At least it isn’t self-service


While the rest of the meal of seared Asian duck and pork and paua spring rolls sounds delicious – it is the Hoihoi tatea, or horse semen drink which is on everyone’s minds.

Green Man Pub chef, Jason Varley, said the drink was proving most popular with women

And to think that all this time people have been making sheep jokes about kiwis.

Pike river follow up.


Bad news for the families of the miners lost in the Pike River mining accident.

The poor sods wont get the bodies back, conditions are unlikely to allow the safe retrieval of any remains for the forseeable future.

This was a fairly widespread opinion held by most mining crew Ive worked with, the scale of the fires/explosions and subsequent weakening of any ground support made this a likely outcome. But its a bitter pill for the families and friends to swallow. And for those who want to know why the bodies arent available Ill just ask, how many living mines rescue blokes are worth killing to retrieve the deceased? Its hard, but one live miner is worth 100 dead ones.

RIP blokes.

US Citizen? Sign the petition against cap n’ trade


If you’re a man-made global warming sceptic, or if you think the science perhaps isn’t settled, or if you are worried about a potential communist world government, or if you are worried about giant non-sovereign world taxes being imposed on all of us, or if you think the governments of this world already have too much power, or even if you’re not convinced yet either way, and don’t want a road paved that there’s no turning back on in just two short weeks, then sign this petition.

SIGN HERE

People literally right now are speaking at Copenhagen presenting the other side to this man-made CO2-driven man-made climate change/global warming argument. They will also be speaking tomorrow. Time is of the essence.

UPDATE

This post differs from the original. It came from watching the latest Monckton videos (the end of Part 4 of which part 1 was posted by 1.6 below), about a GLOBAL problem – but unfortunately only US citizens can sign that petition. Hence, first update removed, replaced with this.

Kakapo Parrot, or “Whos your daddy…”


I dare you to make it through this without laughing…. I might also hazard a guess as to why the parrot is nearly extinct….

 

 

All it needs is a bit of Benny Hills “yakkety sax” to set it off…

Russia Backs Return to Gold Standard


It’s sort of a modified, limited hang-out, but Russia is promoting at least a partial return to the gold standard for international currencies.

“Arkady Dvorkevich, the Kremlin’s chief economic adviser, said Russia would favour the inclusion of gold bullion in the basket-weighting of a new world currency based on Special Drawing Rights issued by the International Monetary Fund.

Chinese and Russian leaders both plan to open debate on an SDR-based reserve currency as an alternative to the US dollar at the G20 summit in London this week, although the world may not yet be ready for such a radical proposal.”

Too funny: Having money backed by real value is “radical.” No, it isn’t, it’s moral… but you can be sure the Russians and Chinese are not proposing this for positive moral ends, rather they have designs on taking advantage of the US mountain of debt that Obi-One has buried us under to weaken us economically. Still, I’m glad they brought this up, because it will strike fear into a lot of arrogant hearts, or it ought to.

If some countries return to the gold standard, international financiers and financial institutions will flock to those currencies and the US dollar and other unbacked fiat currencies will plummet into worthlessness. If that doesn’t worry you, it should. The US, GB, Australia and other western nations are in no position to return to the gold standard: Too much money in circulation and nowhere near enough gold to hitch to it.

Still, at some point this is going to happen, even if it takes a total global financial meltdown to achieve it… and it just might.

The choices will come down to this…

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…or this.

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McCain’s Perfect Choice for a Running Mate: Governor Sarah Palin


While most of the pedantic, two-dimensional, inside-the-box-thinking, conservative political hacks are touting Tom Ridge for the slot (Not a bad guy, but…), David Freddoso notes a far superior choice has been proposed: The Republican Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

I believe this is a truly inspired idea. Gov. Palin ran as an anti-corruption outsider, and handily defeated a corrupt and entrenched Republican political machine. Plus, at 44, she would almost totally wipe the “age issue” McCain has off the slate, and since Obama is only two years her senior, there is no way they could attack her for her youth and inexperience: She has much more executive experience than Senator Obama has.

Not to mention the fact that, she’s a gorgeous woman who exudes mass quantities of charisma…

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and has a super-solid family life.

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Dibs on the eldest daughter! LOL!

This inspired choice would allow McCain to actually capitalize on his “maverick” persona, as Gov. Palin shook Alaska politics to the core: She’s a charming, charismatic woman, but she can also play with the big boys and kick ass.

What say ye?

UPDATE: Things are looking optimistic!

UPDATE II: Welcome to all 4500 8000 40,000 in the past few hours (so far!) people visiting us from Google. We’re a fairly opinionated right-wing blog, and you might like to take a look at our “About” page. You might also be interested in our other coverage of Sarah Palin and whether she becomes a prospective Vice President of the United States. You can find this coverage here and here. Personally, I hope she does, but you can feel free to debate the idea in comments below. All first comments are moderated, but unless you either insult or use severe profanity (and I mean severe by my standards, which generally only means the C U Next Tuesday word or the implication that someone has had a rather enjoyable erotic experience with someone who has borne a child), however if you come up with a new one, I may simply delete your comment. I, and all other contributors to this blog are more than fair in what we permit.

UPDATE III: Nayr Drahcir, don’t bother even trying. You will not be published.

