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Fuck yeah social movements (and fur seals!) - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 27th, 2011

09:12 am - Fuck yeah social movements (and fur seals!)

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So I got a very good mark for the Anonymous essay - good enough so that if I turn up for my presentation next Monday and hand in a piece of paper with my name on it for the final essay, I'll still pass the course. But naturally, that isn't good enough - I want to kick this course's arse. It's the last major requirement fulfilment one and a topic that really interests me so BOO FUCKING YAH.

Anyway, some people expressed an interest in reading this essay. I'm still not happy with it, I still think it's trite and I know there's information that's inaccurate in there in the absence of ability to expand on some ideas. However, I'm willing to put my neck on the block and allow people who are actually From The Internet to read it. But it's 4000 words and I'm fucked if I'm taking all the refs out, so instead of making a post I am going to ask you - do you want to read it? If so, let me know and I'll post it limited to only people who actually want to see it.




This lil guy was sitting on the seawall this morning having a scratch. It looks to be an adolescent and is thus still quite cute, and was studiously ignoring all the people that were surrounding it.

Did I mention my Dad was a dolphin trainer? Yeah. That means I spent my childhood helping him feed/muck out/doctor the seals and various other marine mammals. And this lil guy is not well. It's skinny and scratching for as long as it took me to walk past indicates not just a passing itch but an irritation. And wild seals don't often rock up in the harbour - they live around the south coast where they get goggled at less often and there aren't boats and things.

I'm gonna hazard a guess and say this one has been in some kind of altercation and that's a healing wound it's scratching. It's possibly been chased off or gone off from its colony to heal and ended up in the harbour because there are lots of small fish there and not many other seals. It's probably skinny due to this and being young and not so flash at hunting yet. I'm also gonna hazard a guess and say it'll be ok - ok enough so that calling DoC to come chase it around to check it over would probably do it more harm than good. If it's itching, it's healing.

Wow, that's a lot to surmise from a brief glimpse of an animal's behaviour as you walk past. OHAI, the things you learn as a shepherd with a history of marine mammal husbandry! Hehe of course I might be talking out of my arse and there'll be a corpse there when I walk past tonight, but I'd put money on this lil guy hanging around for a few days and then buggering off back out to sea.


This afternoon I'm going to do the pre-settlement inspection of the apartment. It's the first time I've seen it since I signed the purchase agreement back in June (yes, I have been resisiting sneaking up there and peeking in the windows). This is exciting, although the agent tells me there are 'things I should see'. I am hoping that doesn't mean holes in the walls or a missing hot water cylinder. I suspect what it means is that the tenants (who were the owner's son and his friend) have left without cleaning it and maybe left some stuff around. If that's the case, would I be within my rights to ask for a commercial service to be engaged to sort it out? Cos cleaning it before I can live there doesn't appeal all that much eh?

But but but - seeing mah place! *SQUEE*

Finally, an interesting piece on why #OccupyWallStreet is different. Points out something that more people should be aware of - the generation currently in their 20s are the first generation for a very long time to be worse off than their parents. And some commentary on the accusation of being disorganised.

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From:dianavilliers
Date:September 26th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
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I'd like to see the essay please.
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From:t_c_da
Date:September 26th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Me too, please?
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From:t_c_da
Date:September 26th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
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And Tracey's parting statement...

"Before you arrest any of them," I said, "please remember that the group of men who founded this country did so because of unfair taxation."

Precisely....
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From:caycos
Date:September 26th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
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House buying is weird - we've gone unconditional on a house that we now haven't seen for ages. And we're not settling till November, so for now I'll just smile at photos that I stole off Trademe ;)

Hope the things you should see aren't as ominous as it sounds.. No idea if you can ask them to clean it - my inclination is not unless it's listed as a condition, but I guess it can't hurt to ask.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 26th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Congratulations! House! *beam*

Also, the Long Settlement Blues are something I'm familiar with. I maintain it was a very good idea but oh man it's been hard. With less than a week to go I feel as if I'm about to explode - and I took photos so I have those to look at as well!

