Posts by Steve Barnes

  • Polity: TPP, eh?,

    John Key booed off stage at Big Gay Out

    Donned in a pink polo shirt, Mr Key took to the stage alongside National MPs Nikki Kaye and Maggie Barry. But a group of about 30 protesters clutching banners and shouting anti-TPPA slogans drowned out his short speech, and the prime minister then left the stage to loud booing.

    But of course it had nothing to do with the TPPA really…

    Speaking to media immediately after his speech, Mr Key said he’s expected the reaction but stressed it was from a small group of individuals who did not support the National government.

    What a dil.

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  • Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine,

    Andrew Szusterman, group entertainment content director for MediaWorks,
    "Our combined efforts to keep this project confidential is paramount and until this point I believe we've all done an extraordinary job in doing so as the project is commercially sensitive," he wrote.

    Yeah, right, copying an Australian "Soap" would be "commercially sensitive" for Warner Bros. eh?. Copyright dispute anyone?.
    Who would have thought an "insider" at "Media Works" would bite the hand that slaps them... sorry, feeds them.

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  • Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine, in reply to Alfie,

    Reality TV queen Julie Christie told NZ on Air bosses she would consider resigning from the MediaWorks board over perceived attacks from the funding body on her integrity.

    Good on her, resignation letter on desk by Monday…
    That would illustrate her integrity, wouldn't it.

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  • Access: Social media, disability…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Having a disability in the family is a sure fire thing.

    Yeah, well, they are rather expensive to keep and wouldn't you rather have a TAX CUT?

    Its fiscal strategy, said Mr Key this week, "is to keep a tight rein on spending, focus on results from public services, start to pay down debt and look to return any excess revenue on top of this to taxpayers".

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  • Access: Social media, disability…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    No…this government hates disabled people…simple as that.

    Not just disabled but also... Beneficiaries, the homeless, the poor, the disenfranchised, protesters, in fact all that disagree with them.
    This is similar to so many cases where the government, through interference, uses the public service to do their dirty work and claim they cannot interfere.

    An hour after Rizalman was charged by police with burglary and assault to commit rape on May 10, 2014, an official in MFat's Protocol Division told Malaysian officials that Rizalman was due to appear in court on May 30.

    But then...

    The official's email said: "If he were to complete his posting prior to 30 May and return to Malaysia with his family, that would be the end of the matter."

    Muhammad Rizalman, was allowed to leave the country with diplomatic immunity by a public servant who was known to come down hard on such things...

    The protocol officer who sent the email resigned from MFat last year, but has picked up another Government job.

    In his report, Mr Whitehead said there was "definite evidence" that the protocol officer "clearly regarded the incident itself as a very serious matter".

    He said the staff member had a history of "zero tolerance for even minor misdemeanours by foreign diplomats, let alone for crimes at the more serious end".

    At the time of the incident, Prime Minister John Key criticised the MFat official.

    "If that person doesn't have clarity about that position then they need to think very strongly about whether they're in the right job," he said.

    It would be good to hear why they disliked this Maths Professor so much.

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to izogi,

    Does anyone know if there’s a way to disable this without completely disabling Flash?

    If you are quick enough you can click on "Never Auto Play Videos"
    Be quick though...

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  • Polity: Protesting too much: responses…,

    I'll just leave this on your desk, I have so much to carry....
    Oh, yeah, so Labour is just going to throw money away, eh?

    Thursday, 11 February, 2016 - 12:16
    The Ministry of Education forked out a whopping $100,000 a day on consultants and contractors last year - eight times more since National came to office in 2008, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

    "The Ministry appears to be throwing money at consultants so fast it often doesn’t even bother to use government rules for tendering.

    "On at least 14 occasions in the past year the Ministry awarded contracts worth over $50,000 to unnamed individuals by using exemptions to procurement rules to avoid tendering the contracts.

    "Tender rules exist to ensure taxpayers get the best value for money. However, the Education Ministry seems to think these rules shouldn’t apply to them.

    "Ironically one of the contracts that was tendered was awarded to a company formerly called Fingers in Pies.

    "This spending - at a time when core public service numbers are capped - will be hard for the public to swallow.

    "Especially coming hard on the heels of the Ministry’s lavish new $20 million offices - which include a $2.6 million staircase - while students sit in leaking and mouldy classrooms around the country," Chris Hipkins says.

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  • Speaker: Correcting Auckland 2040's…, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    perhaps if the blue “out of scope” changes maps were published with an explanation of why particular areas were selected for the out of scope changes they would be better received and understood by people.

    But why would they want that That is not the way the big boys, or girls, do business...

    "Think about pricing. What has every telco in the world done in the past? It's used confusion as its chief marketing tool. And that's fine," said Gattung in a speech recorded on March 20.
    "You could argue that that's how all of us keep calling prices up and get those revenues, high-margin businesses, keep them going for a lot longer than would have been the case.
    "But at some level, whether they consciously articulate or not, customers know that's what the game has been. They know we're not being straight up."


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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to Alfie,

    In the past such obvious errors would have been picked up by sub-editors before publication, but they don’t seem to be a thing any longer.

    Yes, they are a thing and that thing is called outsourcing. I believe NZME uses Australians for this. You have to ask why they didn’t just use computers for the task, at least with computers you only have to punch the info. in once.

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  • Hard News: Listening Lounge 2016: Drugs…, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    The boy’s talent was apparent from an early age.

    Indeed, he comes from a high pedigree of Plankers, Plank of America, Deutsche Plank, Plankers Trust, ASP. PNZ… the list goes on.

    Max Key's first show on George FM is on February 16, where he'll unveil his new single, Forget You, rumoured to be about his Fathers attitude to the people of New Zealand

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