Posts by Idiot Savant

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  • Hard News: Snowden and New Zealand, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Many people in telecommunications are very unhappy about all this. Understandably.

    Then they should simply refuse to cooperate with SIS's underwear sniffing. The government can hardly shut down the entire NZ internet, and if a civil disobediance campaign is widespread enough (people refusing to fill out the forms, refusing to fill them out accurately, and refusing to speak to SIS snoops seeking to check referees), then that is the option they will face.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Snowden and New Zealand, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    (does NZ actually have security clearances? I guess we'll all need them now).

    Yes - they're required for work in certain government positions (e.g. MFAT, Defence, spies, and some parts of Treasury, SSC, DPMC, police, customs, and immigration). There's a candidate guide here.

    Requiring such clearance for appropriate government work is one thing. But demanding it of civilians who have nothing to do with the government (and potentially being able to shut down an entire business if they don't jump through your stupid hoops) is intrusive and onerous.

    OTOH, if you don't want to play, just tell them that you're a drug-addicted communist wikileaks-supporter with huge financial problems who is cheating on your partner (that establishes three of the classic motives: Money, Ideology, Compromise). Problem solved.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Snowden and New Zealand, in reply to Stephen R,

    There doesn't seem to be a way to avoid being observed, sorted, classified and profiled without giving up on modern life.

    Vote out the spies?

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sphere of influence, in reply to nzlemming,

    Check the Register of Pecuniary Interests? Williamson gets director's fees from "Holyoake Industries Limited"

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A Big Idea, in reply to Aidan,

    Maybe high house prices are a result of secular stagnation. If so, those other articles might hint at approached to reconfigure the incentives to make capital investment more attractive.

    Because stock market bubbles are so much better than property market bubbles.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Illegal Highs, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It would be interesting to know what is actually happening.

    To the OIA!

    Except someone else should do it, because I don't think I have the expertise to know what questions to ask.

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  • Hard News: Illegal Highs, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Serious question: What would it take to set up a regime for "purity testing for active ingredients." Someone who knows please correct me if I'm way off base, but I got the impression that wasn't just something you can order off Amazon, or simply port in from overseas.

    A bit of organisation to set up a sampling regime, and a contract with ESR. That should not have been difficult.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Illegal Highs, in reply to Andre,

    The products they are retailing may be slightly different to those originally approved under the regime but there is no testing of the prodyucts so this is covered up.

    Which sounds like a fundamental failure of the regulatory regime. What has Ministry of Health been doing for the last year? Looking at pictures of cats?

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  • Hard News: Illegal Highs,

    Peter Dunne for his part insists that the government had already decided to ban everything butwas delaying an announcment to prevent stockpiling.

    The OIA will tell us whether he's lying about the timing or not.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1642 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I reckon it would be useful to OAI the details on Jones' new job (announced yet?).

    Oh, I will be.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1642 posts Report Reply

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