My opinions on matters of the day that, generally, have pissed me off. Being described as a 'Surly Curmudgeon', by those who meet me on a good day, I have a poor regard for the human species. This is my place for my free speech- not bloody yours. Crap under your own rock.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Just another friggin' day
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Cry-baby of the week
"A Taupo truck driver hurt in a crash involving three cars and his truck in Hawke's Bay is laying an official complaint with St John Ambulance, saying no ambulance staff approached him after the crash and he could have been "lying in a ditch" unnoticed.
Les Bennett, 28, said he was dazed and limping after the crash that left 12 people in hospital, but was not asked if he needed help..."
You were up and moving about- they were dealing with TWELVE people who needed to be admitted to hospital- quite a few of them seriously injured.
"...Three people remained in a serious condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital yesterday and four were listed as stable..."
All you had to do was ask to be checked out. Did you expect your own personal physician?
Or are you ACC-seeking...
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
What do we mean by poverty? Not what Dickens or Blake or Mayhew meant. Today, no one seriously expects to go hungry in England or to live without running water or medical care or even TV. Poverty has been redefined in industrial countries, so that anyone at the lower end of the income distribution is poor ex officio, as it were—poor by virtue of having less than the rich. And of course by this logic, the only way of eliminating poverty is by an egalitarian redistribution of wealth—even if the society as a whole were to become poorer as a result.
Such redistribution was the goal of the welfare state. But it has not eliminated poverty, despite the vast sums expended, and despite the fact that the poor are now substantially richer—indeed are not, by traditional standards, poor at all. As long as the rich exist, so must the poor, as we now define them.
Certainly they are in squalor—a far more accurate description of their condition than poverty—despite a threefold increase in per-capita income, including that of the poor, since the end of the last war. Why they should be in this condition requires an explanation—and to call that condition poverty, using a word more appropriate to Mayhew's London than to today's reality, prevents us from grasping how fundamentally the lot of "the poor" has changed since then. The poor we shall always have with us, no doubt: but today they are not poor in the traditional way...
Whole article here
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The digital bottle opener
The unpleasant truth
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The non-stress Christmas/Saturnalia pig-out
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Not everywhere was a shit-fight
Let the Shit-Fight commence
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
An arse needs kicking
"The military get paid too much and get allowances that should have been abolished two years ago, according to a report prepared for the Government's Defence White Paper.
Military personnel get an average of $23,000 or 30 per cent more than other public servants generally and this is not justified, says the value-for-money review by former Telecom boss Rod Deane..."
Ever put you well-paid neck on the chopping block, you soft-cocked little weenie?
I saw a review like this done on Corrections some years ago. They we horrified that all these blokes that HAD NO TERTIARY QUALIFICATIONS earned more than the chicken-shit average wage.
I would bet money most of these consultant types would piss in their label pants if they ever set foot in a prison wing. Or Afghanistan with a bit of lead flying.
I wonder if Rod Fucking Deane was one of those prat who was beaten up, had his beer stolen and his girlfriend given the fucking she had always wanted by some serviceman?
I hope it was me!
Don't make excuses for it
"It's far too high - $42 for a trailer load? It's expensive and I think education and recycling should be pushed.
"In lawyer fees it's probably $2000 to $3000 for the council to prosecute someone when they could run two or three week-long courses to recycle properly."
Since the rise in GST in October, Mr Howard said he was seeing more low-income people who could not cover basic living costs..."
Monday, December 20, 2010
This should be the default setting
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Any wonder when dealing with zealots?
"A senior nurse at Starship hospital's child protection unit told a conference of medical professionals that "all parents are liars until proved otherwise", doctors who attended say.
The revelation comes after a Sunday Star-Times investigation into practices at the unit, Te Puaruruhau, revealed concern it is being run like a police station, with staff treating parents as guilty until proven innocent over unexplained injuries.
Families have complained that the unit's doctors rushed to judgements, refused to budge from their initial assessments, and failed to apologise when injuries were shown to be accidental.
There has also been judicial criticism, with a judge saying doctors in one case seemed to have closed minds and had not considered alternative explanations..."
Yet I bet these PC ninnies would be morally outraged at the suggestion that they do a bit of profiling! ESPECIALLY if (if- yeah, right...) that profiling involved skin colour.
So lets just treat EVERYONE like they are shit parents...
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Stress and tension
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Buying an Ebook reader for Christmas?
