Posts by steven crawford

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    It’s really hard trying to double check my facts about whale based economics on google. There is an ugly thug sitting on the search engines hit list

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    Whale oil was used as a cheap illuminant, though it gave off a strong odor when burnt and was not very popular.

    That would be the low grade black whale. Sperm whale was clean burning ( still is )

    Interesting fact. The ‘price of oil per barrel’ currently used in economics news presentations, is a legacy of the whale based economy. Modern society needed the whales to light the lucrative night life. As the whale stocks dropped away the prices increased, until alternative lighting fuels such as Texas crude captured the imagination.

    The steel barrels where originally designed for man handling the whales oil on off and around sailing ships and dock yards. I don’t no why we still use the barrels. They are still very usefull in low tech society’s like Fiji I suppose.

    Which reminds me. Fiji election! They have there democracy back!

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to BenWilson,

    Good call. It’s still a signal, even it if doesn’t result in political power.

    I don’t personally need any more power. I have two 8v-92 Detroit engines, capable of producing almost 500 horse power each.

    I do respect the environment, I voted Greens right at the start when we didn’t know if they where going to get the coromandel seat. And I am swapping out those engines for 6-72s which can more comfortably burn recycled oil. I could even burn old whales oil, if doc and local iwi approve… No, ditch that idea, it’s probably not socially well adjusted behavior anyway.

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to BenWilson,

    Yes that’s a bit of a bummer about kelvin Davis. I am going to vote for IM anyway. Bugger the polsters.

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    The GCSB can’t legally intercept communication between two people in a forest because People in the forest can reasonably expect not to be monitored in a forest.

    Not even Te Urewera forest, I might add.

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    I’m not going to vote for his party because all I have to do is make sure he can form a coalition

    Precisely. Me nether, and for my own personal reasons.

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    I was going to share my personal feelings about the interview on national radio, with Cunliffe. But I'm not going to now. Piss of Jake, you remind me of myself when I was a practicing alcoholic.

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    I’ve scoured recent responses to all the topics related to the upcoming election and nowhere, as in NOWHERE, can I find one affirmation as to what would make Cunliffe a competent, credible, stability-sustaining leader.

    You scored responses. Is that all you have to offer?

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    Just one small comment of spying. Terrorists don't have to even use telephones, let alone the internet. They can plan hideous crimes that scare the bejezus out of us. And now that we all know about NSA, the really bad buggers probably just conspire to blow things up, like the American mafia do on TV.

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    Morning Rich,
    I have expanded on why I like Key, why he is good for you and me..

    Thanks for thinking of me. However, this thing I heard him say on the radio during a conversation about our economy: " we are using robots in out meat works"

    The context of this is him trying to bump up enthusiasm and patriotic fervor for the punching above the belt stuff. What he said was poppy cock. Food processing factory's in New Zealand do use robotic technology - otherwise known as automation technology - which is part of the conveyer belt factory system that's been around since the American industrial revolution. The so called 'robots' we use in our economy is by and large, imported from of the shelf machinery. The bulk of what makes food processing happen in New Zealand, are low waged workers from provincial towns.

    If he had said that our economy consists of making technology an important part of primary education, rather than being obsessed with measuring our children's ability to pass reading/writing and arithmetic tests prescribed to there age range.
    I might be a little less inclined to right him of as being full of shit.

    Y'know, I do get the cultural relevance of the National party. I know that we all different dreams, aspirations and ideals. And that previous National governments have been fear enough custodians. But can I put it to you, that this National government is actually bung.

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