Posts by Moz

  • Legal Beagle: Crown appeals in criminal cases,

    It does seem odd - the law showing its ass for sure.

    Can anyone explain why the law keeps that particular ruminant rather than, say, a camel? As metaphor "the law is a camel" strikes me as far more accurate, it's all teeth and kicking that requires skilled hands to control.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 428 posts Report Reply

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

    The positive I got from Rosemary McDonald’s lesson was “it will not do them any harm as long as YOU, their parents, are the biggest influence in their lives.” It’s pragmatic, we can tell our own children that it’s all cobblers.

    I have exactly as much confidence in the sincerity of that claim as I do in my ability to get a posiition teaching the doctrines of The New Church of the Great Old Ones in a primary school. Christian parents can just tell their children it's all a load of cobblers when they get home...

    We went through this in NSW very recently, and the "it doesn't really matter" crowd vociferously objected to the proposal that ethics be offered as an alternative to Christianity where there was demand. They were willing to compromise and allow explicitly Islamic schools to teach their version of the Gospel, but Herendetthelesson (to quote Goscinny and Uderzo). The hatred expressed by some participants in the debate was hard to reconcile with some of the claims made about the followers of Isa/Jesus.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    stick with the Latin...

    I find that helps. And then there are groups like Lesiem who just make up their own language and sing in that. It's kind of like opera - the music is great, but the plot is awful.

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    More to the point, as I recall, she said it out loud. Not one of her finest moments.

    It was a very WTF Helen moment.

    To me, part of the point was that a lot of people were shocked that she'd say something like that. Whereas with certain other politicians we'd mostly be surprised that they were silly enough to say it where people could hear it.

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    Where are the leaks of Miss Clark's emails calling West Coast voters " Inbred ferals"

    I suspect they exist only in the fevered imaginations of right wing trolls.

    or from the present Labour Leader to his favourite lawyer?

    Yeah, hevean forfend a party leader actually talk to a lawyer about anything. That could lead to informed lawmaking, and we can't have that.

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming,

    I keep expecting Te Kupu to pop up and give us a round of Whakakotahi or Tangata Whenua (Whakakotahi doesn't seem to be on youtube). Just, you know, while we're talking about capturing the "older activist" market.

    Like SimonG above, I'm starting to wonder who the minor parties have further down their lists, and also taking a gander at the high teens in The Green's list. It would amuse me a huge amount if Labour ended up being a minority player in the coalition government after the election, and it's starting to look as though that's possible. 5 or 6 ManaIP MPs would be very satisfying. Especially if we could get the combo of a green-left win with a loss of Labour deadwood.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Max Rose,

    I can't imagine what it must be like to grow up in an environment where your growing sexuality is deemed evil, or your parents were said to be "living in sin".

    The Presbyterian Chruch where my mother was an elder decided that since she'd driven her husband away (he moved in with his secretary) she was no longer fit to be an elder. She stopped going to church at all shortly afterwards. That did change how I viewed the chruch, I admit.

    My school was quite heavily evangelical, but interestingly they were much more accepting than judgemental. I suspect because of the teacher who lead it, but with a couple of exceptions the kids involved were way more keen to recruit-and-save than judge. A couple of kids from evangelical, judgey homes were arseholes and the school group didn't seem able to rein them in.

    That said, my problems with the school and the church were less about sexuality and more about being different. Just, different.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Steve Barnes,

    but meat hooks are S shaped, not C shaped. That cartoon is wrong!

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  • Hard News: In The Green Room,

    Have The Greens actually committed to any "clean politics" policies and actions? I recall No Right Turn asking them to declare all donations over the threshold they want, and promptly, then complaining that they didn't want to. Have they decided to do that yet? And ideally, to restrict political donations to voters (ie, not just ban corporate and trust donations, but donations from all non-voters).

    Similarly, I'd like them to be asking for mandatory disclosures that would make the whaleleaks problem impossible, in some way. I'm not sure how, but I'd really like to hear their ideas.

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  • Hard News: In The Green Room, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    there is no real evidence that shows that direct stimulus to business investment (i.e. tax breaks) does much to increase business R&D

    Anecdotally (ie, the company I work for), the tax breaks are what make it worth keeping operations in Australia. We have a small assembly and shipping operation, and a repair/rebuild shop that exists almost entirely to service the R&D team. Basically, without them R&D would involve a lot of "wait for that to come back from China" which we can avoid by going downstairs and bugging the assembly/repair team to do stuff right now. So we get circuit boards made offsite (sometimes offshore), then SMD's put onto them in house. That's five "bonus" jobs from the R&D tax break, on top of 6 or 7 engineers actually doing the R&D. That plus two admin people (and a director who does design/marketing/production management) is it for the company, BTW, everything else is outsourced, some of it offshore. That seems to be a common model for high-tech firms, BTW.

    I know people doing similar things in NZ, but it's very tempting for them to come to Oz and they don't have to get very big before it's costing them serious money to stay in NZ.

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