Posts by Ianmac

  • Hard News: Labour's medical cannabis…,

    A way back the massive tobacco industry realised that cannabis was a threat. So they organised and paid for "research", the results of which were presented to the American Drug Agency. They decided that the research was sound and declared cannabis to be a banned drug. So now many decades later it is very hard for a Government to backtrack. In the meantime Phillip Morris has had the advantage of little competition.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Eleventy billion dollars!, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Tom. Do you live in Denmark or similar? I guess the great place you are living in must have (justly) high taxes. Whereas the thought of raising taxes in NZ terrifies politicians.

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  • Polity: Eleventy billion dollars!, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    Lockwood Smith Tax and Social Welfare is about 3/4 down his valedectory speech starting @:
    Not many would know that I put 7 years’ work into a project to redevelop New Zealand’s income tax, benefit, and tax credit systems. The work started on trying to find a way round the massive churning involved in employers deducting PAYE, only for the Government to pay it all back to some employees in family tax credits....... "

    "At the last minute it was pulled, for fear it might be seen as official National Party policy, and it was not."
    Wonder why currently the teams of National naysayers are labelling it as "Labour Policy?"

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  • Polity: The Taxpayers' Union rides again!,

    A commenter Save NZ pointed me to a Canadian town Dauphin Manitoba where an experiment in a sort of GMI was trialled in the 70s. Until the oil shock/deflation etc killed it. The data saved is only now being uncovered by a researcher Evelyn Forget.
    http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-mincome-experiment-dauphin

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  • Polity: Home-spun non-truths, in reply to BenWilson,

    Unemployment has been a bullshit statistic for so long just because it is such a political hot potato,...

    It has been said that for years industry likes unemployment as it gives them power over prospective employees. That is interesting because UBI would mean that that prospective employee would no longer vulnerable to the boss. Mmmmm?

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  • Hard News: More than a bang on the head,

    As an 8 year old I spotted the big kids playing with the old-fashioned thick skinned soccer ball. The dew was heavy on the ball. The high ball came my way so I had my first go at heading. Crunch. Down I went, dazed and puzzled by it all. At least now days, the balls are light and less damaging than 60 years ago.
    Watched the disturbing program last night. Strange reaction recently to stopping contact/tackle rugby for school kids?

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The Teapot Moan Scandal…,

    Key has backed down from having taxpayers pay for his folly. Farrar Polling quickly?
    And how come the taxpayer is however payeing for the preparation of his defence?
    Personal vendettas should come out of Key's pocket.

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  • Speaker: The real problem with the ‘Kiwimeter’,

    Actually I cannot get the Survey to work on my Mac/Firefox so still in the dark.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Yeah nah, but what *do* we…,

    Actually Ritchie McCaw's position may be quite right. Change the flag to something not Australian. But the fern flag is not it. Vote No but please in a year or two have another go at some flag design that is symbolic, distinctive and lovable.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Judith-Innocence (Like insisting to your kids that Father Christmas is real even when they are teens.)

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