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  1. But if that's our policy we need to be up front about it being the policy. We should not be giving a nudge nudge wink wink bullshit exemption only to renege because our party in government gets a whiff of political advantage out of it. If we're not going to let them in, don't say we will accept the exemption in the first place.
  2. NZ government hasn't systematically attacked the rule of law while giving the relevant ministry greatly inflated powers as part of a "let's torture asylum seekers to deter others from cooking here" policy though. It's all tangled up with Dutton grabbing as much personal power as possible and he was openly contemptuous of judicial review and drove multiple rounds of legislative change. I'm not even close to a lawyer, but my understanding of what was actually the bar in this case was "is the justification submitted by the Minister hypothetically in the ball park of rational/logical, whether or not it looks like that justification is actually why he did it". And in the case of "Djokovic's continued presence, given his public statements and now documented cases of not complying with measures here and in Europe, may encourage others to not follow public health directives". Which may or may not be accurate, but is a logically cohesive concern, even if we all know it's got jack shit to do with the minister's actual motives. ETA: And just to be clear, I think this is bad and just one of many examples of why it needs to be changed. Its just the only decision I think the justices could make under the current law.
  3. I suspect the numbers of risk/benefit anti vaxxers are greatly bolstered while you're succeeding at maintaining zero covid as they manage to fool themselves into thinking it can last indefinitely so they don't need to risk the vaxx. We had a decent number of 60+ that didn't get the AZ vaccine for months after they were able to as they had become convinced it was dangerous and ineffective so they were waiting for Pfizer. The number of these dropped considerably once the Delta outbreak started in June/July and the risk of covid went from negligible (due to no transmission in the community) to substantial.
  4. I'm sure they also would have liked to rule on the question "is the minister a dickhead for ruining our weekend by dropping this at 6:30pm on a Friday night". But yeah, I very much disagree with the law but it was pretty clear to me this was the only decision they could reach
  5. You'd probably be fine, but I'm not sure I'd want to deal with any countries immigration at the moment and especially not ours. Let us know if you do come though!
  6. Yeah I really can't see him winning this appeal. The powers are utterly fucked, and people getting outraged about that is what I was hoping might be a silver lining to this, but few people actually seem to give a shit. I don't really care about this particular case, I care about what we do to everyone that can't afford fancy lawyers and get massive publicity because if we're willing to be this petty to him you know it gets a lot worse. And there's a bunch of casual cruelty in how this is being done purely to flex having power over a guy like him.
  7. There was a comment last night about the majority of NSW hospitalizations still being Delta amongst the unvaccinated which is really saying something given the huge amount of omicron going around. We may still be having the disease wash through our community, but those ~20 months of delaying it accomplished a lot and saved a lot of lives.
  8. Naomi really deserved those fuck yous from drummer and she knew it. I think it speaks to one of the strengths of television as a medium that we have this incredible character who - despite being a composite of multiple book characters - is at this point a creation of the show, and only exists like this due to the performance of the actress blowing the show runners away. Books only get limited options to incorporate feedback from close sources, and even movie series don't have much leeway for recognising "this actor+character are great, we should find a way to increase their prominence" but some of my favourite characters in visual media have come from this exact dynamic in television.
  9. Oh I'm not, I know exactly what his guiding principal is and he doesn't tend to be shy about it. I just like to point it out for others when he tries to participate in the importation of his flavour of culture war into Aus
  10. My point was that your logic is inconsistent because it's actually irrelevant, your perceived ends justifies whatever you say in the moment.
  11. My opinion is that there shouldn't be the need for an exemption at this point for the reasons Impmk2 already laid out, and think this whole thing is down to a conservative PM thinking he can get a cheap win out of it - ironically FN has been a fan of Morrison in the past. Fuck this idea that he should get special exemptions due to who he is though. Claiming that's tall poppy syndrome certainly doesn't rank among the more intelligent things you've said. I'm unclear on whether the exemption in question is an exemption on needing to be vaccinated to enter (presumably due to recent infection granting the immune response) which seems above board if those are a thing we grant, or claiming a medical contraindication to the vaccination in which case that sounds like a pile of shit. The main issue on the exemption front would be if lower ranked players were unable to claim the same thing he was. I actually do think behaving like this is really shitty behaviour from a foreign affairs perspective, but again - FN was singing Morrisons praise for pissing off the French which was a lot worse, so not really sure he's got much ground to stand on for this being poor form.
  12. That is all true and none of it would have any bearing in my visceral reaction in that moment, which is what I was appreciating seeing on screen lol. Thematically it was making the point that there are different sorts of "hard" and just because Michio isn't suited to killing doesn't mean she's weak and doesn't have a role.
  13. I can't stand him and hate the way "important people" get to ignore the rules, but the whole thing feels like Morrison revised there was mileage to try and exploit out of playing up his hard on borders act when he hasn't given a shit about this pandemic. So I'm mostly just laughing and rolling my eyes at this point. Didn't expect us to start a Balkan war though!
  14. An instant cut off is different to watching someone saw it off without anaesthetic though
  15. One other thing I wanted to give credit for is the Golden Bough pirates reaction to Michio starting to cut off Josep's arm is the first time I've ever seen a realistic [for me] reaction to that happening. No nonchalantly taking it in stride, oh fucking hell.
