Jumping the shark

April 24th, 2012 at 4:55 pm by David Farrar

The Government today announced:

  • Housing New Zealand has today closed a tender to speed up repair of over 600 of its quake damaged properties
  • The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has just agreed to pay $21 million to Christchurch City Council, its largest individual claimant, allowing the council to begin repairs to around 280 quake damaged properties in its social housing portfolio
  • The Department of Building and Housing (DBH) is making good progress toward establishment of a new temporary accommodation village at Rawhiti Domain in New Brighton, with 20 two bedroom units due to be on site by mid-July and the ability to provide further units as required
  • The Government has already built 63 houses in two temporary accommodation villages at Linwood Park in Christchurch City and Kaiapoi Domain in the Waimakariri District

Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn says the package is too little too late (which is a legitimate point of view) but goes on to say:

Brownlee’s inaction and denial means we are going to see a spike in cold-related deaths in Christchurch this winter. People will die needlessly, largely of flu and respiratory diseases, because he did nothing. And that makes him nothing more than a murderer.

This is jumping the shark in a massive way. Its pathetic, and erodes his credibility. I really wonder what happened to I/S so that his hatred of the right makes him so irrational at times.

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42 Responses to “Jumping the shark”

  1. V (668 comments) says:

    Spent too long talking to Bomber.

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  2. burt (7,806 comments) says:

    I really wonder what happened to I/S so that his hatred of the right makes him so irrational at times.

    He switched comments off a few years back and since then has been a classic Labour supporter – he’s never wrong, can’t be criticised and never needs to justify his loopy lefty positions.

    DPF: Post a NRT caption contest on your blog – You need a picture and a caption – no correspondence can be entered into and nobody else can suggest a caption.

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  3. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    He jumped the shark a, long time ago, pure fantasy has been par for the course for a while now.

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  4. wat dabney (3,671 comments) says:

    Similarly, the Greens’ determination to disallow the exploitation of cheap oil and gas, to force people to buy expensive renewables and to maintain us in fuel poverty, will lead directly to the deaths of many elderly people in winter. This makes them no better than murderers.

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  5. 3-coil (1,200 comments) says:

    If he seriously believes that crap he’s written, then he is one sick puppy. He is losing contact with reality and he needs medical treatment.

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  6. RightNow (6,658 comments) says:

    Like wat said, that makes every global warming activist akin to a murderer too.

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  7. RRM (9,445 comments) says:

    Yes too much political hobby horse hysteria will turn almost everyone off your message – just ask James Lovelock…

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  8. Yoza (1,536 comments) says:

    It is, of course, a perfectly reasonable assessment of the bloody mindedness of the likes of Gerry Brownlee, which is why the reactionaries over here are exploding with indignation. The people who will die in disproportionately excessive numbers are the elderly, the very poor (predominantly Maori and Tagata Pasifika) and the infirm, as Idiot/Savant points out ,“…we are going to see a spike in cold-related deaths in Christchurch this winter”, you do not need to be a statistician to understand why and to whom this will happen.

    It is precisely because these deaths are predictable and, by definition, preventable that renders Brownlee and co.’s inactivity, at best, tantamount to manslaughter through negligence. Similarly, if someone shut one of their kids outside on a freezing night to punish them and that kid died of hypothermia, then that person could, arguably, be charged with manslaughter or worse.

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  9. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    The NZ Blogosphere seems to be getting more feral. You’re definitely far from immune here DPF.

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  10. jaba (2,089 comments) says:

    not sure about the savant part, easy to understand the idiot

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  11. smttc (691 comments) says:

    So Yoza, you’re a noted common lawyer now are you? What utter horseshit.

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  12. Nostalgia-NZ (4,910 comments) says:

    Yoza
    6.08

    Any idea why i/s needed to attend his message with a comment that detracted from a good point of concern?

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  13. scrubone (3,048 comments) says:

    Nostalgia-NZ: he doesn’t seem to be able to help himself.

    He was particularly bad with Section 59, claiming several times that cases that were clearly abuse (concrete brick to the head for example) would never have been prosecuted, in spite of the fact that under the old law, even a parent who’d smacked with an open hand was tried and convicted of assault.

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  14. slijmbal (1,211 comments) says:

    There is a barest smidgeon of truth here – excessive cold kills people (pay attention warmists) – but there are ways to address this that don’t involved miracle rebuilding in a an area where, frankly, common sense says move elsewhere.

