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Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?

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  • Jackie Clark, in reply to nzlemming,

    If I may, on behalf of the Ranapiasts, have you met our Beloved Leader? Because if you had, you would know why we have given our souls for the cause. There is none with such a cutting wit and few with as big a heart. If you wish to join us, send money. <end of transmission>

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    I have not, as yet, been so blessed but I do have hopes of remedying that lack in my spiritual experience.

    With or without the goat blood (must talk to Vaughan...)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2932 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite,

    After the recording this avo, I dropped in at St. Patrick's Cathedral...

    +3

    Oh, goody. Goat blood...

    And that is the other reason why we love him.

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 982 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Dowden, in reply to Greg Dawson,

    Horrible. I run an ESL school. I can't imagine having to create that page.

    Canberra • Since Dec 2007 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Dawson, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I think the gibberish is not optional, but we could sub in goat cheese and some good olives.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    If you wish to join us, send money.

    Is there a team colour? Also, do we get auditing? Always wanted to be an accountant....

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, goody. Goat blood all through the carpet

    I think that stain lady from Radio Live had something for goat blood ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I bet her source of information is from the craigcult ...

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    Hmm. Only the Cult Leader knows the team colours. And as for audits? Well, let's just say we are accountable only to ourselves.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    IHC reports some of their people still unaccounted for. I hope all the very active Christchurch People First group are OK. And Disability support workers needed.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Scott A,

    Hmmm, I'm seeing this facebook campaign going around to 'donate the Lotto jackpot' to the Red Cross. Hmmm. I really don't think that's a goer, for reasons ranging from the Lotteries Commission's legal restrictions, to the fact that the jackpot being given away is made up of money spent on Lotto before the disaster, by people hoping to win something back.

    I all just sort of mention that in passing to remind people that if you are interested in what you may get back, then there's the donation tax credit of 33.33%. So, if you're a Lotto buyer, how about donating instead this week, and you'll get a better return than your would from Lotto a bit down the line when you make the claim.

    Also may be a time to check if your employer offers payroll giving, or to ask your employer to allow it to an organisation that will be able help in Christchurch - that way you'll get the reduction in PAYE due to the donation tax credit immediately each pay day.

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 133 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Scott A, I just re-fb'd it (sotospeak) and yes, my friends Craig and Gio pointed out the limitations...

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason, in reply to recordari,

    Thanks for the thought. But I suspect I need to be high, deeply religious or working through my friendly spiritulist to get anything out of it. Nice on key gibberish as far as I could (not) tell but. I told y'all I don't do poetry!! :-)

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Scott A,

    So, if you’re a Lotto buyer, how about donating instead this week, and you’ll get a better return than your would from Lotto a bit down the line when you make the claim.

    I think I can afford to do both - and as a matter of principle, I don't claim tax rebates on charitable giving because I tend to donate to organisations I have a personal connection with (like hospices and Women's Refuge, who've been there for women close to me). But that's just me, no holier-than-thou bullshit being laid on anyone who does.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Hey Craig, next visit ,could you also put in a few for friend of friends daughter who is pretty munted in the hospital. Thanks but for his other friend who lost one. It comes so close to home when you meet with others.This is big.
    cheers xxx

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I think I can afford to do both – and as a matter of principle, I don’t claim tax rebates on charitable giving because I tend to donate to organisations I have a personal connection with (like hospices and Women’s Refuge, who’ve been there for women close to me). But that’s just me, no holier-than-thou bullshit being laid on anyone who does.

    Wouldn't claiming the tax rebate give you more money in the pocket so you could potentially give more in donations? I've never claimed a rebate but I assume it just reduces your tax to pay for the year.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    I assume it just reduces your tax to pay for the year

    You get a refund direct into your bank account to the tune of 33% of the donation up to 33% of your total taxable income but only after the end of the tax year. The tax you pay over the course of the year through PAYE or any additional/refund at the end of the the tax year is not affected.

    More details here.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Cubey,

    Lotto should just be banned. StupidPoorTax. Close them down and donate all bureaucrat and agency salaries to tech entrepreneurs.

    Wellington • Since May 2008 • 66 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    I don't believe that awful site is genuine. The language is all wrong, and they're trying too hard - the baby seal clubbing is a dead giveaway.

    It reads like something cooked up by a bunch of 19 year olds in a university Athiests Society.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Sofie:

    Done and done. my sweet. But only if you keep being the little wonder you are - you're the kind of bitch I want with eyes on my back in bad times.

    Rob:

    Perhaps -- but whoever made it, and whatever the motivations, it's vulgar beyond belief.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Rob - on Pharyngula they call that sort of thing a "poe".....where you can't tell a nutters rant from satire.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 496 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Since we're in a musical mode, woke to a gleek dream of an auditorium full of high school children singing this;

    After the initial 'WTF?', yes I cried. Sap, eh?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Dawson,

    Before-After photos

    Australian news have repeated the before-after picture swipes they did for the flooding in Queensland, with Christchurch snaps.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    Is there a team colour?

    Sure. Goat-blood red. Or Goat-blood rust, depending if it's fresh or dried.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

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