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

Lots of bearers are needed to ensure the gin ration is maintained- malaria is dangerous!


Liarbore and pal's train set is busted- AGAIN.

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

Not out in the bush, anyway.

This hut also had a shower and a wetback off the fire.

Any damned fool can rough it...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Idiot political appointee

"Police Commissioner Howard Broad has issued a surprise plea to cut prison numbers to stem an "absolute wave" of criminals through the justice system..."

This PC legacy from the last sad administration needs to just friggin' do what the voters demanded.

Catch criminals and lock them up out of harm's way.

So there are too many.

1- Tent prisons (Go ask Sheriff Joe if you are too stupid to figure this out)
2- Make prison harder (make the pricks WORK very hard)
3- Bring in the 'short(ish) hard shock' for newbie crims (quarrying volcanic rock by hand used to work well)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Health and safety in NZ

In my experience, it is little more than window-dressing. The grandiose policy statements seldom translate out into the reality of the workplace. When they do, they focus on trivia while ignoring elephants in the room.

One great example is workplace drug-testing. One does not have to be on the good side of the bell-shaped curve to realize that operating heavy plant & machinery whilst under the influence is a bad thing.

But then one day after two employees are fired for being totally pissed on the job, there is the big drug test for all. The senior manager who turned up for this stated that if anyone was found positive, this would mean company-wide testing- and it is a big company.

So 60% of the staff failed.

The reality was that if this was the trend nationwide and if they were all fired- as SHOULD have happened- that would be a near death-blow to the company.

Two years later there have been no more drug tests, even after serious incidents and 'accidents'

H&S is back to safety boots and orange overalls.

The hard stuff is just too hard.

Ever wonder why so many die in forestry?

Monday, November 22, 2010

A minority group

I have been down a working coal mine on the West Coast.
I have been down a coal mine when explosives were used.
I am qualified to use breathing apparatus.
I work with toxic gases.
I have taken part in a caving rescue exercise.
I have considerable experience in light rescue and advanced first aid.
I have used a remote control robot.

Still not an expert in mining rescue operations though.

Unlike half of New Zealand...

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..."

Sod off big nose!

As you say- all those concerned locally know- and that's all that need to know.

Following the facebook page, the locals are of the opinion the mayor big-nose is more concerned about getting in front of the cameras. I hear he has been kicked off the mine site as he was getting in the way and generally being a pain in the arse.

As do so many of these petty-officials,who are full of their own self-importance and generally suffering from delusions of adequacy.

Releasing names is a matter for the families and NOBODY ELSE. If they want to, fine. If they do not- then in the words of the woman on the video clip- 'Fuck off you pack of vultures!'

About Smashwords

Saturday, November 20, 2010

That there is ALWAYS a worse job

...is something I constantly remind myself- although coal mining is far from the bottom of the list- and yes, I HAVE been inside a coal mine while blasting was going on!

Trouble with underground mining, is that when things go wrong, they REALLY go wrong. Unlike, say, forestry where they get knocked off one by one.

I certainly don't envy the chaps who will go in to search the mine- who knows what state the mine is in after a large explosion. But they will go in and are do doubt incredibly frustrated in being held back. It's not just the flammable gas, but now there may (probably) be concentrations of highly lethal carbon monoxide. A fireman's BA is only good for about half an hour- a specialized mining rebreather more than that, but they will not be traveling fast.

I took part in a cave rescue exercise some years ago and that was a real headache getting a stretcher case out about 400 meters. In good air and a stable cave.

I think next time I'm outside working in the hot sun, I will remind myself of the lot of the miner...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Village of the Damned to get an IQ boost

"New Zealand will soon have its first gorillas when the head of Sydney's Taronga Zoo gorilla pack, a 210-kg father of 14, will move to Christchurch in a few years to enjoy his retirement..."

I wonder if this is to fill a void left by the removal of that bloody awful 'Outrageous Fortune' soap?

