Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Speaker: Database Nation,

    get yourself a temporary British passport over the counter

    British Visitors Passports had photos and were valid for travel to a range of European countries. If the UK had joined Schengen, you wouldn't even need one as there would be no border checks.

    The common denominator with countries that hassle visitors seems to me to be speaking English. Non-English speaking countries, even if they are otherwise police states, tend to wave visitors through with a glance at the passport. It's only English-speaking countries where they try and give visitors the third degree.

    It's all theatre. I'm sure that actual miscreants know what border staff look for and present in one of the "safe" categories (family on holiday with kids, couple on honeymoon, man in suit on a regular business flight).

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4825 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Database Nation,

    told me that NZ had never suffered an attack with 3000 deaths

    - 20,000 died in the Musket Wars
    - 2,700 died at Gallipolli

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4825 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Database Nation,

    I believe the telcos would like to have customer names and addresses for commercial reasons (i.e. to try and sell stuff). Against that, it's a lot easier to ship boxes into the supply chain and not worry about where they go than to have to operate a registration process. Particularly if your customer service is dysfunctional anyway, like Vodafone's.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4825 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Database Nation,

    I am one of many many people in NZ who has been troubled by obscene and/or threatening text messages sent from an unregistered prepaid phone.

    Or simply allow any mobile user to killfile a phone number easily.

    I suspect that if criminals want untraceable phones, they will simply steal them.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Flu diversions,

    No idea what the C stands for, but the LH likely stands for Lower Hutt, and it'll be about some grand scheme to bring trolley buses to the benighted northern lowlands.

    The LHC is the Lower Hutt Collider. It's a particularly badly designed road junction, which, coupled with the driving abilities of bogans, leads to much work for the panelbeaters of Petone and Seaview.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Flu diversions,

    It's all to do with the difference between acute and chronic stress and how your immune system reacts to them. When we encounter an acute stress, like say moving house, then our immune systems ramp up in response, so we fight bugs better (it's also why being fit is good for your health). However if the stress continues for too long (or you over train) then the immune system can't sustain the effort and actually declines.

    Care to clarify this in biological terms? Are we talking about more leukocytes being produced in response to stress? How does the bone marrow perform this?

    Got a reference?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4825 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Flu diversions,

    I loved "Survivors" as a kid. It inspired a Stranglers lyric in the song "Down in the Sewer":

    gonna make love to a water-rat over there.
    and raise a family.
    and we'll become the survivors.
    ya know why?
    coz we're gonna survive
    see you in the sewer darling

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4825 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: There is no depression in New…,

    Nation states are for the benefit of their citizens, not the other way round. States and their governments don't have a right to our loyalty and support, they have to earn it.

    It's the job of the opposition parties to oppose the bad things that National do. Like locking up innocent people on supposition. Which they want to bring in under urgency, without going to Select Commitee and overriding the Bill of Rights Act.

    They're doing this *with* the full support of the Maori Party under their confidence and supply agreement. So next time the cops suspect any Maori kids of playing with petrol bombs in the forest, they can throw them in jail for two years until the case comes to court.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4825 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Behold the Roar of the…,

    I'm still stuck at why the teams aren't called just Auckland, Wellington, etc

    It's so the teams can be relocated to other cities at will. Like the Sydney Swans, ne South Melbourne.

    In other countries, teams are named after the sponsoring organisation:
    PSV Eindhoven is named after the Philips electrical firm
    Dynamo Moscow was the KGB team.
    Israeli team Beitar Jerusalem was associated with the Irgun terrorist group.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4825 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: And a Pony. A Sparkly One.,

    I did mean that chooks taste like whatever you feed them - but you knew that.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4825 posts Report Reply

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