Posts by BenWilson

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  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Wouldn’t it be fun to have a political party where old white guys were not allowed to stand

    I'd never find out!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10210 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Youth is also unfortunately correlated with a lack of engagement, and not voting. But which comes first? The candidate that appeals to youth, that makes them vote? Or the youth voting, which encourages a candidate that might appeal to them?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10210 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Pedantic is good. I wonder if I mentally blotted out that Americans re-elected Bush after all his lying them into war. Somehow the election of Obama colored my memory of their general righteousness. I just feel it has to be said that them electing some really nasty people who did really nasty things is not exactly new, so I can't get with the general feelings of shock about it all.

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  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…,

    Bush 2, Iraq, his second election.

    But yes, you're right, I've obviously had a memory fail there. He was subsequently re-elected after doing that. So it wasn't a platform of invading Iraq. It was a platform of having already invaded Iraq. I'm not sure if that's better or worse, really.

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  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…,

    I'm not really seeing a need to search souls quite so hard as what a lot of people have been doing. It's not the first time that a prick has been elected to a major democracy. It's not even the first time this century. It's not even the first time, this century, in the USA.

    A President of the USA was elected not so long ago, pretty much on a platform of waging massive full scale war on a country on completely made up pretexts. He then went ahead and did it, and hundreds of thousands of people got killed, and the country is pretty much destroyed, and the region destabilized, and we're seeing cascading effects of it today. He had the help of a bunch of other pricks who also got elected in other major democracies. One of the major backers, Berlusconi, is even as much of an outright seedy, dirty rich bastard as Trump is. They've probably had orgies together, when Trump could drag himself away from putting out to Putin.

    That doesn't automatically mean that I should consider what Berlusconi's supporters think is a good idea to be one myself. It doesn't make me reconsider my position and wonder if perhaps I should be grabbing more pussies myself on a daily basis.

    It just makes me realize that you have to fight for things you believe in, and not give up just because you have a setback. Sure, during a setback, the winner is likely to do all sorts of lording and trying to make me doubt myself. But for fucks sake, if there's one thing I can fucking do, it's stick to my goddamned guns, when my own beliefs are at stake. And I will continue to do that. I don't care if they elect Satan himself in the USA, I'm not going to fall to my knees and worship the bastard and all his followers.

    And for most people, the guns they can really productively stick to are still their little assault rifless that footsoldiers are given. Yeah it would be nice to be a fly boy and drop some serious munitions when you're in a war, and it's always fun to speculate about what those fly boys did right or wrong. But at the end of the day your contribution is likely to be some little hole you have to defend. So do it. If you can't do that, you're not a soldier, you're a civilian, and the best you can hope to ever be is not a casualty, but don't count on it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10210 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    She & Bill no doubt assumed middle-class folk are too stupid to understand the relation between cause & effect

    She was not wrong. Trump also assumed this, and was also not wrong. His own personal conduct has not been that of a champion of the working man, and the women under him seem to work pretty hard too. But that does not matter. You can do anything when you're a star, he said this himself.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10210 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    It's the Disputes Tribunal but the same comment applies. You can't contact out of the jurisdiction. The Act states that very clearly.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10210 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to goforit,

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. But no, I don't think tarpitting the Tribunal can be dragged out for years, nor will there be any further expense. Furthermore, we have a number of these coming and the referees may see matters differently in other districts.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10210 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    The idea of trying to evade NZ law on jurisdictional grounds, when their business is run here in every meaningful part of the word "run", is farcical. I'm pretty confident that any judge can see this. Any person can see it - the conniptions are astonishing that are required for anyone to think that passengers and drivers operate via contracts between each other, or that drivers have a contract with anyone but the local Uber that signed them up, trained them, advised them, dealt with every issue, collected lost property, fronted the organization in every meaningful way. Even Uber staff themselves struggle with it. It's clearly very, very difficult to deal with the cognitive dissonance required in maintaining an entirely fictitious underlying relationship to people who are not even strong in the English language. I've heard many of the conversations where a driver starts pinning them down on the detail in which the staff member's speech starts becoming incoherent, addled, rapid, breathless. This doesn't happen to people who are sure of their standing. These are signs of people breaking down while telling outright lies.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10210 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Arden's case has been pushed back as their defense appears to be entirely jurisdictional. It's not clear why, with the several months they've had to prepare that this adjournment is necessary. Hopefully it indicates that the referee wants more time to get their head around the issues. Because more time is only going to make things worse for Uber. If the referee even reads the Aslam & Farrar vs Uber ruling beforehand they are pretty screwed. That thing was incredibly damning.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10210 posts Report Reply

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