Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Remembering Roi, in reply to DeepRed,

    What about bulletin board services? Or was that more an early 1990s thing?

    there were BBSs in the US in the early 80s (when I moved there in '84), none I knew of in NZ when I left. Buying stuff from overseas, especially computers, modems was hard in the Muldoon years (was there a 40% input duty on computer hardware?) and tough exchange control (because Muldoon was screwing our economy by secretly borrowing from overseas).

    I do remember Oz showing up on usenet (before NZ) - they used to email weekly mag tapes across the pacific ...

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  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    I think the big upside to universality is that because it applies to everyone the rich and powerful are invested, they've been paying in all their lives too

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  • Hard News: Our own fake news,

    I just had this joke shared with me:

    Two Trump supporters are on their way to a rally when they get into a car accident and die. Being believers, they both go to Heaven and meet St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. One says to the other, "So, are you going to ask him?" "Ask him what?" replies the other. "You know, about him." "No, you ask him." "Fine."

    "Saint Peter," he says, "Where was Barack Obama born?" The venerable saint replies, "President Barack Obama was born in the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, in Honolulu, Hawaii."

    The Trump supporter turns to his friend and whispers, "This thing goes even deeper than we thought!"

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2527 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    to be fair is conceivable, but highly unlikely, that he was out of the house on each and every one of those days and had someone exercise his proxy, but if you believe that I have this bridge ....

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Sacha,

    Oh for heaven’s sake – since Bill English has been in parliament he’s voted on changes to section 216B of the Crimes Act in 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2012 – how can he possibly claim he doesn’t know it exists?

    Unless of course that is he regularly votes for things he doesn’t understand, and doesn't read – but that would make him an incompetent MP

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    So English is reported in today's paper as trying to excuse Barclay with "he didn't know it's illegal" of course for us plebs "ignorance of the law is no excuse" ....

    However if you become an MP surely the first thing you do is sit down and wade through the entire corpus of NZ law - I know it's big and it's hard, but as an MP the law of the land is your thing, sort of a sacred thing that's now in your trust.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2527 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    well in some sense it's a good thing, the guy obviously has a character flaw that doesn't make for being a good MP - he also has the safest seat in parliament, he could have been there for 40 years

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2527 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    I'm still wondering why Barclay wasn't kicked out a year ago? and why he wasn't kicked out today? he's a nothing, a kid with no real-world experience, in the safest National seat in the country, are there bodies buried in Dipton? does he manage the bags-of-cash drops from the tobacco companies? inherited pictures of Bill and a sheep? anyone got any other ideas?

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  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?,

    also suggested elsewhere "an engorgement"

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  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?,

    A friend suggests "phalanx" as the correct collective noun

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