Posts by Steve Barnes

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    He was introduced as Herr Professor Doktor Doktor Soundso. Nobody but me found this funny.

    That would be a "Pair a Docs"

    /coat
    :-D

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    I believe they had Metiria Turei in mind. $2000 jacket vs $50,000 forgotten bank account.

    She must have some unpaid parking fines or something? no doubt National will tell us at some point.

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to steven crawford,

    My daughter has a pair of periodic table, basket ball boots, which tend to force conversations.

    My daughter was with me on a shopping trip, buying electronic components for a control system. The shop we were in didn't have all the gear I needed and the assistant said "Oh, try Element... ah 44 I think they are called. " Quick as a flash Jessie said... "That would be Element 14... Silicon"
    She is now studying psychology, bloody smart arse that girl. I wonder where she gets it from?.

    I would like to see more women in Engineering, they tend to be more committed. Most of the guys I know that work as engineers never finished their degree, just got a Summer job with an engineering firm and never went back. Saved on the student loan and paid off what was left quite quickly. Others I know qualified and can't get a job because the firms already have someone "good enough".
    She'll be right eh?.

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to Sacha,

    I guess to some voters/party members it looks 'tough' and 'manly'.

    The lack of support for Labour from the Greens has been growing since before the last election and the snide attacks from their supporters do nothing to heal that rift.
    I wouldn't consider a snub from Labour as being "tough and manly" more a "you really aren't helping". Do the Greens think they could get control of the treasury benches without Labour?.
    The Greens may not be as far to the left as some in Labour would like but the fact remains that their philosophy is more in favour of people and the environment rather than Big Business and the desire for the mighty dollar so their natural ally would be Labour rather than National. In this particular case I would consider Shearer to be the best man for the job and if the Greens think otherwise then that should be the point of discussion rather than complaining about feeling "left out", who would they like to put up and is he a better choice that Shearer? and that.... should be a private matter between the parties.
    If anyone other than the rabid right are to have any say in the running of this country then the bickering must stop, we have a common enemy and that should be reason enough to pull ourselves together.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…,

    It would be a shame if that's because the government doesn't entirely like the results of its own reform.

    I have no doubt the Road Transport lobbyists will be gnashing their collective teeth and calling for heads to roll. For once, the unintended consequences work against their creators methinks.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to David Haywood,

    Interestingly,, in Germany, they are ranked above saints and only slightly below the trinity.

    And almost on a par with Engineers, an attitude that would be good to see in this country.

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to DeepRed,

    The knockout blow came when Wishart drank the fundy Kool-Aid around 15 years ago

    Yes, a shame because up until that point he was an atheist and a damned good investigative journalist, if a little prone to subjecivism. He seemed to change when he met his current wife while researching a book on a bloke called God.

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to DeepRed,

    I hate to sound cynical, but I've seen (and made) any number of similar optimistic statements over the past few years about how this administration surely must crumble now,

    Hopefully the "Power of Positive Thinking" will win in the end. ;-)

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality,

    On a lighter note, headline in early online Herald...
    Kiwi fugitives Simone Wright and Paula Bennett arrested in Australia
    Now corrected, or is it a cover-up?.
    :-)

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to DeepRed,

    Lauda Finem comes across as a bit like an Alex Jones/InfoWars site for legal types.

    Indeed, there seem to be connections to Ian Wishart and the main editor is, apparently, one Dermot Nottingham who exposed the Odometer fraud way back. Howling at the Moon, Wishart's publishing company, published a book on the subject, Car Wars: the true story of the Odometer Winding Scandal. The name says it all really.
    Credit where credit is due, Wishart did quite a good job of exposing corruption in the banking industry in the eighty's, Fay Richwhite et al, but these people ruin their own credibility with their over the top rhetoric and, sometimes, outright defamation. No wonder they hide behind anonymity.

    Still, I do think SkyCity could be a tipping point

    It may well be but Sabin will be the final nail in the coffin.

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