Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy,

    How about having an overall framework and then letting communities (which might be local councils, but could be iwi or affinity groups) decide on the details of drug legalisation/regulation/prohibition for their people?

    So Hone could have prohibition of alcohol and tobacco for his people, if they'd sign up for it, whilst the Aro Valley could have legal, safe MDMA.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I think it's moved on from "dirty politics":

    The Justice Minister working with Slater to undermine the prosecution of a large scale financial fraudster isn't like mouthing off on a blog, it's out and out corruption.

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

    No, it would be disastrous, as has been demonstrated in California and elsewhere.

    The same voters who troop into polling booths to vote for John Key would happily support 20% tax, pensions at 55, buying whatever drugs Big Pharma's astroturfing are promoting that week and a squadron of jet fighters to boot.

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  • Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales,

    I used to be on the telly

    ...but mum made me get down off it as I was getting too heavy and might break it.

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to UglyTruth,

    Which is why those giving evidence in court, or in any other analogous process, have the opportunity to affirm, and have done since 1695.

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2006/0069/latest/DLM393905.html

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  • Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales,

    It's this cargo cult of wanting to pour as much concrete as possible in the hope it'll attract money.

    Christchurch Airport - finished, at no doubt huge expense at a time when the builders could have been fixing the city, so that people can marvel at its huge, echoing halls of emptiness.

    Even the Greens have been dragged in. I'm sure that if we had a spare $500mln, a light rail system for Wellington would be a swell idea. But we don't have that money going begging, so why not do something much cheaper, quicker and probably nearly as effective, like buying more buses and hiring more drivers?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    You want my based-on-nothing theory? Someone in GCSB doesn't like Tories. After the "feral" post, they used their bugging-fu to find out who was running the DDOS attack and then sent them a little package with Slater's traffic on a memory stick.

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    Yes, they all will be because the candidates are all running for component parties, so Hone Harawira is a Mana candidate and Chris Yong is Internet Party.

    Any seats they win count against the party vote for Internet Mana.

    It's all by design.

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    No, they are a party with component parties as provided for by s.127 of the Electoral Act*

    http://www.elections.org.nz/news-media/electoral-commission-releases-party-and-candidate-lists-2014-election

    Electorate candidates can be Internet Party or Mana Movement, but there is a single list. The number of list MPs will be the quota of MPs proportionate to the party vote, minus the total of electorate MPs from either the Internet Party or Mana Movement.

    * I'm not sure, but suspect this provision may have originally been put in to incorporate the Rātana Labour members?

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  • Speaker: On the upland road,

    On one side, you have a government that helps its mates to avoid justice for stealing money from old people.

    On the other, you have investigative journalism.

    If you can't see the difference.

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