Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles,

    I'm sure this isn't actually how the collecting system works, but I've always understood that every time the All Blacks score a try Jordan Luck makes a dollar.

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  • Hard News: Auckland's future: Keep calm,…, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Pudong. It's a fairly standard modern airport, one huge terminal, lots of expensive shops, fair selection of restaurants, just a lack of cash machines (in international airside, I was transiting).

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  • Hard News: Auckland's future: Keep calm,…, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    I almost never line up and change money, anywhere. Just take it out of a machine on a card. Not sure if that would work with a Chinese bank though. I was in Shanghai airport for a few hours once and there was only one ATM in the whole place.

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  • Hard News: Auckland's future: Keep calm,…,

    assets of $37 billion against debt of $8 billion

    I think most of us would be quite happy with a mortgage of under 25% on our house.

    So why is such a loan to provide the community assets that allow us to live in that house suddenly "Oh noes bankruptcy doom and gloom"?

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    use their wealth....to make the world a better place for them and their ilk

    Can you point to any Internet Party policies that will help rich people get richer?

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely,

    Can anyone explain the hatred for Dotcom?

    Is it simply his conspicuous wealth (there've surely been others on the left of politics with personal fortunes?)

    Or his past convictions (all of which, I think, would by now by suppressed under clean slate provisions if committed in NZ)?

    Or that people support a team, and don't like other teams, even when their policies are pretty much congruent (I am yet to see a post by anyone on the left attacking an Internet Party policy on its merits).

    Or that people feel that the the US charges have merit, and that the actions of Dotcom's company amounted to *criminal* copyright infringement as opposed to (as many think) something which should be dealt with through a civil suit?

    Or that he's foreign. And fat.

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Something I thought about Winston Peters:

    If the "nothing to see here, move long now" brigade is correct, then all the "political pressure" admitted to today amounts to is a desire to attract more well qualified (however you define that) immigrants into NZ.

    Before 2003, we had a system that was relatively transparent and usable. You could for instance, as a person with skills and qualifications, get residence provisionally approved and come to NZ for six months to find a job. (Employers mostly being reluctant to hire people from overseas sight unseen).

    As a result of Peters' racist dog-whistling, the Clark government decided to engage in one of it's periodic, misconceived "get-tough schemes" and removed all this. (Introducing a "by-invitation" policy, as if it was some sort of golf club ball).

    Having obfuscated the system, immigration not surprisingly fell below targets and hence a range of schemes were introduced with an increasing air of "bung us a few million and we'll overlook the fact that your sole qualification is that basic English certificate you did in in prison."

    So Winston's dog-whistling might have landed us up in a place where the NZIS and their were just kinda desperate to meet quota by signing up any "investors" they could drag onshore.

    (http://www.immigration.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/837B1552-C260-4DD0-ABB2-9276FC4456E0/0/AppendixFImmigrationPolicyChangesBetween20012008.pdf)

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Alastair Thompson,

    gaining traction in the Socialverse

    A lot of money is spent putting sand under the wheels of the right ideas:
    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/14/gchq-tools-manipulate-online-information-leak

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely,

    If you don't like Kim Dotcom or the Internet Party, you aren't obliged to vote for them. It isn't any more manipulation than when someone who was born here decides to spend the fortune they earned in currency speculation on adding "PM of New Zealand" to their bucket list.

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely,

    Without going fully tinfoil hat, it's possible that a decision was made not to deny residence because to do so would have tipped Dotcom off as to the FBI's interest in him.

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