pay the government a dividend every year
Does anyone else think this dividend stuff is a complete waste of money?
Isn't National meant to be all about cutting back on wasted bureaucracy? Surely going through the accounting needed to take a dividend from a Government owned institute the gets most of it's money from the Government is a total waste of money.
Of course it does keep more accountants employed - sigh.
When I heard about TPK funding Maori TV to bid for the Rugby I wasn't impressed. It seemed a weird way to go about handing tax money to the IRB. As the story came out it was clear that some pretty shonky politics was involved but what can you expect from politicians.
But at that point I think it should have ended, after a suitable dressing down of the politicians involved (Mr Sharples has demonstrated just what kind of a person he is).
Instead now we have more tax money being handed to the IRB via TVNZ/TV3 and the excuses for doing it are pathetic. Given the watching of Rugby has declined dramatically over the past 10 years the fact that 10-15% of people can't get Maori TV is irrelevant. If you take into account the fraction of folks who even want to watch it then only may 3-4% of kiwis will be missing out on something they wanted. In short it was more political shonkery.
So for my money (and it is my money) the only thing worse than using tax dollars to fund Maori TV to pay the IRB is to use my tax dollars (and yours) to fund TVNZ/TV3 to pay the IRB.
our government bidding against itself in a rights auction
And the IRB is laughing all the way to the bank.
Amid all the bullcrap being spouted about controlling government waste this happens and no heads roll?
Nice piece Russell and nice work by the journos who figured out what was going on.
Maybe part of the appeal of the women in Bones (right with ya there, btw) is that their characters are also really, really smart?
Yup. I'll broaden that to really talented, which is something I find engaging and attractive. I find people who have and use talent much more attractive and it is a feature of Bones.
That said "stupid" is very much an unattractive trait for me anyway. But I know people for whom that wouldn't be a reason to kick them out of bed, shrug.
Also agree about the photos thing. Which was the point of asking the question because the studies with photos have been done to some degree and are interesting but I doubt tell the whole story.
I'll just have to dream up an experiment, preferably one with lightening balls, cause they are so cool.
Whereas I like your version much better Danielle :).
This stuff fascinates me precisely because of the really wonderful mix of things that go into deciding whether or not they "wouldn't kick out of bed".
The reality is that biology plays a part but it by no means is the whole or even dominant factor in the actual choices people make.
I wasn't meaning to suggest for a second that it wasn't complex or for a second trying to diminish the whole romanticism of forming relationships.
Everyone finds different things attractive, don't they?
OK a very PC answer and sure I agree to a point.
Heterosexual men are typically attracted to several basic features in women most of which can be directly linked to reproductive success (hips, breasts, youth, fitness). Similarly with heterosexual women although the data suggests it isn't as strong an effect as for men. And yes of course there is a broad spectrum and outliers.
So while acknowledging that everyone is different and I certainly don't expect any one person to speak for a whole class ... I'm still curious as to whether those genetic (and yes they appear to be genetic) attractiveness triggers are the same.
My partner has gradually been learning which men I will find attractive
Same here, but I still sometimes get it spectacularly wrong :). But I feel that's more about learning about one persons taste, eg if it sparkles it is good :).
...and none of the women?
OK since this is about the only place I can ask the question...
Are bisexual women attracted to the same women to which heterosexual men are attracted?
I know I can't remotely predict which men women find attractive and frequently find myself saying "you like him? But why?"
So is the fact that I think the women on Bones attractive any indication that they are attractive to women?
Put the label of Asperger's on her, and would the reading inevitably become open to something more distasteful...
But isn't that the art of comedy? To me the very best, most enjoyable comedy is that which exposes what it is to be human, in its sometimes embarrassing detail. And surely being on the autistic spectrum is part of being human.
Done well, comedy is both funny and thought provoking and can make one group or another feel slightly embarrassed.
Done badly it can be sexist, racist, nasty and incredibly not funny as they say dying is easy.
I think BBT rides that balance with us geeks. Does it cross a line with the mother, not for me and not at this time but you are right what may be funny now may be incredibly bad taste in 40 years.
Good Jelly the Nun?
Nuns in jelly?
already pwned by World of Warcraft
Well the wearable art did come first.
However, a surprisingly large number of women play WoW.