Friday, January 31, 2014

National: Internal polling crap

Emmerson does it again.

The flag red herring gets even worse with this supposedly neutral muppet getting into the fray.

As the week ends, one guesses that the Ministerial spending report released overnight isn't the reason for the distraction, but probably that the Nats internal polling is producing crap results.

What with Cunners stealing the show through his own goal of rank comms incompetence, the media message must be forced back to front and centre Key.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Summing up Labour's Breeder's Bonus communication cockup

Institutionally Labour is a person who can’t write but who is also ignorant of the fact that he can’t write. You know, he’s that guy who says “what do you think of my article/post/chapter” and when you politely say “um, it needs work” he looks at you like you just stabbed his puppy to death. Because he is unable to see that his article/post/chapter is a piece of shit. It’s not just that he’s a bad writer; he’s a writer so bad that he does not know the difference between bad writing and good writing.

That’s Labour.

Labour can not communicate. It does not know the difference between sensible effective communication and nonsensical ineffective communication. When you politely say “hey, that press conference/interview/facebook post wasn’t handled well”, well you’re just a puppet of the right-wing PR machine, probably on the Crosby Textor payroll.

There’s a laugh-a-minute subject for you, Crosby Textor. Labour hates that outfit. Hates them so much. And the reason is simple: Crosby Textor is a campaign-strategy consultancy firm. It is good at communication. That’s its business. And since Labour does not know the difference between good communication and bad communication, Crosby Textor’s effectiveness is a total mystery. Labour can’t understand with this slick well-paid organisation is so effective in the service of its clients, because in Labour’s eyes there is no difference between what Crosby Textor does and what the Labour comms team does. Labour is ignorant of the fact that it is not as good as Crosby Textor. And that makes Labour crazy. It’s hilarious to watch.

Labour doesn’t understand that having the Leader say something different from what the policy actually is might be a big deal. Labour doesn’t understand that getting the press pamphlets and web infographics right is important. Labour doesn’t understand that having the Leader make his big speech on a Monday, on the Auckland Anniversary public holiday, on the Australia Day Australian public holiday, on the day of the Grammy’s with Lorde up for two big awards, might not be good timing. Labour doesn’t understand that having David Clark come out and accuse Facebook of being a paedophile network that should be shut down ON THE MORNING AFTER THE LEADER’S BIG SPEECH might have a negative impact.

Labour doesn’t realise that these things are bad until after they happen because it’s only after they happen that someone says to Labour “hey, that wasn’t handled well”. Then Labour acts like you stabbed its puppy.

Of course this isn’t to say that there aren’t effective communicators within the Labour comms team, it’s Labour the organisation that has the problem. As Danyl mentioned above the fact that the senior comms staff get sacked after every leadership change might have something to do with it.

Comment by @simongarlick — January 30, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

A long read, but the summary is a salutary example of being on message with your comms at all levels.

New Zealand's #1 blog is back and he's sorry!

Whale shows how apologies should be delivered.

Labour: Doesn't like playing in the big boy's sandpit

We've been absolutely frank and absolutely clear in all the materials for this speech that people have the choice between going on the $60 a week for the whole first year or taking Paid Parental Leave if they qualify. They can't do both. At no point have we said that they could do both.

Yet again, Labour's Cunnliffe makes a statement one day and fails to qualify it.  Earlier in the week he had stated, without qualification, all 95% first year parents would be eligible for the $60 bribe.  Then does typical Labour backpedal, adding qualifications.

accused the Labour leader of "misleading New Zealanders" over the proposed child payment scheme

David Cunliffe's developing a reputation around Parliament for being very tricky

Then gets crucified for his own cockup and blames his team

they're indulging in disappointing, personal attack

Then resorts to the typical Labour play the man response when cornered.  "They're all against me because I'm queer" or similar retort.

And this prick thinks he's Prime Minister material?

Lifting the scab: Same old, same old

In case you hadn't noticed, it's an election year. 

