Posts by Steve Barnes

  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to linger,

    Is it something used for a dogwhistle?

    Its kind of the opposite, its what twats do to ignore the real issues, a bit like LA LA LA l CAN'T HEAR YOU LA LA LA .........

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  • Hard News: The Sky Trench,

    Meanwhile, in between photo-ops his influence, like a rolling maul, rolls on...

    Dita De Boni ‏@KeepingMum Aug 9
    Hi all. In answer to questions, it is true the Herald has discontinued my column as of three weeks from now. Reason given = budget

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle,

    Just posted tis on another thread but so angry I will post it here too...


    I suppose I am a bit late with this news but I am so pissed off that I had to post it somewhere.

    Dita De Boni ‏@KeepingMum Aug 9
    Hi all. In answer to questions, it is true the Herald has discontinued my column as of three weeks from now. Reason given = budget

    The rolling maul of National's road to our insignificance rolls on.

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  • Speaker: In defence of the centre,

    I suppose I am a bit late with this news but I am so pissed off that I had to post it somewhere.

    Dita De Boni ‏@KeepingMum Aug 9
    Hi all. In answer to questions, it is true the Herald has discontinued my column as of three weeks from now. Reason given = budget

    The rolling maul of National's road to our insignificance rolls on.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5181 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Rich Lock,

    No, but it does say: "It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs

    Ok, I submit... ;-)

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  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Rich Lock,

    So 25% unemployment back then would have had a disproportionally greater knock-on effect.

    Possibly but I was thinking the workforce back then also included children plus the fact that many just wouldn't be counted. Its a tricky one to figure but the fact is that neo-lib economics seems to claim 6.5% unemployment balances the supply side of the cost of labour so the thinking may go along the lines of morde unemployment = cheaper labour but as I said up thread, neo-lib economics rarely works the way its proponents believe.

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  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    When the fourth National Government set it up that way, did the thought of creating lots of middle class jobs not enter their head?

    I would like to think that the reason for doing it were as stated, increasing competition leading to lower prices, at least that what Bill Birch said at the time and maybe they believed it. It just goes to show that the free market economy that is the backbone of neo-lib economics didn't work that time and, to my knowledge rarely does.
    Personally I think they have no intention of creating jobs, that is for the market. But if those jobs magically appear they will, inevitably, take the credit.

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  • Hard News: The Sky Trench, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    NZTA people are obviously not cyclists.
    They also got it very wrong on Wellington's silly flyover too, but fortunately the people eventually won.

    According to Peter Dunne, today in Parliament, NZTA is out of control and they have yet to decide whether to appeal the flyover and appear to be ignoring all advice. The head of NZTA is set to resign at thew end of the year and this may indicate a change of attitude within the authority.

    I imagine there'd be a risk assessment - is road design covered by H&S legislation nowadays?

    I guess that depends on whether or not the worm turns nasty and is deemed "High Risk".

    a ribbon cutting deadline set by the PM's office.

    Well, what is the point of doing anything other than a photo op for Mr Smile and Wave to prove just how great he is, after all, the cycle path was only the first promise he made and he has to show he can keep a promise, seven long years later.

    The naming of the All Blacks' World Cup squad at Parliament this Sunday also smacks of a craven photo-opportunity, too.

    zackly.

    What tourist wants to cycle or walk on a disused motorway with views obscured by whacking great fences.

    You may have the opportunity to ask the Minister for Tourism when he cuts his ribbon.
    The part that gets my most annoyed is the "we can't change it now, we have already ordered the parts from Germany" FFS.

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to James Hart,

    I like the way that article ends with the mention of "Canned Laughter" I couldn't help thinking of John Key's performances in Parliament and it reminded me of the old adage, Laugh and the world laughs with you. Perhaps Andrew Little could take some lessons from this guy...

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to BenWilson,

    and it definitely doesn't mean that. Well, unless you insist on it.

    Well I don't insist and yes that is my, very simplified, definition.
    And not

    rather than out of someone's arse.

    By which I gather you mean mine. If it comes out of the arse then it is either shit or hot air, smelly air to boot.
    We need simple definitions for simple people. Otherwise

    It's just another thing we can add to the discussion

    and the more you talk the less you say, in terms of people listening and the longer the discussion the less time to get the job done, diminishing returns and all that.
    And on Rich's horse analogy, ok perhaps they don't shoot Trojan horses.
    :-)

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