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Not enough time
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Life and it's mysteries
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
This is one Chinese product I won't buy
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Passing for 'News'
'Magic' hangover cures revealed
"When some doctors or nurses have a bad hangover, they sometimes self-administer intravenous fluids or put on an oxygen mask for a while," she said..."
Secrets. Yeah, right.
I used the O2 trick over thirty years ago. Not having medical O2, the gas welding set worked just fine.
Nobody ever figured out why we used far more oxygen than acetylene...
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Nothing to see here
Monday, December 06, 2010
"A teenage girl shot in the face, who was told to "get off the couch" and go back to work by ACC, has had her compensation and counselling reinstated..."
Sunday, December 05, 2010
"The Government is being urged to offer Prince William and Kate Middleton an all-expenses paid honeymoon to New Zealand to create a "fairytale" tourism driver.
Diana Moore, who operates the $10,000-a-night Lake Okareka Lodge near Rotorua, has suggested the government provide a honeymoon as its official wedding present "instead of giving a wedding gift such as a piece of furniture".
"The potential value in exposure to New Zealand from being part of this real-life royal fairytale is beyond imagination – certainly right up there with worldwide exposure from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit."
Although she'd "love to host William and Kate" after their April wedding next year, there would be no freebies, said Moore..."
So it's fine for a whole lot of folks on meager wages to subsidize the top end of the NZ accommodation market through their grossly excessive taxes.
But NOT for a high end of the market company to do the same.
The very worst type of bludger!
Saturday, December 04, 2010
"...Britain's grit reserve half the size it should be
Britain's reserve of grit is less than half the size it should be, the Government admitted yesterday..."
Pet Shop Boys
Friday, December 03, 2010
It's life Jim, but not as we know it
"A strange, salty lake in California has yielded an equally strange bacterium that thrives on arsenic and redefines life as we know it, researchers say.
The bacteria do not merely eat arsenic - they incorporate the toxic element directly into their DNA, the researchers said today.
The finding shows just how little scientists know about the variety of life forms on Earth, and may greatly expand where they should be looking for life on other planets and moons, the NASA-funded team said..."
I see some pretty damn weird variants in what passes for intelligent life around here...
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Sorry for your troubles, but...
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
As the holiday season approaches
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Nanny state in the Village of the Damned
"A police officer was injured and a youth was stabbed at Christchurch's Christmas in the Park concert yesterday...
...Mr Erasmus said the majority of people at the free outdoor Christmas concert, held at Hagley Park, behaved responsibly, but alcohol later ruined the event.
He said the trouble started an hour before it ended with an influx of drunk youths, who kept police busy breaking fights and tipping out alcohol.
"Preliminary discussions have been held with the (Christchurch City) council to see if this event and other future events in Hagley Park should be alcohol-free," Mr Erasmus said...."
Right- you have a crowd of many thousands, many of whom are having a drink or six and behaving themselves. A few morons- who probably shouldn't have had drink anyway play up- so it's a blanket ban for EVERYBODY.
That makes sense (In somebody's world!) . The criminal classes would never dare come pissed or smuggle in booze if it were banned.
Moving ever closer to prohibition...
Monday, November 29, 2010
This is how I prefer to rough it
What will it take?
"A Whanganui man, who kicked a two-year-old boy to death, has been found guilty of the toddler's murder.
It took a jury of three men and nine women three hours to find Rikki Ngatai-Check, 23, guilty of murder rather than manslaughter in the High Court at Whanganui today..."
Exactly what will it take to bring back the death penalty?
If not that, a special prison for hopeless cases who will NEVER be allowed out ever again.
As these pieces of excrement don't have the decency to commit suicide, they need to be removed from all other life- by whatever means...
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Not something you see every day
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Idiot political appointee
This PC legacy from the last sad administration needs to just friggin' do what the voters demanded.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Health and safety in NZ
Monday, November 22, 2010
A minority group
Sunday, November 21, 2010
A media whore
"Frustration is growing in Greymouth as police continue to refuse to release the names of those stuck down the mine.
Superintendent Gary Knowles told a media briefing this morning they are not disclosing the 29 names, so affected families have more time to digest what has happened.
However Mayor Tony Kokshoorn wants the names released as speculation and Chinese rumors are starting to spread.
"I'm all for disclosure of the names to avoid speculation. Everyone knows locally - it's not a secret and anyone could find out if they wanted to," he said..."
