Thursday, May 25, 2017


My good friend and co-blogger Psycho Milt wrote in a recent post that he 'dislikes Islam'.    I don't.   What I dislike are radical Islamists who have perverted the teachings of the Koran in order to justify their 12th century view of the world.  

There's good and bad in every religion.   Growing up in small town New Zealand in the 1950's and I can remember the ditty directed at those who attended St Joseph's Catholic School down the road ... something along the lines of Catholic dogs, sitting on logs, eating the innards out of frogs.   That didn't sit well with me.   They were our neighbors.   They were the people who played rugby with me.   They were members of my Scout Troop.  In short, why were they to be defined in such terms?

People are people. Judge people not on their religion but on how they live their lives, what they do, how they treat others.

Put simply, there are good Christians/Muslims/Hindus/Buddhists/whatever/whatever just as there are bad Christians/Muslims/Hindus/Buddists/whatever/whatever.    There is far too much hate in this world to condemn a religion per se.   Let's reserve our condemnation and more for those who, in the name of religion, by thought and deed encourage violence as a means to an end.    That I can readily sign up to.

I anticipate some reaction.   

And Now For The Best

In Australia it's difficult to pick the best PM since 1940.

My contenders are Hawke, Keating, Howard, Curtin and Menzies all of whom were excellent performers.

I'd give the race to Menzies by a nose with Howard a close second.

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Menzies built thee modern day Liberal Party and presided over by far and away the best economic resurgence Australia has ever seen.

In NZ it's a different story.  There's no competition.

Unfortunately for the mentally deranged on the far left and far right, John Key takes it away followed by Keith Holyoake.

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Key took over a failed economy and turned it into one which is the envy of the western world while managing the rebuild of a major city.   Early in his tenure he was reported to have said he does not cleave to ideology but on each issue he decides to do what is best for NZ.

Prediction of the day

Steven "Handout" Muldoon Joyce will deliver a budget that is even more left wing than the one delivered a couple of years ago.  And incredibly, his MPs will stand and applause and rush over to shake his hand as if he's just won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Handout will then tell the country taking more money off me to give to others is "fair".  Delivering billions in corporate welfare is "fair".

It might be fair to them, but it's damn unfair to me, and will lead to more tax avoidance.

Labour will be left flapping around like a fish on the beach.  And rightly so, as Handout goes deep into its territory.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


In this post, I had a whinge at Steven Muldoon Joyce (aka "Handout") and complained bitterly, ante budget, that the very people who do most of the work in this country are likely to kicked in the guts in tomorrow's budget.

Someone who is smarter than me said it better than I could in this morning's Dom Post:
But it is no myth that at least 40 per cent of households pay no net taxes – despite Keith Ng's Four tax myths that might pop up this year.

Properly accounting for the things Ng points to, like GST, education and healthcare, shows that about 60 per cent of households receive more in benefits and services than they contribute in taxesand that the system is heavily reliant on high earners.
We all know this, but it bears repeating.  In election year, the Labour/Green movement like to pretend those in the top 10% should pay even more, and those in the 60% referred to above should receive even more.

It's parties like National that are meant to correct this bullshit, yet they focus on keeping Labour out, instead of doing what's proper and right according to their principles.

And so people like me look at National sideways and with raw contempt, and we buy rental properties to minimise our tax, because National won't do it for us.  I mean hell, they minimise the tax of 60% of the population, so if you're not going to do it for me, I'll do it myself.

And then Labour decide that's terrible and introduce appalling tax policy to stop the "loophole".

And National party apparatchiks wonder why I give them the middle finger.

Well, it's because to out-socialise the quasi-socialists, the real socialists have to become even worse socialists.

Pitching to the wrong market

The readership of this blog is pretty much completely the wrong one for this post, but this is the blog I've got so fuck it.

I'm a regular commenter at The Standard, it being the most useful blog for left-wingers to argue with each other (The Daily Blog fancies itself a contender for that title, but is instead a usability-disaster that Martyn Bradbury uses for self=promotion).  For the most part, the arguing at The Standard is pretty good (I don't expect right-wingers to agree with me on this point) and there are some seriously bad-motherfucker smart guys commenting there.

