A note to Paula Bennett, her cabinet colleagues, and their staff

datePosted on 09:03, July 29th, 2009 by Anita

On this blog it is likely that, from time to time, the authors and commenters will criticise government policy, speeches, and political tactics.

We would like to reassert that this is neither explicit nor implicit consent to release any private information about the authors or commenters that is held by any government agency, minister’s office, local government organisation, political party, or any other person, organisation or agency.

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[Update after r0b's comment – any other blogger or author of any internet or other commentary or correspondence critical of the government is welcome to reproduce this with or without alteration]

23 Responses to “A note to Paula Bennett, her cabinet colleagues, and their staff”

  1. r0b on July 29th, 2009 at 09:25

    Very sensible. Could you state here if you mind other blogs picking this up and running it verbatim on their sites (hat tip in order of course!)?

  2. Anita on July 29th, 2009 at 10:02

    r0b,

    Thanks, I’ve updated the post. Anyone is welcome to copy, borrow, crib, echo, reproduce, mirror or knock off. It may, of course, not be folded, spindled or mutilated :)

  3. r0b on July 29th, 2009 at 10:42

    That’s great Anita!

    And (rhetorically reminiscing here for a moment if I may) what is “spindled” anyway? I never did get the whole “spindled” thing.

  4. Thomas Beagle on July 29th, 2009 at 12:31

    Ok, I admit it, I LOLed.

    Nice post.

  5. stargazer on July 29th, 2009 at 12:45

    absolutely brilliant!

  6. Pablo on July 29th, 2009 at 12:50

    Excellent post Anita. My vote for post of the month.

  7. Idiot/savant on July 29th, 2009 at 13:33

    And (rhetorically reminiscing here for a moment if I may) what is “spindled” anyway? I never did get the whole “spindled” thing.

    Isn’t it sticking a document on a spike?

  8. r0b on July 29th, 2009 at 14:18

    Since when was a spike a spindle? My theory was that it meant rolling the document into a tube. But either way it’s a very odd word. (One of my childhood mysteries, when I used to order paperback books by post from England, and they would arrive with this strange message prominently displayed).

  9. Idiot/savant on July 29th, 2009 at 14:56

    Spindle (stationery)

    A spindle (or colloquially, a spike) is an upright spike used to hold papers waiting for processing. “Spindling” or “spiking” was the act of spearing a paper document onto the spike.

  10. Idiot/savant on July 29th, 2009 at 14:57

    And the reason you don’t do it is because holes play havoc with punched cards.

  11. r0b on July 29th, 2009 at 15:13

    Well there ya go! Thanks for clearing that up for me I/S.

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  13. Anita on July 29th, 2009 at 15:54

    It always baffled me that anyone thought that it was likely that someone would punch a ragged hole in a punch card and think it wouldn’t matter :)

    Back on topic-ish for a moment, my main disappointment about this post is that I didn’t manage to use the phrase “including any natural, or non-natural, person” :)

  14. Ari on July 29th, 2009 at 17:12

    Sad that it’s necessary, but very comprehensive.

  15. SeaJay on July 29th, 2009 at 17:48

    I believe a stack of cds are stored on a spindle.
    Thankyou for the privacy policy.

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    Thanks very much Anita, it fits in just perfectly here http://www.handup.co.nz/NONconsent.htm

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