safe mass transport, like Airships or something
(Even helium airships still have fuel. Lots of fuel, if they're going a long way).
Really - I can't see that Labour are any more or less competent than the Nats..
Rich, can't get your link to work
(It's the wikipedia article on the R101).
Anyway, apropos of NZ politics and of David Garrett, can anyone explain the difference between:
recklessly or negligently swearing a false affidavit/recklessly or negligently omitting to tell the full truth
(Not to mention how Philip Field got parole at the first opportunity, despite his clearly not accepting that his actions were wrong).
explain the difference between: recklessly or negligently swearing a false affidavit/recklessly or negligently omitting to tell the full truth and perjury?
According to Crimes Act 1961 No 43 (as at 13 July 2011)
Perjury is an assertion as to a matter of fact, opinion, belief, or knowledge made by a witness in a judicial proceeding as part of his evidence on oath, whether the evidence is given in open court or by affidavit or otherwise, that assertion being known to the witness to be false and being intended by him to mislead the tribunal holding the proceeding.
In this section the term oath includes an affirmation, and also includes a declaration made under section 13 of the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957.
It seems there is none.
Matt McCarten compares the government's political management of the Rena oil spill with the RWC opening night chaos.
McCully was cynically opportunistic and, in my view, insincere but it was masterful political management. His swift grandstanding ensured the Government got off the hook and most people would have got the impression that it was the council's fault.
Contrast that with Joyce's mishandling of Rena. He didn't even get to Tauranga until four days after the ship ran aground. Having the Transport Minister prattling on, saying all had been done that could be done, was just stupid.
For days everyone could see on the nightly television news footage of the ship in calm seas, leaking oil that was washing up on the beaches. It was plain to see that nothing obvious was being done.
The only members of Parliament visible from the start were from the Green Party.
This disaster, of course, is something they would take leadership on. But they did better than that - they sent their entire caucus. The Greens now own this story politically. The rest of the parties have to play catch-up.
And where was Key? The day after the wreck, there was a picture of our smiling Prime Minister in the New Zealand Herald, pretending to put up a campaign billboard for his Hamilton candidate.
the RWC opening night chaos
Pimpin earlier thread for any who missed it.
The glow that will never end.
From the McCarten Article.
"Maybe the Labour Party's charge that Key is more interested in photo opportunities than doing his job has a ring of truth about it."
The same could be said about Lange before he pulled up for a cup of tea and Labour imploded.
The Prime Ministers of Photo Opportunities.
Double, trouble, oil and rubble...
Matt McCarten compares the government’s political management of the Rena oil spill with the RWC opening night chaos.
I’m sorry, but is the Herald offering a sizable Christmas bonus to the author of the most stupid single column they publish this year? To be fair, McCarten is well off the pace but I’m not really seeing the equivalence there.
"Maybe the Labour Party’s charge that Key is more interested in photo opportunities than doing his job has a ring of truth about it."
The Prime Ministers of Photo Opportunities.
Oh, Dexter, your irony is so hot it burns. We are talking about the same Labour whose leader was posing for the cameras on a polluted beach without proper training or protective gear, and attacking people who actually know WTF they were talking about when they asked locals to stay away? That's leadership, and I'm Marie of Romania.
With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, yes. But the more pressing question is how I get the car rego transferred to Liberia - it seems nobody is responsible for any shit that goes down under that flag of convenience.
I’m not really seeing the equivalence there
The article merc links to shows up the witches brew of modern-day commercial shipping. It is hopelessly compromised, hopelessly corrupt and fecking dangerous. I am sure that sailors and ship people do a very hard job with consummate skill but it is in the service of a bad practice that will imperil us all and seems to have no concern for the environment it operates in. The invisible hand of the market is strangling us.
This ship notwithstanding.
Lol, I ain't cheap, Joe.
The invisible hand of the market is strangling us.
Or it's knuckle-sandwiching us.
I am sure that sailors and ship people do a very hard job with consummate skill
Back in the day kids would lie about their age to get into the Merchant Marine, it was a life on the ocean wave, an adventure where you would learn skills that would see you through a career of some of the most amazing experiences known to Humankind.
There were regulations and Unions to prevent exploitation of workers and environment and everybody got a puppy and a pony (note. ponies and puppies were likely to be covered in oil and crap as ships were allowed to flush out all kinds of shit back then).
These days, it seems, the only reason boys go to sea is because that it is the only way they can scrape a meagre pittance together to feed their families whilst being exploited by the greedy who are no longer expected to take any care at all.
Oh well, that's progress I suppose.
how I get the car rego transferred to Liberia
It's interesting that if one is licensed to drive a truck overseas, even by a stringent authority like the UK, you've got to do the full road and written tests to handle a 7 tonne van.
To navigate a 200,000t ship, anyones quals will do.
Pretty viscous, not a flower then...
Was it an oleaginous insult, just reading ahead or
a know-it-all spellcheck program...?
In the RNZ news at lunchtime the newsreader said that
"...the salvage crews were trying to pump oil as thick as maritime'!
Tiwai Point for sale...
Rio Tinto is carving up its Aust and NZ assets into a unit called Pacific Aluminium, which it then intends to sell off. Hopefully that means we get to renegotiate the ludicrously low price the smelter pays for 15% of our total power generation output - one would hope the contract for supply would be with the original owner and not transferrable to all and sundry bargain hunters...
... could be an election issue along with the grim spectre of a government hell-bent on publicly owned asset sales.
(Just how is English & Key planning to pay back all this money we are still borrowing?)
I want to know if the discount for electricity is going to be passed on to the new owners. That sort of subsidy, coming from us, is a huge corporate Govt. handout. Also that is one of the best surf breaks in the world, just sayin'