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Declaration of Equality

There shall be one law for all:
  • I refuse to accept any reference to the Treaty of Waitangi or its principles in any constitutional document.
  • I require that such references be removed from all existing legislation.
  • I require that race-based Parliamentary seats be abolished.
  • I require that race-based representation on local bodies be abolished.
  • I require that the Waitangi Tribunal, which has outlived any usefulness it may have had, be abolished.
Sign the petition at NZCPR

Thursday, April 30, 2009

ODT slags HM

There are those who wonder what will happen when respected Queen Elizabeth II departs because indications are that the successor will lack some of her sterling qualities.

Whilst discussing the recent call for a republic and suggesting leave well alone, the ODT disses the Queens family.

The Dark Lord arrives

Another warmist here on a taxpayer funded jolly?

Herald Editors: WTF?

The samples below show editors are just not doing their job on the final product.
enhanced operating economics per centand increased long-term reliability

Herald today.
Mr Heatley noticed something per centHousing NZ had missed in its list of required work

Herald the other day.

Some new shorthand conversion tool not working?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Parekura in NYC

Parekura has been in New York. On the taxpayer's teat?

With the Maori King who is reported to have welcomed Helen to the UN.

Shouldn't the welcome be the other way around? I thought she was 3IC and she had the job.
Her top priority would be sharpening the UNDP's focus on poverty reduction.

A new deal for the world economy and a new deal for the environment should also be capable of tackling poverty, including tackling energy poverty and providing a low carbon footprint route to development
.

What a load of bollocks. I take that to read the UN will now be looking for new ways to spread social engineering with a focus on extracting dollars from rich pricks.

Brief guide for education policy

Freeing Schools

  • Underperforming schools will be taken out of local authority control: This will allow schools to flourish in the way that City Technology Colleges did - by "freeing them from the obsessive micromanagement of government and stifling local bureacracy";
  • Freedom will be restored to the highest performing schools: As was the case with grant maintained status, but with the proviso that they have a partner school which is underperforming or failing - "liberating the strong to help the weak; helping the weak by empowering the strong".

Discipline

  • Steps will be taken to protect teachers, who currently cannot restrain violent children or impose detentions;
  • The teacher will be in charge: Mr Gove promised to "safeguard the rights of the majority, not defer to the human rights of the troublemakers";
  • The head teacher's word will be final on exclusions;
  • Disruptive children would get the care they need and "tough love" at an appropriate alternative school;
  • The base of people brought into the teaching profession will be broadened, for example using those who have been in the services.

The man of the moment, UK shadow MP Michael Gove, lays out Tory policies for education.

Wonder when we will see such positive education here in NZ?

50p of Gesture Politics

Words from the Devil's Kitchen on the recent UK Budget bribe to voters.
Darling, like his ... one-eyed organ-grinder, is not really interested in the poor, and never has been. The politicians are interested in only one thing—power.

To be in power, they must be elected, and to have even the faintest hope of being elected, the politicians believe that they must, at all costs, retain their client electorate.

The Budget was gesture politics at its worst: the lack of spending cuts was designed to keep the client electorate voting Labour, whilst the extra tax on the rich was designed solely to appeal to said clients' most evil sensibilities.

I have said it before and I'll say it again: if you really want to help the poor, then stop ... taxing them.

A sound ideal.

Swine seen at RyanAir

It is a tragedy only for people living ... in slums in Asia or Mexico

Top way to get publicity!

Religion is fiction?

Are you on the fast track to Hell? This and many other questions can be answered by making the appropriate choice below on 'Religion is fiction'?

True

False

BTW
As a heretic I made it to Level 6.

HT Voxy

Campaign Quote



HT Kiwiblog sourced from here

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Today in history

1789: In a mutiny on HMS Bounty, the crew set Capt. William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific. (Bligh and most of the men with him managed to reach Timor in 47 days.)

1945: Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.

1967: Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army, the same day Gen. William C. Westmoreland told Congress the U.S. "would prevail in Vietnam."
28th April

Q fighting the Four Horsemen

The projects to be launched at a top-secret University of Maryland research center would make "Q" - James Bond's owlish gadget-meister - blink with tears of envy.

In the coming months, teams of the nation's top theoretical mathematicians, behavioral scientists, software engineers and futurists will assemble to figure out how to make U.S. intelligence better, faster and more efficient.

Aston Martins with twin machine guns and ejector seats? Flamethrower bagpipes? Jet packs? The missile-firing leg cast?

