Posts by Nick D'Angelo

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I think this allegation is the one that will have the most legs if pursued - since the public won't stand for it:
    "When she was Minister of Corrections Judith Collins appears to have had a prisoner transferred at Slater’s request, because a friend of Slater’s didn’t want her daughter visiting her imprisoned ex-partner and Slater arranged to have the man transferred to a more remote prison. The prisoner later attempted suicide".
    I know politicos will say other stuff is worse but Joe Public doesn't really care. But playing with people's lives is different.
    http://dimpost.wordpress.com/.../13/dirty-politics-summary/

    Simon Laan • Since May 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: It's Complicated, in reply to James Butler,

    I thought the law was “half your age plus 7”? That’s what my classmates at high school said.

    I thought that was the age limit for Cougars ‘prey’?
    (It doesn’t apply to men because regardless of her age, you’re still A Dirty Old Man)

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  • Random Play: Life in the New Republic,

    Another example of how the liberal media get it wrong (on purpose, no doubt):

    This new Bill will drop the age of sexual consent to 12 and permit children to be employed for 14 hour days without a meal break

    Nice try Graham, but I think you'll find they've only lowered the age of consent to 14, and they're only expected to work a 12 hour day without a meal break. I think that's somethiing we can all live with if it means the continued prosperity of our great nation.

    GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT YOU DUMB@SS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Simon Laan • Since May 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Strike Nine (and counting),

    Discovering via the lifting of the order that Garrett has experienced mental illness takes the fun out of the meme a bit.

    But seriously, isn't it a common beef from SST that today's offenders all too often get off with the mental illness defense and rail against it? I'm all for giving Garret no quarter on this one.

    Simon Laan • Since May 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Strike Nine (and counting),

    (And we've only got his word that he never used it)
    I'd presume if that was not correct, the (authorities) would have brought this up at the time of the court case

    Not necessarily true. He could have used the fake passport for fraululent purposes, and just not got caught. Maybe if his fake name was published any victims would come forward? But then that would cause more trauma for the family involved, who've probably got it tough enough already right now.

    Simon Laan • Since May 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Strike Nine (and counting),

    people defending Garret need to ask themselves "What do people do with fake passports?". Invariably its because they want to defraud social welfare or a bank, or because they figure that one day they might do something that necessitates fleeing the country. We've all (guys, mostly) gone thru that phase as young adults when we think we're badd-ass and wonder "how hard could it be to...?" but we don't actually do it.
    (Disclaimer: in my case I dun a few tings, but I'm not seeking higher office)

    Simon Laan • Since May 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Advertisements for diversity,

    cheers for that ... maybe they can make a new generic 30"??

    And since you're being helpful...

    Can you find out (or perhaps you've already covered it?) why TVNZ decided to put TVNZ6 & TVNZ7 onto the Sky platform, without getting Sky to reciprocate by putting Prime on Freeview?

    I understand the presure came from the Minister, but it seems it's another case of private companies running circles around govt bureaucracy. The govt made a significant investment in Freeview only to shoot itself in the foot by giving Sky it's unique programming without any quid pro quo.

    And can you get it sorted by the weekend? I'd like to record the Dr Who special on Sunday. ~ cheers.

    Simon Laan • Since May 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Grand Theft Auckland,

    **sell Watercare**
    I just really can't see how they could possibly spin that? Where would the benefit be in handing over a full monopoly of the most basic necessary to service to private owners? It wouldn't make water cheaper at all, and that's pretty much the only benefit privatisation can bring.

    Ah well, that would make us unique then, wouldn't it. Water companies the world over have been sold off and the result is always the same. Big profits for the privatised company via deferred maintenance and higher charges. It's for that reason (as much as I'm opposed to it) that I'll buy shares if they privatise. History shows it's money for jam.

    Simon Laan • Since May 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Burn fat, not oil,

    Bridge marchers may face fines, charges

    yeah, right.

    police would be looking at video footage and officers' reports to identify law-breakers

    Ah, well I'm alright then. The video evidence will clearly show that I spent the first 10 metres walking backwards with my hands upraised and calling out "Stop! Stop! this is illegal, I urge you to stop!". Sadly I was swept along by the mass and my efforts were hopeless. I refer you also m'lud to the archives of PAS where in 2008 I spoke out against the cycleway...

    Simon Laan • Since May 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Grand Theft Auckland,

    __Watercare is not privatised. It's owned by all the existing Auckland councils.__
    Thanks. Got that wrong then.

    Cool, now can you answer the next question:

    Why does Auckland City buy the water from Watercare at 'Wholesale' prices, and then mark it up to a 'retail' price before providing it to me? And under the new Supercity structure will I be able to 'buy' it from Waitakere if their price is cheaper?

    Simon Laan • Since May 2008 • 157 posts Report Reply

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