Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Yes it's odd, and amatuerish is a bunch of ways, I'm not sure if it's bogus and dirty politics in its own right, or just netsafe not being professional in and around their job enforcing this new law

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2508 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Dirty Politics rears its ugly head again somone seems to be using Netsafe and the Harmful Digital Communications Act to whitewash the past

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2508 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion,

    Here's another Guardian article on the same phenomenom

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2508 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What the wastewater tells us…,

    Of course some of those are legal drugs - I had surgery last week and they sent me home with codeine ... I guess you have to control for legal doses to get something meaningful

    I wonder if sudafed/etc show up as meth?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2508 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Superannuation: Back to the Future,

    But we already don't tax capital gains

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2508 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Superannuation: Back to the Future,

    Getting back to taxing the super - if it weren't taxed it's recipients would get less, likely about the same as the net after tax people receive today.

    For people just living off the super it would be a wash.

    What taxing super does do is act as a little bit of a means test for those who have other incomes, it pushes people on super with other incomes into higher tax brackets.

    BTW if you want to encourage people to save for their retirement you might reduce the tax on the first N$ of interest past age 65

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2508 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Superannuation: Back to the Future,

    Surely the difference in received benefits between Maori and Pakeha is best addressed long term by having more middle class Maori.

    On the other hand the issue of people doing hard manual labour simply wearing out faster and not getting the same benefits as middle class people is better addressed not by means testing but by somehow tieing retirement age to individual expected life expectancy

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2508 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Hep C: When doctors do the…,

    Here's the ODT's article on the issue from late last year

    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/health/sdhb-slated-hep-c-stand

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2508 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: If this was ever funny, it's…,

    yes - no one seems to have publicly asked if Thiel has contributed anything to the Nats

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2508 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Sky and 2020,

    I nominally have a gigabit connection at home, in practice I can get 600Mb/s to a test server here in Dunedin, about 300Mb/s to Wellington, under 100Mb/s offshore ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2508 posts Report Reply

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