Posts by Tom Semmens

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  • Polity: Protesting too much: responses…, in reply to linger,

    you raise a good point about the self-employed, particularly because the values of the modern corporate governance model is effectively a sociopathic renunciation of the social contract in any form, so any levy is likely to be met with increasing the number of "contractors" who are "self employed".

    What if you simply change "salary" to "income" and "12 years full time employment" to "23,000 worked hours"?

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  • Polity: Protesting too much: responses…,

    My take on this is the big winners will be polytechs. They already offer exactly the sort of certificate/diploma/degree mix that a lot of adult workers who wish to retrain might be interested in. The big issue is the three year max thing. Personally, I would like to see something additional like six months off on 75% of your previous salary (capped) for every 12 years of full time paid employment, up to a maximum of 18 months, conditional on being in full time study and passing. I would fund this like ACC, with a levy on employers - who after all will benefit from this training.

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  • Polity: On tour with The Boss,

    Wow, the wannabe guardinistas of PA are strong on this one.

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer, in reply to Sacha,

    Raining in Seville now as well. Starting to feel a little picked on.

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

    It is pouring in Dubai today as well. One poor guy ran across the road in the heavy rain with such a look of abject terror on his face that i hoped for his sake he never gets to spend new year in NZ.

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

    Here is a nice Xmas story:

    Archaeologists digging in the Valley of the Kings have uncovered a hidden tomb. inside, they have found an un-robbed chamber with an intact mummy inside. The mummy is richly decorated chocolate, nuts and gold foil. Experts believe it to be tomb of the fabled Pharaoh Roche.

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

    Taupo for the biggest family gathering since Mum and Dad died, but then my big adventure begins – I decided I was totally fed up with John Key’s selfish NZ, so I am going to live in Spain from whence I plan to sit out this National government by reading all Hemingway’s works in the towns where they were written.

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  • Hard News: Victoria Crone and what…,

    Lord knows what goes on in his mind.

    And even the Lord has to shower with a steelo pad afterwards.

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  • Hard News: Victoria Crone and what…,

    Collin's faction had a go with Pallino last time, now it is Boag's factions turn to pick a potato.

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  • Speaker: The Spirit Level, in reply to Steve Withers,

    I’m still trying to work it why this government having a surplus meant there was enough money for a flag referendum, but not enough money for Pharmac to fund life-saving melanoma treatments.

    For the same reason that while we all nod our heads at the need to do something about child poverty, the free to air media branch of the ideological state apparatus happily proclaimed, with beaming smiles on the presenters faces, it could be tax cuts for all in 2016.

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