Government reveals conservation project with aim to be predator free by 2050 – National – NZ Herald News

• 25 million native birds are killed by pests a year • $3.3 billion cost to the economy and primary sector a year • $28 million new company to identify large pest control programmes and…

Source: Government reveals conservation project with aim to be predator free by 2050 – National – NZ Herald News

This is an awesome project.  Our man on the moon type of project.  I’m going to be involved in some way..

Now (Some?) of the Truth Comes Out

Regarding the disappearance of MH370, many people have speculated that the public are not being told the whole truth in this matter.

Turns out, that was correct:

MH370 pilot practised suicide route into the Indian Ocean

The captain of missing flight MH370 practised crashing into the Indian Ocean on a simulator weeks before his plane disappeared, confidential police documents reveal.

The documents show that captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah practised flying across remote sections of the ocean until his plane ran out of fuel.

It suggests the disappearance of MH370 was not an accident, but a suicide mission meticulously planned by the pilot, New York magazine reported.

The route he practised on the simulator took him out of Kuala Lumpur before heading south over the remote expanse of the Indian Ocean.

It is a route eerily similar to the one investigators believe the plane flew before it vanished in March 2014.

The simulator data was gleaned from a computer by the FBI and used by the Malaysian Police during their investigation into the incident.

However, the findings were withheld from the public when police released their official investigation last March.

Before the flight vanished it is understood Shah had been distracted and withdrawn as he dealt with the break-up of his marriage.

Speaking in 2014 about the mystery, the wife and daughter of Shah said the 53-year-old pilot had been desolate in the weeks before the aircraft’s disappearance – and refused pleas to attend marriage counselling sessions.

Three weeks after the split Flight MH370 went missing, with some investigators suggesting it was a deliberate and desperate ploy by Shah.

The key part bolded by me.  Why would they hold this back from the public I wonder? What would or could informing the public of this do?  How would it compromise the search? Or otherwise interfere with finding out what happened and where the plane is?

The revelations come as officials from Malaysia, China and Australia admit they could have been searching in the wrong area for the plane for the last two years.

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The Entire Westernised Economic Model is a Ponzi Scheme

Why? Because it relies on an ever increasing population – otherwise it falls over.

Here’s an article about Denmark for instance:

Population explosion due

Denmark’s birth rate is about to surge following a series of sex campaigns, including one that called on Danes to “Do it for Mom”.

“The Danish welfare system is under pressure. There are still not enough babies being born, despite a little progress. And this concerns us all. But those who suffer the most are perhaps the mothers who will never experience having a grandchild,” the ad said, showing an older Danish woman imagining her future grandchild.

 

 

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Blunt Article from Fran O’Sullivan

Blunt but true:

Fran O’Sullivan: Memo – This is not a pissing contest

John Key and Graeme Wheeler should fix the housing crisis – not point the finger at each other.

Key is on the money as he rarks up the Reserve Bank over its failure to further tighten the screws on property speculators.

Everyone knows he is playing diversionary tactics.

 

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Shanty Towns Here We Come!

Auckland Council has totally failed at it’s job for the last 20 years (previously 7 councils).  They have strangled supply.  They have ramped up costs.  They have stopped many developments in their tracks – often after a great deal of money has been spent by the prospective developer.

And what is the result? Surprise, surprise, a housing shortage.

And the National government, has basically stood by and tinkered a little bit.  And kind of hoped the problem would go away.

But it hasn’t.

So what do we have now? 2 things.  Firstly an infrastructure loan facility of $1b and secondly, and comically, some ‘pop up’ houses.  Sigh.

So firstly we have an infrastructure loan facility for fast growing cities (they mean Auckland, but for some reason don’t like to lay the blame all at Auckland’s doorstep) so that they can borrow off of the government to do what they always used to do, but seems now can’t do, i.e. put in infrastructure so that developers can subdivide land and build houses.

This is a) A tiny amount of money and b) Auckland council wouldn’t need it if they hadn’t pissed away sooooo much money on stupid shit.  Sorry to be blunt, but that’s basically it.  They’ve spent and spent and spent, incurred a lot of debt, and now they can’t perform their mandated functions such as providing infrastructure.  They’re like a teenager who spent all their money on booze and now want their parents to give them petrol money so they can get to work/school/uni/tech.

And then secondly, we have Paula Bennett wanting to create some pop up houses.  Why? Because this issue is starting to hurt the government.  They’ve tinkered around for the last 7 years or so and tut tutted while the situation gets worse.  And of course, they’ve watched immigration levels get to +70,000 people per annum – which all governments like because it stimulates the economy.

But the situation is now undeniable.  We are damn short of houses in Auckland and when it comes to allowing the creation of more housing units, the council has been dragging it’s feet the whole time.

So what to do? Well some quick fixes apparently!  Nothing that will solve the long term problem, just some things that will say “We take this issue seriously”  Try to keep a straight face when reading that 🙂

You know what they need to do?  You really want to know?

The answer is: THEY JUST NEED TO GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY AND LET THE PRIVATE SECTOR BUILD HOUSES!!!

Simple.  Costs the taxpayer and ratepayer nothing.  No risks either.  Just let developers and builders get on with the job and the situation would be resolved pronto.

Sadly I don’t see this happening in the near future.

Instead we’ll get some shanty towns for the poor people, and a loan to the poor council.

Is the GC the Answer?

Interesting Article: Here.

Why the Gold Coast is the answer to our soaring house prices

A former Reserve Bank chairman has called for the Government and Auckland Council to enact policies to deliberately “collapse” the city’s house prices by at least 40 per cent and intensify building along Tamaki Dr with Gold Coast-style towers.

 

I agree with some of the articles content but not all of it.  I still think the council just needs to get out of the way and let private developers build.

David Henderson in the News Again

David Henderson, long time IRD battler, who had a movie made about him which I have reviewed here on the movies page, is in the news again: Link

Some time ago Rodney Hide wrote about a situation where he was having to provide information to the Official Assignee about a friend.  They wouldn’t say who it was, or why they were investigating, only that they needed information and that he had to give it.  Which he found extraordinary, of course!

So today I see the story linked to above, and Hide’s friend is David Henderson (the Christchurch one) who has had troubles with his property development business since the GFC.

The Official Assignee is chasing him over a various matters.

Funny how I take David Henderson’s side in this fight – after bankrupting Michael Robert McDonald for non payment of his debts and seeing what a fraud he is.

It will be interesting to see how both these cases proceed through the courts.