  16. Yeah her role in the defeat of the Dark One is more than a little important. Unless you're going to rewrite Rand's entire relationship with Aes Sedai, Moiraine and Nynaeve are the only two women on the planet he would trust for that. I guess its possible you could have his relationship with Egwene not sour, but that seems unlikely when they could simply keep the character played by their star actress who is a producer on the show alive to do what she does in the books.
  17. Yeah agreed. Actual deaths peppered through can keep it from losing all its impact (looking at One Piece for mostly lacking this), but I'd rather just not have the power of fake outs diluted through overuse.
  18. It would definitely be a change from the books, but given they've already gone with "the dagger is feeding off the darkness in Mat" I'm fine with it essentially "charging up" as it feeds on Fain. Alternatively rather than being due to feeding off him, it can be as he turns into a Fain/Mordeth hybrid the dagger is more effective. And neither of those are mutually exclusive with your explanation. ETA: I really doubt Agelmar is dead. They made a point of him using "his", ie presumably battle not ceremonial, armour. The spear hit him center of the armour, we see no blood and we don't see him start to die on screen - just that he's hit. And we don't cut back to the fort again.
  19. @DMC perhaps better to focus on "policy being written by them" rather than "for them" in many of these cases?
  20. My second was by far the least bothersome, but the booster sucked. It was primarily the arm for me with the booster, other than migraine which is a me thing generally, but it was a lot more than hurt to lift. At the worst the pain was sufficiently bad I basically didn't move it above the elbow for most of a day. Just changing my orientation (ie going from lying to sitting) caused it to throb badly so I'm pretty sure there was some build up of fluid that was moving and the main cause of the pain. I'll still go get another as soon as the medical advice says I should, I'll just complain about the pain afterwards lol. Yeah this is a good point and a further part of what I was trying to get at as well. They're viewed as a problem, or at least a complication, even by most of our right wing parties if they're in power rather than having significant parts of the country run by them.
  21. Right, I'm certainly not denying they exist in our other countries and I didn't really follow through on the point I meant to make so it's hardly surprising it's not being picked up on lol. What I was thinking is that the numbers of these genuine fuckwits is not a sufficiently large percentage of the population to explain the course of the various outbreaks/waves in most cases for the UK/Aus etc* - it simply comes down to it being a highly infectious airborne pathogen. I feel the situation in the US is different, that they are a large enough percentage of the population that the behaviour of the waves can actually be attributed to them. From that perspective I can understand Americans having a lot less patience for the 1/4 of their country that sabotages any attempt to make things better. *Things get a little trickier when you're talking the initial outbreak in a location that's been actively succeeding at elimination, a small number can let the infection get out into the community - my point is kicking in once it's out. No need for the board kiwis to chime in
  22. Yeah what Anti-Targ said is about where I think things are. Those same people definitely exist here, but there are much less of them here and it hasn't become tangled up with support for a mainstream political party (yet). I'd peg it as maybe 5% of the population here compared to probably more like 25% in the US. And I don't think I'd say I'm a nicer person, I get pissed off at them and rant about them - I just try to put that aside once I've got a little distance. At the end of the day everyone (except those living in the alternate realty) are scared and exhausted at this point and I never know someones personal circumstances to genuinely judge. But I do know the circumstances, at least vaguely, of a lot of people here on this board so I do my best to try and bring some kindness into an interaction where it can actually belong. Yeah the complete and utter failure of the western media to live up to their duty to serve the public over the last couple of decades is a very large contributor to the undermining of our societies. The only lesson they've learnt from how they got played on climate change is how to do the same manipulations more efficiently to undermine the existence of a shared reality.
  23. I for one am glad for the extra 3 seasons, we've gotten some of the best moments in the books in a fashion that I'm happy with and I'm far happier with Babylon's Ashes as a stopping point than I was with the opening of the gates. And we got to see more of Camina Drummer unbowed, unbroken, unbent which is worth two seasons on its own. I love most of the cast but of all of them I hope Cara gets some breakout success from it.
  24. It's not so relevant to where the thread is at now, but after catching up to the last thread I just want to say: Luke - first off I hope the vaccinations do their job and you're doing ok. I feel like a big source of the disconnect you're having with many of the Americans is that you're talking about (for the most part) the unvaccinated populations that most of the western world has, while the Americans on here are talking about specifically the batshit fuckery that is only present in those sorts of numbers in the US. The sort of people whose reaction to being asked to do something mild is to set their own money on fire to make you struggle to breathe in the smoke. I don't think the two are interchangeable, and the US version is much more directed in what it's doing. I still agree with the sentiment of it not being helpful to wish ill, but I do find the frustration from Americans much more understandable than it is when I see the same sentiment expressed by Australians where it's really just ridiculous. This same runs the other way as well, to those Americans - please understand that those of us not afflicted with that level of bullshit are probably talking about a significantly different group of people. It doesn't help anyone to wind up getting antagonized by each other when we're not even talking about the same thing.
  25. Happy new year all! Jeor - I'll say this much at least, I'm glad we had Gladys not Dom through the early Delta waves and until we had excellent vaccination numbers, he would have tried to do this last year and we would have had a ton of deaths as a result. As this point i can't see even Dan substantially caving and going back into a lockdown even if Vic cases go as nuts as Sydney is at the moment.
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