Archive for February, 2008

Cunliffe rejects Telecom separation plan

February 29th, 2008 at 3:05 pm by David Farrar

DC may be facing the pressure in health, but I am very pleased to see he is still makin good calls in the Comms/IT area.

He has not accepted Telecom’s proposed separation plan. The proposed plan was a lot better than the draft plan, but still had aspects which would have left incentives in place which would increase the chance of failure.

InternetNZ, whose submission was to not accept the plan, is relieved and happy:

InternetNZ Executive Director Keith Davidson says it is very good to see Government has recognised the issues, and is committed to ensuring a robust operational separation plan that correctly incents the relevant divisions within Telecom. “Ideally the wholesale manager should have little or no group incentive and InternetNZ is pleased to see that a limit will be put in place.”

The changes needed are not huge, but of great significance potentially.  Telecom today is a very different beast to a few years ago and are generally working well towards a structure where there will be greater competition and investment.  The Minister deserves credit for not rushing the final plan by sacrificing quality for speed.

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Friday Photos

February 29th, 2008 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

A couple of fun photos people have pointed out to me. First do you remember how hard Helen worked not to be seen with Owen Glenn last week. I don’t think the media managed to get a photo of them together. But good old Owen has put the photo below on his website.

UPDATE: The photo it appears is from 2005 when he first announced the donation. Still it’s a photo the PM doesn’t want seen I bet :-)

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She still doesn’t look happy though!

And then we have (hat tip: mccully.co) this photo from the Hero Debate.

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I hope they are on commission for any membership money they raised. And hey as Winston says you can get up to $158,000 from lots of small donations.

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A decent cobber

February 29th, 2008 at 1:46 pm by David Farrar

One of the pleasures of attending the NZBR Retreat was meeting Andrew Bolt, who gave a superb talk about Kevin Rudd. Andrew is a former Labor staffer (and still good friends with several Labor Ministers), and now a columnist and blogger. His last book was “Still Not Sorry” which gives a clue as to his current views.

Andrew gives me a small plug on his blog.

His talk on Rudd was fascinating, as it was flavoured with a lot of inside info from within Labor.  Also discussed the current Liberal Party which is looking very very dismal. I predict they will allow Nelson to lose the next election then Turnbull will roll him.

The funniest thing was when I first met Andrew.  He was furiously trying to calculate something on a large pad, and was down to around line 30.

Upon enquiry I found out he was trying to work out how big China’s economy will be in 100 years time if it keeps growing at 10%.  So he was calculating it manually line by line over 100 years.  The look of relief on his face was palpable when I said I had a laptop with excel on it – took around 30 seconds.  I think he had spent 20 minutes already on it! Still good to see someone who knows how to do maths the old fashioned way.

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Councils vote to challenge DHB sacking

February 29th, 2008 at 10:59 am by David Farrar

NZPA reports:

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council voted on Wednesday to seek a judicial review of the ministers decision and yesterday three more councils — Napier, Hastings and Wairoa — voted to join the action.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will vote on the matter today …

National’s health spokesman, Tony Ryall has described the move as “appalling political manipulation” designed to get rid of the board so it could not put its case in a conflict of interest inquiry.

“One conclusion is that there’s a wider political agenda,” Mr Ryall said.

“He kept the Capital and Coast District Health Board despite widespread public opposition, yet he has sacked the Hawke’s Bay board in spite of community support.”

Green Party MP Sue Kedgley said she had “grave concerns” about Mr Cunliffe’s action.

“It appears to be a politically motivated act driven by the minister’s irritation at a chairman of a district health board who was prepared to speak his mind,” she said.

Also read this editorial in HB Today:

Sacking the district health board is a disgraceful betrayal: It abuses the confidence the people of Hawke’s Bay placed in the board, which is only three months old, and it reveals the principle of public participation in health governance to be a sham and at the whim of political convenience …

The region’s mayors plan a legal challenge. The minister says he has been advised it will not succeed. He may well have the whip hand … until November. In the meantime questions need to be answered and in the open. If there are issues then let’s put them on the table. No more smoke and mirrors.

Mr Cunliffe has shown contempt for Hawke’s Bay people. In nine months’ time we will be able to return the favour.

Goodness me, that almost looks like an advertisement under the Electoral Finance Act.