Beyond that. Way beyond that.


US Intelligence. Now there's an oxymoron. Back to the story.

"We're talking technology breakthroughs," she said. "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are stampeding across the planet as we speak, and there are those who have a predatory intent against the United States of America.

"We have to stand sentry to make sure that never, ever again is there an attack on the United States and its interests abroad."

The mountains of intel coming in are overwhelming the analysts.
Intelligence officials swamped with war, terrorism, piracy, competition from Russia and China, swine flu and other problems are looking to the researchers for relief.

"They will, I hope," said Blair, "help us find the right dots to connect."

Current fines

Various blogs have noted that the justice Dept is kicking around the idea of writing off fines given to habitual defaulters as a waste of effort to collect. Bad idea. All fines should be pursued equally and defaulters over 90 days locked up.

Was more interested in this hidden stat though.
Offenders at present owe $790 million in fines. Almost $450m of that is overdue

That's an awful lot of fines that are current. $340 million. Did we actually commit that much crime last month?

What a bunch of criminals we are. All that wedge due next month and if not paid then it supposedly goes overdue. An awful lot of traffic tickets.

Due on the 20th of May, assuming the Justice Dept is run like a normal business.

HT Kiwiblog


Monday, April 27, 2009

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!

I just love it when Os produces a title like that. You just know you're in for a great read!

Where can I sign up?


Who am I?

The oxygen thieves at Department of Statistics sum up 5 years of work in this short paper.

Fence sitting waste of space. Looking for places to save on the bureaucracy, John?

I am not a European New Zealander or a New Zealand European. Much less a Kiwi or worse still a Pakeha from the fantasyland of Aotearoa.

There is only one answer. Looks like I will still be looking for the Other field and writing in New Zealander as I have done for the past decades.

I am a New Zealander.

Minister discovers illegal wiring on national TV

Phil Heatley MP has been on a tour of slum housing of late and found some dodgy illegal wiring in one of his tenant's houses. Supposedly bright ideas looking for a solution. Spin doctors hard at work on national TV late last week.

While there, Mr Heatley noticed something per centHousing NZ had missed in its list of required work - a light fitting was hanging out of the ceiling in the children's bedroom and he worried the exposed wires were a hazard.


Very dodgy, the tenant later admitted his unsafe and illegal handiwork. And the text is as per the Herald article!
161. Offence to engage in prescribed electrical work without practising licence
  • Every person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 who does any prescribed electrical work in contravention of section 95 of this Act.



The Electricity Act is extremely clear on such matters. And the taxpayers have a bureaucracy at the MED on standby to prosecute offenders. Yessir. The Electrical Board spends every breath it takes chasing such illegalities.

I digress. The offence has been committed by the installation of the fluoros. I could safely assume it was not done by the holder of a Practicing Licence.

How's this for another bright idea that already has a solution? Phil will now refer Housing Corp as owner and Gogo as tentant under the Electricity Act for illegal wiring.

Universities to fast track degrees

The never ending dumbing down of education.
There is no compromising on standards, there is no reduction in entry requirements.

"HEC, one honorary Doctorate of Laws".

I rest my case.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Alfie says 'Enough is Enough'

Alfie (Sir Michael Caine) is threatening to move to America over the new tax regime in the UK. He's had enough of getting stiffed as a top end taxpayer.
We've got three and a half million layabouts laying about on benefits and I'm 76 getting up at six o'clock in the morning to go to work to keep them.

Indeed. Mirroring NZ's bludgers.

He also spoke of his frustration with the Government, which he described as "rotten" and said that he was "not a fan" of the Prime Minister.

"A political party that's in too long is like a piece of meat – if it's there too long it will go rotten and they've gone rotten and they've got to go," he said.


Rotten to the core.
The point about him [Gordon Brown] is he's never been elected by anybody. I'm supposed to be in a country where I get the chance to elect someone and I've been around here at the most dangerous of times led by a man who's never been elected by anybody.

Undemocratic representation is at the heart of the issue.

The Boogie Man makes friends

'A short read, ... men don't have friends'

HTFU.

Why keep them at all?

There is no point to their existence and no pressing need for their deliberations.

If Finance Minister Bill English is looking for budget savings, he might take a quick glance in their direction. And he won't need a signpost.


Indeed.

Journalism at its worst

MacDoctor might add it to his long list of Spam Journalism.

