You dont’ have to be an Apple user to appreciate the contribution Steve Jobs made to the company, communication, technology and business.
I’ll stick to borrowing someone else’s pictures:
You dont’ have to be an Apple user to appreciate the contribution Steve Jobs made to the company, communication, technology and business.
I’ll stick to borrowing someone else’s pictures:
. . . it would be:
1. Don Brash.
2. Cathy Odgers.
3. John Bowscawen
It gets difficult after that. I don’t know enough about any of the other candidates to know if Don Nicolson should come next and I’m not sure his abrasive style would help foster the much-needed unity in Act’s caucus.
If John Banks can’t win Epsom he’ll have failed his party and its supporters and therefore should be well down the list or better still not on it at all.
The list will be announced at 3pm.
The list has 27 places the top 10 are:
1. Dr Don Brash
2. Hon John Boscawen
4. Don Nicolson
5. Hon John Banks
6. David Seymour
7. Chris Simmons
8. Stephen Whittington
9. Kath McCabe
10. Robyn Stent
Kiwiblog has the percentage of party vote needed for each to get in. On current polling, if Banks wins Epsom they’d just get a couple.
The party usually does better in the election than polls and the yet to be confirmed #3 might be someone who can broaden the party’s appeal.
Roarprawn reckons the list shows Act of old.
Whaleoil has more from his tipline.
The principles of running an economy aren’t very different from those of running a household with a lot more zeros.
But all those zeros are difficult to grasp. US financial writer Dave Ramsay put the big numbers into perspective:
“If the US Government was a family, they would be making $58,000 a year, they spend $75,000 a year, and are $327,000 in credit card debt. They are currently proposing BIG spending cuts to reduce their spending to $72,000 a year. These are the actual proportions of the federal budget and debt, reduced to a level that we can understand.”
Wilkins Micawber reckoned overspending one’s annual income by just five pence resulted in misery for an individual.
Continuing to overspend a country’s income by much bigger numbers will eventually result in misery for many more people.
All political parties have a duty to ensure that we don’t keep on spending more than we’re earning. That’s why National is determined to get the government’s books back into surplus as soon as possible.
Parties of the left don’t appear to understand the importance of this and are still promoting policies which will increase taxes and spending and make little or no attempt to cut costs.
What they’re proposing is like a household adding to the mortgage and credit card debt to buy luxuries. The impact of that might not be noticed in the short term. But the medium long term result will be misery and those who will be most miserable will be the poorest who have fewer of their own resources on which to fallback.
Hat Tip for the Ramsay quote: Lambcut at Roarprawn
Roarprawn said it first – Hong Kong based lawyer Cathy Odgers was going to become an Act candidate.
Audrey Young takes up the story today:
Cathy Odgers, the author of the acerbic website Cactus Kate, is expected to be approved today as an Act candidate – one of the reasons sitting MP Heather Roy is likely to today announce she will stand down at this year’s election.
I know Cathy only though her blog and a few blogging related emails but she has one very good characteristic for an aspiring MP – loyalty to her party and its leader:
. . . politics must be about loyalty to the Party and that means publicly to its Leader while that person is still the Leader. If you are going to stab them then let it be in the front and behind closed doors in an appropriate party forum. And let it stay in that room.
Act has a reputation for disunity and as the party for old(er) men. Cathy’s candidacy will make a difference.
I wonder if her candidacy might also increase the chances of Rodney Hide staying on as a candidate for Act?
People helping with Hekia Parata’s campaign and scrutineering in the Mana by-election last year came across a good number* of people who wanted to vote for her but couldn’t.
They had opted to be on the Maori roll last time they had the choice and those who do so can’t swap to the general roll between elections.
The matter of supporters not being able to vote might also trouble candidates in the Te Tai Tokerau by-election because either they’re on the general roll or not enrolled at all.
Duncan Garner writes:
I have just spoken to the pollster of the Maori TV Poll. He says Harawira may face a further and much more serious problem. Many of those identifying themselves as Harawira supporters are not enrolled on the Maori roll. This will mean that many can’t vote next weekend.
If people are on the general roll they can’t swap to the Maori roll but if they’re not enrolled at all they can enrol until next Friday and cast a special vote. However, I think both Labour and the Maori Party would be better placed to mobilise people who aren’t enrolled to do so then vote than Harawira and his supporters.
Garner’s not the only one to think Harawira’s in trouble. Brunette at Roar Prawn has become addicted to iPredict and is backing labour’s Kelvin Davis:
* good number = vague amount based on anecdotes.
If the three strikes law applied to breaking the law on campaigning then Labour would be well and truly out by now.
You’d think after the condemnation from across the political spectrum for previous breaches (pledge card anyone?) they’d be especially careful about sticking to the law this time.
But no, they’re using stop-sign look-alikes which are on or visible from the road.
