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Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 1) 489

by MoaDweeb (#49443739) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

In NZ it is from the 'white gold' of dairy farming enriching about 5%. Ohh and property speculation, but that has been the main backbone of our economy since 1870's.

More publically funded irrigation + more fertiliser + heaps more cows = increased nitrate runoffs + dead rivers and lakes.

Capitalism is awesome.

Comment: Re: Go California! (Score 1) 139

by MoaDweeb (#48576767) Attached to: California Sues Uber Over Practices

, look to the third world where companies put melamine in their food to artificially inflate the protein count and fake baby formula with little to no nutritional value gets passed off as legit.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. In 2008 the NZ dairy corporate Fonterra had a Chinese subsidary (Sanlu) in which they had a minority interest (less than 49%) that produced baby formula. The subsidary had supply from local farmers who would get increased payouts with milk with more protein in it. These local suppliers found that melamine was a good way of 'supplementing' the protein count; this was not detected as no Dairy company (at the time) tested for melamine as it is usually used in making benchtops etc (amongst other things I think) and normally does not come anywhere near the dairy supply chain. So, no, the 'evil corporate' did not intentially poison its consumers, the dodgy suppliers did. I am no shill for Fonterra, in NZ we have serious issues with freshwater deregradation due to intesifying dairying which Fonterra is accused of reacting slowly to.

Comment: Re:News for birds... (Score 3, Insightful) 46

Mate, this matters to New Zealanders! For 20 years our national symbol has been linked as a descendant of the Australian ratites, coupled with our national inferiority complex (see below) the psychological impact has been devastating. Now we are free to clomp around with the flightless chicken-sized kiwi free from any Australian associations.

Comment: Re:He was never IN solitary confinement (Score 2) 150

by MoaDweeb (#42244757) Attached to: Pirate Bay Founder Released From Solitary Confinement
Tax Avoidance = Rich people. i.e Sending money to the Cayman Islands and having it come back as Capital gains. Tax Evasion = Poor people. i.e. Taking cash jobs and not declaring the income. Avoidance is the LEGAL minimisation of taxation due, evasion is the ILLEGAL minimisation.

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