Whilst most were having sombre moments of reflection on matters past over the past few days, the Manawatu Standard slips in this puff-piece about a terrorist whose only possible claim to fame is that he gained back door entry to this country.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

No apology required

Inspector Mike O'Leary.

Truly a hero.

A Soldier's Cemetery


Behind that long and lonely trenched line
To which men come and go, where brave men die,
There is a yet unmarked and unknown shrine,
A broken plot, a soldier’s cemetery.
There lie the flower of youth, the men who scorn’d
To live (so died) when languished Liberty:
Across their graves flowerless and unadorned
Still scream the shells of each artillery.
When war shall cease this lonely unknown spot
Of many a pilgrimage will be the end,
And flowers will shine in this now barren plot
And fame upon it through the years descend:
But many a heart upon each simple cross
Will hang the grief, the memory of its loss.

by John William Streets (killed and missing in action on 1 July 1916 aged 31)

Lest we forget.

Friday, April 24, 2009

"A hornets nest has been strirred"

We will stop them from building houses, we will stop them from building roads, we will stop them from building anything on the land.

Land wars are about to erupt in Northland at Tinopai over a large subdivision as the locals get septic about not being given racially based unelected representation.
Maori will come from the four winds to protect this land as this affects them from all over the land.

Ken Mair's 1995 sit in at Wanganui's Moutoa Gardens doesn't have a patch on what is promised here. Locals have declared the whole area sacred, covering areas like the subdivision they do not own.
Maori are "seething, there's anger all over the place".

As usual, such matters brings the worst out in people.

Central government will have to do something about this situation.

Damned right. I look forward to watching this saga play out.

Positive news from the islands

Hot on the heels of the honorary doctorates dished out to ex-leaders and the like for selfless acts of corruption, the leader of our near neighbour picks up a gong for 'eminent achievement and merit of highest degree and ... to humanity at large'.

So selfless and tireless these leaders of our time.

Culturally Ignorant Incompetents

the legend about the fish of Maui was a largely European-inspired idea, because Maori could only have known that the shape of the North Island resembled a fish after having seen maps produced by early European explorers

Nice. The infighting starts.

Honorary degree 'sign of committment'

So says her new boss as he gathers up a few more letters after his name in Malta yesterday. Honorary degrees must be a pre-req for employment at that place of corruption. After all, she has plenty of on job experience in that field.
Rare is the person who does not know about global warming and its terrifying potential.

Damned right about the terrifying potential. The potential to rape my wallet over some whackjob science commonly known as Gore-Bull.

Remind me which years of late have been warm?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The common thread

  • Former Government minister Taito Phillip Field corruptly received benefits from constituents in exchange for immigration help.
  • the former Immigration Minister was acquitted on 20 fraud charges relating to alleged illegal money-shuffling schemes operating when he was an immigration consultant

Stop immigration to stop corruption in our Parliament.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wake out West in full swing

A funereal gloom has descended over Bob's fiefdom of Western Eco Robbers Inc. Rodders has put the wind up all and sundry. The bottom line suggests there will be firings galore. The wake has already started.
It’s like somebody’s died here – it’s like a wake. Some of these people have put their life and soul into building this city.

Good news as a ratepayer. Deadwood about to be pruned. The sooner this funeral is over the better.
And I just don’t think people realise what’s at stake. Local government effects their everyday life more than central government.

Damned right! Local government infests everything private property related and stymies anything owners attempt to do.

Even the most ancient trough wallower in the West is fearful for her job. I can remember paying exorbitant rates under her as Mayor of Glen Eden before the failed advertising spin doctor turned his hand to rorting local government and pulled the rug from under her. And I still wonder what a council does other than sometimes collect rubbish.

It’s like looking at a car where the engine and all the wheels have been removed and the passengers are still arguing over who’s going to sit in the front seat.

The Orklund mares are onto it. Quote of the saga.

Mr Tamihere says he might be able to lend a hand to Mr Harvey once he’s out of a job in 18 months

"We’ve got an employment agency here at the trust and we might be able to do his CV."

"I’m having too much fun sitting on the sidelines watching these other plonkers."


JT is doing a bit of stirring. Bob reckons he will still be there after the funeral poking his nose into my life as a Westie property owner. As a multiple ratepayer, I certainly hope not.

A (council funded/sponsored?) coalition of shit-stirrers has been formed at short notice. More likely some council wallahs looking to extend the size of their trough. Protest march today to hear the gospel according to Bob.

