The country is destined to mediocrity with “Smile and Wave” as Prime Minister. Read and weep: John Key believes voters have concerns about Act leader Don Brash holding the balance of power because he is an extremist, and they see the Maori Party as positive because it has worked constructively within the system.
Falafulu Fisi – that’s a major modern issue. When I was growing up I had far less distractions – I read quite a bit, listened to the radio a little, went to the “pictures” every now and then and otherwise we made our own entertainment. School was where I learnt quite a bit and it was my main way of socialising – and I still got quite bored with it.
With the multitude of distractions and “entertainments” and ways of socialising now it’s no wonder scholds struggle to compete for student’s attention.
flipper – need winter to arrive, soil temps are really warm, it is of great concern to me how warm…. NOTHING what so ever to do with the BS topic in general of Climate Change… More so being a farmer and having produce in the ground
Following on from PG’s comment I reckon that the focus of modern education is up the spout. I’m in my sixties, run my own business & bugger around on the internet but the only things I left school with that proved to be of any value were the basics….reading, writing & arithmetic. Without these I’d be stuffed.
Without reasonable proficiency in these further education, be it of the self taught variety or formal is nigh impossible.
Why then do we put up with the educational experts’ practice of advancing students through various grades when it is obvious that they are incapable of succeeding until the basics are in place?
Maori need to find mana in their own past to feel safe about the present and future. What? Are you asking for more tribal wars, pillage, violence, and cannibalism?
No. That is the whole point of what was being discussed yesterday [I think].
History is being rewritten to downplay, even eliminate, the tribal wars, pillage, violence, and cannibalism.
Change this – When a slave girl, apparently about fifteen years of age, infuriated an old chief woman, she was promptly killed and eaten. The head was thrown to the children as a plaything. (Moon 2006, p. 20, quoting Polack 1838 pp. 5-6)
to this – Researchers found children were treated with loving care and indulged. “The father was devotedly fond of his children and they were his pride and delight,” the report found. “Children would entwine themselves around their father’s neck for an entire day, asleep or awake, as a constant companion.” This instilled love, security, and confidence into Maori children.
Lead researcher Margaret Mountain Harte hoped the findings could be introduced in school curriculums to educate Maori teens. “It’s empowering for me. The whole warrior culture was balanced by the nurturing one,” she said.
Chair Dr Hone Kaa said Maori parents were able to see themselves in a much more positive light. “It will serve to demonstrate to Maori they don’t have to believe they’re inherently violent,” he said.
Many believe the essence of Maori tradition to be MUI MURI KI MUA
from past forward
For many the past must be sorted before anyone can move on
and it seems if the past does not now give you what you want
just bloody rewrite it
even although it is a lie
Murray, I think that Manolo & Berend are arguing for Don Brash’s policies which is the alternative that you ask for. The alternative to Key’s spending is to cut/trim it which is what Don Brash is advocating.
Nasska said… …advancing students through various grades when it is obvious that they are incapable of succeeding until the basics are in place?
You’re right there Nasska. I’ve seen from both Labour and now National the propensity to throw technology into the system (eg, laptops for every kid) as somehow it will cure the falling achievement standards. Technology is great, but it should be used when kids fully understand the basics. Technology will enhance and accelerate their learning (no doubt) but they should only come in, when kids have mastered the basics and ready to adopt technology.
It surprises me Murray didn’t find odd that the PM labelled the former leader of his own party as an extremist.
These days is much more convenient to repudiate an erstwhile colleague and embrace the racists.
The mystery of who leaked Brash’s e-mails to the despicable Nicky Hagger appears not so obscure now, doesn’t it?
“Modern technology is nearly useless if you are unable to read what is on the screen. It may be faster than a book but without the basics the most it can do is speed up ignorance” – nasska
Nicely put! And very true. No amount of technological gadgets will fix the fundamental flaws in our education system: attitudinal problems, poor teaching, and teaching-oriented systems instead of learning-oriented systems.
Manolo et al,
The problem is the VOTERS see Brash as an extremist. That being so, Key has to keep his distance. Abusing Key for that is ridiculous. The solution is to convince the voters that Brash’s views are actually pretty sensible.
