Posts by Sacha

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  • Speaker: What Diversity Dividend?,

    wrest control of our destiny from ourselves

    Comes down to who we think "ourselves" is, and whether we acknowledge it changes over time.

    enjoy both Vegemite and halva

    And a measure of progress might be knowing never to combine them.

    Having said which, our surge in migration over the last couple of decades was certainly not negotiated beforehand, so unresolved fear (and Winston) is to be expected.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17468 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Chocolate elitism,

    A question perhaps best answered by potty-mouthed readers: does the beef-based soap taste any better than the palm-based? (Well it is a thread predicated on hedonism)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17468 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Chocolate elitism,

    Logan, I believe the complaint about palm oil is not its productivity but the placement of those plantations.

    I agree about the far from benign impact of our own farming industries. Idiot/Savant has recently graphed their carbon impacts.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17468 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Chocolate elitism,

    Threadjack (unless somone can make it about chocolate or elitism): I don't remember where Finlay McDonald was being doubted here recently, but his SST column today is a forthright reflection on Key's recent speech about bravely rescuing our economy by doing nothing.

    Nine months into this government's first term we might be forgiven for expecting a little more. But it is all we'll ever get from politicians who are capable of identifying the problems but prevented by ideology and intellectual timidity from offering honest analysis of the causes and therefore real solutions.

    ...

    Conservative and liberal commentators alike acknowledge that New Zealand cannot hope to return to its pre-recessionary ways, buying and selling houses to fill up with consumer junk bought with the borrowed savings of more successful national economies.

    The trouble is, without meaningful reform of the fundamental economic conditions that have created and sustained this fantasy, New Zealanders can only ever be expected to behave in predictable ways.

    Our capital markets are feeble, our finance companies black holes, so we invest in personal property. Our tradeable sector suffers due to manufacturers and exporters being routinely hobbled by an over-traded and over-valued currency. Our foreign-owned banks have used the hot money gushing through their coffers due to that volatile exchange rate to flood the economy with credit, fuelling the preoccupation with property and flat screen TVs. We train lawyers and accountants instead of scientists and engineers. We can't save because we're already borrowing just to maintain a static standard of living.
    ...

    The silence is deafening. At the same time we seem to be looking in all the usual old places for signs of "recovery" – house prices and sales volumes, a pulse in the sharemarket, an uptick in consumer spending.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17468 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Chocolate elitism,

    Sometimes it’s like Tze Ming never happened

    Hey, doing my best to keep the spirit alive. Or is that what prompted your comment? I do miss her myself.

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  • Speaker: What Diversity Dividend?,

    As long as dindins means food and not some kind of musical byo. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17468 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Tune in, turn on, score…,

    Buy you a beer for that one.

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  • Speaker: What Diversity Dividend?,

    Tom, that's all starting to sound a bit Winston Peters and I'm sure that's not what you want. Can you tell us what immigration arrangements you reckon would work well?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17468 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What Diversity Dividend?,

    I embrace that this dialogue represents our growing as a nation, and as people.

    Yes. Can I recommend "Race You There" for anyone who hasn't read it yet - on Tze Ming's site along with other articles about ethnicity and identity grounded in this country.

    Statistics NZ are also doing a review of that, and seeking submissions about part of it now.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17468 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Tune in, turn on, score…,

    News: Minister Wilkinson does not eat bread. Not news: Hide claiming credit for being right all along.

    Wilkinson, who does not eat bread because she is gluten intolerant, said in a statement she was aware of Rodney Hide's concerns.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17468 posts Report Reply

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