Posts by DeepRed

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  • Hard News: Forgetting what we didn't know, in reply to Marc C,

    Whatever the solution, Blairism looks like a product of its time with each passing year.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5078 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: What Sorry Looks Like,

    It's not just Tony Veitch's pseudo-apology that grates. It's also that people look to him as an anti-PC role model, cut from the same cloth as those who think Donald Trump will "make America great again".

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5078 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Is being a tax haven worth it?,

    Short answer: no, because Main Street sees little if any of the benefits.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5078 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News,

    And 2016 has sadly seen yet another passing - Isao Tomita.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5078 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Meltdown, in reply to Russell Brown,

    As much as my son wants more work, I do worry about him going into a workplace I don't know and trust. It's really easy for this to happen.

    Gainful employment remains a biggie for us aspies. I've said it before, but an on-the-job training approach seems to work best - when you can find one in this deregulated labour market. And the advice I've been given by an ICT industry mentor is that "the reality is that without a stellar CV, connections are the best way to enter the ICT sector - it's not what you know, it's who you know." Much easier said than done for the neuro-diverse.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5078 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Meltdown,

    Tiger parenting most certainly falls into the "DO NOT become angry with me or raise your voice" category. It's been cited as a major factor in the emergence of Japan's hikikomori.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5078 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to goforit,

    Now you proberly get an idea why taxi meters are set where they are, everyone needs to be able to live off the work they do, its not all about the customers getting a really cheap deal.

    Especially when a lot of taxi drivers happen to be migrants who, for various reasons, can't find jobs in their chosen field.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5078 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: The Panama Papers, in reply to Sacha,

    Astute. The people who need this govt removed the most have stopped voting.

    And also because Third Wayism and Blue Dogism are so 1997.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5078 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: A short history of half-baked…, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    On to of that there was the axing of many apprenticeships leading to the current shortage of construction workers.

    Hell, much of the apprenticeship system itself went out the door with the passage of the old Employment Contracts Act, and NZ has been playing a game of catch-up since. On that note, for all of NZ Labour's issues, their digital apprenticeship policy is a potential deal-maker.

    And now for a quick history lesson: the Irishman who gave us the term 'boycott' was a rentier in the land & property business. If enough tenants vote with their feet, could it potentially hold a pin to the bubble, even if it means living out of suitcases or cars or tents?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5078 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver,

    It seems that the simmering Uber controversy is in danger of proving Ned Ludd right. I've come to the view that the original Luddites weren't opposed to technology, but rather they were opposed to rentier feudalism.

    Specifically with Uber, far from cutting out the middlemen - ie the taxi industry and its associated red tape - Uber has basically created a new middleman of its own.

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