The secret of political success for Act is not convincing 5% or 10% of people on the right to vote Act, it is convincing people in the middle to accept stronger medicine. If Act can thus win the battle of ideas, the battle for votes is immaterial.
Don’t necessarily agree. His economic policies aren’t that extreme. Axing WFF and charging interest on student loans aren’t extreme. The problem is that those policies cut right right across the self-interest of 15% to 20% of the voting population who demonstrated in the 2005 election that they can be bought off with the massive election bribes that these constituted in the first place. Going to the polls on the basis of axing those policies would ensure that the greedies went back to voting for the bribe party and we would wind up with Alfred E. Neuman as PM.
1. Vettel won the world championship from 3 other challengers in the last race of last season. Hamilton beat out Massa by a single point. It was a more compelling rivalry.
2. The Red Bulls qualify best but dont race the best, so they are less likely to have come from behind wins (which are more spectacular).
3. Vettel would not have held on to win the Monaco GP if there wasnt a crash. He was slow and slowing and everyone knew it. In Spain he was slower as well but managed to hold on.
mikenmild, the data is not conclusive but that doesnt mean there isnt a stronger case against high minimum wages than there is for them.
Economic concepts do not always play nice and show themselves in the data. That is why the case against the minimum wage relies so heavily on logic and reasoning. The case FOR high minimum wages doesnt have that same kind of support.
The data may NEVER conclusively prove the minimum wage to be one way or the other, does that mean that it doesnt have any impact at all?
Something you probably won’t see in Welly, even in summer:
“While on the beach recently, I had to just sit there and listen to this woman for at least an hour while she talked on her mobile phone and pranced back forth in front of me.”
Ithink your comments may be taken as supporting the view that the effects of minimum wages are very difficult to demonstrate. I agree. Should the argument, such as it is, then descends towards ‘logic and reasoning’, presumably untainted by evidence?
Kimble said… Economic concepts do not always play nice and show themselves in the data.
Correct. Bell-shaped or normal curve probability distribution (aka Gaussian) has always been dominant in economics because it is always assumed that data shows or exhibits normal curve until you dig a bit deeper. That’s true in sparse data, but when there is huge data, the curve shows a nonsymmetric shape, ie, non-normal or skewed.
Fala, the observation that the idea that normal distribution is dominant in economics probably comes from three sources.
1. A lot of things are normally distributed.
2. Many things, while not normally distributed, are close enough for the sort of analysis economists want to do. Of course, those limitations are usually disclosed, but that doesnt stop people taking the concepts and building a grand architecture around the,.
3. Normal distribution is a simplifying assumption that is often used in the teaching of economics. Many peoples interaction with proper economics is only at the early stages. I have discussed economics with a bunch of people who said that the took a class in uni, and all they ever saw was the assumption of normal distribution.
Fair call Kimble. Maybe I got carried away with the fact he was the youngest man to ever drive in Formula One, the youngest World champion ever and the fact he has won five out of the six races this season so far. He must be slow as hell…
The problem is the VOTERS see Brash as an extremist.
Since when? Don Brash has maintained the same political views that took the National Party to a close second in the 2005 election, despite the dirty war fought against him by the socialists and their treasonous allies within Labour lite itself.
Are you saying 39.10% of the population (18.17% up swing) considered him an extremist and yet voted for Brash?
Yeah, longknives. Was gonna put that one up, that girl has done the right thing and it’s a bloody disgrace what the anti-narkers have done to her. Any decent person would come forward with info in a case like that……
And on to F1, ahh…Kimble,…..Vettel is also NOT a POM.
Vettel is a very fast qualifier (that is, the Red Bull cars are fast qualifiers), but he is not necessarily the fastest driver, or the best driver. Dont get blinded by the data.
I think Hamilton is a better driver. Thats because I think passing is a truer test of a driver. Hamilton is a much better passer than Vettel. Consider the Italian GP. Hamilton started 15th, finished in the points at 7th. Those 2 points were important. He won the championship by 1.
