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Pretty much that, but some evenings, some or all of us would hang out, chat and drink beer.

6 points · 2 hours ago

They've been saying that for more than a decade. The problem is there's no easy way to go from a qualified but inexperienced commercial pilot (~200 hours) to someone they will actually hire (~1500 hours). The options available to get the requisite hours are typically poorly paid and dangerous. They can fix that by gasp training people themselves. Or the other obvious solution to fix a so-called "shortage" of labour - improve wages and working conditions.

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According to a Channel 4 (UK) documentary, Susi Air, in Indonesia, is popular among British pilots looking to gain hours..

Another day, another Doug.

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The guy who played Korg wrote and directed this ad: (starring the kid from Deadpool 2)

Is there a minister for men?

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The deputy prime-minister unofficially has that role I believe.

I apologize if this question sound stupid, but do aboriginal people in OZ and NZ have also very different tribes/cultures?

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Do you mean are the tribes in a single country very different to each other, or are you asking if the tribes in Oz are very different to the tribes in NZ?

Within the same country. When I read news about Australia and NZ, they always present them as « aboriginal «  without any specific tribes. I’m sure in a land as vast as yours there must be different first nation cultures and origins. I’m Canadian, i think here it’s important to make the distinction because of the long history between Europeans settlers and tribes. For example, the settlers often clashed with some nations, while others never even went to war in their existence. It shapes a culture, imo.

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In New Zealand the tribes are fairly similar. Historically spoke very similar dialects of the same language, but today I only know of two dialects (where 'wh' is pronounced 'f' is the more common). The tribes will have different priorities, as they own businesses of their own, have spiritual links to the geographic features of their particular area, and have grievances specific to them. Many people are of multiple tribes.

Australian tribes are very diverse and speak different languages--many of which are today extinct.

It was an experimental tank developed by the New Zealand Defence Force. If my memory serves me right, it never saw combat.

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developed by the New Zealand Defence Force

developed by the New Zealand Minister for Public Works. The prototype was evaluated for purchase by the New Zealand Army, and they decided it wasn't for them.

12 points · 4 days ago

Singaporeans are wealthy and English-speaking and law-abiding. That’s like the perfect type of immigrant to have.

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The law isn't about migration. It's about non-resident ownership of existing houses. People who gain residency in NZ from whichever country can buy existing houses.

29 points · 5 days ago · edited 5 days ago

Commonwealth countries are independent. There really hasn't ever been a UK rule for us to rebel against. We (at least NZ and Aus) are all self governed. The Crown is merely a figurehead.

Today, so much time has passed that we accept the status quo as it is just simpler.

Most of us want to become republics but we have to wait for a generation of loyalists to die off first. Plus, the status quo gives us great visitor access to the UK.

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Commonwealth countries are not fully independent. Although they are self-governing, the monarch legally can interfere if they choose to. They simply rarely do because the government might not like that interference and push for full independence (which would be granted because no one wants a war). This nearly happened Australia a few times when the crown ordered elections. In the end, commonwealth nations and the monarch that they serve simply choose to stay together because things are already peaceful, so there is no reason to rock the boat.

That said, commonwealth nations were once under the thumb of both the monarch and the British parliament. It is the parliament they they gained full independence from (not having to listen to a government body on the other side of the planet), but not the monarch. Peace prevails because the self-governing bodies of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada all made separate agreements with the crown to the current standard without bloodshed. The crown agreed for a variety of reasons to avoid rebellion.

The difference between independence of commonwealth nations and the United States is that United States gained independence from both the British parliament and the crown.

When it comes down to it, it would not be difficult commonwealth nation to snip the last ties to the crown if they chose to, but generally don’t because of tradition and because things are fine the way they are.

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the monarch legally can interfere if they choose to

If you're being legal, the monarch of country X can interfere in the governance of country X if they choose to. That's true in the UK, NZ, etc and presumably non commonwealth monarchies like Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, etc.

There are plenty of republican commonwealth countries too where the President of country Y can interfere in the governance of country Y if they choose to. India is an example.

New Zealand's independence was foisted upon them by the UK though. NZ didn't accept it initially.

