The Alterior Motive.
(Isn’t there always one with these bloody socialist do gooder “I’m here to help” types.
Eye in sky may target the high
By CHARLIE GATES – The Press
Last updated 05:00 17/04/2009
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Cannabis “factories” could be exposed by an aircraft with an infra-red camera over Christchurch.
The Christchurch City Council plans to use the eye in the sky this winter to create a thermal map of the city and use the information to offer people with poorly insulated homes advice on energy efficiency.
Christchurch drug squad officers hope to use the map to look for hot houses one of the tell-tale signs that lamps are being used in an attic for cannabis cultivation.
“If the council made that available for us, it would be a useful tool for us to consider,” acting head of the Christchurch drug squad, Detective Sergeant Earle Borrell, said.
Indoor cannabis cultivation was increasing, Borrell said.
“Growing cannabis under lights has become common because they can produce high-quality material in controlled circumstances, with the advantage of having more discreet cultivation,” he said.
Infra-red cameras mounted on helicopters are used by British police to spot cannabis factories.
The West Yorkshire police spotted more than 250 cannabis factories in the first six months of last year using the specially equipped helicopters.
The thermal map is part of a plan to slash Christchurch’s $1.6 billion annual energy bill and cut energy use by every city resident by 9 per cent.
The council plans to make the thermal map public as soon as it is created. No decision has been made on whether the map will be published on the internet.
The $240,000 initiative will be funded by the council’s sale of carbon credits to British Gas for $4 million in 2006.
Council corporate services manager Paul Anderson said the council would co-operate with the police if they wanted to use the map.
“That is not the primary objective of the project. The primary objective of residential thermography is to identify poorly insulated properties and offer assistance to householders,” he said.
“We would co-operate fully with police if they wanted to use the images we take. I am not sure whether the police would be able to use them, but we would be very happy to co-operate with them.”
The thermal map is part of a 10-year, $6.6m council plan to cut projected growth in energy use in Christchurch from 19.9 per cent between 2008 and 2018 to 0.04 per cent.
Bagehot writes in the latest Economist magazine about the smear scandal in the UK:
On Mr Brown’s watch, these methods have been reinforced by another Labour trait, sometimes submerged but now predominant: a harsh, myopic party tribalism. Oddly, it is most pronounced in some of the younger ministers and functionaries (Mr McBride is 34), who were still children during Labour’s traumatising wilderness years. But Mr Brown, who sometimes seems to despise Mr Cameron so much that he can scarcely speak his name, exhibits it too. The tribalists badly underestimated Mr Cameron, blindly dismissing him as a jejune, upstart toff. They also anathemise the Tories, who to them are not merely mistaken, but evil. The corollary of this loathing is the sense that Labour is entitled to do more or less whatever it takes to keep them out.
It strikes me how closely this mirrors Labour in New Zealand.
Hopkins stumbles over the truth of thematter and keeps going as if nothing happened…
“…Your ancestors, sensibly, headed for Taiwan. Mine, inexplicably, chose the wastes of Europe. But in each case, our tribes went on their way, adapting, inventing and massacring others as required to ensure the success of their journey and the power of their dominion…”
evolution: the weak die off, the strong continue the line.
I also congratulate the Minister in getting rid of CINDY, but why replace her at all? Get rid of these useless costly Commissioners. The Government promised to reduce surplus state servants, where better to start.
I’ve just checked out your demerits page, and noticed this:
Roger Nome – 1 week until 14/3/08 and 2 weeks until 18 June 2008 and one month until 3/9/09 and two months until 6 April 2009 , and then permanent ban for highly offensive comments re DPF on another blog. His hatred no longer welcome.
Good job. I’d say Roger Nome was one of the most disliked commentators here. He’s recently been banned at Whaleoil’s blog too:
Whaleoil 04/12/2009 06:54 PM
Philip John Mason aka Roger Nome aka Cunt you are permanently, lifetime banned from this blog. Despite requests for you to debate the issues you continue with personal attacks against me and my other readers.
David Farrar (1117) Says:
July 12th, 2008 at 11:40 am
I am thinking seriously of banning Roger Nome. I am slowly starting to realise he is here only to troll. The lefties who are genuine are always welcome. JafaPete is a great example of that. But really it is becoming obvious Roger Nome is here just to disrupt and divert. His trivialisation of NZ First’s apparent actions is not a position anyone could hold in good faith.
Oh dear what can the matter be
Lately Cindy’s been crying in the lavatory
Paula’s kicking arse, can’t you see
And thats extremely satisfactory
one down plenty to go
Dont stop Paula go with the flow
Cindy had promised She’d buy me a flatscreen to please me,
And then with a mysky, oh! She said She would tease me,
She promised She’d shout me an overseas jaunt for free
The taxpayer owes me these can’t you see