“And on to F1, ahh…Kimble,…..Vettel is also NOT a POM.”
And we do get a lot of English press in or colonised country.
I presume you seek the answer that this would reduce the sales figures for cars. That may be right. That does not necessarily mean that legislating a minimum price of labour will automatically reduce employment. That may be one effect; but it is simply that case that this effect does not show up empirically when the question has been studied. It may be that the price of labour is only one of many factors. Other measures that could affect the employment market would be such things as benefit levels, health and safety legislation and statutory prohibition of child labour and slavery. That does not necessarily mean that we should ‘reform’ all these things.
“That does not necessarily mean that legislating a minimum price of labour will automatically reduce employment.”
Not automatically, no. But clearly we can’t raise the minimum wage to $1000 per hour and all become rich.
So obviously a minimum wage can cause unemployment, it’s just an empirical matter of establishing how much unemployment is caused by different enforced wage rates.
Proponents of any particular minimum wage rate have a moral duty to identify and justify the additional unemployment that will result from their coercive intervention, in my opinion. But they never do.
The problem is that slimy low-life politicians cynically use such leglislation to score political points – showing how much they “care” – fully aware of the damage they are actually doing to the unskilled workers they claim to be supporting. They know that the victims of their actions will usually never identify minimum wage legislation as the cause of their unemployment.
Longknives 11.37am says: “Fair call Kimble. Maybe I got carried away with the fact he was the youngest man to ever drive in Formula One, the youngest World champion ever and the fact he has won five out of the six races this season so far. He must be slow as hell…”
The youngest is actually Jaime Alguersuari who was 19 years, 125 days when he started at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. The next youngest was Kiwi Mike Thackwell – he was 19 years, 182 days when he started at the 1980 Canadian Grand Prix. By comparison, Sebastian Vettel was 19 years, 349 days when he started at the 2007 United States Grand Prix. However, Vettel did drive at a Grand Prix meeting when he was 19 years and 54 days, but he did not start the race. Much like NZ’s Brendon Hartley when he tested for the Red Bull team 2 seasons ago but he didn’t start a race either.
The reason why Vettell is superior during practice trim is quite obvious – Red Bull has a better package during practice on the option tyres compared to the others. The reason is the aero package (especially the diffuser and rear wing combo). McLaren has taken a long time to get their aero package working well, but when the tanks are full and they use the harder compound tyre, the gap between Red Bull and the rest is very narrow. McLaren has a better KERS system than anyone but there can be no doubt that, on tracks where overtaking is v-e-r-y difficult (esp Monaco) the car that starts at the front will usually win unless there is a botch up in the pits.
Vettel is good – no doubt. But the Red Bull / Horner / Vettel combination is the reason they are winning at the moment.
Four big nations will not be signing any new kyoto protocol, which are Russia, Japan, Canada and the USA. So the annual meeting of the UN’s framework convention on climate change later this year in South Africa will be a non event. So basically the Kyoto is dead and any ETS scheme is a farce.
“would be bloody drastic for people who now rely on it”
PG, that all depends on where people sit on the income scale and who should be paying for their decisions to breed or other lifestyle choices. You will recall all the kerfuffle here about the latter when WFF greedies pedalled their implausible and self-interested line that they fulfilled a useful role in society by breeding and ought to be paid to do so.
Furthermore, anyone with one or more cars in the driveway, a personal cell phone, Sky TV, a boat, an annual holiday away, who smokes and drinks shouldn’t be getting a taxpayer hand-out.
There are some interesting technologies that have been around throughout the last century and came in quite useful during the depression and WWII and subsequently. These can be just as relevant today and include: feet, the bicycle, the bus, the radio and the vege garden and not buying a house that you can’t afford without a subsidy. Times were tough then but nobody expected someone else to bail them out.