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Nai Yin Xue caught

February 29th, 2008 at 10:51 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Commander Tom Hession of the US Marshals confirmed to Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme that he was apprehended at approximately 8.30am.

Nai Yin Xue, 54, is wanted in connection with the death of his wife, Anan Liu, 27, whose body was found in the boot of a car outside their Mount Roskill home on 18 September. He took their three-year-old child from Auckland to Melbourne on 13 September then abandoned Qian Xun Xue – known as ‘Pumpkin’ – at the Southern Cross railway station in Melbourne on 15 September.

That’s great news.

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Frog Blog celebrates Leap Year

February 29th, 2008 at 10:41 am by David Farrar

Frog Blog has declared Leap Day today as the Day of the Frog. And with some very good humour, they preview what other blogs might say:

And of course I’m sure other blogs will be writing about Leap Day too. Kiwiblog will be uncovering the story of a frog advocacy group that has been silenced by the Electoral Finance Act, the Standard will discuss how John Key pulls the legs off frogs when no one is looking. I expect No Right Turn to have detailed policy analysis on possible legislative action relating to the Maud Island Frog. Hard News will report on the cultural impact that Archey’s Frogs had by releasing a song of their mating call exclusively to iTunes. Whale Oil will continue to amuse his readers by photoshopping Jeanette’s head onto a frog (guffaw).

Heh, I like it.  It gets Whale Oil and The Standard perfectly :-)

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General Debate 29 Feb 2009

February 29th, 2008 at 10:35 am by David Farrar

Happy Birthday to all those who only get one every four years.

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Hawke’s Bay District Health Board

February 29th, 2008 at 10:20 am by David Farrar

I’ve not had time to do as detailed a post as I would like to on this, and the media have covered the issues well.  So I’ll just ask a few questions:

  1. Why would the Minister not sack the Capital Coast DHB (which would probably be met with universal support) but instead sack the HB DHB – something the local community is dead set against?
  2. Isn’t it rather perverse to go public with anonymous criticisms of the Board by anonymous surgeons, and then complain when the DHB Chair responds in the media also?
  3. Will the majorities of local National MPs Chris Tremain and Craig Foss increase by 25%, 50% or 100%?
  4. The Govt is trying to suppress the draft report and the former DHB members the final report.  Why not release both the draft and final and let the public form their own views.  Plus lets face it – they will both end up on the Internet anyway I suspect.
  5. Why is the Government apparently punishing the DHB for acting to prevent a conflict of interest in a contract, when the Auckland DHB got lambasted by the High Court for not being diligent enough in dealing with conflicts of interests?
  6. Why did Annette King appoint someone to the HB DHB when it was known he was likely to bid for a major contract off them?
  7. How bad is it for the Government to have the local Councils taking the Minister to health over the sacking?
  8. Has a doctors union ever before praised a DHB Chairman? Don’t they normally refer to all Chairs as cheap bastards who won’t pay us enough.

I look forward to seeing both the final report and hopefully the draft report.

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The answer is NO

February 29th, 2008 at 9:47 am by David Farrar

Winston Peters has said the answer is No, with his comical NO sign as a prop yesterday.  I did enjoy Guyon Espiner’s wit in stealing said sign after the press conference and holding it up on One News when asked if Peters had really answered all the questions satisfactorily.

Let us look at what Winston did and did not say.  Please note I am not suggesting in any way that Peters has said anything which is not literally true. But it comes down to what one has not said.

First of all Peters insisted he would not provide any more information than required to by electoral laws.  Now this “donation” was made prior to the passing of the Electoral Finance Ac, so will be governed by the provisions of the 1993 Electoral Act.

Now I suspect (for example) National has a similar policy – they will only release the information required to by electoral law. So what is the difference.  Two things:

  1. Peters’ own party president has suggested there was a large anonymous donation
  2. Peters spent much of 2007 railing against such donations, and the need to change the law to prevent them.  It would be sheer hypocrisy to rail against them, and also pocket one just a few hours before the law changes

Now the Herald reports:

Asked if he was saying he had never received one dollar from Owen Glenn or any associate of Mr Glenn, he hauls a sign out from under his table.

“NO”, it read.

Now again on face value, one accepts what Peters has said.  However does this rule out Glenn having donated to say a local Tauranga trust, and that trust having donated to NZ First? This could be sorted out by having NZ First release their donations return to the Electoral Commission (due 30 April) early, so people can see if the auditors have signed off that there were *no* donations over $10K. If they were over $10K, then those who donated them can be asked if they were acting as an agent for anyone else.