Kiwiblog, Keeping Stock , Whaleoil and Roarprawn all posted on how this contravenes Land Transport Rules and Andrew Geddis pointed out it also contravenes the Electoral Act because there’s no promotor’s statement on them.
Whaleoil has also found Facebook entries which shows they’re going to carry on breaking the law with car stickers.
It’s bad enough that a party which is supposed to be one of the major ones doesn’t know the law as it applies to campaigning. Worse still is Phil Goff’s reaction:
Labour leader Phil Goff, who launched the campaign last week, said he didn’t know who within his party had put the signs up, “but if the council has a problem of course they can talk to whoever might have put them out”.
While the signs were modelled on stop signs “nobody’s going to mistake it as a stop sign, that’s just silly”. . .
. . .”We’ll keep using those signs. If the council’s got a problem we’ll listen to them of course, but nobody thinks they’re going to be a traffic hazard, that’s just nonsense.”
The leader of the second biggest party in parliament thinks law is silly and Labour is going to keep on ignoring it – that’s not a responsible stance for anyone let alone a party which is supposed to be a government in waiting.
Cactus Kate says Labour should stop the bad social media campaigns. The party should also stop thinking the law doesn’t apply to them.
A party which doesn’t know the law with a leader that doesn’t care about it can’t be trusted back into government where it can make the law.
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.
The Maori party is learning that politics requires compromise.
The Marine and Coastal Area Bill which seeks to replace the Foreshore and Seabd Act doesn’t go far enough for some.
“We got to the stage where we can discuss the issues rationally, with some leaning one way and some the other way, and I think we really got to the point where everyone had a better understanding of what government is, and what our role is in there – which is the most important thing,” he told NZPA. . .
Dr Sharples said the party had to make concessions to get this far and people were starting to understand that.
I think they will understand now – if the party votes for it to go ahead – that we have made it very clear that we didn’t get what we really wanted, and what we did get was better than 2004.”
“We are trying to teach everyone that this is kawanatanga, this is government and these are their rules of operation, and if you want to gain some wins you work within those rules and get the wins you can.”
In politics, and life, you can’t always get everything you want but it’s usually better to accept something than walk away with nothing.
Update: A speech by Tariana Turia gives a similar message:
In the end, I think it is a really important consideration for us to think about: do we want to part of that political process or not because we know that in Parliament, everything is about votes and you win or lose on the vote that is taken on any one day.
The difficulty for us, we have five votes and if we can’t garner enough to get 63 votes it becomes very difficult on any issue on any one day in that environment.
But I don’t want you to think that we sit there and we roll over on these issues, we do not. We do not, and we never have. . .
. . . But I do want you to know that while we may do things in Parliament that you don’t approve of, I can promise you that we listen to what you say, and that we advocate what you say and there are times when we lose. And that’s our reality.
Now we can either decide that that is not good enough and shouldn’t be there and we shouldn’t be participating or we should be in opposition basically just throwing stones at whoever the Government is.
Well I have got much longer in my life actually and I’ve had my days of sitting on opposition benches moaning about everything and getting nowhere. . .
National didn’t have to invite the Maori Party into coalition and the party didn’t have to accept. But the government is stronger and the Maori Party has achieved more because it is part of the government not the opposition.
Update: Pita Sharples also told the party to put health before the beaches:
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples has urged rank and file members to put policy wins in health, education and welfare ahead of damaging splits over the foreshore and seabed as opposition to the planned law change gathers momentum.
In an extraordinary departure from accepted doctrine in the political movement born from protests against Labour’s Foreshore and Seabed Act, Dr Sharples said claims to coastal land were not as important as other matters the party was pursuing.
“For many of my friends, they don’t even know what’s going on with the foreshore and seabed,” he told the party’s annual meeting in Hastings at the weekend.
“But they know what’s going on at home when they’re hungry. They know what’s going on at home when they haven’t got jobs.
“They know when they see their children not reading well, compared to the other children around them.
“These are the sort of things that our people are dealing with day to day, and that’s why I really would like us to think why are we in Parliament.”
Roarprawn also blogs on this.
Countdown employee-redfaced – Dim Post at his satirical best.
Devastating, just devastaing – Adolf at No Minister on the NZ Herald’s 7 deadly sins front page.
Life’s a Beach – A Little Whine and Cheese on a family day at the lake.
But the personal is political – In A Strange Land replies to one of the judges of the AIr NZ Best Blog Award.
Quote of the Day – Anti Dismal on the absence of market forces in bureaucracy.
The taxing issue of burden – The Visible Hand has a different perspective on tax cuts.
“Can I ask you about the plight of Whaleoil?” Jim Mora asked me on our discussion on the internet on Critical Mass today.
I’d been mulling over a post about him since reading Cactus Kate’s plea to Save The Whale in response to the Herald on Sunday story in response to this post by Whaleoil and comments from his wife on Gotcha.
