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    DrWatson got a reaction from harrytom in Sever Earthquake off NI East coast and Tsunami Warning   
    Just make sure you don’t need to pee while making hot sauce....
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    DrWatson got a reaction from aardvarkash10 in Sever Earthquake off NI East coast and Tsunami Warning   
    Just make sure you don’t need to pee while making hot sauce....
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    DrWatson got a reaction from ex Elly in This Weekend's Achievements   
    Shifted house. Spent almost 25% of my life living in a shitty 57m2 apartment at the corner of busy and crazy streets.
    Now we’re in 80m2 and 2nd row from the edge of town - much better for the kids. 

    moving out.

    new view 
     
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    DrWatson reacted to Black Panther in Sever Earthquake off NI East coast and Tsunami Warning   
    Scientists,  you know - those evil people trying to take over world government. And some DoC rangers.
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    DrWatson got a reaction from aardvarkash10 in This Weekend's Achievements   
    NO idea what you're talking about, Mate... Here in Zurich are some of the finest examples of architectural finesse  (in concrete)...
     

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    DrWatson got a reaction from Kevin McCready in Coastguard nark   
    Point 1. agreed. the tonic might have come from the city, and a 100 buck donation doesn't go far for that. The possibility that the crew was no longer on station for that time to perhaps tend to an emergency call should also not be overlooked.
    Point 2. Yes.
     
    Over the last 15y, I've seen some pretty poor and unprofessional behaviour from Coastguard crews. I have and am still a member however, because they also do some good work.
    But by God there needs to be a serious culture shake up in NZ in general, and even on this site. Dangerous sh*t is dangerous sh*t and it doesn't matter if you're wearing a uniform or not. No one should be cut some slack because of the organisation to which they belong, their wealth, or the social circles in which they move. This episode suggests that there are a certain number of people who actually believe that there should be a set of rules for the plebs and a set of different rules for the rich and entitled.
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    DrWatson got a reaction from Fish in Coastguard nark   
    Point 1. agreed. the tonic might have come from the city, and a 100 buck donation doesn't go far for that. The possibility that the crew was no longer on station for that time to perhaps tend to an emergency call should also not be overlooked.
    Point 2. Yes.
     
    Over the last 15y, I've seen some pretty poor and unprofessional behaviour from Coastguard crews. I have and am still a member however, because they also do some good work.
    But by God there needs to be a serious culture shake up in NZ in general, and even on this site. Dangerous sh*t is dangerous sh*t and it doesn't matter if you're wearing a uniform or not. No one should be cut some slack because of the organisation to which they belong, their wealth, or the social circles in which they move. This episode suggests that there are a certain number of people who actually believe that there should be a set of rules for the plebs and a set of different rules for the rich and entitled.
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    DrWatson got a reaction from lateral in Coastguard nark   
    Point 1. agreed. the tonic might have come from the city, and a 100 buck donation doesn't go far for that. The possibility that the crew was no longer on station for that time to perhaps tend to an emergency call should also not be overlooked.
    Point 2. Yes.
     
    Over the last 15y, I've seen some pretty poor and unprofessional behaviour from Coastguard crews. I have and am still a member however, because they also do some good work.
    But by God there needs to be a serious culture shake up in NZ in general, and even on this site. Dangerous sh*t is dangerous sh*t and it doesn't matter if you're wearing a uniform or not. No one should be cut some slack because of the organisation to which they belong, their wealth, or the social circles in which they move. This episode suggests that there are a certain number of people who actually believe that there should be a set of rules for the plebs and a set of different rules for the rich and entitled.
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    DrWatson reacted to Deep Purple in Coastguard nark   
    No idea. I have blocked his posts so never see his inane dribble. 
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    DrWatson reacted to Black Panther in 2 term limit per mp?   
    A strong democracy relies on a good education system. 
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    DrWatson got a reaction from erice in 2 term limit per mp?   
    I’d suggest that big problem facing democracies these days is that the public seem to think democracy means majority rule and fk all the rest. Even to the point of if you win the most votes, and that may only be 20% of the electorate, you can then put the rest to the sword (literally) and it’s all ok because it’s democratic. 
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    DrWatson reacted to Zozza in Mayday call off Coromandel   
    I never make fun of anybody that got / gets into strife on the water - just seems like an invitation to karma of the wrong kind.
     
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    DrWatson reacted to aardvarkash10 in LPG, Butane to be phased out?   
    Agree, but on the other hand, knowing the content, here you are ....
    Like walking into a bar and complaining about the consumption of alcohol going on.
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    DrWatson reacted to Dtwo in LPG, Butane to be phased out?   
    More like being on a bus you can't get off, listening to really drunk people talking sh*t
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    DrWatson reacted to wheels in LPG, Butane to be phased out?   
    I think KM is referring to those "out there" as well. Not posters here.

     
    That is a good question/comment because the answer shows the issues that companies are up against here in NZ. Although is can work both ways. For instance, a group of us stopped a very shady looking company from setting up here, whom were going to dispose of treated timber. But the process they were going to employ was really bad and they had made an excellent job of hiding the truths from the local council, which we were able to expose.

