Posts by Steve Curtis

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  • Cracker: The Colorado Experiment,

    A big mistake, to further decriminalise pot.

    But hey, lets just visit some place, enjoy the vibes and then say go for it.

    Anyone would agree Tobacco has ruined the health and lives of millions of kiwis. That was a mistake based on lack of knowledge ( and wilful obstruction by the tobacco industry) over centuries.

    Loosening alcohol restrictions hasnt worked to the better either. The alcohol industry fights every foot of the way along with their fellow travellers in the pokies business ( created by liquor interests to start with as their product is not especially addictive for most)

    Marijuana is a big distorting influence in many parts of the country, but heh since the chattering classes are ambivalent - "didnt do me any harm" lets make it commercial
    Yet the 'synthetics' experiment shows even turning tinnies into a FMCG is destined for disaster

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 204 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standing together,

    There seems to be some confusion about Mai Chen the person and Chen Palmer the law firm.
    A quick look at their web site ( the Law firm) shows a number of partners and principals, which could indicate that different people were handling the Phillipstown school and the Te Kohunga Trust, if not as they are unrelated entities there is no problem.
    Any way, why does a stern letter have to be seen as bullying ?. Would it not be a lapse to NOT point out the full implications of a transgression. And it seems that the changes made to the web site have resolved the matter, that would appear all that was really required.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 204 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Gower Speaks,

    So John Key and National are 'masking' their donations by using restaurants and other events, where participants are making donations or paying over the top for services.

    Its seems a clear strategy to get around the election donor law

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 204 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: Guilt By Association Copy,

    I see someone has dug up that one of Keys family back in England bought up Goerings bedroom suite.

    Does that mean they are in bed with the Nazis too ??

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 204 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Members of the Press,

    I thought the Whaleoil blog was a side bar for the Heralds entertainment column.

    When you have a large business with substantial assets you have to use unusual methods to get risky stories out there . Especially those involving people with a litigious reputation

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 204 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…,

    The Pt Chev Primary website gives a bit of historical context

    In 1927 its roll was 680 and in 1945 it was 900. Even after Pasadena Intermediate opened in 1941 and took the Form 1 & 2 students.

    So what is the problem again ? Your roll is over 600 ??. So what.

    It seems that the decline at Pasadena is because local primaries are keeping the Form 1 & 2 students. Well if they went back to Pasadena that would take 50 or 60 students.

    Just as the roll peaked in the years after the suburb was built in the 1920s to 1940s the current peak will drop off again

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 204 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Inside the Shrine,

    So the National party Chairman Goodfellow is having 'bilateral' meetings in NZ with Shanghai local government leaders on business opportunities ?

    So that explains why Goodfellow bought one of the ex ministerial BMWs and has been seen with NZ flags on the bonnet.

    Its the old story - "Dont you know who I am"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 204 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Things worth knowing,

    Its interesting to note that Green Valley Milk is based close to the Maramarua Golf Club by SH2. It is NOT in Judith Collins electorate. Just how she wrangles a visit for John Key to a business outside her electorate?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 204 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Mayor's marginal enemies,

    Was this the same NZ Herald which put a graphic on its front page on Waitangi Day proclaiming it was "protest free".

    One day you are rabble rousers who dont deserve the time of day from from a news paper that isnt about the news.

    Next week there is the tabloid front page on what 'might' happen if someone turns up and "take the shine off the promotion"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 204 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: TPP: Error Correction,

    As a further comment about trademarks and patents, the High Court agreed with the Commonwealth that registering trademarks merely prevented others from copying the mark and didnt make it real property.They referred to a previous judgement:

    "Delusive exactness is a source of fallacy throughout the law. By calling a business 'property' you make it seem like land, and lead up to the conclusion that a statute cannot substantially cut down the advantages of ownership existing before the statute was passed. An established business no doubt may have pecuniary value and commonly is protected by law against various unjustified injuries. But you cannot give it definiteness of contour by calling it a thing."

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 204 posts Report Reply

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