December 27, 2010
Happy Solstice Day Larvartus Prodeo celebrates the solstice with photos. While there check out All I want for Christmas – a list of rights and freedoms which are priorities for modern living.
The story I can’t really tell – Liberty Scott reminds us not everyone is free.
Trade and Farming – Anti Dismal on which came first.
How economics saved Christmas – Roger Kerr with a different version of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
Policy implications of happiness – Offsetting Behaviour on exactly what the title says.
December 12, 2010
I am a receptionist – The Bullet on life on the other side of the hotel check-in counter.
Bad parenting not lack of money is harming poor kids – Liberty Scott shows poverty is no excuse for children’s failure.
Avoiding the quarter life crisis: parents guide your children well – Peter Kerr on the importance of choosing school subjects carefully.
You swearing at me? Quote Unquote talks dirty.
The Ninth Floor – Stoatspring on adjusting to ordinary life after work in the PM’s office.
3.6% of Kiwis have paid a bribe in the last year – Stephen Franks takes a serious look at Transparency International’s GLobal Corruption Barometer Survey.
Corrupt? Hell yeah! – Imperator fish takes a lighter look at the same survey.
The Year in review According to Google – Motella looks back with the help of Google & YouTube.
Wahine Toa – Roarprawn celebrates four Maori women in Cabinet.
July 4, 2010
New Zealand and Uruguay as sporting equivalents – Pablo at Kiwipolitico compares one small country where sport and agriculture are important with another.
Don’t admit them to hospital then – Macdoctor on the smoking ban for prisoners.
Star the second – In A Strange Land has a star chart to help her stay dry for July.
What makes us happy? Rivetting Kate Taylor on what really matters.
Sparks in the universe – Stellar Cafe on the bright ideas that get away from you.
What determines productivity? – Anti-Dismal on attemts toa nswer the big question.
Biology isn’t destiny but it affects your saving throws – Offsetting Behaviour on nature vs nurutre.
Trio – Quote Unquote on tree planting and muttering and purring.
Mines railways or jobs – Liberty Scott on unintended consequences.
Happy Birthday to us – Gooner at No Minister on the blog’s third birthday.
TraeMe hints – Oswald Bastable knows something but he’s not telling much.
Farewell to the Independent – Liberation bids the paper goodbye with a parody of Chirs Trotter’s writing.
Apropos of which is The Independent 1992 – 2010 at Bowalley Road. He also discusses the redefinition of protest in Russel’s tussle.
November 21, 2009
Thought for the day – Quote Unquote has a new angle on paper, scissors, rock. Whilte you’re there you might enjoy NZ farmer letter of the year – an answer to the problem of travel perks.
Worlds apart – Progressive Turmoil on the differences in mobile phone use in different countries.
Chicken Fever hits parliament – Audrey Young spots a chook and comes up with some answers to the question of why the chicken crossed the road.
Spam journalism # 63 and Much ado about nothing – Macdoctor points out the difference between smaller increases and cuts.
Goff loses chess game to analogue computer – gonzo Freakpower gets satirical.
Work/life balance – it’s not about the pets – The Hand Mirror finds the paid/ unpaid work balance leaves little time for life.
Saving the minghty kauri – Over the Fence on the fund to fight kauri die back.
Supply and demand or what? – Anti Dismal on what matters.
One thing to keep in mind – The Visible Hand on the real issues.
What’s in the water – Alison Campbell at Sciblogs on the dangers of water births.
Trickle down carbon sequestration – Daniel Collins at Sciblogs shows tree planting in the wrong place may compromise water supply.
Greens revealed as biggest spender in Mt Albert by-election – Liberation shows money doesn’t buy votes.
Berlin wall series: Poland, Czechoslovakia and Bulgeria , – by Liberty Scott.
Big Boys toys – Frenemy is truck spotting.
November 4, 2009
Probing the depths of snow – Daniel Collins at Sicblogs has some stunning photos from Temple Basin.
Didn’t we learn from 1989 – Liberty Scott
When inanimate objects attack – Opinionated Mummy profiles some perfectly rages.
Motel greenwash – Motella doesn’t want a sermon when he stays away.
Mary Wollstonecraft wept – In A Strange Land adds to my contention that the fashion industry is inherently misogynist.
One of these is not the same – Macdoctor sees signs of sense from a health boss.
The Church of Jones – Roarprawn spots another cult.
October public polls – Kiwiblog paints a pretty picture for those of us who like blue.
Another pet lamb bites the dust – RivettingKateTaylor on life and death and pet shows.
And I like cows because . . . ummm Kismet Farm has one of those days.
A heavyweight conundrum – Frendmy compares Australia’s roads with ours.
October 29, 2009
Dear Lord Stern,
Re your suggestion that the whole world should go vegetarian to save the planet.
Why don’t you just shoot all the people?
It would be kinder than letting millions die of starvation which is what would happen if we took your idea seriously.
If you don’t like my suggestion you may be interested in:
Inquiring Mind where Adam Smith posts on how Coppenhagen could threaten NZ’s very future.
Farmgirllive who says it’s time to get serious about countering this silliness.
Liberty Scott who says Lord Stern loses the plot some more.
and Fairfacts Media who urges Go on have that extra steak.
October 13, 2009
We keep being told ACC is the world’s best no-fault accident insurance scheme.
If a scheme which has a $12.8 billion gap between its net assets and claim liabilities is the best, what would the worst be like?
What would happen if we didn’t have ACC?
People who had minor accidents would look after themselves and most of those who needed treatment would get it through the public health system. If they had on-going problems they might end up on a benefit.
What they wouldn’t get, unless they had their own accident insurance, would be earnings related compensation.
How many would try to sue? I don’t know the answer to that. But if you take away accidents in which the victim is at fault because of carelessness or stupidity and others for which no-one else could be blamed I doubt if it would be a very big number.
Tomorrow the government will announce changes to the scheme to address the gap between income and outgoings. It will leave us paying more for less.
If a compulsory accident insurance scheme is so good, why has no-one suggested we have compulsory health insurance too? If the answer to that is that compulsory health insurance wouldn’t be a good idea, we need to look at ACC and ask if we’d be better off without compulsory accident insurance too.
Those who wanted accident and earnings related insurance could pay for their own. The rest would take the risk of having to rely on public health and benefit systems.
And if Macdoctor is right, we’d have fewer accidents because people might start taking a bit more care.
UPDATE: Liberty Scott has a prescription for improvements.