The tale of the wicked giant: Part 4

The Tale of the Wicked Giant, by Sir Bob Jones, part four. (If you’ve missed the previous installments, just click on ExPFC in blue at the bottom of the page to catch up).

Government again found he was short of money and again he borrowed from the people and hoped that something would happen to solve his problem. When nothing did, Government became concerned, for he remembered the fuss when he took Monday afternoon’s output, so he consulted with the malcontents about his dilemma.

The malcontents formed a committee of inquiry which soon came up with an answer. ‘We are the experts on rights,’ they said, ‘It follows that if the people have a natural human right to schools and hospitals and homes, it is a natural law of balance that you have the right to tell them what to do. It is perfectly fair and only a fool would not see it so. Anyway, as we are the experts on rights so we must be right and there is no problem.’

On learning this Government realised he had been silly to fear the people’s wrath and in a loud voice he declared that henceforth they must give him Tuesday morning’s work as well as Monday’s, adding, as the malcontents had told him, that this was for their greater good.

Some of the people asked Government how was he so certain and, following the advice of the malcontents, he replied, ‘I can prove it to be, the evidence being that I have said so.’

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Kiwi as

Scott Dixon after winning the Indy 500, 2008 (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

It is eleven years ago, yesterday, that Scott Dixon wrote a new chapter in the New Zealand motorsport book when he was the first Kiwi to win the Indy 500. Scott is, thus, this week’s worthy recipient of an honourable mention as a keen individual who inspires and surprises. quote.

While Formula One attracts the greatest international attention, the Indianapolis (or ‘Indy’) 500 is rated by motorsport enthusiasts as one of the three most significant races in the world, alongside the Le Mans 24-Hour Race and the Monaco Grand Prix.

In recent years it has been part of the lucrative Indy Racing League, which Scott Dixon won in his debut season of 2003. His victory at the Brickyard in 2008, the first Indianapolis 500 win by a New Zealander, helped him secure his second championship. This achievement saw him recognised as the 2008 Sportsman of the Year at the New Zealand Halberg awards.

One television list of New Zealand sports’ greatest moments rated it number 40 out of 100. By the time he won his fourth IndyCar title in 2015, Dixon had won 38 of his 215 IndyCar races.

In 2012 he was appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

NZ History

Anthony Albanese: Nice bloke, terrible politics

A picture that will probably come back to haunt him.

As things stand, it seems almost certain that Anthony Albanese will take over the leadership of the Australian Labor Party when Bill Shorten is finally shown the door and goes home to count his millions. This is hardly surprising: there were strong rumours that a challenge by Albanese was only narrowly averted last year. Which, given Labor’s new leadership rules, must have meant that he figured he had the backing of a fair chunk of the party.

But while leadership would, in one sense, be a personal triumph for Albanese, it would also almost certainly be the kiss of death for any hope of the prime ministership. It would also condemn Labor to yet more of the electoral arse-kicking it just had. quote.

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Things that make me go hmm

Things that make me go hmm
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Mental health break

The Guardian: Just who let those deplorables vote, anyway?

The Guardian: I don’t just read it so you don’t have to, I also read it because I like to keep myself open to different ideas. The left used to be big on ideas – whether or not most of them were bad – so, who knows? Maybe the Grauniad might have some interesting insight into the Australian election and why Labor were almost completely wiped out in Queensland especially?

Sadly, no: all it’s got to offer is the bog-standard leftist pabulum of “far-right”, “racism”, Marxist dogma and, of course, Evil Rupert Murdoch, the left’s greatest Goldstein. Quote.

North Queensland politics have always been volatile and subject to the lure of populism and protest votes but this is new […]

One thing that has been so far underplayed is News Corp’s newspaper monopoly throughout the region. Those newspapers have mounted a sustained propaganda campaign in favour of the new mine. On the reef coast they have downplayed the damage to the Great Barrier Reef owing to the climate crisis. And if anyone can be blamed for turning Bob Brown’s visit into a harbinger of doom, it’s these papers. end quote.

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Map of the day

Depression prescriptions in England.

Penny Hulse respects & supports kids wagging for nationwide school strike

A bunch of kids decide to wag school but Auckland Councillor Penny Hulse reckons it’s all good. Quote.

On the same day as the nationwide schools strike for climate change action, councillor Penny Hulse has announced the council’s Environment and Community Committee will have the declaration put in front of them for a vote. Ms Hulse, who is chair of the committee, expects it to pass. She said a declaration would put climate considerations front and centre of council decisions. End of quote.

Which would be great if it meant the council not being able to do anything except maintain infrastructure and day to day business. quote.

“This isn’t just an empty gesture; we can back it with the actions. At that same meeting we will hopefully be signing off consultation for our Climate Change Action Plan,” Ms Hulse said. […]At this stage it would not trigger any legal actions, she said. End of quote.

Yes, at this stage…quote.

[…]“This is about making a statement, but it’s also about directing all our policies, and all our thoughts into this absolute emergency that our world is facing. End of quote.

Virtue signalling in other words. quote.

[…]Ms Hulse said she supported the widespread School Strikes for Climate around the country on Friday. “Against the wishes of their schools, they’re participating, and respect to them for that. End of quote.

So it’s ok to wag school. quote.

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The Sunday Roast

Who did the readers give a good old Kiwi roasting this week? 

Golly gosh, wasn’t it a fun week? Good gracious, it is amazing how some can get so worked up. Gee whiz, a damsel in ‘distress’ that needed some toxic masculinity to ride in on a white charger and rescue her. Gracious sakes, whatever next? Golly me, golly gee, what a kerfuffle!

It reminds me of the time, 12 December 2017, when the Hon Todd McLay said in parliament, “I am pleased to speak on this bill, but, golly gee, I didn’t think I would be here in the first 100 days of a new Government talking about this.” Obviously, the fact that the next speaker to the debate from the Green party was Golriz Ghahraman, had absolutely nothing to do with Todd’s expression of amazement. Goodness gracious, anyone making that link would be drawing a long bow.

But drawing a long bow is exactly what Nick Stone and Sam McDonald did as they somehow managed to convert a slang expression of surprise that was used in polite society to avoid “taking God’s name in vain” into a racist’s slur. Good grief, or in the modern parlance, OMG!

It all kicked off when SB posted this, for goodness sakes:

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Guy Williams apologises to Don Brash