Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Island Life: Vendor says sell!,

    moving back to NZ from the US 4 years ago we kind of did the opposite what most people are talking about here - we took out a higher interest loan with the express purpose of paying it off sooner with no penalties - our mortgage and our checking account are the same thing, when the numbers are negative we owe the bank and pay interest, positive and it's paid off. Sadly the NZ/US exchange rate did the nasty on us soon after we came home so we paid it off more slowly than we planned - but it still allowed us to get out from under that debt as quickly as we could.

    We still have the paid off mortgage tied to our checking account - it doesn't cost anything and there's those kitchen renovations coming up .... we have an instant home loan available on call ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Trophy Hunter,

    I don't think he 'passed the buck" either - he called the police and had the hospital employees support the prosecution - I've worked for companies (in the US) where executives were caught embezzling and the company just hushed the whole thing up.

    I don't know much about Thompson, I think I did vote for him at the last election (from memory he's a doctor but I could be wrong)

    there is a merger at the upper levels going on between the Otago and Southland boards, I winder if this is really a power play in that process (time to look for a Bill Birch pulling the puppet strings behind the curtain ...)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Trophy Hunter,

    he was elected

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Trophy Hunter,

    There's a letter to the editor from Thompson in today's ODT (sadly they don't put their letters on their web site) basically saying that he hardly knew the perps of the fraud (it was an overbilling by their head of IT dept to a fake company) - he'd remembered him presenting to the board a couple of times

    The main perp (Swann) was known by some about town for having a rather expensive lifestyle, and had previously gone bankrupt - so there's a bit of finger pointing by people who think the hospital board should have noticed. Dunedin's a small place people kind of expect everyone knows everything about everyone.

    I don't really expect the board to be that involved in employee's personal stuff - that's more a job for the management side of things - in fact I can imagine a board getting into trouble for being too involved in that sort of level - so Thompson's letter makes sense to me.

    I have no idea what National have against him

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2361 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Vendor says sell!,

    damn - I paid mine off this year - I could be getting a lower rate!

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2361 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Joggers in Saigon,

    I found Vietnam to be probably the least likely communist country - it seemed like a country full of shop keepers.

    What really did it for me though was all the young women on scooters with evening gloves and masks - if your cultural concept of beauty revolves around staying out of the sun so you don't look like you work in the fields then the whole people's agrarian revolution thing just isn't going to fly ...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trading Trade Me?,

    yes, there's a lot of bending at the waist to do "<" and ">"

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trading Trade Me?,

    actually the proposal for the US to put off the analog TV shutoff failed the vote in congress - it's back on again for next month

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2361 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: A grand jury?,

    Rich I equally agree with you too - the one thing the americans got to do was throw everything away and try to craft a working whole from scratch - but they made it all so stable they sort of got stuck there.

    The problem is that you want a constitutional arrangement that you can change ... but not easily ... too hard and you ossify, to easy and you're ripe for abuse - it's delicate balancing act

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2361 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: A grand jury?,

    The US also considers the courts as an equal part of the "separation of powers" - theoretically the executive (president and cabinet), the congress (house and senate) and the judiciary (in particular the supreme court) are independent - but check each other through the ability of the congress to impeach, the president to veto, the supreme court to overturn laws, etc our system is a bit more messy since we didn't get a fresh start in the 1700s

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2361 posts Report Reply

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