The corruption of Christmas continues. On top of the commercial clamour to buy buy buy we now have the money lenders offering quick cash loans – two weeks interest free, or a chance to win a technogadget – and slightly delayed financial misery for the gullible and desperate.
It reminds me of The Temple:
I got heaven and I got hell.
My temple should be a house of prayer,
But you have made it a den of thieves.
Manolo – Employee starting time in shops and offices is generally much earlier than public opening time. Most work gets done when the front door is locked. Banks used to open 10am – 3pm. The rest of the time was needed to balance tills (they had to balance to the last penny) and update the ledgers.
Bain Case – who would ever thought that I would agree with Tapu Misa in the Harold today where she agrees with Judith Collins’s handling of this Canadian report.
Well done Tapu.
Whereas on the following pages they have full page devoted to that failed UK Labour MP Bryan Gould who, as a member of the NZ Labour Election committee, or whatever it is called, who of course takes the opposite to Tapu in criticising Collins.
Typical ignorant blinkered Labour PRAT…………….no wondered he did not get re-elected in UK, so Helen (his friend) gave him a sinecure at Waikato ????University.
Rodney Hide has a measure of sympathy for Brendan Horan and the way that Winston Peters has dealt to him. But if Horan’s phone records (with nothing illegal on them) are fair game for public release, why not release all NZF MP’s phone records, including those of the leader. I am sure that they would provide some very interesting reading…
What is it with posers in NZ Unis? New , new , world first , unique , unique..bla bla bla.. So called researchers at Victoria and I think Massey are blithering on about the increase in church attendance in Canterbury since the earthquakes..Why the surprise.??….this is very old news..The fact that earthquakes greatly increase church attendance has been known for decades. I have mentioned it to people over the years..
These posers seem to think that if something is new to them it is a world first when really all they are revealing is just how poorly read they are.
Re Brendan. This just shows the importance of being ‘squeaky clean’ when you are a trustee of money (whether as a club treasurer, your aged parents’ affairs, etc). What may be OK for your own finances is not OK as a trustee. If Brendan had noted in (say) a notebook all transactions on behalf of his mother, kept her money separate from his and was transparent about any borrowings, suspicions would not have arisen and if they did would have been immediately quelled. So at the very least he is now suffering because he was not careful and transparent in the way he handled his mother’s finances. The onus tends to be on a trustee to prove he or she is doing the right thing, not the other way around. His ‘she’ll be right attitude’ (even if there is smoke without the fire) has cost him his political career.
I am fully aware that the appointment to source Gould from UK by an Auckland Consultant, who flew to UK to talk to him , as he did not have a job, was heavily influenced by Helen Clark.
Of course the Faculty made the decision – Yea
I’ve been alerted by my mates at the University of Auckland Physics’ Department, that a physicist from JPL-Caltech/NASA, Dr. Amy Mainzer is holding a talk at PLT1 lecture theater from 2pm to 3pm this afternoon to talk about her work. Anyone can go in, so I’ll be knocking off mid-day so I can check out this lecture. Her talk wasn’t scheduled since she decided at the last minute to fly over here from Aussie after visiting research collaborators at ANU. That’s the reason why her visit wasn’t published at the Uni event newsletter. She’s here briefly to see research collaborators at Auck Uni Physics Department.
It says a great deal about the Herald that they continue to give op-ed space regularly to the failed Labour hack Gould..They used to make some effort to make their op-eds balanced – they published stuff of mine, and pieces by Minto and Bradford and the like. Now it’s four or five Tapu Misa’s and Bryan Gould’s for every one piece by some rightie no-one has heard of…
Conservatives were really worried about the Obama Administrations involvement and giving inside info to film makers for the new release Zero Dark Thirty, about the capturing of Osama Bin Laden. They feared it would be a propaganda piece for Obama. Instead it validates Bush’s War On Terror and it’s interrogation techniques and makes Obama look weak.
Well done! The writer of the following article from the NY Post almost makes the point that waterboarding is not torture, and that several people including actors have volunteered to have it done to themselves.
After seeing it, I can report that it is a clear vindication for the Bush administration’s view of the War on Terror. Moreover, “ZD30” subtly presents President Obama and by extension the entire Democratic establishment and its supporters in the media as hindering the effort to find bin Laden by politicizing harsh interrogation techniques and striking a pose against them that was naive at best.
Does “ZD30” glorify torture? No, because no one is tortured in it. The worst procedure shown is waterboarding, and while this is an extremely unpleasant process (it’s not even easy to watch a movie simulation of it), it isn’t torture.
Any reasonable definition of torture must exclude procedures that sane people would undergo on a lark. Journalists such as Kaj Larsen and Christopher Hitchens have volunteered to be waterboarded in exchange for nothing more than a cocktail-party anecdote and some copy. (Indeed, Larsen paid $800 for the privilege.) A mixed-martial-arts trainer named Ed Clay volunteered to be waterboarded because he was upset about the general tenor of discussion during a Republican presidential debate and wanted to prove something or other.
Method actors are being waterboarded. Not only did “ZD30” star Jason Clarke volunteer to undergo the procedure for the role — though his character is the guy administering punishment, not taking it — even Denzel Washington says he consented to the procedure while preparing to make the silly thriller “Safe House.” It’s getting so you can’t attend a dinner party in Washington, New York or Beverly Hills without meeting someone who agreed to be waterboarded.
