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Fewer wars……..No doubt the happy citizens of Congo,CAR,Mali,Mauritania,Niger,Nigeria,Chad,South Sudan,Somalia,Yemen,Iraq,Syria,Afghanistan,Pakistan and Lebanon will be taking comfort from Pete Georges’ positive, smiley morning sentiments.
Labour’s leadership rules have turned around and bit them on the bum, with the chorus, I mean the caucus not behind DC most them seem to be missing in action. It looks to me as if they want DC to loose the election.
Also R.I.P Harold Ramis of Gostbusters and Groundhog fame.
Excellent editorial in the Dom-Post this morning on the Wellington City Council and the Living Wage. It’s all summed up in this sentence:
The council is only able to do this because it can simply pass on its costs.
The Living Wage is a simplistic solution to a complex issue, and it won’t work. Businesses simply can’t pass on cost increases, whereas monopolies such as councils have nothing to fear. Cr Mark Peck, the former Labour MP turned Wellington councillor who won’t bring in a Living Wage for the staff in his cafe but happily voted for the WCC to further burden ratepayers has become the poster boy for just that reason; the policy is simply unworkable for small businesses operating in a competitive, price-sensitive market.
If I were them I would donate it to the liquidator for distribution to “the sad widows and the retired 90-year-old couples I’ve spoken to that have lost everything” and walk away with nothing, on the principle it was blood money and I want nothing to do with it. What would you do?
This appeal is outrageous for a number of reasons. She should have been jailed and I hope the High Court jails her for real lack of recourse and failure to accept responsibility for her actions. There could be an element of sexism in her lenient sentence. I doubt if a male lawyer would just get a slap on the wrist for smuggling dangerous items to a female prisoner in return for sex.
The lighter posed a danger to staff and other prisoners. I believe there have been deaths due to cell fires. The smart phone is worst. Witnesses could be threatened or even murdered because of a phone in the hands of prisoners.
I also suspect that the lenient sentence in part was because judges look on lawyers as a fallen colleague. A bent lawyer should be dealt with more harshly as they bring the whole profession into disrepute.
Her comparison with David Garrett should not help her. His historic crime was before he became a lawyer when he was an immature university student. The main harm it did was to the ACT Party. Her crime was as mature woman and a practicing lawyer and put people’s lives at risk. It could affect lawyers’ special privileges for a long time. Lawyers have been allowed to visit prisoners privately and were not searched before a visit.
I will be watching for a decision on this case with interest.
The asset sale post provides a useful reminder of the bare-faced hypocrisy of liebour over Kiwirail. Pissing $1b up against the wall as a political bribe – just giving it away to foreign owners. All money that could have been spent on all those kids supposedly living below the poverty line according to porcelain chops.
Ditto, it seems the increasingly slimey migrant whinger has been talking to Dot Crim about buying him a fibre cable. Pissing more money up against the wall that could have been used to feed this army of starving children and allow their parents to go on avoiding the difficult choices between Sky, smokes, booze and making breakfast.
Ok, great. So we can now start telling everyone Russell Norman has done a U-turn on fracking and oil exploration, and has signed an accord with Dairy farmers not to fence their waterways. And Russell should just “accept that.” Glad that’s sorted.
Lead photograph/propaganda in Labour/Fairfax “Manawatu Standard”: Lees-Galloway and Twyford waffling crap about State housing. This paper deserves to go under, being as bad, if not worse, than what has been uncovered in Television NZ. Political bias is a problem for this company, showing in their balance sheet, but not fast enough.
@ Ben Dover. Check your history. Actually in 1914 Europe was a powerkeg basking in a working steel mill. The complex treaties between European nations, Arms race escalation at an all time high, political tensions running extremely high and Austria & Germany actively searching for a casus belli.
