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100% Stupid

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, December 8th, 2011 - 51 comments
Categories: climate change, Conservation, Mining, national - Tags: , ,

Is the John Key Party actively trying to trash New Zealand’s fragile “100% Pure” brand?

Pushing for mining on Schedule 4 conservation land, a slow response to the Rena spill, pushing for off shore drilling, delaying the ETS, polluted lakes and rivers, breaking a promise and pushing on with coal mining  on conservation land at Denniston Plateau.  And now this:

Warning over DOC cuts

Staff and resourcing cuts at the Conservation Department will send more species to extinction and cost the country its 100 per cent pure brand, a group of top academics is warning the Government.

More than 100 scientists who are at the top of their field in the areas of conservation and biology have today sent a letter of caution to the Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and DOC director general Al Morrison.

“Recessions come and go: extinction is forever,” they said.

In September, DOC confirmed it would cut 96 jobs over the next six months in a restructure aimed at saving $7.5 million.

In addition, the agency has not been able to guarantee more jobs will not be cut following pressure from the Government on the public sector to make more savings. …

Read the open letter to Wilkinson here.  Note the calibre and institutions of the 107 scientists who have signed it.  Weep for the futility of trying to reason with Nats.  No doubt Key will just tell them, as he did while trashing our  brand on HardTalk, that he could easily find scientists with another opinion.  (He never did put up when called on that one by the way.)

$7.5 Million is small change.  It’s a Treasury rounding error on their next (inevitably lowered) growth prediction.  And for the sake of saving $7.5 Million the John Key Party is prepared to further tarnish a brand that is calculated to be worth $18.4 billion (and put 96 more people out of work to boot).  That’s 100% Stupid.

 

51 comments on “100% Stupid”

  1. John Dalley 1

    It iks my beleif, that in the years to come, John Key will be seen as one of the worst and incompetent leaders of New Zealand. This plonker clearly has no clue.

  2. Jester 2

    I understand that he has been nominated as NZer of the Year again. I guess you won’t be voting for him this year Mr Dalley?

    • Campbell Larsen 2.1

      That just illustrates the flaws in a selection process that would even contemplate granting such an award to a politician, who due to their job description is able to access an extraordinary amount of exposure in the media. In addition it is quite simply ridiculous to grant him accolades when
      (a) He is just doing a job, and poorly at that if you ask approximately half of NZ that wanted to fire him.
      (b) There are actually people out there that work hard on behalf of their communities or achieve great deeds that do not receive $400k plus perks every year and whom we would be far better off celebrating.
      These awards should be about recognizing people that do good, and not as just another PR exercise for a corrupt politician. As with so many things it seems that the U.S.A has set an unfortunate and highly questionable precedent with these bogus awards being given to leaders of political parties and NZ meekly follows with nary a whimper as we trot towards the abyss.

      • Ari 2.1.1

        Actually, it’s about a third of us who want to fire him, a third who want to keep him, and a third who don’t really have an opinion or can’t be bothered to vote.

        The scary thing?

        That’s comparable numbers with revolutionary America declaring independence.

  3. John Dalley 3

    We’ll see if he in NZ,er of the year in 3 years time.

  4. vto 4

    Shrink the Dept of Conservation and expand the Dept of Mines and Irrigation.

    nutshell.

    nutjobs.

  5. RobM 5

    from John Key’s Greatest Hits:

    Put another cow in the paddock
    Boil me up some water from the stream . . .

  6. marsman 6

    100% stupid. 100% nasty. 100% punitive. 100% destructive.

  7. King Kong 7

    Never seen before. Scientists who fear that funding may disappear from their field suggest alarming results if this happens.

    Personally I stand with them because if there is not enough funding to measure the average penis size of the MacGregor Skink then the environment will collapse in on itself.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      So you don’t give a shit about the falseness of our 100% pure branding then?

      • King Kong 7.1.1

        Our 100% pure branding has been bullshit for a very long time.

        Keep the key tourist sites free of litter and don’t build mega highways through the middle of them and no one will know the difference.

        I can’t imagine there is a potential German tourist sitting there sifting through the PM10 emmission data for Nelson and saying “Zis ist unacceptably high. Zis ist not pure, das ist eine lying swinehund”

        • Colonial Viper 7.1.1.1

          That confirms you are OK with the undermining of our 100% pure brand.

