Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
This is not about the rock- throwing, car burning rioting or armed resistance, but about the more subtle methods used by those unable or unwilling to take up arms.
Even in the vilest regimes, there have been those who found a way to fight back- the slave workers of WWII, who managed to leave a bit of cotton waste in a fuel system, or grit in a gearbox.
In my story, we have a less overt form of fascism (slightly). People find ways of making the government's apparatus job more difficult- misinformation, over-reporting of 'suspicious activity', casting aspersions towards minor officials. Neighbors who start having parties and making noise to disturb the sleep of a local official. The farmers who leave supplies out, where the armed revolutionaries can readily find them. Contractors who are always a day late delivering or repairing goods and services to the government- and never do as good a job as they could.
Then there are those within the system who would fight back. The policeman who turns a blind eye. The storeman who makes supplies 'vanish'. The soldiers that break irreplaceable equipment.
Any ideas of subtle or passive resistance would be appreciated!
Who knows?- we may need to try them out one day...
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The one thing that might salvage the crock of shit, is that so many are taking the money and bailing. Acre for acre, the land in that area is going to be worth less than a bit of stony bare land out the back of Springfield. As it is, the land is worthless, as high-rise is looking to be uninsurable- and there goes the business sector.
So, I say let it return to park with cheap land for those that will take the risk of building there. Maybe the cheap land will attract what the run-down semi-derelict old rentals used to. The bars, cafes and restaurants that were all done on a shoestring budget.
They were the appeal of the CBD- retail was dying well before the shakeup, as the shops relocated to the outlying malls- as they have been doing worldwide.
Bars, food outlets, boutiques and brothels can all be build in quake-resistant steel and timber and don't need to be more than two stories high.
Likewise, low-rise apartments catering to those who like that sort of lifestyle.
Think outside of the concrete box!
Looks like I'm not the only one thinking this.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Who could be more out of touch with heartland New Zealand, than a friggin' 'ban everything' greenie?
Monday, September 26, 2011
Yep, make dope legal.
BUT- employers will test for it, as they do now. Just as turning up with alcohol in the system will get you the boot, so will dope.
ALSO- Given that beneficiaries are meant to be work- ready- they should be subject to random testing, too. Fail the test, no dole.
If you drive a vehicle on the road- expect to get tested, just like for alcohol.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
It would be- but for the fact that the ones playing loose with the law are those that would make the laws that the rest of us mere mortals are required to comply with.
Is anybody surprised at such blatant hypocrisy?
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I hate it- as does every other person I know with: small children, older children, livestock, early starts, shiftwork- or is otherwise a slave to other peoples timetables.
The unemployed and the retired don't give a damn- so who actually wants it- and why?
It's not like we magically get more hours in the day.
I suspect it's those in the civil service- childless and on glide time who want to sip Chardonnay on the deck after a day of making life more difficult for the rest of us.
Or it's just someone being a bastard because it is possible to be so.
Bastinado would be too gentle a medicine...
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Does this include speed cameras in unmarked vehicles?
The millions nabbed by these revenue generators would make for a fairly serious crime...
Sunday, September 18, 2011
"...Remember that scene in The Young Ones where Neil the hippy, fearful of nuclear bombs, paints himself white to deflect the blast? It's the same concept, with the whiteness of the oyster shells reflecting the sun's rays away from the soil and into the canopy to help ripen the fruit faster.
We may not reach the same high temperatures that other countries do, but one thing we do have plenty of is UV.
We're about 30 per cent higher in UV here than our corresponding latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, so it's a significant factor.
Rod agrees. "When I host people from overseas I tell them to think about New Zealand wines being ripened by light rather than heat and suddenly a light goes on. That freshness, vitality and brightness in our wines suddenly all makes sense. People get that..."
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
I say this reluctantly but not so subtly: you are not suitable for a graduate degree. It does not matter if your father died or if you have a medical certificate.
I have been too nice and given you too high marks all along (at C+). I do not anticipate that you will do better in the final exercise. You are already a day late.
The extension is meaningless because you have not attended the last few classes and are the worse performer in the class...Seems that freedom of speech is only for 'special' people...
Monday, September 05, 2011
Sunday, September 04, 2011
He doesn't know what to wear to hide his head and his wooden
leg, so he writes to a fancy dress company to explain his
problem. A few days later he receives a parcel with a
Please find enclosed a Pirate's outfit. The spotted
handkerchief will cover your bald head and with your wooden
leg you will be just right as a Pirate. The man is
offended that the outfit emphasizes his disability, so he
writes a letter of complaint.. A week passes and he
receives another parcel and note:
Sorry about the previous parcel. Please find enclosed a
monk's habit. The long robe will cover your wooden leg and
with your bald head you will really look the part. The man
is really incandescent with rage now, because the company
has gone from emphasizing his wooden leg to drawing
attention to his bald head. So he writes a really strong
letter of complaint.. A few days later he gets a very small
parcel from the company with the accompanying letter:
Please find enclosed a tin of Golden Syrup.
We suggest you pour the tin of Golden Syrup over your bald
head, let it harden, then stick your wooden leg up your arse
and go as a toffee apple.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Friday, September 02, 2011
Thursday, September 01, 2011
"The Government has confirmed New Zealand's give way rules for turning vehicles will be changed early next year.
Drivers will have to get used to giving left-turning traffic the right of way when the changes kick-in on March 25, 2012.
Currently, drivers turning left have to give way to vehicles turning right.
Transport Minister Steven Joyce said it was "not necessarily the case" that there would be a spike of accidents when the rules changed..."
Time to buy shares in a panel beating business. The transport minister is dreaming or retarded if he thinks there won't be a 'spike in accidents'
Hell, some have never come to turns with the rule change back in the '70's when they went to the hair-brained 'right-hand rule', in the first place...