Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Legal Beagle: Gerry Brownlee is…,

    Apparently the report has been released, Stuff and Labour have seen it, but it isn't up on the CAA website or Scoop.

    From what I can gather, Brownlee got the staff to open the Koru Club exit door and breezed past them before they could tell him to stop.

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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to mark taslov,

    It can't be a problem. He's got a gun license, and in NZ, that lets you buy not just one gun, but an entire battalion's supply of weapons and as much ammo as you can transport. Plus you aren't under any obligation to account for where this arsenal went.

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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative,

    Three incidents in the last few days:
    + an armed hostage incident in Belgium
    + six people shot in Pennsylvania
    + and an axe attack in the Hutt

    All of them tragic cases of damaged people losing the plot (although the Belgian incident might, I suppose, have been entirely rational people acting to advance their illegal business operations).

    But none of them getting much media and police attention because the perpetrators didn’t declare themselves to be muslim jihadi’s?

    And something which society can’t avoid, but can reduce by more attention to the healthcare, social welfare and justice systems. A much better idea than buying billion dollar aircraft and sending them to bomb peasants thousands of miles away.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Incidentally, this article by Geoffrey Wheatcroft discusses something I've thought about for a while - the narrative of WW1 being an exceptional "bad war" while WW2 and, by extension, the various colonial conflicts of modern times are seen as "good wars".

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    A word we haven’t had but I would like is a term for text bugs introduced by a programmer into source code through not realizing the editor has focus, e.g:


    data.each do |datum|
    datum.update_special 12, hey do you want to go for a beer eh?
    end

    Fingerpoos?

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

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    The day we stop using ‘beltway’ to refer to NZ politics cannot come too soon.

    Have you not seen the proposed route?

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  • Legal Beagle: Wellington Super City? Not…, in reply to Sacha,

    Indeed it is. So logically it is also the best.

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  • Legal Beagle: Wellington Super City? Not…,

    will it fix your crappy rugby team

    Most Wellingtonians (as in the actual city) would not care.

    We have the best professional soccer club in NZ, however.

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  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    There are two secret hidden sex doors in the Oval Office

    I was fairly sure there were three. Also, John Key has had a secret tunnel built from Premier House to the nearby US embassy. They did this at the same time as painting the gates grey.

    Based the work I’ve had done, I’m pretty sure that $10k is a very reasonable deal to convert a room that isn’t a bathroom into one that is, in a high-rise block and to code.

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  • Legal Beagle: Wellington Super City? Not…,

    Exactly.

    I'm sure the most financially efficient arrangement would be to abolish all local councils and have a Ministry of Local Services run it all.

    But we have local councils because the attitudes of people in Wellington City are different to those in Eketahuna.

    (I'd actually favour a smaller council that covers the CBD and inner suburbs. Why is Tawa part of Wellington, it's a suburb of Porirua? Also, no more directly elected mayor - a leader elected by a majority of councillors. But that's by the way).

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