Meanwhile, two parties (the Greens and Maori party?) have reportedly requested an urgent debate on the matter.
Maybe after the debate on the Appropriations bill is done...
No terrorism charges - they apparently couldn't be supported by the evidence.
I want heads on pikes.
Meanwhile, given that some of those bailed had no admissible evidence on the arms act charges, I wonder if those charges will be withdrawn.
Its an unappreciated fact of nature that traumatic amnesia is almost solely responsible for the ability of the human race to keep the birth rate above the death rate...
Though with the internet breaking it down, allowing information to percolate and last forever, that won't last forever.
I think those Waikato demographers are going to be facing a few more problems now...
What percentage of the NZ population gamble at all frequently? I don't believe that myself and most of my friends are part of some freak statistical outlier that hardly ever gamble? So what makes us different - it isn't randomness - I think it just comes back to the self-respect thing.
Or being able to do maths. Apparently, most people can't.
The thing to understand about gambling is that the house always wins. always. And even if you win, the money is just coming from some other poor sod who threw their life savings into the hole. It's a tax on stupidity, a tax on hope, and a tax on desperation. And any decent person would want nothing to do with that sort of caluclated exploitation and evil.
My brother was actually on one of those 'committees' that aportion the 'proceeds' to 'community groups' a few years back. He and his mates formed their own club, and sought funding for what was essentially a 3 day 'sports fishing trip' up North. Hired Boats and accommodation all to be paid for by the funds sought. But they were an officially registered club so they met the criteria for funding. And by 'fishing trip' I mean 'drinking binge'.
if you want really disgusting, try the committee that spent money sucked from poor people in Naenae on paving a private road (where one of the members lived) in the Western Hutt Hills. Talk about stealing from the poor and giving to the rich...
on the other hand, its nice and sunny outside
And it's Halloween!
Laugh at the fictional horror, because the real horror is sometimes unbearable.
Yup, if the news continues in this pattern it can only get better - when Iraq is completely depopulated, and there is no one left to kill.
ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant...
There are also distinct interception powers under:
*the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Act 1969
So, caninformation gathered under that act be used in court?
And is there anything stopping the SIS from listening in on lawyer-client conversations then whispering in a policeman's ear?
I'm also interested in the "collective unlawful posession" charge too. Alleging unlawful (rather than unlicensed) posession may be a bit dodgy, and relies on drawing a long bow to an ultimate purpose while ignoring immediate ones, but saying its collective seems to remove the need for the police to actually prove anyone in particular handled a weapon. All they need to show was that there was one in the vicinity. Which seems to be rather lax for something which could see people in jail for 4 years.
The FAQ also shows you what a search warrant looks like. But the best thing to do is probably call a lawyer (because they need the money).