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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely,

    And there's also the possible wildcard of the lawsuit-happy Graham McCready getting two Johns in a row.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4058 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Pete George,

    3 News has Dotcom's bomb threat online now:

    That is, if Edward Snowden doesn't spill another bean about NZ.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4058 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Hope and Wire, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I hope you will, because I don’t think I can afford to put my foot through the TV. I feel perfectly OK about writing this down as a “well-intentioned and basically honorable fail.”

    That's likely because ACC would be unlikely to cover it. Use a 2x4 instead. Or better still, a brick.

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  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today, in reply to Luke Williamson,

    I stronly suspect that environmental and societal breakdown may occur faster than most suspect, especially in the US of A, and heaven knows if we are capable of dragging ourselves out of that mess.

    Nick Hanauer, who made his billions investing in Amazon and selling to Microsoft, knows the writing is on the wall. And he's calling his fellow billionaires - "plutocrats" in his words - out on it.

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  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to Andrew C,

    That was basically killed by environmental NIMBY complaints.

    Out of curiosity, what proportion of them are actual environmentalists, as opposed to people acting out of property value self-interest? It's definitely a biggie with wind farms, as was shown in the docudrama The Age of Stupid.

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  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today, in reply to linger,

    Yeh, but school pupils generally are anti-establishment whenever this is an option (regardless of the establishment's political hue).

    Even Grammar boys & Dio girls? Not so sure about that.

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  • Hard News: Going solar?,

    In the words of Bucky Fuller, "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." And solar panels are just one of those new models taking steps towards micro-generation and getting off the grid, thus reducing dependence on publicly listed powercos who only answer to faceless shareholders.

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  • Hard News: Now win the argument, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I’m fairly convinced that the idea of a financial transaction tax is actually being covertly promoted by mega-rich individuals and corporations in the certain knowledge that they’d never have to pay a penny of one.

    Here in NZ, it was promoted by the decidedly mercantilist/dirigiste Jim Anderton.

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  • Speaker: Why a renter died from turning…, in reply to izogi,

    I’m sure many landlords would despise any such idea and fight tooth and nail against it, claim things like a giant waste of money and warn that nobody would provide rental accommodation if they were being forced to obey the law, yadiyadiya.

    When market segments like housing operate like cartels, you get that sort of thing. It’s gotten to the point where it’ll likely take something truly cataclysmic to pop the housing bubble, like the outbreak of war or a 2nd Great Depression. Other than that, the best we can hope for is inter-generational change.

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  • Hard News: Now win the argument, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    And in the long run, a financial transactions tax (FTT) or Tobin tax. Those will likely have to wait until the G20 lead the way, and how effective the OECD/IMF's moves against the Double Irish Dutch Sandwich prove to be.

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