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  • Hard News: The Web, in reply to Chris Lipscombe,

    Neal Stephenson’s Snowcrash

    Publication date June 1992
    That man could see into the future with a clarity matched only by the NSA's spying network...

    The story begins in Los Angeles in the unspecified future, no longer part of the United States. The federal government of the United States has ceded most of its power to private organizations and entrepreneurs. Franchising, individual sovereignty, and private vehicles reign (along with drug trafficking, violent crime, and traffic congestion). Mercenary armies compete for national defense contracts while private security guards preserve the peace in sovereign, gated housing developments. Highway companies compete to attract drivers to their roads and all mail delivery is by hired courier. The remnants of government maintain authority only in isolated compounds where they transact tedious make-work that is, by and large, irrelevant to the dynamic society around them.

    Uncanny.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4437 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Things worth knowing, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    how to rear and milk a cow.

    Damn that speed reading. I immediately thought "That ain't how you milk a cow"
    (and-end)

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  • Hard News: Things worth knowing,

    That $23 milk is very popular though

    The popularity is such that the company is even considering getting its own plane.

    One hopes that they will get that plane by totally above board means...

    In other big Business news...
    Fletchers, having seemingly given up sticking feathers onto arrow shafts are all set to Bring in the Big Boys to scoop up the gravy in Christchurch and any other profitable PPPs they can get their sticky little mitts on.

    New Zealand's largest construction company will bring some of the world's biggest builders here for the $4 billion-plus new public private partnership contracts it wants to win.

    "What about the Workers" I hear you cry, well no doubt there will be plenty of toilets for us Kiwis to clean and as the minimum wage has been raised by 25c you can now go out and buy that house.
    </Tui Ad>

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Both sides of…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    accidentally close…

    Bugger, I missed that. Well never mind it just goes to show that, sometimes, Russ and I have similar ideas.
    I can almost hear Russell running around screaming... "NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"

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  • Hard News: Diverse Auckland: are we…, in reply to jh,

    What a shame he died in a car crash -brake failure.

    The grossest expression of this view came in a letter I received from a Hamilton reader who told me that I was known in the United States as a "nigger lover", and that I had betrayed my own culture and people.

    Hamiltonian brake failure?

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Mayor of…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    My guess? ‘Loyal’.

    Ooops, missed that.
    Snap.
    Well spotted Ian.
    Loyals..
    fnahh
    ;-)

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  • Hard News: Diverse Auckland: are we…,

    She is only old to be my Mother. :-),

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  • Hard News: Diverse Auckland: are we…, in reply to steven crawford,

    Too bloody right, so let’s not be getting above our stations here!

    How ever annoying, or even insulting and patronising, you may find that to be it will still be true unless we change that fact. The discussion is not whether we like it or not, although that is an obvious precursor, but how and when we change the sovereignty of our Nation.
    Apart from the fact that this thread is about Auckland and its diversity, not New Zealand and its Sovereighnty.

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  • Hard News: Diverse Auckland: are we…,

    so you’re saying that *some notion* of “European” NZ is legitimate?

    Yes.

    Strictly speaking that is correct. We are still subjects of the Queen of England, we are still regarded as members of the Commonwealth and we have the "Union Jack" on our flag.
    On the subject of the flag, I think discussion of any change should be subsequent to the discussion of New Zealand becoming a republic.
    Regardless of the views on both sides of the argument, surely this should be the "Roadmap" of any discussion on this subject?.

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  • Hard News: The Web, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Everybody on Facebook and that ain't everybody.
    I, for one, refuse to bare my soul to a sole assole.
    ;-)

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