Constituents of the left are currently awash in the largesse of never ending welfare, receiving all manner of handouts on my dime.  But they are still wanting you 'to think about supposed inequality and the children' whilst prying open your wallet for yet more tax to implement their unwanted foul brands of social engineering and communism. 

Unfortunately, the government of the day continues to piss in the left's pocket with talk of extending paid parental leave and giving already overpaid union lackey teachers more money to shut them up in an election year.  An aside, I wonder how much the about to strike unionists at UCOL will get to shut them up?  No doubt there will be more strikes as we get nearer to the election.  There is no honour among thieves after your vote.

Prime Minister John Key's tentative proposal to change the national flag has wide support within Parliament, although he admits that debate about an alternative design could distract people from more important issues during election year

Right on cue, the annual 'we need a flag change' distraction.  As always, on top of the annual scab lifting for natives at Waitangi.  And the same players screaming 'fly our terrorist rag for we are victims of colonisation'.  Get over it, you were colonised, there is no partnership.

Back to the topic.  The silver fern is a sporting rag, not a national flag.  The current flag shows our history and place in the world.  One of these days I hope that we get a government willing to support New Zealand's current flag.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Positive, but unintended consequence of the Breeder's Bonus

It would give all families with a newborn and earning less than $150,000 a year, a payment of $60 a week through to the baby's first birthday

With the latest Labour election bribe, now that rugrats might have a monetary value of $60 per week for topping up fags and booze, at least ferals might be more inclined to keep said ankle biter alive for at least a year.

David Cunliffe's policy today has been described as the Breeders' Bonus

A positive, but probably unintended consequence.

Herne Bay Salesman's snake oil will be good for you.

Today is D-Day for the Labour Snake Oil merchant from the posh end of Herne Bay to pitch his wares for your votes.

The Labour Mantra
More bloody taxes.
Soak the rich pricks.

Very predictable speech.  It'll be more of the same old same old, all JK's fault..  Lefties in Labour cannot help themselves when it comes to increasing your tax to implement their foul brand of communism.  It's their ideology.

It'll be good for you whilst you pay more for bludging have-nots to live life large.  Exercising their human rights to be watching Sky TV on a 50" flat screen.  Things you can only dream of while you slog your guts out for a mediocre pay packet having already given exceedingly generously to their welfare dime.

I await the next Rogue Morgan poll to see what a dead-cat bounce really looks like.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ratana: Whores and pimps out in force

Maori Party has used the annual Ratana anniversary to send a message to Labour not to rule it out as a potential coalition partner

The annual Ratana whore-fest negotiations are underway.  Only things not settled are the price or the services required.

Labour intended to contest all the Maori electorates and, as yet, had no plans to do a deal with Mana leader Hone Harawira to help him hold his seat while increasing Labour's chances of winning others back. 

"There's no prospect of that at this stage," Mr Cunliffe said

Really?  As is normal, this pimp speaks with a forked tongue.

When it is crunch time later this election year, one can be absolutely sure that the biggest pimp on the street corner will take any offer of services from any two-bit player willing to whore their electors if that gets his mob onto the Treasury benches.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Irony much?

Roy Warren, whose 5-year-old-son goes to St Heliers School, laid a complaint after the school refused to stop its half-hour religious classes

Eh?  Complains about religious instruction, yet complainant continues to send his brat to a school, named after a Saint, which is located in a suburb named after a Saint, whilst no doubt being resident in the same suburb named after a Saint. 

Saint Helier (died 555) was a 6th-century ascetic hermit. He is the patron saint of Jersey in the Channel Islands, and in particular of the town and parish of Saint Helier, the island’s capital. He is also invoked as a healing saint for diseases of the skin and eyes.

Methinks the complainant needs to pray to Saint Helier to cure his diseased eyes of the obvious irony affliction.

Labours' would be magician produces $1.5 billion using smoke and mirrors

$1.5b of revenue freed up by the tax policy changes will be used, says Cunliffe, for "game-changing plans that will help New Zealanders"

Umm, that fabled money pot is not 'freed up', it is already being used to service the black hole of a 'decade of deficits' left by the last Labour magicians' smoke and mirror act.

