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    [–] No smoking with kids in the car law is ridiculous. Just look at them out there in the rain. Ginger-Nerd 1 points ago in funny

    ban it - stop selling it at shops and dairies;

    then increase funding to quitline etc

    I'm not saying make it illegal as you implied. - but if you stop it from able to be purchased easily almost guranteed you will see a significant drop off in users;

    i don't doubt you will still see some aspects still using it (those that grow it etc) - but, any black market is going to be small (and largely insignificant)

    Like I said, New Zealand government/Ministry of health already wants the country to be smoke free in 5 years - all this would do is expedite the process.

    because at the moment - a law banning the handful who smoke in the car with their kids, is kinda the equivalent of saying everyone named Jeff, who is left handed must pay more tax;

    You can't police it; if you try to its almost certainly a waste of resources that would be better put into services like quitline; and statistically speaking, those that are likely to be smoking are those who are of lower socioeconomic anyway - so any sort of fine is more likely to disadvantage the children you are trying to protect. Ironically making the children you are supposedly protecting worse off - because that fine money could be gong to the betterment of the child

    [–] No smoking with kids in the car law is ridiculous. Just look at them out there in the rain. Ginger-Nerd 0 points ago in funny

    I mean New Zealand is already trying to go for smoke free 2025/2040

    It used to be so common place to see people smoking with their kids in the car. Now it's very rare.

    Which is kinda my point - putting a law through now, is such a minority is there any point trying to push resources into policing it?

    Similar to the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars. I love how if I go out for a night I don't smell like a bin in the morning because of others habits

    don't disagree - but those laws came in 10+ years ago - when it was more socially accepted to smoke indoors.

    In 2014, the amount of tobacco people smoked reached an all-time low of 734 cigarettes per adult.40 Between 2010 and 2014, tobacco consumption (including standard cigarettes) per adult decreased on average by 6.3% annually

    I mean you are making laws to a fringe of society; and a fringe of smokers.

    I guess my point is if the intention is to make real change - there are likely better ways to do it.

    [–] No smoking with kids in the car law is ridiculous. Just look at them out there in the rain. Ginger-Nerd 2 points ago in funny

    I actually largely agree - It feels the odds of catching these people is low.

    and not to mention, aren't the same people likely to go home and smoke anyway (probably more) probably with the children around them more.

    just ban it and be done with it - no need ot put increasing restrictions on, (banning by stealth)

    [–] No smoking with kids in the car law is ridiculous. Just look at them out there in the rain. Ginger-Nerd 0 points ago * (lasted edited 3 hours ago) in funny

    is it? -

    New Zealand have just put this law in;

    I kinda see it as "pointless" - a minority of people are smoking, a minority of them are smoking in cars, and a minority of them have children. (so the odds of you finding and ticketng them is small)

    secondly, these people are also going to be smoking in their homes at a much higher rate, where the children are likely to be around (much more often)

    I mean, i get that its good because we are protecting the children - but it kinda feels you are just slowly banning spaces where smoking is allowed -why not just fucking ban it and be done with it - instead of drawing it out. (I think of that episode of the IT crowd, where they keep moving them along)

    Maybe 10 years ago, it would have been better , but putting one in now (like NZ is doing to me, seems somewhat pointless) by all means do it - but it feels to little to late.

    [–] No smoking with kids in the car law is ridiculous. Just look at them out there in the rain. Ginger-Nerd 3 points ago * (lasted edited 3 hours ago) in funny

    Unpopular Opinion time (I relate this to New Zealand who have just passed the law)

    Does anyone else find this law kinda stupid? - (like I'm not saying you should smoke in the car with your kids)

    But I feel the people that this is targeting is such a massively small percentage of the population; that functionally you are never going to "catch them" - its a law that looks good on paper because it protects children, everyone gets behind it, look how progressive we are with our smoking laws; but realistically what it achieves if a big fat nothing (like you don't think the people smoking in their cars, are also smoking at home - around the same children?)

    Its kinda like they are banning smoking by stealth - slowly putting more and more restrictions to where are where you can't smoke - that you might as well just fucking ban it - and be done with it.

    Suppose I should have prefaced this with I'm not a Smoker, never have been; and I generally vote Labour/Green (although this issue has become bipartizan - because of course it has, nobody wants to be for second hand smoke.)

    fuck the half measures; they aren't helping anyone long term

    EDIT: should probably mention- I thought this was /r/newzealand

    [–] TIL that in 2007, 2008 and every year from 2011 to 2015, a 6-foot Lego minifigure washed up on the shore somewhere in the world with the words "NO REAL THAN YOU ARE" written on it. They are all signed by "Ego Leonard" (or L, Ego), an artist whose actual name and identity are unknown. Ginger-Nerd 1 points ago in todayilearned

    Firstly he didn't mention anything you have said; so I mean I don't know what to do with this.

    Secondly - I say this thread was referring to a specific post, point to the post and the bit i'm taking umbridge with - the second comment was responding to my comment - you know how a conversation works right?

    finally - your second point

    refer to my first post - why I think labelling something as pretentious is something that should be avoided - this was addressed already.

    (I now fear we are going around in circles - So i'm not going to respond anymore.)

