But given they advocate, and sometimes carry out - extreme violence, if half the members of their forums are law enforcement personnel... I'm kind of okay with that.
That's one of the problems they're having with the racist hatemongers in the Southern US - half of the members are law enforcement, but not in the good "we're monitoring this hate-speech" kinda way.
Or if you're looking for a craze that's coming to a head, Bitcoin. Or more nerdily, Blockchain.
Looking for a nice positive option, I nominate 2017 as the year of the Space Maori.
Can anyone here come up with a Te Reo translation of Space Maori?
Well, if he can elbow Tarantino out the way & do Star Trek as well, then its in the bag.
Looks like Taika is pulling ahead - being headhunted for Star Wars gives him double-extra-bonus space Maori points...
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.
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.
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"?
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."
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.