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James K

James is a government policy analyst, and lives in Wellington, New Zealand. His interests including wargaming, computer gaming (especially RPGs and strategy games), Dungeons & Dragons and scepticism. No part of any of his posts or comments should be construed as the position of any part of the New Zealand government, or indeed any agency he may be associated with.

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29 Responses

  1. Avatar greginak says:

    Welcome. Your comments have been thoughtful and interesting in the past.Report

  2. Avatar tom van dyke says:

    Cheers, JamesK, although writing under a pseudonym should be cover enough for writing your real thoughts. But perhaps NZ has a Patriot Act thingee that will hunt your IP down and fire you.

    I meself am thoroughly interested in the politics of the Anglosphere as test cases and “controls” on the experimental variables. France or Egypt will tell us less about the USA than NZ. [Or Oz.]

    I believe government is inefficient, not because government workers are too lazy to do a good job, but because no one is competent enough to do some of the jobs that are expected of modern governments.

    Yes, we in the US have had that problem with our presidency of late. [One from each party, for those keeping score at home.] Perhaps you have identified the problem in this, your very first post!Report

    • Avatar James K says:

      Since James K is actually part of my name its more of a psuedo-pseudonym really.

      And I’ve done my due diligence, ultimately I have the same rights of free expression as anyone else, It’s more about risk management than me doing anything I’m not allowed to do (trust me, if I wasn’t allowed to do this, I wouldn’t be doing it).Report

  3. Avatar tom van dyke says:

    Mr K., James K, Josef K, no matter. Rock on, brother. Tell it.Report

  4. Avatar North says:

    Welcome James. I’m delighted to have our very own kiwii at the League.
    So is it true that New Zealand is to Australia like Canada is to the US? I’ve had a couple Ozzies tell me as such; but then they would wouldn’t they?Report

  5. Avatar E.D. Kain says:


  6. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    Department of Hobbits, isn’t it?

    Welcome aboard! I’m sure Erik will show you where the break room is, where we pick up our paychecks (paycheques for you) and the master list of all the commenters we’re about to ban.Report

    • Avatar J.L. Wall says:

      However, you have to survive our intensive, 6-week hazing ritual before we allow you to see our magnificent plans for global domination. (You thought these bowler hats were just for style?)

      Ah, yes — speaking of which: the dress code is STRICTLY enforced in the break room. None of this “blogging-in-anything-less-than-full-formalwear-let-alone-pajamas” for us. We’re gentlemen, damn it!Report

  7. Avatar Will says:

    Good to have you on board, James.Report

  8. Avatar James K says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind welcomes. I’ll be away from home for much of the day, but I except I’ll have my first substantial post up some time tonight (tonight my time, so sometime in the next 8-12 hours).Report

  9. Avatar michael reynolds says:

    Wait, there’s a new zealand now? What did they do with the old one?Report

  10. Avatar michael reynolds says:


    I’m busy as hell, doing a trans-media thing, and finishing off the two existing book series. There are people trying to pitch a TV show for GONE but as always, long odds.

    I found this place by looking for you. Classy digs.Report