Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Island Life: Helen who?,

    And Clark's office have not said it will be declared - Audrey Young has blogged that she has asked five times for the cost and whether it will be included and they won't tell her.

    The EFA requires a return of election spending 50 days after the final election results are declared. It does *not* require a rolling account to be given to rival parties and their supporters as the advertising appears.

    The promoter statement identifies the advertisement as possible electoral advertising. If anyone wants to monitor such advertising, they can make a list of campaigns and try and validate this against the eventual declaration - that's the point of having the statement.

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  • Island Life: Helen who?,

    You know a lot of people in many, many ads aren't actually Kiwis, don't you? They even sometimes dub TV ads for different markets (in the UK, they revoice ads with different regional accents for different parts of the country).

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  • Island Life: Helen who?,

    What Che said. If they weren't under a spending gun, they might have afforded a paid shoot with Labour-supporting models and puppy.

    Besides, I just read this in the NZ Herald. It's great how the National Party not only produces a propaganda leaflet on a daily basis, but convinces Aucklanders to pay $1.20 (or whatever) for it.

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  • Legal Beagle: If Britain Jumped off a Bridge...,

    More crimes of Garth McVicar. One day I hope to see him convicted of something - although unless he gets into a libel/perjury trap one day, I doubt it'll happen.

    Unfortunately, I think cases where a key prosecution witness has been offered or given excessive inducements are quite common, aren't they. There was the suitcase murder where one of the conspirators got away with accessory to murder by testifying. I don't think there was any doubt there, but avoiding maybe 5 years in jail is a big inducement, isn't it?

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  • Hard News: Medical Matters,

    Density Church/Family Party are all over Mangere at the minute

    Does anyone want to explain how, if South Auckland is such a hotbed of social conservatism, they elected the not-very-socially-conservative David Lange seven times?

    Also, although the wierdo wingnut churches are very prominent, none of the Pasifica people I know actually go to church any more than Europeans.

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  • Island Life: And I just have to look away,

    I saw the NZD250 (I guess) price tag for the iPhone. And then the NZD140 annual charge for MobileMe - which seems to be mostly functionality GMail has for free?

    Does the "openness" of the iPhone allow Google, or opensource hackers, to create an alternative to MobileMe?

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  • Hard News: Medical Matters,

    I feel that a lot of women aren't going to be too pleased to have mostly male judges deciding what they can do with their bodies.

    Maybe Labour should whip out a Bill to put the law in line with the current de-facto situation. This would be unacceptable to a lot of National MPs, not to mention the Christian Right. Making this an election issue might be no bad thing - it could sway the vote of a lot of people who are tending to the Nats.

    (I think most of the hard-core god-bothering Christians were lost to Labour a while ago).

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  • Hard News: Breaking up the Band,

    Regarding the US presidential elections, can we see a *tiny bit* of discussion of policy in the media? I've spoken to several well-educated Americans and they couldn't explain the policy differences between Obama and Clinton - were these a state secret.

    Does Obama want to invade Iran? Will he keep troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? (Actually, I know he's said he'll pull US forces out of Iraq in 16 months, but is that unconditional?)

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  • Hard News: The Sutch Files,

    unknown law firm

    So did people keep calling them wanting them to do their divorce/house conveyancing/motoring offences on a regular basis. Maybe, in between chasing non-existent Russian spies, the SIS team maintained a lucrative second career as small-town solicitors?

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  • Hard News: The Sutch Files,

    I think the modern day equivalent of the Sutch affair are incidents like this one where a researcher was held in jail for six days for downloading an "Al Quaeda Manual". Or, closer to home, the student pilot thrown out of NZ (and jailed in Saudi Arabia) because he briefly shared a room with one of the September 2001 hijackers.

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