Posts by Rob S

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  • Polity: In defence of the centre,

    Perhaps some of the left wing success in Greece, Spain and the other countries "enjoying" austerity is resonating in the UK also?

    Since Apr 2010 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: In defence of the centre, in reply to BenWilson,

    I consider WFF to be more like an employer subsidy than anything else, shifting the cost of a fair wage on to other taxpayers.
    Employers should be paying a living wage.
    A lot of research points to higher wages at the lower end creating more growth in the economy through the greater likelihood of it not being saved but spent again creating more demand and subsequent jobs.
    Far more preferable also for the worker to know he earns his own way and isn't relying on a Government top up.
    A phenomenal increase in wage growth in real and percentage terms has gone to the top end in an endless cycle of pay parity. Yet restraint is always called for at the other end of the scale.
    Why is this country importing farm workers [as one example] from third world countries other than to keep the cost of wages and production lower?
    It's an industry that prides itself on being the lowest cost producer in the world and should therefore be able to pay better.
    Instead the extra money just goes into a cycle of higher farm prices and debt for new entrants.
    The whole greed is good ethos from the eighties is still lingering and Labour has to show that it no longer subscribes to this idea which it was mesmerised by in the Lange/Douglas years when the country did have to be opened up but some of the consequences are now being realised with the cost being borne by the less well off.
    NZ went on a neolib bender from '84 and is still drinking from the same bottle.
    I won't get on to the market failure in housing or I'll get no work done at all.

    Since Apr 2010 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: New Zealand and the TPP: “Or…, in reply to steven crawford,

    Run on a pull out of the treaty platform seems to be the best response.
    I see very few opportunities for our country in this treaty, our political masters just say trust me.
    This is not good enough.
    I’m not anti free trade however I now feel that we should only have treated with the initial [5 ?] partners and let others join as they want.
    The US and other big players have used it as a stalking horse for their own anti-competitive agendas.
    The loss of national sovereignty via secretive closed courts is not the way forward for our country.
    We as a country have been played a fool.

    Since Apr 2010 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What happens if you tell a bogan they are a public intellectual?

    Like an old school AB's try scorer walking stolidly back to half-way you'd know that people know what you've achieved without having to do anything more. Your mates would know you for what you are and leave it there with the quiet understanding that you "done well".

    Bogans aren't generally reflex anti intellectual, but don't appreciate condescending knobbery.

    Since Apr 2010 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: House-buying patterns in Auckland,

    Overseas money from non-residents is driving up prices, all you need for a bidding war is 2 keen buyers i.e. one local and one from overseas with access to cheaper money and more of it and the local guy is stuffed. So the next auction he goes to, rinse and repeat.
    The banks are loving it as more people commit themselves to increasingly higher mortgages where they cream the profit for a very long period.
    Look at their profits which are at record levels.
    The real estate industry love it as they are usually on a percentage basis for their profit. Note that as house prices have tracked at a vastly higher inflationary rate to that of the country as a whole their cut has gone up exponentially in dollar terms with little downward fall. If they charged a standard fee as a set sum it almost certainly not cost as much to sell a house. All it does is to encourage more people into an essentially non productive business.
    To an extent the damage is already done. The fallout from this has the potential to stunt NZ’s growth for a generation as our nations youngest overpay for a house for the next 10-20 years, sending the money overseas to the banks.
    Same deal for our farmers who are now finding that what goes up comes down.
    The country is being bled white on a real estate ponzi scheme as our politicians, especially those in charge right now point the finger of blame whilst simultaneously sitting on their hands.
    National were happy to jeer down any attempt at controlling the property speculation industry whilst seeking election it is now time for them to show some spine and sort it out. If we could afford to build state houses previously why not now? It had a successful outcome for Mr Key.
    Encourage growth in the regions, improve public transport, admit that the Government can have a serious role to play in this mess. Something better than Nick Smith wandering around pointing at land he doesn’t own.
    The money spent on the flag debate has a whiff of Nero fiddling while Rome burns.

    Since Apr 2010 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Campbell interviewed,

    Oh to be a fly on the wall at TV3.
    Hunter S Thompson comes to mind,
    " a cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason".
    Mark Weldon sitting in a plush chair muttering what the fuck to himself as Julie Christie stirs around out of her depth turning gold into shit. Usually the other way round for her.
    Farce and tragedy with money being pissed up a wall.
    They deserve all that they get. They went into this wide eyed with a ruthless attitude.
    A pox on them and there ambitions whatever they in fact are.
    As to the owners one wonders what is going through their minds at this moment, how much patience and money do they have?
    Apologies for spleen vent.

    Since Apr 2010 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anzac Day II, in reply to EE,

    I was at the Pt Chev ceremony and couldn’t figure out why most of the junior cadets were fainting and needing to be assisted to seating.

    My daughter as the oldest guide in her troop laid a wreath at the Pt Chev ceremony.
    She said that standing near the front in the sun it got quite stifling. Mind you she did manage to bear up.

    My Wife and I have been twice now to the parade as parents of both a guide and a scout who are expected to go probably as a holdover from the military aspects of their organisations founding.

    I am very conflicted in regard of this as I’d like to respect the soldiers who were in the NZ defence force yet I loathe the way that Anzac day has been resurrected as part of a poorly understood narrative of NZs role in the first world war and how it is turning it into a collective act of group think.

    Gallipoli was a fuck up of epic proportions in a war of epic fuck ups.
    No one should lose their job or be ostracised for criticising how it has been turned into a patriotic pissing contest.
    If anything it is the best day for reviewing our political and military history to learn and apply lessons to our current position.
    This needs to occur without shutting down other views that challenge the orthodox narrative.

    For a while Anzac day was quietly fading away with lower and lower attendances.
    This might be for the best and without the 100 year tag for next year can we just tie it into an act of appreciation for our past soldiers. None of them knew what they were getting involved in and the price they paid seems to be too low for the end result, which applies for all who fought on both sides in one of mans maddest moments.

    Since Apr 2010 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After Kiwi, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Like we didn't already suspect it ...Dr. Dre’s Beats by Dre Cost An Estimated $14 To Make

    Does this make all the cheap Asian ones good or bad value and are they the real thing?
    They're everywhere over there.

    Since Apr 2010 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Joe Wylie,

    meathead messiah

    Be handy around the Barbie. This term needs to be released into the wild.
    I intend to call all of my mates a meathead messiah some time in the next week.
    Getting the BBQ aprons printed asap.

    Since Apr 2010 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: The Homecoming Queen,

    Went to the Lorde show with my wife and a 12 and 14 year old and saw a lot of similar groups which reminded me of the last parent teacher meeting I went to. I always feel like an imposter at the parent teacher whatsits for some reason.
    I do like her music but it didn't seem to be that danceable as from where I was sitting half way up at the rear [quite a good spot for viewing] I didn't see much dance action going down.
    One of the first gigs I've been to where I didn't notice any weed being lit and where they probably sold more ice cream than beer!
    Did our Mr Sweetman review her show or did his stay at home parent gig preclude that?
    Thoroughly enjoyed the light show which probably blew my kids minds it being their first gig and all.
    + 1 for the bass being overdone.

    Since Apr 2010 • 102 posts Report Reply

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