And me. I have been a 'free rider' on Public Address for years now. It is (Almost) the least I could do!!
My thoughts now are with every poor bastard who’s been on the receiving end of a prosecution based on evidence provided by these clearly disreputable men.
Mr Rickards as I understand it was an undercover drug squad officer?? In that case there could be many of these 'poor bastards'. Consider the following hypothetical exchange:
Defence Lawyer. Constable Rickards, can you tell the jury whether you were under the influence of Marijuana/Cocaine/Insert drug of choice at the time?
Constable Rickards. No sir, I simulated using Marijuana/Cocaine/Insert drug of choice.
There you have it - the big lie, under oath, in front of a Judge and jury. Use 'Simulate' in a conversation with any former undercover drug agent, and watch the reaction - it is a joke statement.
There have been many over the years, but one of the more memorable was way back near the start of my working life when I had to go to Auckland with a colleague to do a couple of days work, and had 2 nights to spend....
Caught the same show in Wellington at the old Terminus Tavern too. Sublime. Can't remember the name of the Auckland Venue.
Don't be too upset Keith - it's only DC after all, and she don't make much sense at the best of times. The article says much more about her really.
I have a few friends from Asia (No, really!), and we frequently use the 'You all look the same to me' argument in both directions - good fun, but it aint really the same as in your article is it.
I always look out for the use of 'opportunity cost' in an argument, as it is most often abused by those who live in a permanant state of outrage. Dissapointing to see this drivel in a nationally circulated magazine though. It must be quite demoralising.