Schools are also built and funded via bonds and repaid via the same taxes on the homeowner.
So while I was living in Tucson a bond for a local school failed because, well, most of the rich folks in the area were retired and didn't need a school since their kids had long since graduated.
The consequence of course was the children of poor folks took buses to overcrowded crap schools.
A model we want to emulate? yeah ... nah.
Oh and having lived in Texas for 13 months of my life that I will never ever get back can I just say unless you plan to do the exact opposite then looking to Texas for examples of how to do things ... anything ... is just plain stupid.
We drive past the house a lot. It is a lovely old house from the outside and that's from someone who has a generally low opinion of old houses in Auckland.
It's neat to see the inside.
BUT it sits on a busy corner of a busy road and I would fear for the safety of our cats even if we could afford it.
Just thought I'd pass this on from Toto in response to the e-mail I sent them. I presume others got the same letter and apologies if this is a repeat.
Toto Restaurant as advertisers have had a long relationship with Radio Live. That does not extend to our business having any editorial influence over the content of the programmes in which our advertisements appear. As a general rule, we believe it is important that editorial and advertising functions are best kept separate.
We were disturbed by the tone of last week’s interview of Amy by Willie Jackson and John Tamihere. The use of phrases such as “mischief” to describe alleged serious sexual misconduct trivialised a very serious issue.
Once we understood what had transpired we immediately contacted the management of MediaWorks - Radio Live to review our relationship and have decided to cease any advertising and or sponsorship forthwith. We fully endorse MediaWork’s decision to stand Messr’s Jackson and Tamihere down and as a result will consider advertising on the network again.
To all of our friends, loyal patrons and future guests we sincerely convey that the views and expressions of Messr’s Tamihere and Jackson were not those shared by the Owner, Management or Staff of Toto Restaurant.
I sleep pretty well now. But while I was struggling with depression I slept terribly, 2 hours was a good night. It’s one reason I started playing WoW since it’s better than disturbing my partner at 4 am and I wasn’t functional enough to do anything challenging. It also meant that not sleeping felt a bit less catastrophic, “hey I can’t sleep I’ll just play”.
My therapist, a very smart man, recognized pretty early on that he needed to give me facts I could understand before he could move on to sort out my emotional issues so he gave me some reading about stress and sleep.
So IANA neurobiologist but this is what I understand. The major sleep hormone is melatonin, most sleeping pills mimic melatonin, you need to have sufficient melatonin to be able to sleep well. Melatonin is derived from vitamin D, which you get from sunshine. The catch is along the synthetic pathway to melatonin is serotonin. That’s a hormone associated with happiness (and bowel movements but that’s probably not relevant), but it’s also a hormone closely related to stress, a lot of antidepressants target the serotonin receptor.
Under situations of stress serotonin gets used up … none left to make melatonin and you don’t sleep. That of course makes you tired and (for me anyway) grumpy, a state of mind pretty much guaranteed to induce stress the next day, which uses up serotonin …
It’s a vicious cycle. Obviously the long-term solution is to figure out how to interact with the world and people without being overwhelmed by stress. But some short-term solutions are obvious once you know what is going on. Get out in the sun and eat your veggies, both things will help you make serotonin and melatonin. If you are stuck in a cycle of not sleeping then sleeping pills can help break the cycle, but only as a short-term solution. For me they never give the same quality of sleep but at least I could function and cope better the next day.
And reduce stress, hah! Like that’s easy. But getting some exercise seems to help, hard to worry about someone at work when all you are focused on some kind of exercise, exercise out in the sunshine is a double bonus.
I love good coffee but I can’t drink it after about 1 pm or I’ll pay the price that night. I love nice wine but again there is a price to be paid. I always read in bed but if I want to sleep I have to read with dim lighting on my iPAD. If I get stuck in a thought pattern I practice “corpse pose” from yoga, basically the bit where you chase thoughts out of your brain while concentrating on relaxing each muscle and breathing, meditation by any other name. Essentially what Ben said, but just a note it does take practice to learn to do well.
All things that do make sense, and of course all things that may not work for everyone.
So yeah I sleep reasonably well now, less than I used to, but that’s a sign of maturity right?
Dear Commissioner Marshall. Shut the fuck up and go away.
No you are NOT good guys.
You don't get to say you're a good guy when you let children be raped.
Oh and I am so proud to have even been an internet acquaintance of Gio.
So I've been away from my keyboard for a week. Reading this thread has been (mostly) heartening. Most of what I wanted to say has been said so I have just this.
I am a fairly strong supporter of The Police. I believe for the most part they are good people doing a shit job. BUT
This morning I saw a senior police officer QQ'ing about how we should focus on the real bad guys and stop picking on the police ...
He is UTTERLY WRONG.
As evil and amoral as the scum that raped those girls are, they are not the most important issue in this disgusting saga. At worst those criminals could only harm a small number of women (and believe me I hate to use that phrase when we should be 100% rape-free NZ).
By contrast, the presence of a culture in the police force that allows rapists to continue to rape by slut shaming the women (and others) who are the victims, harms every rape victim until that culture is abolished.
So here's what I want.
I want the police in west Auckland investigated so thoroughly their skin turns red and they can't sit for month. I'm sorry for those who will be put through the mill unfairly that is the price you pay for allowing your colleagues to be scum.
I want the lying scum policepersons found and identified and thrown in jail for the harm they have allowed to occur. They should lose their jobs but they should also be criminally liable (and yes I know they are not). They do have to be ejected from the police force.
I want their managers to be ejected from the police force. If they knew they should go. If they didn't know, they should have, they should go. They took the job of managing which comes with responsibility as well as a pay raise - they should go.
I want the managers of those managers to go. They took even more money for a responsible job. They need to be responsible.
I want every single manager on the path from those police that failed on the beat in west Auckland all the way up to and including the commissioner to be fired. Not given the opportunity to resign but fired, with loss of retirement benefits and every bit of shame that goes with being found unfit for the job they were given.
That just might send a strong enough message to the staff and managers that allowing rapists to wander the streets is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
I won't get what I want, I know that. But writing this makes me cry, those women ... girls ... children have had their lives and childhoods torn asunder. The police are meant to be there to protect those that cannot protect themselves ... the police have failed so badly in this case, how can we accept that any of those involved get to keep their jobs.
Oh yes ... I'm angry.
That there has been not a single complaint made to police by the victims is pretty damning evidence that our police and justice system is utterly failing for these crimes.
We are long past the point where a stupidly stubborn adherence to adversarial justice can be claimed to work.
My anger at those committing these crimes is only matched by the sorrow for the victims. Tears either way.
What does “passive” mean in this context?
For me it means that the TV is on and I'm vaguely aware of the program but I'm also doing something else at the same time. Preping dinner or loading the dishwasher or tweeting or reading PAS or reading Metro or ...
It isn't the whole of my attention and even at times not the majority of my attention, but it is on and I can probably tell you what happened in the last 5 minutes.
But that isn't true for all of the mainstream TV that I watch. And what is passive for me is active for someone else in the house and vice versa.
That might not be what Jason meant though.
But at least for me, a sign of a healthy culture is when every damn thing isn’t expected to even try being all things to all people all the damn time.
My taste is mine. It is demonstrably different from anyone else. There is great art I actively dislike yet still recognize as great art and valuable to society. That is why I think Russell is right and we need taxpayer dollars to make sure that there is a chance art can be made for small groups of society and not the commercially viable majority.