Wheat Rising Bread Will Too


The floods which have destroyed corn crops in the United States will bring improved prices  for cropping farmers here.

Federated Farmers Grain & Seed chairman Andrew Gillanders said grain growers were being advised to closely follow world markets before committing to sales, otherwise they could miss out on improved prices.

“The New Zealand grain growers should not be tempted into signing contracts because their input costs are rocketing up and the New Zealand dollar is dipping everything is about to rise again.”

The price of corn reached nearly $8 a bushel in the United States this week because of a wet spring and floods in the Midwest which are forcing farmers to replant their crops or replace them with soya beans.

This will have a flow on effect on the price of beef because so much US stock is grain fed.

New Zealand farmers are facing cost increases of around 50% for chemicals, fuel, fertiliser and transport so the prospect of improved returns is welcome. But of course higher prices for grain will flow on to the domestic market making bread and cereals more expensive. 

Does He Know What’s He’s Saying?


Week after week I read Chris Trotter’s columns in which the far left is right and everyone else is wrong and wonder which class bound time and place he’s living in.

But every now and then he counfounds me with a statement like this:

Only when South Auckland’s Maori and Pasifika youth understand that aspiration and effort have always paid higher dividends than resentment and envy, will its racially-motivated crime- wave come to an end.

Does he realise that this is why John Key, and before him, Don Brash, place so much importance on education and are so concerened about the problems which stem from welfare dependency and the soft bigotry of low expectations?

Peacock Should Look in Mirror


This week’s prize for brick-bat diplomacy goes to Winston Peters who is criticising Pacific men for um, could it be emulating him?

“If you want commitment and drive and ambition to work in a greater collegial or community sense, then you must place your faith in the women of this part of the world, rather than the men who … spend most of their time parading around like peacocks and do no work when it matters.”

What does this man see when he looks in a mirror?

Mr Peters – who has just one female MP in his NZ First line-up – said it was not his intention to lecture Pacific Island countries, but New Zealand was entitled to ask “some pretty simple questions like how come all these useless males are running the show”.

Sounds exactly like all but a tiny, sad percentage of voters see New Zealand First.

Is This A Threat or a Joke?


Is this comment on a post I made last week yes, yes, yes, no crises, a joke, a threat or just a shameless attempt to encourage traffic to a website?

I just ran across an article you wrote on Homepaddock entitled Yes, Yes, Yes, No Crisis, https://homepaddock.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/yes-yes-yes-no-crisis/, and I would like to raise an issue that is of concern to Selling Power magazine, which is the use of our trademark.

The word “Selling Power” is sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for sales effectiveness. For example, your article states: “The other flaw is that the companies are businesses which need to make profits which they do by selling power.” We do not condone such uses of our trademark.

As a practical matter, when you describe sales effectiveness, there are a wide range of terms available such as: sales excellence, sales savvy, sales mastery, sales acumen, sales efficiency, and many more.

The reason for this letter is to educate writers like yourself that we want to protect our trademark, since we don’t want to risk Selling Power being declared by the courts a generic word. Therefore we ask you not to use Selling Power as a phrase since it is our legal trademark.

We would like to receive a written acknowledgment of this letter stating that you will in the future identify Selling Power as a trademark if you should write about our magazine, and not use Selling Power as a phrase. If we do not hear from you, we will need to take further action.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

That the post was about electricity not sales seems to have escaped the writer as is the fact you can’t trademark or copyright random words and phrases in common usage.

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