Posts by Sacha

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  • Hard News: Windows 7: Actually Not Bad,

    Which makes XP, what, Clinton?

    Would explain those stains on the BSOD.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 18327 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Getting Across,

    No disagreement here.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 18327 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: You People and Your Quaint…,

    Lack of quaint categories. The Press reports on increased suicide risk for gay and bisexual youth without making any distinction. I guess at least they're tallking about it.

    One-fifth of gay and bisexual youths have attempted suicide and about half have harmed themselves, a new report shows.

    The Youth '07 report has revealed that more than a third of gay or bisexual secondary school pupils had seriously considered suicide in the past year.

    The report, led by Dr Simon Denny, of Auckland University's adolescent health research group, also showed higher rates of alcohol and drug use, sexually transmitted infections, and mental-health problems among gay and bisexual pupils in comparison with their heterosexual peers.

    Of the 8000 secondary pupils who responded to the university survey of their health and wellbeing, 92 per cent said they were heterosexual.

    About 1 per cent said they were attracted to the same sex, 3.3 per cent to both sexes and 3.6 per cent were unsure or not attracted to either. Pacific and Asian youths were the most likely to say they were unsure about their sexual orientation.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 18327 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: How to Look Good as a Nazi,

    Showing the Ukrainian sand painting in schools might be a good start. Its impressive execution, meaningful storytelling and shortness should appeal. Some schools also need that Auschwitz doco sooner rather than later.

    If that doesn't work, hit them with the astounding Come and See about the brutal German invasion of Belarussia. Most devastating, harrowing film I've ever seen. I suspect flag-kissing and goose-stepping would die out pretty damn quickly.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 18327 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Getting Across,

    Fair arguments about relative value of commercial land - not that they're short of that. I don't doubt the airport company are making encouraging noises about rail now, especially as the current roading network improvements to convey all those daily workers will hit their limit sometime. Was more thinking of past motivation - the "why not before now?" question.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 18327 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Of swine and cows,

    Just when it seems spring is here, a chill sweeps in from the south. Unamusingly.

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  • Hard News: Of swine and cows,

    It's a badge of honour. Instant credibility.

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  • Hard News: Getting Across,

    Where is Auckland going to expand?

    Joshua unearthed a 1946 map of Auckland showing a southeast to northwest network design which would have driven housing and industrial development accordingly.

    You can see the Southdown-Avondale rail corridor that is about to be turned into the Mt Roskill-Waterview motorway. The CBD rail tunnel is labelled "Morningside deviation".

    Would all have been a lot cheaper to build back then, and avoided turning our CBD into an island.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 18327 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Getting Across,

    I'd use a train to the airport every damn time. It'd make our visitors much happier too. Frankly I think it's bizarre that a line isn't already in.

    I'm sure it has nothing to do with the influential airport company making over 30 million dollars every year from carparking fees.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 18327 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Of swine and cows,

    Now that you say it, I can imagine Vicki Hyde sporting a watergun and fruity camo. Mind you, that probably applies to Sheen as well.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 18327 posts Report Reply

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