That said, it has its downsides, not least some trigger-happy moderators, one of whom is particularly fond of finding excuses to ban commenters who annoy him.  I've proven very annoying to this moderator and have duly copped a two-week ban.  On the plus side, I'm pretty confident this person will never be put in a position of genuine authority over other people, so this trivial abuse of power is the worst he's likely to be able to inflict on anyone.  Still, it means I'm effectively cut off from left-wing argument for two weeks, so I'm now as annoyed as he was.

It won't come as a surprise to regular readers here that I'm not fond of Islam (the subject that got me banned), in fact I dislike it intensely.  It's beyond me how anyone who considers him/herself a rationalist could not dislike Islam intensely, but for some on the left who have difficulty understanding rationalism, someone finding Islam fundamentally irrational and illiberal equates to being a racist who hates Muslims because they're mostly darkies of some description.  That in turn prompts them to call "Islamophobia" as though it were some kind of trump card that beats any argument anyone might present.  It annoys the fuck out of me for the excellent reason that it's sanctimonious bullshit and I don't like sanctimonious bullshit.

The quote below has me pondering whether to go back there at all, which I'd regard as a real loss because it's not like there's an abundance of left-wing blogs that accommodate people arguing with each other:

He was also deliberately misconstruing comments in order to peddle that hatred. (Not just the one I picked up on) 
He lucky it’s only two weeks. Next time will be far longer.
So, the upshot is that I'm hostage to this delusional character's misinterpretation of my arguments and am best advised to just not argue anything he might find annoying.  That definitely lacks appeal.

Various other commenters risked a ban themselves by pointing out the petty nature of this ban.  In the highly unlikely case that any of them happen to read this post, thanks for pointing it out as I'm obviously unable to.  Might talk to you again in two weeks, or might not, depending on whether interest in debating other left-wingers wins out over unwillingness to kowtow to sanctimonious bullshit and petty abuse of authority.

Worst Prime Minister Ever?

Well, in living memory, perhaps.

In Australia, the stand out winner has to be the Liberal Party's greatest ever dope, Billy 'Big Ears' McMahon.

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It was widely reported but, of course, never confirmed that he was a poofter who was forced by his party's hierarchy to marry a glamorous long legged sheila so as to convince the sheeple he was a real dinky dy bloke.  It didn't work and he was thrashed in 1972 by Labor's Gough Whitlam.

Second place goes to Julia 'there'll never be a carbon tax' Gillard followed by nose picking, ear wax munching Kevin Rudd.

In New Zealand, the stand out winner has to be Labour's Helen Clark.

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It was widely reported but, of course, never confirmed that she was a lesbian who was forced by her party's hierarchy to marry a weedy academic bloke so as to convince the sheeple she was a real dinky dy sheila..  It didn't work and she was thrashed in 2008 by National's John Key.

Also widely reported but, of course, never confirmed was the story that her husband was arrested for kiddy fiddling in a Los Angeles Airport toilet and Winston Peters was rushed there in an air force jet to bring the weed back.

Second place goes to the hopeless Geoffrey Palmer, closely followed by the megalomaniac Muldoon.


The latent xenophobia, alive and kicking both in Labour and Winston First, was in play yesterday with the call by Labour's David Parker for Cloud Ocean Water Ltd, majority owned by the Ling Hai Group, to pay a royalty on the water they intend bottling in a new factory complex to be developed in the outer Christchurch suburb of Belfast.

No matter that the amount of bottled water is so small as to be irrelevant in the debate over managing our water resource.    Our fresh water resource is 500 trillion litres of which only 2% is extracted.   Bottled export water accounts for only 8.7 million litres of that which equates to 0.0000002% of the resource.    No matter either the jobs created and taxes paid.    Let's come up with a new tax.

