Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Wizards of…,

    Surely Lëmmiüm with the metal umlauts, which also correspond dot-for-dot with the 5 outer shell electrons of element 115.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Wizards of…,

    Also, the size of the market in Australia was such that a commercial rawk band would make enough money to guarantee its members a rock and roll lifestyle (even if, for some, it degenerated after 30 years into snorting crack with low budget hookers in Tauranga).

    Which meant that if one was an Aussie musician, one might do the big rawk commercial thing to chase the dollars. NZers, having pretty much no chance of wealth and fame, were "free" to be more experimental and original.

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do,

    I notice this morning that the increasingly tattered black ferny flag that has flown over Xero's (old, being rebuilt) offices in Wellington has been replaced by an old-school NZ flag.

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  • Legal Beagle: New Zealand's most racist law,

    So (and I talk of the present day here), should Maori as a whole (or Maori in a position of power) be able to decide to regulate individual Maori by maintaining a criminal offence that applies only to Maori and not to pakeha?

    In civil law, individuals can practically decide whether they want to participate e.g. voting on the Maori or general rolls. But that can't really apply to a criminal offence?

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do,

    Another voting option might be to elect an electoral college using a proportional system and then having the college choose a flag that meets with majority approval, calling for other designs if desired.

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do,

    That's really interesting, the way the OIA doesn't have an explicit clause for "information protected by another statute" and the language at s.50 " the use or disclosure is not required or permitted".

    The only *required* information is the result data that is published - but is anything outside that that doesn't identify a vote "permitted"?

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  • Hard News: Victoria Crone and what…,

    Not initially, they just get their post blocked and an email:

    In your comment you stated that "person" had unlawful relations with an "insert species"

    This has been blocked as libellous - however, for the payment of $98.95, you can elevate your status to Principal Sojourner and gain the ability to make four libellous posts and one incitement to violence each year. Click here to make payment...

    The Imperial Grand Wizards are autonomous, anything they do with their access to personal details is entirely their responsibility. SpoutNZ (Pitcairn) SA accepts no vicarious responsibility for the activities of participants.

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  • Hard News: Victoria Crone and what…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The names mean nothing to me, but I may have just discovered the elusive profitable online business model: pay to be a twatcock.

    Basically, start a wingnut blog with subscription levels, and the more the subscriber pays, the more of a dick they can make of themselves, up to the level of Imperial Grand Wizard, where they get access to home addresses and can go around the other commenters' houses and get medieval on their asses.

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do, in reply to Steve Barnes,

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    Civil War I reckon. It’s just about to boil over. Weetabix Kids vs Redcoats.

    I’m off to Machine Gun City to get me one of those cheap AKs they’ve been advertising. Reckon my gun license will be ok:

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  • Hard News: Victoria Crone and what…, in reply to Sacha,

    Nothing like that bad, no.

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