A shiny gem from in the comments on John Oliver’s video:
"Funny, isn't it, that our world needs Clark Kent a lot more than Superman."
My own approach is mostly to make the facts available, and aim for them to be widely known, to show that the Uber price model is simply exploitative. Since IRD rates the cost of running a car at about 74c/km, to be paid only $1.35/km less 25% Uber cut = $1.08/km means the driver gets about 32c/km. They also get 30c/min. It’s hard to work out the real average pay rates from such stats, though. The best I can do (and am doing) is to take a large sample of drivers and their payouts, kms travelled, and hours worked, to get a picture. So far it’s coming in somewhere in the range $10-$15/hour.So if we want them to make, say, a living wage of more like $20/hour, then prices are going to have to roughly double, without demand dropping off.
Correct me if I'm wrong, and I probably am, but from your numbers above, rates don't need to double, just the portion of the rate that goes to the driver. If only 32c/km of the $1.35/km gets to the driver, then the rates only need to go up by 32c/km to double the drivers actual pay - so $1.67/km.
Because we don't have social class in NZ? At least they admit it in Britain...
Because everyone knows their place well enough to be trusted to self-report it?
My father, who is not homeless, but lives in a house bus so is of no fixed abode, is registered on the electoral roll at my house.
Which, of course is not necessarily an option for many homeless, but is a way around many of the 'must have a postal address' issues for those who can find a friend or family member with space in their mailbox.
This has been for sale in Grey Lynn for a while now with no takers. Unfortunately it has pre-USB SCSI or parallel connections, which could require somewhat advanced computer smarts. From memory, if it’s still working as claimed a mid 90s Mac should happily drive it. Apart from it lacking a USB port it appears the same as my old A3 size X12USL, which passed away around 3 years ago.
SCSI to USB adaptors are a thing, we have an ancient densitometer that connects nicely with one of these: http://www.ratocsystems.com/english/products/U2SCX.html
As with anything SCSI, it can take a bit of fluffing around, but it does the trick.
BTW they also point out that almost all the “probiotic” foods/pills etc are just large doses of brewers yeast (Saccharomyces) which is kind of pointless and usually quite expensive compared to just eating brewers yeast (which I don’t think is worthwhile either).
Being a home brewer, I get plenty of brewers yeast in my diet, plus plenty of fermented product. :-)
While it’s true that food makes us fat, food also keeps us alive.Sugar is a nutrient, not a poison.
Sodium is a nutrient, vital to our health. I don't recommend eating refined chunks of it.
(he says as he sips a can of Mountain Dew)
I don't really see the problem, as long as its not one vote per property within the local authority.
In theory Bob Jones could have (and possibly has) bought a property in every city and district in NZ. That gets him one vote in every city council and district council election. That's not significantly more power than anyone else has.
If it was one vote per property even within the area, then Bob would have distinctly large block of votes towards the Wellington City Council, which would be disproportionate, and could lead to abuse.
Brewed ginger beer will contain small traces of alcohol, but is sold to minors. Correct? Analogous?
0% alcohol beer contains 0% alcohol, but is not sold to minors (really, try to get it at Countdown if you look under age). Probably even more analogous.
Raglan… that’s kinda like claiming Petone is not part of Wellington. I mean technically it’s not, but
Well, its more like claiming that Foxton Beach is not part of Wellington. Cos it ain't. Its the best part of a 2 hour drive from central Aucks and you have to go through Hamilton to get there unless you like unsealed back roads.