But hold on ... can you really ring-fence bottled water?   What about town water supply; what about water used for irrigation, what about water used for industry?   And then there's the elephant in the room.   Go down this track and you can guarantee Maori will lodge a claim either with the Waitangi Tribunal or in the High Court seeking their piece of the action. 

A stupid idea borne of latent xenophobia and nothing to do with preserving the quality of our water resource which belongs to no-one and everyone.


Paula Bennett will find herself looking from the other side of the Big House having been "Tipped Out"

There are many issues around the world of "gratuities" that have never become embedded for New Zealand service sectors.

We have a minimum wage system that prevents large scale under paying wait staff and porters.

We have a fairly robust tax system that even Bennett acknowledged would be evaded by Tipping.

So I leave a Kate Shepherd, one person gets to pocket it while my satisfaction came from the buyer, the prep, the chef, and the whole mess was cleaned up by the dishwasher none of whom  share that little blue note.

Then there is the clear superiority and snobbery that the Tipper possibly feeds.

Listening to the media generated rubbish around Ms Bennett's brain fart and her credibility takes a hit, tipping is not how NZ thanks people for service.
To have it included as often happens with overseas travel leaves it as another levy no more no less with zero understanding who might benefit from the largesse.

The Bimbo who inflicts so much garbage on Newstalk ZB, five till six am weekdays, explained how her man had converted her to indulging herself by such behaviour. Pity was, she didn't explain to her Saffa mate that he was being a knob here in this country instead of putting on her headscarf and compromising her culture.

Tipping a lucky beneficiary who happens to be right place right time is not just NZ.


Teresa May has raised the security status for the UK from severe to critical, gee that is a comfort!

Then what Terresa?

Can anyone link me to a single Immam, Sheik, Mullah, or Islamic political leader who has condemned the atrocity in Manchester and called for Islam to change its collective slavish following of a text nearly 1500 years unchanged.

Western civilisation is a bunch of lemmings heading for the cliff

Fatal Irony

One thing western liberal democracies are agreed on is that terrorism by Sunni Muslim extremist groups is a major threat.  How ironic then, that in a week in which a moderate reformer wins a second term as president of Iran and a Sunni Muslim extremist kills 19 people in a suicide bombing in Manchester, US President Orange Blowhard makes the first stop on his first overseas trip a visit to Saudi Arabia, the chief promoter and funder of Sunni extremism, and endorses said promoters/funders' statement that the Iranian government is "the tip of the spear of global terrorism." You have to laugh or you'd cry.

Smart politics, terrible economics

John Key once described interest free student loans as smart politics but terrible economics.  It seems this week's budget will be the same:
POLITIK understands that the movements will be for the two lowest thresholds.

Currently tax on income up to $14,000 is 10.5% and for income from $14000 - $48000 tax is 17.5%.

Those thresholds will both rise.

There will also be changes to Working for Families and an increase in the Accommodation Supplement.

POLITIK has been told that added together the tax threshold and Working for Families moves could mean families where one parent is in work with two children see their income rise by what is being described as a “significant” weekly figure.
Key also described Working for Families as communism by stealth.
The money in the Government’s accounts has been earned by hard working taxpayers, and we want to ensure that in an election year when there is a temptation for bidding wars, that we make the biggest difference we can with those surpluses," he told his weekly press conference yesterday.   
Will Steven Muldoon Joyce reward all taxpayers, including people like me who employ 15 workers and work 6 days a week to earn their wages, and allow their PAYE to be given to Muldoon Joyce?
But there is also a political recognition that they would be unwise to be seen to be delivering more money to already wealthy higher income earners.
Absolute traitors to their purported cause.  They're simply poll driven sheep.  It's why I will never vote for them and why I have continually dismissed many offerings to join the party.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A soothing photo

Here's one for my old mate Adolf which is hot off the press.

Palestinian leader Mahmood Abbas and Donald Trump holding hands

Is This The Beginning of The End.......

....of the Iranian theocracy?

President Trump has just armed the Saudis to the tune of $350 billion.

Could this be the preface to the crushing of Iran?  My guess is it is.

