Open Forum – 26 December

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  1. duperez

     /  26th December 2019

    Sometimes the big decisions come earlier in the day! Like what to click on:

    Stuff: latest news headlines: 9:35 AM: Kate McKinnon peed in front of Jennifer Lopez and it was ‘awful’
    Herald: Business: Cinema boss accuses Netflix of crushing box office revenues.
    🙃

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  26th December 2019

      If using the loo behind a closed door when someone else is out there in the other part of the room is the most traumatic thing that ever happens to Kate McKinnon, she will be very lucky indeed. What an attention-seeker she must be. She must think that Jennifer Lopez hasn’t much to think about…

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      • duperez

         /  26th December 2019

        Shh, don’t tell anybody, but I don’t know who Kate McKinnon is!
        Don’t tell me, I’m not going to click that story or Google. Then with just cause I can go on complaining that my life is incomplete. 😊

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  26th December 2019

          I don’t either, I’d never heard of her before I saw this story/non-story somewhere.

          The headline makes it sound as if she did it where Jennifer Lopez could see it.

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  2. Patzcuaro

     /  26th December 2019

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  26th December 2019

    Donald Trump decides at the last moment to buy a present for his latest wife,remember he bought a Christmas card, REMEMBER thoughts and…pray

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  26th December 2019

      Be fair, Lurch, he can’t be expected to remember ALL his wives; he has to work down the list .

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  27th December 2019

      Sad day for us. Our little Shetland collie, Tinkerbell, just made her last trip to the vet. Her cancer had spread to her face. She was too good and young for that ending.

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      • Gezza

         /  27th December 2019

        Sad news indeed, Alan. Poor Tinks. I remember her with much affection. My condolences to you & your family.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  27th December 2019

          Thanks, G. I still come home and look for her welcome. Will take a while to get used to missing that.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  27th December 2019

            Wuffs and sympathy from mine.

            I have done mostly what most men do,
            And pushed it out of my mind,
            But I can’t forget, if I wanted to,
            Four-feet trotting behind.

            Day after day, the whole day through,
            Wherever my road inclined,
            Four-feet said ‘I am coming with you !’
            And trotted along behind.

            Now I must go by some other round-
            Which I shall never find-
            One that does not carry the sound
            Of Four-feet trotting behind.

            Kipling

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            • duperez

               /  27th December 2019

              My thoughts are with you too AW. Our prize winning family member was finally helped away from his pain earlier this year after a short eight years. It sure takes time to get used to it. Every now and then some movement, some moment, has him fleetingly back.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  27th December 2019

              Thanks Kitty and dups. Tinky was only 6 – cancer is a beast. Diagnosed early November it was too bad to subject the poor little dog to two major ops and six months of chemo even if the cost wasn’t considered and she could have survived it. So it was just love and TLC until the end.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  28th December 2019

              I’d do the same.

              It’s the last kindness you can do for them.

              I love Kipling’s poem about the crabby, snappy little dog who barges into Heaven and won’t leave.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  28th December 2019

              I think that I can guess the mean-spirited PDT who downticked this and the other poem and sympathy in a bereavement.

      • You have my sympathies Alan. Losing a loved one, whether two legged or four, is always traumatic, especially when it happens at such a stressful time of year as Christmas.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  30th December 2019

          Thanks Ishmael. Life is both loving and grieving then loving again. Don’t fear or suppress either.

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  5. Corky

     /  27th December 2019

    I used to get a hard time from a couple of identities on this blog when I pointed out that TV coverage of any CBD story usually had a high percentage of Asians in the background. Various rafts of reasons were given as to why this was so. Some, for sure, had some relevance, and no doubt accounted for some of the Asian folk in the background. But anyone with a brain would know what the real reason was:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12296904

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    • Blazer

       /  28th December 2019

      uncanny!…Nostradarmus has got nothing on…you.

