Monday, July 28, 2014

MSM saying what needed to be said for once

Culture of Idiocy costs lives.

"Road crashes happen. There is news reporting, processing of photographs, and getting comment. And then afterwards, there's the reflection on how much mess one person can cause on our roads. I can't even begin to guess what Cheyenne Ihaka's life was about, and his family won't thank me for attempting to analyse what he amounted to, or criticising him in this editorial…"
Couldn't have said it better myself (well- I could have but it wouldn't have been printed)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

'Yeah, right' #257854

"Commissioners at the Kaipara District Council are seeking legal advice to decide whether people or organisations responsible for the $80 million blowout of the Mangawhai wastewater treatment plant can be held accountable…"
Fat chance of any council being held accountable for anything less than- wait- scratch the last four words.

There is more accountability and transparency in central government than of the local satraps. Do the elected officials even declare their political alliances?- mostly not.

As in central government, the ones to really watch out for are the top echelons of unelected departmental management. But I suspect those in local government find it easier to blinker the generally much greener local body elected types.

Watch the Kaipara case and we will see how effectivly central government oversees the local tyrants...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ho Hum

Watch the commonwealth games or total war on my current ant invasion?

It's looking real bad for the ants...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stupid social media crazes

The latest idiocy is to have a bucket of iced water poured over you- and then challenge some other idiots to do it to themselves.

I just go to work to get freezing cold water down my neck. It's called fixing a broken pipe. Nothing to see here folks...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yep, Northland...

"A woman waiting in a car while her husband paid for petrol at a central Whangarei service station had to fight off a man who got in the driver's seat and tried to drive away.
The attempted carjacking, at BP Wylies, on Maunu Rd, about 2pm on Monday, has left the 32-year-old shaken and questioning her positive impression of Whangarei. She also issued a warning for people to lock their cars at petrol stations even if there was someone in it - a warning echoed by police…."
Always have a screwdriver handy in your car. Nobody asks questions about a screwdriver. Unlike a bayonet.
Still, whatever the tool- they do not like it up 'em!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Some people 'get it'

"A $40,000 campaign to reduce begging on Wellington streets has been quietly ditched, with the council saying many people were simply confused by it.
The "alternative giving" campaign was meant to encourage people to give money to charities rather than giving it directly to beggars - but it raised just $3500 in eight months.
Wellington City Council has now shelved the programme indefinitely and is advising the public not to use the alternative giving campaign website or text donation service."

From the comments- words that could be out of my own mouth: Treat them like pigeons, stop giving and they will go away, keep giving and numbers will swell.Treat them like pigeons, stop giving and they will go away, keep giving and numbers will swell." TrTreat them like pigeons, stop giving and they will go away, keep giving and numbers will swell.
"Treat them like pigeons- stop giving and they will go away. Keep giving and the numbers will swell."

Treat them like pigeons, stop giving and they will go away, keep giving and numbers will swell.Treat them like pigeons, stop giving and they will go away, keep giving and numbers will swell.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Future investments

If I wanted to invest in a technology, looking ahead about 20 years, it would be in audiology.

It doesn't need Nostradamus to predict a huge increase in hearing aid demand given the current penchant for distorted low-frequency booming that is passed off as music amongst the shallow end of the gene pool.

I'm also wondering if advances in noise cancellation could be combined with LRAD technology, to cancel out the rowdy from a distance.

Or stun* them into silence.




* In much the same way as a depth charge stuns fish.