New Zealand: Democracy and perception
People who see their freedoms narrowed or taken are right in this regard. Their attitude however bears witness to an egocentric perspective which does not suit a democrat or anyone who truly defends freedom.
Privacy is a part of freedom and shares therefore the same problem: It cannot be valued unless its boundaries are consciously (i.e. physically & emotionally) threatened. Facial recognition technology has such a strong impact on every individual's life that it may pay not to trust but to inform and be able to enter a public dialog on its merits and dangers.
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Universal Basic Income. Don't be condescending, Mike Hosking
I have tried to follow Mr Hoskins simple logic on why an UBI is not a good idea. One of his arguments is that UBI would be squandering the money on (rich) people who do not need it. However, at the same time he condones the fact that people in need shouldn't get anything either. Logic of reverse conclusion obtrudes. This is a fine example of the ultimatum game where Hosking sees himself unfairly treated. Interestingly is he one of those who might not need an UBI.
The bank always wins
It does not matter how bad the situation is. For many people who rent there may be some tough times ahead. While banks allowing a "mortgage holiday" for home owners, the ongoing of rent payments stays within the power of the landlords. As the cut in mortgage payments may seem to free landlords from the burden of paying back their debts it is indeed just a deferral. The interest and rates have yet to be paid in future. One side to the story are the tenants who won't get a break from paying their share and the other is that landlords will be required to pay up as usual. It's just a matter of when. As the landlord may save […]
Don't give up - work! The state of housing in New Zealand
New Zealand Housing market crisis explained by a property investor.
Clerical cynics, rapists, humans
Shot and trapped
Seems like one has to say the painfully obvious: If there are no guns, there are no gun incidents. The basic principle to strive for a safe and civilised society are not trusted to the state. Instead gun owners seem to believe in Social-Darwinism. May the world be bad, may it be full of "manics", the issue for the average American gun owner might be that a maniac is being quicker in pulling his gun. Game over.