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      • Corky

         /  28th December 2019

        True.. a better way to show up trolls and trolling, I am yet to find.😃

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  28th December 2019

        Indeed Blazer, we are truly blessed to have a man of corky’s prodigious intellect grace us with his presence

        The newly arrived might hold a monopoly on surnames but given a Sikh can only have one surname the odds are stacked against us white folks. Good to see Charlotte and Oliver are still the first names of choice …but for how much longer

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  28th December 2019

          The fact that Singh is the most common surname is misleading, as a glance at a phonebook will show. The ignorant will assume that it means that people called Singh are the majority of the population, but all Sikh men are called Singh, as all Sikh women are called Kaur.The local phonebook has a large section of Singhs but they are still a small percent of the names therein.

          The fact that Smith is the most common Pakeha name doesn’t mean that most Pakehas are called Smith.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  28th December 2019

            In round figures, Indians are about 1 in 45 of the population and not all are Sikhs, of course.

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      • Corky

         /  28th December 2019

        Case in point. Sometimes it’s just too easy.

        ” Top baby surname reflects….” Hmmm ?

        I wonder what? Of course, extrapolation is needed here. Only an event of massive proportions would stop that trend…barring a reform of our immigration laws. But even then it’s obvious we are too late.

        The good news is I don’t mind Indians. They are productive members of society. However, what about the future of ”our culture?”

        ”The fact that Singh is the most common surname is misleading, as a glance at a phonebook”😂

        Geez..talk about a comedy. My phone book has shrunk to a 1/3 of its size over the last few years. I wonder why that is?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  28th December 2019

          It’s been revamped with Yellow Pages and White in different books and they’re not in the same one any more, so is in two small books and not one big one ?

          How gracious of you not to mind Indians…I am sure that they will be very flattered by this condecension and ‘good news’.

          Asians of all nationalities are a small minority; no need for panic about ‘our culture’ just yet. Asia is, of course, a continent and not a country.

          .

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  28th December 2019

            The phonebooks are printed in a different format which uses less paper.

            Some people want to be ex-directory.

            This will probably not affect the proportions of names.

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  6. Corky

     /  28th December 2019

    Paul Spoonley believes everything will be kapai. So disregard anything I write. Although, I wonder in what neighbourhood this chap resides?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/04/thinking-big-new-zealands-growing-pains-as-population-nears-5-million

    Quote:

    A dramatic demographic transition:

    ”What impact has having so many new arrivals, many from countries other than Europe, had on race relations and national identity? Surprisingly little, says Spoonley.”

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  28th December 2019

      Well, he’s only a university lecturer (and professor ?) in sociology….what can he know about these things ?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  28th December 2019

        Professor and Vice-Chancellor of Massey University (that’s in Palmerston North)

        It’s possible that someone like him might know what he’s talking about, even though he probably doesn’t rely on talkback radio for his information.He gives facts and figures which can be verified.

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    • Corky

       /  28th December 2019

      Tell it to the Aussies, Professor Spoonley. Will we be so lucky if Jacinda gets another term in office?

      https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/wild-brawl-at-st-kilda-foreshore/video/2118e1511c18b4bb5a5f8802072e9ab4

      I’m proud to say I listen to talkback. You get first hand information from those involved in major events. You don’t get information from MSM prepped noddies…or ignorant identities prattling on blogs, trying to tell me how things really are. 😊✔

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  28th December 2019

        I prefer to get my news from reliable sources rather than some old redneck holding forth on talkback in the middle of the night.

        It’s unlikely that PMs and other such people ring up talkback to tell the world what’s going on. If war was declared, I imagine that it wouldn’t be announced on talkback.

        I see that identity (used wrongly) is your new word…

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  28th December 2019

          You do realise that St Kilda’s is in Australia, not NZ ? What happens there is irrelevant to us; we live in NZ, not Australia.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  28th December 2019

            One can hardly call a professor and vice-chancellor of a university an ‘MSM prepped noddie’ when he’s talking about his own subject. Professors here are not the US kind (i.e. lecturers) they are Heads of Department and respected academics.

            If you hold such a low opinion of the mainstream press as opposed to the oldies who ring up talkback radio and give their opinions, why do you post so many links to the Herald and other such sources ?

