What’s the guts on this taxpayer-funded academic woofter Mason claiming we are not doing anything for climate change? When are we going to see the end of these deadbeat leftie tree-hugging losers . . . they give me the shits!
igm, IMHO Zac was stuffed by his own actions. If he had sorted his piss drinking problem he would have been sweet. But in the mean time NZ has many great outside backs to choose from so he has lost his ABs spot, so its a great time for him to go and get the best $$$ for his skills, he can come back in a few years if he wants and have another go at the Black Jersy.
PISS OFF, Guliford got treated more than fairly.
I have played alot of sport and drunk more than most but I never belted and ruined others lives by my actions.
So Zac can carry on as he sees fit but dont expect me to feel anything but apathy to his decisions.
How the hell can anybody claim that Guilford is a victim of the media when it was his very own actions that resulted in him being given the cold shoulder by the NZRU. Now I am far from the NZRU’s biggest cheerleader but Guilford is nothing more than a thug with a drinking problem, in times past his behaviour would have been swept under the carpet by the NZRU and the sycophantic rugby media, it would have been laughed off as “one of the boys letting off some steam” while the victim would have had to watch as Guilford got away scott free simply because he plays rugby.
I heard some criticism yesterday about how it is one thing to release a memoir after the Administration and another to release it when it’s still going. Personally I think sunlight is always a good thing and the sooner its applied the better – it’s just a shame Powell didn’t do the same with Bush 43. Not that doing so makes any real difference, but it stops a few more from hallucinating and that’s never a bad thing.
Gilford got off comparatively lightly in the media. His ongoing behavior was far worse than, say Aaron Gilmore, and was probably only a drunken lapse of judgement off Russell Packer on more than one occasion.
To put it into context, I’ve seen more than 1 All Black be outrageously obnoxious to waiting staff yet it rarely, if ever hits the media.
And can you imagine the media storm if Gerry Brownlee rode around naked on a scooter in Rarotonga harassing and intimidating a young female triathlete.
Great player, but don’t blame the media for his failures as a member of society.
Meryl Streep’s rant against Walt Disney is misplaced. I’ve read the Dark prince and seen Saving Mr Banks (Hanks is an excellent Disney). Disney (a Norman name) died in 1966. He was not an anti-semite or anti-gender. Streep makes the mistake of selectively judging a man of the 40s by 2014 nuances. This is just stupid. Yes, he used the word “nigger” but so did everyone. Black people do so today. Soldiers during the war talked about yellow monkeys, are they all racist?
Disney was a complex person, but overall contributed huge joy to the world. He had a terrible ghastly childhood.
You cannot retrospectively judge historical figures by the nuances of your day. This is ignorant for which Streep gets no gongs.
This time a realistic and very perceptive Labour view. Jennie Michie blogs:
More jobs, better pay and general happiness and prosperity for all, plus an all-important return to surplus for the government? Of course that’s what most of us want but, alas for Labour, it’s the last thing it needs in an election year.
Because if the economy is doing well then the underlying message to voters is that the government must be doing well, so keep the government. Or as Colin Espiner puts it ‘voters will pick the devil they know, rather than turfing out a government in economic good times’.
So the thing that Labour dare not hope for is for the economy to…well….um….tank.
So what’s to be done now we’re entering NZ’s economic nirvana? A number of people, including me, have written at length about what we reckon what needs to be done to ensure a Labour win: strategy, communication, good policy, organisation and Election Day turnout, yadda, yadda, yadda. The bones of that don’t change depending on the economic situation, but the details might and I’m really hoping that Labour’s got its thinking cap on about how to handle this new crisis…. of a booming economy.
No…but I have looked thru the goldfish bowl from the inside. BEFORE taking that look I was given expert advice that helped me avoid the traps into which Guilford was both pushed by media, and fell on his own misguided accord.
We won’t see the end of it.A fake Conservative,Cameron has blamed the recent winter storms on “climate change” when in fact it was due to the jet stream……
I think Obanogo White House is also blaming their snow on climate change.
