Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Before the early 20th century the Republicans were on the whole the more left-wing of US political parties. Lincoln was a Republican and Jefferson Davis a Democrat.

    It wasn't until FDR that the current positions became fully entrenched.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    we always work .... and political junkies

    Whoever gave you that buzzword should have explained that they didn't literally mean drug-dependent sociopaths?

    (see also "helicopter view")

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: A Strange Road,

    Listen, they even say "please", a little politeness goes a long way.

    She did stand down, after a mere 17 years.

    Ok, so maybe politeness doesn't help.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    Prime Ministers on holiday don’t ever have arrangements in place in case their Director of the SIS needs to contact them

    I'd actually believe that is the case, given that the NZSIS hasn't uncovered a single threat to national security in the 58 years it has existed, and has failed conspicuously to detect actual threats in their area of concern (Rainbow Warrior bombings, Israeli passport fraud).

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    Which doesn't cover YouTube and iTunes, so why has Darren Watson been told to remove it from there?

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    In Espedair Street Iain Banks has his musician character produce an inflammatory record, which is ritually burnt across the southern US. The character suggests to his record company that they produce a special pressing with fireworks incorporated in the vinyl for the benefit of these people.

    Maybe Craig Potton could follow suit and make a special immolation edition for those wanting to spend their money.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    Last few elections, I think. But you only get that if you have registered.

    If you're a young person and moving around, and haven't checked your mail and sent the form off, you won't get one. That's the problem.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Stephen Judd,

    The system is a bit misconceived.

    The basic requirement to vote is that you are an NZ citizen or permanent resident, not a convicted prisoner, and you (if outside NZ) haven't been away for more than a certain time.

    If you turn up at a polling place, the latter part of that is obvious and it just comes down to asserting your residence status and address (to determine which electorate you are in).

    That could all be done from the databases of Internal Affairs and NZIS (with backup from IRD and LTSA). There is no actual need to maintain an electoral roll of where everyone lives. For those that refuse to carry id, they could sign a statutory declaration.

    Quickvote cards could also be mailed out as currently for everyone where the EC has a known address, making voting simple: go to any polling place, show either quickvote card, id or sign a declaration and vote.

    [And as Emma points out, voting like this is allowed now. All that's needed is to build some smarts into the system so that the exceptional becomes normal. Which is the correct use of IT in voting, not online or electronic ballots]

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Danyl Mclauchlan,

    I expect they'll be calling Allan Titford or Graham Capill to see if they're available. Are prisoners allowed to write for newspapers?

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  • Hard News: We can do better than this, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    s/Fijians/Americans
    s/rugby/war

    There, I fixed it.

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