Posts by Rob S

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books,

    Inspector O series of books set in North Korea, written by James Church.
    A truly great read in such a foreign setting with an understated wit penned by an ex C.I.A. officer who presumably knows his stuff.

    Since Apr 2010 • 108 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books,

    More of a sci-fi fan with an Elmore Leonard, Doctorow, James Ellroy bent on the side.
    However I've just started Arab Jazz by Karim Miske and am enjoying the hell out of it although I've only got around 30-40 pages in I don't want it to end.

    Since Apr 2010 • 108 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: A hazy, intriguing crystal ball, in reply to Alfie,

    iPredict is no more.

    Didn't see that coming. -sorry, I'll get me hat

    Since Apr 2010 • 108 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: TPP, eh?,

    Has copyright overreached in its extension?
    All the time it seems to be easier to pirate art via the internet and with a younger generation believing it has a right to access material will the copyright holders be swamped with takedown actions and the like?
    I would like to see a more effective method of bogus rights holders as seen with the song happy birthday being punished or having to prove their rights. They effectively moved a song from the public domain by lawyering up and making it cheaper to pay a ransom.
    As for the whole TPP I've gone from anti to agnostic at best.
    In hindsight it might have been better to keep the smaller countries setting the rules and if the big players want in to our sandpit they do it on our terms not theirs.

    Since Apr 2010 • 108 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The positive option of Red Peak,

    The more flag options to vote for the more people there will be who's first option won't be chosen.
    Probably they're more likely to say no on the final change/keep the flag option as their preference isn't on the ballot.
    I can't see a flag change occurring. This has been a stuff up from the get go.
    Key can talk the talk but as a capable "doer" I have my doubts.
    His Government is sclerotic and Brezhnevian.
    Not a single Gov surplus and a metric shit ton of extra debt, an indebted homeless generation coming through whilst he worries about our flag? Facile and aimless moves from a smartarse banker.
    I don't think the history books when written will be full of praise.

    Since Apr 2010 • 108 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to Alfie,

    I think you'll find that both Mr Key and Groser are relaxed about that global warming thing.
    Anything that isn't a short term problem gets kicked down the road with this lot.
    Traders don't look at the long view, just complete the deal and then move on.

    Since Apr 2010 • 108 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 108 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 • 108 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 • 108 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 • 108 posts Report Reply

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