Because you still have the statement from Owen Glenn that he has donated to parties in NZ other than Labour.  And combine that with his refusal to deny a donation to NZ First, but his quick denial of offering a donation to the Maori Party, and the puzzle grows. Owen Glenn could solve all this speculation by just confirming on the record that he has never donated directly or indirectly to NZ First.

I also found it interesting that when asked if NZ First had ever asked Owen Glenn for money, he did not say no, but instead said “Oh, get lost Barry”.  Possibly a more specific question could have been asked – did he ever meet with Owen Glenn in Sydney, and did they discuss donations at that meeting? Peters later says they never ask anyone for donations – now this can be true but doesn’t mean donations were not discussed.

But the part I find most amusing, is the denial that there was any large donations at all, let alone a large anonymous one in December. It seems Dail Jones is so stupid (according to Peters) that he could not tell the difference between money being transferred into their account from other party accounts, and an anonymous deposit. How very strange though that the bank could not trace the deposit, because if it is a transfer from another NZ First account – that should be simple to verify.

So if there was no large close to $100,000 donation as Dail Jones has said, where did all the money come from:

Where the $158,000 came from to “repay” NZ First’s unlawful spend at the last election:

“We’ve had anonymous donations at $10, and $20, and $50 for a long, long time because some people used to think – and it’s an attitude that still permeates New Zealand as a democracy – that one day the communists might take over and they will be all in the firing line.”

Oh I see.  It’s all just a series of $20 and $50 donations from people worried about the communists.  Hell I never knew Trevor Loudon donated to NZ First :-)

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Fiji looks grim

February 29th, 2008 at 9:21 am by David Farrar

The NZ Herald editorial on Fiji is grim reading:

The Fiji Sun had run a series of articles accusing Fiji’s Finance Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, of tax evasion. The junta’s response was a blatant act of intimidation against a newspaper trying to do its job. It made a mockery of Commodore Bainimarama’s assurances that his Administration would uphold media freedom …

 The attempt to tighten control does not stop there. This month, Commodore Bainimarama appointed himself head of the Great Council of Chiefs. This powerful group has sometimes been the voice of reason as Fiji stumbled through a succession of military coups. It can serve that role no longer. In addition, Police Commissioner Esala Teleni has warned Fijians not to speak out against the Administration. All this points to a determination to stifle debate, rather than a broadening of the regime’s tolerance to a wide range of viewpoints, the necessary precursor if a return to democracy is seriously contemplated.

Increasingly, it appears that any concessions Commodore Bainimarama makes are merely a response to aid-related ultimatums, especially from the European Union. There is nothing to suggest that he is genuinely intent on creating a united Fiji or that he is benignly shepherding it back to democracy.

The Commodore I suspect will never give up power.

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Flexible Land Use Alliance gets support

February 29th, 2008 at 9:15 am by David Farrar

The Flexible Land Use Alliance launched itself yesterday, and seems to have won support for one of its proposals from parties ranging from The Greens to National.

The Flexible Land Use Alliance consists of Blakely Pacific Ltd, Carter Holt Harvey Ltd, Fonterra Co-operate Group Ltd, Forest Enterprises Ltd, Landcorp Farming Ltd, the New Zealand Forest Owners Association Inc., PF Olsen Ltd and Wairakei Pastoral Ltd. I found it very interesting that an SOE is amongst the members – but that is good – they should be able to advocate for sensible policy, so long as they do so openly.

The issue is the deforestation liability on pre-1990 forests.  It has already led to massive deforestation prior to its implementation, and the group has pointed out that it may lock up to 200,000 hectares of land into forestry when it would be more economic to use it for other purposes.

Their preferred position is to exempt pre-1990 forests, but that has been dismissed by the Government (and National) as viable. However their backup option appears to have gathered remarkable support – the Greens, NZ First, United Future and ACT have all backed the backup option of offsetting – which will allow owners to convert a pre-1990 forest to other uses, so long as they plant an equivalent amount of forest elsewhere.

This means that the environmental benefits are much the same, yet the locking up of land in a potentially economically inefficient manner is minimised.

Jim Anderton appears to be taking a sensibly pragmatic approach to the proposal:

Forestry Minister Jim Anderton said the concept had been considered already and the conclusion was that the disadvantages outweighed the benefits.