Look for a massive attack on Iran with American air power delivering an hour long dose of shock and awe, in which the Iranian military is severely degraded; Israeli nuclear strikes on Iranian nuclear and rocket facilities and an Arab Sunni coalition invasion putting ground troops in to clean up the remnants.

There will be no premature withdrawal of troops before the job is done because of some damned presidential election.

If I'm right, president Trump will go down in history as the man who fixed up Jimmy Carter's and Barack Obama's foreign policy fuck ups.


Self and Mrs Veteran do virtually all our banking through the internet.   A few minutes ago I went on-line to check the balance in our current account.    At 11.43 this morning an 'OT Doe' (unknown to me) made a substantial deposit into our account. 

Being an honest chap I rang the ANZ to query it.  All they could tell me was the OT Doe was a Westpac customer.   I asked them 'what happens now'.   Their response ... 'if you are not owed the money and if OT Doe has made an error in transferring the money to you he/she/it has fifteen working days in which to contact their bank (Westpac) to request us (ANZ) to reverse the credit.   Don't touch it until after fifteen days ... at that time the money (if it's still there) is yours to do with it what you want.

So OT Doe ... fifteen days.   The time clock is ticking.   Hope you're NOT reading this.


It is less than four hours since an explosion in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena killed at least nineteen people and injured a further fifty plus, many with life threatening injuries.

It is a developing story.   What we do know is that the Police suspect it to be a terrorist bombing possibly carried out by a suicide bomber.   There are reports of nuts and bolts littering the area which would suggest they constituted the shrapnel component of the bomb.   As we speak there are Police raids being conducted in the Greater Manchester area while the terrorist threat level in the UK has been raised to 'Severe' meaning further attacks are highly likely.   

On the plus side (if there is a plus side) the British Police and intelligence agencies are second to none in dealing with terrorist incidents.    There is extensive CCTV coverage of the scene and you can bet your bottom dollar that the authorities are trolling through the extensive footage in order to piece together what happened.

All that aside and it's just three weeks out from the UK election.    You would have to be naive in the extreme to think this won't impact on the result.   The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, needs this like a hole in the head given the widely held perception that he is soft on terrorism given his record of support for HUMAS and the PLO and his failure to condemn the IRA for their terrorist campaign.    To be fair to Corbyn and he would argue that he deplores all acts of violence.   Unfortunately for him that won't wash in a charged political environment.  

Tears For Manchester

Why are the people at the BBC so stupid?

Juxtaposed headlines:-

You'd Never Guess Who

A student who learned nothing......

A law magazine editor who wrote nothing........

A senator who voted nothing.............

A president who achieved nothing.................

Born in Kenya                                         Born in Hawaii
(When he wanted to steal a                     (When he wanted to steal a presidency)
foreign student scholarship)

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25% Unemployment? Yes

The official unemployment figures published in Australia, NZ and the US essentially are a crock full of shit.

In Australia the official figure is 5.9% of the workforce.  I have doubted this figure for some time.

For five years now, Adolf has had a part time 20hr/week job as a street walker, the euphemistic title for which is 'market research interviewer.'  I go out door knocking on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for around 40 weeks of the year in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide.  (This region happens to include the soon to close Holden plant.)

Five years ago it was common on Thursday and Friday to struggle to gain the required number of interviews per day, due to the fact very few people were at home.  Accordingly one was restricted to interviewing the elderly, infirm, retarded or the rare stay at home mother.

Today, Thursday and Friday quotas are filled with ease, owing to the multitude of unemployed but able bodied people at home, wondering where their next jobs will come from.

In light of the above, readers will be interested in this confirmation of my suspicions from today's Australian newspaper.

Anyone working more than one hour a week is counted as employed, even if they are volunteers. To be included in the ranks of the jobless, you have to have applied for a position in the past month and be ready to start straight away. Almost seven million people are judged as not part of the labour force yet roughly a fifth are job seekers who do not meet the official description of unemployed. Add the ranks of the underemployed (1.1 million workers) to these hidden jobless and the real rate of unemployment climbs to more than 23 per cent. And this figure does not include unemployment disguised by make-work schemes, low-value training or the inadequately vetted Disability Support Payment.

