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    erice reacted to rossd in GME MT403 EPIRB   
    After looking at battery replacement costs for some time i thought stuff it. So replaced the  batteries myself. Pretty simple as designed to be user opened for decommissioning. Batteries easily obtained in NZ $52 each and there are 2. New O ring off the shelf $2. $106 total parts Old batteries were way out of date but were the same if not slightly higher voltage than the new ones.



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    erice reacted to MuzzaB in looking forward to biden   
    Just jumping in to add clarification as many of these comments intersect with my "day job".
    The U.S. corporate tax rate is a combination of the state tax rate and the federal tax rate.  State taxes are deductible against federal taxes so you don't just add the two together, but take off the federal tax benefit of the state tax deduction.
    As a result, the highest combined corporate tax rate applies to a company in Iowa.  If it were taxed only in Iowa, its corporate tax rate is 30.5%, which is higher than both Australia and New Zealand.  Conversley, four states have no corporate income tax, so the federal rate  of 21% applies - obviously below N.Z.
    In reality most companies of any any size do business in multiple states and so share their tax bill around those states.  A corporation taxed across many states often comes out at about +/- 26%. which is still below New Zealand.
    Many states have marginal rates, but these phase out quickly and are intended to benefit small businesses.  I apologize; my numbers ignore marginal rates because they are a rounding difference in my field, but that would be a worthwhile comparison for  N.Z. companies - most of which are relatively small.  The tax rates would be a little lower.
    It is important to understand that when the federal rate dropped from 35% to 21% on January 1, 2018, there were many other adjustments to corporate tax law here.  A major change was to the way the U.S. taxes multi-national operations.  It provided a "carrot and stick" approach which penalized certain activities and benefited others.  I have observed that many multi-nationals have seen about 2% added to their tax bill by the "stick".  In time I expect this to move down as they modify behavior towards the carrot.
    A final comment on the origin of the corporate tax changes made under the Trump regime.  As an individual responsible for my (then) employer's voice at the table of a significant lobbying organization, I had an inside view.  It is important to understand that the drive for tax reform was bipartisan.  Well before Trump announced his candidacy, the kernel of what became the 2017 tax reform was taking shape behind closed doors via representatives from both parties, and interested groups (such as the one I sat on).  There were partisan disagreements around detail, not the least of which was the 21% tax rate, but the basic architecture was not really an issue - though many toward the more left-leaning side of the Dems would say otherwise.    
    It is not my job to express opinion here, but it is fair to say that while many on both sides agreed in principle on the issues and approach that ultimately became law (or at least accepted them), the Demorcrat side felt that the rates chosen went too far.  So I do not expect major change to the architecture, but we may see the 21% federal rate walked back a little if the Dems end up with sufficient support in the Senate (which is very uncertain right now).  The federal deficit v GDP ratio has sunk to Great Depression levels since the tax cuts, but it is nothing like as bad as WW2, and only about equal to what was seen on the early 1980s.  It has not yet sunk to Great Recession levels  of 2009.  I can pull up sources if needed but the government sites are there to be searched.
    If you are still awake, you've done well.  I'm off to check out the Vendee Globe update.  That is one cool race.
     
     
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    erice reacted to BOIGuy in GME MT403 EPIRB   
    https://skippersmate.co.nz/kti-safety-alert-sa2g-nz-406mhz-plb-beacon/
    $359
    10 year battery, only one that floats, why wouldn't you get one?
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    erice reacted to Island Time in Etnz boat 2   
    So I went to the launch last night. Sure is an impressive vessel up close. Took lots of pics, here are some.

