    However, there are two main issues with Council. In my case, they are all for the plant, and will provide a location and welcoming arms. But that is as far as any involvement goes. And fair enough I guess. They do need to remain neutral.
    I have to go through the consent process and fair enough for that as well. But the problem is that anyone can oppose for any reason at all And the Greens have said publicly that they would appose any such ideas.
    First step in my process is to employ an environmental reporting Company to produce and impact report. This is significant and covers every conceivable point you can imagine. Does the plant do what I say it can.  It covers weather studies, wind flows around the area etc, transport, impacts on the community and on and on. The study is hugely expensive.
    Then I present my proposal, of which the Public can oppose points they may see as possible issues. And this is where RC falls down in my view. Because anyone can state anything that I then have to either provide evidence of how they are wrong, or modify the proposal to cover that concern.
    This can be all good of course. It protects individuals. But it can also be abused by many that have silly views. Like some (not all) Greens that do not want any form of Hydrocarbon based fuels at all. And yes I do understand at least some of those points of views too. But disposing of plastic is a huge issue all around the world and this would at least be a start till some other idea comes along. Plus with technology available right now, I can even capture the Co2. However, with every process applied, the cost increases and the break even of the operation is shaky as it is. I never expected to make money, I just wanted a better outcome than burying plastics. And my future hope was to send Container versions of this machine to the Islands to help take care of plastics dumped there.

    And because I do not expect to make my fortune, I cannot, not will not take money from investors to try and get resource consent. Which honestly, could cost in the Millions. Several companies here in Marlborough have had cost of up to $10 million for their consents and are still fighting.

    Oh by the way, I have never said just exactly what the difference with my plant is. This Plastic to fuel process is done all around the World. But only to plastic types are used. Simply because the two types are easy and efficient to turn onto fuel. The companies involved are there to make money after all. The plastics I specifically targeted are the ones that cannot be turned into Fuel, because they are full of nasties like Fire retardants and Acids, making it unsafe to do so. The plant removes these nasties etc. So any plastic can be processed. It can also process treated timber, which the Wine industry has tens of thousands of tons of in the way of broken posts.

    I have always known this was going to be tough. But I had a silly notion that some how we would find away around the problems. I spent all I had and then some on this. It cost us out Boat. I could have been out sailing. 6 years of intense study, testing, inventing, engineering, improvements, inventing, testing, study, engineering and pouring in money. Faaaar too much money.
    Oh and finding the Gvt financial seeding system is totally bent. If only the Public knew what has taken place in that area. Plus, the only companies that can access money and do so, are those that do not need it. For anyone else that really needs money to get ideas going, it is totally impossible to access it. And trust me I have had the best look at this.
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    DrWatson reacted to aardvarkash10 in LPG, Butane to be phased out?   
    Sounds like a great solution Wheels.
    Did you engage a policy or political consultant at any point?  If getting it over the line came down to winning over a particular segement of the population, would that have helped?
     
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    DrWatson reacted to Black Panther in LPG, Butane to be phased out?   
    Interesting read. Here's my take on it, and I'm no expert.
    1. The process it appears does produce CO2. Your proposal absolutely must describe the long term/permanent disposal of this and anything else remotely nasty.
    2. The RMA can be used to destroy a proposal simply by dragging out the debate till the other party is bankrupt.  This seriously sucks.
    3 The best way is to neutralize opposition before you begin. Assuming your fear was the Green party, did you talk to them? You might have gotten a pleasant surprise. 
    4. If it is to proceed you will need outside investors.  That's just the truth of the matter.  Don't go to friends and family. Go to an investment bank or similar.  They take on such things regularly, at a cost that would make your eyes water, fully knowing the chances of success or failure. It's their business and you wont bankrupt them the way you might friends and family.
    I am close to at least two engineers,  one with long experience inventing new technology and getting it to market. The other with close ties to the Green party.  Either would be happy to have a conversation with you. 
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    DrWatson reacted to Tamure in LPG, Butane to be phased out?   
    Appreciate your in-depth analysis of govt policy and party mechanics and decision making process. Politics is a contact sport, and like this discussion over the phasing out of gas there are many points of view but ultimately a stake is put in the ground in the form of a proposal and through the parliamentary process for good or bad it gets refined into law if the support is there. 
    You have to be involved or someone else will do it for you or to you, voting is not about perfection but pragmatism- the lesser of two evils often times but not always. The current govt was given a mandate because they did an excellent job managing the pandemic and displayed the kind of leadership that we have not seen for a long time. 
    Does that mean they are perfect or represent in all respects my personal views for example? Come on, we are not 2 years old anymore.
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    DrWatson reacted to Fish in LPG, Butane to be phased out?   
    I think it is all about 'enabling'. So I've got a PHEV now, it can do about 35 km on electric. Today I need to drive 45 km to a meeting. 10 km will be on ICE. Using that ICE for 10 km enables me to do 35 km on electric. My monthly petrol bill is almost non-existent, and if I calculated it, my carbon footprint will have reduced measurably as well.
    Yes, there is no environmental benefit of using diesel to make the electricity at each particular charge point. But if it enables you to drive from Cape Reinga to Bluff in an EV, and use diesel to charge on the interisland ferry, that can be a good thing. You could possibly do 80% of the trip on renewable, and 20% on diesel (or any other mix of renewable). You have to start somewhere.
    Same with this generator example in Oz. The photo in isolation looks silly, but if it enables a far longer trip on EV, then that is a good thing.
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    DrWatson reacted to aardvarkash10 in LPG, Butane to be phased out?   
    There are some very big technical limitations on our electrical system that mitigate against micro-generation.  
    These are all surmountable, but require a near-complete re-engineering of the generation and distribution system.  Read - expensive.
    Bear in mind that transmission and distribution assets have to be sized for peak load.  Its all good and rosy having minimal sized assets while the sun is shining and everyone's solar is heating water, topping up Tesla batteries and charging up the car, but three days of rain and a southerly turns that equation right around.
    The outcome is that we have to pay for those assets even if we are not using them because on occasion, its vital.  Like insurance.  So yes, the cost of commercially generated power and transmission/distribution will go up significantly on a per kw basis.
    At the moment, early adopters are basically free-riding on those who do not have home solar.  A mighty change is going to come.
    We can mitigate against that prospect by moving toward energy efficiency instead of energy replacement.  Our houses are highly inefficient by global standards with poor insulation and passive heating/cooling.  There is some thought that the money spent on re-engineering the electricity network might be better spent in loans (interest free or suspensory) for efficiency engineering in homes and commercial spaces.
    We are talking many billions of dollars here.
    And this without worrying about how our personal mobile steel cage will be powered.  That is another huge mind shift that will have to happen.
     