I wonder what the story is in NZ?  No doubt up in Harawira country the real figure will be well over 50%.

When you have one of the most expensive and unreliable electricity supplies in the world, nobody will take the risk of setting up a new business.

Australians are in much deeper trouble than most of them realise.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017


I am no longer active with St John, however fourteen years of service leaves me with undiminished admiration for the efforts of volunteers who will never be accepted or thanked for their service in far, too many cases.

The recent announcement of additional funding to St John drew a totally predictable response from people with zero appreciation of the stresses on and commitment of volunteers,  by paid staff and management.

Most paramedics and advanced paras are doing great service and their presence makes for a high likely hood of patient survival to an extent the "golden hour" is largely consigned to history.
However nearly all the comment from St John people whether authorised or not was negative. Now that could have been justifiable had volley leaders made such comment as many of them contribute to the organisation both in service and training that incurs costs never recoverable and without their unremunerated efforts, the service would grind to a standstill in short order.

Too much of the leadership is inadequate abilitywise and disfunctional.

Now to the tale of stupidity, lacking compassion and understanding, that has me exercised.
I am relying on the story as related to me by someone I have no reason to doubt and that person is  unlikely to have elaborated or sensationalised it but the distress was still palpable.

A person is rostered  on as first aid responder at a coop organisation selling liquor and food who heard a commotion erupting outside the main entrance and did what their brief included, going to see if help was required.
A male vs female incident had progressed to a situation where the male, in a rage, had punched through a glass window and on withdrawing their arm sustained serious lacerations with ongoing blood loss, the injury included large blood vessel cuts. The off duty ambo did the necessary, gloves,  towels, calmed the still quite active, now victim, and went to work to stem the bleeding, called on a random bystander to call 111 and asked the partner of the now in mortal danger patient, to leave, then asked others to get her out of the immediate scene which all happened, leaving things in a sort of manageable chaos, that was when it became surreal.
Patient calming further from blood loss and on being repeatedly told that keeping still and listening could save their life but showing signs of onset shock and bloodloss symptoms. It is quite difficult to estimate bloodloss of the available average 4.5 liters when spread around a scene.
An ambulance arrived and stopped clear of the scene with its crew remaining seated inside.
Treatment person asked the co-opted 111caller to go tell them the Pt was going south and needed  ED asap.
Nup, it had morphed into a Domestic Violence incident and they could not assist until police backup arrived leaving the scene in the hands of bystanders who had no uniform, training, or any other protection but are immune to any danger that some lowife has deemed too dangerous for. Things eventually happened in the fullness of time relieving the first responder by now covered in the victims blood and somewhat shaken while the Ambulance crew took over.
Then there was a further delay as DV protocol required more police presence as the victim now in the ambulance was to be accompanied to ED by plod.

That was the end of the drama for Mr and Ms DV for now but for the Joe and Josephine citizens,  not so. No one, police or ambulance, gave any consideration for what had been a very fraught and troubling, un-necessarily prolonged incident.
The off duty Ambo has, because they were aware of downstream repercussions, had discussions with peers over what was seen as serious shortcomings in the treatment of citizens simply doing their best as events unfolded.
There is a case before the courts in Christchurch involving such a Joe Citizen who became involved in the collapsed CTV building rescue, in the aftermath of the February 22nd 2011 quake,  who is being denied ACC coverage for alleged post traumatic stress.

What my informant and the never identified phone support person were not offered, and in my informants case still have not been offered, even a simple superficial assessment  if they have any outcomes that need addressing and that is not anywhere remotely adequate as I type this.

During my service and training we were constantly lectured on the need for awareness of additional patients around such a traumatic incident that included here a trained off duty volly  using their skills to save a life, another who stepped up to create and maintain communications, others who assisted by removing the non injured but involved partner of the Pt who all should have as a minimum been given a brief assessment, some advice on next moves and an offer particularly to the off duty Ambo who would have been exposed to after effects that only those who have been there can understand.