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    erice reacted to 2flit in looking forward to biden   
    ... and the "President Elect" is now turning to crowdsourced funding to get a running start in these somewhat rather disunited states....
    https://www.vox.com/2020/11/21/21588817/biden-gsa-white-house-transition-fundraising
     
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    erice reacted to Zozza in looking forward to biden   
    Funny thing is, I'd have a beer and / or a whisky with any and all you guys in the cockpit after a good days sailing.  We'd talk about boats,the best rig (my junk rig is the best rig by the way 😆) , good anchorages, best anchor, heavy weather..then we'd move onto talking about chicks, then rugby and / league, bit of cricket, back to boats and sailing, some chick walks past the dock in a bikini (it's summer) so conversation pauses.... you know, we'd just be like normal blokes of yesteryear....about 10pm one of us would go forward to take a leak over the bow, fall in, and if we don't drown then that's another laugh to be had (if we do drown add it to the list of peeing overboard leading to your end)...then one of us remarks it's time to go back to your own boat as the missus might be wondering where the hell you are..... 
    Am I right...?  Or am  reminiscing about an era when blokes could be blokes...?
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    erice got a reaction from Fish in looking forward to biden   
    you know you shouldn't
    but hitler as comedy is priceless
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj7P4FUxu7k&ab_channel=ethancushing
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    erice reacted to armchairadmiral in looking forward to biden   
    Good to hear from you again AJ. Things are not going to get better for you USAeans sadly. On reflection we could harbour you here as a charitable gesture to a fellow Creworgian. Perhaps a special give a little refugee sponsorship ?
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    erice reacted to aardvarkash10 in looking forward to biden   
    "Send lawyers guns and money,
    The sh*t has hit the fan."
    Warren Zevon, Excitable Boy, 1978
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    erice reacted to Island Time in Free S-63 charts now available from Linz   
    Basics first. S-63 charts are Vector charts (Digital, lines not pixels, data layers built in - like Navionics and Cmap). They are used on some ECDIS systems (what large commercial vessels can use instead of paper. 
    Only some display systems can use S-63. OpenCPN is one free one. Here is an example;

    In this image I've just hovered the mouse over the light on Maria Island to bring up the light sectors - an example of data layers.
    So what's the big deal? How about the professional quality (required carriage)charts for free? Thanks to the NZ goverment. 
    To make it go in opencpn takes a little config, and you have to by the encryption key for each device - it's $24 odd.
    Thanks to the NZ government. Much of the world still charge for their charts.
     