But the Government was happy to look at it again, have the proposal evaluated and discuss it with stakeholders, he said.

One of the things which third term Governments often do, is dismiss any proposal on the grounds they know best, and have already considered it. Anderton’s response could be a template for other Ministers – don’t dismiss out of hand, say you’ll evaluate it again and are open to discussions.

Of course with National appearing to also favour the proposal (“the idea … has merit), it may already have 61 votes in the House, regardless of the Government. But if Labour/Progressive also back it, then one may have near total support for it.  Maori Party are not quoted as to their position, but Maori interests are amongst the Alliance members and they cite the current policy as being a Treaty breach, so I suspect the Maori Party will also be supportive.

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More on Wiki edits

February 29th, 2008 at 8:47 am by David Farrar

An NZPA story in the NZ Herald has quotes from Russell Brown and Cameron Slater (aka media whore padawan) on the Parliamentary edits to Wikipedia.

As I said yesterday, it is desirable for edits to be done under a user name rather than an IP address if there are issues of potential conflicts of interest involved. I make very very few edits (and none have ever been reversed I think) but always under my name.

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Prince Harry in combat

February 29th, 2008 at 8:42 am by David Farrar

He may have done some stupid things in the past, but have to admire Prince Harry’s conviction that he should not be protected just because he is Royal, with the news he has been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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Obama’s experience

February 29th, 2008 at 8:04 am by David Farrar

I think Obama’s experience, or lack of it, is going to become more of a factor.  It got me wondering if any other President (I am assuming he becomes the candidate) has had as little experience at federal or state executive level.  Obama has to date had just three years in the Senate – one of which was mainly campaigning. And the Senate is about legislating not governing.  He’s so new he won’t even have chaired a committee.
Bush had only six years as Governor of Texas. Mind you Texas has GSP of US1.1 trillion, so that is no small economy.

Clinton has a massive 12 years as Governor of Arkansas and a further two years as State Attorney-General.

Bush 41 was Vice-President for eight years, CIA Director for a year,  Ambassador to the UN for two years, and a Congressman for four years.

Ronald Reagan served eight years as Governor of California, which has a GSP of $1.73 trillion.

Jimmy Carter served four years as Governor of Georgia with a GSP of $380 billion.

Gerald Ford had nine months as VP, but previously 25 years in Congress including nine years as House Minority Leader.

Nixon was VP for eight years, a Senator for two years and a Congressman for four years.

LBJ was VP for almost three years, a Senator for 12 years and  Senate Majority Leader for six years. Also in the House for 12 years before that.

JFK was a Senator for eight years and in the House for six years before that.

Eisenhower had never held elected office, but as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe for WWII displayed considerable executive ability.

Truman was VP for a few months, but a Senator for 10 years before that.

And finally FDR had been Governor of New York (GSP $1.1 trillion) for four years.  He also had been Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and a VP candidate before he became President.

I like Obama, but I really do wish he was standing in 2012 not 2008.  Apart from arguably Eisenhower I don’t think we have had such an inexperienced candidate. And going from the Illinois State Senate to Leader of the Free World in just four years may just be asking too much.  Time will tell.

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Whoops

February 28th, 2008 at 9:44 pm by David Farrar

Had a very pleasurable few hours at a nice wee Wellington wine bar, with some acquaintances.  The wine kept flowing (Pinor Noir of course) and our conversations got louder and shall we say more blunt about people and organisations.

Then the manager slips over to us and says how she doesn’t mind the fact we are loud as we are obviously enjoying ourselves, and she doesn’t mind the fact that our language was somewhat blunt but could we please refrain from referring to “f**king useless c**ts” when our voices reached over 30 decibels.

The weird thing is none of us could actually recall using that phrase.  Then we had to go back over all the topics and people and groups we had talked about, and finally we worked out what the target of the said epitah was.

Believe it or not -it was all related to a debate over the merits of Arial 12 over Times New Roman 10, and the role of PRINZ in this weighty matter!

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WWE back in NZ

February 28th, 2008 at 5:27 pm by David Farrar

Quoting from a PR sent via NZPA/Mediacom:

The Superstars of WWE SmackDown / ECW LIVE are returning to New Zealand in June 2008 for two nights of unforgettable action. For the first time ever, WWE will take over the Vector Arena in Auckland on 11th June and then they will hit the Westpac Centre, Christchurch on 12th June.