Nothing but an opener to the election bribes and treats that will be offered to the low info voter next Monday.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tasty dead rat

Labour has officially dropped its policies of having the first $5000 of earnings tax free and of removing GST from fresh fruit and vegetables

Aaah, the taste of dead rat.  Silent T realises he needs all the tax revenue he can lay his hands on.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jolted again!

Another short sharp jolt felt here in Dannevegas a few minutes ago.


The latest First World problem

An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to access car-charging stations at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers

Oh!  The humanity of being a low info idiot following all that is green is good. 

Not enough coal fired power station outlets to satisfy our loonie transport indulgences and some greenies lose control.  And somehow it is the employers problem?

The problems we endure in the first world!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Court upholds bloggers rights

The protections of the First Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant was a trained journalist, formally affiliated with traditional news entities, engaged in conflict-of-interest disclosure, went beyond just assembling others’ writings, or tried to get both sides of a story. As the Supreme Court has accurately warned, a First Amendment distinction between the institutional press and other speakers is unworkable: “With the advent of the Internet and the decline of print and broadcast media … the line between the media and others who wish to comment on political and social issues becomes far more blurred.” Citizens United, 558 U.S. at 352. In defamation cases, the public-figure status of a plaintiff and the public importance of the statement at issue — not the identity of the speaker — provide the First Amendment touchstones.

At least in the States it appears that bloggers rights are upheld irrespective of whether one is a trained journalist.

here is the text of his ruling

Not so here in New Zealand where 'decent journalists, trained and skilled' via the Judiciary have closed ranks on the online competition.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Seat polisher calls time after getting gong

Wairarapa MP John Hayes is to step down at the next election, bringing to 10 the number of National MPs who have said they will go

The worst MP I've ever had the misfortune to throw a vote at.  Has done absolutely nothing for Wairarapa but pick up his pay packet in his decade of time serving.  And a gong.

Nearly as useless as that thing of indeterminate gender that held the seat prior to his seat polishing.

Glad to see another useless Nat shown the exit.  Take care the door doesn't wake you up when it hits you on the arse on the way out.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

NZ Healthcare boards to provide more work for Privacy Commissioner

New Zealand healthcare will change before the year is out as Kiwis are signed into patient portals allowing them to self-manage their medical records, book doctor appointments and chat to their GP online

Would you entrust the government with securing your medical records online?  I for one would not.  I refuse to utilise the current iGovt login (or whatever they currently call it) for similar security fears.

You might as well have a user account joe.bloggs.healthcare@xtra.co.nz with a  password of  'qwerty'.  

Each region and each district in New Zealand will roll this out

would be user-friendly for the elderly, but would also be available on smartphone applications
I wonder who will pay for the hideously expensive data charges to chat online to your GP.

My elderly dragon-in-law will not only have to become computer literate, she will also have to acquire an expensive smartphone to get her prescriptions filled.  Currently has enough trouble dialling numbers on a normal phone with oversized keys, let alone actually seeing an over-rated yuppie phone masquerading as a handheld computer.

Something positive though re unemployment.  After events in recent days in the world of Xtra emails re online security, I guess the Privacy Commissioner will beefing up their complaints team.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Quad bike safety at its best

Not the most safe form of trasnsport: Gisele B√ľndchen rides a quad bike with her daughter Vivian in one arm, in Costa Rica

Quad bikes aren't exactly the most safe form of transport, but that didn't stop Gisele B√ľndchen from carrying her baby on her lap as she drove one

That pic should get a few Health and Safety jobsworths choking on their cornflakes.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Granny Herald does it again: One law for some...

Figures provided to the Herald by police showed 20 cyclists had been picked up for travelling faster than the minimum 50km/h limit in 2012

Bicycles have a minimum speed?  I always thought cyclists rode as if they owned the road, but being able to exceed posted speed by over 4 Km/h, as Granny Herald today suggests in their continuing puff pieces assaulting evil motorists, that takes the cake.

