Posts by Tom Semmens

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  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Shane Jones should give it up and go and be CEO of his slave-fishing operation again

    To quote Lincoln when told by US Grant’s enemies that Grant was a boozer, “…I cannot spare this man, he fights!”

    And a bit more fighting mongrel from the rest of Labour's useless and lazy frontbench deadwood a bit earlier in the piece and Labour wouldn’t be in the polling pickle they currently find themselves.

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  • Hard News: Spring Timing,

    How to get the kids voting? Here is One Direction showing how to at least get them thinking.


    it is the sort of innovative approach to political engagement completely absent in this country.

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  • Hard News: Diverse Auckland: are we…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Well, to paraphrase the cops - nothing good ever happened south of Greenlane, nor north of Milford.

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  • Hard News: Diverse Auckland: are we…,

    However, Auckland’s diversity can be overstated…

    Generally, for the chattering classes "Auckland" is the old tramway suburbs.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices,

    I go back a long way, to pre-web days and BBS, and I remember the change in tone in Usenet as access broadened out from universities and research institutes, and I remember the emergence of trolling and the handwringing about netiquette.

    So do I. Thinking about it, internet culture was shaped by geeks going gangbusters with mensa-grade nastiness.

    The pileons and zingers are one part of Twitter, but only a part – it also sustains a supportive and gentle community of semi-friends. It has its merits and its place.

    i am sure it does, but as a platform it seems to me to have been designed primarily to operate at the juvenile level (“Look at me! I’m in New York!” + selfie or "hangin' with ma girl, sweet!") and people are taking it way to seriously as a medium of communication.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices,

    Twitter is to social media what the Kim Dotcom is to politicians.

    I dislike Twitter. A whole bunch of people who are not half as clever as they think they are desperately trying to be relevant in 140 characters of one upmanship or less. I can’t imagine a platform better designed to generate more heat than light.

    I play in a couple of MMO games and the stuff that gets said in the battlechat would make your eyes water. Internet culture is like that. Several websites post up the rages of the week and the trolls of the week for everyones amusement. Raging is just plain funny, the trolls more a name and shame exercise. Either way, posting it up draws the venom from most of it. Maybe someone ought to do the same sort of thing at TVNZ.

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  • Hard News: The Mayor's marginal enemies,

    What do you expect? the Herald is the mouthpiece of an Auckland, white, good old boy plutocracy that is so bereft of moral compass and balance that one of it’s members – prime minister John Key – thinks nothing of regularly phoning another – sociopath Cameron Slater – for cosy chit chats about politics.

    Seen in that context, the Herald’s toxic editors are simply indulging in business as usual in their elite echo chamber.

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  • Hard News: All John's Friends,

    And I doubt my dear friend Tom…

    Dude, it is election year.

    Imagine all our politicians as being in a political St. Patricks day parade, with a particularly drunk crowd of Orangemen and Irish Catholics watching from either side of the street.

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  • Hard News: All John's Friends,

    Pretty easy for Labour to paint Key as an irresponsibly desperate man willing to do deals with any chem trail crank (the so-called Conservative party), Potemkin party (Peter Dunne’s joke United Future) re-tread or front for crazies and criminals (the ACT party) who offers him hope of a chance to cling to power. Such naked desperation from a multi-millionaire who we are constantly told doesn't need the job and is doing it as favour to us all.

    Compared to Key’s preferred partners, the Greens look like pillars of Western Capitalism, and Kim Dotcom towers over Colin Craig and John Banks as a sane man unjustly accused.

    If Winston Peters does end up the King maker I hope he goes with Labour, because that would mean he recognises that he should count himself very, very lucky that he can leave parliament gracefully in 2017 after three years as minister of overseas travel.

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  • Hard News: Big Friday Music: Counting…,

    It was about 15 minutes before someone asked what I was doing backstage and I was asked to move on

    Saw this happen to someone at a big US festival, only he wasn’t asked politely to leave. From the reaction, I’m guessing his parents only found out what happened to him from Edward Snowden. NZer’s are so laid back. My South American friends all took pictures of the big signs that said “keep left” as well, they that was really funny.

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