Posts by Steve Curtis

  • Speaker: “Foreign forces”, hope and Hong…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The Chinese government doesn’t run New Zealand let alone tear-gas Aucklanders in the street,

    The Chinese government isnt tear gassing anyone. The Hong Kong SAR has its own police force. If you remember the Occupy Auckland protest was broken up by the police. Some would say, its what they do.

    Regarding the language, the Yue Chinese and related dialects are spoken throughout the Pearl River delta and areas down to Vietnam, they arent "disappearing". The introduction of forms of manadrin has occured throughout China and is not unique to Hong Kong.

    Its hard to see how in a few areas the introduction of signage and shop assistants who understand the language of the customers is any different from many parts of Auckland. Its not a concern here and seems bizarre that it would be seen as a problem in Hong Kong. I bet English had a similar impact on 'shop signs' when mass air travel made Hong Kong a tourist destination. Hong Kong residents have long looked down their noses at the uncouth and provincial 'mainlanders' The local media have many stories of 'incidents' of mainland tourists behavior that would likely seen here as quite racist.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 227 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Terrorism is already illegal,

    Just reading a history of WW1 in the first few months. Mindless barbarity from mostly the ( invading) German side against French and Belgian civilians.
    You could be thinking it was ISIS in Iraq and not the Germany of Goethe and Brahms. While some instances were exaggerated for propaganda purposes.

    " Kramer and Horne recorded 129 major documented atrocities in the first weeks, 101 in Belgium and 28 in France where 5146 civilians were killed in cold blood"

    There were instances of civilian human shields and villagers herded onto bridges for some days to prevent artillery destroying the bridge.
    War is not a nice place, but these sort of actions were condoned right up to the Kaiser.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues,

    Just looking back to Hagers previous book Hollow Man and the reputed theft of Don Brashs emails.
    Some that stands out nowis an OIA release showed the Police knew "something" about Brash missing emails long before Brash himself.

    Police today said in their reply to the OIA request that they were first notified of the alleged theft on August 30, 2005 and began their official investigation on September 28, 2006.

    Dr Brash said in September 2006 that he had made a formal complaint, which was likely to have sparked the move to take up the matter.


    The police refused to release any part of their files on the investigation saying it was likely to prejudice the maintenance of law and breach an obligation of confidence.

    So they knew something about missing emails well before the book came out, and only after the Ombusman intervened did they even give the bare information about the earlier date.
    The wording about maintenance of law and order in this situation probably means they were spying on Nicky Hager and knew of the emails when he was writing his book.

    Another person linked to Brash, Diane Foreman had two suspicious break ins at her Parnell apartment.

    Foreman says she did not tell the police of the break-ins for more than a year because she initially thought the police themselves might have been responsible.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    they police is that they know better than we armchair critics how to manage there resources.

    A Coroner has criticised police for taking more than seven months to interview a man who supplied alcohol to a teen found dead the next morning.
    Armchair critics ? But of course nothing to see here say keyboard apologists.

    Delays on relatively minor cases, such as accessing computers should be, are legendary. But not this time it seems that like flotsam it has risen to the top of the list

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    How does the jurisdiction work where Cathy Odgers is concerned, given that she (as I understand) spends much of her live in Hong Kong, and presumably carried out many of the alleged actions from there?

    Ask Kim Dot Com how those jurisdiction issues work ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: History repeats: New…,

    I thought Herkts previous 'histories' were more of a 'screenplay' version.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 227 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    "Think positive, Act positive, Vote Labour"

    _was the British Labour slogan in 1983, with Michael Foot as leader.

    The result was Labours worst result since 1918.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 227 posts Report Reply

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

    You forget that the compulsion in Australia extends down to the bottom of the food chain, local councils too.
    Plus there is state elections and when I was there the councils voted one third of Councillors every year.
    And the Senate, until recently was at a different date to the House of Representatives

    Plus it was all ways the preferential voting system where <i> every</i> candidate had to be ranked.
    Because they have had it for about a century they can get away with it, NZ ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A call from Curia,

    If they are running their polling questions this close to election, its likely to find out how various messages have worked for various demographics.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 227 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A call from Curia,

    Code of Practice from ( Market) Research Association NZ.
    Article 1 – Basic principles
    Market research shall be legal, honest, truthful and objective and be carried out in accordance with appropriate scientific principles.
    Market research shall be clearly distinguished and separated from non-research activities including any commercial activity directed at individual respondents (e.g. advertising, sales promotion, direct marketing, direct selling etc.).

    If it was push polling, then they would have to distinguish ( how?) from real polling

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 227 posts Report Reply

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