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A thing, a question and a request - Tactical Ninja

Feb. 16th, 2011

07:45 am - A thing, a question and a request

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Yesteday a thing happened that I thought was rather amusing.


Family First is a lobby group in New Zealand, made up of the kind of people who call up talkback radio and blame everything from the 'skyrocketing' divorce rate to the disappearance of the bees on Boobs on Bikes, gay marriage, or legal prostitution. They are about as conservative as it gets in New Zealand and I think they'd like to see all us women staying home as property both before and after marriage (check out how they present their couples), because marriage is the institution that upholds 'true family values'. Won't anybody think of the children? (oh but we should be allowed to smack them) Etc etc blah blah.

So anyway, they decided to do an online survey to see what they should lobby about next. The survey contained questions such as "The government should legislate to recognise the personhood of unborn children and protect them from conception to birth." With the usual array of 'strongly agree' to 'strongly disagree' and a ticky box.

There were questions about pornography, nudity, same sex marriage, adoption (should it only be available to a married hetero couple?), prostitution, drinking age, gambling, tax breaks for the married, etc. The only questions I agreed on were the slow reduction of the number of pokie machines and the reduction of opportunity cost for people who stay home to raise their kids - although I know their idea of 'stay at home' involves a lot less choice than mine does.

A person on Twitter got hold of the link to this survey. Twitter did what Twitter does, and a couple of hours later the site went down. Exceeded bandwidth.

Dear Family First, if you're going to do an online survey, please realise that not just your talkback radio cronies will answer it. And there are a lot of us that disagree with you, we're online and we talk to each other. Also, please publish the raw data for your survey because I'd love to see it.

Survey here. At least, maybe here sometime in the future.


Question: If I had a wooden drawer knob that was held on by a screw from the other side of the bit of wood, and the hole the screw had made had worn to the point where the screw thread wasn't holding it on any more, and I didn't want to buy a new one, what could I use to fill the hole and make it stick again?

Request: Wish me luck. I have an exam today. I feel underprepared. I already have 53% for the course so I only need to turn up to pass, but I want to kick arse.

Have a nice day, folks.

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From:t_c_da
Date:February 15th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
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what could I use to fill the hole and make it stick again?

A matchstick or two, cut off at the right length, and some PVA should do the trick.
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 15th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
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yeah something like this. the screw will compress everything when you screw it in, good enough to handle the strains of drawer or cupboard opening.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:February 15th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
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For the knob, if you don't want to get it off again ever, I'd go with a two-pot epoxy - Araldite or similar, but not the two minute kind. Fill the hole up, stick the screw in where it should be and leave it all to set. Alternately, you could see if you could get a fatter screw.
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From:saltdawg
Date:February 15th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Damn, they beat me to the punch. Though I would have said "toothpicks".
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From:russiandolls
Date:February 15th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
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That survey makes my brain hurt....

"New Zealand should promote adult stem cell research, and oppose embryonic stem cell research" = two questions

"New Zealand should oppose euthanasia – and increase resourcing of hospices and palliative care" = two questions
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From:russiandolls
Date:February 16th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
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So what if I don't oppose euthanasia, but would like to see increased resourcing of hospices and palliative care? How do you suggest I answer?
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From:russiandolls
Date:February 16th, 2011 07:41 am (UTC)
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Fair enough, but I'm not entirely comfortable disagreeing with something I actually 50 % (or whatever) totally support. This politics thing, its really not for me.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 16th, 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
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For what it's worth, I agree with you. It's impossible for me to strongly agree to more support for palliative care and a ban on voluntary euthanasia in the same question. They should be separated and the survey is flawed for that reason.

Policy should come from data, not influence it.
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From:plantgirl
Date:February 27th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I use toothpicks, too. With only the occasional drop of wood glue. :)
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From:bekitty
Date:February 15th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
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The survey's back up now.
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From:bekitty
Date:February 16th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
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Unless they did it yesterday, like I did. :)
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From:bekitty
Date:February 16th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
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I've got some of the people on Shakesville to do it too. Let's see how THAT turns out! :)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:February 16th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
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I'm tempted to feed it to Anonymous as cannon fodder before their next large DoS.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:February 16th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
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But not really, because I'd be more interested in them receiving real results and publishing them. Although I think it's unlikely they'd ever do so if they don't agree with their party's line.
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From:nimblenimbus
Date:February 15th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Good luck <3
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From:clashfan
Date:February 16th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
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Y'know, even though I'm not a Kiwi, I went ahead and filled it out anyway. They didn't explicitly *say* for NZ residents only...

My answers were probably similar to your in several ways, but several things I said Neutral or No Opinion, because I don't know enough about how y'all do things to have an informed opinion.
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From:victoria7
Date:February 16th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
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I would do a combo of wood toothpicks and wood putty. You wouldn't believe the things that I fixed at my mom's house with that combination... Doors, even! :-)

So, you pack the hole with toothpicks, then break them off at the end of the wood and put some wood putty in there with them, then you start all over again with screwing in the screw.
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From:fallaras
Date:February 16th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)

Interesting...

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Well I couldn't resist and did the servay too...
Himmm... I'm a little polatised it seams, and they have missed the boat as to what a decent, thinking person probably wants (dark aged church law in a new wrapper it seams)
Anyway I sent them a nice email asking when the results where due out and where we could get both the results and the raw data from once it was complete... will let you know as soon as I hear back...

but there custom email sig, always an interesint insight, made me go himmm.... in that whole "That doesn't quite line up with professed values and high moral standards"

Any mistakes in this email can be put down to professional oversight, hormonal imbalances or the weather. Please overlook any errors, omissions or admissions. If you should not have received this email please return and don't read. Unless the word absquatulation has been used in its correct context somewhere other than in this warning, it does not have any legal or grammatical use and may be ignored. No animals were harmed in the transmission of this email, although the poodle next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you! Those of you with an overwhelming fear of the unknown will be gratified to learn that there is no hidden message revealed by reading this backwards, so just ignore that Alert Notice from Microsoft. However, by pouring a complete circle of salt around yourself and your computer you can ensure that no harm befalls you and your pets. If you have received this email in error, please add some nutmeg and egg whites, whisk, and place in a warm oven for 40 minutes.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 16th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Interesting...

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Gosh. That is.. odd!
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From:pombagira
Date:February 16th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Interesting...

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gosh.. i wonder if they have been hacked? *sniggers*
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From:fallaras
Date:February 17th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)

Reply...

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Got a real email back...
Still had the same emil sig-block (Nice job to grist for finding an origin)

the reply was a cheep cop-out though:

Hi Christopher

This is just internal polling of our supporters and we'll probably just summarize the findings - a broad overview

It is more a guideline for the Board to work with

However, we are commissioning public independent research through a research company on some of these issues which you may be interested in

We'll publish these results when they come through

Cheers

Bob
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From:grist
Date:February 16th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Interesting...

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'Absquatulation' set my memory off...

http://goldmark.org/jeff/stupid-disclaimers/fun.html

Variations on it have been around for a while. Somewhat surprising to see it on external communications though. ;)
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