Murdoch got what he deserved. The fact that Murdoch decided to run away rather than own up to his thuggish behaviour (and the media) is a problem he created himself.
Had Murdoch simply come home, apologised for assaulting an innocent security guard it would have been long forgotten.
Guilford punched people when he was pissed, that is a statement of fact and still you try and insist that he was a victim of the media.
Would you accept that behaviour from a labourer?, I would wager that you would not. Being an All Black should not allow one to break the law over and over again (and lets be really honest here, the two reported incidents would not be the only ones where Guilford has been pissed and thumped somebody)
The immigrant kick it with his head fool, LK, is at it again.
Unless you really know what you are talking about, STFU.
Murdoch was vilified by the Welsh and English media, and the class driven UK rugby unions, and got no support whatsoever from a weak NZRFU management team. Moreover, Frank Kilby, a retired bank manager, the AB team manager, was fatally ill at the time and quite unable to deal with what was nothing more than an over-zealous and smart arse rentacop bighting off much more, than he could chew.
Murdoch took to outback Australia because he felt he had been victimised, and he had. And most unfairly
Just let it go.
So I repeat: when you really know what top level athletes (from all sports) go through with the media, which is much worse in 2014 than it was 50 odd year ago, come back. Until then STFU.
Flipper- Are you seriously trying to claim that all those All Blacks who have been convicted of crimes (ranging from vicious assaults, to drunk driving, to even Seal murder!) in recent years are ‘Victims of the media’???
Flipper makes no claim on this matter that cannot be backed by fact.
Any person, AB or not, guilty of a crime, and prosecuted, must suffer the consequences. But penalties should be equal for all, given similar circumstances,. If you claim they are, be they in the case of current or former ABs, or other leading athletes, then you really have caught the Colorado disease early.
But even silly people, whose brains have been mushed and concussed by kicking a ball with their head, should understand that there is a vast difference between a crime/offence and a media “beat up”.
This is just unbeliveable, from the Telegraphin UK:
Government accused of ‘social engineering’ over WW1 plans.
The government is hit by another row over its plans for the First World War centenary, amid accusations it is “whitewashing” the contributions of Australians and New Zealanders, in favour of those of black and Asian servicemen.
My memory may be spare on the details BB. But I recall it was over a bar shutting or taking drinks back to a room – something easily handled with discretion. But the Welshman thought he had a point to make and got punched for it, and later went to the press. So I guess if the future of Wales was dependent on the bouncer stopping Murdoch having another beer to the point that the bouncer needed to physically sort it out rather than go to the AB management, or simply put it in context, then yes the bouncer was a cry baby, what he couldn’t do with his fists he did by bleating to the papers. I don’t think Murdoch ever commented on the incident but about 3 years ago the Captain of the time said they he regretted not having supported Murdoch.
Murdoch clearly has his own demons but punching a Welshman wannabe bovver boy doesn’t rate, I would have like to have seen the progress of his career rather than it having been lost over a punch that didn’t even warrant police charges.
Guildford is a different era and there are different expectations but on any scale Zac’s behaviour rates by far worse than what we know of Murdochs. Of course in the earlier era many small and not so small matters were sorted out by fists, not by riding naked on vespas. I remember that he lost his dad when playing in the Junior World Cup so cut his some slack over that, hopefully he’ll mature and move on.
I’m not sure that we should pay too much attention to your comments on the Keith Murdoch affair given your inability to get even some of the basic facts correct.
Frank Kilby had been a banker, and an All Black tour manager to Britain. That tour was however in 1963-64.
The tour which Murdoch was on was the one in 1972-73 and had as the manager Ernie Todd.
Good try, but no cigar.
And thank you, so I correct myself, Ernie Todd was ill.
But Nos got the issue in perspective. It was actually the culmination of several incidents all of minor proportion.
There was an altercation between Murdoch and a rentacop who tried to stop KM entering the hotel kitchen for an early morning snack. Todd came upon the scene and told Murdoch he was to be sent home – something Todd had been pressured to for several days before by “The Rugby Union” (aka England). The floored rentacop was simply the excuse he sought.