In his conclusion he leaves us with the following damning words:
“The American media is a useless news source. It serves as a Ministry for Government Lies. The corrupt propagandists are portraying the undemocratic removal of Yanukovich as a victory for freedom and democracy. When it begins to leak out that everything has gone wrong, the presstitutes will blame it all on Russia and Putin. The Western media is a plague upon humanity.”
The looter of Ukraine that gained power in 2004 was Viktor Yushchenko with his glamourous Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko aka the Gas Queen
They were voted out in 2010 and replaced by Viktor Yanukovych, thus making him the lawfully elected authority in Ukraine until the next elections due next year when in an orderly manner he could be voted out if the people of Ukraine so choose
The country is bankrupt and about default and Russia offered a better deal – 18 billion dollars plus cheaper energy supplies.
For Yanukovich its a no brainer
So a coup has been engineered by the champions of “freedom and democracy” who don’t actually believe in democracy nor the rule of law when it suits their purpose.
In a quick topic change. TRUE DETECTIVE is one of the best tv shows in history! and its only 6 episodes in.
Dime didnt watch tv for years (apart from sport). Programming used to be garbage. But goddam the cable channels are churning out some great stuff. I can see more A listers doing tv in the coming years.
matthew mcconaughey & woody harrelson are just killing it on this show.
… last Friday evening, during one of the most popular talk shows on Inter, the most-watched Ukrainian network. Lidia Pankiv, a 24-year-old television journalist, was invited on by host Andriy Danylevych to discuss the need for reconciliation following the agreement signed by Yanukovych and dissidents earlier that day. While reporting on the Maidan protests, Pankiv had helped persuade the Berkut riot police not to use further violence against the activists, and she had disclosed that one of the Berkut officers was now her fiancé. But reconciliation was not what Pankiv wished to discuss. As relayed by journalist Halya Coynash, Pankiv had a different message:
You probably want to hear a story from me about how with my bare hands I restrained a whole Berkut unit, and how one of the Berkut officers fell in love with me and I fell in love with him. But I’m going to tell you another story. About how with my bare hands I dragged the bodies of those killed the day before yesterday. And about how two of my friends died yesterday. . . . I hate Zakharchenko, Klyuev, Lukash, Medvedchuk, Azarov. I hate Yanukovych and all those who carry out their criminal orders. I came here today only because I found out that this is a live broadcast. I want to say that I also despise Inter because for three months it deceived viewers and spread enmity among citizens of this country. And now you are calling for peace and unity. Yes, you have the right to try to clear your conscience, but I think you should run this program on your knees. I’ve brought these photos here for you, so that you see my dead friends in your dreams and understand that you also took part in that. And now, I’m sorry, I don’t have time. I’m going to Maidan. Glory to Ukraine.
The Inter talk-show host had trouble returning to his topic of reconciliation after that.
I’m under no illusions about The Gas Queen and the rest. But there are no pure angels and devils here, so I’ll go with the people pulling down the statues of Lenin.
watch the narrative from the Media, just like the Arab Spring was described as an “uprising for freedom and democracy” when in reality it was an overthrow by hardline Islamists. Watch the language they choose to describe events in Ukraine. The narrative on the news was ‘The dictatorship has fallen’. Huh? I thought he was democratically elected? Those little quotation marks make it OK to emblazon a whopping great pork pie on national news.
I get the feeling the media is being deliberately misleading about the nature of this event calling it an “uprising for democracy”. I call bull sh*t.
Look at these 2 definitions and ask yourself which is it:
Revolution: a forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system.
Coup d’état: a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government.
Yanukovich was a utterly corrupt crook but it doesn’t change the fact he was part of a legitimate government. The thing is with a coup d’état, they just about always end in civil war.
Cameron Slater – Labour’s rules mean they are stuck with David Cunliffe for this election. There can be no Mike Moore style last minute change to save the ship. They have to go down with David Cunliffe.
The question is how hard will they go down, or indeed manufacture the going the down in order to destroy Cunliffe’s plans.
