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by Gordon Bennett
Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Whittakers though not great still easily surpasses Cadbury except for Caramilk and Old Gold Peppermint. Cadbury has gone to the pack, their sabotage of Caramello is criminal. Mmmm. Caramilk - just like a big fat bar of the old classic Caramac. I am a bit partial to it. Otherwise, the Whittakers Coc...
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Lookin' good Labour . :thumbup: https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/education/300178702/new-zealand-students-record-worst-results-in-maths-and-science New Zealand's 13-year-olds have recorded their worst-ever results in a major international maths and science test. Hmmm. Wouldn't the performance of 13-y...
by Gordon Bennett
Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Top Five Computer games of your youth
Replies: 152
Views: 3626

Re: Top Five Computer games of your youth

Rescue (Sinclair/Spectrum) - 1984 Time Bandit (Atari ST) - 1985 Sorcery + (Amstrad CPC) - 1985 Starflight (PC) - 1986 (but fudge its stupid f**king savegame methodology!) Millennium 2.2 (PC) - 1989 Star Control II (PC) - 1992 Those, I guess, are from my 'youth' and games that I played and replayed w...
by Gordon Bennett
Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Ugh. Because Matt King and Denise Lee lost their seats, somehow that blowhard Nick Smith remains an MP. (and presumably the awful Maureen Pugh retains too)
by Gordon Bennett
Thu Nov 05, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

So, various states in the USA have legalised cannabis. Oregon, indeed, has decided to decriminalise all narcotics (58% to 42%). Liberal NZ, however, couldn't get legalisation of cannabis over the line. I'd be interested to hear from any locals in the US how visible the campaigns on these issues were...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: John Sessions - he was only 67
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: John Sessions - he was only 67

Shame. Interesting article that one on the beeb about him. He was on everything in the late 80s/early 90s and his thoughts on why he went from ubiquity to being more rarely seen is interesting. No age either.
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Suzie Ferguson (On RNZ) did a great job eviscerating someone (I missed the beginning of the interview, so not sure who the interlocutor was) about First Home Buyers driving up house prices. Quite enjoyable.
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

No. That's not what it means, she specifically says that NZ is decolonising its voice in foreign affairs. That, to me at least, doesn't have anything to do with how the media in other countries perceive us. I'm not entirely sure why the new Minister in particular has a decolonised voice compared to ...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

"Green Party politician Golriz Ghahraman -- who was New Zealand's first elected refugee MP -- congratulated Mahuta, saying it was "exciting" that the country was "decolonizing" its voice in foreign affairs."

What kind of utter bullshit comment is that. What does it even mean?
by Gordon Bennett
Mon Nov 02, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Does anyone know whether Kiri Allan has any credentials in the Conservation portfolio. Nothing specific that I can find.
by Gordon Bennett
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

If I was a Greens member, I wouldn't accept it. If they'd been offered Conservation as one of the portfolios, then perhaps yes. As it is, Davidson has been offered a tough hospital pass and Shaw can take the blame for anything the rural folk don't like. I can't really see the benefit to the Greens i...
by Gordon Bennett
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I haven't had cannabis since a very unfortunate, highly paranoid episode with some at a party in my early 20s. For me, one of the main benefits of legalisation is you're much, much more likely to know exactly what it is you're smoking than when you're getting some from some acquaintance of a friend ...
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Parrot/parakeet
Replies: 20
Views: 476

Re: Parrot/parakeet

I had a male eclectus. Lovely birds, not dusty and relatively quiet compared to most parrots. Unfortunately, he was quite smart and he worked out how to unlock his cage. Eventually, despite padlocks and other security, he got out and was hit by a car. Anyway, he was a great pet - good with the kid. ...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Having kids ... yay or nay?
Replies: 194
Views: 4179

Re: Having kids ... yay or nay?

I found the first couple of years really hard. I didn't especially want kids, and there's not much you can give a child when it's a baby. It may sound callous, but when their under about 18 months, you keep putting in and you don't get all that much back. It was a pretty hard time. Now, my kid's 6 y...
by Gordon Bennett
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Mr Mike on sterling form over the last couple of pages.
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I'm not convinced that the Nats narrative that they lost the election as voters swung to Labour to lock out the Greens makes much sense. Firstly, if that were the case, then it shouldn't have had an effect on constituency MPs. You're hardly going to vote out Gerry Brownlee or Herete Hipango in orde...
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Personally, I just think this kind of Machiavellian voter is a massive minority. Agreed - it's a political spin to try and make the hurt seem less. A massive minority would be 49.9%, I assume he meant a tiny minority. That ruined the entire post for me. I’ve had to put Gordo on ignore to try and ge...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I'm not convinced that the Nats narrative that they lost the election as voters swung to Labour to lock out the Greens makes much sense. Firstly, if that were the case, then it shouldn't have had an effect on constituency MPs. You're hardly going to vote out Gerry Brownlee or Herete Hipango in order...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Collins, Brownlee and Nick Smith all staying on then. Not much chance of a refresh of the Party. Seem to be putting their head in the sand regarding the message from the election. Mind you, if special votes break against Shane Reti in Whangarei and against the Nats in general, Smith could still be t...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Your favourite player.
Replies: 115
Views: 2752

Re: Your favourite player.

