Saturday soapbox

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it.

The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly it it is demonstrably nonsense. – Professor Brian Cox.

5 Responses to Saturday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    So the holiest day on the Christian calendar is to be opened to commerce, a change wrought by political sleight of hand and deceit and we know who the God of deceit is or should

  2. Paul Scott says:

    Professor Cox is a well known zombie science blab trap climate zealot.

  3. Paul Scott says:

    More on zombies.
    Any person who is a superannuant and who travels overseas, needs to know that the people in the MSD progrom quite like to, and will, switch off super payments for unknown reasons.
    This is a lot of fun, they do have their little ways.
    They stopped my super while I was away two years ago but well within the time allowance.
    Then they told me they could not just give me super back, because they did not know who switched it off. This was in writing.
    I had to eventually re-apply for super.
    This trip, my return home will be 19 hours late, so they say the entire super for my absence will be required to be returned.
    They have data matching which tells them where and when you leave New Zealand and come back..
    Even though not required it pays to jump through various invisible hoops they have to amuse you with.
    Their mindless insistence on requiring things like departure tickets when you return, have no relevance, or back up, other than to make life difficult.
    That is write to them 5 or 6 times giving them your travel dates.
    Thinking, or consideration of clients circumstances is not easily found inside the system.
    The work entailed to overcome the incompetence these people exhibit is significant.
    In 2012 I had to write exactly the same letter 6 times , as I suggest above. The last letter, successful, had a copy sent to the Minister MSD.
    As I say, they can read.

    The criteria for power inside the progrom is that you can read, write and tick boxes
    They have a Review committee which has 9 rubber stamps saying no, and one which reads yes.
    There is little point in complaining about them. Their supreme functions is self preservation.

  4. Andrei says:


    The funny thing about this is that it maybe revealing the real truth about human nature and priorities

    You can be sure the people wringing their hands over this believe unquestionably in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and yet cannot grasp that those who desire children (even if subconsciously) are just following its dictates

  5. Andrei says:

    Since the link is blocked the salient point of the above is here

    Digital baby dolls that wake up crying in the middle of the night and need feeding, rocking and nappy changes are supposed to deter teenagers from falling pregnant.

    But in an ironic twist, researchers have found they have the opposite effect.

    The findings of a 10-year program and study involving more than 1250 girls and costing more than $1.5 million has found the dolls are actually more likely to encourage motherhood.

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