No one likes losing but the reality is the safe Labour seats are safe Labour seats and MPs in those can implement this plan with no damage to themselves. The only down side is the list MPs…but a fair swag of them are Cunliffe supporters themselves.
Last Election, Labour ran with a Leader, Goff, who everyone knew would be dumped straight after they lost. No one stepped up to replace him, as that would jeopardize their future chances, and individual position and salary was more important than the Party or public.
So now they are on to their third Leader
As all they have done on Opposition, although being paid to do what Oppositions should do, they have just been changing fucking Leaders.
Now, at this early stage, they have already seen the writing on the Wall.
The only change really is that they have now made it harder to change Leaders.
This Election, Labour will run with a Leader, Cunliffe, who everyone knows will be dumped straight after they loose. No one, meantime, will step up to replace him, as that would jeopardize their individual future chances, and their position and salary which is still more important than the Party or public.
Labour – fucked already … and all their own work [or lack of it]
True Detective? It may be the best television ever, but the diction of the two leads is appalling. It’s all very well giving it authenticity by using thick accents and mumbling the whole time, but it makes it impossible for those who don’t play the banjo to understand. Subtitles?
DNA is uncovering interesting aspects of human migrations thousands of years ago, perhaps tens of thousands of years.
The link below to Spiegel is to a report of DNA analysis of American Indian bones in Montana that suggests up to four-fifths of American Indians genetic origin lies ultimately in Europe.
Maori were among the world’s greatest migrants with the long ocean voyages. My understanding is that their DNA goes back to the indigenous people of Taiwan. There was a Chinese film on Maori TV recently about indigenous Taiwanese fighting Japanese colonists, but I don’t think there was any mention either on the TV station or in media blurbs and programmes about Maori links with these folk.
Looks like small countries work better for the simple reason ………..they have much better control of their government……their military, and their debt (well most of the time). Not because they are smarter or more peaceful. But simply because there is less distance between the governed and their governors. Citizens can see what their leaders are up to. If they don’t approve, the politician can be beaten in the next election, or in the street.
Makes you wonder why some Politicians and think tanks are so keen on ramping our population up to 10 million?
When is the obese German felon, friend of Russel and Winston, being extradited? Now that he is failing to pay debts, incurred personally, he is neither use nor ornament to anyone, least of all Greens and NZ1. He has made it clear he is guilty of charges in US, thinking he could bribe egotist aspiring pollies to get him a safe haven. He, along with Lecher Len Brown, are blights on our landscape, diseases we neither want nor deserve. Seeing the way Lecher’s wife is supporting him, makes one think previous claims that she is a bauble lover, are not too far off the mark either.
Chuck Hagel in the U.S is proposing to weaken the U.S Military by cutting it to pre-WW II numbers.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to call Monday for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size since 1940, among other cuts, drawing criticism that the drastic changes will hurt U.S. security.
Hagel plans to announce his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon. The Army had already been preparing to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000. Hagel is expected to propose cutting it further to between 440,000 and 450,000.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, warned that the cuts would hurt military readiness. And he said the country is only in this position because the Obama administration and Congress will not seriously take on cuts to entitlements.
“It’s all being sacrificed … on the altar of entitlements. This president cannot take on mandatory spending, so all we’ve done in the Congress — and this president — is basically cut discretionary spending,” he told Fox News.
Fletch, it would be interesting to know just how the Republicans and Fox News propose to keep the military at it’s present size or bigger given the current constraints on Federal spending.?
Maybe reduce taxes further in the manner GBW did to fund the Iraqi war.?
There are 22 Jihad training groups in the U.S that the FBI actually knows about, but cannot do anything about because the Obama Administration refuses to call them a terror organisation.
PJ Media reported, “Federal Bureau of Investigations documents detailing a 22-site network of terrorist training villages sprawled across the United States. According to the documents, the FBI has been concerned about these facilities for about 12 years, but cannot act against them because the U.S. State Department has not yet declared that their umbrella group, MOA [Muslims of the Americas]/Jamaat ul-Fuqra, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.”
