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  • Hard News: Taking a very big gamble,

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    The Salvation Army brothers Wally and Hugh Morris brought McDonald’s to New Zealand in the 1970s.

    The Morris brothers, both devout members of the Salvation Army whose work ethic and frugality had led them to build the Shoprite supermarket chain of over 100 stores, knew better and eventually persuaded McDonald’s to develop a joint venture with them. But that was only the start of the challenges: import restrictions made it difficult to import essential items from kitchens to uniforms, and ways had to be found around the regulations.

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  • Hard News: Taking a very big gamble,

    That was a good funding ratio. 1 to 2 million to the Salvation Army, 5 million to the PGF.

    Like Ross said, why change it!

    And that really is odd that the Salvation Army says they have not seen a contract. What happens if they decline the offer?

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  • Hard News: Taking a very big gamble,

    Are the Sallies going to offer such dedication and innovation?

    I’ll answer that one. Considering the way they run there drug and alcohol treatment services. NO, they will not. But they will do the best they can with the skills they have. because they are sugar, spice and all things.

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  • Hard News: Taking a very big gamble,

    Ummm… London, actually. The London in England.

    Thats not what the Salvation Army minister on national radio says how the current structure works. You would be correct to say it was first formed in England over a hundred years ago. But that would totally miss the point of my contribution.

    And is it competitive? In my experience they’re the kind of people who’d rather be out of business than cleaning up the messes left by government policy and heartless economics, and they tend to cooperate with others in the field.

    So why did they just compleat for the funding to provide gambling addiction treatment?

    Y’know, you could add weight to your rumblings by telling us actually what experience you have with the Salvation Army, rather than inferring some kind of authority.

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  • Hard News: Taking a very big gamble,

    The Salvation Army is also run like, well, an army. With a chain of command coming down from the United States. I heard one of our local Salvation Army ministers complaining about the problems this spells for the New Zealand nuance, on the national radio.

    Yeah, I dunno whether the religious aspects of the SA would interfere with their ability to rehab folk from problem gambling or not.

    They might have success with some, but how would you fell about making yourself vulnerable to a group that is only suppressing there homophobia for political reasons, if you happen to be gay. How could you be truthfully yourself, if you happen to be gay at the Salvation Army barracks. When getting in touch with who and what you really are, is the guts of what rehab is. How will Muslim, Jewish, or somebody that’s been molested by the catholics feel about dealing with there spiritual Malaise with the salvation army. I’m not gay and I’m not religious nor did I have a religious childhood. so maybe three square meals a day, a bit of rest and some soul searching at Salvation Army camp might do the trick, but who knows.

    Anyhow, the Salvation Army are well healed. The heir to the Macdonalds corporation left them 1.8 billion not so long back for one thing. so way do they need to be running such a competitive business that undermines by undercutting another good rehab institution. When they profess to be Cristian soldiers out to do good works. That’s what there donation collection drives seem to suggest at any rate.

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  • Busytown: School bully,

    The lunch could be formal, withe breakfast casual. There will be plenty of children who will enjoy having breakfast at home. But there is no reason to not be at the table with there peers with a cup of coffee;)

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  • Busytown: School bully, in reply to bmk,

    I liked that since that seems a much more comprehensive solution than just providing breakfast.

    And I second that, but include the breakfast for the reasons I have already explained.

    I am starting to warm to the Greens.

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  • Busytown: School bully, in reply to bmk,

    But if you want children to stop being hungry it might be better to increase payments to struggling families rather than supply breakfasts to all kids even those whose families are doing fine.

    I will argue that breakfasts in schools is educational. It is apart from just getting nutrition, a social activity. Sharing a meals can help unify groups of people.

    Adding breakfast to the school assembly is not a particularly expensive exercise, in addition to all the other things we as a nation we are happy to budget for. If we could lower the prison muster, the savings could go towards universal breakfasts in school. And the symbolic value of that would make us all feel more civilized, less brutal.

    And then the children will in turn, learn from our behavior. They might hopefully learn to give a shit about us when we become old and possibly impoverished. Seen as how we have an awfully large proportion of elderly people on the horizon. Now is a good time to be setting a more egalitarian example. The simple act of the nation feeding all school children at the start of every school day, and without discrimination, isn’t that far out and freaky. All, over 65 year olds have there gold cards, and and they all get there pensions with out being means tested. So, the argument about how to feed the needy with out spoiling the high deciles, looks a bit like arguing just for the sake of arguing.

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  • Hard News: Things worth knowing, in reply to Hebe,

    It seems to say Cantabrians have no recourse to the rule of law and the same courts that apply in the rest of NZ. Or am I being overly dramatic?

    That is a good question, that’s probably best responded to by Maori from the top of the South Island, that sparked the seabed and foreshore debate, last time the Labor led government was in power.

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  • Hard News: Spring Timing,

    And this is where FAB LABs was born I wonder if this is what the Greens policies on digital technology based economics are talking about. Anyone in the know?

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