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    DrWatson got a reaction from lateral in Mariner Gets Jailed   
    I'm not addressing this based on allegiance to any perceived cotton wool nor cup full of concrete brigade.

    I think the reporting of the incident could be tightened up to include details from the judge's decision and sentencing to reflect which exact breaches of the law were those that attracted the sentence handed down, and also any details surrounding why the accused's health/injury/mental state may or may not have been included in the defence or in any decision to imprison him.
    I think that better reporting would reduce the speculation on this thread and lead to more informed and fruitful discussion where currently disparate sides may even find consensus. 
    None of us know enough about the case to reliably nor expertly proffer an educated informed opinion on whether the sentence was justified.
    Maybe he's an asshole and he deserves it. Maybe he's been wronged and is, aside from his drunken idiocy with the boat, also a victim. He lost a mate, after all.
     
     
     
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    DrWatson got a reaction from harrytom in Mariner Gets Jailed   
    I'm not addressing this based on allegiance to any perceived cotton wool nor cup full of concrete brigade.

    I think the reporting of the incident could be tightened up to include details from the judge's decision and sentencing to reflect which exact breaches of the law were those that attracted the sentence handed down, and also any details surrounding why the accused's health/injury/mental state may or may not have been included in the defence or in any decision to imprison him.
    I think that better reporting would reduce the speculation on this thread and lead to more informed and fruitful discussion where currently disparate sides may even find consensus. 
    None of us know enough about the case to reliably nor expertly proffer an educated informed opinion on whether the sentence was justified.
    Maybe he's an asshole and he deserves it. Maybe he's been wronged and is, aside from his drunken idiocy with the boat, also a victim. He lost a mate, after all.
     
     
     
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    DrWatson got a reaction from Tamure in Mariner Gets Jailed   
    I'm not addressing this based on allegiance to any perceived cotton wool nor cup full of concrete brigade.

    I think the reporting of the incident could be tightened up to include details from the judge's decision and sentencing to reflect which exact breaches of the law were those that attracted the sentence handed down, and also any details surrounding why the accused's health/injury/mental state may or may not have been included in the defence or in any decision to imprison him.
    I think that better reporting would reduce the speculation on this thread and lead to more informed and fruitful discussion where currently disparate sides may even find consensus. 
    None of us know enough about the case to reliably nor expertly proffer an educated informed opinion on whether the sentence was justified.
    Maybe he's an asshole and he deserves it. Maybe he's been wronged and is, aside from his drunken idiocy with the boat, also a victim. He lost a mate, after all.
     
     
     
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    DrWatson got a reaction from harrytom in Boat rage   
    A lack of policing will lead to vigilante justice. When law abiding people don’t have faith that the laws will be policed and enforced, they eventually take matters into their own hands. 
    They result is rarely good. And at the end the police make a daft statement saying something like “let the proper authorities deal with it”... but they never friggin do!!!
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    DrWatson got a reaction from Tamure in Boat rage   
    A lack of policing will lead to vigilante justice. When law abiding people don’t have faith that the laws will be policed and enforced, they eventually take matters into their own hands. 
    They result is rarely good. And at the end the police make a daft statement saying something like “let the proper authorities deal with it”... but they never friggin do!!!
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