Word of the day

September 7, 2011

Heterophemy – accidental speaking or writing of words different from those meant; unconcious use of words other than those intended.

No car parts please, it’s rugby

September 7, 2011

The list of items people attending a Rugby World Cup game are not permitted to take into the ground includes glass, chilly bins, radios, gang patches and/or regalia and weapons including knives.

The reason for prohibiting those is obvious.

But the list also includes car parts.

Why would anyone want to take car parts to a rugby game and what would they do with them once they were there?


September 7, 2011

Oh dear, this isn’t good: only 3/10 in the NZ Herald’s changing world quiz.

Political prediction in predictive text?

September 7, 2011

Yesterday I sent a friend a text to alert them to this post on Gothca in which Bill English gets the better of David Cunliffe.

Predictive texting gives my phone a mind of its own so that it “corrects” words it doesn’t recognise. When I typed Cunliffe my phone replaced it with dislodge.

Could that be a Freudian slip or is the predictive text also making a political prediction about Cunliffe’s ambition to dislodge his leader?

Dam safety amendment welcome

September 7, 2011

How often have you heard these words from a Minister?:

“We have amended plans for the Scheme, because it was overly costly and complex,” Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson says.

He was commenting on amendments to  the Dam Safety Scheme which have been included in the Building Amendment Bill (No 4).

“The Dam Safety Scheme, as it was set out in the Building Act 2004, would have affected an estimated 1,150 dams, but an independent review found the scheme was too broad, imposing rules and compliance costs out of proportion to the risk,” Mr Williamson says.

The proposed changes mean classified dams will have to be regularly monitored, and any associated risks to people and property from their failure, minimised.

“The amended Scheme will be more effective, because it will clearly target only those dams that pose a high risk. It will be more efficient because it will provide for adequate safety measures without unnecessary compliance costs,” Mr Williamson says.

Many of the dams which would have been affected were relatively small ones on farms.

The amendment is a welcome change to regulations which imposed unnecessary rules and high costs on dams which pose little risk to people or property.

Sixth small consecutive slip in dairy prices

September 7, 2011

 GlobalDairyTrade’s trade weighted index slipped 1.4% in this morning’s online auction.

It’s the sixth successive fall in prices, taking the index to a 10 month low. But we weren’t worried by that price last year and it’s still above the long term average.

Whole milk powder was down 1.6% to US$3,314/MT; the price of skim milk powder was up .3% to US$3,444/MT; anhydrous milk fat was up 2% to US$4,353/MT; butter milk powder dropped 12% to US$2,988/MT; rennet casein was up .9% to US$9,547/MT; milk portein concentrate was up 4.9% to US$6,263/MT and the price of cheese dropped 4.7% to US$4,066/MT.

List discriminates against unionists

September 7, 2011

The National Party list discriminates against unionists according to occupational diversity specialist Professor Really Petty.

“The party list covers almost every other occupation group except unionists and that’s blatant  occupational discrimination,” Prof Petty says.

“The current caucus and probable new entrants include people who’ve worked in business, education, health, farming, finance, manufacturing, the media and theatre, in the public and private sector and for NGOs.

“They are or have been diplomats, doctors academic,  dental and medical; economists, engineers civil and horticultural; farmers, nurses, actors, police, lawyers, teachers, a minister and a valuer. Their backgrounds include arc welding, animal science, arts administration, banking, exporting, health management, hospitality, human resources, foreign relief, information technology, local bodies, real estate, retail, security, shearing and tourism.

” They’ve even got a former beneficiary and a man who was a house-husband. They cover so many occupational backgrounds it makes it easier to see what’s not there than what is and the glaring omission in the National Party list is unionists.”

Prof Petty says that as an oppressed minority unionists are used to being ignored but it’s a very poor reflection on a major political party when it makes not even a token gesture towards including anyone from this endangered class.

“It’s all very well to go on about gender and ethnicity, you can see they’ve got a variety of them. But it’s discrimination you can’t see that hurts the most and what you don’t see in the National list is one single person who identifies as a unionist.”

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