Posts by Andre

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  • OnPoint: 2009: "Blithe" (Part 1),

    This is the sixth successive season of failed rains in an area of East Africa already hit by its worst drought in 20 years. Some 20 million people face starvation in vast areas of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, the UN has already warned.
    ([http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8417516.stm])
    Our dairying/forestry/tourism economy might just die in a similar situation. Remember the year that Ruapehu got hardly any snow and the ski operators and lodges almost went under? Imagine it after six years.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: 2009: "Blithe" (Part 1),

    They have always said that they will bow to their business owning wealthy 47 years or older backers when they get in a second time. it's always been the plan. It's not a fire sale, they have already secured their Fay Richwhites and we're suddenly up-for-sale for some reason. The foreigners can buy our land as well if they want. why not? In twenty years' time our parents will be leaving us with nothing in most cases. Over 50% of those over 65 have no assets beyond property and many of them have nothing. that's the scary bit. And to keep up with their own personal Joneses and to live out the kiwi dream they'll also retire at 60 or 65 and die leaving us nothing but power bills and water rates.

    We're screwed...

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: 2009: "Blithe" (Part 1),

    The boomers paid for Muldoons election bribes - supporting farmers (average farm value $3 million today), superannuation and 27% interest rates. They are now joining in and borrowing up big to ensure that their house prices don't drop and are actively planning to give less to my childrens' generation. If they sell off our water supply, energy utilities, public transport, ports etc etc you really need to wonder what our kids will be left with.

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  • OnPoint: 2009: "Blithe" (Part 1),

    At least inter-generational theft is being discussed openly especially by commentators like Bernard Hickey. The definitive work on this was done over ten years ago (1996) by David Thomson of Massey University - he published a book calledf "Selfish Generations" on the issue (hat-tip to Sacha).
    Apparently it finds that the thieves are the generation born 1920 - 1940, rather than the baby boomers.

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  • Hard News: It is your right and duty to vote,

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8411135.stm
    We've wrecked the oceans as well. Over-fishing will be nothing compared to acidic oceans where all marine life die

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It is your right and duty to vote,

    Thanks for the link. I endorse binge thinking... as does Andrew Williams.

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  • Hard News: It is your right and duty to vote,

    Can you post a link to the "word of the year" discussion please... I'd like to be involved posthumously at least. Good to hear Sacha is ok tonight etc. Craig's a good bugger from my point of view... just a shame about his politics.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It is your right and duty to vote,

    Sorry to rant but snarkiness should be abandoned. It's hurtful. We are a community unlike any other and we should respect that.

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  • Hard News: It is your right and duty to vote,

    I hope that you have all checked out Eden Coffee and are going to Lawrence of Arabia... they seem like fun people. Unlike some of the posters today.
    Sacha's friend died and I can't imagine a worse introduction to a shock like that than being called a prick in public. I called him and we discussed how we appreciate the fact that Craig Ranapia has the balls to be involved in a liberal community with opposing views. Personally attacking people with the best intentions is stilll wrong - especially when you are on the arse end of a losing argument.
    I read back through the posts for "the last 2 weeks" and didn't find the day that you discussed your word of the year. Sorry for being an ignorant prick and missing it.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It is your right and duty to vote,

    How about climategate? Copenhagen? Hanover? Tiger's-a-cheater? iphone?

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