Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Park Life, in reply to Sacha,

    Counterexamples?

    Anyway, just for you: http://lawschool.unm.edu/nrj/volumes/14/3/03_juergensmeyer_common.pdf

    When English common law property concepts migrated to
    America, the common lands concept barely managed to survive the
    voyage, arriving in a drastically weakened condition

    From an 1833 judgement:

    In this country [USA] such rights [of common] are uncongenial with the genius of our government, and with the spirit of independence which animates our cultivators of the soil

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  • Hard News: Park Life, in reply to Steve Curtis,

    I hadn't forgotten, that was one of the factors driving British people who'd lost their land to migrate overseas (often with the promise that they could in turn steal land from indigenous people). To my knowledge the concept of common land was not replicated in any settled country, with the possible exception of 17th century North America.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    someone whose family were not even NZers at the time of Gallipoli

    More British people were killed at Gallipoli than NZers, though.

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  • Hard News: Park Life, in reply to BenWilson,

    peak usage [for golf] would be around 84 x 4 = 336 people per day

    On that basis, maybe we should encourage sports like cheese rolling or folk football, with several hundred or even thousand players active on a playing area that while large in area, requires little preparation.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Mr Key said if the Government was to send troops, “it would be in part to try and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the ANZAC forces that lost their lives in Gallipoli”.

    Kind of gives the lie to those that argue that the "remembrance" narrative isn't designed to promote acceptance of current and future wars.

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  • Hard News: Park Life, in reply to stever@cs.waikato.ac.nz,

    Well, yes. Traditionally in most of Europe, land isn't seen as something you have exclusive possession over. When you go walking in the Lake District, or skiing in Switzerland, you are for the most part on somebody's farm, or on remaining common land.

    I think traditional Maori attitudes were similar, at least if you were part of the local iwi or their allies.

    A tragedy of settler society was that it held out a promise that everyone could be a "laird" and take exclusive possession over their domain. Of course, this couldn't work and you wound up with a tiny minority controlling much of the land.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Alfie,

    Maybe they should just rename the award "best use of click fraud"?

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  • Hard News: Park Life, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Also, how about building over the playing fields of all those high decile schools in Epsom? That'd probably fund the education budget for a few years.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas that…,

    My understanding of the "traditional" "morality" behind white-label remixes and the like is that they are produced to be played out in some kind of bar/club who will have an APRA license and hence New Order or whoever will get paid, theoretically.

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  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete…,

    [stuff] seems still to be broken

    You mean all the news has been substituted for dubious partisan propaganda? It's always like that...

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