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Open mike 08/12/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 8th, 2010 - 26 comments
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  1. Bored 1

    From this mornings Herald The national cycleway has so far generated just 215 jobs – well short of Prime Minister John Key’s expectation of 4000.

    In May, Mr Key said he expected the $50 million project, which involves building 18 cycleways throughout the country, to generate 4000 jobs…

    Nice one John.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      That’s about on par with every else that NACT have said regarding the economy.

      Recover aggressively = less than 1% growth
      Tax cuts for the rich will boost investment productivity and thus the tax base = 0% increase in investment and declining tax base
      Tax cuts will be neutral = massive tax cuts for the rich and tax increases for everyone else

      In other words, nothing that they've said about the economy has come true and, as we've seen over the last three decades, never will.

      • Tigger 1.1.1

        Full-time, long-term jobs also, or just part-time, contractor positions, short-term? For that amount of money I’m sure there are a bunch of other businesses who could have created some sustainable positions…

        • Lanthanide

          You must be talking about Labour, because all jobs created under National are ‘sustainable real jobs’ and not those ‘fake jobs’ that Labour created.

    • Colonial Viper 1.2

      There are a number of small signs that the MSM is changing course on the NATs.

      It must have their strategists scared shitless.

      More chardonnay and crayfish for the editors!!!

  2. Pascal's bookie 2

    Here’s good bloggage from australia on the wikileakaplosion, both for the posts themselves and the awesome aggregation, rounding up and putting in a handy place of more links than one could have the time to read.


    • Bored 2.1

      I see Assange was arrested and denied bail by the Poms last night, to be extradited to Sweden to face charges of being stupid enough to drop his zip for the benefit of pleasing celebrity groupies. Extraordinary are the lengths the elite international will go to when dealing with a miscreant challenging their hegemony on the truth.

      So far the said elite have failed:
      * to stop the truth of their dirty dealings come out into the light of day.
      * proven incapable of stopping proliferation of the message through shutting down internet servers / domains.
      * drawn more attention to the issue by doing the above and arresting / vilifying Assange.
      * arrested the co-ordiantor of the leaks on charges that will fail spectacularly if they go to court and merely result in more coverage of the misdeeds of the elite.

      Not only are the international elite ridiculous and stupid in their attempt to deflect blame to a single man: they are guilty of actually doing the “crimes” leaked in the Wiki. We should be giving them shit about what they are exposed asd having done, as opposed to the arrest of a player. They cannot deny any of that.

  3. Tigger 3

    Dob in your neighbour… Funny, I thought it was 2010, not 1984…

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      That article is pretty absurd and surreal. It reads like dull and uninspired Onion article; bump up the absurdity a little and add in a few jokes and it could pass, I think.

    • Bored 3.2

      Errrgggg!!!!! Ther SIS resides under the Priministers office (I think), which means that stupid initiatives like this will escape any scrutiny altogether. We are paying morons. When the SIS have to enlist public support to do their core job you know that “intellegence” has gone west.

  4. Foolsgold 4

    I know it is trite and a little bit snarky but the footage of Sarah Palin trying to hunt has made her lose credibility as a ‘real hunter’ and a gun enthusiast. Honestly watching the clip and reading some of the response around it on the internet she has some gun enthusiasts decrying her as being a sell-out for trying to appeal to them when it is obviously a charade.

    In the show apparently we see a gun being used as a walking stick, her not knowing how to load the gun or work the bolt and missing the animal in question 5 times. She also makes some very stupid mistakes with gun safety as well…


    • joe90 4.1

      The Awl puts the knife into Sarah.

      Of course, not everyone was convinced that the mystique of Palin as Alaskan hunter is a con job. In the tradition of justifying anything to preserve a dear illusion at any cost to reason, a commenter on Hannity’s forum dismissed questions like so: “You’d have seen her dad take a tumble while caring the gun she used. He must have knocked the scope out of alignment.” Another hunter in the 24 Hour Campfire forum reasoned, “I bet the producers of that show knocked that messed with the scope to make it more dramatic,” while another theorized, “If I had to guess, it’d be someone on the set messed with her scope with promises of wealth to make her look stupid.”

    • ianmac 4.2

      Sarah Palin is pretty dumb to front up to such a demonstration of her inexperience with rifles. She said that her Daddy was usually by her side when she went hunting. He must have been an appalling teacher.That woman has not handled a rifle before!

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    On a lighter note, ahem, earlier in the year the US showed off a new $100 bill that it said would be near impossible to reproduce (the current $100 note is heavily and excellently counterfeited internationally).

    Seems like it is so hard to reproduce the US Govt can’t do it either.


    During the initial printing run, a flaw in the printing process was encountered, which led to a layer of the paper folding over after inking, revealing an uninked portion.

    Approximately 30 percent of the the approximately $366B USD printed, or roughly $110B USD worth of bills, carry the flaw. That’s a whopping 1.1 billion botched bills.

    An official close to the process confided with CNBC, “There is something drastically wrong here. The frustration level is off the charts.”

    The fact that some kind of paper folding error occurred over an entire production run and was not caught in the first 5 minutes – especially in a mint – is close to bizarre.

  6. alloverrover 6

    Dunedin City Council has commissioned a Peak Oil Vulnerability Analysis Report, which included surveys on travel habits, private fuel consumption and vehicle dependence and the effect of petrol prices and shortages. The report has 5 major objectives for mitigation.

    Go Dunedin ! Now will government (or Labour for that matter ?) follow their lead or are those pigs I see flying by?


  7. BLiP 7

    The saga continues . . . this time with a guest appearance from former National Ltd™ Prime Minister Jenny Shitley. Our current fearless leader? Well, he ain’t talking.

    • ianmac 7.1

      Do you think that there is more to be drip fed BLiP?

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        Nothing to read about here, former PM Shipley is a well known Sino-phile and was probably accompanying Sammy for purely cultural and educational reasons. Good on her for broadening her horizons like this and isn’t it great of Sammy to share his family history with her.


  8. ianmac 8

    A bit late in the day but Fran O’ sullivan has some interesting ideas:
    “….. aren’t we all starting to get a bit concerned that the National-led Government seems asleep at the wheel when it comes to dealing with our snow-balling debt?

    Yes, there are working groups galore ………..
    But there’s plenty an action-minded John Key could get on with before the election rolls round.

    Here’s my Top 10: This list does not include asset sales or “co-ownership”, as the in-term now goes.
    Nor does it include axing the DPB, or other beneficiary imposts. But most fair-minded New Zealanders would surely agree to the following:”
    no 2 – REVAMP SUPER
    …….and so on to no 10.

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