I hope Rodders continues unabated on his path of divine retribution toward the supercity.

Bring it on, Rodders.


Update:

Protest march joined by usual suspects: Councillors soon to be out of a job, Green MP looking to stir the pot and those wishing for undemocratic representation by virtue of race.

Liarbour backtracks to win votes

After Liarbour passed its poorly received legislation on the high tide area and below in 2004, the racist separatist Maori Party was formed as a direct result. There was a 'haters and wreckers' march of what looked like the activist unemployed, bludgers and stirrers on the government of the day.

The greivance industry could sniff there was a dollar or two to be had in owning the seabed and adjuncts. The new law stopped any traffic down that avenue, the only piece of legislation I would admit that Liarbour got right. The issue continues to fester as those who think they have entitlement over the rest of New Zealanders continue to stir the pot.

Subsequently there has been a continued loss in votes for Liarbour from those looking for more handouts. The vote bleed culminated in the loss of the general election of late 2008 by Liarbour.

Six months later, the chief architect has fired a parting shot as he prepares to leave Parliament. He says Liarbour nows supports repeal and a bipartisan review.

There is a so called review panel schlepping its way around the country pandering to those who supposedly might gain from changes. Meanwhile New Zealanders in the real world continue to work their guts out staving off the reccession.

I do not believe the review is anything but partisan and should this can of worms ever be re-opened it will ultimately lead to civil war.

I hope that the current legislation remains in force.

The Mainland and The Pig Island

Fresh from sticking an 'H' into Mr Laws of FongaNooEeee, the band of oxygen thieves more politely referred to as the Geographic Board has set it's penultimate agenda to stirring another hornet's nest looking at legal names for the main islands of New Zealand.
South Island, the larger of the pair, is also known locally as "the Mainland," while North Island, where three-quarters of the population lives, is also called "Pig Island," partly for the wild pigs that Cook brought during a visit and that still roam in the wilderness.

No problems. Being of Cantabrian extraction myself, I can see no issue with 'The Mainland' and 'The Pig Island'.

Like New Zealand, other places such as Wanganui, Mt Egmont and Mt Cook remain the correct names.

Only one item now required for the agenda. Immediate disbanding of the board.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pick me, Pick me

I promise I won't show any bias toward the guilty prick.

An "Unaffordable Luxury"

It's getting increasingly lonely out here in the rural sector. Almost daily we can read about more money for Auckland, more motorways for the cities, more money for city broadband users but, correspondingly, no money or recognition for farming.

It gets worse with our key to the future, the Fast Forward Fund being wound up, no doubt to pay for Auckland motorways or Wellington broadband.


The forgotten electorate that got the current government onto the benches.
Dairying alone earns $10.4 billion and, according to the MAF website, meat, dairy, wool, horticulture and forestry earn $23.5 billion and that's in hard, audited dollars, not "contribution to the economy". For all that tourism gets a government subsidy, farming gets nothing.

Of further interest is that with last year classified as a recession year agricultural production actually increased from $21.7 billion to $23.5, not an insignificant feat albeit unheralded and unrecognised.

As if rural NZ does not pull its weight.
Research and development tax cuts get wiped as an "unaffordable luxury"

Lots of soothing words from the government about saving "iconic" companies

There are votes to be captured in super cities and tourists.

As Mr Emerson rightly suggests,
Someone should tell the clowns in Wellington that people will eat long before they travel or buy new dishwashers.

False advertising by Oz plonkers

Seems Oz wine growers were duped by their lead scientific agency wrongly growing and marketing a supposed niche variety that has just been confirmed to be common plonk. And a white at that.

Producers who thought they had bought the promising Spanish white wine variety albarino and poured marketing dollars into carving a niche for that variety, have been bottling the almost unheard of French variety savagnin blanc, not to be confused with sauvignon blanc.

A visiting French expert raised questions last year, and DNA testing has confirmed winemakers' worst nightmare. The material CSIRO sourced from Spain is savagnin.

Material had been imported in 1989 when there was no DNA typing available.


What else could I expect from an Australian? It's just not cricket.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ex-Liarbour MP in Court

One can only hope more are brought to justice.

What extradition arrangements do we have in place for Green Card holders?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Grandparents are learning fast

Almost 5 grandson down for a week for first time by himself. Was helping Grandma potting up flowers for Great-Grandma, till Granddad said "Come on lad, we are off to Mitre 10 now". The reply was "Bye Grandma, I do not want to do flowers anymore, its a boy thing". Well trained!

