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Comment Re:Wrong but consistent with CA politicians ... (Score 1) 618

Hardly a CA only issue.
In New Zealand one of our major cities -Christchurch- got whacked by a major earthquake a few years ago.

The current (National/ right-wing) government specifically gave exemptions to allow Chinese reinforcing steel etc. for the rebuild. It has now been found that the Chinese steel is shit and not as 'ductile' or flexible enough to withstand any future shocks. The test certificates that come with the Chinese steel are not worth the paper they aren't printed on.

The Chinese have threatened NZ with a trade war (our largest export market) if we get into quality/ dumping issues which is what the pricks have been doing.
NZ makes it owns reinforcing mesh with trustworthy certificates which has been seriously undercut.

Submission + - Uber could be banned in New Zealand over safety concerns (

MoaDweeb writes: Uber — scourge of the taxi industry- is at risk of being banned from New Zealand.
Apparently Uber are not vetting their drivers criminal and medical history sufficiently:

'Uber could be banned in New Zealand if it fails to comply with safety laws, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.
A ban was not the Government's preferred option, but passenger safety was paramount, Bridges said today.
All drivers in New Zealand need to have a passenger or "P" endorsement to be able to operate a passenger service vehicle.This includes a police check, a fit-and-proper person inspection and regular checks that the driver is able to provide a transport service.
Some Uber drivers already have P endorsements.
But the company has also been carrying out its own vetting policy, which falls short of the standards required under New Zealand law.'

Probably will not amount to much however consistent with Uber's worldwide policy of 'our way not your way'.

Comment Re:If it was that easy and worked that well (Score 2) 170

From an articles at Ars Technica today:

'So is this a breakthrough demonstration of carbon storage that can be emulated around the world? Not necessarily. It’s not entirely clear what it is about the CarbFix site that allowed such rapid mineralization. It could be some combination of characteristics of the geology and groundwater chemistry, although the researchers think their approach of dissolving the CO2 in water before injection played a role.

Charlotte Sullivan studies CO2 storage in basalt at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She told Ars that slower rates of mineralization are expected in other locations that have been studied. '

Not as cut and dried as our Australian climate denying mates would have you assume. If it can be replicated then that would be interesting.

Comment Re:Sad truth: No Jail Time or RICO confiscation (Score 2) 110

Tax avoidance - the LEGAL minimisation of taxation due.
Tax evasion - the ILLEGAL minimisation of tax due.

Evasion gets you a cell mate, avoidance does not.

Regardless of your own views of what should constitute avoidance/ evasion these people do not appear to have done anything illegal.
  Whether it is moral is another question.

Comment Re:To any Canadians (Score 1) 268


NZL has lots of cows, sheep, polluted rivers and I am no fan of the current administration; however I would balk at describing our Government as 'messed up'.
We have MMP (a proportional representation system) for Parliament, reasonably harmonious race relations and a mostly 'unarmed 'Police force.

Tell me more and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter...

Comment Re:Ride sharing? (Score 1) 105

"Nope. A taxi company picks up people on the street by hail. Uber doesn't. By definition it isn't a taxi company, no matter what your personal hatred of them warps your beliefs to"

Taxi firms in New Zealand pick you up via hail, from taxi ranks and if you ring them and ask their robot phone service.
Uber are a taxi service.

Then again it is not the USA so I must be wrong.

Comment Re:Never let a perfectly good crisis go to waste! (Score 0) 400

Let's help out the FBI then:

Basic Hummus recipe

Serves 6-8 as a starter
2 x 400g cans of chickpeas (reserve the liquid and a few chickpeas for decoration)
4 tsp tahini
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp crushed sea salt
6 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
3 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Paprika (optional)
Coriander or parsley leaves (optional)

Rinse the chickpeas in cold water and tip into the food processor. Add the tahini, crushed garlic, salt, lemon juice and seven tablespoons of the reserved liquid from the cans. Turn on the food processor and slowly pour in the oil while it runs.
When the mixture is fully combined and smooth, tip it into a serving dish. Drizzle with some more extra virgin olive oil and decorate with a few whole chickpeas. Sprinkle with paprika and finely chopped coriander or parsley leaves, for colour.

There... no backdoor needed.
Please note this uses grams and may cause confusion for those who use imperial measurements only.

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