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  Reply # 1132305 19-Sep-2014 19:00
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Hammerer:
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I've never really understood how anyone can arrive at the day before polling and still not have decided. You've had at least 3 years to think about it!!


I have no meeting of minds with any of the parties even the closest to what I prefer. Each has a major plank of their campaign that I don't want to support.


Ah well. That's been the case since the first elections I imagine.

You just have to pick whichever one has the most in common unless you start your own party!





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  Reply # 1132620 20-Sep-2014 11:39
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Hammerer:
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I've never really understood how anyone can arrive at the day before polling and still not have decided. You've had at least 3 years to think about it!!


I have no meeting of minds with any of the parties even the closest to what I prefer. Each has a major plank of their campaign that I don't want to support.


Ah well. That's been the case since the first elections I imagine.

You just have to pick whichever one has the most in common unless you start your own party!


Yeah, I voted for the best of an unattractive bunch nationally and a local guy who has no chance of winning. Hope he breaks a 1,000 this time.

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  Reply # 1132628 20-Sep-2014 11:42
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Forgot to say, my wife was told by a couple of white colleagues who wouldn't normally vote Mana that they will just because Hone Harawira is now the underdog in their eyes after the Moment of Truth was a fizzer.

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Hammerer: Forgot to say, my wife was told by a couple of white colleagues who wouldn't normally vote Mana that they will just because Hone Harawira is now the underdog in their eyes after the Moment of Truth was a fizzer.


Smart people, voting for KDC.




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  Reply # 1132636 20-Sep-2014 11:54
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I don't think are allowed to campaign today. But I think I know what the red dot in the south island is.

Coffeebaron installed a master filter when he rode down in the red chopper last month. He is one of them.

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Hammerer: Forgot to say, my wife was told by a couple of white colleagues who wouldn't normally vote Mana that they will just because Hone Harawira is now the underdog in their eyes after the Moment of Truth was a fizzer.


Wow, just wow!

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  Reply # 1133356 22-Sep-2014 07:10
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Chinese whispers

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Hammerer: Forgot to say, my wife was told by a couple of white colleagues who wouldn't normally vote Mana that they will just because Hone Harawira is now the underdog in their eyes after the Moment of Truth was a fizzer.

 

I'm surprized any white person would consider voting Mana after   the site of some of Mana's supporters last week yelling and screaming on the TV news   "You're all a pack of racist"  to  a group of white people  who were standing there watching.. 




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Hammerer: Forgot to say, my wife was told by a couple of white colleagues who wouldn't normally vote Mana that they will just because Hone Harawira is now the underdog in their eyes after the Moment of Truth was a fizzer.

I'm surprized any white person would consider voting Mana after   the site of some of Mana's supporters last week yelling and screaming on the TV news   "You're all a pack of racist"  to  a group of white people  who were standing there watching.. 

They are calling European bystanders "...a pack of racists" based on nothing but the colour of their skin?  How ironic is that!  Why are there still people in this world that assume racism is a one way street?!





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Hammerer: Forgot to say, my wife was told by a couple of white colleagues who wouldn't normally vote Mana that they will just because Hone Harawira is now the underdog in their eyes after the Moment of Truth was a fizzer.

I'm surprized any white person would consider voting Mana after   the site of some of Mana's supporters last week yelling and screaming on the TV news   "You're all a pack of racist"  to  a group of white people  who were standing there watching.. 

They are calling European bystanders "...a pack of racists" based on nothing but the colour of their skin?  How ironic is that!  Why are there still people in this world that assume racism is a one way street?!


Because we have elevated racism - a natural human response - to the heights of being some kind of sacred cow.

It's screamed at people on line and in real life as if it is the worst insult imaginable. IMO it simply isn't.





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Hammerer: Forgot to say, my wife was told by a couple of white colleagues who wouldn't normally vote Mana that they will just because Hone Harawira is now the underdog in their eyes after the Moment of Truth was a fizzer.

I'm surprized any white person would consider voting Mana after   the site of some of Mana's supporters last week yelling and screaming on the TV news   "You're all a pack of racist"  to  a group of white people  who were standing there watching.. 

They are calling European bystanders "...a pack of racists" based on nothing but the colour of their skin?  How ironic is that!  Why are there still people in this world that assume racism is a one way street?!

I watched the tv3 and tv1 items on the disruption. Was there another incident? My guess is some particular comment from the crowd or an accompanying National party supporter would have preceded a reaction like that.

Geektastic: Because we have elevated racism - a natural human response - to the heights of being some kind of sacred cow. It's screamed at people on line and in real life as if it is the worst insult imaginable. IMO it simply isn't.

I don't agree that racism is a natural human response. That part might be something for another topic.

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  Reply # 1134643 23-Sep-2014 15:35
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Interesting article here: 

The Moment of Truth: Glenn Greenwald is the worst at influencing elections


Glenn Greenwald arrived in New Zealand a little over a week before the country’s general election, armed with damning claims (courtesy of Edward Snowden) that NZ Prime Minister John Key had — despite assurances to the contrary — authorized mass surveillance to be conducted on New Zealanders.

When Greenwald landed, Key was looking a safe-ish, if slightly wobbly bet for re-election. A recent tell all book from NZ investigative journalist Nicky Hager, Dirty Politics, had forced resignations in Key’s government and forced him to admit that he spoke directly with rightwing bloggers, using them as a direct mouthpiece to attack his opponents. If played right, Greenwald’s scoop could have proved extremely damaging for a prime minister people who was losing the support of voters.

Unfortunately, this is Glenn Greenwald we’re talking about. Like Inspector Clouseau trying to safely dispose of a bomb, Greenwald instead managed to trip over himself, lose control of the revelations and actually ended up helping the incumbent prime minister win a “remarkable” third term.




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If played right, Greenwald’s scoop could have proved extremely damaging for a prime minister people who was losing the support of voters.


The main problem being the scoop wasn't really a scoop, and Greenwald couldn't back up the claims of mass surveillance on New Zealanders by the GCSB.  If you're going to deliver a knockout blow you need to be sure you have some weight being your punch. In my eyes Greenwald ended up looking like the school yard bully who was caught out, all bluster and bravado but nothing else.




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To me it appeared he came here with the intention of doing his reporting. Despite appearances I doubt he had a personal mission to change the government which the article assumes.

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gzt: To me it appeared he came here with the intention of doing his reporting. Despite appearances I doubt he had a personal mission to change the government which the article assumes.


Probably not, though the person who brought him most certainly did.  

Though I don't think Greenwald is that dumb that he couldn't see his invitation to visit at that time as being political motivated and therefore designed to influence the election.




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