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Little gets hysterical

May 13th, 2015 at 2:57 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Labour leader Andrew Little says the Government is guilty of gross deception in the election campaign, accusing it of knowing it could not meet its promised surplus in the current financial year but continuing to promise it.

“I see it for what it is – one of the biggest political deceptions in a lifetime,” he said in a pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.

To say this is a hysterical over-reaction would be unfair to hysterical people.

It’s an economic and fiscal forecast that didn’t occur due to (mainly) low inflation and low interest rates. Calling it the biggest political deception of his lifetime is desperate and hysterical.

As some on the left have pointed out, Little is saying the fact the forecast surplus didn’t eventuate is a bigger issue than the fact the Weapons of Mass Destruction which justified the invasion of Iraq did not exist!

Labour seem to have adopted a strategy of having no policies on anything for 18 – 24 months, and just shrilly call John Key a liar as often as possible. I’m not sure this will succeed anymore than their previous strategies – except to make Little fairly unpopular. People want leadership, not whatever they think this is.

Mr Little argued that the economy was suffering from over-reliance on dairy and that the John Key-led Government should have directed investments into a more diverse range of economic activity.

So Andrew thinks it is the job of the Government to direct investment? Does he suggest a law forcing people to sell their cows and plant trees? The Government sets the environment, but does not direct investment. It is alarming he thinks the Government should be.

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General Debate 13 May 2015

May 13th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 12 May 2015

May 12th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 11 May 2015

May 11th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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Blaming the stores for bad food choices doesn’t work

May 10th, 2015 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The US National Bureau of Economic Research has found:

The poor diets of many consumers are often attributed to limited access to healthy foods.

In this paper, we use detailed data describing the healthfulness of household food purchases and the retail landscapes in which these consumers are making these decisions to study the role of access in explaining why some people in the United States eat more nutritious foods than others.

We first confirm that households with lower income and education purchase less healthful foods. We then measure the spatial variation in the average nutritional quality of available food products across local markets, revealing that healthy foods are less likely to be available in low-income neighborhoods. Though significant, spatial differences in access are small and explain only a fraction of the variation that we observe in the nutritional content of household purchases. Systematic socioeconomic disparities in household purchases persist after controlling for access: even in the same store, more educated households purchase more healthful foods. Consistent with this result, we further find that the nutritional quality of purchases made by households with low levels of income and education respond very little when new stores enter or when existing stores change their product offerings.

Together, our results indicate that policies aimed at improving access to healthy foods in underserved areas will leave most of the socioeconomic disparities in nutritional consumption intact.

So banning certain stores doesn’t work. People who like unhealthy food will still buy it.

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General Debate 10 May 2015

May 10th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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Labour promotes enrol for the dole!

May 9th, 2015 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Labour is against work for the dole, but they are promoting enrol for the dole!

The Herald reports:

Labour has proposed withholding state support such as tax credits and Working For Families from people who are not enrolled to vote.

The measure could be justified if it lifts New Zealand’s low voter turnout, the party says.

 

So no welfare payments if you don’t enrol.

Labour has strongly criticised National for linking state support to obligations, including requiring beneficiaries to take pre-employment drug tests, and potentially cutting benefits if parents do not have children in early childhood education.

You don’t need to work for the dole but you do need to enrol they’re saying!

Low voter turnout tends to hurt the left more. In 2011, about 39,000 people were on the electoral roll in Mangere, whose voters favour Labour, compared to 48,000 in National stronghold Epsom.

That difference is not just about enrolment rates. Electorates have roughly the same number of people, but not the same number of adults. Mangere is an area with many more children than Epson, so hence they have less adults living there eligible to enrol.

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General Debate 9 May 2015

May 9th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 8 May 2015

May 8th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 7 May 2015

May 7th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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The list gets longer

May 6th, 2015 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar
  1. Kristina Ruehli, 1965
  2. Sunni Wells, mid 1960s
  3. Carla Ferrigno, 1967
  4. Linda Brown, 1969
  5. Cindra Ladd, after 1969
  6. Joan Tarshis, 1969
  7. Victoria Valentino, 1970
  8. Louisa Moritz, 1971
  9. Donna Motsinger, 1971
  10. Katherine McPhee, 1970s
  11. Tamara Green, 1970s
  12. Linda Joy Traitz, 1970s
  13. Helen Hayes, 1973
  14. Judy Huth, 1974
  15. Margie Shapiro, 1975
  16. Shawn Brown, mid 1970s
  17. Therese Serignese, 1976
  18. P J Masten, 1979
  19. Linda Kirkpatrick, 1981
  20. Renita Chaney Hill, 1982
  21. Janice Dickinson, 1982
  22. Joyce Emmons, early 1980s
  23. Lynn Neal, early 1980s
  24. Beth Ferrier, 1984
  25. Sammie Mays, mid 1980s
  26. Beverly Johnson, mid 1980s
  27. Heidi Thomas, 1984
  28. Chelan, 1985
  29. Barbara Bowman, 1986
  30. Helen Gumpel, 1987
  31. Jewel Allison, late 1980s
  32. Lisa Jones, 1986
  33. Lisa, 1988
  34. Lise-Lotte Lublin, 1989
  35. Jena T, 1989
  36. Lilli Bernard, 1992
  37. Angela Leslie, 1992
  38. Kacey, 1990s
  39. Michelle Hurd, mid 1990s
  40. Lachele Covington, 2000
  41. Andrea Constand, 2004
  42. Chloe Goins, 2008
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Always proof-read!

