Posts by Tom Semmens

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I wasn't talking about you!

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2031 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After the…,

    And Karangahape will have its own CRL station, plus an official designation as the “edgy and creative” zone.

    And gentrifying rapidly, something the station will encourage. K’rd will soon be far to expensive for nightlife that doesn’t feature Edison light bulbs and ironic furniture. St. Kevin’s arcade is a case in point – already, the first fashionable restaurant has moved in, and the tat has started to move out…

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That Washington Post article picked up by Stuff is a disgrace to respectable journalism. To do a hatchet job on Trump supporters via a mentally ill woman – Melanie clearly has mental health issues, having lost her job after allowing a train to run a red light in what was obviously some sort of pyschotic episode and she is on medication – should be unacceptable to a MSM newspaper. Now, a vulnerable woman will be splashed across the world’s newspapers in order to give the petty-bourgeois intelligentsia something to to gloat over. Sometimes, you don’t need to look very far to see why so many Trump supporters loath the smart arse middle classes.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2031 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After the…, in reply to Sacha,

    Areas plural.

    Well, we shouldn’t deceive ourselves.Auckland is a small city full of low paid people beset with gigantic costs. One area, with several clubs and venues with the potential synergies that would deliver, would probably do the trick- as long as rents were low and the council willing.

    One of the biggest problems with nightlife in Auckland is in fact council venues, or more exactly the councils approach to hiring them. The St. James was heavily used precisely because it was rundown and cheap. The minute the council builds or restores anything its restrictive policy of allowing a single caterer collect monopoly rents and apply completely pain in the ass rules designed to suck the fun out of anything (try buying TWO drinks at Vector) more or less rules out using its facilities by anyone except an approved list of the well funded and well heeled.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2031 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After the…,

    If property prices dictate K rd, Newton and Kingsland turn into sterile inner city apartments hipster suburbs serviced by airspace then that is it what will happen. Just ask the owners of Fabric, the latest victim of London's unchecked property market.

    But with advent of decent PT, the late night music culture district doesn't have to be downtown or near downtown. Berlins nightlife isn't centralised. For example, it is just as easy to get to Onehunga for most people as it is to get to K'rd, now the train runs there and SH20 runs past it, and there is plenty of cheap places to rent and convert for venues. The thing is the council has to identify an area and encourage it to become a late night music culture district and that would require councils to spend less time listening to any boomers and fretting about the the children and recognise nightlife as organic to what makes city life worth living.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Trump sounded like what I imagine Leighton Smith would sound like after one too many visits to the sherry decanter. Or in Trump's case, if the sniffles are any guide, one too many fat lines in the toilet cubicle before the debate...

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    I am uncomfortable with writing anything on this discussion, because the very title ("dummkopfs") is an awesome QED on culture wars and the rise of Trumpism.

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  • Hard News: Excited for Auckland!,

    Cripes, I heard that Michelle Boag sock puppet Vic Crone on Natrad this morning. Dreadful woman.

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  • Up Front: Our House, in reply to B Jones,

    That sounds an awful lot like “hey, why don’t we put more women at risk so they can help men overcome their violence problems.” The idea that prison is a safe place for people seems naïve.

    several overseas countries, including Spain, do it already to generally positive results. All I am saying is perhaps if what we are currently doing is broken, maybe we should investigate doing something else.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2031 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Our House,

    Fiddling around with the law isn’t going to change anything. It never does. WHERE IS THE EXTRA MONEY??? We need money for specialist family courthouses and courts and judges and lawyers. We need specialist councillors and programs. We need TV, radio and print media campaigns to change attitudes. But I don’t see an extra red cent here from the government.

    We need new ways of thinking. For example, why do we take men with violence and woman issues and put them in all male, hyper masculine and hyper violent prisons where the only women they see are in the de-humanised form of smuggled porn? How is that going to help when they get out? Many countries have integrated jails and conjugal rights. Why can’t we experiment with this? Men and women can have separate sleeping wings, but they are allowed to mingle in prison jobs and surely a woman’s perspective on domestic violence during rehabilitation sessions, where they are safe to say their piece in a prison environment, would be useful? Maybe while in prison male and female prisoners can form better relationships? Surely, a supervised conjugal visit where respect is part of that visit is a good form of behavioural modification?

    New Zealand’s level of generalised violence is unbelievable, as is our level of normalised domestic violence. We need to start thinking very differently about how to deal with it, AND SPEND SOME BLOODY MONEY ON IT.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2031 posts Report Reply

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