Am Interested in the disagreements and arguements over the film “Argo”
The film itself matters not – its the attitude of the americans which doesnt often show itself so blatantly.
From what I understand the NZ embassy were quite involved in helping some of the US staff. But apparently in the film the NZ help not only wasnt just ignored – but seemingly wriiten off as though it never happened and in fact I read that the sentiment in the film is that the NZ (and others) embassy were a problem.
Typical USA attitude. Not only will they ignore facts – they want to re-write history.
The “Land of the free” – bullshit. The only Free thing is that you are free to agree with and go along with the Government and its various institutions and branches – and what they think.
If i were you DPF – Id not let on when on your trip – that you promote the idea of Free speech. Youll never be allowed to leave the airport if you do
(except for the centre of the country – a different world. For some reason those living within 200 miles of the Mississippi are sort of normal, rational people. They do think that they are the centre of the universe, but in a relatively innocent way. Those on both coasts are just plain dangerous.)
The Greens continue to conjure up a credibility crapping crisis.
Is there a crisis in manufacturing? Hell yes.
And part of that crisis is due to the fact that National and its lackeys refuse to acknowledge the problem.
There was a far more realistic response to that:
I have to disagree with the word “crisis”. This has the implication of something, sudden, unexpected, adverse, and in need of a urgent solution.
I think the word “trend” is more appropriate. There has been a long-term trend, as in many other western countries, for manufacturing to be relocated to countries that provide cheaper labour rates for mass production (e.g. China et al.). The currency situation doesn’t help. But it isn’t the cause.
I worked in manufacturing in the 1980s in a company that closed due to international competition. I went on to work for Fisher & Paykel, in the Taieri factory they closed in 2008 during the last Labour Government reign.
NZ has the same type of turds running this country. Govt the crashing interest rates, bloated govt spending and govt money printing. (Bill English is just a big of money printer as Wussel Norman wants to be. It is there on the Reserve Bank bal sheet)
The savers are being fucked over at the expense of govt spending and property speculation. From savings come capital formation and then wealth and job creation. National govt are setting the economy up for the kill when they hand it over the Labor/Greens / NZfirst they will complete the train wreck.
There is no difference between John Key or Wussel Norman. The effect will be the same. John Key is just another statist anti social turd. If in doubt see Europe.
Very easily! They sleep the sleep of ‘the righteous and the just’; They are ‘righteous’ and we (the non-gweens) are ‘just’ misguided.
BUT, don’t forget, when the gweens are in power the ‘misguided’ will all be ‘re-educated’ as there can be no non-conformists who dare to disagree with ‘the righteous’ (ie, those ‘ordained’ gaia to protect her).
Looks like New Zealand are going to be saved by rain at the Basin Reserve…
February is generally the most settled month of good weather, generally anyway, so NZ cricket puts all the hit and giggle shit on in February- then when real cricket is to be played they schedule them for March, not only March but Dunedin in march and expect to get 5 days uninterrupted play. .
That crowd at the basin yesterday was fantastic, played in february they would have had similar crowds for 5 days ( if it lasted that long)
“as John Westwood, chairman of the energy consulting firm Douglas-Westwood, explained in a slide presentation, it is becoming exceedingly difficult to add new oil production capacity. Some $2.4 trillion in oil industry capital expenditures from 1994 to 2004 increased the worldwide rate of oil production by 12 million barrels per day. However, $2.4 trillion in capital expenditures spent from 2005 to 2010 resulted in a decrease in the rate of oil production of 200,000 barrels per day. (See slide 8 of Westwood’s presentation.)”
Rodney Hide’s string of good posts has been broken. I do not know what has happened to him over the last week, but he has strayed to the negative side of life. In his column in the NZ Herald he has gone way out into left field to describe how the underclass is picked on by NZ Governments. He has most of his points wrong, with maybe the housing one being half right. Rodney’s effort would be a D- in my book, but an A+ for any teacher.
Why have the tests when the weather is likely to be changable i.e pissing down like it is in Auckland at the moment with a test starting on Thursday. The only positive is NZC will be able to say they drew a series with England!!!!!
There will a statistican out there that will confirm there is always weather disruption when they are played this late
When England last toured (early 2008 from memory) the test series was played at an identical time to this, in brilliant weather. For at least the past ten seasons we have played home test matches in March. Unfortunately as one of the lower echelon of test nations, we can’t pick and choose when top teams tour here.
The good news is that the forecast for Auckland for later in the week is good, and as bad luck would have it, I will be doing business up there for the duration of the match from offices within walking distance of the Garden of Eden
Cheap seats Paul; I plan to watch the match from a different place each day. Then again, if someone is so kind as to invite me to some high place for a bit of corporate hospitality, I won’t turn them down I also plan to sit with or near the Barmy Army one afternoon for a bit of comic relief.
Perhaps we need to organise some sort of bloggers’ gathering for a quiet ale or two…
The god lord has seen fit to deny us of the much needed moisture.
I suspect it has something to do with the gay marriage thingy – he is ensuring when he submits copious quantities of fire and brimstone upon us, it will ignite the parched landscape and this country of heathens will die a fiery death for our wanton ways – or something similar.
