User Profile: nzkiwi


Member Since: October 11, 2010

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  • April 17, 2014 at 6:49am

    He didn’t actually trade any secrets, Ministry, but he attempted to join the CIA. He chickened out, but it was too late. He was caught.

    Here is a 30 minute movie that you will probably be able to view that dramatises this incident.

    What surprises me is that the CIA didn’t take the opportunity to turn him. Perhaps there are just too many naive students falling into this trap for them to effectively manage.

  • April 5, 2014 at 10:23pm

    As a proud dad, I wish that I could post some photos…

  • April 5, 2014 at 10:17pm


    I’ve often wondered about that.

  • April 5, 2014 at 10:14pm

    It seems that way, Skunkbear, but I’ve sailed with my children when they were only just on their feet – although not offshore, just coastal.

    Both of my daughters could drive our runaboat by the age of five, and were intimately aware of potential hazards and required safety equipment and procedures. It’s simple education.

    As they have become older (my elder daughter is almost eight) they have gained an inate understanding of physics, fluid dynamics, weather, and boat handling. And they know the importance of thinking ahead.

    They are, of course, too young to explain these things to you; they just instinctively know these principles as they pertain to the vessel that they’re helming. It’s a powerful and valuable education.

    Your reaction is perfectly understandable – and common – if one is not overly familiar with sailing, but it’s a lot safer than it might appear.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 9:42pm

    @ RCC

    A responsible sailor would cover that with an insurance policy which are quite common. We don’t know if they are covered at this stage, but if they weren’t that would be a point for serious criticism.


    Thanks. It’s Sunday afternoon here, so I’m on in real time – so to speak.

    Judging solely by the description of the fault, it seems likely that the engine’s heat exchanger (which uses sea water to cool the engine’s coolant) developed a significant leak. In itself, this isn’t life-threatening. The emergency is the poor kid’s serious illness.

    That’s a hazard with ocean cruising – help is always at some distance…

  • April 5, 2014 at 9:14pm

    That’s a tad cynical, don’t you think. Tuttle?

  • April 5, 2014 at 9:10pm

    I agree entirely. I felt quite moved by that clip and I’m not even an American…

  • April 5, 2014 at 8:59pm

    Steady on, fellas

    Families sailing the world’s oceans is far from unusual, and complications such as this as mercifully rare. New Zealand is familiar with such ocean travellers because our nation is a favourite stopping point for replenishment and refitting.

    I don’t know the US statistics, but in New Zealand a child is about 12 times more likely to be killed while riding a bicycle than in a boating mishap. It isn’t nearly as hazardous as some seem to believe. If one criticises this mode of transportation then one must be equally as fervent about flying and driving – especially driving, which kills thousands of children every year.

    The upside of ocean cruising is that children learn discipline and self-reliance, which one would have thought are close to the American heart. On top of that, the education that they receive is spectacular and unique.

    I’m saving for such an expedition myself, and, as soon as I can afford it, my children and I will be on our way.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 8:35pm

    The delicious irony is, Rhuh, that these new laws defending the 2nd Amendment are a direct result of the Obama administration’s attack on it…

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  • April 5, 2014 at 8:31pm

    Actually, Moe, I think that every single child should be taught gun safety, handling, and proper use of firearms in school at the age of around 13 or 14 years.

    Then there would be no need for licences, registration etc. Also, this would de-mystify guns and prevent the current silly attitudes that many schools exhibit towards them.

    Everybody wins – save those who would disarm America.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 6:06am

    Thanks, Price, but I can’t get that link to work. Leave it with me because the problem could easily be at my end.

    I’ll get back to you.

    Thanks again for the effort.

  • April 5, 2014 at 4:00am

    Assuming, that is, that my application is accepted…

  • April 5, 2014 at 3:58am

    @ Meano

    “silently thinking you a fool” isn’t incorrect.

    @ MSH

    If Mr Baker’s “boot camp” goes ahead I’ll be over your way. I hope to meet you and a few of the other guys after that.

  • April 5, 2014 at 3:43am


    Good luck with the surgery, Monk. We’re all thinking of you.

    Best wishes, mate.

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  • April 4, 2014 at 7:54pm

    I was about to mention that myself, Darmok. You beat me to it…

  • April 4, 2014 at 7:43pm

    Given the topic of this thread, I proof-read my contribution carefully.

    And still “shoulde” got through…

  • April 4, 2014 at 7:37pm

    “If you’re on duty, you should be armed, period”

    I agree, Booger. I fail to understand the logic behind the current policy.

    Unless, of course, it’s like France’s view of the Foreign Legion, where the Legion isn’t allowed anywhere near Paris in case that elite force decides to launch a coup d’etat.

    And they did once.

    The thing that struck me most, though, was the sheer arrogance oozing from Col. Jacobs’ every pore…

  • April 4, 2014 at 7:26pm

    @ MSH

    While I agree with you, I try hard to stay my desire to correct people. I’ve made many an embarressing blunder myself over the years – even after careful proof-reading – and I remind myself of this before I decide to jump in.

    But you’re absolutely right; we shoulde have pride in our writing skills and work to improve them.

    @ Big Mick

    “e-bar” is a superb analogy. Perhaps I should move my computer closer to the refridgerator…

  • April 4, 2014 at 8:41am

    Well…Hang on a minute.

    Has anybody seen the Ryan budget? Is a summary available somewhere? Does anybody have a link?

    Ms Palin says it will add a trillion and Mr Ryan says it will cut five. Which is it? How is the average American supposed to know?

    An actual summary would be nice to see, wouldn’t it?

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  • April 3, 2014 at 10:42pm

    No you don’t, Publius. This is a deliberate poke in America’s eye by a man who no longer has any respect for America.

    Mr Obama has allowed himself and the US to be kicked around by the thugs of our world, and they are becoming ever bolder in showing their contempt.

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