David Holwell. What a legend.
by Gordon Bennett
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I still can't believe Gerry 'Take some personal responsibility for your weight' Brownlee lost my local seat in Ilam. Fantastic stuff from the people of Christchurch and a long time coming for him and Nick Smith. I am absolutely delighted that these two have lost their seats. Also the Whanganui MP H...
by Gordon Bennett
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Glad to see Nick Smith lose Nelson. Probably still high enough up the list to get a seat, but not sure whether he’ll stay on as a list MP - might be timely to make way for some new blood. Same for Brownlee if he loses a true blue seat like Ilam.
by Gordon Bennett
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

You guys are so lucky to have a leader like Jacinda compared to our twat like Boris. Our MPs are going to get a massive pay rise in stark contrast to the stance in NZ. Respect Is it more than the 10% jump NZ politicians are scheduled get on 7 January? Did they ever end up taking that 20% pay cut? C...
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

'PM in waiting' wrestles with a supporter over a MAGA sign. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/resizer/H_-2EDCGoHmKqTOpzjS40SNVaZw=/1440x810/smart/filters:quality(70)/cloudfront-ap-southeast-2.images.arcpublishing.com/nzme/GCRPSUQQMBBZDOF2BW6ZA2WRFQ.jpg Car crash politics. :lol: Love the expressions on the...
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Lewis Hamilton - Greatest British Sportsperson
Replies: 229
Views: 3174

Re: Lewis Hamilton - Greatest British Sportsperson

Matt Neal winning a BTC race in an independently funded Nissan Primera being very unfairly ignored here. I think he even won the BTC as an independent subsequently in a converted standard Honda. What a legend.
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I find it ridiculous that you only have to have visited in the last 3 years I could still vote in the UK for 15 years after having left - with no obligation to visit over that 15 year time period. My electorate would be the one that I last lived in. If I had voted, it would have been pointless anyw...
by Gordon Bennett
Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Otago/Southland road trip today. Mosgiel - Balclutha - Clinton - Gore - Hedgehope - Invercargill. Good mix of National and Labour billboards up on rural properties. Mainly Nats, but that’s not surprising. That Taieri constituency that’s replaced South Dunedin’s pretty massive - I can see why some ar...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

What electorate are you in Kahu?

Still tossing up my electorate vote. Bishop is the better MP, but many of the local causes he's supporting, I don't like (e.g. the Cross Valley Link and P2G). Probably made up my mind on the party vote.
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I find Obfuscation Studies to be much, much more egregious.
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Those courses used to be and should be the backbone of a proper western education but they have become vectors of bullshit and rubbish thinking. They need to go. They are worse than worthless. They are poisonous. Can you point out any courses that support this claim? From my point of view, if stude...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Those courses used to be and should be the backbone of a proper western education but they have become vectors of bullshit and rubbish thinking. They need to go. They are worse than worthless. They are poisonous. Can you point out any courses that support this claim? From my point of view, if stude...
by Gordon Bennett
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I've got a dumb question to ask. If it's in the country's best interest to have more qualified medical doctors in the workforce, why is there a cap on numbers of students in training? Please don't answer this question if you're just speculating - even I can do that. We only have two decent medical ...
by Gordon Bennett
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I've got a dumb question to ask. If it's in the country's best interest to have more qualified medical doctors in the workforce, why is there a cap on numbers of students in training? Please don't answer this question if you're just speculating - even I can do that. We only have two decent medical ...
by Gordon Bennett
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I agree that it’s a pretty damning report from two authors with a fair bit of clout. It’s hard to not pay equally in the tertiary sector anyway because each tier of academia has set specified rates. To prove bias, you’d have to prove unequal outcomes in promotion processes. Promotions are managed by...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Awful and cringeworthy in equal measure. I actually agree with Jambanja here. Too much of the raised eyebrow and too much of the middle-distance staring concerned look. Ugh.
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I met Piri a fair few times. One of those people with a real 'presence'; a lot of gravitas. Anyway. How embarrassing is it to National to have two $4bn holes pointed out in their financial forecasts after Stephen Joyce's ephemeral budget hole in the last election. Not a great look for them being the...
by Gordon Bennett
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

David Seymour /act is sounding more appealing by comparison atm..I’m in the Epsom electorate and thinking I might vote for them to get them over the line as national seem doomed anyway Do you actually support ACT's policies though? A friend of mine said he was going to vote ACT because he's a gun o...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

That BERL report that Dark has linked is actually quite interesting. I've only had a skim read, but my interpretation is that legalisation would perhaps increase harm in the short term, but significantly decrease harm in the long term. I'm also in favour of - at the very least - decriminalising cann...
by Gordon Bennett
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Yeah all good fun ... but I hate your “ Natz ... Natzi ... “ rhetoric , you know what you are implying and would sook all over the web if someone did it to your “ saviour” They do and I don't. It just identifies their (and my) bias) I have never heard Labour compared to the Nazis in my life. I have...
by Gordon Bennett
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33697
Views: 1330900

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Nothing wrong with it - just two sets of fans having some fun. I was happy to stir up some national fans with "Jong Kee"; Cindy, Jasiah, Jacinta - m'eh, who cares?. All it does is position the views of the poster in my opinion. Yeah all good fun ... but I hate your “ Natz ... Natzi ... “ rhetoric ,...