Tax, plastic, assassinations (6 Aug, 2018)

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Tax, plastic, assassinations (6 Aug, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:54 am

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The Amazon Tax will either fail -- or it will force online retailers to collect taxes for a myriad of foreign governments, effectively challenging the viability of the whole concept. Which do you think will be the outcome?

Should we be storing our waste plastics for the benefit of future generations?

And has the media, yet again, shot their credibility all to hell by publishing "facts" before they've been verified in respect to the alleged "drone attack" on the Venezuelan president?
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Re: Tax, plastic, assassinations (6 Aug, 2018)

Postby Muz » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:59 am

I'm surprised that this YouTube offering hasn't got the pollies knickers in a twist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HipTO_7mUOw&vl=en To me, it's more believable than an exploding kitchen in a nearby tower block.
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Re: Tax, plastic, assassinations (6 Aug, 2018)

Postby goosemoose » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:16 am

aardvark_admin wrote:Should we be storing our waste plastics for the benefit of future generations?

Ah but we are already. Just chuck your empty drink bottle or plastic wrapping in the local creek or sea and it will automatically end up being stockpiled in the middle of the pacific ocean. No resource consents needed for that one.
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Re: Tax, plastic, assassinations (6 Aug, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:10 am

More reports on that drone assassination attempt. There's video on this RNZ page which appears to show a DJI Matrice 600 drone exploding in mid-air.

The M600 is *not* a recreational drone, it is very much a product designed for commercial use.

And what have we learned from this?

Drones are a decidedly *ineffective* way to try and assassinate someone.
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Re: Tax, plastic, assassinations (6 Aug, 2018)

Postby phord » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:40 pm

the governments of other countries will jump on the "Amazon Tax" bandwagon
Will they?
I don't think other gummits are quite as dumb as our one.
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Re: Tax, plastic, assassinations (6 Aug, 2018)

Postby phill » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:51 pm

bruce

Drones are a decidedly *ineffective* way to try and assassinate someone.


they are if they are imaginary kind .. rather like the ones used there

the pics all clearly show some form of combustion from inside the rooms

anything done from the outside would be more circular / random and less shaped by the building structure ( windows / openings )

the amount of blackening to damage also hints at some form of fuel rather than explosive
with one window showing what looks like the originating rooms flame tongue
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Re: Tax, plastic, assassinations (6 Aug, 2018)

Postby phill » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:58 pm

phord wrote:
the governments of other countries will jump on the "Amazon Tax" bandwagon
Will they?
I don't think other gummits are quite as dumb as our one.


i would argue that one

most have the same qualifications as ours

must be dumber than a box of rocks
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Re: Tax, plastic, assassinations (6 Aug, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:12 pm

I agree... it takes a certain degree of self-interest and lack of morality to become a politician. The bar in these areas is about equal around the world.
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What a crazy world we're living in.

Postby Perry » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:22 pm

Bruce wrote: I think it's about time we instigated a new element in the curriculum of our schools. We should be teaching "healthy skepticism" so as to show kids that you can't believe everything you read or see in the media. People need to be reminded that the primary role of our newspapers, radio and TV is to make money, not to deliver researched, informed news.

Get off the grass, Bruce! Any such notion would also have to include decoding advertising-speak. :twisted:

Next you'll be suggesting that pupils - instead of being indoctrinated with pseudo-cultural-clap-trap - be exposed to learning a bit about the real world and perhaps some 'financial intelligence.' Here's a relevant quote:
Years ago property mega-millionaire Robert Kiyosaki made a controversial splash when he published a book with the title: ‘If you want to be rich and happy don’t go to school.’ While I disagree with this – because schools teach you valuable skills like literacy and maths etc. here’s what I would say . . .
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Re: Tax, plastic, assassinations (6 Aug, 2018)

Postby Muscular Jam » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:09 pm

aardvark_admin wrote:And I thought the government was supposed to be working *for* the people?
Really? You seriously thought that? Nah, you're pulling my leg.
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