Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pay Per Post: Get paid for posting

I am in the process of creating an account at Pay Per Post, which will enable me to blog from time to time on behalf of advertisers. If you follow me in doing this, you will find that, as part of the account-creation process, you have to "claim your blog" (i.e. prove ownership of it) by posting a randomly generated sentence in a blog entry and then going back to the PPP site and clicking on the "Claim" button. My randomly generated sentence is: How will a pulp result?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fat cats continue to enjoy the cream

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of September 1, 2010.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Plenty of money . . . under the mattress

"Mr Hubbard" is Allan Hubbard, the founder of South Canterbury Finance — the latest New Zealand finance company to fail. (It was put into receivership on August 31.) The money under the mattress is a reference to the Hubbards' "low-tech" procedures and parsimonious lifestyle, which belied their great wealth. For several nights in a row on national television, we saw them sitting at what appeared to be the kitchen table and leafing through chaotic stacks of documents. They looked like a couple in a home for sufferers of senile dementia.

The cartoon, by Tom Scott, is from The Dominion Post of September 1, 2010.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Worries continue about land sales to foreigners

The "treaty" is an allusion to the Treaty of Waitangi, 1840, which was to have protected the lands of the native Maori from further "alienation". Needless to say, the Maori continued to have their lands taken by one means or another. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of August 24, 2010.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meanwhile, back at the gang headquarters . . .

Prime Minister John Key and his gang, including Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett, relax at their headquarters. Cartoon from The Dominion Post of August 16, 2010.

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