    [–] Spark locking pensioners into contracts for dubious "Home Security" products. Ginger-Nerd 0 points ago in newzealand

    Yeah, but this could be sorted by the Telecommunications Dispute Resolution Scheme. - of which spark is member;

    they tend to avoid this like the fucken plague if they can help it. so tend to just fix the issues that way;

    I have dealt a shittone with Spark fucking around with my account - and nearly all the times, if Twitter doesn't fix it - I use that; I ended up with well over $250 of credit on a cellphone, (because they took to long signing me up to their services)

    [–] Spark locking pensioners into contracts for dubious "Home Security" products. Ginger-Nerd 2 points ago in newzealand

    I mean; going for the CEO seems like a bit of overkill right off the bat - especially considering there is a full complaints process (that when used, actually does produce results - because if it doesn't it goes to tribunal)

    [–] TIL: There’s a large amount of players that never knew the “team leader” battles existed Ginger-Nerd 1 points ago in TheSilphRoad

    ahh, gottya

    Its nice it gives to the "train" badge aswell - when they redid the gyms - you really lost a way to complete that

    [–] Hard Rock Nick is an asshole, yes. But... Ginger-Nerd 1 points ago in yourmomshousepodcast

    Dude youre being very low and loose right now;

    If you wanna get back in the cool guy club your going to have to smarten up your act - and stop acting like a Burnt Crystals.

    [–] Spark locking pensioners into contracts for dubious "Home Security" products. Ginger-Nerd 13 points ago * (lasted edited 10 hours ago) in newzealand

    call them out on twitter - They regularly check that stuff, and are hyper paranoid about anything blowing up on that format.

    imo it is the best way to get hold of them - I have had a couple of instances, where they have given me bonus credit/wiped charges etc;

    That failing - there is a complaint process on their website that Spark take very seriously - every complaint can get audited and if it takes to long, it automatically goes to some council to review. (they really try to avoid that) .

    Know it sounds like i'm blowing smoke up their arse - honestly isn't the case; they have fucked me around big time - but just manage to complain the right way that they make it worth my while to stay longer.

    [–] Spark locking pensioners into contracts for dubious "Home Security" products. Ginger-Nerd 21 points ago in newzealand

    Honestly if you need anything done with spark - I go straight to twitter - Companies like that are ultra-paranoid about their customer facing stuff;

    IMO I have had much much better experience going via social-media; than I ever had on the phone.

    [–] Hard Rock Nick is the new Garth. Ginger-Nerd 2 points ago in yourmomshousepodcast

    Hard Rock Nick; disables ALL comments - the mommies joining are just inflating his ego (which from a guy who shit in his ex's sink - i'm really not going to join that page.

    [–] TIL that in 2007, 2008 and every year from 2011 to 2015, a 6-foot Lego minifigure washed up on the shore somewhere in the world with the words "NO REAL THAN YOU ARE" written on it. They are all signed by "Ego Leonard" (or L, Ego), an artist whose actual name and identity are unknown. Ginger-Nerd 3 points ago in todayilearned

    You dont think that that a minifig is making a statement about how we live our lives etc?

    Like for example you could go okay; what is a minifig, it is a toy, its a bit like a model (ie posed/setup), its controlled by a bigger force, its generic, Its plastic... You might then go that is my life - social media is fake.

    Alternatively - you could see a minifig, brings joy to people, is its happy, it is iconic, one of the most successful and recognizable items in the world... and apply that to yourself as a positve.

    Or - you could look it as more surreal peice; that the lego man has a soul and is alive; in his own universe

    I mean its not up to me to interpret it for you- but its not a universal thing. Which is probably what i imagine the artist wanted - for you to think about the message; why a lego figure? Why didnt he choose a giant plastic pipe? Why the beach? - its meant to probably inspire thought both about yourself and the world around you?

    You don't find that interesting in the slighest? Like whats kore fucking interesting than the human experience and how that differs from person to person?

    [–] TIL that in 2007, 2008 and every year from 2011 to 2015, a 6-foot Lego minifigure washed up on the shore somewhere in the world with the words "NO REAL THAN YOU ARE" written on it. They are all signed by "Ego Leonard" (or L, Ego), an artist whose actual name and identity are unknown. Ginger-Nerd 5 points ago in todayilearned

    Just because you don't get it - doesn't mean that either a) its not talented, or b) not without artistic merit - Its not for you? that doesn't make it pretentious; (any artistic endeavour; is surely an expression on an individual artist)

    an equivalent is me saying everyone who enjoys Anime is a weeaboo - you might counter that Naruto is a good show, and you are not a weeb;

    But when you start to write things off with broad strokes like that, you leave yourself looking like a hypocrite when anything you do/like is criticized with similar broad strokes (and you try to defend your opinions)

    there is nothing wrong with saying - thats not for me, or I don't like this, I don't see the appeal of this - you lose all credibility when you phrase it as pretentious (because it shows you haven't really made an attempt to understand why it was made - other than a preconceived notion that the artist must be pretentious.)

    [–] [Haiku] Prince Charles does not fear mortal bullets Ginger-Nerd 1 points ago in youtubehaiku

    Technically speaking this attack was specifically designed to incite terror - this is "terrorism"

    [–] Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World [Rock] (1989) Ginger-Nerd 1 points ago in Music

    I always kinda felt like this song was treated a similar way to Springsteen's Born in the USA - a song, that sounds patriotic; but in reality; it tells such a story of "Shit is not okay - you have put your head in the fucken sand."

    Rocking in the Free world directly attacks the Republican party (specifically George HW Bush) - yet people like Trump have used it multiple times at their rallies. - which is kinda the ultimate irony of the song - "Keep on Rocking in the Free world" - it sounds positive, therefore everything is good.

    [–] [Serious] Do you personally know a murderer? What were they like? How/why did they kill someone? Ginger-Nerd 1 points ago in AskReddit

    was it planned as a murder?

    If we imagine we are mentally unstable enough to do something like this - Wouldn't it be possible her objective was just to take the baby? - and the death of the mother was either unintended/a necessary side effect of obtaining the baby?

    Plus you know - clearly mentally unstable; - kinda an "insanity" type defence wouldn't exactly be hard.

    plus if it was any other western country in the world - 8 years would be about the length for that. (in my country think Murderers usually get around 10-15 years; the worst of the worst get more than 20)