Posts by Don Christie

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  • Cracker: Lundy and Me.,

    Legally innocent unless proven guilty. "Not Guilty" means the prosecution failed to prove the accused committed the crime. Whether a person is actually innocent is another matter.

    Quite. So until Lundy's retrial you are legally no less innocent of the crime as Lundy. And if the retrial finds him not guilty then you would be more less innocent than he would be...legally.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: TPP: This is a fight worth joining,

    The opposition to the TPP is not a minority far left movement

    Correct. NZRise represents the NZ owned digital business sector. One of our very first acts was to attend the Vietnam round a few years ago and instigate the "lunch with negotiators" events. We are concerned about the TPP for all the reasons Hadyn points to. Scroll down this page for more info:

    http://nzrise.org.nz/resources/

    The key point is that this is not a deal that is an FTA. In exchange for very limited (and as yet undefined) market access the USA is seeking protection for its own industries and corporates. That's the "high quality" bit of this deal. It is going to cost us all money and people will die as a result of the increased costs of medical treatments.

    MFAT and MBIE seem to have gone silent on Kiwi stakeholders. Used to be we got regular updates and were invited to briefings on progress. This has come to a grinding halt over the last 9 months.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Who Guards the Guardian?,

    I'm not sure how to put this Russell. But once again your approach seems to be to shoot the messenger. This time Greenwald. In doing so you turn this (as you did with the Wikileaks saga) into a story of personalities over content.

    This seems deliberate and exactly what our governments would like. C.f. todays Daily Mail.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Lundy and Me.,

    But not guilty is not innocent

    I keep seeing this and I object. Not guilty *is* innocent. Sorry, that's how the system works, remember...Innocent until proven guilty.

    It would be nice if the media remembered that occassionally.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: My brother, my hero,

    Maybe all sisters say that. Maybe it's our job to believe such things. I don't know

    I know one or two younger brothers who might feel the same about their elder sisters. Just saying.

    That...and thanks.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Being Jim,

    And don’t you think he’s a good-looking young man?

    Indeed, a chip off the old block :-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Game Lorde,

    that doesn't mean we shouldn't recognize talent and hope for stardom for one of our children. I don't watch shotput on a daily basis either, but I'll watch our star getting a gold medal, for sure.

    That's the nutshell. Showing how NZers can do and do do great things. Seeing that in music, arts, the youth America's Cup, the main event and many other areas. I find it inspirational. Others don't, that's fine. But the cynicism can be grinding.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Strange Tax on Your Internet,

    To be fair, Treasury is a place where young grads go for their first job. So they play an important role in creating a ladder for bright young things to get into the workforce, or politics.

    But it does main that their advice should always be taken with a pitch of salt and some real life meat thrown in as well.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Game Lorde,

    Haven't seen any of her shows. But the videos I have seen seem to focus on Lorde's face. Someimes pretty, sometimes haunting. Is that the "sexualisation" he's complaining about?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Strange Tax on Your Internet,

    Normally I'd support this, but the involvement of Farrar makes me suspect.

    David Farrar has lots of interests, some of which are not political :-) He has been a very effective member and supporter of InternetNZ for many many years and his position on topics relating to the internet have been very consistent, no matter who is in power or what various party policies of the day happen to be.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

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