Posts by Andre

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  • Hard News: Reproduced Without Comment,

    These are my thoughts on the anti-MMP campaign's leader's viewpoint:
    "Me and my friends have so much money that it is worth us sinking billions into ensuring our future political protection by bringing back FPP, allowing us to distort electorate boundaries to put our cronies in government. Then we can pay back sectors of business that support us unfettered by the weight of public opinion. I pine for the days of farm subsidies and think big!"

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • 180 Seconds with Craig Ranapia - 9 May,

    I agree that NZ media were uninterested spectators at the UK's political meltdown in contrast to their sideline cheering for Obama at the last US elections. That may be because Obama had a fairly clearly enunciated vision (CHANGE NOW!!!) and charisma. His beliefs included a fairly trade protectionist stance that wasn't really reported here though. The Uk's politicians make Bill English look charismatic...

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Changing Times,

    Would Dave Dobbyn's career have been more successful if he had government funding in the late 70's, early 80's?
    Should NZ artists seek commercial success or be happy with just "reflecting NZ culture". Many of my friends are alternative musicians who actively seek to avoid sound "commercial". Occasionally they produce music that is uniquely brilliant but a lot of the time many bands are experimenting and growing instead of trying to sound radio friendly. Over the years some of my mates have driven me nuts by not playing more commercial sounds BTW - but they are artists and it's their call. The $50k minimum should be reduced so that bands that show promise but don't just want to appear on radio or TV can be supported too.

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  • Hard News: Changing Times,

    Let's acknowledge the fact that the system to date has seen the market for NZ music expand exponentially. I'm more worried that National will just dump the whole thing so that they can give the uber-wealthy some more tax breaks.

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  • Hard News: Everyone's a critic,

    Some cafes pride themselves on making their customers feel subservient and others are rude. Not many could come close to Rod Seymour from the Puhoi Pub. I once saw a yuppie woman from Parnell demand a swizzly stick for her drink from him. He took out his false teeth and dipped them in her glass saying "there's your swizzle stick love". http://www.puhoi.com/history/rod-seymour/rod-seymour.htm

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  • Hard News: Dude, what just happened?,

    I really enjoyed SOG's website. A five minute read online is enough to see that they specialised in marijuana cultivation. The books for sale include NORML's magazine and "Cloning The Way To Grow". Who knew that they sold fireworks too though?
    Are the police going to now arrest everybody who ever attended the Daktory as well?
    Smokers are being victimised by the current legal environment. The law is encouragng gangs to be involved in supplying the product and pushing prices to quadruple what they would otherwise be without earning a cent in tax revenue.

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  • Hard News: Dude, what just happened?,

    They should legalise marijuana instead of increasing the drinking age - it does less damage and it's apparently quite easy to grow your own (but may be a little more difficult now SOG is no longer). Prohibition doesn't work. If Al Capone were alive and living in NZ he wouldn't be selling whiskey - he'd be running a p factory on a dope plantation. De-criminalising weed will give police more time to target p manufacturers. Imagine the decreased burden on low income people who smoke dope if they were legally able to grow their own.
    Did anyone else see that Real Crime documentary on TV1 about Denmark's prison system? They imprison a third as many prople as we do per capita and have a much lower crime rate as a result. 50% of kiwis have smoked dope at some stage. Getting tough on smoking weed is going to criminalise a huge number of ordinary kiwis which will please the private prison companies and their lobbyists but will cost the nation millions in the long run. Our system is not working - we now jail almost twice as many people per capita than we did in 1992.
    That's why the SOG crack-down is a worry. Targeting pot-smokers is a retrograde step.
    http://penal-system.suite101.com/article.cfm/denmarks_prison_system

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  • Hard News: The Auckland Council as leaky…,

    I'm just waiting for John Key to say "Read my lips - no new taxes". Then they'll screw us over by threatening to triple our local body rates unless they can sell some assets. The uber-wealthy boomers needed another tax break - I mean the property market's been a little shaky recently and they're even talking about regulating our finance industry. What shall they do? Raise GST and lower the top tax rate. That'll sort it.

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  • Hard News: Dropping the Ball,

    Won't we all be at Queens Wharf watching it free anyway?

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  • Island Life: So, what do you think of…,

    Why does the government have such a burning desire to party at Queens Wharf when there are many existing party places already paid for and constructed and ready to go for the RWC?
    Haven't we got better things to do with our money?
    I wonder if they'll build a fake beach on the end requiring us to pay for more Pakiri sand every few years a la Mission Bay.

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