Upon hearing that, according to the scribe, Murdoch turned to Todd and said ” Well i may as well do something to justify that” (paraphrased,) and then walloped the rentacop on the jaw.
The whole AB team was told next morning while in a bus en-route to training.
TP McLean did the original warts and all, and Bob Howitt covered it in detail in “All Black Greats”. Check out Page 329 in particular.
Flipper, you are that most unusual of people who comment on blogs.
You actually admit it when you make what is, on re-reading, a pretty minor error.
I was a bit harsh in my criticism. I guess it was the fact that I knew Frank Kilby that made me react .
left right and centre @ 11.06am.
I’m afraid that the delivery service to Santa at the North Pole has been shut down. Something to do with the results of global warming making it too hard for the poor reindeer doing the delivery service.
I can actually top your result. I travel for periods of four or five weeks several times a year. While away the only power being used is to keep the refrigerator and freezer running.
If I get an estimate during this time, and an actual reading later on, I quite regularly, at least once a year, get an actual reading that is LESS than the estimate. I have used less power in two months than was estimated for a single month. Thus I get a credit amount on the actual reading statement and they owe me money. Luckily their computer systems seem to be able to handle it and don’t assume the meter has rolled over to a new cycle.
No preening, I promise. But if wrong, it is best to say so.
Incidentally, I also had a vague Kilby connection. His daughter (forget xtian name, but the one who married rugby league’s Colin O’Neill) once worked with me in Wellington.
H A N D
Former accountant Graham McCready has Auckland Mayor Len Brown in his sights for his next legal endeavour and plans to file papers against him next week for corruption and electoral fraud.
The action relates to nearly $40,000 worth of free rooms and hotel upgrades Mr Brown failed to declare to the Auckland City Council and $750,000 donations to Mr Brown’s last two local body elections through a trust the New Auckland Council Trust.
As an ongoing circus, how much will this detract from Brown performing his work?
You should still follow the example of your pants, Len Brown, and step down
Except nobody outside New Zealand knows or cares who any of the self professed ‘Greatest Sports Team in the History of the Universe’ actually are..
I love Rugby but it isn’t even a blip on the radar of the ‘World’ Sports scene…
Lets pick the biggest Countries in the World- China,India, Russia, The States, Brazil etc
You think Richie McCaw is even going to get recognised walking down the street in those Countries? Surely if he was the captain of ‘The Greatest Sports team EVER’ he would be mobbed wouldn’t he??
Seems it’s not only the All Blacks that are laughably arrogant and deluded, it has seemingly rubbed off onto their fans as well…
Everyone in Norway is now a millionaire, thanks to oil.
That reminds me – a Saudi prince made a comment the other day that he was worried that Western countries could find their own oil if they wanted (which they can) and not be so beholden to the Middle East for oil.
Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to “any oil-producing country in the world,” adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a “matter of survival.”
New shale oil discoveries “are threats to any oil-producing country in the world,” said Prince Alwaleed in an interview with The Globe and Mail. “It is a pivot moment for any oil-producing country that has not diversified. Ninety-two percent of Saudi Arabia’s annual budget comes from oil. Definitely it is a worry and a concern.”
Prince Alwaleed has been warning about the threat posed by fracking shale in places such as the United States and Russia for some time. Back in May 2013, in an open letter to the Saudi oil minister, Ali al Naimi, as translated from Arabic by the Wall Street Journal, Prince Alwaleed said, “With all due respect to your Highness’ viewpoint about shale gas and that it poses no danger on Saudi economy at ‘the present time,’ I was hoping that your Highness would also shed light and focus on the danger of this matter in the ‘not-so-distant future,’ especially that America and some Asian countries made big discoveries in shale gas extraction which will affect the oil industry around the world in general and Saudi Arabia in particular.”
“It is necessary to diversify sources of revenue, establish a clear vision for that and start implementing it immediately,” said the prince, who added, “we see that raising North American shale gas production is an inevitable threat.”
So, we in the West could be doing more to find oil ourselves rather than be buying it off the Saudis and other Middle Eastern countries. But, we don’t seem to want to – or maybe it’s the Greenies holding us back.
