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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to Sacha,

    Andrew Dean nails it in his new book Ruth, Roger and Me.

    Take student loans. They are celebrated as having opened up education to more people, but Dean writes: "A significant proportion of the growth in tertiary education over the last twenty years has come in areas that were once uncredentialised, or for which the skills were learnt on the job with the costs paid by the employer, rather than borne by the student-employee."

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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to andin,

    when those in power have no conscience, they put on the appearance of fretting about the cost of social contracts. As the cost is all that matters.

    Which brings us back to an earlier point I made: that it's far easier for companies to hire people from overseas instead of training people like me up. And sadly it's not just a NZ issue either. The skills shortage we read about in the news is really a skills under-investment, especially for those who aren't suited for university/polytech ed.

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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to mark taslov,

    I'm glad to hear that. I hope it gets sorted in a timely manner.

    Come to think of it, if there's only one thing I need a crowdfund for, it's retraining for a career change before the industry I currently work in goes the way of the TV repairman. Those newly formed IT boot camps look interesting, but the founders have given up on getting NZQA approval, so no Studylink assistance available. I was looking at part-time study but because of minimum EFTS requirements, to get any Studylink assistance effectively means quitting my job, which I can't afford to do yet.

    I've ruled out full-time traditional tertiary ed, if I'm only going to end up a serial dropout for a 4th time - and besides I've found that it's devolved from a public good to a perishable good (ie, bums on seats). ICT apprenticeships don't exist yet (Prostetnic Vogon Joyce thinks they're a solution looking for a problem), and as it stands it's far easier for ICT employers to recruit already-skilled people from overseas. WINZ has basically told me I'm overqualified for the jobs they offer, and it seems Workbridge and Emerge have put me into the too-hard basket.

    Long story short: there's a skill shortage in the ICT sector, but the career ladder is missing all the rungs at the bottom. I'm still on the bottom rung of the ladder and it's looking ready to fall off without warning. I've come to the conclusion that I'm too ASD/ADD/PDD for a traditional classroom environment, and best suited to an apprenticeship or otherwise on-the-job training approach. The catch is that it's fundamentally a social compact like the post-WW2 GI Bill in America, and social compacts aren't at all cheap.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    It's on now. Giovanni Tiso is rolling out the boycott artillery again, this time against Mike Hosking.

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  • Hard News: This Anzac Day,

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    Here's my artistic take on the Gallipoli centennary, "Ghosts of Gallipoli" (also viewable at Renderosity and DeviantArt)

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  • Hard News: This Anzac Day, in reply to steven crawford,

    I still maintain that the treaty of Waitangi, is New Zealand’s real foundation for nationhood. Not the sacrificing of young men to the empire.

    True. The one good thing to come out of the failure at Gallipoli was that NZ & Australia started demanding from London a bigger say in their affairs.

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand, in reply to Steve Curtis,

    Something that now would give him a long prison sentence on his return.

    Or an all-expenses-paid trip to Guantanamo Bay.

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  • Hard News: This Anzac Day, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Companies attempting to use ANZAC day to raise their own profile had best be very wary – overstepping the mark could result in an ugly backlash.

    It's happened in Oz with Woolworths.

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  • Hard News: This Anzac Day, in reply to George Darroch,

    "I felt then, as I feel now, that the politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder."

    - Harry Patch (until 2009, the last surviving man to have fought in World War One)

    As long as there are armed forces, we won't have internalised the lessons of this or any other war.

    Sadly nothing's changed much. Today such decision-makers are known as chickenhawks.

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand, in reply to Maz,

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    How about all the “queue jumpers” who arrived here in the 19th century? It turned out that they never had death sentences hanging over their heads back in the old country after all; they were merely “economic refugees”. Your ancestors – Steve Curtis – were probably among them.

    And it's not just us either.

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