Word of the day

May 3, 2012

Emnuctory – serving to carry waste from the body, excretory; blowing of a nose.


May 3, 2012

5/5 in NBR’s daily Biz Quiz.

Thursday’s quiz

May 3, 2012

1. Who said: “Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.”?

2. What are the two main ingredients of a Bloody Mary?

3. It’s sang in French, sangue in Italian, sangre in Spanish and toto in Maori – what is it in English?

4. What is a phlebotomist?

5. What is hemophilia?


May 3, 2012

9/10 in the Herald’s Question Time.

Turners turns to TradeMe for Police and Customs auctions

May 3, 2012

Turners has turned to TradeMe for the sale of property retrieved from crime scenes by police or seized by Customs..

The monthly auctions where things like jewellery, beer fridges and television, go under the hammer, will now be moved online.

Turners has been running the auctions for 15 years but says it can make more money on Trade Me.

“I guess the reason for that (is) people don’t have the time to come to a public auction on a Tuesday or a Wednesday or a Thursday because they’re working or they’ve got other pressures, ” branch manager for Turners’ commercial division Jason Tredgett says.

On-line auctions are open to a far bigger audience of potential buyers than live ones and also cheaper to run.

Alcohol and tobacco which aren’t permitted to be sold on TradeMe will still go under the hammer the old-fashioned way.

Green policies could kill?

May 3, 2012

The Green Party has taken another step towards the absurd with the claim that assets sales could kill people:

Let’s correct his second mistake, first. No assets are being sold, it’s a minority shareholding – up to 49% – which will be sold under the government’s Mixed Ownership Model.

Now his first mistake:

The Greens claim people could die as a direct result of asset sales. . .

Russel Norman says higher power prices will hit the elderly.

“It’s certainly true… that power prices would go up under  privatisation, which is what you’d expect, and if prices go up then some people  will struggle to heat their homes – and that could result in some older people  dying.”

The only death I can recall in recent years in any way related to a power company was Folole Muliaga, who depended on used an oxygen machine and died after the power was cut off by Mercury Energy after a bill wasn’t paid.

The rights and wrongs of this case have been well debated and to what extent the power company was at fault, if at all,  is still under question. What isn’t under question is that the company is an SOE.

But back to power prices, Kiwiblog compared prices between companies  in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin:

In Christchurch and Dunedin Contact, the only private company, had the cheapest prices, was second out of four in Auckland and third in Wellington.

If the fully private company doesn’t charge the highest prices why would one under the MOM?

If Norman makes absurd claims like assets ales directly killing people, it would be very easy to make equally extreme claims that some Green policies would kill people because we would no longer have a first world economy able to afford first world medical services.

(For the sake of people who are likely to take offence at that last sentence let me be quite clear – I am not saying that is what would happen, I am merely using it to illustrate that absurd claims from one side can be countered by equally absurd ones from the other).

Talking of obfuscation

May 3, 2012

Quote of the day:

Denis O’Rourke: Did John Banks tell the Prime Minister that obfuscation is just another word for bull – – – com?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY: No, but maybe that member should go out and watch the footage of Winston Peters holding up a “No” sign, telling the New Zealand public for 6 months that he did not know anything about Owen Glenn. Maybe he should go and look at Winston Peters dealing with the media for 24-plus years, and he will get a great example of what obfuscation is. It is when you do not answer any question, no matter how directly it is asked of you, and no matter how much you need to bend the truth.

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