Posts by Andre

  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…,

    One of my closest lifelong friends is a schizophrenic. He was hospitalised 18 years ago for six months and still sees a doctor fortnightly for medication. We're each our oldest close friends and see each other at least weekly. I distanced myself from him before he was diagnosed (because it was impossible to understand his actions at the time) and then saw him a couple of times before shifting cities then only a few times while living away for eight years. His parents are wealthy and he doesn't suffer financially from being unable to work. This makes a huge difference and will continue to increase in importance under our current economy. He gets multiple visitors a day, isn't perfect but dates and has long-term relationships with women, is still extremely intelligent and has fun often. He has his quirks but that's just him. I think BITD he would have now been incarcerated for 18 years. Just imagine. Every proponent of re-institutionalisation should be made to read One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…,

    Many baked beans fans may of course rejoice in his choice of Xmas fare and just hope he upped the ante and splashed out on Watties with a sprinkling of grated cheese on toast. I'd probably steer towards sweet corn myself.
    Many traits exhibited by single men without family connections at Christmas are probably similar, especially aetheists on an extreme budget or if they enjoyed a drink.
    I used to live along the main route walked by the residents of a halfway house down the way and interacted around their their constant requests for cigarettes and cash. They seemed to be better off than living at somewhere like Kingseat as far as they got to make choices in their lives but there didn't seem to be much other interaction even if you sought it. Even after 3 or 4 years they didn't seem to remember me other than a source of fags or cash. But at least you knew they were deserving of your help. I did however think they would have missed the interaction if living in the country. I hope those farmers are smokers if they do relocate them however.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: The Vote,

    Who wins if (or should I say when) #dirtypolitics is the winner? Is it Giovanni for mentioning the term first (out of the many PA'ers who posted it) or Sacha for knocking a hashtag on the front and making it one word? That is the question...

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    The kids' words of the year are
    Dry - in response to anything they disagree with or if they are being made fun of.
    Care - in response to any attack, perceived slight or situation they exit the worst from.
    Rack - to steal something.

    There ya go - directly from primary school.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    "Policy tightening". A common excuse for mistreating people often heard from WINZ for example.
    Corruption
    "Majority" (a word used when in fact you only have minority support)
    Donghua (could have many meanings, none of which would have good connotations)

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    West City Baptist. A recent new term for for anachronistic and violent thinking.

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    Synthetic high

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    Housing Accord

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    XKeyscore

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    Hipster

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