Such things are cumulative and can become a crisis, triggered by an almost innocuous incident. I had an occasion in decades past where I was required to be transported by plod to a court hearing in another place as a material witness to a charge of dangerous driving.  My chauffeur was a late Middle aged senior constable on his first day back from a breakdown who was clearly still a little fragile. My previous life as a volley telephone councillor recognised the guy had a desire to talk about his time out and eventually he revealed he was a little mystified how what had "set him off" was rather inconsequential.  Having years of duty where some horrific scenes had been confronted, up to and including decapitations in road smashes, all apparently absorbed and dealt with, not quite however.
What triggered this man to a breakdown was a mug of coffee upset from the home kitchen table by his son.

Instead of tossing money at a still transitioning organisation that was previously focussed on first aid,  basic life support from ABC, limb immobilisation, compression bleeding control, to paramedics with access to drugs and advanced medical interventions who can commence what waited until ED for implementation back in the day.
How about a top to bottom re-evaluation of the whole organisation by a commission of inquiry type assessment, possibly  by a senior trauma expert, a finance controller and even  includee an intelligent outsider who approach the current governance and delivery performance in its entirety as fit for purpose.
Leaving the monkeys to settle what they will do with a larger bag of candy seems a little retarded as they scrabble for a share and above all else patch protection.


Just finishing up on  our holiday here in Samoa.   Stayed at the 'Return to Paradise' Resort which was brilliant.    Isolated and not too much to do and that suited us just fine.   Hot, 30-33 degrees, but with four swimming pools and the sea just twenty feet away life was bearable.   Not crowded and ankle biters were conspicuous by their absence.

Unlike Fiji, Samoa has yet to be 'found'.   It's not 'touristy' and that suits us just fine.   Island time rules ok.    What does amaze us is their genuine friendliness ... when the reality is that really they have much to be angry about given New Zealand's appalling record of 'colonial' stewardship starting from when, in 1918, an incompetent administration allowed the SS Talune, inbound from Auckland and with influenza rife among both passengers and crew, to land.   The result ... over 7,500 deaths (22% of the population).   Contrast that with American Samoa where they quarantined ships for five days before allowing them entry.   The result there  ... no outbreak, no deaths.

Equally bad was the New Zealand response to the Mau (independence) movement which culminated in 'Black Saturday' (28 December 1929) when New Zealand military police opened fire with rifles and a machine gun on a parade of members and supporters of the Mau movement through Apia.   Eleven Samoans were killed including the Mau leader and High Chief Tupua Tamasese Leafoli.   One policeman was clubbed to death.   Shortly afterwards the New Zealand ordered the HMS Dunedin along with it's compliment of Marines to Samoa in order to help suppress the rebellion.   In the ensuing two months until a truce was declared two Samoan children were killed by the marines.   The Government also deployed an aircraft from the fledgling RNZAF in support of operations.   In a previous visit I met an elderly Samoan who claimed that as a boy he had witnessed the aircraft making straffing runs over the interior where members of the Mau were in hiding.   I have however been unable to verify this from official documents.   The plane was later wrecked while attempting to land. 

Clearly the Samoan people are forgiving.   Not sure I would be so magnanimous.    They make you feel welcome ... at the Return to Paradise Resort (scene of the movie of the same name ... staring Gary Cooper) you are treated, not as tourists but as one of their family.   That's why, for us, Samoa is so special.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday's Fulmnations

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Thursday, May 18, 2017


Justin Lester the socialist and therefore adept at finding new ways to increase the funds he can spend, Mayor of Wellywood is going to create a "Levy" on plastic bags at supermarkets to create an 80%reduction in plastic bags going to landfill.

It is a freakin tax moron, and it will not fall on the able to pay a few cents here and there, it will be born by those who don't have a Merevale (Remuera, Oriental Bay) taxi,it will fall on the OAP who uses the bus to get to the shop.