    Personally I see it as irresponsible to rebuild/repair in Christchurch for several years.

    Power subsidiy would do the trick I suggest

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  15. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    “It is, of course, a perfectly reasonable assessment of the bloody mindedness of the likes of Gerry Brownlee…..”

    Jesus wept. Does this moron really share the same oxygen as the rest of us? :(

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  16. Johnboy (14,973 comments) says:

    “Power subsidiy would do the trick I suggest”

    What a jolly good idea.

    You can pay the power bills for all the poor people! :)

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  17. scrubone (3,048 comments) says:

    The problem is that there aren’t enough houses.

    If the problem was that the houses that are there are bad, then this would have been a bigger problem last winter. From my observation, sewage is a bigger problem than cold in these houses. Remember last winter when Labour complained that people were living in 3rd world conditions because they only had *one* heatpump?

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  18. slijmbal (1,211 comments) says:

    @Johnboy

    in this case I don’t have a problem assisting people affected by ‘an act of god’ – that is charity

    I do have a problem giving everyone assistance regardless of how they ended up unable to pay their own bills- that is untargeted welfare.

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  19. Johnboy (14,973 comments) says:

    Just pulling your tit slijmbal! :)

    Were you a little goody good at school too?

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  20. gravedodger (1,514 comments) says:

    Not certain of the funding sources but following the Feb quake that made many homes challenging to inhabit, hundreds of motor homes, mostly older ones being held for RWC possibilities, were parked in Canterbury Park at greatly reduced rates for the desperate but my information tells me only a very few were ever occupied.

    Do not forget Lianze Diesel was removed from Cabinet for mispeaking the truth, quelle surprise.

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  21. Alan Wilkinson (1,816 comments) says:

    Doesn’t Idiot/Savant understand Death by Government has a proud socialist history?:

    http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/20TH.HTM

    If you want to live, don’t depend on the Government to save you. But I guess that’s not a lesson he’s capable of learning.

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  22. Nostalgia-NZ (4,910 comments) says:

    scrubone

    I agree about the sewage.
    I think there is a lot of money being spent in the wrong areas. I’ve heard some suburban residents saying that the CBD for example is superseding work else where. I can see a good argument for homes first, business prioritised as well but not familiar land marks for symbolic reasons that seem quite emotional before people and work are put first.

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  23. scrubone (3,048 comments) says:

    Arguing about where the building should be happening is a moot point – there’s so little building happening it’s not funny.

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  24. scrubone (3,048 comments) says:

    If you want to live, don’t depend on the Government to save you.

    I’ve been told first hand that, whereas advocates can talk to private landlords and often get action, Housing NZ is pretty much impossible.

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  25. libertyscott (356 comments) says:

    I wrote about him not long ago when he said that those imposing austerity on Greece and Portugal are responsible for “mass murder on a vast scale”. This is exactly the sort of feral rhetoric that the likes of him and many on the left would throw at some on the other side of the spectrum. Austerity is, of course, not imposed by anyone, given all it means is that banks and governments are no longer willing to lend you money because you’ve shown little capability to live within your means.

    His credibility has been gurgling down the sewer for a while now.

    http://libertyscott.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/idiot-savant-has-lost-plot-and-is.html

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  26. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    Idiot/savant,

    Brownlee’s inaction and denial means we are going to see a spike in cold-related deaths in Christchurch this winter. People will die needlessly, largely of flu and respiratory diseases, because he did nothing. And that makes him nothing more than a murderer.

    Tosser

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  27. scrubone (3,048 comments) says:

    I wonder how many children in Africa have died because Idiot never sponsored them.

    Why, there must be millions!

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  28. metcalph (1,361 comments) says:

    Remind me again. How many people did die of the cold from last years winter in Christchurch?

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  29. xy (151 comments) says:

    Well actually we had an particularly warm, but very erratic, winter last year. Except for the 2 snow days, I didn’t wear gloves all winter. It was like all the cold weather was concentrated into two days…

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  30. Falafulu Fisi (2,176 comments) says:

    libertyscott that’s a very good article of yours on Idiot/Savant. The guy is simply an idiot. I/Savant, Bomber and Phil U are making the same idiotic argument. Blame bankers & capitalism for recent crisis. I find such comments coming from people who say that they have had University education, simply unbelievable. It is unbelievable, because such comments one expects to come from school drop out, but NO, it comes from the likes of Phil U (who claimed to have completed an M.A in politics). One just have to go to the General Debate thread on 24th, and see his rant about bankers including John Key & Don Brash as somehow they’re Rand followers.