UPDATE IV: A lot of people must like Palin.

UPDATE V: More coverage of Governor Sarah Palin and a theme song here.

UPDATE VI: Funniest observation on the announcement yet: “Put Obama and Palin on a basketball court one on one. Winner takes all!”

UPDATE VII: [spot_the_dog] No, we do not have any pictures of “Sarah Palin + Naked,” nor do we have any of “Sarah Palin + Swimsuit.” In the past 24 hours, there have been 157 separate searches on this site for “Sarah Palin Swimsuit,” and 161 separate searches for “Sarah Palin Naked.” I repeat, we have no bathing suit, swim suit, bikini, or naked pictures of Sarah Palin. What kind of people do you think we are, anyway? 😉

UPDATE VIIa: [spot_the_dog] Ace has noticed a similar search phenomenon on his blog and has a theory…

UPDATE VIII: A well-rounded view of the selection of Sarah Palin for the Vice President Nomination can be found here.

UPDATE IX:  We got it!  YES!  Nude photo of Sarah Palin right here!  (C’mon.  You know you want to click.)

UPDATE X: Feel free to visit our main page and read the latest posts we’ve written.

“Jet Pack” Unveiled at Air Show


As an update to yesterday’s post on the subject, the jet pack has been demonstrated at an air show.

“That’s the slogan, more or less, of New Zealand’s Martin Jetpack company, which debuted its $100,000 personal flight apparatus Tuesday at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis.

As thousands looked on, inventor Glenn Martin’s 16-year-old son donned a helmet, fastened himself to a prototype and revved the engine, which sounded like a motorcycle. Read the rest of this entry »

N.Zed has some Awesome Inventors: Jet Pack, Anyone?


OK, he calls it a “jet pack” but it’s obviously too big for that because it rests on landing gear… and it isn’t a jet. It uses a regular piston engine (Two-stroke, I’m betting) and a pair of ducted fans to produce 600 pounds of thrust. “Personal Flight Vehicle” is more like it (Plus, “PFV” sounds cool), but I’d like to have one… but not until the price is significantly below the $100,000.00 US they are initially asking.

Personal Flight Vehicle

Personal Flight Vehicle

“OSHKOSH, Wis. — To rise off the ground wearing a jetpack is to feel the force of dreams. Very, very noisy dreams.

On Tuesday, an inventor from New Zealand plans to unveil what he calls “the world’s first practical jetpack” at the EAA AirVenture, the gigantic annual air show here. The inventor, Glenn Martin, 48, who has spent 27 years developing the devices, said he hoped to begin selling them next year for $100,000 apiece.”

The only thing I’d rather have is a Skycar.

Via that lawyer whose guts I do not hate.

Memo: Kiwis. All your base are belong to us.


Well, why not?

h/t Andrew Bolt

You decide

1.618: The Latest Gallery Exhibit


1.618: Mountains Are Fucking Cool


1.618: I Got’s Your Warming Right Here


1.618: More Melting Glaciers


These NZ pics are really cool, literally.

1.618: Global Warming In Abundance!


1.618: In New Zealand, Shoes Have Claws


Ice Boots

Lest We Forget


Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, the day that commemorates the bravery and honour shown by the men who enlisted in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps to fight in the Great War (World War I). It is a day of commemoration, a day to honour the military, a day to remember those who have been lost, and a day in which many take the opportunity to pay respect to the men who died to keep Australia free.

Brave Men, All, and so on this day we say to the memory of those men, their families, and those who survive them, Lest We Forget.

To further remember, enjoy this powerpoint (all files are the same, except for the inclusion of sound.)

ANZAC Day – With Sound

ANZAC Day – Without Sound

ANZAC Day – PDF Presentation

The ANZACs deserve our respect. To celebrate the Australian way, have a shot of rum in your coffee this morning.

ANZAC Day


“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the evening
we will remember them.”

1.618: New Zealand Is Gorgeous


Another mountain in New Zealand. The photograph was taken by roving reporter 1.618.

1.618: Another Beautiful Mountain View


1.618: New Zealand Glacier Photos #2


Via intrepid New Zealand Glacier Expeditioneer 1.618 (click here for more)

1.618 New Zealand 2_1

1.618 New Zealand 2_2

1.618: New Zealand Glacier Photos


Via intrepid New Zealand Glacier Expeditioneer 1.618 (click here for more)

1.618 Fox Glacier, New Zealand #2

1.618 Fox Glacier #1

1.618 Fox Glacier, New Zealand


What. The. Hell?


New Zealand is clearly going astray under the leadership of Helen Clarke.

Where else in the world can you get charged with “assault with a hedgehog“?

NZ man claims ‘rape by Aussie wombat’


Via Yahoo7

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A New Zealand man has been sentenced to 75 hours’ community service for telling police he was being raped by a wombat.

In a later call to police, Cradock retracted the wombat rape complaint, but said the incident had left him with an Australian accent.

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Don’t ask, Angus, don’t ask.

Headline of the Day?


“Kiwi admits to false Wombat rape report”

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UPDATE: NewsCorp’s version – ‘Wombat rape made man speak Strine’

UPDATE #2: So what is it with Antipodeans, substance over-use and wildlife, anyway?

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