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    What is this whole Nats vs Labour thing about...

    What is this whole Nats vs Labour thing about anyway?

    What do they stand for? Really?

    Red vs Blue?

    What is at the heart of it?

    How did it all start?
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    Claps. From a medieval standpoint, You may...

    Claps.

    From a medieval standpoint,

    You may have just defeated one of them.

    The first one in fact.

    Congratulations.
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    Sticky: You're talking about ownership. When anyone...

    You're talking about ownership.

    When anyone enters into any sort of contract, say a rental agreement, some of the rights of ownership are lost.

    or partially lost.

    I picked up a book on the...
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    Yes, yes, I'm a terrible person. Now perhaps...

    Yes, yes, I'm a terrible person.

    Now perhaps you will say why you want us all to wait in ever longer and longer queues.
    And how "more people" will be made to go to your small coal town, and stay...
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    Haha. Sorry, I was in a rush yesterday...

    Haha.

    Sorry, I was in a rush yesterday morning, I didn't mean to bruise your ego.
    It's all tongue-in-cheek anyway.

    I agree, no "one" has all the answers.
    But is "reason" the property of a...
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    ok, nice, a captive example. sooooo… I'll walk...

    ok, nice, a captive example.

    sooooo… I'll walk you through it.

    Ohura was a coal town.

    That was its main reason for being.

    It's raison d'Ítre.
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    I'd argue that no place is sustainable. Not...

    I'd argue that no place is sustainable.

    Not totally.

    It's just a self contained misconception.

    We'll never be big enough to produce , say, smartphones (for a practical cost), or some medical...
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    Nice. You're going in the right direction. ...

    Nice.

    You're going in the right direction.

    They were distracted by the small picture.

    You're being distracted by the middle scale picture.

    But, for a totally successful result, you need...
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    Wait, what? How does a small Japanese spa town...

    Wait, what?

    How does a small Japanese spa town relate to NZ?

    long stretch there.

    Top marks for the matchmaker in the piece though.
    Love that kind of clever problem solving.
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    Labels like "socialist" or "capitalist" annoy me...

    Labels like "socialist" or "capitalist" annoy me a little bit.
    I get the feeling that silly people use them without really understanding them.
    (Present company excluded of course).

    I even doubt...
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    why do I keep thinking of that ancient Tony...

    why do I keep thinking of that ancient Tony Christie song (Hey Las Vegas).

    … and possibly line 6 of the 5th verse of American Pie.
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    As a non smoker, I can't really even understand...

    As a non smoker, I can't really even understand why people use cigarettes.

    But as an impartial judge, I'd have to balance the grief children and spouses would feel at prematurely loosing someone...
  13. OK. So it's become obvious that the only real...

    OK.

    So it's become obvious that the only real game in town is optimization.

    Making sure all the work you are putting in is not wasted.

    Well, at least minimising the waste.

    And believe me,...
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    I haven't heard much doom and gloom at all. Must...

    I haven't heard much doom and gloom at all.
    Must be the social circles you move in.

    Everyday people have just become disinterested in property as a way to make a quick buck, because they can't...
  15. It's worth mentioning, that the code for density...

    It's worth mentioning, that the code for density runs pretty deep in the nature of things.

    Right at the atomic level, water in a pond will (given some heat type energy) evaporate away from a...
  16. Wow! No beating about the bush there. Top...

    Wow!
    No beating about the bush there.
    Top points for bravery.

    You've gone for a balancing type solution also.
    Balance the productive members of society with the workload, by reducing the...
  17. ok! Top points for originality. If I distill...

    ok!
    Top points for originality.
    If I distill your idea down to its most basic form...
    It looks like a density or capacity solution.

    Almost a tuning or balancing solution.

    it's true of...
  18. How do you stimulate an economy or show me the money!

    Well, how do you get you primates to do anything?

    Fortunately you are biological machines and you run out of food or warmth or are driven by deep primal urges to reproduce.
    So we're reasonably...
  19. Stand and deliver, your money or your life. One for the game theorists.

    Stand and deliver, your money or your life.

    Just the sort of choice you might expect a highway robber of old to bellow out -
    from under his mask -
    as he sits upon his steed -
    while levelling...
  20. Zero percent interest is not free money, really, it's not.

    Zero percent interest is not free money.

    It seems free.

    But when you take on a mortgage you sell hours of your life.

    By pitting bidders against each other, and loaning the money to both...
  21. Good question. To draw a mechanical analogy. ...

    Good question.

    To draw a mechanical analogy.

    In a car engine, a petrol engine, fuel flows around.

    (It can be considered similar to - the Money in a Economy,- or the Blood in your Veins).
    ...
  22. So you would be happy if the whole NZ economy...

    So you would be happy if the whole NZ economy consisted of Methamphetamine production ?
    All the money circulating in that path alone?

    Taking a proposition to the extreme often reveals the flaw in...
  23. Who benifits from money? - another one for the thinkers and multitaskers.

    Who benefits from Money?

    When Money is in the form of Gold, who can benefit from it?

    Probably only the holder.
    (At the point of exchanging it for consumable goods).

    Silver, possibly the...
  24. However you want to consider money, whatever the...

    However you want to consider money, whatever the stuff is, it moves in different parts of society (and the world) and it generates and modifies human activity.

    The question is:
    Is it moving in...
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    I'll bite. (Just waiting for some undercoat to...

    I'll bite.
    (Just waiting for some undercoat to dry on a window repair).
    Where did you get that quote?
    I mean the Minister's one.
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