I'm not sure whether cleaning comes under 'condition as at sale agreement', since when I agreed to buy it there were tenants in. I'll definitely check with the agent though if it turns out to be mucky.
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From:caycos
Date:September 26th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
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In our case the owners wanted to settle in November because they're jumping the ditch then, and we figured we're in no hurry so it all worked out. I'm variously excited, nervous, dying to decorate, etc..

The only condition we have left is that they've agreed to paint a bit of the roof fascia that wasn't. I'm hoping someone else will be able to verify this has been done because I don't really know what I'm looking at when it comes to roofs.. (rooves? nah)
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From:richdrich
Date:September 26th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
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I'd like to see the essay!

Also, I suspect that your expectations on the apartment are defined in the sale and purchase agreement, plus any conventions. I know more about the UK than here, where certain things are defined as "chattels" and expected to be left (water cylinders and the like).

Call your solicitor and ask?
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From:tatjna
Date:September 26th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, there's a list of chattels so if any of that stuff is missing, or anything is broken or not working I have recourse. If the place is a tip, I'm not sure - so I think my best bet is to see what's up and take it from there with my solicitor and the agent. If there is anything, that is. *crosses fingers*

I also have nearly a week to get it sorted if something does need sorting. ;-)
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From:anna_en_route
Date:September 26th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
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That little seal's been hanging out on those rocks for more than 2 weeks, he even made Stuff a few weeks or so ago.

DoC are definitely aware of him and I assume that someone has been around to check him out.

I see him curled up on the rocks most mornings now
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From:tatjna
Date:September 26th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Hee, that's the first time I've noticed him!

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From:anna_en_route
Date:September 26th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Also yay house! =)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:September 26th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
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eek - *fingers crossed* it's nothing too annoying!
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 27th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
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my understanding is it has to be in a fit state for being occupied by you but they are not obliged to clean it. though the term "vacant possiession" legally just means nobody else is living there and there is no lease given rights to anyone else in relation to the property

if it is substantially altered from how it was when you viewed it, then you commence negotiations around remedying that. eg damaged floors / walls / plumbing

that's basically the point of the pre-settlement inspection.
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 27th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
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if it is in such a state as cannot be remedied in time for you to occupy it then you'd be hitting them up for the costs of arranging alternate accomodation. etc.
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 27th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
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whoa, check the "property disputes sub-committee's rulings manual" from auckland district law society:

http://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=15&ved=0CDUQFjAEOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adls.org.nz%2Ffiledownload%3Fid%3D574f4bf9-73e1-4f13-9089-eaf58f163eb1&ei=thWBTvGWAomsiAfbgsT-Dg&usg=AFQjCNHPMU7kVI_V7XV6iHjo13-YUYBLLQ

"8.2 Possession – What Constitutes Vacant possession?
There will not be vacant possession if there is a physical impediment which substantially prevents or
interferes with the enjoyment of the right of possession of a substantial part of the relevant property: see
Professor McMorland, Sale of Land etc (the emphasis is ours). Whether there is such an impediment is a
matter of fact and degree. In this matter the sub-committee considered that a 1.0935 metre encroachment of
a carport from an adjoining property onto the subject property of some 797m2 did not constitute such a
physical impediment. Other influencing factors which led the sub-committee to this conclusion were that the
encroachment was on a walkway not known to either the vendor or purchasers to form part of the property
when the sale agreement was signed, the adjoining owner's agreement to remove the encroachment, and
no relevant trespass (infrequent use by the adjoining owner) to prevent the giving of vacant possession."
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From:damnitnicole
Date:September 27th, 2011 06:45 am (UTC)
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I'm interested in reading it!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 28th, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
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Yeah, this isn't a sea lion, it's an adolescent fur seal.

And, thanks! Will post Essay of Doom tomorrow.
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