The problem they now have is that the tax rate structure is far too high because the money that Liabore stole off them got pissed down the dunny. But as far as I’m concerned (yes, that’s you the 15% swingers) it serves you right for being so utterly stupid as to vote for a bunch of arseholes who over-taxed you and then give you some your own money back to get your vote, and then spent the rest of it on building an economy around the public service. My simple message: do the right thing this time round and don’t be selfish and greedy or just fuck off into a lifetime of dependence on the poor pricks that have to pay to support you, never achieve anything and never be able to look anyone straight in the eye to deny that you’ve had an entire lifetime on the bludge. It serves you right for being sucked off by Klerk’s bribe. You vote for more of the same and it will be worse the next time around and it will serve you right.
In the UK they have a Criminal Cases Review Commission to review alleged miscarriages of justice and bring them back to the Court of Appeal for re-hearing, with a very good strike rate. The previous Labour Government at one point criticised it as undermining faith in the criminal justice system! However, it appears that there are actual miscarriages of justice in the UK, many quite serious. Is it wishful thinking to presume that the same doesn’t happen here?
I want to comment from a much different angle – Cherie Kurarangi Sweeney should be applauded, she’s not sitting back demanding the government fix things like many other people, she’s standing up, she’s addressing it, trying to do something about it. More people should walk her sort of walk.
Exactly PG; something the ACToids refuse to acknowledge. But it isn’t “radical” except, unfortunately, in that it requires people to be responsible about lifestyle choices and conduct their lives on the basis that they are responsible for their lives and not someone else. As to inequity, well, we’re talking about the people who voted for a blatant bribe. They should have had the sense to know it could have gone away just as easily, but were too blinded by greed and self-interest, Just like the gold card defrauding greedy old gits who now support Peters voted for Muldoon all those years.
I know it should be addressed, but it’s not as quick or simple as some people demand.
But a true political leader would tackle the issue up front, wouldn’t he or she? The longer the unaffordable giveaways are kept, the more entrenched they become to a point that in a few years will be impossible to remove (the benighted DPB is an example.)
Key and English knew, and know, the whole WFF and interest-free loans are unsustainable. And yet, they refuse to acknowledge the magnitude of the problem and take any corrective measures out of fear of electoral backlash.
How can you call them leaders?
@Longknives. It probably depends where you are in the world – Vettel gets plenty of coverage in Germany (as he should) and Hamilton gets plenty in the UK (as he should too).
But Hamilton gets more than his ‘fair share’ for many reasons including (a) most of the media following formula one are from the UK (b) Hamilton is therefore considered to be the local ‘darling’ (c) Hamilton is articulate (d) Hamilton is a good story – he actually approached Ron Dennis when they both attended a British motor racing awards evening [Hamilton won the British kart champs] and told him he wanted to one day drive for McLaren. Not bad for a kid of 10 and (e) Hamilton is deemed to be the first ‘black’ driver in F1. So he is young / talented / black / driving for McLaren / came third in his first ever F1 race [Melbourne 2007] / came second in the Championship in his first year / and the list goes on.
But the key for me is the fact that Hamilton is currently considered to be a sponsors dream – mainly for the reasons listed above. Schumacher was also a brilliant driver but is a grump and for this reason some sponsors still shun him to this day. Vettel is also seen as a bit of a grump – perhaps this doesn’t help his ‘image’ either.
FWIW – suggest you keep an eye on Nico Rosberg – he is really quick in practice but Williams hasn’t quite got their race package ‘right’ as yet. But when they do, he’ll be right at the front.
the combination that is working at the moment is purely to do with Adrian Newey and his clearly enormous brain. Vettel is very good and has a lot of talent, but if all the cars were equal I suspect that he would be eaten alive by Alonso and Hamiltron!
The RB7 has so much aerodynamic downforce that it can have the moveable rear wing open for much more of the lap in qualifying when you are allowed to use it at any point on the track, whereas in the race you are only allowed to use it in one or two specific areas (usually the back straight or main straight). by being able to open the wing much earlier in the corner exit, or indeed hold it open the whole way through a faster corner, the redbull’s are able to gain as much as 0.5s to 1.0 second over the course of a quali lap. Come the race, the Ferrari’s and McLaren’s are able to keep pace.
