I'm a little torn. I strongly believe everyone should vote as a general rule. It is one of the few times we actually get to exercise our personal view in this democracy.
Yet I personally hate all the designs proposed (yes even red peak).
Setting aside my reasons for hating them it is my belief that none of them should replace our current flag.
So should I vote in the ranking process when my vote in the actual referendum to change the flag will be to keep the current flag (as flawed as it is)?
Is it actually fair for me to rank my least hated or should I just not bother?
I’m finding it rather difficult reading all this speculation about when a particular named person might die. It feels wrong to me.
Also, life expectancy is strongly correlated with wealth, and Winston isn’t poor.
Very true. However, he hasn't exactly lived a stress-free life and I'm gonna guess his doctor would like him to live a healthier lifestyle, giving up smoking, drinking only in moderation and eating better are usually recommended.
Of course this is all moot because Winston is probably the poster child for n=1 so all bets are off.
Duck Mums are like human Mums
Also male ducks are pretty awful, while we lived in Davis CA the route from my lab to my partners lab went over a pond - one day we witnessed a female duck being mobbed by a group of males - we came past later to see she had drowned.
So maybe a little sympathy for mother ducks is not unwarranted.
Average life expectancy for Maori males who have reached 70 is 77.
I was wondering if that stat was somewhere and suspected that it would be higher than 73.
It is true that once you make it past 75 or so you do have a pretty good chance of making it to 90 - another quarter century of Winston anyone :).
Kinda morbid I know but since we are playing with numbers ...
Winston Peters is 70.
Average life expectancy for Maori males is 73.
Does anyone believe NZFirst will exist after Peters?
There is a genre of science fiction called cyber-punk that casually assumes a society where psychoactive drugs of all kinds are embedded. It's a dystopian future, full of casual death an a huge underclass that suffers horrendous conditions and are the primary market for every drug imaginable.
When reading such futures you have to wonder how we get there from here, sadly the utter debacle of drug legislation in New Zealand makes it remarkably clear just how you get there. Endless cycles of genuine attempts to make sensible reasonable legislation followed by faux outrage by the elite media (NZ Herald looking at you now) and then crackdowns that drive the drug-making expertise deeper into the criminal world.
You couldn't make this shit up.
although that might be because I now speak with an accent and mumble & swallow my words like a proper Kiwi…
True story :P
After finishing our post-grad degrees we are very very strongly encouraged to leave NZ for "personal growth". Kicked out might have overstated it but it was close. We ended up in Texas for 13 months. Texas is beautiful but the people were strange.
It was a period when we were most definitely NOT home. In many ways it crystallised how important home was to us. And when we finally escaped Texas (after driving with a U-Haul behind us and a broken fuel pump in Amarillo) and we drove over the hills into California's central valley, we saw green, and it felt like coming home.
That moment of seeing green made me realise how much of home for me is the green of Auckland and New Zealand as a whole. Not 100% pure, not all wild or natural, but alive.
Did you mean WW1
Also note that is not an exhaustive list of the fuck ups in that region, more an attempt to highlight the futility of saying
"it's all because of this, if we just fix this then it will be all right"
The solutions to the problems of that region are not going to be easy ones.