There's a Dilbert book called, Its obvious you wont survive by your wits alone and I increasingly despair that, at a time when our wits are going to be fully engaged figuring out how to live on this planet from here on, this is the best we can do. Controversy has viewers tuning in for Mau
The controversy around Alison Mau's sexuality in recent weeks has been good news for TVNZ where it counts - the ratings.
Mau is standing in for Paul Henry on Breakfast and, just like Henry, has wooed viewers with a combination of personal controversy and provocative comments.
She faces a formal complaint after a tirade attacking Woman's Day for photos of her that she wrongly claimed were not taken that week.
Earlier this month, the Herald on Sunday revealed that Mau was in a relationship with dance teacher Karleen Edmonds, and ran a personal statement from Mau.
Before that, in a week when Pippa Wetzell had been fronting Breakfast with fresh-faced reporter Jack Tame, the show was watched by 113,290 people, according to TVNZ figures.
The following Monday - Mau's first morning on the couch with Pippa and the day after this newspaper reported her new relationship - that figure had increased to 135,700, a jump of more than 22,000.
Is it any wonder we are prey to every scammer and con artist from financial finaglers to carpet bagging politicians? PT Barnum was not exaggerating, in fact he may have been optimistic.
And then I turn the page and find proof that anyone who buys shares in compoanies and doesn't think the market is rigged needs to wake up. That applies to all markets everywhere; by the time you get the information, its too late, the profiteers are already in there.
Sharemarket operator NZX has been caught out operating a two-speed information regime that favours institutional investors over mums and dads as it botched a decision over whether Allied Farmers should be promoted to the NZX-50.