Big Oil is holding us to ransom, right?

Wrong

It’s Big Pharma and the Banksters.

Big Oil well

The average earnings as a percentage of turnover by oil companies over recent years is around 5%.

The average earnings as a percentage of turnover by the banks and the manufacturers of pharmaceuticals is around 20% !

So if you’re in need of $100,000 annual treatments for treatment for breast cancer, or if you’re an African with AIDS earning $1 a day, I hope you’ll be pleased that the drug manufacturers are doing so well.

The latest figures I’ve found courtesy of the BBC:
profit margins

If all else fails guys, RTFM

Read The F**king Manual!Red Peak cartoon

The New Zealand Flag Consideration Panel are an august and varied bunch of highly respected and accomplished Kiwis from a wide range of backgrounds.

12 people on a committee is probably 8 or 9 too many to come up with a good outcome, but you’d expect a good decision anyway from smart people given clear guidelines.

Except!

They totally ignored their mandate. The makeup of most of the final 40 selection, and all of the final four, didn’t meet the criteria they’d been given. Those criteria were clear, in line with the advice of vexillologists, and borne out by many other successful national flags.

Like most people, I didn’t appreciate the vast difference between a static 2 dimensional corporate type logo and a 3 dimensional flag moving dynamically in the breeze. I listened to people who understood the task and now I get it. Not so the $640 a day Eminent and August Persons Group. They didn’t get it and they still don’t. Nor does tunnel visioned Prime Minister John Key.

Decide for yourself:

A dearth of decency

Keep calm and avoid selfish peopleWhat is it with people?

A while back I gave one of my favourite places, Whanganui’s Red Eye Café, a miss because some inconsiderate idiot had parked precisely dead centre between two car parks taking up both and leaving no space for my little Freelander. I headed down the road for Oggie’s Café instead.

On the way I passed a man pushing a beat up van in the opposite direction. I stopped a hundred metres up the road and walked back to lend a hand. “May I help?” said I.

He looked at me dead-faced and said “No.”

Nothing more. No thank you; it’s OK; or kiss my backside. Just a flat expressionless “No.”

“You’re welcome.” I said, and trudged back up the road in a less enthusiatic frame of mind.

Perhaps for the first time in human history, the Good Old Days really did have something going for them. No wonder we have selfish and venal politicians and up-themselves media celebrities. The ubiquitous screen is corroding our ability to communicate and relate to people face-to-face; and it’s giving us Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, and the Kardashians.

The incidents I talked about above are becoming common. It’s going to get worse. From the cradle we’re encouraging our children to sink into the digital world, more and more they’re communicating electronically and learning how to behave from mainly toxic and obnoxious media.

There will be unhappy consequences.

ignorance