Word of the day

December 7, 2011

Grok –  understand  through intuition or empathy;   empathise or communicate sympathetically; establish a rapport.


Bother isn’t strong enough

December 7, 2011

The oven time dinged.

I checked the Christmas cakes.

They weren’t ready.

I took the paper off the top of them and reset the timer.

The timer dinged.

The cakes still weren’t ready.

I reset the timer.

It dinged.

The cakes were nearly ready.

I reset the timer.

It dinged just as the phone rang.

I answered the phone.

The call went on.

I hung up and checked the cakes.

Bother isn’t strong enough for moments like that.


7/10

December 7, 2011

7/10 in NZ History Online’s weekly quiz.


Supporters and supported

December 7, 2011

Apropos of the posts on pot holes and  income gap:

Socialists never bother to ask where the money comes from; they are interested only in spending it. But consider this: New Zealand in 1972 had 26 working people for every beneficiary. Today that ratio is down to 7 to 1 (in fact 3 to 1, if you include superannuitants). Karl du Fresne

This  is why those who could support themselves must be encouraged and helped to do so.


Milk price up 2.6% in gDT auction

December 7, 2011

The trade weighted price of milk increased by 2.6% in this morning’s globalDairyTrade auction.

Whole milk powder increased 2%; skim milk powder was up 2.6%; anhydrous milk fat was up 12%;  butter milk powder was up 14.4%; rennet casein increased 3.6%; milk protein concentrate was up .5% and the price of cheese increased 2.1%.

Fonterra is keeping a wary eye on the strike at the Port of Auckland from which a lot of the company’s product is exported.

 


It’s floor not gap or ceiling that matters

December 7, 2011

The news that the gap between the rich and poor in New Zealand has widened again has led to inevitable calls for  action.

That action usually means taking more from the wealthy.

Dragging the top down would certainly narrow the gap but it wouldn’t necessarily help the poor.

The problem isn’t the ceiling or the gap between it and the floor, it’s the health and wellbeing of people on the floor.

A compassionate society has a role in looking after the vulnerable. That includes providing or assisting with necessities such as shelter, food, education and healthcare.

It means helping people get to a position where they can help themselves.

The question a compassionate society should be asking is not, how much do the poor have in relation to the rich, but do the poor have enough?

Enough, if someone else is paying, is sufficient for necessities , not luxuries.

The best assistance for the poor is a growing economy which provides more, better paid jobs, not higher taxes and more redistribution.

 


If you keep on doing . . .

December 7, 2011

A pot hole appeared in the road, again.

Some blokes from the council sealed over it, as they’d done when it had appeared several times before.

The next time it rained the pot hole reappeared.

The blokes from the council came back and patched it again.

It’s a very graphic illustration that if you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.

It applies just as much to politics as pot holes.


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