Would any of these people have agreed to undergo having their fingernails ripped out one by one? Would any have said, “I need a topic for my next column/something to talk about for my profile in Entertainment Weekly. Will someone please sever my little toe with a rusty butcher knife?”
Such subtleties escape Obama in the only scene in which he appears. It’s a clip from an actual “60 Minutes” interview in which he says primly that America doesn’t torture, won’t torture under his watch and needs to restore its moral standing in the world.
None of the CIA agents in the room responds in words, but to me the look on Chastain’s face is disbelief at Obama’s naivety. Certainly she isn’t happy, and it’s very much to Bigelow and Boal’s credit that no one in the CIA is ever shown playing to the cheap seats by moaning, “Oh God, what are we doing? This is so wrong! Somebody go to the press with all the evil stuff we’ve been up to!” CNN national-security analyst Peter Bergen wrote, “In the film, Obama’s opposition to torture comes off as wrongheaded and prissy.”
The upshot of the “60 Minutes” clip is that Maya and the CIA are presented with a new ticking clock. They now must work against a countdown to the faux-moral posturing of an incoming president who will be severely restricting their ability to obtain information.
It’s amusing to observe liberal film critics getting discombobulated as they try to reconcile the film’s evident strengths, and its message, with their own discomfort with an America-first narrative and their belief that such stories are for cretins.
New York magazine’s lively critic David Edelstein, for instance, calls the movie “The most neutral-seeming ‘America, F–k Yeah!’ picture ever made. In its narrative arc, it is barely distinct from a boneheaded right-wing revenge picture.” Also he calls it a “borderline fascistic” and “unholy” film that “borders on the politically and morally reprehensible” — even as he endorses what it depicts and calls it the best picture of the year. He calls the opening interrogation scene “unpleasant but not unwelcome” (so is he calling himself a fascist?) and goes on to aver that, “To paraphrase Dick Cheney, you sometimes have to go to the dark side.”
Edelstein once called Cheney “so much scarier than Darth Vader,” “entrenched in evil and slime” and said, “there’s no way to account for him on a terrestrial level.” One movie changed his mind and put him on the pro side of the evil-slime debate?
It’s a tough life for those poor buggers hanging on the public tit Steve. Everything gets closed down for a week while the poor petals recuperate from the exhaustion of doing stuff all for another year.
As for the teachers it will give them a chance to plot industrial action for next year.
There were two blondes who went deep into the frozen woods searching for a Christmas tree. After hours of subzero temperatures and a few close calls with death, one blonde turned to the other and said,
“I’m chopping down the next tree I see. I don’t care whether it’s decorated or not!”
But you are none of those, you dont even fucking work you just latched onto the idea that you were a PS when someone suggested on here
And Doctors or nurses aren’t public servants, jesus, proves my point that you never leave your bed sit in Naenae
I am a teacher.
I was at work today. I will be tomorrow and the day after.
After this I won’t be back onsite until Jan 22nd.
I will be doing some course planning and professional reading. I will check my emails about once a week. Will probably only add up to about 2 hours a week. Except for the day that NCEA results come out. Based on January this year I will probably spend all day working through the results of the students I teach, other classes from my department and the results of the 210ish students that I Dean.
I am really looking forward to my holiday and spending lots of time with my kids and family. I don’t feel guilty about that at all.
Because the ones I know are self employed and don’t rely on the goverment for their income.
Now you can carry on being a tedious little twerp and say everyone in any service industry or busines is a public servant but being on a benefit does not make you a public servant it makes you a liabilty.
I don’t mean to be a gloomy bugger at this time of the year but one day that doctor will let you down.
Well MM I wish you would get off your arse and contribute -6066 comments on here this year are not what JB would call a net tax contribution and I sure as shit dont voluntary community work doesn’t count either.
Pension- said like a lifetme taker, I ll never retire the same as most of my generation, I will change jobs to suit and will have hopefully worked myself back into a position where I can cut down hours but that wont be happening in the next decade.
Try working sometime it broadens your view and allows you to have an opinion on things that are not copy and pastes off wikipedia all day.
HB I know teachers well, 4 aunties,3 friends,2 dps in high schools, 2 sisters all teachers and I can say without doubt the most unprofessonal bunch of bitches our country has the honor to employ.
The fact that they piss and bleat continuously about their employer and take extended leave because they have issues with another staffer when the rest of the real world gets told to sort it ,or piss off and get another job just screams of Infantism.
Doesn’t mean all teachers are like that. Does mean you know eleven people like that. So careful buddy, you’ve left yourself wide open there with a comment about your friends and family being unprofessonal(sic) b*
Perhaps you can do a better job that your relatives. Maybe you should try. Certainly with your can-do attitude, I’m sure you’d go a long way in the profession.
BTW, open wide open for the crunching tackle again with usage of the word infantism(sic, again) when your handle is ‘lil-man’…
As much as you lot dislike people with brown skin, it is pretty clear cut in both cases, manslaughter over murder and beyond reasonable doubt, will be interesting to see if the crown/police even bother appealing.
A few months before their wedding, David Prior (not his real name) told his fiancée Sue his biggest secret. Although the couple had a good sex life, and were committed to a future together, he was addicted to visiting prostitutes.