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    erice got a reaction from bazzathemammoth in looking forward to biden   
    good to see biden get the win
    wonder if he will try for 2 terms or hand to harris after 1
    guess they'll be focus-grouping the answer for that!
    ....
    the idea that extremists of the left + right share more in common with each other than they do with the centre is pretty widely held.....imho not in what they say but far more importantly in what they do............like shoot their own moderates for not being 'pure' enough
    In political science and popular discourse,[1] the horseshoe theory asserts that the far-left and the far-right, rather than being at opposite and opposing ends of a linear political continuum, closely resemble one another, analogous to the way that the opposite ends of a horseshoe are close together.
    As the political horseshoe theory attributed to Jean-Pierre Faye highlights, if we travel far-left enough, we find the very same sneering, nasty and reckless bully-boy tactics used by the far-right. The two extremes of the political spectrum end up meeting like a horseshoe, at the top, which to my mind symbolizes totalitarian control from above.
    In their quest for ideological purity, Stalin and Hitler had more in common than modern neo-Nazis and far-left agitators would care to admit.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe_theory
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    erice got a reaction from Fish in looking forward to biden   
    i wonder if that's why he sacked esper, the sec. of defense?
    for suggesting the military wouldn't carry out the orders of a lame duck president if they involved domestic 'issues' resulting from said president refusing to leave office
    Trump has had an uneasy relationship with the Pentagon, where Esper and top brass have repeatedly sought to avoid being seen as a political instrument of the Trump administration.
    Esper’s predecessor, Jim Mattis, quit in 2018 over policy differences with Trump, including on Syria. Mattis in June criticized Trump as the “first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people – does not even pretend to try.
    Instead he tries to divide us.”
    https://en.mercopress.com/2020/11/10/trump-sacks-defense-secretary-by-tweeter-esper-was-against-using-active-military-to-suppress-street-protests
    esper's #2 has just resigned in protest against a lame duck potus trying to appoint people loyal to him, as opposed to the nation, so now
    Anthony Tata, a Trump loyalist, conspiracy theorist, and former Fox News contributor was appointed to serve in an interim role as the No. 2 official in the Pentagon’s powerful policy shop after his nomination to the undersecretary role was withdrawn over conspiratorial and Islamophobic comments. With Anderson’s ouster, Tata is now performing the duties of the top policy job, 
    Tata’s nomination for the job foundered over the summer after he faced criticism from lawmakers for offensive and conspiratorial social media posts, including falsely claiming that former CIA Director John Brennan ordered the assassination of Trump via a coded message on social media. Tata apologized for his remarks in a letter to the leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Yet with Tata moving into the top job, he is expected to bring more loyalists along with him.
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/11/10/trump-esper-pentagon-defense-fired-resignations-after-elections-2020-white-house/
    the generals will be getting very nervous about answering their phones...
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    erice got a reaction from L00seM00se in looking forward to biden   
    good to see biden get the win
    wonder if he will try for 2 terms or hand to harris after 1
    guess they'll be focus-grouping the answer for that!
    ....
    the idea that extremists of the left + right share more in common with each other than they do with the centre is pretty widely held.....imho not in what they say but far more importantly in what they do............like shoot their own moderates for not being 'pure' enough
    In political science and popular discourse,[1] the horseshoe theory asserts that the far-left and the far-right, rather than being at opposite and opposing ends of a linear political continuum, closely resemble one another, analogous to the way that the opposite ends of a horseshoe are close together.
    As the political horseshoe theory attributed to Jean-Pierre Faye highlights, if we travel far-left enough, we find the very same sneering, nasty and reckless bully-boy tactics used by the far-right. The two extremes of the political spectrum end up meeting like a horseshoe, at the top, which to my mind symbolizes totalitarian control from above.
    In their quest for ideological purity, Stalin and Hitler had more in common than modern neo-Nazis and far-left agitators would care to admit.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe_theory
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    erice reacted to aardvarkash10 in New Zealand cannabis referendum, Yes or No   
    yes, well following that logic lets abandon traffic lights and stop signs.  I mean, give way to the right ffs.  Surely thats enough, anyone stupid enough to not undertstand that doesn't deserve to live.
    Just so we are clear, drug testng in this context is not only a health service but also a consumer rights service. It is designed to discourage people from using unknown and potentially dangerous substances.  It can and does identifiy poorly manufactured as well as fraudulent substances - some benign, others less so.
    So many morally indignant people forget what it was to be young.  Uninformed risk-taking behaviour is a natural part of being a teeenager - its built in.  As adults (most of us) its incumbant on us to reduce the risk, because we cannot as easily change the genetically programmed behaviour.
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    erice reacted to ex Elly in Coastal 2020   
    Some good video and discussion of Champosa's grounding in this video at 7:50.
     
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    erice got a reaction from aardvarkash10 in Holy Siht...   
    as always bryce gives the best, (but long) round-up of the political week
    https://eveningreport.nz/2020/10/30/bryce-edwards-political-roundup-a-diverse-yet-narrower-parliament/
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    erice got a reaction from aardvarkash10 in New Zealand cannabis referendum, Yes or No   
    good to see legalisation of illegal party pill testing likely to go ahead
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300147005/election-2020-jacinda-ardern-says-new-government-will-look-at-allowing--pill-testing-of-illicit-drugs-at-festivals
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    erice reacted to B00B00 in Looking for a Gori prop blade 16x12 RH   
    Fogg, I brought the Ross 1066 Margaritaville. Got to sell the SR26 if anyone is keen!
     

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    erice reacted to Deep Purple in Coastal 2020   
    Most boats ever was 275, forget the year but close to 2001. Perhaps the 21st race, maybe 2003? 
     
