This poses some obvious problems for people who are generally uncomfortable with hugging or being hugged.
I'm okay with a brief hug. Even a slightly longer hug. But I have one friend here in Manawatu who insists on a very long hug, and I always feel, well, trapped.
My daughters have kindly informed me that I'm not very good at hugs. To wit: "Mum, you're not very good at hugs."
I don't WANT to be good at hugs.
Expiration of copyright doesn’t deprive the original copyright owner from having it and using it, it merely deprives them of placing conditions on its copying and distribution for any longer.
If they're no longer earning income from it, sure. But if it creates a revenue stream for them, then removing copyright restrictions also removes a tangible benefit for them.
Honestly, I don’t see much reason why your family should continue to benefit from your creation 50 or 70 years after you die.
I’m puzzled about (as in, still trying to think my way through the issues and I haven’t reached even a tentative conclusion yet) the parallels with real property. If it’s okay to remove copyright protection after a certain period of time, is it also okay to remove real (land, buildings etc) property that people have inherited after a certain period of time?
NB: This could well be a flawed analogy. But I’ve found that it has brought several issues to the fore for me, with respect to both copyright and real property.
In one fell swoop the Greens’ Gareth Hughes has (a) rescued Prime Minister John Key from his personal flag fiasco (b) got the government out of a tight corner of its own making (c) agreed to vote with National to block Labour’s attempt to get a yes/no question added to the November referendum and (d) handed the Key government a club with which to beat the only other party – Labour – with which the Greens can hope to form a government in 2017. Was Red Peak such a compelling cause that the Greens needed to expend so much political capital on it?
I'll be voting Red Peak first, Lockwood with the black bit second, Hypnoflag third, and that other Lockwood one fourth.
Come the deciding referendum, I'm not sure how I'll vote if Red Peak is the preferred alternative. I like it, but I'm not sure that I like it enough to choose it as our flag. On the other hand, it's way better than our current colonial obseiance.
If it's any of the others, I'll be voting No Change.
As one writer put it:
Well played, sir.
Maybe I’m being over-sensitive, but this bloke-y, matey political trend with the national side just makes me uncomfortable.
Me too, Katharine.
As it turns out, because I grew up in New Plymouth at about the same time as Andrew, I happen to have known him for about 35 years. Not well! But it is a very longstanding acquaintanceship/friendship. Even as a very young man, he was kind. He was always a bit serious, but as an adult, that seems to have been leavened by a beautifully dry sense of humour. I think that what you see is what you get with Andrew. There's not persona there - just the man himself.
You can all judge as well as me his successes and ummm... (well, I'm am an aspiring politician afterall)... his things that don't go quite so well as they might. What I can testify to is his basic decency. In addition to that, he's got a real connection with people who don't hang about in political forums on the interwabs. He worked for hardcore unions for a very long time before he became an MP. And I think that very dry sense of humour works very well for him.
As for the flag... on balance, I'd like to see Red Peak get up. I was convinced by the gif that shows Red Peak transforming into a wharenui. And by all the other images that people have used to make Red Peak their own.
Failing Red Peak, I'll be voting no change, in the hopes that means we can have another go at this in 10 or 15 years time, and get it right.
You're a champion, chris. And personally, I'm a big fan of the Oxford comma. In moderation.
To be fair, Labour have improved under Little. But from a face-palming low bar. They need to improve more. And after the Chinese names mess, I’m probably grumpier about this than I should be. They used up a lot of their slack, for no apparent gain.
Yes. Amongst the PAS set. That's been one of the somewhat shocking findings for me over the past couple of years as an activist and a candidate. My world views are not in fact shared by a large portion of the people who regard themselves as left (Labour voting, sometimes Green voting, union members, beneficiaries, teachers, medics, social workers, some farmers, all sorts of people who I had assumed would be more-or-less in agreement with my views, and I would be more-or-less in agreement with their views.)
I agree that Labour can do better. But we're getting there. We're back into adequate territory, and laying the groundwork for doing better. And Andrew has done fine on this. He's forced the PM into engagement on it, and the news headlines this evening were all about the PM equivocating.