Posts by Brent Jackson

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

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    Auckland Transport, there are many things I’d like you to do with Meola Road, including good shared paths (there’s heaps of room). But mostly, I’d like that bad stretch upgraded to something commensurate with the use to which Aucklanders put it.

    And lo, it was done.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to David Hood,

    Assuming that the percentage of the electoral roll that voted corresponds to real differences in the electorates, it would appear that Labour wins three distinct types of electorates.

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  • Access: You Can Call Me Brave Now,

    Saw this article on Stuff, and thought of you, Chelle. Hope things are progressing well for you.

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to mark taslov,

    Ah yes, that makes it much trickier. I guess

    Person authorised to administer an oath for the purpose of a judicial proceeding in the country in which the declaration is made.

    would be your only hope. In New Zealand, I think desk sergeants at Police Stations fit this description.

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to mark taslov,

    My wife had suddenly had to go up north for her Grandfather’s death, I had fuck all money, no business colleague, no other member of my household. So couldn’t vote.

    Justice of the Peace is on the list. There are a couple in every suburb, all listed in the phone book, all only too happy to help.

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to Moz,

    I guess that's the danger of argument-by-absurdity. You may be taken literally - some people really do have absurd arguments at times.

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Keith Ng,

    Maybe a rephrasing: Media isn’t (necessarily) responsible for the failure, but they are responsible for making it work again, because it’s their raison d’etre.

    I think that you are wrong about this, but only insofar as it is no longer media's reason for existence. Media is a business providing a return to its shareholders. The media is no longer part of the fourth estate, but are part of the entertainment industry.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to stephen clover,

    The Farrar angle is there now, under the heading 'Dirty Politics'.

    Interesting that the heading includes single quote marks. Is that because it is quoting somebody (ie it is in speech marks), or is this a use of scare quotes.

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  • Access: You Can Call Me Brave Now,

    In that case, anything a person decides to do or not, is an act of bravery in the face of uncertainty.

    I think the degree of braveness is in the irreversibility of the option. Inaction is the easier option, so actively instigating an irreversible option is definitely brave.

    I fervently hope it improves your life.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to mark taslov,

    Interestingly, the first 10 comments were all totally against the Herald &/or the National Party. I normally don't read the comments (to avoid dismay at humanity), but all of these commentators were polite and made sensible statements. Is that a first ?

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