I heard Einstein explain that too much plastic ends up in the sea  from their transfer stations and even the tip, no shite Sherlock that might be the fault of your idiot employees not doing their jobs, and that buck stops at your desk. 
It is not necessarily the fault of those least able to afford what on your inflated earnings seems a small price to pay for those who endlessly find second, third, or however many one might imagine uses for those ubiquitous little gems that for us personally are constantly in use as pet dropping gatherers, kitchen and bathroom rubbish tin liners,  the list is long.

Just grow  a pair Mr Lester and after you have basked in the glory emanating from yet another socialist manipulation of the proletariat, just call it the TAX it actually is.


Yesterday we had a bunch of people who choose to live in a remote area that few New Zealanders ever visit, successfully embarking on a proposal to export fresh water by the shipload from a beach near the mouth of the Arawhata River.
Of course a sage comment from a greenie in protest at an off shore party gaining benefit from our "precious" fresh water that is so threatened and becoming scarce.
ABSOLUTLY ILL INFORMED GARBAGE, totally at odds with even a brief superficial assessment.
Water is anything but precious in South Westland where smarter people know instinctively it causes great costs, imposed on every facet of life.
Every single square meter of land and water inland from mean high tide has to deal with five cubic meters of rainwater every year. You do the maths as to what that equates to per square kilometre.

Yes there is a potential for a tanker coming to anchor at the end of the proposed three Km off shore pipe to load, could drop a nasty when discharging the ballast but assuming it will want to deliver the Westland water in a potable condition (why else would  the ship travel all that distance) that is just scaremongering.
As for the total red herring that the carrier could beach and cause "pollution to the pristine shoreline with a diesel spill, that is also as likely as a bit of driftwood being struck by lightning sparking a wild fire.
Give me strength, it is all so bloody unlikely as to be of no  moment, what is certain however it will be whipped into a storm in a sandfly cursed South Westland ba├┐ by as many pol-lies as the media can find to get their ill informed comment from.

Yes Kermie it is indeed hard being green and black, red, purple and puce.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Price of Political Cowardice

Malcolm Turnbull's PC government has paid a heavy price for deserting its centre-right base by delivering a 'more Labor than Labor' federal budget.  Instead of receiving a bounce in the polls Turnbull was delivered a sound smack in the chops.

From The Australian:-

"The Turnbull government has ­failed to generate a swift reward from its dramatic move to “reset the budget” by using tax hikes to replace divisive spending cuts, with the government losing ground against Labor to trail by 47 per cent to 53 per cent in two-party terms."

Some commentators are saying the newly formed Australian Conservative Party was the biggest winner but the polls contain no evidence to back up this claim.

What there is evidence for however, is the notion that Turnbull is close to being rolled.

But who will replace him as leader and PM?  Treasurer Scott Morrison is widely tipped as a likely successor.  But wait a minute!  It was his budget that just bombed.  If he had leadership qualities he would have prepared a fiscally austere budget and demanded Turnbull approve it.  When Turnbull refused as he would, Morrison should have resigned.

That in itself would have brought on a spill and Morrison would have waltzed into the top slot with his honour intact.

Instead he is dog tucker.  He just went with the flow like all the other wet sheep in this pseudo Liberal Party which has lost its way.

Like it or not, there is only one person who has what it takes to knock over Shorten and that is Tony Abbott.  Abbott knows how to fight and how to win.   The first thing he will do is bring down a mini-budget to reverse the Turnbull/Morrison disaster.

Just as importantly, who will be Treasurer?  My pick is that Abbott will be elected leader and will offer a preference deal to Bernadi's Conservatives in which Bernadi will be offered the Treasurer's job.

My God, I'd pay good money to see this happen because Abbott hater columnist Nikki Savva would be struck down with a six month long bout of chronic non-stop diarrhoea.


I am a regular listener to Mike Hosking Breakfast for an insight to local news and do not subscribe to the socialist drivel that he is a spokesman for any particular political view that they raise as a problem for him in his position.

I do not agree with all his views and have enough functioning brain cells to process what his morning effort delivers.

