Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: That Buzzing Sound,

    Act is pretty small - a putsch might be as simple as actually showing up to the AGM with 100 others and voting Hide et al out

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2456 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: That Buzzing Sound,

    Harking back to waaaaaay up thread - thanks for the invitations to Blenheim and Warkworth, but I think I'll have to stay in Mt Albert. I've never had the opportunity to lie down in front of a bulldozer before...

    don't forget your towel ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2456 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Effective Immediately,

    but he's not the 'loveable innocent' he seems to be running a bunch of (ASB related) scams on the side without his boss's knowledge (his bagel business for example ....)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2456 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Effective Immediately,

    yeah that does seem a little strange - instead they could simply have given the guy a more anglo name and avoided the whole issue - I have to think that if there is consultation it came after the first ads probably because someone did complain.

    My family is nominally culturally jewish (but not religious) - we lived in the US for 20 years of OE - you'd never see an ad like that on TV there - all hell would break loose. My kids get a lot of crap at school 'jewish' is still a put down in high school in NZ even though we're about as jewish as we are presbyterian (and 'scottish' has about the same connotations - esp. here in Dunedin). I suspect the subtext I see in that ad probably goes over a lot of kiwi's heads but I've worried for a while that some day kids will be yelling "Goldstein!" at my kids - I guess I'm a little sensitive

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2456 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: That Buzzing Sound,

    I wonder of her appointment is something of a "ooh look at that shiny thing over there..." sort of appointment to take the heat off of a minister who wants the press to look somewhere else (perhaps while they lay a bunch of people off)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2456 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Effective Immediately,

    As an aside - does anyone else find the ASB ads a touch anti-semitic? certainly they'd never play in the US

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2456 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Let it die. Please.,

    well you can if you have an eeeevul surplus - even apparently if it's structural and Mr Cullen claims it's not really there

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2456 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Let it die. Please.,

    Duoh I meant "Keith" (I always get his name confused with someone I knew years ago who looks almost the same) - this original point was that by just using 3 points you imply a continuing increasing value while Keith's graphing of both sets of data shows that the Labour tax cut was capped at $1460 while the National one just keeps on giving and giving to the rich (of whom I happen to be one, on this graph at least) - of course I knew this because I run a small business and do my monthly payroll and had to come up with something for my spreadsheets to represent the change but it's probably not obvious to everyone

    I think that not including everyone is cherry picking - where does my wife (who earns next to nothing) fit in there? - she still pays taxes on half our theoretical overseas investment income, such as it is - probably our joint income should be merged and averaged.

    I do think it's about time we automatically inflation adjusted income tax and nominally reduced fiscal drag to 0 - I doubt any Minister of Finance will ever go for that though.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2456 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Modern Lolz,

    I'm kind of enjoying this one today, even though it does glorify terrorism:

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2456 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Let it die. Please.,

    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 ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2456 posts Report Reply

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