Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I wonder if the Guardian will be offering NZ coverage and commentary on election day, being outside the jurisdiction and that.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4463 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    Awesome, even if it also eats my riposte?

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Brilliant. Can I have a copy.

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    Or, they caught a few loonies who shouted a lot about it whilst giving many innocent muslim kids a genuine grievance.. Some of those might not talk about it, they'll just do it.

    I think most people here would rather live (as we do) in a society where people get on and don't want to kill each other, as opposed to a prison state where people only don't kill you because the guards are watching.

    Obviously you don't, but consider how easy it would be for some kid who hates the world (but hasn't exposed that fact) to get a job in an arm of the State and gather a fairly comprehensive list of rightbloggers and their home addreses.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    ‘Dave Dobbyn and the Police’

    I liked their cover version of "White Riot".

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    part of the Commonwealth (eg Harare) were intriguing. Key has over the last few years increasingly been softening up the electorate with asides about becoming a republic

    Huh? Most Commonwealth states are republics.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    But it's hard to see how it could be otherwise without giving automatic citizenship to people three or four generations removed from a connection to NZ.

    I wonder if it will become an issue as more Māori people migrate and have families overseas. Somebody born in Australia with a Māori grandparent, but parents who were both Australian born would be accepted by their iwi as tangata whenua, right, but not by NZ as a citizen?

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

    Slater is a journalist.

    I'd be interested to see the judgement, which doesn't seem to have come out yet.

    In particular, did Slater give any evidence denying that he habitually took money to run lines?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I can technically still vote in UK elections, but in practice it's pretty hard to do so - you have to register each year in writing to your former council and they send you ballot papers by post less than two weeks before the election date which you need to get back in time (or you can have a UK resident vote for you as a proxy).

    With that, and the fact that basically you've got three right-wing parties to choose from, it doesn't seem worth it.

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  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy, in reply to Russell Brown,

    daily cannabis users under the age of 17 were 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or attend university

    or

    students under 17 who fail at high school are likely to use cannabis

    You can't extract cause and effect from such a survey.

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