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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Mining The News (Bad Reporting 2)

I didn’t Blog about the Pike River mining disaster last week because I held the unpopular view that all 29 missing were dead. The media mischief occurred early on when the media conflated the Chilean event with the kiwi one (ignoring the facts that these were two different mines [in the sense of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bikes

In the last five days there have been four deaths from Car Vs push bike. Both sides already have the knives out. I blogged about this problem last year. Now, I’d like a quick word on the core of the problem. Fewer children now ride bikes. That means a generation or more of drivers have little or no... Sign in to see full entry.

Update

Paul Henry has finally given an interview about his sacking from TVNZ. Apparently it’s not his fault he’s an obnoxious, loudmouth bully, it’s TVNZ’s fault for letting him be an even bigger obnoxious, loudmouth bully by not firing him earlier. Two words fella - goodbye career. Sign in to see full entry.

M.P. Perks

For the last few years New Zealand M.P’s have been having trouble with their perks - specifically keeping within the terms and conditions that apply to them. The latest fall from grace has been Pansy Wong. This has led Prime Minister, John Key, to call for the M.P. travel perks to be scrapped.... Sign in to see full entry.

Bad Reporting

As the silly season is upon us I suspect this will be an on-going series until the end of January (at least). My complaint today concerns the analysis released by Understanding Society performed by Gundi Knies of the Institute for Social & Economic Research at the University of Essex and published... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Silence

My silence over the last two weeks was caused because... well, it's that time of year. And also because I've bought into TiVo. I mention this not as a boast but merely to point out that, from late next year all New Zealand TV coverage will be digital (I am just trying to get ahead of the change over... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Time Traveller

Some dong wants their claim to fame to be that they are a moron. Watching the footage in the Special Features of the DVD to Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus" he noticed, in the footage of the Premiere of the film, a woman walking down the street talking into a cellphone. As this didn't exist in the... Sign in to see full entry.

The Silly Isles (The Hobbit Saga)

"Let's not play the blame game", said the Unions and the Leftist commentators. This lasted as long as it took Prime Minister, John Key, to cut a deal with Warner Bros over "The Hobbit" film and then they were trumpeting how big business had come into the country to "bully" NZ workers, how National... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Actors Are Cattle"

"The Hobbit" saga continued this week with lies, evasions and damned statistics. I also learnt a few things I will share with you. The original issue was with the Australian Union, MEAA. t was revealed the Australian workers were appalled at the conditions under which they had to work during the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Right To Silence

In the last few years there have been three murders within two cases that have recently come to court. In each case only one of two people could possibly have committed the murder(s). All the suspects have made a plea based on their right to silence. The right NOT to self-incriminate undervalues the... Sign in to see full entry.

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