May 6th, 2015 at 1:04 pm by David Farrar

An advertising agency I worked for once produced an annual report for the Pubic Trust instead of the Public Trust!

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Another 16,000 jobs this quarter

May 6th, 2015 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The latest employment data from Stats NZ shows:

  • 16,000 more jobs this quarter
  • 74,000 more jobs in the last year of which 60,000 are full-time
  • Labour force participation rate at new high of 69.6%
  • Unemployment rate steady at 5.8%
  • An extra 15,900 manufacturing jobs over a year ago (don’t forget the crisis!)
  • The number of hours worked have increased 9.7% over three years ago
  • Salary rates up 1.7% in last year (while inflation is just 0.1%)
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General Debate 6 May 2015

May 6th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 5 May 2015

May 5th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 4 May 2015

May 4th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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Calorie labels for alcohol

May 3rd, 2015 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The fashion for large wine glasses has fueled a rise in the number of “invisible” calories people are inadvertently consuming through alcohol, the chair of the Royal Society for Public Health has warned. …

The European Union is considering whether to remove the exemption for alcohol and was due to report back in December, but has so far not ruled on the issue. A recent survey found that 80 per cent of the 2,117 adults questioned did not know the calorie content of common drinks, and most were completely unaware that alcohol contributed to the total calories that they consumed.

Most respondents were in favour of calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks.

The US Food and Drug Administration has mandated calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks from December 2015 in US restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets.

It seems strange to have calorie labelling on food and non alcoholic drinks, but not on alcoholic drinks.

I’m in favour of treating alcoholic drinks the same as non-alcoholic drinks, and mandating they should have calorie information.

For those interested the calorie counts for some common alcohol is:

  • half bottle of wine – 350 calories
  • Six pack of beer – 900 calories
  • hip flask of vodka – 820 calories
  • 4 RTDs – 920 calories
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General Debate 3 May 2015

May 3rd, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 2 May 2015

May 2nd, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 1 May 2015

May 1st, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 30 April 2015

April 30th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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An open letter to Belle Gibson

April 29th, 2015 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

A great open letter to Belle Gibson, who faked brain cancer and then set up a business promoting her healthy lifestyle cure:

Dear Belle Gibson,

I want you to know that I am angry with you. I’m not actually angry. I’m infuriated beyond belief.

You have just come out telling The Australian Women’s Weekly that you lied about having terminal brain cancer. As a patient who has gone through 15 brain surgeries, numerous angiograms, hundreds of blood tests and many MRI scans, how dare you make money by lying about a hardship that many Australians like myself have to go through every single day?

Do you even know what it’s like for someone to have brain problems? I do. I’m 21 and I’ve been through 15 brain surgeries to fix my brain condition, and I am still needing to have more surgery in the coming months. Each one of my surgeries has lasted on average seven hours.

Do you know how painful those seven hours are for my family and friends? They’re the ones that are sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, refreshing their Facebook news feed to keep them entertained during the ordeal and nervously biting on every little last bit of their cuticles while messaging people who want updates on how I am going. It makes my heart sink every time they’ve waited for me while I’m in surgery.

How dare you make money off these innocent people? I, like many others who suffer from a debilitating brain condition, bought your app, The Whole Pantry. I thought it would be good to try and make my lifestyle as healthy as possible. You said so yourself. You had terminal brain cancer. YOU survived, so I thought I could rid myself of illness as well. How idiotic I feel right now for believing you.

How dare you blame your lies on your rough start to life. You give your excuse that you had “a difficult upbringing.” Although I did not have a rough start, I went through many problems in my adolescence: depression, bullying and severe acne just to name a few. But you know what Belle? I got help from my counsellor and my doctor. And today I am in a much happier place, with some good antidepressants and acne cream to help me.

Gibson is a very disturbed and bad person. But she is not guilty alone. All those in the Australian and global media who accepted her claims without scrutiny and scepticism should also be apologising.

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General Debate 29 April 2015

April 29th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 28 April 2015

April 28th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 27 April 2015

April 27th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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