Posts by Matthew Poole

  • 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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  • Hard News: About the King's Arms (updated), in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    The M25 in England is up to 6+6 lanes in places and still jamming solid

    The southern approach to the Auckland Harbour Bridge is already 5+5, and I believe the plan for the Northwestern is 6+6 through to Te Atatu once the causeway widening is completed.

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  • Hard News: About the King's Arms (updated), in reply to Russell Brown,

    The parts that expire inSeptember are those to do with establishing new SHAs and the rest rolls on until 2018.

    Does that mean the designation also expires in 2018 unless utilised?

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  • Polity: Global behemoths and tax,

    One thing that did bug me about the article was its bundling of Methanex (a local company) with profit-shifting multinationals for the sole reason that Methanex paid no tax on a reasonable profit. Methanex did so because it, entirely legitimately, had been carrying previous years' losses on the books and could thus deduct those losses from present profits. It's not at all like taking advantage of offshore parent companies and Irish offices and the other ways in which Apple et al avoid paying ethically-due taxes, and I was rather annoyed that the two were conflated.

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