Posts by Matthew Poole

  • Legal Beagle: On Gell-Mann Amnesia; or…, in reply to st ephen,

    If Kingi had been white he never would have been charged with ‘assault with intent to injure’ in the first place,

    O'rly? Statistically speaking, the offender in this case is highly likely to be white.

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  • Legal Beagle: On Gell-Mann Amnesia; or…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I don't get how moving to Auckland, where his family home and treatment centre are, would make monitoring so difficult as to preclude a sentence of community detention.

    Graeme will doubtless correct me, but could it be because district courts are, for reasons that I don't entirely understand, discrete entities? Move to Auckland, no longer under the jurisdiction of the Dunedin court.

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  • Speaker: Apocalypse on the count of…, in reply to Tristan,

    the sign saying no loan zone is terrfiying

    Not at all unusual. It's just good security practice to not let individuals be in high-sensitivity areas.

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  • Hard News: "Meth contamination": the…,

    The most stomach-turning part of that piece (nice work, btw), for me, was HNZ's internal discussion about drug-testing potential tenants. That is truly, truly vile. As others have observed, HNZ has become completely devoid of any cognisance of its role as a crucial part of the social safety net.

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  • Hard News: The Unitary Plan and grown-up…,

    An adult conversation would not include lies through omission of the fact that up-zoning of a property is not followed by a bulldozer and a wrecking-ball to enforce said up-zoning. Oh, and should also include the denunciation of anyone who tries to claim that their objection to up-zoning is "property rights".

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  • Hard News: RNC 2016: A literal shitshow,

    Well, the situation with Meredith McIver just got serious for Trump. He's now alleged to have broken federal elections law by having a corporate employee carrying out duties on his campaign.

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  • Hard News: RNC 2016: A literal shitshow, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Another anecdote here

    Having this morning read the New Yorker piece that Jason quoted, reading that Guardian piece is quite the mind-fuck, what with all the quotes from “The Art of the Deal” that are treated as being Trump’s own words.

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  • Up Front: The Best Possible Taste, in reply to linger,

    They can’t be called cunts, because they lack the warmth and depth.

    Cunts are lovely, useful things. Neither adjective is generally suitable as a description for most people at whom the charge is levelled.

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  • Hard News: Hate and guns, in reply to Angela Hart,

    it's a ten year license with no review process to trigger for mental health or any other concerns.

    Uh, say what? The Police can revoke anyone's firearms licence at any time if they believe the "fit and proper person" requirement is no longer met.

    Or do you mean no statutory requirement that a person who is subject to care under the Mental Health Act have that notified to the Police so a firearms licence can be reviewed? Domestic violence is specifically in the legislation as grounds for failing the F&PP test, which takes care of a big risk factor.

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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy., in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Surely the Meth test is not a binary Yes/No ? Trace amounts should be ignored. It should be blatantly obvious if it was used as a lab.

    If it's anything like the Narcotics Identification Kit tests used by border services all over the world, it's exposing a sample to a combination of reagents and looking for a specific colour change. Those tests are cheap and easy, but really binary. Slightly more advanced is an ion scanner, but even those are pretty binary and can also give false positives. Truly sensitive and accurate testing of contamination levels would mean a gas chromatograph and/or mass spectrometer, and those are expensive.

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