    SSANZ gets more entries these days because it starts and stops in Auckland and the two crew on board are back in their own beds by midnight. The after race get togethers have stopped altogether and I don’t meant the island party. I recall when groups gathered at the squadron or swashbucklers after the races.
    Also for that reason Coastal is an expensive and difficult race to run. Especially in a town, at times, indifferent to the race. Throw in accomodation, 2 sets of race officers, logistics, water taxi’s, councils.
    SSANZ is not immune to retirements, look at this years long race, or most years actually where one race is a blow.
     
    coastal is cat3 as opposed to SSANZ cat 4 and cat 3 certs only last for 2 years now. Also half the SSANZ fleet don’t even need a phrf. Another hundred every year
     
    Coastal prizegiving used to be Sunday morning but it got embarrassing to the sponsors at the few people there. So many left after finishing, after the party, early in the morning.
     
    Drifters will happen. I recall on sundreamer finishing late Saturday afternoon. 
     
    its not a small boat race which isn’t necessarily a bad thing anymore than making all the boats in SSANZ sail the long course. Because the bigger boats finish in breeze it is very hard for smaller boats to finish in the overall results. They could start Thursday night but chances are they could spend 2 nights drifting. And would they not want to be part of the start parade?
     
    I’m sure coastal will stay as it is for a long time yet. 
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    erice reacted to DrWatson in Holy Siht...   
    I don't think that's what KM is saying at all. 
    KM is saying (maybe I'm wrong) that there is is some inherent unfairness when quite a large minority of the population are not able to vote - the mentally infirm, those under 18 etc., those serving long prison sentences.
    The government must govern for the benefit of those people as well, and remember that it was a majority of people who voted, and not a majority of the population, who put them there.
    The only voices who "don't count" are essentially the 15% of registered voters who simply opted out (these are the non-voters and they're distinctly different from the can't voters). But even then we must be careful that we don't assume the reason they didn't vote is simply that they couldn't be arsed. Many other reasons are possible (sick, car broke down and couldn't get to the polling station, had to take a kid to hospital etc.)
    A major downfall of democracy is the public's understanding of what democracy is. Real democracy is not "majority rule" - that's mobocracy. And even if you were able to secure so many votes in an election that it represents >51% of the whole population, it doesn't give the government the moral or democratic authority to put the other <49% to the sword, neither metaphorically nor literally.
     
     
     
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    erice got a reaction from dutyfree in Judith Collins: "Obesity is a personal choice"   
    If you are talking "meals ready to eat" maybe
    But if you're talking a loaf of bread, a bunch of bananas, fresh seasonal fruit or a bag of vegetables, then no it's not
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    erice reacted to KM... in Robbery or Reform   
    I didn't write this, it is a copy and paste. It is written by a NZer.
    They are 100% right in saying the long it is until NZ wakens to it's reality the bigger the mess to clean up is going to be.
     
