Posts by Moz

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to steven crawford,

    I'm not in a position to vote my feelings on anyone, never have been. Two main reasons: I'm quite misanthropic and judgemental, so the overwhelming majority of people seem like arseholes to me. Secondly, I grew up knowing politicians and political people. I've hung out with people from Bill Rowling to David Farrar (and, to my credit, killed none of them). Even Mike Ward irritates me, despite liking him in general and agreeing with his politics 99% of the time. But hanging out with them doesn't make me think "wow, these people are moral paragons full of good ideas and wisdom", on the contrary it generally fills me with rage and a desire to either run away or punch them.

    So voting my feelings about politicians would result in another ballot with "I hope you all die in a fire" written on it. That's not the best outcome, and not even the "least worst" outcome.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 978 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to Sacha,

    I have heard allegations she was receiving undeclared income from a rental property.

    That phrasing is marvellous!

    The easy implication is that she owned a rental property and wasn't declaring it or the income. In reality she likely had a housemate and didn't declare their rent payments.

    But hearing that it feels as though she's a fat cat... especially now when we know that most MPs own rental properties. We're not thinking "20 years ago she was a poor solo mother" we're being encouraged to feel "she's a rich MP on the telly, and she screwed us". Because people vote their feelings, not their carefully considered, soundly researched logical conclusions.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 978 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to Sacha,

    "I never lied to them as such"

    Charitably that could mean that she lied about being available for full-time work while on the unemployment benefit and studying (or some similar stupid requirement).

    I am guessing she's trying to exclude lying by omission, suggesting she failed to report income or a relationship and considers that lying by omission despite the requirement that claimants affirmatively state the lack of income on a regular basis.

    But the cynical part of me takes it to mean that every statement she made included truthful elements, like "I, Paula Bennett {this bit is true} have no income to declare {this is the "as such" part}".

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 978 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to steven crawford,

    Now, seen as how this is the Winz confessional blog

    It is?

    Forgive me Russell for I have sinned, I took money from the guvmint what I was not s'posed to... Although I don't actually recall doing that, but I'm sure I did. I was more inclined to trespass against corporations that trespassed against me than go through the bureacrazy to get money that I didn't actually need (lucky to be me, I know). I was on the dole for a bit, but my supervisory official was a woman I went to university with and she just looked at me and said "we don't have the sort of job you should be looking for, so I'm not imposing a job search requirement. Now take your dole and go away". As you might guess, that was about 1990.

    I fear Pullya Benefit would demand "three paean to RogerDouglas and kick a homeless person" for absolution, where Russell might be more inclined to "donate that sum to charity".

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 978 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    she was never deliberately in a position to lie to WINZ.

    In other words, when she was in a position to lie to WINZ she got there by accident.

    She is very carefully not denying that she lied to WINZ.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 978 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to Alec Morgan,

    “if you make it to the top floor, don’t forget to send the elevator back down…” and hope it applies this election to 90s alumni voters that are doing better now

    Isn't the famous former solo mother who got a degree while on the benefit and eventually made it into parliament still there? Since she's (in)famous for not just pulling up the ladder of opportunity but smashing and burning it, I can only think that a change would require a Green majority in parliament, not just a few tweaks to the composition.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 978 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    In Australia some wonk did the numbers and came up with a very detailed explanation, but in short: if every single person getting a non-pension benefit was actually entitled to nothing at all, the level of fraud involved would still be less than the amount of tax fraud detected.

    That's something to keep in mind, and ideally in the headlines, whenever the topic of benefit fraud comes up. Doesn't stop fraud being committed against beneficiaries by the government, as the ongoing "Centrelink Debt recovery" scam/scandal here shows.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 978 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to nzlemming,

    As a victim of the system, I have no doubt that MSD have a formula ready at hand. Bastids.

    Oh, they have a formula all right "your money. Hand it over. Fuck you".

    I'm not sure I have the order of phrases exactly right, though.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 978 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Hearing privilege and Deaf disempowerment, in reply to Emma Hart,

    We had to choose all NZSL or all oral English.

    Whatever happened to the fad for teaching pre-verbal infants sign language? I remember that being a thing a few years ago, on the basis that speaking is beyond the fine motor control skills of infants for a long time after they start to understand words, but they can sign. And giving them a way to express themselves makes life a lot less frustrating...

    But that fad is in direct contradiction to the "one or the other" nonsense, and its existance counts as evidence that at worst it's not always true that a kid that learns sign is never going to speak..

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 978 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Meth Perception, in reply to Russell Brown,

    MethSolutions

    Great name, I presume they make a vape-able form of the drug?

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 978 posts Report Reply

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