I came across Whaleoil on the internet when I first started blogging and treated it with caution. I admired some of the posts, especially those which broke news which influenced the mainstream media. I was moved by the way he was so open about his struggle with depression but found other posts offensive.
Since then I’ve met him a couple of times. The first was at a National Party conference last year and the second, very briefly at another conference last weekend. The next day I read the HOS story and found Cactus’s post about it when I got home late that evening.
Several pennies dropped – clinical depression explains the contrasts between the intelligent and reasoned posts and the vitriolic ones.
Those who know him well have written on this. I don’t know enough to add anything on him, but I do know a bit about depression and other mental illness.
Most of us understand physical illness and have sympathy for those who are unwell.
Mental illness is different.
Those who’ve never experienced or been exposed to it find it difficult to understand and there’s often a feeling that people just need to pull themselves together.
Anyone who has been dogged by the black dog themselves, or had to cope with it in family and friends will tell you it’s not that simple and often that it’s not just the illness which is problematic, the treatment can be too.
Medication can help some people. In others it doesn’t and may cause side effects which can be as difficult to deal with as the problems it was supposed to treat. Working your way through the mental health system can be a nightmare and finding a mental health professional who can make a positive difference is another challenge.
I know stories, which aren’t mine to tell, of people’s battles with depression. From them I have some appreciation of how difficult it is even for those who have loving and caring family and friends to support them; the frustration which even intelligent, articulate, positive and assertive professionals who are used to dealing with complex problems in their work face in trying to help family or friends who are depressed and how the system which ought to help so often doesn’t.
I hope Whaleoil and his family find the help they need and wish them the strength and love to tame the black dog and send it packing.
Keeping Stock on Helping a Fellow Blogger.
Kiwiblog on Cactus on Whale
Stepehn Franks on Whaleoil and Insurance.
Motella on Whale Wars.
I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Busted Blonde at Roarprawn but her blog posts, and some whispers on the grapevine, have earned my respect.
The woman who claims to have a trademark on the term mistressology obviously doesn’t know her reputation or she wouldn’t have been silly enough to get her knickers twisted about BBs use of the term on a post giving advice to mistresses.
The one who claims to be a mistress of mistressology has mis-stepped by picking a fight with the wrong woman.
BB is not the sort to head to port when the sea gets rough and she’s got to the nub of the matter, if you Google search mistressology it leads to Roarprawn and the not the other woman’s website.
In an act of bloggers’ solidarity I’m joining Whaleoil, Cactus Kate and No Minister who have carried the story and by doing so increased links to Roarprawn which will put her up the Google rankings more.
UPDATE: Motella has joined the campagin too.
Update 2: so has Inquiring Mind
And look what a google search now turns up:
Apologies and letters: Theodore Dalrymple explains why he feels sorry for Gordon Brown. – a post in response ot the furore over a hand written apology.
What are you getting for Christmas – PM of NZ shows why we should be grateful the world has moved on.
It’s Urgent – really – a very funny video at Roarprawn.
Witi Ihimaera and plagarism – Quote Unquote has the best analysis I’ve seen on the issue.
Global Warping – Macdoctor on the need for integrity from scientists.
New Zealand’s problem is that we’re different.
Primary production and industries based on it are our bigeest export earners; almost all our forestry is from exotic species; we have relatively little heavy industry and the bulk of our power is already from renewable sources.
The Kyoto Protocol wasn’t designed for countries like us.
The heavy reliance on primary production is much more common in developing countries. But around half our emissions come from animals and there is little, short of reducing stock numbers, we can do to reduce them immediately. Research is being undertaken to reduce emissions from livestock but practical, affordable solutions may be years away.
The rules requiring new trees to be replanted where old ones were felled was aimed at protecting rain forests and indigenous species. It seems no-one considered that a clause aimed at protecting indigenous trees shouldn’t apply to exotic timber species in a country where they grow as well as they do here.
Our private vehicle ownership is high by world standards but that reflects our relatively small, widespread population which means that public transport is neither practical nor affordable in many places.
New Zealand is a square peg and we were ill served by the negotiators who tried to fit us into the round ETS hole.
I have a lot of confidence in Tim Groser who will be working on our behalf at the Copenhagen summit.
But I thought the whole thing was a dog’s breakfast from the start and my concerns are even greater now that there are questions over manipulation of climate change data.
Over at Sciblogs Aimee Witcroft raises the possibility the leaked emails have been doctored and points to a Guardian story on the issue. It quotes Prof Bob Watson, the chief scientific advisor at Britain’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who said,
“Evidence for climate change is irrefutable. The world’s leading scientists overwhelmingly agree what we’re experiencing is not down to natural variation.”
Also at Sciblogs Gareth Renowden isn’t convinced by the leaked material.