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      • Corky

         /  28th December 2019

        First, a very interesting link. Normally we talk about intelligence as something people have. It allows them to maybe fix a problem faster. Maybe ace a job interview. And that’s about it.
        Here is a Jordan Peterson clip expounding his views, and the introduction of something called:

        ”Cognitive capitalism: the effect of cognitive ability on wealth, as mediated through scientific achievement and economic freedom.”
        Lordy, Parti would roil at that, even though he’s obviously the most intelligent person to grace this blog.

        I sat next to a sheila in primary school who I found out later had an IQ of 137. She used to roll her eyes at me, and others, when we spoke. I never forgot that. My IQ of 110 was enough
        to tell me we equated to chewing gum on the soles of her shoes. I instinctively knew I could be as intelligent as her but every professional I wrote to, told me IQ was set at birth and that was that. The internet proved me right. I was one of the first uptakers of new forms of intelligence building programmes that are still hotly disputed today, as the clip will show.

        https://www.iqmindware.com/provocative-jordan-peterson-iq-video-response-part-1-the-highest-iqs/

        Now, why did I go off on that tangent? Oh yes, Kitty! 😃

        ”I see that identity (used wrongly) is your new word…”

        As I told Maggie, if I want a grammar Nazi I will ask for one. Please don’t be ignorant and rude. I doubt you went to a girls boarding school. Such schools are strict on manners.

        ”I prefer to get my news from reliable sources rather than some old redneck holding forth on talkback in the middle of the night.”

        Obviously doesn’t listen to talkback. How can someone reporting firsthand from a major event be guaranteed to be a redneck. And what if this person was a redneck? Does that negate what they are reporting?

        ”It’s unlikely that PMs and other such people ring up talkback to tell the world what’s going on. If war was declared, I imagine that it wouldn’t be announced on talkback.”

        Definitely doesn’t listen to talkback. Many politicians have hosted their own programmes.😃

        ”You do realise that St Kilda’s is in Australia, not NZ ? What happens there is irrelevant to us; we live in NZ, not Australia.”

        Two choices available: To save getting moderated, people can fill in the gaps.

        I wrote:
        ”Tell it to the Aussies, Professor Spoonley. Will we be so lucky if Jacinda gets another term in office?”

        Why did I write that?

        https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/116322335/government-set-to-remove-racist-refugee-policy-increase-quotas-from-africa-and-middle-east

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        • Corky

           /  28th December 2019

          *Maggy

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        • Corky

           /  28th December 2019

          Politicians who have hosted a talkback show:

          1- Micheal Laws
          2- Winston Peters
          3- John Key
          4- Phil Goff
          5- JT
          6-Willie
          7-Deborah Coddington
          8- Rodney Hide ( very good host)
          9-David Cunliffe
          10- Muriel Newman

          I forget the rest.

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          • duperez

             /  28th December 2019

            John Banks is on the forgotten list. I remember him being on in the day time so that means he wouldn’t qualify for the ‘old redneck holding forth on talkback in the middle of the night’ label.

            It was a chance for him to show the world what a nasty man he was and he made the most of the opportunity. The sanctimonious arsehole attitude he showed to many would have been great to observe trotted out on the occasion of numerous incidents he was later involved in or later became public knowledge.

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            • Corky

               /  28th December 2019

              He’s a Rightie version of a nasty Lefty. The only difference is he gives quietly to many charities..and he loves animals.

              The only animals Lefties like is on their plate.. and as for giving? Are you joking. It’s about taking from da fillfy witch and giving it to themselves.
              Fugg the poor. Let the Tories take care of them. And the Tories will..at the next election.

            • duperez

               /  29th December 2019

              I appreciate all of that although a bit surprised you didn’t go the whole hog (as it were.) To wit, while those nasty lefties simple wallow in their morass Banks should be given a knighthood for the magnanimity of his single- handed and single-minded efforts to show pea-brained, oafish and odious ways don’t reside on one side.
              It’d be the icing on his cake of awards, the last card in the deck. And of course it could be tarted up with the commentary, “For services to dogs.”

            • Corky

               /  29th December 2019

              ”He’s a Rightie version of a nasty Lefty.”

              Nasty people, on the whole, don’t get knighthoods. He has made too many enemies on both the Right and Left spectrums of politics.
              If you study Banksie you will ironically learn much about yourself and your
              rabid Leftwing compatriots.

