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Open mike 28/01/2010

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31 comments on “Open mike 28/01/2010”

  1. little bruv 1

    My first comment on this site. I have a small penis.

    [lprent: You could have a short life here as well. Raise your standard and make a point (and not with a syphilitic member). ]

  2. infused 2

    iPad anyone? I need a good ereader. Hope it delivers.

    • lprent 2.1

      I actually like the iPhone (and presumably an iTouch) with Stanza on it. Quite readable in bed with the lights off. Readable on the bus. Readable in a way that the computer isn’t because I can get it close.

      I’m afraid a 10″ diag screen sounds like it is too big to easily hold in a hand.

      My phone seems to be able to stuff a whole lot of stuff in.

      • Pascal's bookie 2.1.1

        First thing iThought was, who reads pads?

        Aint that something you write on?

        • felix 2.1.1.1

          iWatched the presentation thingy and iMust say iWasn’t all that impressed.

          Poor old Jobs looked a bit lost trying to get everyone excited about a portable machine that can do email. “And see? It works” he kept saying. Well so it feckin should, Steve, it’s brand feckin new! At the absolute minimum I’d expect that it works!

          Meh, maybe I’m jaded or maybe we’re too spoiled with gadgets for me to get excited about it but it really doesn’t seem like it solves any problems that my my laptop hasn’t solved already (and bigger faster stronger better).

          • Pascal's bookie 2.1.1.1.1

            SHINY THING MAKE IT ALL BETTER

            Science man say: “All things everyone have are rubbish. Look! Telly and books! That will be £400 please thank you.”

            Nikki, a girl who has had 27 birthdays and works in a big building, say: “Oooooooooh. It do telly. I will see telly on it and make it help me buy nice hats.

            “And look! It fit in bag where I have keys and little talkie box and red goo I put on face.”

            Tom, all grown-up man from busy place, say: “I very busy man who need see telly on big metal tube that take me to busy job.

            “But look! It also play game! I play noisy game on metal tube and be happy.”

            And Bill, really, really old man who sits in chair all day, say: “It make words happen by pointing at it. Oooooooooh.

            “I will make it help me say clever words to newspaper about gypsies and Pakistan.

            “AND IT DO TELLY!”

  3. Nickelson the Third 3

    The lord may have been discredited here, but the Sydney Morning Herald has been giving him plenty of website space over the last couple of days…

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/climategate-gives-lord-of-the-sceptics-plenty-of-ammunition-20100127-mywc.html?autostart=1

  4. roger nome 4

    Yesterday i rang up WINZ to esquire about the enterprise allowance. I discovered that the funding for it is actually under revue, so it isn’t being given out at the moment. Looks like Basher Bennett is further looking to take away the tools that enable motivated people can use to escape the welfare trap. Goes to show that National’s “welfare dependency” rhetoric is hollow rubbish, They aren’t concerned with the poor escaping poverty, they’re concerned with cutting govt spending and giving their rich mates a tax cut.

    P.S – please can we have a post on this at the Standard by someone who’s a a bit better informed on the situation?

    • DeeDub 4.1

      I was almost on a UB late in 2008 (lost my job and had no income at Xmas!) and asked about the Enterprise Allowance to help start up my music teaching business. The WINZ staff member looked me up and down and literally laughed in my face… before realising I was seriously interested, whence he explained that I would probably not get a look in until I had been unemployed for at least six months!!! Not official policy you understand but what coalface workers are encouraged to do. (I used to work for ’em in the distant past so I know what kind of pressures staff come under)

      I now successfully run my business (thanks to a loan from a friend to tide me over) but I really feel sorry for the recently unemployed who are motivated to try starting a business (and who have no access to other funds) with a little help from WINZ. Even before reading Rogers post that they were thinking of dumping the scheme, they were making it nigh impossible to get anyway.

      Bennett boils my blood! Talk about taking away incentives to get off the UB?!!

      This governments cutbacks read like a starvation diet… wasting away the muscle as well as the fat. Not smart.

      • prism 4.1.1

        Yes Bennett has a nice line in cheery, positive talk and of course knows all about the problems so how could you get anyone better in charge of social welfare?
        Cinderella made good, and is part of the woman/young/Maori? cohort in Nat showing how advanced they are not a bunch of vicious WASPS at all.
        capcha – belongs

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      Goes to show that National’s “welfare dependency’ rhetoric is hollow rubbish, They aren’t concerned with the poor escaping poverty, they’re concerned with cutting govt spending and giving their rich mates a tax cut.

      Actually, NACT and their mates are concerned about the poor – the more of them, the more that they’re in financial crisis and competing with each other the less they need to pay them and, therefore, the higher the profits.

      • BLiP 4.2.1

        . . . for so beloved were the underclass by King John of Charmalot that he created more . . .

        • Bored 4.2.1.1

          Nice line, LOL, also (Mark4;25) “For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath”

    • PT 4.3

      i wondered why you called yourself small businessperson the other day nome, obviously so you could get a benefit

    • infused 4.4

      You do know the enterprise grant has been cut and reinstated about 2-3 times in its lifetime?

