Posts by DeepRed

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Just when you thought the Uber CEO's rent-seeking was as bad as it got, along comes Rentberry.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5093 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The media awards are dead –…,

    'Grats.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to izogi,

    People start looking for excuses to claim that they never really liked that guy anyway. Every scandal from the last 5+ years will get an airing, but of course the alternative at the time was so much dreadfully worse, and so that justified voting and expressing support as people did.

    Just like with Rob Muldoon.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to John Farrell,

    There's a thought - perhaps the government is expecting a burst, and they are positioning themselves to avoid blame when it happens.

    If a bubble burst really is impending, I wager it'd be far too big to spin for whoever's in power. Either those who think "our PM is a great guy to drink with" will realise the whole house of cards for what it is... or they'll sink further into denial and go a little bit Trump.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to Marc C,

    I took a voluntary pay cut in order to qualify for a Community Services Card, so that treatment for a rare dental condition wouldn't break the bank. It also qualified me for the Accommodation Supplement, not because I want it, but because it's the least worst solution in the circumstances. In each case I got decent treatment because of the very fact I was in work. Even then, WINZ is more like a police interrogation room for many others, and it need not be like that.

    Personally, my biggest issue right now is the future of work, the prospect of jobs like mine being Internet-ted into obsolescence, and the new jobs having no pathways except "who you know".

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  • Cracker: Breaking the Silence, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I bet Rutherford wouldn't have got very far with such a process.

    Lord Rutherford's words remain relevant: "Gentlemen, we do not have money. We will have to think."

    Sadly, it seems intellect is only valued in NZ if it brings short-term wealth, if it's even valued at all. Lots of history's greatest scientific innovations took years to perfect, including Rutherford's atom splitting. Also truer than ever is David Harris of Pegasus Mail fame - we've already become the "McDonalds nation" he warned about.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to DexterX,

    I feel whole thing - the economy - is so out of whack it could collapse.

    It's been said before, but much as a collapse would be Irish or Icelandic-level ugly, it's one of the few things not involving mass deaths that'll push Generation Rentier out of the housing market and pave the way for meaningful reform. Politicians are either in the pocket of Generation Rentier, or too chicken to confront it for fear of being unelectable for a generation.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to Euan Mason,

    How bad does it have to get before the wider electorate is disgusted enough to turf out the crazies in the government benches?

    Possibly when the middle classes start sleeping in cars or otherwise losing jobs en masse. In any case, my idea of pitching tent cities in the leafy suburbs still stands, and 'Occupying" Generation Rentier is probably a better idea than going on rent strike.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to llew40,

    surely its the job of the Labour Party support/comms team to ensure that any media photo ops match the pitch they have given?. Who is managing this stuff?

    That there's a newly created vacancy for the position could have something to do with it.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to Martin Brown,

    Or perhaps set up camp on the verge outside Key's Parnell pile. That juxtaposition would have a nice symbolism. Public space too. Although I guessed they'd get moved on quickly on "national security" grounds.

    I've already suggested on Twitter that tent cities be pitched in the leafy suburbs to make a point.

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