Posts by Robert Urquhart

  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…,

    Solar panels are appearing on my garage roof here in Christchurch as I type :D

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  • Hard News: 2015: The Budget of what?, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    You didn’t link your blog?

    Dammit. Let's try that again, without trying to be clever with linked text.

    http://marsden-online.dreamwidth.org/950670.html

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  • Hard News: 2015: The Budget of what?, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I think there is a plan for a more sophisticated system where companies will report payroll to IRD in realtime and be issued adjustments. (There is also a privacy issue where you might not want one employer to know about your side job and how much they pay you).

    You can read more about this plan and give feedback / make submissions at https://vision.makingtaxsimpler.ird.govt.nz/

    (My own primary comments are copied in my blog and I think the main thrust of them would address your concern about privacy issues – pity it’s unlikely to happen.)

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  • Hard News: This Anzac Day,

    They died for a belief in our country and what we stand for

    What we stood for I could accept - "Where Britain went we went etc" - but 100 years later that is no longer what we stand for.

    This morning I read Gordon Campbell's excellent piece in Werewolf; I know it has already been linked upthread but for proximity

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand, in reply to Steve Curtis,

    The many must not be demonised simply because the few become newsworthy.

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  • Hard News: Time to Vote,

    I voted on Monday when I had a spare 15 minutes on the way home - too many balls in the air at the moment and it was one fewer thing to remember for the rest of the week :)

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to tussock,

    Where is the goddamn like button when you need it! [applauds]

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  • Hard News: Going solar?,

    I dropped about $7k a few years back replacing the hot water cylinder and putting in vac-tube/glycol (boils at a lower temperature than water for heat transfer at lower initial temperature) system - still requires a little mains power to run the pump. Like Simone, here in Canterbury I can turn the electric off altogether from about November to April and have enough hot water for the two of us here. Haven't regretted it.

    The circulating H2O does need the air bubbles purged and repressurised occasionally but that's fairly straightforward.

    (I also have a wetback and grid-connected PV is intended but likely to be a few years away yet.)

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  • Speaker: The secret Christchurch…,

    Is this the current Chch thread? It'll do anyway ;)

    I just wanted to say massive props to this woman who has seen her way to making a difference to the homeless here in Christchurch, and has scored a groundswell of support through this Stuff article.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/city-centre/10156724/Cleaners-gesture-to-homeless
    Facebook page

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  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    For me as a man the scary part is not knowing – no scratch that – being pretty certain there must have been times where I was “that man”.

    I know damn well that there have been times in my youth when I was "that man" to a greater or lesser extent, and probably more recently when I've lapsed in one way or another.

    And I've come to believe that it is incumbent upon those of us in that situation and with the emotional resources to spare to own our past failings rather than be ashamed to show them; to be the ones who step up and say "It is OK to have fallen for these ideas in the past, but we know better now and must work to overcome the influence they have on our thoughts and actions."

    To be examples of people in the process of change and encourage society to accept that it is not easy to unlearn these habits and thought patterns, but it is possible and it is a change worth making.

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