      It was being widely abused when I was on it (the companies promoting it)

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=10622135&pnum=0

    Going with the “consensus” is an illusion too. For instance, the IPCC is a review process – it summarises what thousands of scientists all over the world have observed, or modelled, or deduced – it doesn’t dictate to them, just summarises. It turns out 99.9 per cent of work reported does indeed form a consensus… that’s a reflection of how things are, of what the real world looks like – it’s a very clear picture.

    Something the CCDs should be reading. It may give them an understanding as to why all their arguments against AGW are complete BS.

  6. randal 6

    according to the wireless this morning then Phil Goff will make a speech today on the economy.
    its the economy stupid.
    it always is.
    now that we are moving out of the fantasyland of no deposit mortgages and wandering all over the world to bring back the piccys to amaze and astound our neighbours and back into real time then it is time to start making decisions about where to go.
    as the 1968 world bank report has it then we are just a primary producer on the margin of the developed world.
    the price we have received for our goods over the last few years has allowed a class of non doers to evolve.
    somehow that attitude must be squeezed out of the system and the yakkers yammerers, loud mouthed drunken tarts in little black numbers and the inane must be rigourously re-educated.
    ooh I like that one.
    time to start making stuff instead of jellimeat castles and roads for pimply faced boy wacers to work their destiny out on.
    simple really.

    • prism 6.1

      You’re rants randal are just about as good as mine and I don’t give praise lightly! And good reading too. Would you call them stream-of-consciousness style?

      • lukas 6.1.1

        I have a theory that randal is really philu, or they get their pot from the same dealer.

        • felix 6.1.1.1

          Nah, I think this one is the same randal who used to be a regular caller to bfm talkback on Sunday nights back in the late ’80s.

          You might still be right about the weed though.

          • lukas 6.1.1.1.1

            is that similar to what Bomber used to have when I was a young lad in the mid to late 90’s? Not that I am an old person now… will have to grow up soon though, first offspring due any day now!

      • felix 6.1.2

        prism, I’m a big fan of randal’s work too. I’ve often thought about compiling a book of my favourite pieces.

        • prism 6.1.2.1

          capcha welcoming
          Felix – Good idea but don’t forget to include some of your succinct and pithy phrases to show another approach on blogging and how to get your point over with minimum effort. I never say things in one word when I can use two.

  7. Armchair Critic 7

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10622767
    Parliament will be a worse place for it. No disrespect to the new guy, but those are big shoes to fill.

  8. BLiP 8

    The John Key led National Ltd® government lands yet another axe blow on our 100% Pure brand by cancelling a scheme recognised internationally as a best practice model. This latest announcement caps off a busy year for National Ltd® on the environmental front. Its list of actions include spending millions on establishing the 100% Pure Brand as the “Master Brand” of Aotearoa while simultaneously it has:

    – defended internationally the importation of rain-forest-wrecking palm kernel and stood silent while Federated Farmers called Greenpeace “terrorists’

    – removed a proposed ban on incandescent lightbulbs

    – reversed a moratorium on building new gas/oil/coal power stations removed bio fuel subsidy

    – removed regulations for water efficient new housing

    – renewed leases on sensitive high country farms which were meant to return to DOC

    – proposed mining of national parks

    – gutted the home insulation scheme

    – pulled $300million out of public transport, walking and cycling schemes and added it to a pot of $2billion to ‘upgrade’ state highways

    – changed the law to provide billions of dollar in subsidies for polluters via the ETS casino

    – begun a process of gutting the Resource Management Act to make it difficult/impossible for the public to lodge appeals against developers and removed the rights of councils to have general tree protection

    – removed the ability of Auckland to introduce a fuel levy to fund planned public transport upgrades

    – left electrification of rail network up in the air without promised funding commitments

    – removed the Ministry for the Environment’s programme to make Government Departments ‘carbon neutral’

    – removed funding for public tv advertising on sustainability and energy efficiency

    – pulled funding for small-town public litter bin recycling schemes
    cabinet ministers expressing public support the bulldozing of Fiordland, and

    – cancelling the international recognised scheme for the mandatory labelling of exotic woods to ensure the timber has not been taken from rain forests.

    . . . are we all lovin’ it yet?

    [lprent: Ok that does it. Too funny in a aronic way – Guest posted. ]

    • PT 8.1

      all those things were waste of money bloop, good on the nats for axing them taxpayer money needs to be better spent. thanks for spending so much of my money on stupid ideas labour

    • prism 8.2

      We are in your debt Blip for putting that list together.
      There probably is someone who puts a NZ political diary together with notes of happenings, decisions and notorious non-decisions and reversals. But I haven’t found it yet. This list is an example of how useful it would be to trace trends and stop important things fading from memory. Its a big menu giving food for thought.

  9. randal 9

    somebody here who shall remain nameless has a nasty little habit of playing the man instead of the argument.
    for the ignorant it is falled an ad hominem fallacy.
    the good thing is that when the tory stooges use them then you know that you are getting close to the bone.
    so it is the economy then?
    go Phil Goff.

  10. Pat 10

    Stuff are reporting Goff’s speech: If Goff becomes PM, he will make sure that no public servant is paid more than him.

    Seriously – how did this idea even get into his speech?

  11. randal 11

    hey felix when you do the book send me a copy.

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