            • duperez

               /  29th December 2019

              It’s likely I’ve had the opportunity to study him more closely than you. In doing that I learned a lot more about those who lionise(d) him than about
              rabid Leftwingers.

            • Corky

               /  29th December 2019

              Pray tell, my good man. Leave no salacious detail out. I have always wondered about the ”Queensland Banksie” incident Winston alluded to during a televised spat with him.

              From memory Winston said:

              ” Why don’t you tell the public why you are called ”Queensland Banskie.”

            • Corky

               /  29th December 2019

              Are you home, Dups?

          • Corky

             /  29th December 2019

            11-Simon Bridges
            12- Helen Clark
            13- Banksie

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            • Blazer

               /  29th December 2019

              Banks gives ‘quietly’…. to many charities…really!

              Just like Shonkey tonks and donating his salary to ..charity.

            • Corky

               /  29th December 2019

              Let that Lefty hate out, Blazer. It will do your soul good.You now understated why a Lefty can never be the measure for a Righty. It’s like comparing lemons with a mangoes. One puckers the facial features…the other brings a contented countenance of joy.

              What with Kitty whining about downticks ( yes, over the Xmas break), and you with your nastiness – do you guys ever do ”happiness?”

              I’m down ticking you.

            • Blazer

               /  29th December 2019

              @Corky…you can accept b/s as truth if you…wish.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  29th December 2019

              I was disgusted at the meanspiritedness of whoever was downticking all the wishes for people to have a good Christmas and people saying what they were doing to celebrate, also the petty malice of the PDT who downticked Alan’s bereavement and the people who offered condolences. Downticking such things shows a nastiness that most people would probably find abhorrent, I imagine.

            • Corky

               /  29th December 2019

              And still the whining continues. Alan couldn’t give a stuff who up or downticked him. He has lost a beloved pet. His thoughts are elsewhere.
              Having lost two Dobs to disease and accident, I know how he feels.
              Personally, I didn’t waste my time offering condolences because words don’t cut the mustard at times like this. That of course just applies to me, and not other people and how they express their support for Alan.

              Geez, I wish some people would get a life…and stop fixating on ticks. Pete could do us all a favour and disable this function.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  29th December 2019

              There is a difference between disgust and whining.

              Downticking condolences and Christmas wishes is disgusting by any standards and one must wonder what kind of spiteful person would do this.

              The PDTs who take such pleasure in being spiteful (one in particular) would hate to lose this opportunity for petty malice.

  7. Extrapolation:

    The action of estimating or concluding something by assuming that existing trends will continue or a current method will remain applicable.
    “sizes were estimated by extrapolation”

    MATHEMATICS:

    the extension of a graph, curve, or range of values by inferring unknown values from trends in the known data.

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  8. Corky

     /  29th December 2019

    They have just worked this out?

    https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/12/pentagon-warns-military-members-against-at-home-dna-tests/

    15 years ago I wrote to the Health Ministry, even had an argument with a district nurse. I asked them could the security of ‘Guthrie’ blood samples be guaranteed. I said I thought eventually they will go onto a data base for easy access by police and other none medical
    organisations. The district nurse said I was talking ‘conspiracy stuff.’ The Ministry assured me
    the Guthrie tests would never be available for non medical use. They either lied..or were
    very naive. Note the date below (2011). An interesting phrase is also used in the quote -”Memorandum of Understanding.” Talk about the devil in the bullshit.

    Quote:

    ”Any blood left over after screening may be used:

    For repeat testing – if a baby has a disorder but did not have a positive screening result, the blood sample can be tested again to see why this happened
    To make improvements to screening programme tests
    To investigate unexplained illness or death in the individual or family/whānau (with consent)
    For forensic use (identifying a deceased or missing person or assisting with enquiries such as identifying victims of a natural disaster or crime). Access to blood spot cards by New Zealand Police is rare and only as a last resort. It is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding.
    For research approved by an ethics committee and by the Ministry of Health as an appropriate use of residual blood spot samples. Residual blood spots collected prior to June 2011 also require written consent from each individual for use in research.”

    https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/pregnancy-and-kids/first-year/first-6-weeks/health-checks-first-6-weeks/newborn-screening-tests/newborn-metabolic-screening.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  29th December 2019

      Any power given or conceded will eventually be abused. When that happens, will enough people know and care enough to set it right?

