Posts by DeepRed

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  • Polity: Protesting too much: responses…,

    It's been theorised that government budget deficits were just the pretext to massively hike university fees around the world. And that the real reason was because universities were producing the likes of Jane Kelsey, Abbie Hoffman, and other "New Left subversives getting all the wrong ideas from the Frankfurt School Cultural Marxists". It ties in with the view that public gullibility is in inverse proportion to average education levels.

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  • Hard News: Radio being made,

    "Radio With Pictures" looks like it's off to a good start so far. If RNZ was properly resourced and branched out to a full-on TV channel, would it be called something like RNZ Visual or RNZ-TV? In any case it might just recapture the spirit of TVNZ7 or NZBC.

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  • Polity: On tour with The Boss, in reply to llew40,

    Sorry, I vote Labour, but I don't think anyone should be too surprised that there are people taking the Mick out of the breathlessness and earnestness of this prose.

    My disclosure of interest: long-time Labour voter who's voted Green since 2011. The Future of Work thing, plus the Digital Apprenticeships proposal, might just win me back, because those schemes recognise that not everyone has the ladder of opportunity handed to them on a silver platter by a butler. Now if only there was a PR expert who could outwit the likes of Lynton Crosby and Karl Rove...

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  • Polity: On tour with The Boss, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    And, next week, Public Address will bring you Sia Aston on John Key, followed by Andrew Campbell on James Shaw.

    Don't forget Mike Hosking on Mike Hosking, Colin Craig on Colin Craig, Bob McCoskrie on Bob McCoskrie, and Paddy Gower on Paddy Gower.

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  • Hard News: Bowie,

    If anyone deserves a final send-off into the solar system, like James Doohan…

    David Bowie’s body cremated in New York, say reports

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  • Hard News: Bowie,

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    Here's my visual tribute to the Starman himself.

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  • Hard News: Bowie, in reply to Chris Morris,

    I also saw his tour at Athletic Park 5 years later – not the Glass Spider one. A lot better stage performance but not as much soul there.

    Speaking of the Glass Spider tour...

    Kiwi urban myth about David Bowie's Glass Spider tour finally put to rest

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  • Hard News: Footpaths, not manifest destiny, in reply to Ben Ross,

    The Centre Right is fractured in Auckland between the pragmatics and the ideologues.

    I'd say the issue of housing affordability is too big to ignore, and that it's single-handedly sorted the pragmatists who recognise the value of smart intensification, from the ideologues who want to prevent the 'riff-raff' from weakening their property values at any cost. The latter have basically made themselves look like self-centred rentiers.

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  • Hard News: Kia kaha, Helen Kelly, in reply to Russell Brown,

    In unsurprising news, Bob McCoskrie is an arsehole.

    George D:

    If the holdup isn't the Minister (let's assume that for a second), is it the Ministry, or interference from other parts of the government? I don't want to presume anything here, but it seems that someone is managing risk (to the government, not to the public) in a way that is rather callous.

    As for the idea that people would illicitly use Sativex when perfectly good recreational cannabis is widely available - it would be just as ridiculous as banning cough medicines because they contain alcohol.

    If it's not Judge Laura Norder (who counts McCoskrie among her supporters) who's holding back reform, then it's quite possibly Big Pharma, Big Booze, or Big Chemicals. Or a combination of both.

    In any case, being prohibitionist on weed while being libertarian on booze at the same time is an obvious red flag.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Wizards of…,

    And funnily enough, NZ was the only place where Jo Jo Zep's version of "Walk On By" hit the Top 10.

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