openly sought it and received it from the registrar. He also sought Crown Law’s submission and received it. Will Cullen also attack the Solictor-General for leaking information to the press?

This is a huge blunder by Cullen. The Judiciary will have a total lack of confidence in an Attorney-General who smears a Chief Judge in Parliament for political gain, and even worse gets it wrong.

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Verisign to keep .net registry

March 30th, 2005 at 6:10 am by David Farrar

Verisign, who run both .com and .net have effectively won the re-tender for the .net TLD.

The turnover for .net is around US $40 million so a fairly valuable win, especially as there will be almost no variable cost in having .net on top of .com, for Verisign.

I was hoping Denic would come out on top as they have a good record with .de, which is even bigger than .net, and were looking IIRC at a much lower registry price. But not to be.

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Peters on Peron

March 29th, 2005 at 2:37 pm by David Farrar

Winston Peters has just done a personal explanation to the House and said he does not resile from calling Peron a paedophile and in fact will repeat his allegations outside the House this afternoon.

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Helengrad strikes back

March 29th, 2005 at 1:31 pm by David Farrar

The forces of Helengrad have stirred after their long Easter holiday and both Transit and the NZ Police (too busy to respond to robberies) have told the owner of the land with the road safety billboard that he is not allowed unapproved messages on his land, and he must remove it by the end of the day today.

Incidentally the trial of the police officers and driver has been set down for Timaru District Court in August.

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Blog Readers

March 29th, 2005 at 12:49 pm by David Farrar

Computer World is complaining that my other activities may prevent me blogging as much as usual, and hence stop providing distractions to their staff.

They have stolen the term uber-blogger from Steven Heath who wants to copyright the term.

The scary thing is, if I do look at hours per week. It is around:

Curia Polling – 30 hours
Curia Other Business – 15 hours
Blumsky Campaign – 15 hours
InternetNZ – 20 hours
Blogging – 15 hours
Sleep – 35 hours
Internet stuff – 10 hours
Other Politics – 5 hours
Girlfriend – 5 hours
Family/Friends – 10 hours
Travel – 5 hours
Gym – 3 hours

And that’s the 168 hours of a week gone. That cloning idea isn’t such a bad one after all!

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Congratulations Frank and Sarah

March 29th, 2005 at 8:14 am by David Farrar

Back in December I blogged about the romance between two US bloggers and the hilarious outcome when Frank gave Sarah a gun magazine for Christmas and she tried to board a plane with it.

Well Frank has just announced that he has proposed and Sarah has accepted.

Read the details – it is incredibly sweet and soppy. And close up pictures of the ring are here.

Congratulations Frank and Sarah – a match made in well not heaven but in the blogosphere!

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