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      • Corky

         /  29th December 2019

        Probably not. I doubt 90% of the population know what Guthrie tests are(?) That’s the way the government likes it – it’s much easier to pass unnoticed legislation. But that aside, most Kiwis wouldn’t give a stuff. They probably think it’s a great idea until……

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  9. Corky

     /  29th December 2019

    David Seymour leading a talkback poll on the most effective politician for this year. Simon is still to receive a vote… Rob Muldoon heads him off on two votes. National need to pay serious attention to this poll. They can’t sleep walk to victory.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  29th December 2019

      Smile on front, brains behind. Boris shows how it is done. Simon seems lacking in both departments.

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      • Blazer

         /  29th December 2019

        ah..Donald and Boris your heroes Al…a vicarious orgasm about the alpha male…you can never…be.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  30th December 2019

          Silly as ever, B. I’m a happy male with no need to be alpha. You seem to be the resentful one.

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  10. Corky

     /  30th December 2019

    Here’s a problem. If it was one artefact you could write it off. But there are many that have been quietly forgotten.

    https://www.archaeology-world.com/400-million-year-old-hammer-discovered-in-texas-the-london/

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    • Conclusion: the London Artifact is a hammer partly embedded in a concretion

      The nodule is not a detached part of the bedrock, but a concretion made from once dissolved carbonate minerals that precipitated out as the water evaporated. In other words, the nodule could easily be of nineteenth-century date

      There is no evidence whatsoever that the nodule was ever part of the Red Creek’s geology, which is the Lower Cretaceous Hensel Sand Formation. These deposits are thought to be roughly 110-115 million years old. Having acquired the object in the early 1980s, Baugh promoted it as a ‘pre-Noachian’ artefact (in other words, dating from a time before the mythical Flood of Noah). However, it was soon pointed out by a geologist that minerals dissolved from ancient strata can harden around a recent object, making it look impressive to someone unfamiliar with geological processes. In fact, the style of the hammer would lead us to recognise it as nineteenth-century in date and of definitely American provenance.

      http://www.badarchaeology.com/out-of-place-artefacts/very-ancient-artefacts/the-london-artifact/

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  11. Corky

     /  30th December 2019

    Sounds reasonable..but it’s not proven conclusively.

    Here’s some more:

    https://www.zmescience.com/other/most-amazing-unexplained-artifacts/

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    • The age of the hammer as claimed by some is not proven at all.

      “In fact, radiocarbon is yet to be undertaken for the hammer itself, which bring a significant question mark for the date of the hammer. The hammer is now an exhibit in the so-called Creation Evidence Museum, which is also kind of unfortunate, because curators don’t allow scientific tests on the London Hammer.”

      With no alternative proof it’s reasonable to assume it’s modern hammer, as it appears to be.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  30th December 2019

        It certainly looks modern(ish) rather than ancient. The handle through the head’s a giveaway.

        The first hammers as we know them had the heads attached to the handles with thongs rather than having the handle inserted. Before that, people used hard stones, held in their hands as people do now when they don’t have a hammer handy and need to knock something.

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        • Corky

           /  30th December 2019

          Quote:

          ”One common engineering technique involves cutting the top of the lower stone at a certain angle, and placing another stone on top of it which was cut at the same angle. The precision with which these angles have been used to create flush joints is indicative of a highly sophisticated knowledge of stone-cutting and a thorough understanding of ”descriptive geometry.” Many of the joints are so precise that not even a razor blade will fit between the stones”

          Descriptive geometry?

          ”Gaspard Monge, Comte de Péluse (9 May 1746 – 28 July 1818) was a French mathematician, the inventor of descriptive geometry (the mathematical basis of technical drawing), and the father of differential geometry.”