    I am had it with the promises.  Parties of all persuasions trying to outbid each other with my money.  Bah humbug.
    The country’s economy is in a mess.  It was in a mess before Covid.  All that Covid has done is hasten the day of reckoning and helped highlight the burgeoning debt.  But the rot was in long before that.  Bill English made a half hearted attempt to pull things together after the growing shambles left by Clark and Cullen.  But there was shambles even before Labour.
    We are trying to live a five star lifestyle on a two star income.   We spend like a fat cat and earn like an alley cat.  We want the cake with all the trimmings but we can barely afford the flour and sugar.
    How about hearing some honesty and realism from a politician on the hustings.  How about a pretender who stands up and admits to the real problems and offers the country a gutsy, sensible solution?  No more bribes.  No more handouts.  How about the truth?  How about a reform package that deals to the enormous problems that we keep kicking down the road?  Probity before power.  Courage and conviction before comfort and cloying.
    Any takers?  No?  ACT maybe?  Or have they resorted to populist vote buying too?
    Thereby lies part of the problem.  Any party or politician who promised reform of the magnitude and type required would “be gone by lunchtime”.  The MSM would crucify and then ignore.  We are so conditioned to being promised the moon we think we own it.  There is almost zero understanding of the perilous position we are in.  When you are sucking the tit you don’t want to hear the udder is dry.
    What would a party with balls offer?
    They would face the debt mountain and the agony that health care and superannuation are rapidly becoming unaffordable.  The change in demographics – short hand for we are getting too many oldies and not enough wealth generators – coupled with demands for more and more fancy healthcare options, has the country heading for a precipice. 
    And, no, growth in GDP won’t fix it.  Our real GDP/capita is stuffed.  We don’t know how to work smart, how to achieve higher productivity, how to attract high performers as immigrants, how to figure out shifting investment from low return housing to high tech, how to create an attractive new business investment climate, how to improve the quality of our exports rather than the quantity.
    How many politicians are focusing on any of the above?  Instead they are clambering over one another to build a bikeway over a vulnerable harbour bridge.  We want to give ourselves more holidays, more sick days, more guaranteed paypackets – all “nice to have” items but they are an unaffordable distraction.
    We are fighting over how to get more low skilled workers into the country when we need high skilled people with capital to invest.
    Poverty, homelessness, truancy, crime, drug taking and most of our social ills are dealt to by throwing a seemingly endless amount of money at them. Haven’t we learnt yet?  More money gets you more of what you already have, not less. Good physicians treat causes, not symptoms.
    We are becoming a nation of low performing advisors.  Politicians from central Government to community boards cannot make decisions any more.  They don’t have the gumption or the training and they don’t have the guts to deliver. They hide behind faceless consultants and toothless committees.  Costs go up and productivity goes down.
    Our once envied and proud Public Service is a shadow of what it once was.  We have gone for quantity not quality.  Can a population of 5 million people (a medium sized city in many places) really justify 150 departments, 26 Cabinet Ministers and Under Secretaries, 80 local authorities, endless numbers of states agencies, 8 universities, all expensive fiefdoms with grossly overpaid staff.  There are populations of 5 million with one governing authority, one hospital, one bureaucracy.
    With all of that low productivity army we cannot fix a housing problem, we are lost in a jungle of low quality, inadequate roading, uneconomic rail, battles over ports, broken sewerage and water infrastructure.   Our kids are leaving school poorly educated, often unable to read or write and feeling the world owes them everything.  Our health system is managed by waiting lists and trying to supply ambulances at the bottom of the cliff.  Welfare is about entitlement not need.
    Problems are not fixed till they are recognised and fully understood.  Once the focus is clear then its large reform steps, clear explanations, emergency powers and a well constructed plan.  Make labour productivity, less regulation, an investment attractive climate, smaller government, improved incentives and living within our means the cornerstones.
    The longer we leave the day of reckoning the harder it will be.  I fear for my grandchildren having to live through the reforms because it won’t be pretty.  It will be as tumultuous as it will be inevitable.
    Mention gutsy reformers like Douglas and Richardson and hear the howls of outrage.  The fiddlers fiddle and Rome burns.  Is there a politician who cares?  Do any understand?  Is there a steely spine among them?  I doubt it.  But happen, it will.  Call it necessity.
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    erice got a reaction from L00seM00se in Judith Collins: "Obesity is a personal choice"   
    If you are talking "meals ready to eat" maybe
    But if you're talking a loaf of bread, a bunch of bananas, fresh seasonal fruit or a bag of vegetables, then no it's not
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    erice got a reaction from armchairadmiral in Trump has Covid   
    to misquote someone else
    i try to never wish anyone dead
    but will admit to reading some obituaries with great pleasure
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    erice reacted to aardvarkash10 in Trump has Covid   
    Aaaah, Godwin's Law applies.
    There is a wide margin between not deserving respect, and not deserving respect for their life.
    I personally hope he gets well, and then loses the election in full and complete knowledge that he lost it.
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