Saturday, November 20, 2010
That there is ALWAYS a worse job
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Village of the Damned to get an IQ boost
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
And it came to pass
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Bugger off is also a good answer
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Thought as much
...The Transport Ministry research shows that in 2009 88 deaths – 72% of all alcohol-related deaths – were caused by 73 drivers who were either at least 50% over the current limit, or who already had a previous conviction.
Of those 88 deaths, 34 people were killed in crashes where the driver at fault had a previous conviction and 57% – or 50 out of 88 deaths – were caused by drivers with twice the legal alcohol limit.
In 2008, 108 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes and 28 of those – 26% were caused by drivers with a previous drink-driving conviction, while 77 deaths – 62% – were caused by drivers who had consumed more than twice the legal alcohol limit..."
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Book Five- kiss your sand-scoured arses goodby
Friday, November 12, 2010
There seems to be a plague of this sort of thing
Passive–aggressive behavior, a personality trait, is passive, sometimes obstructionistresistance to following through with expectations in interpersonal or occupational situations. It is a personality trait marked by a pervasive pattern of negative attitudes and passive, usually disavowed resistance in interpersonal or occupational situations.
It can manifest itself as learned helplessness, procrastination, stubbornness, resentment, sullenness, or deliberate/repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one is (often explicitly) responsible.
Signs and symptoms
The book Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man lists 11 responses that may help identify passive-aggressive behavior:
- Ambiguity or speaking cryptically: a means of engendering a feeling of insecurity in others
- Chronically being late and forgetting things: another way to exert control or to punish.
- Fear of competition
- Fear of dependency
- Fear of intimacy as a means to act out anger: The passive aggressive often cannot trust. Because of this, they guard themselves against becoming intimately attached to someone.
- Making chaotic situations
- Making excuses for non-performance in work teams
- Victimization response: instead of recognizing one's own weaknesses, tendency to blame others for own failures.
A passive-aggressive person may not have all of these behaviors, and may have other[clarification needed] non-passive-aggressive traits.
These bastards are in dire need of bastinado followed by keel-hauling- for a first offense.
Dealing with a couple of these right now and they are rapidly approaching the need for percussive therapy!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
One minute its summer and then...
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
When councils spend our money
Monday, November 08, 2010
Ghostbusters- wadda ya want?
"...Christchurch Paranormal Investigators founder Anton Heyrick said his team had received an "interesting influx" of phone calls and emails after the 7.1-magnitude earthquake, with more than double the usual number of inquiries.
"People are calling us, saying that they had always felt like there was something in the house, but since the earthquake it had become more intense," he said.
Most cases related to strange noises, although one man said he had been attacked by a ghost..."
Like I always said- Christchurch IS the Village of the Damned!
Don't panic, it's only the gates of Hell opening under your six-toed feet!
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Good to see
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
We know what is best for you peasants
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
What about pointed sticks?
Another knee- jerk reaction to an inanimate object- pounced upon by the media as an easy article for their bread & butter.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
A more acceptable form of slaughter
"A woman has died from the injuries she suffered when an alleged drunk-driver ploughed into her car while she and a friend were having a coffee by the side of the road near Otaki.
Shelagh Cotter, 69, died in Palmerston North Hospital about 3am today, about 15 hours after she and a 62-year-old companion were struck by an out-of-control car as they sat on a grass verge on a rural road just south of Otaki..."
Now this case has many parallels with the shooting death last weekend.
Both involve gross criminal negligence causing death and only happened because widely publicized laws were broken. Laws created to prevent exactly these types of needless deaths happening.
But one thing IS different.
The lack of righteous howls of outrage towards the latter. Because it happens so bloody often that a death by drunk driver is barely newsworthy. We have become so used to this happening.
WE shouldn't be. We SHOULD be outraged. A car driven by a drunk is like a bullet fired at random into a populated area.
No better- no worse.
I will be interested to see the fate of the two defendants in these two cases...
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The Trendy Undead
"...Halloween is only two days away and people are flocking to costume stores.
Instead, vampire outfits are extremely popular following the success of the Twilight books and movies, and TV series True Blood, Christchurch people were opting for less traditional get-ups..."
Could it be that people have become used to evil, blood-sucking leeches living amongst us?
It wouldn't surprise me.
They are everywhere. From the heights of government, the feeders on corporate welfare, the idle able-bodied- down to the thieving criminal classes.
Every day there are more and more- feasting without thinking (as they once did) of what will happen when they drain the host.
So why am I not surprised that vampire costumes are extremely popular...
Friday, October 29, 2010
A novel concept
Thursday, October 28, 2010
A parents anguish