I still find it odd that it's most manifest in concern about 'child poverty' (not that this isn't genuine and terrible.) Adults living in poverty don't seem to matter.
Even bastards who think poor people get what they deserve because they're lazy and shiftless have difficulty saying that the children of those poor people likewise deserve hardship.
We own a boring (reliable) Toyota Corolla 1600 hatchback. Thinking of getting a Prius, we hired one for a week last time we went to Christchurch. I kept track of the fuel use and distance travelled and decided that it was actually comparable to the Corolla for fuel efficiency per km travelled. And the Corolla (2nd hand, one careful owner) was a lot cheaper than we could get a Prius. I think one difference is that the Prius is a bigger heavier vehicle, so we weren't really comparing apples with apples. Unfortunately for the Prius, we don't need a people mover.
Much as I'd like to have an electric car, or even a hybrid, I can't really afford one yet. I still wait in hope though.
May be but my reading of the case suggests it did allow the prosecution make its case when the defence claimed the young people were lying about the teacher supplying them with P
Did it? From the NZHerald article from 2004, the defence were claiming that nothing on the tape suggested Arthur supplied or smoked the drugs. All it did was confirm that drugs had been smoked at the party.
The article also made it sound like the students were put under a lot of pressure to say something that would satisfy the journalist or end up portrayed as crack-whores.
Whether what they said was true or not seems difficult to determine from the summary in the article.
I have been pretty depressed with all the Citizen Initiated Referenda so far. The ones that were so badly worded people weren't sure what they were voting for, or the ones that say "I vote for feel good". or "I vote for A or B or C or D or ..." such that even people who vigorously disagreed with A would vote for it because they agreed with B or C...
I want there to be changes.
Before you start collecting signatures, I'd like to see someone vet the question. I'd like it to make logical sense. And, much as with The War Prayer I want people to vote for both halves of the equation. I want them to explicitly say "I want people to spend longer in prison and I'm prepared to pay higher taxes to fund it" or "I want there to be budget cuts and I'm Ok with seeing people starve because our welfare system is overloaded".
That our referenda don't include such things seems to me to be a bad oversight.
As for the "geeks = super cool" in terms of their acceptance of queers, eh, I think maybe the "we are awesome liberals" type are - as in, they go beyond "tolerance" to acceptance.
I think it might be related to the Geek Social fallacies. Geeks fairly frequently have internalised the "excluding people is bad" idea, and thus they can be quite accepting of stuff like LGBT etc, but also tolerant of misogyny and other obnoxious social attitudes.
I believe it's China Miéville you want for the "flag waving commie" spot in your pantheon
Or Ken Macleod who, if memory serves, was a card carrying trotskyite at one stage. Him and Iain Banks are drinking buddies and both fairly left wing, according to the Edinburgh Scifi club members I met down the pub in London.
Standing in the queue for the metal detectors at HKIA, two men in uniform carrying MP5 submachineguns pushed into the queue ahead of us and passed through the metal detectors without waiting. There was the predictable beeping noise, and then the wand operator, with a completely straight face, proceeded to wand them down (more beeps) and send them on their way.
I think they do have a sense of humour, they just hide it well.
Well I don't know about that . It may have been true 20- 40 years ago when those aging were flogged out manual workers but I think the future of aging may be different. I am 60 and am not expecting to retire for quite some time and like many of my friends we are looking after our health a lot more than say, my parent's generation did. I wouldn't be so quick to write off the aging population as a liability too soon.
I'm not so hopeful about the future. The over-use/miss-use of antibiotics makes me fear that in the next twenty years we're going to lose that great tool against disease. When that's gone, then I wouldn't be surprised to see the next generation have an average life expectancy lower than that of their parents.
But until they do, are there many other reasons to pay for a 20G data plan?
I don't download illegal content. Not songs, not movies. I used to have a 20G data plan, but have increased it to 40G since overshooting a few times.
I tried buying games on Steam. As an example, Dragon Age Origins was 24GB. 8GB for a game is pretty average. A linux distro is quite often 1GB for a starting point. One game I play releases patches fairly regularly which are more than a GB.
Because a lot of their market is US based (most customers there don't have data limits), more and more developers are happy to release huge patches via the web.
One of the things I try to get my head around is that I think that Germany would not be nearly as well off if it didn't have people to sell it's manufactured goods to.
Sure, there are jokes about towns in Greece who have the highest per-capita rate of Porsche ownership, but if they didn't buy them, then would anyone? The question is how did they buy them, and the answer is the producer loaned the money to the customer, then booked it as profit. I don't think that's really profit until the people who bought it manage to pay it off.
Having an economy that is always producing more than it consumes, and then lending money to its customers to buy its excess production is not a long term sustainable situation. There is no way the Greeks can pay back that money unless, as a country, they get to a situation where they are producing more than they consume for an extended period. Worse, since the world is a zero-sum game, there is no way that the Germans can get paid back unless either a) someone else borrows a bunch of money to pay the Greeks for their mythical excess production, which only shifts the problem onto someone else's books, or b) the Germans consume more than they're producing for a while to let their debtors earn some credit back and bring things back into balance.
I don't think that's going to happen. The Germans appear to be reacting to uncertainty by producing more and spending less.
The Germans got hit by hyperinflation followed by a depression after WWI. They are currently more scared of the possibility of hyper-inflation than the coming (arrived?) depression, but it's not completely irrational of them.
The "Greek bail out" doesn't seem to me to be a bail out of the Greeks, but a bail out of the banks that would go down the toilet if the Greek government went bankrupt, and the follow-on problems of the credit default swaps that would be called in if the Greeks defaulted, which might make life difficult for a lot more people.