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  31. libertyscott (356 comments) says:

    Falafulu: Bear in mind Phil U is a 9/11 “truther”, I’d treat his views now with utter contempt given how easily he embraces that ludicrous conspiracy theory.

    To be fair, I think the government’s response to the Chch earthquake has been diabolical, but to call what is at best, inaction, the same as murder is to been unhinged – for it means everyone who doesn’t act in a way to stop someone dying is a murderer – we are all murderers because we don’t sacrifice all the time and money we could to save others – which is an insult to everyone who has been a murder victim and their loved ones because it diminishes the act of deliberately taking a life.

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  32. MrTips (144 comments) says:

    Mr Malcolm Harbrow could always try helping some poor people or paying for some heating for them.
    No?
    Sorry, I should’ve realised that the whole point of his politics is to fling muck.
    But doing something?
    Obviously I need re-education…….

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  33. swan (659 comments) says:

    “This is jumping the shark in a massive way. Its pathetic, and erodes his credibility. I really wonder what happened to I/S so that his hatred of the right makes him so irrational at times.”

    Yes I do wonder. And also where his hatred of the centre left National Party comes from.

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  34. Twinkletoes (53 comments) says:

    However, if you are an elderly Nga Tahu Maori, the tribe will subsidise your heating with a $150 cheque quarterly. At least this was the situation several years ago – the provision has probably increased given the rise in cost of power.

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  35. CharlieBrown (905 comments) says:

    “I really wonder what happened to I/S so that his hatred of the right makes him so irrational at times.”

    He also hates the left of center national party too judging by his comments.

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  36. Bingo99 (64 comments) says:

    EQC and Fletcher have been providing the clean heating programme since the original quake. Heat pumps and woodchip burners (other?) are offered as part of the settlement for people who have lost their primary source of heat (eg. chimneys) or are particularly vulnerable – oldies, sick, poor, babies etc. My Gran got a heat pump because her chimney had to be removed. She loves it because its better at warming her whole house.

    Seems to me the government’s been very reasonable on this one. They’ve mucked up other things but on this it’s hard to fault them.

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  37. Daigotsu (450 comments) says:

    He also said that not lowering the blood alcohol limit while driving made Steven Joyce a murderer (and presumably also all the Labour transport ministers who came beore Joycey and also didn’t lower it, although he didn’t mention that).

    The sad thing is he had a good point, the handling of ChCh housing hasn’t been the best, although the CCC is more responsible than Brownlee, but he had to blow it with his stupid rhetoric.

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  38. beautox (430 comments) says:

    Death is so unkind – it does seem to predominately target the elderly.

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  39. Kerry Marshall (2 comments) says:

    ‎Mr. Brownlee said “The government was aware of housing problems and had been working on solutions.”

    Mr. Brownlee is the problem. He enforced Section 12a to the Regional Policy Plan which has strangulated the residential land supply in Christchurch. Mr. Brownlee has put a strong hold on the metropolitan urban limits in this plan change. There are not enough land supply vents on the fringes in Christchurch now. As a result, artificial scarcity values reign supreme and housing is severely unaffordable in Chch. Multiple Medians are 6.3:1 that is 6x the average wage in Chch.(Demographia 2012). We are a low wage city with salaries of $45,000 in the east and $55,000 in the west. Chch ranks 233 out of 300 cities in the world for housing affordability.(Demographia 2012.) Mr. Brownlee says, “Leave it to the “Market.” Gerry is not allowing the market to function full stop.

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  40. Kerry Marshall (2 comments) says:

    http://www.cantabriansunite.co.nz -has a plethora of links to internationally recognised literature on the serious issues in my post above.

    Kerry.

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  41. wrightingright (138 comments) says:

    I’ve read arguments along the lines of if government run roads cause extra deaths vs alternatives then they’re responsible for all those deaths on the roads.

    Thus morally governments shouldn’t be running roads.

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  42. dion (95 comments) says:

    > his hatred of the right makes him so irrational at times.

    Remember that you’re talking about a grown man who appears to believe that New Zealand can be turned into a utopia by forcibly distributing the nation’s wealth equally among its citizens.

    “Irrational” is a pretty polite way of putting it.

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