Posts by Jeremy Andrew

  • Speaker: Polling 2017: life beyond landlines?,

    I've had two landline calls at home from pollsters in the past 10 days. Both were wanting to speak to someone up to the age of 44. Since I'm 45, they said thank you, goodbye.
    The second poll identified as being for TV3, can't recall who the first was.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Surprisingly Sincere Up…, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Again, "Yes that's my name" would have been sufficient in 2014. This time we will ask you what your name is, and if you refuse to say, we will send you to the polling place manager. (I assume that the reasoning is that if you have someone else's EasyVote card, and I'm holding it, you might cock up reproducing the name on it.)

    I understand how weird this seems. But I'm going to beg you not to be a dick about it.

    I'm not planning on making any staffer's life harder, just curious about how absolutely pointless it seems to insist that I say my name out loud, when there's no requirement for ID, and if I aren't even using an Easy Vote card, nothing except the Roll to compare it to. Especially as the phrase "verbally give or verbally confirm his or her name" implies that a simple confirmation should be enough.

    I have no objection to stating my name in public, hell, I'm posting here under it, but I can imagine there are some people with reason to be more sensitive about it than I. If I was feeling protective about such a person of my acquaintance (again, I'm not), I might be inclined to be a dick about it to make a point, and possibly obtain a ruling on the interpretation of that "verbally confirm" bit.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Surprisingly Sincere Up…, in reply to Michael Homer,

    The requirement is to "verbally give or verbally confirm his or her
    name". Before 2014 it just said "give any particulars that are necessary for finding the elector’s name on the rolls.", but this version was there for the last election too. I suppose someone complained about what "confirm" means.

    From the phrasing of that, I'd expect that handing over my Easy Vote card and saying, "Yes, that is my name" would be sufficient. Would they really prevent me from voting if I don't say "I am Jeremy Andrew"?

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: A war crimes inquiry; or…,

    And now the Government is being prodded by the UN...
    "Please indicate what measures the State party has put in place to ensure that all allegations relating to 'Operation Burnham' will be fully investigated and addressed."

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Superannuation: Back to the Future, in reply to Moz,

    I suggest that super should count as income, and retirees should pay income tax.

    Super does count as income, and is taxed. Retirees pay income tax on their income just like anyone else.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years,

    If you don't think that what didn't happen yesterday in Sweden can't not happen here, you better think again!

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Orcon IRL 5: Media and Journalism,

    A shiny gem from in the comments on John Oliver’s video:
    "Funny, isn't it, that our world needs Clark Kent a lot more than Superman."

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to BenWilson,

    My own approach is mostly to make the facts available, and aim for them to be widely known, to show that the Uber price model is simply exploitative. Since IRD rates the cost of running a car at about 74c/km, to be paid only $1.35/km less 25% Uber cut = $1.08/km means the driver gets about 32c/km. They also get 30c/min. It’s hard to work out the real average pay rates from such stats, though. The best I can do (and am doing) is to take a large sample of drivers and their payouts, kms travelled, and hours worked, to get a picture. So far it’s coming in somewhere in the range $10-$15/hour.So if we want them to make, say, a living wage of more like $20/hour, then prices are going to have to roughly double, without demand dropping off.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, and I probably am, but from your numbers above, rates don't need to double, just the portion of the rate that goes to the driver. If only 32c/km of the $1.35/km gets to the driver, then the rates only need to go up by 32c/km to double the drivers actual pay - so $1.67/km.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Government you Deserve, in reply to Nick Russell,

    Because we don't have social class in NZ? At least they admit it in Britain...

    Because everyone knows their place well enough to be trusted to self-report it?

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy., in reply to Kumara Republic,

    My father, who is not homeless, but lives in a house bus so is of no fixed abode, is registered on the electoral roll at my house.
    Which, of course is not necessarily an option for many homeless, but is a way around many of the 'must have a postal address' issues for those who can find a friend or family member with space in their mailbox.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

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