Open mike 28/03/2010

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  1. gobsmacked 1

    Q & A’s topic today was taxpayer-funded benefits.

    Sharing their thoughts on this issue were … a group of taxpayer-funded beneficiaries: Paula Bennett, Christine Rankin, John Tamihere, Paul Holmes, Guyon Espiner and Therese Arsenau.

    Well, maybe Dr Arsenau gives value for money in her day job, I wouldn’t know. But the others are clearly bludgers and we need to crack down. They should all front up for a work test tomorrow. My street needs a tidy-up.

    • prism 1.1

      Watched Q/A first time also TV3 one. Saw Brownlee, Bennett. Was impressed by the confidence of delivery. Made memo note – Must get more public-speaking practice and get in the arena.

      Also heard Peter Williams QC on Chris Laidlaw’s, Interesting comparison between a man who defends people on criminal charges, and sees good possibilities in most of them, to politicians who seem to feel hostile to people who are the citizens most needing services from government, awhich is a large proportion of the citizenry.

      My feeling about that is that more assistance tailored and targeted to requirements should be as universal as education is.
      Time to move forward from the 19th century model into the 21 smart-service one. It will pay off big time in more wealth for the country, less crime and better conditions for civil, happy living.

      NB This was bounced to warning box saying spam word incorrect but had gone through anyway when I flicked back.

  2. Anne 2

    Have a look at Red Alert post “How long has Rodney got? A former ACT member ‘ALTVIEW’ has given a full run-down on the recent shenanigans inside the Act Party. He goes further and names the principle players behind the scenes. Fascinating read.

    [Added a link — r0b]

  3. Anne 3

    Thanks rOb. I’ll get the hang of it one of these days.

  4. Jum 4

    How difficult would it be to organize an on-line petition to hand electronically to e.g.: The Campaign for Better Transport for the government?

    Signatures quickly gained is a useful blog tool. If you did, I’d be wanting commuter rail link through NZ. i.e. When you think about it this blog is a living petition.

    (“Biggest Ever” Rail Petition To Be Presented
    27 March 2010 11:25am | Campaign For Better Transport
    A petition calling for a commuter rail link between Hamilton and Auckland will be presented to the Government this coming Monday, at the Hamilton Railway Station. Sustainable transport group The Campaign for Better Transport has collected over … ) Article on the scoop website.

  5. prism 5

    When I switched over to Q/A Paul Holmes was burbling about scones and dates.
    Must have been reading Zetetic!

    captcha – earth.

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Oil Reserves Exaggerated by one third

    The scientist and researchers from Oxford University argue that official figures are inflated because member countries of the oil cartel, OPEC, over-reported reserves in the 1980s when competing for global market share.

    Their new research argues that estimates of conventional reserves should be downgraded from 1,150bn to 1,350bn barrels to between 850bn and 900bn barrels and claims that demand may outstrip supply as early as 2014.

    Well, I hope everyone’s enjoying the present financial recovery because we ain’t going have it for long.

  7. prism 7

    On the news – queues of people stuck near Auckland, partly because of road works. Will the supercity set-up mean that road repair services will be delivered at a time of the least amount of demand ? Will it be able to offer helicopter services to police at accidents so they can quickly clear road crime scenes etc.

    That would be something beneficial to people to come from efficiencies and cost saving in other areas.

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