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  • Speaker: It's meant to be hard,

    John Key is at the end of the boomer years but well entrenched and rewarded within the baby boomer hierachy. But he may listen to those about to have heaped upon them the responsibitily to support themselves and their families until a very old age.
    Let's face it... once they have paid themselves out anyone who is 20 today will be retiring at 80 with no money unless they save it for themselves. My baby boy is likely to live until 100 - apparently it's going to be the average age of death when he dies. By then he'll be retiring at 92 or something.
    I expect Key to sell off assets to pay for the boomers' retirement leaving us nothing.
    Legalising marijuana will generate millions in tax revenue, get rid of our gang problem, alienate P dealers from their clients and halve the prison population. No-one can do it though...
    We should remove all tax benefits enjoyed by religious organisations.
    The untaxed property market is robbing the younger generation of the chance to buy a house and is starving business credit. A Retrospective Capital Gains Tax is needed - but one only related to property.
    We shouldn't be paying $6 billion for the leaky home crisis. Those involved should be.
    We should still be paying into the Super Fund each year.
    Whoever gave Labtests that contract should be fired. Everyone involved. I've admittedly no idea about the health system other than through friends that work in it but vision seems lacking.
    I like our schools but think that they over-police teachers and remove a lot of opportunity for teachers to break out of the curriculum by giving them too much "policing" work. And we give money needlessly to wealthy private and religious schools.
    We should remove the right for pub owners and their mates to decide where lottery money is distributed. Make the applicants public using DM and each community can vote. It'll certainly keep those small-town tyrants on their toes.
    That's enough....

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 266 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Body image and the media,

    A friend gave me the IT Crowd for my birthday and I still haven't watched it. My bad. thanks for the head-up I'll chuck it on...

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  • Hard News: Body image and the media,

    In business magazine publishing it became accepted that readers prefer covers that feature real people that they can then read more about. But business people. No matter how pretty they are (officially). This was a change in perception that happened in the 90's along with the thought that you could sell more copies if that person was good looking.
    Business publishers started to use consumer publishing ideas. How many times have Sharon Hunter and Mark Ellis appeared on business magazine covers?

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  • Hard News: Dunce Dunce Revolution,

    I imagine the budget for state-sponsored time for kids to be taught WASP religion will be okay though.
    My friend home-schools his kids. It may be a way forward for many kiwis if Tolley stays in too long.

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  • Hard News: After the Deluge,

    I thought Media 7's tsunami piece was interesting. Adrian Stevanon telling Lisa Glass that "she should interview that guy over there because he has many interesting stories" because Adrian was unable to interview him without offending him because as a Samoan Adrian knew to do so at the time would be disrespectful. But that palagi journalist - that's different. It sounded like a hard assignment on many levels.

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  • Hard News: After the Deluge,

    It's nice to see Russell et al at Media7 are responsible for looking after the critical journalism for Paul Henry on Breakfast. Paul can do whatever he wants because if you want to see CREDIBLE journalism you can - on TVNZ7... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10603462&pnum=3
    Was this part of your brief BTW? Is Paul Henry going to be nominated for the Media Awards this year? Under which category?

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  • Hard News: Miracles just rate better, okay?,

    @81st Those TVNZ staffers are psychic doncha know... maybe one of the stars from Praise Be could offer guidance as well (sarcasm). It would be a lot nicer if in 6 months time they could have Jim Mora pop around with a new garden for Aisling's parents though...

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 266 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Blue Sky Thinking,

    I'd never heard of ARC before so thanks for the heads-up! Now I'm all signed up to his news feed I'm thinking maybe Sky should just hire Jed...

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  • Hard News: Miracles just rate better, okay?,

    I've been to many of the health specialists mentioned here and think the best were manipulative physiotherapists.

    I haven't had acupuncture before. Call it an aversion to needles perhaps. I went to a hypnortherapist and gave up smoking (and it worked). I had a lifestyle change, shifted cities, stopped dancing almost every night of the week, settled down, went to lots of nice restaurants and put on 38kg. The hypnotherapy didn't work for weight loss - but 3 months of Jenny Craig and 4 years of hard exercise did. I took up soccer, circket and karate and became a volunteer fireman, so I had lots of injuries. The osteopaths were completely different in their treatment approaches. the first one I saw massaged my back for an hour before doing exactly what the chiropractor had done. The next time I saw an osteopath was after falling 5 metres of a roof and waking up in hospital. He was great. He firstly just put his hands over where I was sore and talked me into relaxing. I'd been stressed for months and it was the first time in ages I'd been truly relaxed. The pain left and I walked out feeling much better - skipping down the street better. How much of that was about the physical treatment - who knows. Did it work and was it worth $50? Short-term yes, long term who knows.
    If I was really hurt, which I was quite often (2 broken ribs, badly mangled knee, broken hand and about ten twisted ankles, knees etc) I'd go to a physio and it worked. I healed much faster than I would have without going. The manipulative physio seemed from my point of view to offer many of the same services of an osteopath or chiropractor as well as all physio servces at a quarter the cost.
    Hypnotherapy would have been an easier way to lose weight though! :-)

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  • Field Theory: Like a punch in the face,

    We never had a chance to really play much sport other than rugby when I was a kid - that would be one of the most positive changes made in the last 3 decades to primary school sport. As a parent of a 5 and 7 year old, I find that I have to pay to let my sons be involved in sport at school though. They have to wear boots and shin pads for soccer and rugby instead of bare feet. Wearing bare feet playing in Taranaki during winter at 9am on a Saturday made more of the kids cry than the actual playing of the game but at least the parents weren't footing an extra and unnecessary bill. With no boots, no-one got hurt. My older brother gave it away when they made us wear boots - even though he was the best player in our province.
    I ended up playing soccer and raised all of the money to outfit the entire club and helped ref junior games etc though didn't have kids myself at the time. We had Wynton Rufer's academy nearby and if the kids were good players they had a path forward.
    My point was that compared to 1976 sport has been taken over by the PC brigade. You need money to involve your kids in sport whereas this wasn't such a pre-requisite before. Our dad was a sports-mad primary school teacher who spent hours playing and coaching sport without pay and had a brief spell playing pro rugby league. Today it feels like he'd be charging $100 an hour for his time and he'd be calling it freelancing. I do know that there are great teachers out there working extremely hard for no thanks. The work load for teachers has increased to the point that they probably just don't have the time that they used to. In a couple of years I will be a lot more expert in this topic but at the moment it seems that if you want your kids to play sport you will be charged through the nose and the kids will be wrapped in cotton wool in case someone gets hurt. There are a lot more options as far as the number of sports you can play goes. I used to play 6 sports at secondary school without it costing me more than $60 a year in subs. Today I'd be up for about $1000. One of my favourite memories is as a 6-year-old playing bullrush with the entire complement of students at Maketu Primary School. Everyone was respectful. No-one got hurt. It was great fun. You'd never see it happen today and that was partly my original point - which was a bit tongue-in-cheek and delivered without thinking it through in great depth I might add. Off the cuff even. Someone should institute a law banning those sort of comments doncha think?

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