Posts by Andre

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Farmer Green,

    In the current climate a third of the electorate doesn't turn up, when media bias and corruption are proven there is no response and any party focused on these 'old' issues is branded as crack-pots.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 276 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government,

    A fundamental problem seems to be the fractured left-wing progressive vote. A grand alliance of the parties now with three years to work out how it could achieve the main changes in direction needed would seem the best chance of winning some of those swinging seats next time. It would involve some mainstreaming but I doubt Cunliffe, Harawira, Turei et al can argue too much on which of the current problems are the most pressing generically. If they formulated shared policy responses to problems like child poverty, increasing house prices, a lack of new jobs, the destruction of our waterways, increasing inequality and increasing foreign ownership of New Zealand, and put up one candidate in each electorate with a combined message they would definitely get a better result. The other million kiwis who were missing may never get engaged enough to show up. Merging into one party and sharing resources would make it a lot harder for the right-wingers to scaremonger too. No more 'Internet Mana and/or the Greens are mad' hopefully. It is sad to think that none of these issues will be addressed and that in 3 years all of the stats around these problems (well, those that National bother collecting) will only get worse. The third that vote National to protect their house prices will continue to do so unfortunately. They're making $83k a year on their houses on average. Untaxed. I suppose a vote for the Nats is a bit like saying 'Screw the kids and the environment - where's the money?' Maybe this just needs to be made more obvious?

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 276 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The End of Trust,

    We post here and read the content because we trust the moderator's vision and conduct. This is a community rather than a channel. I felt this way about every media channel in my teens. Even radio. To think that Bfm used to employ a team of 6 journos under Sacha Dylan's editorship in the late 80's and up to half of their content was the resulting editorial is a nod to where we are today.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 276 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The End of Trust, in reply to Alfie,

    I doubt you’ll find it in the MSM yet. I saw it on a friend’s link to an Internet Mana Facebook page I’m not directly linked to. But it looked legit.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 276 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The End of Trust,

    Mr X has joined Blah Blah firm as Blah Blah title. Blah Blah firm are known as the leading firm in their industry and are reporting a huge amount of interest in their amazing new Blah Blah product.
    No sign of, or official need for, an Advertorial warning. A bit like reading 90% of the Herald’s reporting on National and John Key. Loving the fact that Greenwald is seeking to debate the PM in person now. But considering the MSM have agreed he doesn’t have to debate NZ First or The Greens (and anything else he’s demanded), I’m thinking there’s a snow-ball’s chance in a Kent fire.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 276 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The End of Trust,

    Symptomatic of the acceptance of commercial interests in media is the reference to advertorial as 'native advertising'. I've run hundreds of stories in b2b magazines that feature interviews with advertisers but in reality those companies were industry influencers. I've been flown to Asia and Europe to attend trade shows but the resulting editorial was relevant. My favourite columns were 'Hotel Hound' where I took a free trip and reported on my stay. I never had a bad free night in a Presidential Suite and the resulting prose reflected that.
    Whale oil is on a different planet to this type of activity but I think those who came up with the native advertising moniker obviously thought they had something to hide.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 276 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election,

    Re: Paula Bennett. Is there such a thing as a 'little hench-woman' and if so can she become leader one day if she does enough henching?

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 276 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Decidedly Undecided,

    The research groups' representatives gave a lot of weak excuses and no plans to change. The statement that undecided vote level is a bit higher than it was in "2012 and 2011" is downplaying the main point of Political Scientist's complaints that the level of undecided voters has risen markedly over the last 18 months.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 276 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Illegal Highs,

    I think the government is creating a void that will obviously be filled by something and to do so blindly in a knee jerk fashion seems to be bad governance, intentional criminalisation of a large portion of the population and worse.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 276 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Illegal Highs,

    A friend of mine works for a legal high retailer. He has befriended many of his customers and some have his phone number. When he is late to work his phone runs off the hook. He arrives to a crowd of angry customers threatening to knock down the doors of the shop. Most of his sales are made in the first two hours of opening. The products they are retailing may be slightly different to those originally approved under the regime but there is no testing of the prodyucts so this is covered up. He reports having seen many people go downhill over the time they are taking the product as they become addicted to it. Many customers literally show up in their pyjamas. They have no motivation other than to get stoned, go to bed, get out of bed to go to the shop then back home to bed again.
    Other users are fine apparently - you wouldn't know they are users.
    Many people can't handle their alcohol. while others have no problem. Many people have adverse reactions to marijuana and only take it once and vow never to again. The latter group don't go to hospital because what they're doing is illegal. they just crash out and wake up okay. My friends who work in mental health have horror stories to tell about legal highs. But I think the numbers involved aren't that high considering the massive amount of the drugs that are being sold.
    I do wonder what will happen once the product is pulled off the shelves. They won't turn to alcohol - they will turn back to the gang-run tinnie houses that must have all disappeared in Colorado. It is embarrassing that some states of the USA are more enlightened than us when it comes to this problem.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 276 posts Report Reply

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