Yesterday morning on newstalk ZB, Hosking gave free reign to a Mike Joy who was introduced as an expert on "water quality" with the qualifier he was employed  at Massey University.
Mike Joy is a puppet in the genre of Punch and Judy who is running attack  lines for the Melons using his protected and largely unchallenged aura of knowing the subject around water quality, as a 'drip under pressure'.
I have no doubt Mr Joy has accumulated a mass of knowledge on water quality but his open political links to the increasingly dishonest Green Party. An outfit with a much changed political philosophy, now a mystery to many of the original supporters unaware of the morphing from environmental protection party that attracted a caring segment from across the spectrum, to a bunch of hard left socialists who saw an opportunity to progress their marxist ambitions.

This post takes issue with Mr Joy being introduced using his sinecure at Massey and no mention of his clear bias against private property rights of those who choose to grow green grass rather than own dusty dry unpalatable areas that require field mice to carry a cut lunch.
A recent example of Mr Joy's shameless use of imagery to promote his crusade was shown on a popular segment on a local TV, with him standing in the dry riverbed of the Selwyn River decrying the ecological damage that dirty dairy was inflicting on the nation.
As a child probably six at most I was taken by my grandad from my little world in Waiau to visit Mum's sister who lived at Pendarves, South of Rakaia, requiring a traverse of a seemingly never ending bridge that  Grandad Ken told me was the longest in the Southern Hemisphere, as if that concept meant anything to a child. but it was  a very long bridge.
Not far previously on the journey of discovery,  the little Morris Eight, with its single electric windscreen wiper giving a quaint little arc of clear vision to the driver, had crossed a much smaller bridge that had no  river, stream or even ponds. Being inquisitive, I asked grandad why a bridge when the road could have gone through the hollow, as many roads did in those days only to be told it was still flowing under the shingle, OK, he knew everything.
Now, c1950 there would have been almost zero extraction of water from anywhere that would impact on the flow of the Selwyn that I now know at White Cliffs in the foothills flows over a cumec even today as a low summer flow.
An entirely natural example of a braided river having a subterranean flow yet Mr Joy wanted viewers to believe that it was unrestricted extraction by greedy dairy farmers who had perpetrated this abomination on the devastated landscape. Utter baloney.
He could have equally used the Hawkins  that has an even drier bed parallel and to the north of the Selwyn that I have never seen with water flowing in over half a century.
While discussing dry riverbeds, there is a very small creek between Hurunui bridge on Hwy 70 and Culverden ironically named Dry Stream that also never had a trickle in my childhood but with the advent of the Amuri Plains scheme drawing water from the Waiau at The Leslie Hills bridges, the border dyke system had Dry Stream running a goodly volume all summer long although now diminishing again as the Dikes are replaced with the significantly more efficient Spraylines

So IMHO, Mr Hosking and others going to such seriously biased and motivated "experts" for comment need to be aware and certainly give additional information as to why their views and opinions might be so readily available. Not based on verifiable  facts as Joy wanted his congregation to believe but being dishonestly presented from entirely false premises
Sadly also unchallenged was the totally false manipulation of the central point that gave  Joy his platform, in that it arose from a claim from a dairy spokesperson that 95% of dairy cattle were fenced from waterways. An opinion that was corrupted to 95% of all cattle, some that can have free access to tributary and often dry waterways. Cattle, not all dairy but including beef,  range at very low stocking rates and if required to be fenced from access to such land, a result  only achieved by total de-stocking of millions of acres of land,  much held under a freehold title that as the name implies has certain rights of occupation.
Yes I accept that an image of a herd of cattle being published, standing in Lake Sumner during high summer in the third year of a drought embracing North Canterbury, could be viewed as terrible to the ignorant whereas it was an incident inspired by extreme dry conditions and an act of  humane stock management. The alternative has animal welfare implications that could earn a person deemed responsible at risk of gaol time.

Dr Joy may be a lecturer in water science at Massey but his other life as a padre in the "church" of saints using every opportunity to rail against the wealth creating major segment  of our currently admired economic status needs to be admitted when he is being portrayed as an "expert witness".

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Warning - Harmful To Young Children


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