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Hard News: Vision and dumbassery

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  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to simon g,

    Just about everyone who works for government handles sensitive information at some point during their working day.

    I'm not convinced that his move to the private sector changes anything. If it were applicable, wouldn't privacy apply to staff whether current or former? (But then again Judith kinda trashed that one.)

    So privacy makes some sense but not the other stuff it was wrapped in.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Kim_Wright,

    Not sure for the conclusion if no coherent sentence can be formed.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Homer,

    Over the last week or so I've been gradually growing a Greasemonkey script that adds a little "Ignore" button next to posts. When you click the button, it hides all other posts by that user afterwards, as well as any direct replies to them. Hidden posts are collapsed to one line and can be shown by clicking a "Reveal" button. Perhaps some others will also find it useful for retaining their peace of mind: PAS Ignore.

    You will need Greasemonkey for Firefox or Tampermonkey for Chrome to use it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 82 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    We have a parliamentary democracy – we don’t vote for the PM – we vote for parties who in turn choose their PM and cabinet –

    Which is why I have been so incensed at the concept of "Team Key".
    Its just wrong.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    the concept of "Team Key"

    All the literature that has made it to my letterbox in the last month looks like it has been through a "s/National/John Key's National/g" script.

    John Key's National Government. John Key's National-led. John Key's National Party. The John Key's National policies.

    They threw every single egg into the same basket, that's fo' sho'.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Gold, myrrh and frank...

    ...incensed at the concept of “Team Key”

    I liked that Glenn Greenwald at the 'Event' only called him
    'President Key' once, and corrected himself, quickly...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    They threw every single egg into the same basket,

    My Granny always said that was the best thing to do, saved having two baskets to carry. She also said "Everybody loves a smart arse" and "When in Rome.... fiddle" she would have loved John Key.
    She's dead now of course..

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    Is it just me or was that a total non sequiter?

    Par for the (golf) course on Planet Key

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to steven crawford,

    Yes that’s a bit of a bummer about kelvin Davis. I am going to vote for IM anyway. Bugger the polsters.

    You rebel you ;). T'was up in the big K the other day, so was John Campbell TV crew doing their lolly poll for Te Tai Tokerau (sp ?))seat. the lolly jar on Hones was spilling all over the table kelvin had a few. When it was reported a couple of days later,there was no indication of what I saw to be true. Don't give up yet . IM are very popular in Kaitaia.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    Oh the irony.
    Vote for a Labour candidate in TeTaiTokerau to kill IM and boost the chances of a coalition of the right.
    Vote for a National candidate in Epsom to kill ACT and boost the chances of a coalition of the left.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to nzlemming,

    the bogey man…

    Par for the (golf) course on Planet Key

    …that’ll be the Stableford he’s playing.

    Stableford can have the added benefit of speeding up the pace of play, as once it is no longer possible to score a point, a player does not have to complete the hole but can simply pick up the ball and proceed to the next hole.
    It is a popular form of the game, especially at club level as it is still possible to record a competitive score despite having the occasional bad hole.

    Gotta watch that Bunker Mentality though…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Michael Homer,

    Over the last week or so I’ve been gradually growing a Greasemonkey script that adds a little “Ignore” button next to posts. When you click the button, it hides all other posts by that user afterwards, as well as any direct replies to them.

    How about that, it's just like the little pest had been whacked with a concrete jandal, as they say in Samoa.You have my heartfelt gratitude.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover, in reply to izogi,

    In relation to this, I’d contend that John Key isn’t leading National at all, at least in a traditional way. Sure, he’s the party leader and the PM, but his main criteria for selection has been as a marketing figurehead to sit in front.

    Exactly. He’s basically a very powerful mascot. I for one am rather looking forward to the entertainment when he becomes a liability and gets thrown under the bus.

    This thread has some incredibly good writing in it; congrats all round & keep it up! I would also add: I suspect the most effective way of dealing with a troll of “Jake Starrow”’s* persistence is literally to ignore him. He will eventually literally go away.

    *I’m sure I detect David Farrar’s cadences in some of his utterances, but that could be wishful thinking and an over-eager imagination.

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover, in reply to Michael Homer,

    Michael, I love you :)

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    So Key didn't publish the name of his staffer who passed the SIS emails to (spit) Slater ... because he wanted to protect his privacy .... the rest of us apparently don't deserve privacy, on planet key it's apparently only available to National party toadies

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to steven crawford,

    Yes that’s a bit of a bummer about kelvin Davis. I am going to vote for IM anyway. Bugger the polsters.

    Good call. It's still a signal, even it if doesn't result in political power.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge, in reply to Richard Aston,

    Nice one Richard.

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to BenWilson,

    Good call. It’s still a signal, even it if doesn’t result in political power.

    I don’t personally need any more power. I have two 8v-92 Detroit engines, capable of producing almost 500 horse power each.

    I do respect the environment, I voted Greens right at the start when we didn’t know if they where going to get the coromandel seat. And I am swapping out those engines for 6-72s which can more comfortably burn recycled oil. I could even burn old whales oil, if doc and local iwi approve… No, ditch that idea, it’s probably not socially well adjusted behavior anyway.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Starrow,

    Get the feeling that Australians are extremely grateful that comprehensive surveillance has resulted in a handful of crazed jihadists being apprehended today, allegedly planning to behead somebody.
    Surveillance is there to catch baddies, not goodies.
    Thankfully here, the Moment of Truth became the Moment of Farce.

    Since Sep 2014 • 77 posts Report Reply

  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to steven crawford,

    I could even burn old whales oil

    Nah, the filthy contaminants would foul up everything.

    This from wiki seemed on the money:

    Whale oil was used as a cheap illuminant, though it gave off a strong odor when burnt and was not very popular.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    Or, they caught a few loonies who shouted a lot about it whilst giving many innocent muslim kids a genuine grievance.. Some of those might not talk about it, they'll just do it.

    I think most people here would rather live (as we do) in a society where people get on and don't want to kill each other, as opposed to a prison state where people only don't kill you because the guards are watching.

    Obviously you don't, but consider how easy it would be for some kid who hates the world (but hasn't exposed that fact) to get a job in an arm of the State and gather a fairly comprehensive list of rightbloggers and their home addreses.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Brilliant. Can I have a copy.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    See Michael Homer's links, around 19 posts upthread.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    Do we have to pick a side: surveillance is here and it's a bad thing (IMP), surveillance is a really good thing but we don't do it here, oh no (JK).

    The Jakes of this world act as though they don't know what's going on, don't need to know what's going on, but they're all for it anyway. Well Jake et al., that's the very opposite of an "informed decision".

    People who make uninformed decisions are, not to put too fine a point on it, dangerous.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Awesome, even if it also eats my riposte?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

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