I’ll say it a thousand times, climate change activism is about politics, not science.
One of our men manages the North Otago rugby team. He returned home from the West Coast with the Lochore Cup and a couple of bags of whitebait.
It’s wasted on me, but those who like it reckon the best way to cook it is to keep is simple.
Take a couple of eggs for each cup of whitebait.
Beat the eggs, stir in salt, ground black pepper and whitebait.
Cook in a lightly greased frying pan or on a barbeque.
Serve immediately with lemon.
Sagenz at No Minister reckons Whitebait Fritters are New Zealand’s quintessential dish.
He posted on that in response to Busted Blonde at Roarprawn who asked the question: what is our national dish?
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.
Is there anything to discuss except Southland’s Ranfurly Shield win, about which Roarprawn is justifiably excited?
If there is (or even if there isn’t), the floor is yours.
The immediate crisis is over and attention has shifted from the tsunami which devastated our Pacific neighbours.
But the rebuilding has only just begun and the people still need help.
Roarprawn is involved with Project Heal & Protect and has asked me to spread the word about this appeal:
A Wellington based Telco support company has kicked off a project to rebuild part of one of villages worst hit by the recent tsunami and to construct a new tsunami warning system for the whole of Samoa.
Project Heal and Protect (Polokei Toe Fa’alelei ma Puipuia) was put together by Oceanic Group after senior staff saw the devastation caused by the September 29 tsunami.
Oceanic Group provides support services for a number of telco companies across the South Pacific, including to Digicel in Samoa.
Oceanic Group Director, Locky Mulholland, said they usually prefer to work behind the scenes, but he felt compelled to do something after seeing the aftermath of the natural disaster.
“We are a community focussed company and we struggled to comprehend what had happened to our colleagues and friends in Samoa and that set us to thinking about what we could do to help,” Mr Mulholland said.
Mr Mulholland said the result is the Project Heal and Protect (Poloketi Toe Fa’alelei ma Puipuia) Charitable Trust.
The Heal part of the project refers to a plan to build a new community centre for the village of Poutasi; which being right on the beach bore the full brunt of the Tsunami.
“The community centre and its sports fields was a vital part of daily life in the village and it stood out as an obvious choice to us.
“It will be rebuilt on higher ground so it can be a safe haven for residents of the village during a natural disaster,” Mr Mulholland said.
The Protect part of the project will be the purchase and installation of tsunami warning sirens across Samoa.
These will be erected on Digicel cellphone towers and will be linked back to the new civil defence headquarters which is to be built by Digicel itself.
Mr Mulholland said the response to the project has been incredible with a number of companies giving time and services for nothing to support the project and the list is growing by the day.
“We have architects, builders, Telco companies, All Blacks, radio stations, lawyers, engineers, project managers, league players, public relations consultants, building supplies companies all supporting us.”
The Project Heal and Protect Charitable Trust has been lodged with the Charities Commission, independent trustees have been appointed and a trust bank account has been set up.
Words of support from HE Asi Tuiataga JF Blakelock, Samoa High Commissioner to New Zealand.
“Samoa has been drastically affected by the earthquake and tsunami; however our people remain hopeful and determined to rebuild our island nation. I am truly grateful and applaud Oceanic Holdings (International) Ltd for initiating ‘Project Heal & Protect.’
It is aid such as this, that reminds us Samoans not to lose hope and to continue to unite to restore Samoa to what it was before September 29.
In addition to restoring infrastructure, the National Evacuation Siren System to be implemented by Oceanic thru Digicel, will hopefully improve Samoa’s preparations for any future natural disasters.
On behalf of the government and people of Samoa, I convey our appreciation for their invaluable generosity. I would also like to personally thank Mr Locky Mulholland (Director) and partners for their genuine concern and tremendous efforts to bring hope and comfort to Samoa in this time of crisis.”
Account details for Donations
Account Name: Heal and Protect
Account Number: 030502 0416719 00
Swift Code: WPACNZ2W
For more information about Project Heal and Protect (Poloketi Toe Fa’alelei ma Puipuia) you can ring us on +64 4 384 7266 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information contact:
Chris Wikaira +64 27 45 22 472
Tina Nixon +64 27 22 32 789
There’s a frickin’ elephant in the school room at Not PC – on being hooked on phonics.
Treasure hunting at Waitaki Blog on the anchor’s away and back.
Pie eyed at Roarprawn where today’s taste doesn’t live up to yesterday’s memory.
LMNO Key – goNZo Freakpower s(p)ells out the (p)roblem of a missing letter.
Yes you have found us out – The Hand Mirror asks, Y?
Twas the night before the announcement – Cactus Kate spots Machiavelli in Auckland’s lab saga.
Science or magical thinking? at Sciblogs – Alison Campbell takes a scientific look at homeopothy.