The Texas compound is called “Mahmoudberg,” located in south Texas’ Brazoria County on County Road 3 near the town of Sweeny, which has a population of about 4,000. Jamaat ul-Fuqra was the jihad terrorist organization that murdered journalist Daniel Pearl – he had gone to try to interview its leader. According to an informed source, one of Pearl’s murderers now lives at Mahmoudberg.
Obama does not have a lot to answer for .Pamela Geller the author of the 22 alleged Jihadist training groups is well known for her lunatic and hysterical grunts and rants directed at every moving Muslim no matter what.
But one of the moat of her many despicable acts was to downplay , nay deny and defend the massacre of Bosnian Mulsims in the Balkans war through the actions of the Serbian Radovan Karadzic and coy.
Fletch ,re entitlements and military expenditure.? You support the notion that the average US citizen is not entitled to affordable Hospital and health care.?
Do you also support increase in military expenditure when the US has now disengaged from Iraq and now pulling out of Afghanistan resulting in nil land wars.
Do you oppose the use of Drone Technology and rapid response forces that is displacing the need for the use of
large standing armies .?
The abolishing of ” entitlements ” won’t go anywhere near to fund an expanded military expenditure desired by your far right Republicans , bloggers etc.
Where therefore is the money coming from foe this.?
stephie, they could save money in many places, starting with the Govt subsidy of useless Green initiatives and companies.
Obama wasted half a billion dollars on Solyndra alone, not to mention the other 31 companies. I think so far he’s wasted 3 billion dollars.
Fletch as. I demonstrated before there are sound reasons to query your far right blogs and I gave a good example of Pamela Gelller which you have not responded to.
I see so you’d abolish all green initiatives based on that rather dodgy link of yours and you ” think ” he has wasted 3 billion dollars .?
Funding the Muslim Brotherhood and other Muslim causes.? i see so the US ( both houses and Presidents )was wrong to fund Egypt militarily since the collapse of the Soviet Union.?Wrong also to send arms and aircraft to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states since possibly records were kept.Again by both houses and Presidents from both parties.?
You will naturally condemn also Republican perfidity and complicity in all these arm sales and aid to the Middle East and e.g Pakistan.?
I think the only thing that’s saved NZ and Australia too is you can’t offshore food production or mining unlike the US where it used to be manufacturing.. Those are the engine rooms of our respective economies and as soon as you offshore your engine room your service sector starts to deteriorate.
I’ve found that only children who don’t know how to think and morons who don’t know how to think but think they do, complain about the site that something resides on as if it has anything whatsoever to do with the veracity of the point being made by the article.
If you want to know how to think then you should limit yourself to analysing said veracity, rather than hallucinating the person was saying one thing but really, behind the scenes, secretly and subtly saying quite another which you in your cleverness have unearthed. It’s just if you chose to do that, it makes you look like a complete mental.
I see so you’d abolish all green initiatives based on that rather dodgy link of yours and you ” think ” he has wasted 3 billion dollars .?
btw, the list at the link I gave are the green initiatives that the Govt has subsidized (31 at the current count) that have gone bust, or belly up. ie, have had money wasted on them with no good outcome. A poor investment. The author at the link gives a thorough explanation of each one.
Reid , the point I was making was that many of the websites you link to have an interesting pedigree. That one was no exception with Holocaust denial rampant.
That alone is good reason to question its credibility.
bereal – You are right. Complete depression is a totally self-centred condition.
The person becomes so absorbed in perceived negativity they can see no other way of solving the situation but to kill themself. Any element of cowardice probably depends on the method used.
Depression is not dissimilar to alcohol addiction, with the worst case scenario much the same.
The person who kills himself can not be a victim of suicide. (His family and friends are the victims.) Suicide is the result; not the cause. The person who kills himself may have been the victim of depression, of bullies, of other external forces, however.
Suicide can not kill you; you kill you and in doing so create the act of suicide.