Posts by James Butler

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  • Speaker: Are there opportunities within…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    ask anyone hooked up to a dialysis machine three times a week

    Well on dialysis you pretty much can't eat fresh fruit or veg at all... wait, how did we get on to this?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are there opportunities within…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Let’s. Do. Nothing.

    As opposed to This. Is. Something.?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine, in reply to Deborah,

    Forging! sources. [...] Did Simon Day really mean to say that she just makes things up?

    Or rather, puts people under relentless heat and pressure until they bend like putty in her hands.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    Any time we had to do a school project on a country, we’d draw its flag. So it’s not just for the children of NZ that choosing a simple flag is a kindness.

    What this says to me is that the flag should be either a) very simple OR b) a dragon.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    “Wow, look at all these votes with “THIS SUCKS” written on them. I had no idea people felt this way. This is a serious wake-up call. Let’s just scrap the referendum.”

    - No one, 2015

    What are you talking about? This is exactly how Banksy and Russell Brand brought down Capitalism.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright, in reply to lprent,

    Having a high informal count will probably send a pretty good signal about this silly process, and more importantly it’d stop more people just not voting.

    But it also means that the votes which are actually considered will contain a higher proportion of votes by people who actually like one of the alternatives, therefore raising the chances of having an alternative in the final runoff which those people will vote for.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright, in reply to Euan Mason,

    Next: A $26 million panel, comprising neither poets nor musicians, to select a short list for a new national anthem.

    I'm eagerly waiting to be called up to a panel on sports or business policy.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    I’m a big fan of the “Vote hypnoflag!” plan, and fully intend to promote it at every opportunity

    The alternative is the RSA’s "old man yells at cloud" plan to influence the process, which seems somewhat self-defeating. Voting hypnoflag fnord is probably the best way to help avoid any of the four winning (it helps that it’s the one of the four that I prefer, although I really wanted Wā kāinga).

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: BURGERGASM,

    I refused chicken and vegetarian burgers on principle.

    And yet centrists accuse the left of identity politics!

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: House prices and the "Magic Money",

    This is probably the right place in the discussion to push LVT and UBI. Subsidise low income buyers, and penalise high-income rentiers.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 830 posts Report Reply

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