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  12. Corky

     /  30th December 2019

    We get many liberals angsting about guns and gun crime. Well here’s another example of how guns saved the day. Please remember if this situations happens in New Zealand; as it has, and will again, parishioners will have no form of self defence. They will die where they stand or sit.

    One person was shot while trying to draw his gun. He made the fatal mistake of drawing on an offender who already had his weapon drawn and in his hand. My guess is the victim spent his time range shooting and not`on instinctive point urban combat courses.
    Adrenaline is the worst enemy during pressure situations. It gives tunnel vision, shortness of breath and declining motor functions and skills.

    My GUESS is the man who shot this feral was a God fearing Christian boy who knew how to use a gun, probably from an early age.

    Give me this type over a metro male any day.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50942664

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    • Blazer

       /  30th December 2019

      hey Corky if you see an incoming ICBM ,just draw your pistol…and shoot it..down.

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    • duperez

       /  30th December 2019

      It’s most likely this sort of situation will happen in New Zealand. again. Clearly the best thing that could happen is to be prepared.

      1 Ensure that everyone knows how to use a gun from an early age.
      2 Minimise the effects of adrenaline during pressure situations and the tunnel vision, shortness of breath and declining motor functions and skills by heavy and consistent training.
      3 Have everyone armed with a loaded weapon.

      There you go, problem solved. With that sort of regime no-one would ever go somewhere to shoot other people because they know they’d be gunned down. Anyone considering doing such an act would have to be mad to continue with such a plan. There aren’t many like that around and they wouldn’t be mad for long because they’d be killed.

      Can’t see anything wrong with a plan like that. Anyone? Reckon I could sell it to Simon on his Scare and Fear bike? Or David Seymour on his letting people make their own choices one?

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      • Corky

         /  31st December 2019

        Tell it to the mosque victims, Duper. My guess is, given the choice to carry concealed handguns, Jews and Muslims would have armed parishioners at all their places of worship.
        Like the typical liberal you are, you spend all your time on sarcasm rather than having a think
        to see if this could work, with a few adjustments for New Zealand culture.

        You touch upon training. My model would involve three months of intensive training ( paid for by applicants) before they would receive their permit to carry. Each city would have a police run ”kill room” for reality training. Practice guns would fire ”bruise shots” that hurt like hell, to
        give applicants a taste of severe pain for any tactical error. Permits would require renewal and testing every year. Those permit holders not up to standard would have to resit the three month introductory course. No exceptions.

        Of course you may not have noticed, Duper, but society is breaking down. And the innocent have no form of protection. Of course that’s OK with you, but it’s not for me.

        Now let’s look at your solution for law abiding citizens to protect themselves. OK…. hmmm…..
        yees…..nothing. Anyone surprised? Not me.

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        • duperez

           /  31st December 2019

          Like the typical liberal I am, I spend all my time on sarcasm rather than having a think to see if this could work, with a few adjustments for New Zealand culture? Is sarcasm better or worse than other ways of thinking?

          I leave the real thinking to geniuses. We’ve seen the headlines, ‘Trump Suggests Teachers Get a ‘Bit of a Bonus’ to Carry Guns,’ Trump wants to arm only the teachers who have ‘natural talent’, Trump says arming teachers with concealed weapons could prevent school massacres’…

          I have noticed that there are some breakdowns in society. Your solution in the paragraph about training is an excellent illustration.

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    • Blazer

       /  30th December 2019

      underwhelming.

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    • “So does the good outweigh the bad? In the next column, we’ll review the 10 worst things Trump did in 2019.”

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  31st December 2019

        Don’t have that column yet but here are Trump’s faiilures:
        https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/29/trumps-failures/

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      • Corky

         /  31st December 2019

        Maybe a better indicator of Trumps overall success would be pre Trump America v post Trump America. I think post Trump America is going to be a very confusing time for America and the world. I’m picking a rapid decline for America, both economically and status wise.
        That should worry New Zealand, as China and Russia take over as the worlds greatest influencers.

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  13. Alan Wilkinson

     /  31st December 2019

    The man who set the FBI to spy on Trump and lied about it complains that Trump attacks him:
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/118528675/what-its-like-to-be-publicly-attacked-by-donald-trump

    … but forgets to mention why.

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