Why does Hamilton court more media attention? He is a character, he is also the first black driver and world champion, he speaks his mind as we saw today with the Ali G. comment, which was hilarious by the way! he races flat out and is more exciting to watch.
Vettel models himself on Schumacher, and we all know how exciting F1 was when he was dominant! (hint: it wasn’t). winning from the front after being dominant through qualifying is never going to make headlines, until Vettel starts passing people in high stakes manoeuvres, he will fly under the radar until championship deciding time.
As someone who stayed up all hours watching the race last night, I can say that Vettel was lucky to win, If that crash had not meant a red flag then Alonso or Button would have nailed Vettel in the closing laps. As it happened, the red flag allowed the teams to change tyres on the cars on the grid, and thus Vettel could get rid of his VERY VERY old tyres for some new ones. they were twice as old as Alonso’s and almost 3x as old as Button’s.
Great race though, and this season will at least be exciting from 2nd place down!
Edit: Elaycee, I think you mean Mercedes? Nico doesn’t drive for Williams these days
@Batman. Oops – you’re right. My brain is dizzy from watching Monaco, the final 2 hours of the Indy 500 and now a day at the coal face in Newmarket. But agree with your comments re Monaco – the red flag really stuffed the race. I think Button would have won – even the bullfighter admitted so post race.
Thanks for that. I was looking forward to watching it after recording it but I guess I don’t have to now.
The thing that really struck me about the RB7 was the drive it got out of the last corner at Catalunya when Hamilton was after him. Even when Vettel’s KERS wasn’t working, Hamilton never got a look in – and all, it seems, because he was dumped at that last corner. Once he had hit the apex he was just gone. After that the straight just wasn’t long enough for Hamilton. Would you attribute all of that to downforce Batman, or suspension also?
May be showing a few grey hairs, but I recall Keke Rosberg when he raced a Chevron B39 here for Fred Opert in the late 1970′s. One incident stands out for me – Rosberg was struggling to get pole for the NZIGP and in the last minutes of practice he ‘straight lined’ the chicane that used to be at the top of the Pukekohe hill’ and as the car slammed down in a shower of sparks, Rosberg kept the foot hard down until he crossed the line and recorded his official time. The result was pole position with Opert’s crew having to repair the suspension and the steering on the car.
IIRC, the car stayed in NZ at the end of the Tasman series and was subsequently raced by Bryan Hartley?? (Brendon’s dad) – with the scrape marks on the underside of the tub remaining there until it went back overseas and was restored many years later.
I hope they are right. Mallard’s little bum boy in the dirty tricks division on the job again.
BTW, did the little ginga git bother to explain what he meant by “privatisation”? Is it a bit like selling all our assets offshore when we aren’t selling all our assets offshore and retaining giverment control?
Davincimode: Sorry mate! you should watch the race anyway, it had so many twists and turns that I can’t even be bothered going into or would even be able to analyse!
On Catalunya, I’m not sure, I believe it is understood that the Fazza and the McL have better mechanical grip though. There is also a significant concertina effect with these cars as getting on the throttle maybe half a second earlier can probably eliminate the advantage that KERS and DRS provides.
Interesting note that i fogot to put in my first comment, Adrian Newey apparently doesn’t believe in KERS and so didn’t allow it any space in the design, saying to the team ‘I will not compromise the aero of my car in order to fit kers in, you can fit it in where ever there is space once I am finished’. this is why the KERS keeps failing on the Redbull’s, it is tacked onto the car in a strange place and isn’t completely integrated into the design, and probably has no cooling vents as they would interfere with Newey’s aero. !
Elaycee: If Keke had tried that these days he would have been dumped to the back of the grid!
No surprise Vettel models himself on Schumacher. But he will have to go a bit further if he wants to emulate Schumachers “you vill pass me only vhen i die!” style.
I think the Redbulls have a trick that allows them to get out of corners a lot faster than their opposition. Something to do with their exhaust IIRC. Its due to be banned, so lets see how the season goes after that.