Cyclists accounted for 60 per cent of red-light runners ... the city's transport authority has revealed

As previously mentioned in another post, the lycra-clad are mostly at fault and should be actively policed via current laws on New Zealand roads.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

What or where is Soho?

third season, which begins on Soho next Thursday

Where is this series available?

Friday, January 10, 2014

This is where lycra should be worn...

via Theo

Punishing the motorist yet again

Gruesome images of the mangled bike on which an Auckland man died under a truck will be followed by an advertising campaign

The Transport Agency says its launch this weekend of the $400,000 campaign on radio, billboards and buses

Yet again, the authorities look to blame the motorist

Never mind that the cyclist ran a red light and ended up under a truck on a green light. 

Maybe if cyclists stopped running red lights, blocking lanes and ignoring most road rules, motorists might take notice of your message.  Where is Mr Plod on active ticketing of these criminals that daily flaunt the road laws?

campaign is designed to personalise and humanise people cycling

Humanise cycling?  Anyone so-called male that dons lycra is not human.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Well done, that man.

Goudie said he was so shocked by the apparent drunkenness of the boy that he turned his camera on him and exposed what he considered one of the biggest issues in New Zealand - underage drinking. 

When he had stopped filming, he immediately rang the police. 

Well done Mr Goudie.  Great to see an adult taking responsible action.

Then we have these hand wringing tossers that want to to get their name in lights.

Inspector Greg Nicholls, city commander for Hamilton police, said Goudie had further victimised the boy by posting the footage online. 

"While police are grateful the cameraman rang 111, we feel the boy's interests would have been better served had he provided the footage to police or CYFS, rather than further victimise the child by publishing the footage.'' 

Nicholls said police had contacted YouTube parent company Google to remove the footage but also made a plea with Goudie that he take it down himself. 

"Early investigations suggest there is no culpability on his part . . . morally I plead with him to do the right thing." 

"shocking and appalling" by a top alcohol and drug counsellor.  Alcohol and Drug Assessment and Counselling clinical manager Roger Brooking said authorities needed to take action over the incident. 

had contacted Child Youth and Family

Child Matters founder Anthea Simcock said a crime had been committed and appropriate action should be taken

Really?  They're all complicit in the lack of action on such matters.

My intention was for someone in NZ to see it and do something beyond my power

Mr Goudie beats the lot of you hands down for taking decisive positive action and showing the world the bottom feeders we have sucking on the public tit ever ready to cover their asses.  Again, Well done!

It had to be done, really...Someone's got to say, it if no-one says it it's just going to get worse and I'm only one person saying it, but look what it's done.

Granny Herald subbies still on holiday...

from here

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

More North Korean 'scum' exiting this mortal coil?

North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un's aunt, the daughter of the communist regime's founder, has either died of a heart attack or committed suicide, according to reports

Anther dodgy North Korean exit by the sound of things.

If she is dead, then this is a serious problem for Kim Jong Un ... As the sole daughter of the founder of the nation, she had both authority and legitimacy and she used that to protect Kim Jong Un's government. She was the sun and he was the moon. No one could go against her and she could force the party and the military to obey her orders by invoking her father's name.

As reported recently, maybe it just was that the pack of 120 rabid dogs were still ravenous.

Breaking: Ship of Fools II free from global warming ice pack

Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon (Xue Long in Chinese) has escaped from the thick ice floes that trapped the ship after its successful Antarctic rescue mission

More here.

Monday, January 06, 2014

A good wife always knows her place...

Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal - on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. 

Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives.

Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking.

He has just been with a whole lot of work-weary people.

Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces, comb their hair and if necessary change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first; remember his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

Some don'ts. Don't greet him with problems or complaints.

Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night.

Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day. Don't ask him about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. 

Remember he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise this with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him. A good wife always knows her place.

I'd say wimmin in those enlightened times were properly trained, knowing their place in life.  It is a pity it doesn't continue to happen.