The public's insatiable desire to watch primate threat displays and simian behavior...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

And it came to pass

...that the unbelievers did not heed the word of the prophet that the sins of past neglect would come back to bite the unbelievers on the bum.

And they did switch on the infernal machine and a wave of pestilence did spread throughout and all was woe.

A great wailing and gnashing of teeth was heard throughout the land and I did say "told you so!" and "THAT will teach you to spill your seed on the ground", as the people of the village cried out in their anguish.

And their tear were for naught, as the parts now have to come from the Land of the Sodomites. Or it could have been Auckland- I had crap cellphone reception.

Here endth the lesson.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bugger off is also a good answer

"Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says Maori protesters wanting to meet him over a Far North coastal area they claim belongs to local Maori can "go to hell"..."

GOOD- now just keep repeating that- every time the moochers come looking for a handout.

Say it loud, say it often!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thought as much

"Evidence has emerged that 72% of all alcohol-related deaths on the roads are caused by drivers who are either blind-drunk or repeat offenders...

...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..."

So perhaps diddling with a lower allowable alcohol level is NOT going to be the answer. Bet the facts won't stop that happening, mind.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Man's domain

Book Five- kiss your sand-scoured arses goodby

Commander Jamieson's Engineering battalion fixes a large gravatic drive to a ten kilometer iron-nickel asteroid and drives it into....

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.[1]

Signs and symptoms

The book Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man lists 11 responses that may help identify passive-aggressive behavior:[1]

  • 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
  • Obstructionism
  • Procrastination
  • Sulking
  • 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...

Friday night- summer to winter in a couple of seconds. The white spots are very big hail stones.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

When councils spend our money

Cost never seems to be much of an issue.

How the hell does a pissor cost over half a million?

Even a house in overpriced Wellington can be brought for less!

How much stainless steel, concrete and two-pot paint does it take to build a sanitary, functional and vandal-resistant crapper?

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

...that despite what you would gauge from the press, there are a lot of folks out there that ARE NOT idiots.

Along with several other parties, I was stranded out in the bush on Saturday, when the river came up. It turned out to be a short stranding, our departure being delayed by about eight hours. It was good to see that EVERYONE paid heed to the warnings about the dangers of swollen rivers and waited until it was safe to cross.

Also, they all were carrying extra food and supplies for the possibility that this might happen- even better, as we met up on our travels to check the water level- everyone asked if the others were in need of supplies should we we going to have to spend another night out.

You only hear about the ones who get themselves drowned or need a taxpayer-funded helicopter ride out...

Saturday, November 06, 2010


Summer to midwinter in 30 seconds, the river is rising fast and it looks like I'm not getting out of here tomorrow morning.

And I give a damn- why?

Friday, November 05, 2010

Thursday, November 04, 2010

We know what is best for you peasants

With talk of 'phasing out' tobacco, expect some massive tax increases over the next few years. The sheep have swallowed the news of an eventual banning, so that will be taken as tacit approval to go nuts on taxing fags.

Well done, you let them trample over you AGAIN!

Also, expect the goalposts to shift soon. This is going to happen sooner than the 15 years talked about- mark my words.

And do enjoy a few drinks now- YOU are next!

Meanwhile, the gangs are delighted at the prospect of another huge income stream being handed to them...

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Gerry fucking Brown- you got what you degenerates deserve!


He talks the talk, now needs to walk the walk.

No appeals, not whining. Whatever the charges.

Accept your punishment with humility and be a model inmate.

When released, live the best life you can.

You have to do the good works of two people now.

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.

The knives are not the problem- it's the criminal intent. Anything can be used effectively to maim or kill a person.

Now if the POS that used the knife in this murder had been PROPERLY put away to keep the public safe (the MAIN role of the so-called Justice system) He would have been still doing hard time for his PREVIOUS knife attacks and MURDER.

Our Judiciary is as much the problem as our criminals!