Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: On the Waterfront,

    I'm pretty glad that Mike Lee and the ARC had the foresight *not* to sucker us into a billion dollar waterfront rugby park that would have had zero success in attracting sponsorship in the current economic climate.

    I have some sympathy for the idea that any kind of public spending project is a good idea to try and reflate the economy, but it would seem that doing useful things for everyone is more useful than "digging holes and filling them in again".

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  • Island Life: Big Little City, Big Little…,

    complaint upheld against TVNZ for lack of balance.

    Maybe the BSA is starting to twig that National TV doesn't meet the Broadcasting Acts requirements for balance. Having a former National candidate as the presenter would seem to require some sort of balancing per se, really. (Spot the difference between the Wikipedia biog of Paul Henry and the TVNZ version).

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  • Hard News: Chaos in Kingsland,

    Personally I think Anderton, like Dunne, is a good argument for a reverse threshold.

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  • Field Theory: 25 Things you need to be a…,

    According to Russell's new sponsor, the zombie apocalypse is not coming.

    Instead, this Star heralds the imminent emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher, and the beginning phase of the total transformation of every aspect of our lives.

    And there was me thinking it was a streetlight in that new subdivision out by Wainui...

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  • Hard News: Chaos in Kingsland,

    I shot the prick

    but I didn't shoot the testicles

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  • Island Life: The resignation of Captain Worth,

    distinguishing between allegations and proven offences?

    I strongly suspect that the allegations about Worth will turn out to allege non-criminal behaviour. Being a sleaze isn't an offence. In fact, although it's illegal for Ministers to take actual dollars in bribes, I'm not sure that a bit of nookie counts as valuable consideration.

    If the allegations don't reveal an offence, the police won't investigate further and the matters will never come before a court. So it'll be for future generations to speculate idly on Worth's guilt. Or not.

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  • Hard News: Chaos in Kingsland,

    I think the offence of "treating" was orginally applied to Tammany Hall type practices such as setting up outside the polling booth with a barrel of beer.

    A free cup of tea at a candidate meeting doesn't really amount to that.

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  • Hard News: Chaos in Kingsland,

    ...where he hid Hoffa's body.

    Everyone knows where that is, it's in Shergar's stable. Right next to Lord Lucan.

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  • Field Theory: 25 Things you need to be a…,

    I have never sought nor expected a trade discount at any of the tailors, wine cellars or snuff purveyors that I frequent.

    I'm no expert, but understood that discounts on "snuff" were strictly on a quantity basis. A certain Matthew Ridge could probably provide better information here...

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  • Hard News: Rodney's Folly,

    In Rodney-land, children will get exactly the same amount of say as other voters.

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