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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.

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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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Doggone climate change!

A boredom epidemic is sweeping through Britain’s dog population – and global warming could be to blame. Across the country, there are reports of down-in-the-mouth mutts, and under-the-weather canines. Quote.

Leading pet behaviourists told The Independent that the number of depressed and unsettled dogs they have seen in recent months is unprecedented.

And they suggested that the spate of wet winters could be at the root of the problem, as owners cut down on the daily walks that are crucial to keeping dogs’ spirits up.

“I’ve been working with dogs for more than 20 years and I can’t remember a time when they’ve been this bored. I tend to see boredom in bursts but I’m seeing it chronically this winter,” said Carolyn Menteith, a dog behaviourist who was named Britain’s Instructor of the Year in 2015.

“They are just really, really, bored. People are quite happy to get their dogs out in frosty, hard weather but not when it’s muddy and horrible.”

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It’s an ill wind that blows everybody no good

Great article on wind power by Jay Lehr and Tom Harris over at WUWT. It goes into more depth about the cost to consumers and to nature but as they are US figures and examples they are not directly transportable to a New Zealand context. The extra costs and the danger to wildlife, however, is true – worldwide. Quote.

Wind energy can never replace fossil fuels, despite claims of [Megan Woods, James Shaw, Jacinda Ardern et al.] It’s not environment-friendly either. Indeed, wind power is hampered by many limitations, including:

  • its intermittent and inefficient nature
  • insufficient sites with adequate, reliable wind
  • acreage required to erect turbines and harness wind
  • excessive expenses, many of them rarely mentioned
  • dangers to bird and bat populations
  • dangers to human health from light flicker and low frequency throbbing noise (infrasound).
  • costs, limitations, and health and environmental impacts of batteries and other back-up systems

Wind turbines are highly inefficient. Large industrial wind turbines (IWT) typically produce about 2.5 megawatts of power when wind speed is between about 8 and 25 miles per hour. However, most of the time it’s not, even at the best locations.

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Whaleoil guide to white supremacy

As a public service to those hunting for the elusive Kiwi white supremacists, here, courtesy of the New York City Department of Education, are 14 things to watch out for if you suspect you (or a friend) are a white supremacist… Quote.

PERFECTIONISM — Giving undue focus to the shortcomings in someone or their work, or viewing them as personal flaws. “Making a mistake is confused with being a mistake, doing wrong with being wrong,” according to a description of the book on the Web site for the “Challenging White Supremacy Workshop.”

SENSE OF URGENCY — Prioritizing short-term results without considering long-term implications. “For example, sacrificing interests of communities of color in order to win victories for white people,” the write-up says. End quote.

What about sacrificing the interests of Taranaki communities in order to win victories for Green people? Quote.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover

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Why would an unbiased news organisation even ask this question? Surely the role of the media is to present unbiased reporting on all sides of an issue? Well, okay, in some sort of an ideal world in a universe far, far, away.

‘Bishop’ Tamaki may not be the most palatable of people, but what if his Man-Up programme is actually making the difference they claim it is?

71% of people would rather not hear about policies that may break the cycle of dysfunctional families led or left by dysfunctional males. Why? Quote.

Behind every breakdown in society is a broken family. Behind many broken families is a broken, dysfunctional man. Man Up has recognised that if we heal the man, we can heal our society, as “what walks in the fathers, runs in the children.”

Dysfunctional men are the root cause of many challenges we see in society today; whether it’s violence, anger, neglect or addiction to drugs, alcohol or pornography, men become unable to function well as partners, husbands and fathers because of these dysfunctions. Some dysfunctions were learnt from an early age, and others due to experiencing negative circumstances in life.

If a man is the problem, then a man is also the SOLUTION to restoring the family, and the community.

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Minister of Finance fails GDP question

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Oh dear, oh dear! Ardern did not know the difference between GDP and the Crown financial accounts and now the Minister of Finance, Grant Robertson has displayed his ignorance about GDP for all to see. Quote.

Hon Paul Goldsmith: To the nearest billion dollars, what is an additional 1 percent GDP growth worth to New Zealand?

Hon GRANT ROBERTSON: I believe it’s about $800 million.

Hon Paul Goldsmith: $800 million?

Hon GRANT ROBERTSON: About that.

Hon Paul Goldsmith: Does he think that the people of New Zealand would expect their Minister of Finance to know that 1 percent of GDP is about $3 billion and that’s the amount of money that we’ve missed out on given the sharp decline in growth in the past year? End quote.

Hansard


Please get out your calculator and follow along:

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France does not belong to the French

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I guess I must have blinked and missed the coverage of this on the local news. Surely there were New Zealand reporters in Paris having a bit of r’n’r after their strenuous coverage of the global worship of our Lady of the Internet who could have brought us this news story. After all, ‘They are us.’ quote.

Yesterday, hundreds of undocumented migrants took control of Terminal 2 of the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris France. Approximately 500 migrants seized the terminal.

France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be here!” one person can be heard yelling into a loudspeaker.

The protest was organized by the migrant support group “La Chapelle Debout,” which said their members call themselves “Black Vests.”

The group comes amid the country’s months-long “Yellow Vests movement” over tax reforms; French citizens are required to carry yellow vests in their vehicles for emergencies.

A quick-thinking person took video, which has been widely shared across Twitter. end quote.

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I promise to be the first in

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Today, 21 May 2019 a team entered the Pike River mine drift tunnel. Was Winston Peters there as he promised in 2016 and reaffirmed in 2018? Nope! Just another failed empty promise from the master of failed empty promises. Quote.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is sticking by his promise to be the first person to re-enter the Pike River mine drift.

Mr Peters first made the promise in front of Pike River families in December 2016, saying: “I’m that confident on the expert advice that you have, that I’m offering to be on the first party back in.”

During the post-Cabinet news conference on Monday afternoon, he reaffirmed the pledge.

“I made that statement a long time, before anybody wanted to enter the mine because I do have an experience of mining or working underground… so it’s nothing new in terms of danger,” he said. End quote.

Newshub 18 June 2018

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Climate emergency? Yeah/nah

The fair dinkum Aussie voters did not buy into the hype of the climate emergency as Shorten snatched defeat from the jaws of certain victory by promising to save the planet. Quote.

Against all the polls, the money, advertising, and the non-stop media coverage, against all expectations and the betting agencies — the Extreme Climate Fix was a flop. The Labor Plan to cut Australian emissions by 45% percent is now gone — per capita this would have been a world record sacrifice in a country already increasing their renewable energy faster than any other.

Major betting agency Sportsbet were so sure Labor would win they paid out $1.3 million on bets two days early. Someone cleaned up with a $128,000 win for a party that lost.

They called this a climate election and the people voted “No”
Activists thought it was safe to piggy back on a “sure thing”, and they went in hard. Volunteers even wore bright orange “I’m a climate voter” T-shirts.

  • “This will be a climate election“: Greenpeace
  • Make this a climate election: GetUp
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