Personally I think it has more to do with forgetfulness. This drought is part of living in Godzone. I remember summers like this as a child – as farmers we took due precautions to ensure there was plenty of feed for the herd. The waste water was collected and sprayed over the gardens and instead of baths we washed in a close to disappearing water hole. Of course no one cared if your car was a bit dirty back then, and wearing the same T-shirt two days in a row wasn’t a mortal sin.
The so-called agriculturists of today have got greedy. They overstock their land, they can’t harvest enough feed for their herds, and when we are given glorious summer weather – they are caught with their knickers round their ankles.
Greed is a funny thing – in winter we pray for long hot summers, and when we get what we asked for – we don’t know how to handle it – despite having farmed this land for more than a century, we still seem surprised when it performs just as it always has. A forgetful lot us humans.
Nothing has changed, now we watch the radars, as our forefathers watched the horizon for much needed rain. The one difference is though, back then we used to win the cricket.
Jimbob at 10.00 a.m.
I disagree with you.
I thought Rodney Hide’s column was one of his best.
It is there to remind us that Act was not the party for the wealthy; it was the party for the battlers who wanted to get ahead in life. Battlers that have it tough because of the entrenched privilege in our country.
For Bereal and others interested in Muslims in NZ..There is an excellent article , Tolerating Intolerance , in the April North and South. It exposes what many muslims in NZ think and believe as well as exposing the sale of seriously , objectionable reading materials in islamic shops in NZ. It vindicates Richard Prosser and makes the people who gave muslims in NZ the thumbs up in our parliament , look like uninformed , abject fools , which is of course what they are.
Now here is a politican on a mission with the guts to get it done. Key should give him a call.
Queensland government sells half stake in coal transporter Aurizon
by: Lisa Macnamara
From: The Australian
March 17, 2013 11:21AM
THE Queensland Government is selling half of its stake in Australia’s largest coal transporter by rail Aurizon Holdings for around $806 million.
Proceeds from the sale of 200 million shares at $4.03 each will go towards paying down debt, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said, and will see the state’s holding in Aurizon fall to 8.9 per cent from 18.2 per cent. The move by the government comes as Premier Campbell Newman is aiming to win back the state’s AAA credit rating and return the budget to surplus in 2014-15.
An interesting angle to Solid Energy’s ‘Perfect Storm’ from Andrew McMillan:
The term “perfect storm” was popularised by the 2000 movie of the same title, staring Geroge Clooney.
Desperate for money and with only one last chance to haul a catch for the season, Tyne takes his boat out past his usual fishing grounds. After finally getting a good catch, the boat’s ice machine breaks down and Tyne is faced with heading straight home before his catch spoils. The only problem is that a massive storm system (the “perfect storm”) is in his path. Despite many warnings, Tyne decides to take it on, with dire consequences; the boat goes down and no one survives.
It was a story of desperation, greed, and recklessness.
In consideration, it might actually be a better metaphor than the four abovementioned realised?
I’m surprised more people aren’t commenting with Simon at 9.08am about whats taking place in Cyprus. Basically their government in collusion with the banks under EU orders have secretly flat out stolen 10% of peoples savings in bank accounts during a bank holiday. This has definitely crossed a line. When (and if?) the banks open there will be a bank run in Cyprus though apparently there are secret capital and currency controls now in place, expect violence. The rest of the eurozone will also be watching this, and if I was in Greece, Spain, Italy etc I would be seriously considering withdrawing all my savings at the first opportunity. This could be the beginning of the end for the global financial and economic system.
Plans are afoot to make lessons about sex and relationships compulsory in all NZ’s schools from ages five to sixteen.
A spokesman said: “Girls will be taught the importance of establishing confidence and stability in a relationship before suddenly changing their minds.
“Whereas boys will be taught how to let it all wash over them.”
Exam papers will be astonishingly easy. For girls the answer to every question will be “Oh nothing!” and for boys it will be “Fuck this shit, I’m off to the pub.”
Clue. This tosspot was a minister in Helen Clarks government.
He saw the writing on the wall and bailed out to look after himself just before the last election.
None other than Pete favourite posumn head, fence sitting Wellingtonian with no opinion on anything.
Cheap energy is fundamentally transforming US manufacturing and we saw just like week that Japan expects the same result from its success in exploiting methane gas hydrates (a “game changer.”)
The Greens seek to effectively prohibit cheap energy in NZ, whilst at the same time shedding these crocodile tears about the effects.
How do they sleep at night?
With the corporate media sham that is “Earth Hour” approaching, it’s time to remember that it is energy that’s lifted us out of the stone age. It is responsible for our warmth and shelter, our food security, our life-giving medical and pharmaceutical technology, leisure, education, travel, trade and security.
In short energy has provided us freedom and progress. Both things the Green abhor, so not a wonder they’re opposed.
“Helen Clark, the head of the United Nations Development Program, has publicly slammed global strategies to combat drugs, claiming there is increasing evidence that “the war on drugs” has failed. The former prime minister of New Zealand urged Latin American leaders to develop new policies to tackle drugs, which she says should be addressed as a public health problem rather than criminalized. ”