David - I think you kind of missed a large part of Phil's point - choosing sample points misrepresents the data - it doesn't matter which sample points you choose just choosing a few of them them rather than graphing all the data misrepresents reality.
I'm glad for you that you have access to staffers in English's office - perhaps you could share their emails so we can all use them - after all we do pay for them ....
Come on this is New Zealand - carpet bombing an entire neighbourhood could help deal with a big chunk of the wool glut - I'm sure there were at least 3 Nat cabinet ministers down there trying to persuade them to load up with carpets the minute they heard it was on
Guns ... the problem is guns - not because people shoot them or hunt with them .... but because people fetishise them - personally I blame the crazy 'merkins preaching from their silly 2nd amendment - we don't have one (we have better ways to overthrow our government - like voting - it even works from time to time).
The person who owns a couple of hunting weapons, carefully locks them away, keeps the ammunition somewhere else, has the right license from the police isn't a problem - the guy (and they are all guys) with the house full of guns and explosives who's whole life revolves around them is being anti-social, wont get the license and (as we've seen a few times now) bears watching.
I guess the really scary thing is that he managed to obtain all this stuff without a license - I realise he swiped some from the army - but one would think that they would be keeping an eye on their stuff - have they not noticed that a bunch of it is missing? did they call in the police?
um, how does one ask this discretely, I have only one wife .....
So far the 'Voice of Reason' is not you Grant -this whole 'fallen comrades' stuff is more out of the war comics we used to see when I was a kid, anyone who risks their own life to retrieve a dead body is IMHO being stupid - it's the same reason they left those Aussies tourists under the glacier for a week or so recently.
And of course we need to be investigating how someone gets around the law and obtains firearms with out a license - that's one good way we'll protect the police from this sort of thing in the future - if he stole them from the territorials and no one noticed there's obviously something going wrong there that needs to be fixed
BTW at the end of this there just has to be an investigation as to how someone without a firearms license end up with so much weaponry
Yeah - just leave the guy - normally I;d guss they'd just wait for him to drift off to sleep but supposedly he has explosives/booby traps/etc, I guess they don't want the value of the surrounding real estate to go down ....instead they'd rather he got tired of being in there and choose to come out on his own I bet he has no power and no water and at this point his toilet is starting to get a bit unpleasant .....
- several bottles of the cheapest red wine you can find that isn't complete shite
- any fruit juice you like (start with orange, maybe boil some mint and make a little tea ) to taste
- chop up some fresh fruits, perhaps half a pineapple as people expect floaty bits
- lots of vodka
- more vodka
place in a big punch bowl, garnish with a small sign encouraging people to keep it away from the kiddies
when it starts to run out pour in more of everything, don't forget the vodka
BTW we've been done very well by over the past few years by Corporate Direct who are now winesale.co.nz order it in the morning and it shows up on our doorstep - we tedn to buy an assortment every month or so and when we find something we like a case or half case (like Russell I have no interest in them other than as a happy customer)
My big problem with supermarket wines is that when I buy the 'same' thing in the same bottle with the same label in Safeway in California as I do here in Fresh Choice Dunedin I get something different - I understand that the Aussies have a wine glut and that they're probably blending tastes for particular local consumptions - but the least they could do would be to change the labels ....
I also miss '2 buck chuck' not because of it's 'wonderful taste' but because it makes wonderful cheap summer sangria