Then tonight. Ate all his dinner, including veges, so suggested he could have ice cream. "In a cone too, Grandma."

Bugger. Must remember cones next time. Takes time to train grandparents.

Long Memories

Seems long memories will not allow those wishing to tee off in an exclusive membership to make the cut.

Treason does have a price.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Does my backside look...

You know the question and have seen the recent ad for Courage beer.

Here's a different take from a comment over at An Englishman's Castle.

A woman is standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, 'I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.'

The husband replies, 'Your eyesight's damn near perfect.'

And then the fight started.....

Lying with dogs...

So called celebs, as always full of their self worth being legends in their own lunchtimes, are complaining at having picked up fleas.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Ulimate Contractual Backstop

The theme of the day is democratic representation by persons of a certain ethicity. Blair has a very good writeup on the subject, inviting would be reps to take up the challenge in 2010.

Meanwhile we witness another similar democratic process that has not 'gone the usual way' as the government looks for value for taxpayer dollars. It is now being challenged by the loser. Using the ultimate backstop. A complaint to that arbiter of the grievance industry, the Waitangi Tribunal.
It should have been consulted over two West Auckland contracts because of its local "rangatira" role.

A normal democratic business practice was employed and as it is said, winner takes all. And will very likely do a damned fine job.
It awarded the contracts on merit to agencies that best showed they could meet local needs.

It does not consult unsuccessful tenderers before awarding contracts.

The government agency provides the correct response.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Fleeting Moments in the Sun

This week witnessed a milestone for NZ bloggers as the 'sewer of NZ politics' went mainstream on Te News on the box over the Lunatic of Lake Road and the Supercity of Orklund. Mirroring what is occurring in the UK over smear emails and the like.

As I ponder issues from south of the Bombay Line whilst waiting for the next webpage to load on dialup, I see sudden fame is affecting matters.
Busted Blonde has probably just heard one side of the story and doesn't understand the full picture as well as WOBH.

All he has to do is watch me destroy him and take notes at how I did it.

Just in case you are wondering what my thoughts are, this post isn't about those, it is about anyone outside of Auckland shutting the eff up.

Just so we are in no doubt about what I am about it is Auckland Solutions from Aucklanders, the rest of you can all just STFU!


The tone of blogging has changed. For worse, I fear. Most of those at the VRWC imho are working toward similar results and some only get to see little bits of the picture. And like myself, rightly present their tuppence worth on that visible segment.

A fleeting moment in the sun? Pride before a fall?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Parochialism Threatened

Hitting the nerve now. All the Mayors are now making a last ditch stand as their fiefdoms disappear with the stroke of a government pen. The mooted changes must be doing something right.

Those complaining the loudest are not the current government. Helengrad can no longer help them as their day in the sun quickly comes to an end. Phil-In is more worried about winning a bye-election.

Keep the pressure on Rodders. Nice handling of the chumps on TV last night, but really the fake tan looks crap under those lights.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Marketing NZ

Just been watching Close Up on Paul Potts. A very down to earth fella.
"Queenstown is the best place on earth"

Couldn't get better marketing.

Megaphone Diplomacy Traumatises Kids

The Len Richards Method continues to wreak havoc.

Nature's Art




Scenes from our garden at first light today. Enjoy your holiday.

Update:

Ele has a topical verse.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sniping in JafaLand

WOBH suggests that non-Jafas should STFU and leave Orklund matters to them north of the Bombays.

I say not. Having lived there for more four decades, but recently seen the light for a country lifestyle sojourn to refresh, I feel I might be well entitled to let forth on such matters of import. Along with an interest in the place with my family and renters there I feel I am more than qualified to comment as I see fit.
I think it's time for Andrew Williams to decide what's best for Auckland and indeed for local representation, understand that following the Royal Commission, decisions have been made.

The knockers like the Cock of the Shore and Aortic Brown definitely need to be reigned in. Unfortunately its just the Westie eco-dinosaur pushing buttons and protecting his soon to be lost patch.

Come on Cameron, I think you will find most irrespective of residential location actually support the super city. When implemented it will become the blue print for other councils. Well overdue some would say.

Suck it in and put up with the sniping. Rodders is doing a half decent job so far. We are all after the same result.