          FYI – Europeans (and especially Germans) are far more aware of environmental issues than the average New Zealander.

          • King Kong 7.1.1.1.1

            What I am saying is don’t concrete over the conservation estate but giving a couple of bearded mongs the flick won’t make a blind bit of diffence to brand perception.

            • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.1.1.1

              No, what you’re actually saying is that you’re bloody stupid.

              We actually do need those scientists and conservation people to research our environment so that we can determine what the limits are that we need to live within. We have already surpassed these limits as the pollution of our rivers and lakes from farming proves.

              • King Kong

                So you are saying we need these people to research limits that we have already passed?

                Don’t want to seem pedantic but you were the one accusing me of being stupid.

                • uke

                  We already know we are over the limit. How far is one matter requiring clarification. The consequences of doing nothing or not enough is another.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  We still need the research so that we can pull our society back into sustainability. Ignoring the fact that we’ve gone beyond what’s sustainable won’t help.

                  You are stupid as you just proved – again.

            • felix 7.1.1.1.1.2

              ♫ Gotta pay the troll toll to get in ♪…

        • Afewknowthetruth 7.1.1.2

          KK.

          ‘Our 100% pure branding has been bullshit for a very long time.’

          Nearly correct.

          Our 100% pure branding has been 100% bullshit from the outset.

        • Sunny 7.1.1.3

          I have hosted WWOOf travellers for 8 years. I can assure you that we’re not fooling them with the ‘100% Pure’ bullshit. By the time they get down to my part of the country they’re shocked and outraged. John Key…. Bull Shitter in Chief.

    • Afewknowthetruth 7.2

      HH

      I think you may have watched too many episodes of Dr Who or Star Tek and your brain has became infected with technofantasy disease, whereby you actually believe that humans can live on a planet devoid of nature.

  8. Shona 8

    And as an acknowledged expert in this field KK , despite years of measuring your own todger daily it has never failed to disappoint . Take your tragic projection BS and F*** O**

  9. Afewknowthetruth 9

    ‘Is the John Key Party actively trying to trash New Zealand’s fragile “100% Pure” brand?’

    No. He is just desperately trying to prevent the NZ division of the Global Ponzi Scheme falling over before he gets to a position at Goldman Sachs or the UN.

    The policies Key implements have much in common with those of George W Bush. And it is worth remembering that ‘the shrub’ had a public approval rating of around 80% at one stage . The propaganda worked extremely well for a while.

    It’s not Key who is stupid, it’s the ordinary folk of NZ who believe his lies and support him who are stupid. They’ll learn the hard way, just as Americans did during Bush’s the second term of his reign of terror.

    Jester’s comment reminds me. Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize for ramping up one war and starting another. Key could be in the running for a Nobel Prize for Economics.

    It gets more Orwellian by the day.

  10. insider 10

    Sad fact of life is that we have a global recession, huge debt and the govt is making cuts everywhere. DoC is not immune. And the overly emotive ‘100% will be ruined’ plea smacks of attempted manipulation

    • felix 10.1

      Not everywhere, insider.

      • insider 10.1.1

        Well PArliamentary salaries have been immune I know, but where else? It’s my understanding from friends in PS finance roles that the govt has been capping funding for some time.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          $300M found and fine for South Canterbury Finance insider rich pricks

        • felix 10.1.1.2

          Plenty of money for tax cuts to the rich.

          Plenty of money for holiday highways.

          Plenty of money to subsidize polluters.

        • vto 10.1.1.3

          “the govt is making cuts everywhere”

          Bullshit, and just to add some examples to those already provided, being;

          no. 1 Pay rises for themselves just a few weeks ago.
          no. 2 $1,700,000,000.00 for South Canterbury Finance.
          no. 3 Billions in tax cuts for the top income earners.
          no. 4 Expanded Department of Mining.
          no. 5 $400,000,000.00 for farmers irrigation projects (because they can’t get the private sector to invest in – must be a good deal eh).
          no. 6 $35,000,00.00 in deferred payment for Joyce’s previous business Mediaworks.

          … please add ….

          So don’t believe it when they way cuts need to be made. They lie through their teeth. You can see it in their eyes.

          • mik e 10.1.1.3.1

            $ 2billion lost a year for extra benefits.175,000 extra jobs yeah right
            $4 billion lost a year to pay interest only on extra debt.
            $2.7 billion lost revenue from tax cuts.
            $6 billion a year lost by doing nothing about child poverty.
            $5to6 billion lost a year on doing nothing about alcohol problem.
            Govt got no money wonder why!

