Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Not doing justice, in reply to Pete George,

    I'm not a supporter at all of Dunne or his party

    Rather than boring us all with your increasingly pathetic attempts to smear IMP, why not regale us with the story of your split from Disunited Past?

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  • Hard News: Media Take and Godwin's Election,

    There are rules around broadcast media during the campaign period and they're being applied

    Basically, Radio Live and Newstalk ZB are allowed to run 24/7 right-wingery, so long as they don't actually use the words "Vote National". Fox News is allowed to broadcast "fair and balanced" content on Sky Channel 88 - I guess they won't use the words "New Zealand" from one week to the next.

    But play a song critical of our beloved leader, and they're after your licence.

    I'm seriously thinking about hiding an FM transmitter with a car battery in a building or park somewhere, tuning it to a free guardband frequency and broadcasting the John Key song on an endless loop until the electoral commission track it down.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4406 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    It's not possible for Labour to not stand someone in any electorate

    I'm kinda hoping the Labour (and Green) candidates in Epsom will have their nominations withdrawn at the last minute. Or change their names by deed poll to: Party Vote Labour But Vote For Paul Goldsmith

    Overseas, running for an unwinnable seat is regarded as training for aspiring candidates, and you're usually expected to do it at least once before getting an chance at actually being elected. You don't get shoved in one forever just because you're from the place.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4406 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    Seems to be a difficult area, the Greens aren't running a candidate there.

    If I was organising a political party, I'd obtain an app that required all social networking interactions to be moderated by someone sensible before they go out and ban any direct access to Twitter/Facebook/comments.

    But I'd also make all MPs cut up their parliamentary services credit cards and file expense claims for reimbursement only after they'd been checked by somebody in party HQ.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4406 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The silence of the public square, in reply to Sacha,

    I think if you are going to have a candidates debate, it should be for candidates, not just candidates who aren't barking mad.

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square, in reply to Russell Brown,

    everything to do with rhythm and scan

    I believe the correct chant is:

    Fuck John Key.
    Rather you than me!

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square,

    I think it's pretty relevant who happens to be running a line, especially when it's a standard technique of the NZ right to try a chameleon trick: one year, they're a candidate for a party, the next they're an "independent" local body candidate and next minute, they try to recycle themselves as an "impartial commentator".

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4406 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Steven Joyce: Prick or Treat, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    The vast majority of people who might embark on a science degree aren't aiming or expecting to be tenured academics though.

    But NZ doesn't have grad-level jobs for people with science degrees, either. I know several people with reasonably good degrees in bioscience who have been unable to get any kind of grad-level job (often winding up in IT/teaching/overseas).

    That suggests to me that we're a long way from any kind of knowledge based economy.

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square, in reply to Pete George,

    it's hard to escape from the connection

    Only if you're a xenophobic racist.

    I have nothing to do with the person named [Mr "bought and paid for" Dunne]

    Except for:

    It’s well known [Peter George has] been involved with UnitedFuture after they asked me to stand for them in 2011 (http://yournz.org/tag/pete-george/)

    There ain't no delete button on the webz.

    Also, just to deal to the inaccurate precis "they asked me to stand": GEORGE, Pete UFNZ 176

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square, in reply to Pete George,

    Mass enthusiasm for a German politician?

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Hey, why not promote an ideology that regards an entire people as "tainted" and not acceptable participants in civil society.

    Better make sure no Russians ever run for office (Stalin), Vietnamese (Pol Pot) or even Australians (Bligh, etc).

    And this from the man who has no problem with his mate and namesake Dunne taking cash bribes from foreign tobacco multinationals.

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