Kimble: Fairly certain all teams bar (I think) Hispaniola are using a similar system and that although it is technically illegal the teams have till Silverstone to fix it. HRT could theoretically protest which could cause the whole field to be disqualified, but that would make them rather unpopular on the track I would imagine.
The last corner sequence at Catalunya is a L/R chicane followed by a sweeping right hander onto the main straight. Fact is, McLaren couldn’t get near the Red Bull coming out of the chicane (already been explained about getting onto the throttle half a second earlier than the car behind) and then the answer to the next question was best answered by Hamilton himself when Vettel / Hamilton and Button were getting ready to step out on to the podium and Hamilton quipped “you are so quick in the faster corners – I couldn’t get to you.”
The Red Bull certainly is at its best in the quicker corners – this is a direct result of the aero package / diffuser / rear wing / exhaust exit point on the car. This all combines to (a) create the best (rear) down force package on the track at the moment and (b) the air coming off the back of the Red Bull is ‘different’ to the air coming off other cars and Hamilton can’t sit right under the wing of Vettel as he enters the corner (compared to what he can do with, say Alonso) because the lack of clean air on Hamilton’s front wing produces understeer (not good). This phenomena is best seen in the wet – check out the rooster tail and the vortex from Vettel’s car compared to others. Chalk and cheese.
KERS isn’t used at the apex of corners but rather as the car is under full throttle (and the car needs to be in a straight line when full throttle is applied or it’ll step out). Suspension isn’t the reason for their edge through corners either – it is due to a superior aero package.
In the case of the Red Bull cars, the KERS is located behind the LH side pod radiator and it gets hot = not reliable! RBR has decided not to cut a cooling duct to this area because it may affect the overall aero package. Horner has said that, if they are far enough in front, they don’t need KERS anyway (apart from the start) and based on results to date, he has a point.
@ Batman. You’re right re Keke Rosberg. His tactic at Pukekohe that day would be frowned upon today (and you’re right again – he would be dropped to the back of the grid) but at the time he did it, it took the rest of the grid by surprise.
It would have taken a fair chunk of courage to even attempt it too…
A woman from Auckland who was a tree hugger, Greens supporter, and an
anti-hunter, purchased a piece of bush land near Coromandel.
There was a large Kauri tree on one of the highest points on the block. She wanted
a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to
climb the big tree. As she neared the top she encountered a magpie that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid
down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch.
In considerable pain, she hurried to Thames Hospital to see a doctor.
She told him she was an environmentalist, a Greenie, and an anti-hunter
and how she came to get all the splinters. The doctor listened to her
story with great patience and then told her to go wait in the examining
room and he would see if he could help her.
She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared.. The
angry woman demanded, “What took you so long?”
He smiled and then told her, “Well, I had to get permits from the Department of Conservation, Resource Management Act, District Council, Regional Authority and Iwi before I could remove old-growth timber from a recreational area. I’m sorry, but they turned me down.”
nasska: I prefer to think he is sitting at the feet of his wise Kuia and Kamatua boning up on old recipes from the past to replace the scourge of Maccas/KFC/BK that the evil colonialist oppressors have forced on his people.
A 40-year-old Bangladeshi woman cut off a man’s penis during an alleged attempted rape and took it to a police station as evidence, police said.
The man attacked the married mother of three while she was sleeping in her shanty in Jhalakathi district, some 200 kilometres south of Dhaka, on Saturday night.
“As he tried to rape her, the lady cut his penis off with a knife. She then wrapped up the penis in a piece of polythene and brought it to the Jhalakathi police station as evidence of the crime,” police chief Abul Khaer told AFP.
The woman has filed a case accusing the 40-year-old man – a married father of five – of attempted rape, saying that he had been harassing her for six months.
The severed penis has been kept at the police station and the rape suspect was undergoing treatment in hospital.
“We shall arrest him once his condition gets better,” Khaer added.
So then, lads. Kyoto abandoned and last year having the highest level of carbon emissions ever. Will this mean the end of “If we don’t do [action] then death will before us all!” naval-gazing and the start of more Apocalyptic predictions? Perhaps they can orchestrate a $100 million advertising campaign like Harold Camping did.