Posts by Simon Lyall

  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    There is this article by John Tamihere which is mostly-okay and ends with:

    And so, March 15, 2019 is a significant day in our nationhood story and it will empower us to stand up against intolerance, hate and the infliction of hurt solely because of colour, race or creed.

    but that is right after he contrasts Muslims with the "we as a nation" and has a huge dig at atheists and agnostics. Note that part of the anti-atheists quote was used in the print headline.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We have to rethink the annual…, in reply to Simon Lyall,

    I've had a look around and it appears some people are already in a heated discussion on the topic of legalisation elsewhere on this site and probably don't need a duplication of that here.

    I now understand some of the posts here may be influenced by posts over there.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We have to rethink the annual…, in reply to andin,

    Andin, the point I am trying to making is that a lot of people are like I said. They do think like that about "drug users". However making the jump to them all being in favor of genocide is a bit much.

    Of course maybe I am making simplistic generalizations about people who are opposed to recreational drug legalization. Perhaps there are a few here that can give their reasons for opposing it.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We have to rethink the annual…, in reply to andin,

    I think you are way too dismissive of Sandra's post. You have to remember that less than 20% of adults use cannabis annually. Many of the rest of them will largely have negative associations with it.

    They tried it a couple of times at University but never since then. Their "nice" middle-class friends don't use it (perhaps some actually do) and the people they do know who use do will be the loser relative who smokes all day and can never hold a job.

    Sure they will empathize with the elderly white guy with the bad back who can't get pain-relief otherwise, but recreational use has no positive associations.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    Just had a quick check of the response on Facebook responses from a friend who works at one of the Math-testing companies.

    1.

    One of the people involved, Dr. Nick Kim loves to bring up the fact that is used in drugs such as Ritalin....so it "must" be safe....
    I did a little research and found this article.

    The article (in a blog for a drug-rehab centre) tell us how bad Ritalin really is.

    2.

    Why is research like this ignored when talking about the risk factors of living in a meth contaminated property

    Note the article is entitled:

    Exposure and Risk Associated with Clandestine Amphetamine-Type Stimulant Drug Laboratories.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Government lost the election,

    An example of FPP mentality I saw was Labour voters attacking the Greens for splitting the left-wing vote and allowing National to win some electorates.

    Of course there are a group of Labour supporters who don't really recognise the right of the Greens to exist and think Labour should be the only-party of the Left. I'm not sure how much that hinders the two parties cooperating.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Government lost the election,

    I thought it was interesting that in 2014 National included 3 minor parties ( with 4 seats) in it's coalition when just one or two would have been enough.

    However this time around National instantly dropped ACT before negotiations even began. That doesn't seem a way to build up a long-term relationship with a potential coalition partner.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Surprisingly Sincere Up…, in reply to simon g,

    Exit polls are common overseas, but not used in NZ. Is there anything to stop exit polls being conducted on Advance Voting?

    Well in 2014 I had a little run in with the Electoral Commission around an exit poll. full story here but the relevant threatening language is:

    Under section 197(1)(d) of the Electoral Act 1993, it is an offence to conduct a public opinion poll of persons who have voted (exit polls). Section 197(1)(d) states:

    197 Interfering with or influencing voters
    (1) Every person commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000 who at an election—
    (d) at any time before the close of the poll, conducts in relation to the election a public opinion poll of persons voting before polling day

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Surprisingly Sincere Up…,

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    I've photographed and published my unmarked voting papers several times. Not had problems with that.

    I have taken photographs inside polling place and been told off, even though Ive taken care to avoid photographs of other ballots. I would note it is common for photographs to be taken of party leaders when they vote so it doesn't look like the rules are consistent here.

    Also the design of some polling places isn't all that private. I voted in the Mt Roskill bye election at the Mt Roskill library and the "voting booths" were directly in front on windows to a public area at the entrance to the library. Anybody could have stood at the window 2m behind somebody filling out their ballots (photo attached)

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad, in reply to Chris Peel,

    Heart of the City just a press release around businesses...apparently, their solution is to eradicate homelessness by largely increasing security.

    What do you think they should should have said? They have inner-city businesses complaining, what should they do?

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

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