Seems Judith Collins might not have been entirely straight with that nice Mr Key...
Prime Minister John Key has signalled Justice Minister Judith Collins is on her final warning after she withheld details of a dinner in China with a company linked to her husband.
The dinner was with senior members of Oravida, a company that deals with New Zealand dairy products, and a senior Chinese government official. Collins' husband David Wong Tung is a director of the company.
And of course, disheartened Labour voters.
David keeps sending me mail, and I feel so mean for being unable to tell him that he's got my vote. I just don't trust Labour not to try to screw me if Russel and Metiria aren't around to keep them honest.
...and Windows XP comes off life support soon too
An estimated 95% of American bank ATMs run on Windows XP, and Microsoft is killing off tech support for that operating system on April 8. That means Microsoft will no longer issue security updates to patch holes in Windows XP, leaving those ATMs exposed to new kinds of cyberattacks.
I wonder how many ATMs in NZ use WinXP...
Thank you Jack. I am glad to have read that article.
and we must regularly remind ourselves of
just how excellent the US Justice System can be
That's one of the reasons that the idea of privately run prisons make me queasy. The other is the lobbying of governments by private prisons to increase sentences.
It should never be the case that we lock people up just so businesses can make more profits.
I have no doubt that given an excuse like the TPP that National would disband pharmac in second.
That's not my fear. I think they know that Pharmac is generally well regarded by New Zealanders. What could screw Pharmac is rules requiring "Openness" of their criteria for funding, in their negotiations with Big Pharma, and allowing big pharma to appeal funding decision criteria.
That would cripple Pharmacs ability to pressure pharmaceutical companies to get a better price, while not actually disbanding it.
It's pretty telling that for the first time, the Sevens has not played to a full house
A friend who watches these things (I don't) said that instead of selling out on the first day as usual, the website crapped itself and people couldn't buy tickets, and his theory was that people who couldn't get tickets failed to notice that there were still tickets available until it reached the point where they'd failed to organise with their friends to go as a group, and that going as a group is a lot of the point.
It's also possible that a bunch of people figured out that if you didn't buy tickets to the sevens you could still dress up in costume and hang out in the bars in town, so they didn't bother.
I dunno, but I hadn't seen anyone else mention the website crash (I can't even find a link saying it happened).
Something I really disliked about living in Melbourne, and what I saw of Sydney when there, was the frequency with which Police commonly roam the streets in intimidating gangs of 4 or more.
In Paris the cops tended to roam in packs of 8 *vans* with about 6 cops in each van. When they're getting ready for a demonstration (which seems to happen every time we visit) it's more like packs of 20 vans. (They might have been Gendarmes - There needs to be a guidebook to the plumage and feeding habits of European cops.)
In Barcelona, the cops not only rove in packs of half a dozen vans, but during the General Strike riot they fanned out in packs with one cop at the back with a rifle, and one with baton+shield facing behind them to make sure they didn't get ambushed.
We have a long way to go before we're that bad.
Which does rather make the reviewer look like even more of a twatcock.
Some friends of mine recently went to Jordan, and relate the tale of the Bedouin who after the organised activities of the tour day, took them back to their tent to meet their wives and see their satellite internet connection, to prove that they were modern, not backward...
I think they thought they had a role to play for the tourists.