LK – Scotty was on Letterman at least once – this year I think because he won his open-wheel whatever that shit is he does – I saw it – and he might’ve been on there a few times. Probably seeing as he won in the past too. And Dave being a team owner of something racing related – perfect match – will always go well.
edit: And by this year I of course don’t mean this year at all.
If Bain admitted to murdering his family he might be arrested and asked to serve out his time. But who would know.
What would really be interesting is what would Karam have to say if David Bain confessed. And, of course,to a lesser degree, Justice Binnie.
The mind boggles.
RPM re IRD etc.
IRD does need to know there is income to assess before producing an assessment.
I do agree however that IRD seems to be too tardy in following up late PAYE and GST returns. IMO employers should include IRD in their pay runs – ie pay PAYE, student loan, Kiwisaver etc on payday, not 20th of following month. Next best thing if no PAYE money received by the 20th, they should be on the blower to the employer immediately, and if not received a few days later they should send in the goon squad.
Incidentally it can be worthwhile for councils and bodies corporate to not worry about payment of rates and BC fees respectively and can make it easier to deal with smart arses like Penny. When the property is finally sold, the purchaser’s solicitor will find out what is owing and will refuse to settle until they are paid.
New Zealand citizens (presumably ethnic Somalis) are reported to be fighting in Syria.
Let’s hope Al Qaeda hasn’t recruited them. The New York Times reports:
Islamic extremist groups in Syria with ties to Al Qaeda are trying to identify, recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have traveled there to get them to carry out attacks when they return home, according to senior American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.
I’m not sure if the report is behind the newspaper’s web paywall, but here goes:
One of the responses… …Very in depth and perceptive, eh.!
stephie, you realise you’re the very first person I’ve ever encountered who, rather than respond to the video content that I posted, chooses instead to refer to the comments that other interweb users have made about the video.
You think that says something, anything at all, about the actual content of the video?
Are you completely mental, or are you just having a bad day?
Denny dunce the not so ‘expert’ pilot or dentist or pretty much any role he has given himself on KB, including pathology, urology, lawyer etc.
Just a self proclaimed know it all arsewipe who judges anyone that does not share his deluded opinions.
Good riddance to this arrogant twat.
Reid when Dr Helen Cauldicott made an appearance on your video I got a tad skeptical.
Newsflash stephie, she’s not the only one concerned about Fukushima. One thing I’ve noticed people who can’t think very well do quite often, is disregard the information being covered because in their view the source is compromised. And it’s fine to be critical of the source. But this doesn’t mean, to someone who does know how to think, that everything the source says is compromised, it simply means be careful.
For example I never listen to anything Alex Jones from infowars has to say, for various reasons. Same reasons in fact as I never listen to anything Sean O’Reilly from Fox News has to say. They both have the same issue. But when I say “I never listen” this means that I don’t follow their sites. If I happen to come across something either of them have come up with, I sometimes take note of it and sometimes I don’t. But I NEVER dismiss it simply because I know they are shills. That’s mental, in my thinking. I learned a long time ago that ‘just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re not being followed.’
That means, in other words, that even shills sometimes get it right. But I see a lot of fools and morons dismiss everything that comes from a person who they think is unreliable, which IMO is really stupid, since it’s the information that stands or falls, not the source. But I see that mistake a lot. I just think it’s weak analysis.
Haven’t you posted on KB some anti Jewish / Zionist links before.
I’ve posted many such links and I’m almost certain I’ll post many more. But what does that have to do with that Fukushima video? It didn’t mention an Israeli connection to Fukushima, did it. So so what if someone makes a comment on a youtube video that I have no control over? So what? What does that have to do with the video I posted? stephie, don’t do that again please. A comment on a youtube site is an extraordinarily tenuous connection to make with someone who posts a link to the video, and frankly mate it’s insulting. Not just because its tenuous but because whomever made that comment clearly has no idea how Israel works in the world but hallucinates some childish fantasy which as a matter of fact is fallacious anyway. So not only did you make a tenuous connection you made it with a complete mental who clearly has no idea who comprises zionism and how Israel operates.