Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    part of the Commonwealth (eg Harare) were intriguing. Key has over the last few years increasingly been softening up the electorate with asides about becoming a republic

    Huh? Most Commonwealth states are republics.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    But it's hard to see how it could be otherwise without giving automatic citizenship to people three or four generations removed from a connection to NZ.

    I wonder if it will become an issue as more Māori people migrate and have families overseas. Somebody born in Australia with a Māori grandparent, but parents who were both Australian born would be accepted by their iwi as tangata whenua, right, but not by NZ as a citizen?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Alfie,

    Slater is a journalist.

    I'd be interested to see the judgement, which doesn't seem to have come out yet.

    In particular, did Slater give any evidence denying that he habitually took money to run lines?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I can technically still vote in UK elections, but in practice it's pretty hard to do so - you have to register each year in writing to your former council and they send you ballot papers by post less than two weeks before the election date which you need to get back in time (or you can have a UK resident vote for you as a proxy).

    With that, and the fact that basically you've got three right-wing parties to choose from, it doesn't seem worth it.

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  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy, in reply to Russell Brown,

    daily cannabis users under the age of 17 were 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or attend university

    or

    students under 17 who fail at high school are likely to use cannabis

    You can't extract cause and effect from such a survey.

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  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy,

    How about having an overall framework and then letting communities (which might be local councils, but could be iwi or affinity groups) decide on the details of drug legalisation/regulation/prohibition for their people?

    So Hone could have prohibition of alcohol and tobacco for his people, if they'd sign up for it, whilst the Aro Valley could have legal, safe MDMA.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I think it's moved on from "dirty politics":

    The Justice Minister working with Slater to undermine the prosecution of a large scale financial fraudster isn't like mouthing off on a blog, it's out and out corruption.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to UglyTruth,

    No, it would be disastrous, as has been demonstrated in California and elsewhere.

    The same voters who troop into polling booths to vote for John Key would happily support 20% tax, pensions at 55, buying whatever drugs Big Pharma's astroturfing are promoting that week and a squadron of jet fighters to boot.

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  • Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales,

    I used to be on the telly

    ...but mum made me get down off it as I was getting too heavy and might break it.

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to UglyTruth,

    Which is why those giving evidence in court, or in any other analogous process, have the opportunity to affirm, and have done since 1695.

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2006/0069/latest/DLM393905.html

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