- Christchurch must attract resources. Grant Christchurch a complete 3-year tax-free status, to be extended at discretion. Do this and the problem of attracting resources will disappear. The object is to change our view away from a coercive patch job to a freewheeling environment of entrepreneurial opportunity.
- Christchurch must have thousands of new and rebuilt homes. Our government should make immediate steps to remove the bureaucratic hurdles that have stifled growth and rebuilding, and made building affordable houses completely unaffordable. This includes the existing regulatory system of permits and inspections.
Let those who own their own property determine between them and their insurance company what they wish their building standards to be. Such a system can be set up very quickly as it already exists in reports.
Building is productive. Letting things lie idle while waiting for permission from people who have no genuine interest is not.
- Cantabrians don’t needs the grey ones breathing down their backs. Make Christchurch an ETS and RMA free zone. (HELL YES!!!!)
- Cantabrians don’t need to be told where and how they will rebuild their city—they don’t need another centrally-planed “worker’s paradise.” Bus town planners out of Christchurch permanently and allow the city to reinvent itself spontaneously. This would be a wonder to see.
- Cantabrians don’t need barriers to employment. Remove the minimum wage. In a situation like Christchurch’s it is better to be earning something than nothing at all. And it is better to be achieving something with the diminished resources available than achieving nothing at all.
We must trust that consenting adults can come to their own voluntary financial agreements.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
"...Displaying alcohol in supermarkets should be treated in the same way as dirty movies are displayed in a video store, the Alcohol Reform Bill select committee was told yesterday.
Alcohol Action said the proposals adapted by the Government from a Law Commission report into alcohol reform did not go far enough.
Alcohol should not be easily accessible and should not be displayed at the front of stores or with other products such as fruit and vegetables, the group said yesterday.
"Supermarkets are treating alcohol like it's a commodity rather than a drug," spokeswoman Professor Jennie Connor said.
"It should be treated like dirty movies, they should be in one corner of the supermarket at the back..."
Don't the wowsers know that these days everyone who cares to, downloads their porn from the interweb!
Maybe if they tried a little wine, these uptight compulsion fuckers might actually mellow out a little!
Friday, February 25, 2011
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Saturday, February 19, 2011
"Kiwis drank the equivalent of about 750 stubbies of beer each in 2005 but still sank less than their counterparts across the ditch, an international report says.
The World Health Organisation Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health shows New Zealanders drank an average 9.6 litres of pure alcohol each, well above the 6.1-litre global average.
The most popular tipple was beer, followed by wine and spirits.
National Addiction Centre director Doug Sellman said the "extraordinary" figure equalled 750 stubbies of 4 per cent beer, about 100 bottles of 12.5 per cent wine or 24 bottles of 40 per cent spirits..."
Whoop de frickin; do!
An 'extraordinary TWO BEERS A DAY. Or two bottles of wine a week.
Friday, February 18, 2011
"Whitcoulls customers are being asked to spend at least twice the face value of their gift vouchers if they want to redeem them.
The bookseller, along with Borders, was put under administration in New Zealand and Australia yesterday, after Australian parent firm REDgroup Retail called in voluntary administrators to the business..."
I expect to see a lot more of this, especially in entertainment retail. The small specialist stores will survive, but mainstream music, video and books are being swallowed up by online sales.
I can see why- today I went looking for a CD at the Red Shed. Couldn't find it. On line it took me less than 15 seconds.
Then there is the far lower overhead of the on-line store.
Expect to see more of these stores vanish from sight soon.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Saturday, February 12, 2011
In an international escapade that has left Social Development Minister Paula Bennett and Work and Income fuming, Peter Freedom, 34, has admitted seeing the world at taxpayer expense.
Mr Freedom left New Zealand for Australia on April 11, 2009, expecting his benefit would be cut off two weeks later. "I was just amazed when it didn't," he said from Dubai.
He visited Europe, the Balkans, Britain, North Africa and Asia before his benefit was finally axed late last month.
Work and Income head Mike Smith said Mr Freedom – previously known as Petrus van Druten – would be prosecuted for benefit fraud if he returned to New Zealand..."
He gets my vote for this week's person in need of a damned good flogging!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The proportion of loss incurred by retail business is often higher than expected. Find your store type and calculate your loss.
|Industry Type||Average Loss||Proportion of Profit Lost|
|Clothing / Fashions||1.91||27.55|
|DIY Hardware / Car||1.86||25.70|
|Footwear / Sports Goods||1.12||11.70|
|Furniture / Textiles||0.75||12.90|
|Grocers / Supermarkets||0.83||25.00|
|Toys / Music / Video||2.14||21.20|
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
"Government plans for a welfare shake-up have been attacked as "punishment" and ''a nonsense''.
Prominent beneficiary advocate Sue Bradford this morning lashed out yesterday's statement to Parliament by Prime Minister John Key, which she said was just an effort to appeal to the National Party's core supporters..."
Anything less than unconditional surrender by labor-lite would be harsh treatment of the poor underclasses.
MY ideas (for the long-term bludger subset) WOULD involve punishment for their idleness- Namely, the Workhouse, or for those that cannot learn from a term in the Workhouse- permanent incarceration in a recidivist settlement.
If you want to call it a ghetto, call it a ghetto. I could care less.
If you want to live off the taxpayer, you can do it in spartan conditions and in an unpleasant enviroment. Much like our military have had to endure.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
"A Blenheim family has been given a month to move out of their state house in Girling Ave, after their 50-year-old mother died.
Sesa Ifopo, who leased the house, died unexpectedly on January 21 after a heart attack.
She had lived in the house with her 16-year-old son Alastair since 2005 and her 18-year-old daughter Renee moved in three months ago when she had a baby..."
This IS NOT their bloody house. The house belongs to the NZ taxpayers via Housing NZ.
They are just tenants- and it would appear, not the official ones.
I have seen a lot of this crap- bloody tenants who believe that occupancy equates to ownership.
Try to understand that the world DOES NOT owe you a living.
Monday, February 07, 2011
BUNCH OF LEFTIES: Australian researchers have discovered most parrots favour their left foot.
Parrots, like humans, choose to use one side of their body more than the other, with more of them left handed - or, more precisely, left footed than anything else.
Some species even try out both before deciding on one side.
Australian researchers found that virtually all the parrots they studied prefer to use either their left eye and left foot, or right eye and right foot..."
I have certainly observed that lefties display parrot-like behaviour.
Loud raucous screeching
Capable of speaking, but little comprehension
Repeats the same few words over and over
Best kept in a cage and covered up at night...
Sunday, February 06, 2011
"A Waitangi dawn ceremony ended with a Maori elder prophesying the destruction of Wellington in a huge earthquake that would leave the Beehive "lying in the debris of the streets".
In a strange end to this morning's prayer ceremony at the Treaty Grounds, Kerei Tia Toa said he had "seen" a great earthquake that was going to ravage Wellington.
He predicted the earthquake would create a tsunami that would stretch down to Kaikoura and when the water returned it would rush into the streets of the capital and cause widespread destruction as far north as Whanganui..."
Dreams ain't that reliable. I'm still waiting for the one with the three naughty 19-year old gals to happen to me.
I'm not holding my breath waiting...
Saturday, February 05, 2011
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Thursday, February 03, 2011
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Mr Spence said the number of complaints to police concerning street beggars in central Porirua and Cannons Creek - particularly groups of kids, often near ATM machines - had increased in the past 12 to 18 months..."
I prefer the idea of culling them like pigeons. They have bred to numbers that the ecosystem can no longer support- so they have to be thinned out.
Perhaps point bags laced with cyanide?