Posts by Stephen R

  • Hard News: Now win the argument, in reply to steven crawford,

    I pity the Australians of my acquaintance who are embarrassed because of Tony Abbot.

    I think they're winning on the embarrassment stakes, so far at least.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: Afghanistan,…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    But Mr key has said this kinda thing (Drone strikes, etc) is just 'prosecuting' suspected terrorists, and he's comfortable with that - so what could possibly be wrong with that?

    Surely it's actually conviction and capital punishment, rather than mere prosecution? Capital punishment without a trial; based on information provided by the NZ government (or the GCSB, which might be somewhat more independent).

    That bothers me a lot, but I'm not sure what can be done about it.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: Afghanistan,…,

    The sights on the chain-gun on the Apache helicopter are slaved to the pilot and/or gunners helmet. Turn your head, and the gun moves to follow where the pilot is looking.

    I could well believe that that could end up slightly out of alignment, such that shooting ends up off-set from where the pilot expects. Banging the helmet accidentally when putting it on might be enough. There's still lots of dangerous 30mm HE shells heading down range, just not where the pilot expected.

    Of course, "malfunction" could be the term you use when you kill someone you shouldn't have, without having to admit that you screwed up.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    You know what, he probably needs to outsource that line considering Tim Barnett is now extremely reluctant to go on the record either confirming or denying anything Liu has said

    After Cunliffe got spanked so hard for being 100% sure he had never written on behalf of Mr Liu and being wrong, are you surprised? I heard Tim Barnett on the radio being interviewed, and my impression was that he was saying "I'm 99% sure that we didn't get $100,000 donation from Mr Liu" but leaving room for some obscure document that they haven't found yet to come out.

    That doesn't seem unreasonable in the circumstances.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Letter,

    On the drive to work this morning, we turned on National Radio to hear Guyon Espiner talking to David Cunliffe. David said he felt that there were more important things to talk about, such as a recent report on child poverty in NZ, and Guyon agreed, and then said (rather forcefully) that for the moment the story was about Mr Cunliffe. Then he proceeded to ask Mr Cunliffe why he had let the story be about Mr Cunliffe ...

    Partner and I screamed at the radio in unison and competed to see who could turn it off fastest.

    Some days, I despair of my species.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: It has started,

    I have suddenly been reminded of the sour taste I got from the last world cup, that I had scoured from my memory. The play acting should be punished, even if you have to do it after the game based on TV replays.

    That penalty shouldn't have been a penalty, and when you're taking a penalty, isn't the kicker supposed to do one run in instead of a run, a pause and another run?

    And that yellow card for Neymar - could that have arguably been a red? It would have changed the game considerably.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The problem of “horror tenants”…, in reply to Lilith __,

    With that possibility hanging over tenants, is it any wonder we don't fight for our legitimate rights when we are shortchanged?

    We rented a house that was being used as a squat when we tried to move in - although we never met whoever was living there, we put their stuff in the garage and it disappeared that night.

    We lived in it for a couple of years, and then the landlord came back from the UK or other foreign parts, and gave us 42 days notice. Then they wanted to keep our bond because the owner's new wife thought the house was a mess. I actually thought that the house was marginally better than it had been when we moved in, but without pics we couldn't prove anything, and the agent wasn't going to argue our case. In the end, we decided it wasn't worth the time to recover $100 each. (Yes, this was back in the days when the rent was about $100 per room)

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Softly, softly, in reply to Russell Brown,

    but to claim as Pilger does that they're all neo-Nazis is palpably untrue

    My Ukranian Co-worker (his Mum still lives in Kiev) said some of that comes from the second world war. The Ukranians who looked at Stalin and went "He's scary" joined up with the Germans not because they were Nazi's so much, as they really didn't like Stalin (much like the Finns in the Continuation war really). The impression I get is that decision has meant the anti-Russian side in Ukraine has been tarred by the Russians as Nazis ever since, and some of them might indeed have self identified as Nazis (Although it's not clear to me that this is because they actually agree with anything Hitler did other than shoot Russians).

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Snowden and New Zealand, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    There's also the "It doesn't ship from the continental US, which makes it that much harder for us to intercept and 'enhance'" factor.

    I think it's also likely be some of "We're bugging all the stuff produced in the US, so I bet the Chinese are doing the same".

    A liar never trusts anyone...

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Snowden and New Zealand, in reply to Idiot Savant,

    OTOH, if you don't want to play, just tell them that you're a drug-addicted communist wikileaks-supporter with huge financial problems who is cheating on your partner (that establishes three of the classic motives: Money, Ideology, Compromise). Problem solved.

    Yeah, nah. Not if you have a real job.

    The Act, as I understand it, allows the GCSB to shut down network provision businesses who don't comply, which means that if they can't get any staff with security clearances, then they (potentially) can't operate, which means they'll (somewhat justifiably) make passing a security clearance check a requirement to be/stay employed.

    It's one thing to muck the Government around when it just costs them time, it's another when it affects your ability to pay the rent.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 135 posts Report Reply

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