1 point · 1 day ago

Why are Aussies and Singaporeans allowed to buy then?

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Preexisting free trade agreements.

Yeah well August 16th is my birthday and the second time in the last few years that I get dumped on my birthday, this time after a 3 year relationship. So fuck your happy ass feels.

im sorry this is actually really cute

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If it's any consolation, he had a miserable childhood in the 1920s, and lost a lot of friends over the years to poverty, war, and old-age. His son had schizophrenia for a while (the family lost friends because of prejudice against mental illness) before he too died.

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29 points · 1 day ago

American here- can confirm. When I'm outside the US I make sure to berate the people all around me, and vandalize everything I can. Then I get to enjoy watching people roll their eyes and say "there goes another American!"

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16 points · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

In my experience Americans are more likely to behave and talk in what is a normal way for them, uncaring that it is simultaneously rude to the people around them. Even between the UK and USA which shares a primary language, the markers of politeness (in interactions with shop assistants and waiters for example) are different enough for USAmericans to be perceived as rude.

However, there is in many poorer countries an expectation that USAmericans spend money generously, and therefore their rudeness must be tolerated with a smile; never with an eye-roll.

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Nothing inherently good about a handshake. Insofar as they spread germs, they are inherently bad. Can't spread viruses with a polite nod.

It is really quite simple. Integrate with the society, culture, laws, and social norms of the country you are attempting to immigrate to or feel free to find another. If your culture has something positive to offer, then it’s a good thing that you bring it, but if your culture is backwards and alien to the fundamental principles of the society you wish to join, you should be willing to leave those backwards and alien parts behind.

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If your culture has something positive to offer, then it’s a good thing that you bring it, but if your culture is backwards and alien

Alien can be good or bad. Not alien is neither good nor bad; it's just the same old shit.

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47 points · 2 days ago

I’ve seen this gif for years and somehow this is the first time I noticed that

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Damn dude sorry I haven’t seen it. Maybe I was at work or something. Do you have a job? Other than watching mimes online

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It's in NZ and they're called the aos I believe

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1 point · 3 days ago · edited 3 days ago

Yup. AOS. Next level of escalation is the STG, and beyond that it is the NZSAS D Squadron.

Does it eventually lead to the RAF just carpet bombing the area?

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2 points · 2 days ago · edited 2 days ago

The RAF aren't anywhere close enough. The RSAF (Republic of Singapore) are in-country (but only fighters, not bombers) and the RAAF (Australian) and possibly the French Air Force are close by. The Americans aren't too far away either.

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Immagine a gay police officer in Austria interrogating him: "Wie hav' wayz to make you tock" ;)

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"What did the gestapo officer say to the clock?"

That was in a joke book I read as an 8 year old. There were also jokes about elephants and custard in that book..

4 points · 3 days ago

Yes, but the question still stands - why? It's nothing more than quite literal virtue signaling. I can not believe this government is getting attacked for something that they honestly quite clearly would be against.

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quite clearly would be against

Actions speaks louder than words. Our actions are quite friendly towards the Gulf Arab countries.

42 points · 3 days ago

Ol' mate on the floor looking a bit anxious... but in all seriousness, policing done right. Showing these kids that the police officers are friendly.

From a young age, its ingrained in our minds that the police only show up when bad things happen or parents say "If you dont be good, I'll call the police and they'll take you away". So when we see police, we automatically assume we've done something wrong, and we distrust them as a presence. I'm not saying all police are good, not saying all police are bad etc but there is clearly a disconnect that when we see police we react with extreme caution and fear, even if we've never encountered police in any manner.

There needs to be more community out reach and interactions with the police to remove the stigma that police are only there to be kill joys.

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I think feeling a bit anxious when an AOS officer rocks up is entirely reasonable.

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I don't think the state should be deciding which job roles you do and do not have to shake hands in.

Shaking hands is an integral part of European culture and is required in virtually all roles of society. It goes back to at least 500 BC.

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I think the state should ban handshakes in hospitals. 'Jellyfish handshakes' are acceptable.

Original Poster4 points · 3 days ago

Trying to grow one like that , and happy cake day .

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Cheers, and good luck with the beard!

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