Posts by Idiot Savant

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  • Hard News: The standing-still sweep,

    It seems to me that the fact that the police were using the TSA to conduct these raids sugests the interference of "a foreign power"

    According to the police commisisoner, there was no international aspect, and the suspect activities were purely domestic.

    He talks a lot about "training camps" and people playing with military weapons. A lot will depend on the intent of those involved. It's not a crime to go off with a bunch of mates and blast holes in things with registered, legally-owned firearms (provided it is done safely). It is a crime if you are doing this as preperation to commiting murder and other crimes of violence.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1592 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The standing-still sweep,

    Police press conferance video here

    Legally speaking, remaining silent does not make you a party to a crime, and there's no obligation to report anything. Morally, of course, its a different story, and I think Che is probably right on both counts - some people will have gone to the police, and others will have not wanted to say anything to the people who regard them as the scum of the earth and beat and arrest them if they speak up in public. And if the police are pissed about that, they have no-one to blame but themselves.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1592 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The standing-still sweep,

    The Stuff piece noted that

    More than 60 other people from around the country who have been recorded talking to, and in some cases training with, the arrested group will also be brought in for questioning.

    Some of them are known to have pulled out once they realised the level of violence planned.

    So, they're sweeping up anyone who has even talked to those involved, and in the process smearing them as terrorists. Lovely.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1592 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The standing-still sweep,

    Illegal firearms are bad, and so is planning to use them. And OTOH, they're arresting everyone from anti-bypass activists to students to chicken-rescuers - which seems to be casting the net rather wide.

    Looking around, police have raided a community house in Wellington, and a community activist centre in Auckland, and arrested student activist Omar Hamed (guess it must have been the Middle Eastern name) and people from Open Rescue (who are most notable for saving chickens from battery farms). if these are "terrorists", I think our police have been paying too much attention to Ian Wishart and the SIS...

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1592 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The standing-still sweep,

    I think the most useful lesson for Labour might be that a low turnout won't be good for them.

    I think they figured that out before the last election. Their key strategy, remember, was pumping the vote in key Auckland constituencies, and making sure their voters made it to the polls. And as strategies go, i think its one we should encourage, no matter who does it.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1592 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The standing-still sweep,

    And on the plus side, at least you're guaranteed material for the next three years.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1592 posts Report Reply

  • Yellow Peril: My black heart bleeds,

    Now all we need is some cheerleaders... Any volunteers, chaps?

    This is New Zealand. Rugby players do their own cheerleading - what else is the haka for?

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1592 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Those Men Again,

    Andy: well, if we have a permanent campaign, permanent spending limits might seem justified (and it would save you from the whole problem of a 3-month limit for snap elections that occur in non-election years). And some countries (e.g. the UK) do indeed simply have an annual spending limit for parties as a way of establishing a level playing field. But IMHO 12 months is enough - money spent a year before the poll probably doesn't have that much persistent effect.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1592 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Those Men Again,

    It's a bit messier if you end up bombing your allies while high. The Canadians were quite pissed about it.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1592 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Those Men Again,

    Supposedly the US Airforce in WW2 got a lot of meth too.

    The USAF today gets a lot of meth. During the initial bombing campaign against Afghanistan they were flying very long-range missions, and prescribed "go" and "no-go" pills to help them cope...

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1592 posts Report Reply

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