    • Draco T Bastard 10.2

      We have a global recession due to delusional economics systems that the world governments, at the behest of Washington, put in place and that this government is actually making worse by implementing more of the same. No, DoC isn’t immune to the stupidity but that doesn’t make it any less stupid.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.3

      Sad fact of life is the wealthiest New Zealanders need their tax cut, they’ll die without it, sob sob. Where’s the sympathy for them?

    • prism 10.4

      insider Not 100% of attempted manipulation though, you know better, stand staunch and never let a contrary thought pass across your mind no matter how essential to consider because that might be emotive.

  11. Afewknowthetruth 11

    The system would not allow me to correct that formatting error, even though the ‘countdown’ had nearly five minutes remaining.

    ‘You do not have permission to edit this comment.’

    Huh?

    • r0b 11.1

      Fixed the error.  Can’t comment on the editing issue sorry.  Lynn???

    • lprent 11.2

      Odd.. There have been a few errors recently that seem to be database related (like the 3 comment difference in the dashboard). Maybe from a rather long run at load. I will pull the system down over the weekend for upgrades and run a few tests and cleans before resuming.

  12. Herodotus 12

    There is only one item of value, and paradoxical money has no tangible value just an illusion of value !!
    This is one area of Govt spending that IMO has to increase greatly otherwise we loss out what it is to be Kiwi.
    We are funding DoC to fail :-(
    What next commercial fishing in our marine reserves?
    Elections should never be held late in the year. Allows too much to go undetected over the approaching holiday period & Christmas. They should be in April as an aside

  13. Georgy 13

    The Key-English-Tolley-Wilkinson years will be forever known as the dark years of hell for NZ – worse than Rogernomics. The havoc they are “quietly” wreaking in our community is beyond belief. So difficult to understand why so many voted for them.

  14. Galeandra 14

    Georgy, it’s not the economy, stupid; it’s the Stupid, stupid. Makes me wonder why the Labour party is in danger of evanescing up its own orifice as it spins through its MSM-driven makeover when the real problem lies with NZ’s degree of electoral thickness.

  15. prism 15

    Galeandra – There must be some mass reasoning behind the electoral thickness. Is it simply that the electorate that isn’t very quick on its feet tends to want to give a government a second term if possible?

  16. Afewknowthetruth 16

    I’ve just remembered.

    We’re living in The Age of Stupid

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_of_Stupid

  17. red blooded 17

    Another announcement made just AFTER the election, we notice. Gosh, wonder why that might be?

  18. randal 18

    The kweeeweee party is a party of sooners.
    They would sooner be in London living it up on their pelf pretending they are somebody than being a nobody in New Zealand.
    The NZLP needs to invest in micropulse radio stations so they can put the message across instead of loathsome articles like leighton smith and binky et al hogging the airways and laying on the lies and bullshit.
    In the meantime the pinheads are creaming it and there is absolutely no avenue for the alternative voice to express itself.

  19. randal 19

    and at present we are being ruled by the ignorati, young fogeys and a media system that has become sclerotic and anti democratic without anyone doing anything about it or taking the practical steps to create alternatives.
    it is time for cahnge and that aint no pissweak slogan.

  20. gnomic 20

    Back in the year 2005 the smirking weasel (aka the Right Honourable John Key) was the finance spokesweasel for the National Party then lead by now former politician Donald Brash. At a meeting where he was asked how NZ was going to have a brighter future economically speaking, the weasel suggested that part of the answer was mining in national parks. In fact that was the only bright new idea he came up with. Some minor devastation would be the price we had to pay for exploiting that locked up mineral wealth. Trees, birds, snails, etc, all expendable. After all there would still be plenty of bush left over for the tourists. It was at that point I formed the opinion that the smirking weasel was a soulless emissary of globalist capitalism. There has been no evidence to the contrary since that time.

  21. concerned 21

    If you wish to communicate with the public, then a bumper sticker with the headline that started all this comment would be a good start.

    The sooner the next election campaign starts, the better.

    The one good thing about our wonderful new National government is that they seem to be capable of generating a good bumper sticker line exposing their stupidity every day. Only if the public is exposed to these messages every day for the next three years will there be any guarantee that they will actually vote in their best interests, and not for 100% stupid policies.

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