Tickets to WWE SmackDown® / ECW LIVE go on sale Friday 4th April at 9.00a.m. through Ticketmaster and Ticketek. An exclusive internet pre-sale will take place from Tuesday 1st April at www.ticketmaster.co.nz and www.ticketek.co.nz

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I know quite a few people who travelled up to Wellington the last time WWE were here, so not surprised they are coming back to NZ.

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An AFL test

February 28th, 2008 at 3:11 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports the AFL has produced a DVD for their rugby players to teach them to have better attitudes towards women. And they even have a quiz for their players:

1 – You are called by a mate’s girlfriend into her bedroom because she thinks you are her boyfriend. Do you:

a – Go and hop into bed and pretend to be him.
b – Walk away.

Hmmn, they start with a really tough one.  No option to tell her who you really are, but persuade her to trade up, so (b) must be the answer.

2 – You are with a girl who has had too much to drink. Do you:

a – Get her some water.
b – Call her a taxi.
c – Take her back to your place for sex.

One could argue (d) – all of the above is an option.  Help her sober up. And then when she is sober, see if she is keen to take a taxi back to your place.

3 – A mate and his girlfriend are having sex. Do you:

a – Watch.
b – Not watch.

Well based on media stories, the average AFL player will ask about the “join in” option which seems to be missing.  Also the “video it on my cellphone and upload to You Yube” option is missed out.

Putting aside levity, it is great the AFL are trying to improve things – but really such simplistic leading questions are not going to do much except generate laughter.  The more detailed scenarios that (for example) Rape Crisis in NZ produce seem to me a far better product.

Jessica Wright in the Canberra Times suggests an additional section for aspiring WAGS:

When you meet a footballer in a bar, do you:

(a) climb over the next girl, using nails and heels, to get next to him?
(b) re-assess personal life goals in direct reference to how many said goals footballers have booted in the season, or
(c) check for possible similarities to current boyfriend’s features.

I am sure Cactus Kate will be unable to resist a post on this issue.  Go nag her to hurry up and do it.

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Why you should never take the cartoonists on

February 28th, 2008 at 1:57 pm by David Farrar

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Because they always get the last word!

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The left’s campaign against the Herald

February 28th, 2008 at 12:06 pm by David Farrar

The Standard accuses the Herald of handing editorial control over to the Free Speech Coalition. If only they would – I’d love to be editor even just for a day.

KBB repeats the charge.  Their complaint is the story which includes:

Prime Minister Helen Clark says her criticisms of the New Zealand Herald bear no similarity to the ejection a newspaper publisher from Fiji by that country’s military regime.

What both blogs deliberately ignore – because they want to bring down the Herald – is that the story is not a NZ Herald story. It is an NZPA story. This is clearly indicated at the bottom of the page. The Herald running on their website an NZPA story is a daily event.
So really they are saying that NZPA has also joined the Vast Right WIng Conspiracy of 91 years of non charity to Labour.  And if I now have editorial control over NZPA, could someone start paying me.

Incidentally I did enjoy the comment made in this thread:

Meanwhile, overheard at a telephone exchange in downtown Suva!

“Hello, Commodore Frank Bainimarama speaking.”

“Hello, Helen Clark here.”

“Why Helen, This is an unexpected surprise, what can I do for you?”

“Just some advise please Frank, how DO you deport a newspaper editor?”

Heh.

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Top 25 TV put-downs

February 28th, 2008 at 11:46 am by David Farrar

The BBC has a list of the top 25 put-downs on TV.  Some I have not heard of, but the ones I can recall are:

  • Basil Fawlty – Fawlty Towers. To Sybil: “Oh dear, what happened? Did you get entangled in the eiderdown again? Not enough cream in your eclair? Hmm? Or did you have to talk to all your friends for so long that you didn’t have time to perm your ears?”
  • Edmund Blackadder – Blackadder II. To Lord Percy: “The eyes are open, the mouth moves, but Mr Brain has long since departed, hasn’t he, Percy?”
  • Roseanne Conner – Roseanne. To husband Dan: “Your idea of romance is popping the can away from my face.”
  • Carla – Cheers. Cliff: “I’m ashamed God made me a man.” Carla: “I don’t think God’s doing a lot of bragging about it either.”
  • Statler and Waldorf – The Muppet Show. Statler: “Wake up, you old fool, you slept through the show.” Waldorf: “Who’s a fool? You watched it.”
  • JR Ewing – Dallas. “Ray never was comfortable eating with the family – we do use knives and forks.”
  • Dr Perry Cox – Scrubs. Dr Elliot Reid: “I don’t think you understand the severity of the situation here. I am dangerously close to giving up men altogether.” Dr Cox: “Then on behalf of men everywhere – and I do mean everywhere, including the ones in little mud huts – let me be the first to say thanks and hallelujah.”
  • Dr Gregory House – House. “You can think I’m wrong, but that’s no reason to stop thinking.”
  • Captain Mainwaring – Dad’s Army. “You stupid boy!”

One could do a post just on the top 25 put-downs in Blackadder!

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Candidates’ pages updated

February 28th, 2008 at 11:23 am by David Farrar

Just a note that I have updated my 2008 Candidates page.

Thanks to those who keep sending updates through. Please keep it up. As far as I know there is no other up to date listing of major candidates as neither Labour nor National have a list on their websites.

It occurs to me it could be a useful service to hyperlink the names through to the candidate’s websites and/or blogs.  That will take a while but something I’ll look at doing when I get some time.  It means I’d have to change it from a graphic copied from Excel to an actual HTML table which I would have to swot up on to code.

The page is generally updated every one to two weeks.

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Death of a Giant

February 28th, 2008 at 11:08 am by David Farrar

William F Buckley Jr  died today. He was a giant in the US Conservative movement, and respected by most people from all sides for his talents.

He founded National Review, and it is from their blog that I want to quote:

His accomplishments were almost incalculable. As George Will once said, “before there was Ronald Reagan there was Barry Goldwater, before there was Goldwater there was National Review, and before there was National Review there was William F. Buckley.” As conservatives — and as Americans —  we are all standing on his shoulders.

If you want more tributes on Buckey, keep checking the blog linked above.

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The least surprising research results ever

February 28th, 2008 at 11:03 am by David Farrar

Tamara McLean in the NZ Herald reports on a study of two anti-impotence drugs.

The study found that women prefer Cialis which can keep erections going for 36 hours, over Viagra which works for only four hours.

Will wonders never cease.

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Goat Sex

February 28th, 2008 at 10:38 am by David Farrar

Oh dear oh dear. The Press reports on a North Canterbury man who has pleaded guilty to having sex with a goat. His rationale?

Well he said that “animals can’t talk” so he thought he would not get caught.

The defence lawyer discriminates against goats also by pleading for name suppression to continue as his client only rapes goats instead of humans.

But one thing missing in the article, is details of how the man did get caught?  Did the goat dob him in after all?

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Blog Bits

February 28th, 2008 at 9:35 am by David Farrar

Cactus Kate celebrates the Hong Kong Government giving out NZ5.5b of tax cuts because they took in too much tax.  And that is on top of the fact the top marginal tax rate is 17%.

Craig Foss is outraged over the sacking of the democratically elected Hawkes’ Bay District Health Board after just 72 days in office.

Liberty Scott has the top ten reasons why lefties should hate Castro.

Russell Brown covers the issue of some favourable parliamentary edits in Wikipedia to National MP’s pages. I agree with his conclusion that if you do more than one or two minor edits you should register a profile rather than just do it from your IP address.

A friend gave me an article in New Scientist a couple of weeks ago, about how political persuasion may have a genetic basis.  They found identical twins has more similar political views than fraternal twins, which is quite fascinating.  I had been planning to blog it, but Kiwiblogblog have covered it with links to an extract of the original research.

Daily Tech finds that a 12 month drop in world temperatures has wiped out a century of warming.  From what I can tell this doesn’t mean that human activity is not contributing to warming, just that other factors such as solar activity still have far more influence. Comments from those more up to date with the science here are welcome.

Tim Selwyn at Tumeke has a post on Oliver Driver’s interview with Helen Clark’ and how she seemed unsure how to handle questions criticising her performance not from a right wing perspective but from the left. He also compares how Helen Clark was unable to come up with a single nice thing to say about John Ke, while Key had no problem supplying an admirable quality of Clark’s the previous week. If someone can get the Alt TV interview onto You Tube I’ll link to it.

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