Posts by Stephen R

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    My recollection is that nice Mr Key was saying that David Cunliffe couldn't be trusted to run the country because he couldn't remember a letter he wrote in support of Mr Liu 11 years ago, and was therefore shifty and unreliable.

    Since Mr Key now appears to be unable to remember a briefing five years ago, does that make him twice as shifty and unreliable?

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to izogi,

    Hey, you bet me too it. I should reload more frequently.

    You added the damning transcript, so superior service slightly slower.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    Video of John Key (taken just after the SIS OIA was released to Cameron Slater) saying he'd been told by Tucker that he had to release it... It rather directly contradicts the "I was never told" message.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10411491/Keys-SIS-claims-contradicted-by-video

    Just .... I don't even.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    There seems to be an art to refuting only what someone has actually claimed, so that when they come up with the next lie, you can reveal your next document demonstrating that too is a lie.

    I don't think I'm cunning enough to do that properly, but I do appreciate seeing it in action.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Emma Hart,

    Our whole system, when it comes to the process of casting a vote, is basically the polar opposite of the US, and I'm pretty proud of that.

    100% agree, and I'd much rather keep doing it on paper than moving to e-voting.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    An interesting link off that article - John Armstrong on the Inspector General investigation into the SIS/Slater/Key
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11312115

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Apropos RealMe, to obtain validated RealMe is an onerous process that requires fronting at a Post Office etc with documents. Otherwise there's nothing stopping you setting up a RealMe account for Donald Duck -- it's the validation that makes it ok to use for serious business, and that of course requires an in-person transaction with a bunch of papers.

    I have not validated my RealMe identity, but they were happy to send me a passport renewal requested via realMe, which makes me think the RealMe validation is for purposes other that making it "Ok for serious business".

    (I did have to upload a photo, which I guess was sufficiently similar to the previous passport for them to think it was really me, and I paid via Credit card with the sameish name, so I guess they had some reasonable grounds to think it was valid, but I don't know why anything else would require more validation than a passport request).

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Steven Joyce: Prick or Treat, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    I was meaning politically universal rather than communally universal.

    Ah, fair enough, sorry for misunderstanding.

    One of the things I really liked about Michael Cullen as Finance minister was that he ignored for so many years the bleating for tax cuts, and instead paid off debt while the going was good. I think that's one reason NZ didn't suffer more in the GFC.

    I was disappointed that he (or Helen) finally caved in the last year, but I guess it was a last-ditch attempt to fend off the inevitable defeat.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Steven Joyce: Prick or Treat, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Or do you mean "we cannot and should not increase the overall tax take"? Because the latter seems to be a pretty universal sentiment outside of the NZ Communist Party, with even the Greens looking to trade off some increased taxes here with some decreased taxes over there.

    Speaking as someone without children, and not a member of the Communist party, I'd support an increase in my tax rate if the money got spent on hospitals, education (especially early childhood), and assistance to people who need the help.

    I'd rather live in Finland than the US, thanks.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Steven Joyce: Prick or Treat, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    often winding up in IT

    I applied for a job as a programmer sort and explained that my BSc degree was in philosophy (no, really), and the head of the department replied that since his degree was in classics, he completely understood...

    It's not just science degrees.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 145 posts Report Reply

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