Mooning at the Bastardisation of Easter

The recent loss over their reason to exist when MP Anne Tolley pulled the rug over tuck shop food obviously still smarts. So called nutritionists still trying to get me to deviate from meat and two veg with a few chocolate vices thrown in.
was particularly critical of the sale of 1kg Easter eggs, which have 60 teaspoons of fat and 146 teaspoons of sugar

A foodie is getting her nanny state knickers in a twist over largish Easter eggs. Seems she wants to stop all eggs as being it is a 'bastardisation of Easter'.
Our products can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and balanced lifestyle, and we recommend all food should be consumed in appropriate amounts related to an individual's ability to balance their intake of calories with their output.

Cadbury's tells her like it is. We pig out one day a year, feel crook for a few more and then are over it.
Christian customs connected with Easter eggs are to some extent adaptations of ancient pagan practices related to spring rites. The egg has long been a symbol of 'fertility', 'rebirth' and 'the beginning'. In Egyptian mythology, the phoenix burns its nest to be reborn later from the egg that is left; Hindu scriptures relate that the world developed from an egg.

With the rise of Christianity in Western Europe, the church adapted many pagan customs and the egg, as a symbol of new life, came to represent the Resurrection. Some Christians regarded the egg as a symbol for the stone being rolled from the sepulchre."

So that's all right then. Because the egg has been part of the Christian culture of Easter since the early days of the church, for many centuries in fact, but it also may be an adaptation of other traditions, it's fine to cash in on the tradition while destroying the special significance of Easter being celebrated at the specified time of year.


She would do well to remember that the eggs are a pagan fertility rite.

An aside, I couldn't find a link, but I did wonder if another King of the same vintage, notorious for howling at the moon about crime, was her sister?

Very apt that the date for Easter is the first Sunday after the the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

Must be in the genes for self-proclaimed foodies to go off around a full moon.

Update:

Snap! Oswald states the case in a more forthright manner.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Short twilight in the West

As the sun set all too quickly this week Westie natives in Jafaland have gone feral. Trough feeders have had their buttons pushed and are resorting to full on scaremongering. The eco-dinosaur has at last noticed the lights going out real fast on his fiefdom he has terrorised with exorbitant rates and bureaucracy for the last three decades or so.

John and Rodders must be getting things right. Who would have thought? Less in your face government can only be good me and my rates long term. A mere stroke of the pen, make it so.

Timing perfect. Daylight saving changes mirror the short twilight of Orklund's councils.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Got the DCM, but no gong

Mr Key said he understood it wasn't possible to offer a title to someone who held a position in the UN.

The ultimate in rejection,
couldn't be clearer!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Half the Internet is gone

Internet traffic dropped sharply in Sweden last week after a new law cracking down on online copyright violation went into force.


Scary stuff as the European s92 lookalike suddenly chills 40% of daily traffic in a week.
Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau welcomed the plunge in internet traffic as a sign that file-swappers are reducing their activity for fear of getting caught. "There's no other explanation for it,"

Almost makes me wish we had implemented our own s92. Dialup speeds might be just a tad faster.

Hush my mouth! Just joking about s92.

Like empty shelving, I guess the suddenly spare bandwidth will be filled with something different. Pr0n more than likely.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

More greenwash unforeseen effects

The British Skin Foundation, warned that the new bulbs will cause problems for people with light-sensitive skin.

Fluorescent lights seem to have some sort of ionising characteristic, where they affect the air around them. Certain forms of eczema, for example, flare up anywhere near fluorescent lights.


Greenwash at full incandescence.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Alarm bells ringing

After years of nothing but bad news without responsibility emanating from Corrections, all of a sudden this highly spun release. Follows closely another good news release this week (with date).
All prisoners are searched on their arrival to prison.

Searching is business as usual for custodial staff, but its always nice to get a result and know that you're making a difference.

Good news from corrections? Alarm bells are sounding.

Date please journos. Yesterday? Last week or last century?

'... for the betterment ...'

An insidious phrase straight from one wreaking their own deluded brand of social engineering on the young populace.
behaviour that verges on "coercive" and "potentially alienating"

Step locked with failed socialist ideologies this one thinks he is doing God's work by releasing confidential personal information.

The only 'betterment' required is a lynch mob.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

National holiday declared for Caledonia's favourite son

From the other side of the world as a new day dawned:
As was widely expected, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ahead of the London G20 summit.

In the PM’s native Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond has declared a national holiday to mark the occasion in celebration of Caledonia's favourite son.
Excellent.