Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Speaker: The Democracy-Free Zone,

    More Democracy in action...
    I hadn't fully realised the Draconian nature of the CCDU's envisioned Chchch CBD retail zone, The Press reports today that:

    New quake recovery rules require retail developments to be planned in 7500-square-metre lots, which is about a third of a city block.
    A landowner with a site smaller than the required lot size will have to submit a development plan for the surrounding 7500 square metre block to get permission to build on their land.
    ...
    "City centre landowner Miles Middleton, who owns three small sites in the retail precinct, fears he will not be able to develop a building on his own site independently.
    This creates a lot of uncertainty because if everyone can't agree, Cera will step in. If all our sites were on one site we would be quite happy, but we have to deal with lots of neighbours now," he said.
    "If one landowner doesn't agree, then the land could be taken away from them. If they do agree, I am not sure about the funding and how it will be done."

    nor had I realised just how truly venal and abhorrent some of the current large land title holders are...

    Central city landowner Anthony Gough, whose family own about 7500 square metres of land in the precinct, welcomed the new rule.
    "If you are a small land holder you will be worried as heck, but if you are a big land holder it doesn't matter a hoot," he said.
    "People with small parcels will be worried as they can no longer hold people to ransom. This is so important for Christchurch. To get the city up and running again we have to do something dramatic. It will bring smaller landholders to heel."

    Yes, down boy! Oh those little people and enterprises do threaten and clutter up the city don't they? Shame they are usually the things that make enough of a difference to make the city worth visiting, good luck with Alphaville or Stepford...

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  • Speaker: The Democracy-Free Zone, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Unchartered waters...

    ...what would happen if all the children turned up to class and the teachers continued to teach in their schools as usual...

    ...maybe a 'management/staff' buyout
    - instant community owned charter schools!

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  • Speaker: Friday Music Guest:…, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    As was this group in the Opotiki District in the late 1920s

    What's their game, then?
    ;- )

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  • Capture: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Pukekolings?

    And another

    what fabulous chicks!
    paging Dr Seuss, please call
    at the life drawing ward...

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  • Speaker: The Democracy-Free Zone, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Micrograve coven...

    ...a council in exile as such.

    we even have a surfeit of blasted heaths
    'pon which they could meet by starlight

    ...who believes not reading a document
    means it’s contents do not exist

    The pryme minster (from Hel in Lensville)
    knows well the power of magic wave
    and glamoured smile, and
    he knows not to read the words
    of power and knowledge, lightly
    lest they burn his brain
    and blight his house of cards
    and dismaying demesne...

    his dominion is only over the 'do minions'
    so our rallying call shall be
    Just Don't!

    <aside>
    Yesterday I noticed what must be advance spin for either asset sales or an upcoming Ayn Rand movie - a plane towing a sign saying 'Money is Good' also posters about town... Did I also see a poster saying 'Money is Bad'?
    What is reality?
    </aside>

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  • OnPoint: Because Statistical Rigour, in reply to DexterX,

    The word is “juvenannihilation”

    drow!

    (word up!)

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  • OnPoint: Because Statistical Rigour, in reply to Lilith __,

    A Liddell logic...

    In a week when the Ministry of Education can describe closing schools as “rejuvenation”, I no longer expect anything to make sense.

    Yeah verily, indeed!
    It has sent an 'Alas, through the Looking Class...'

    or the the whole thing may just be more of Juvenal's biting social satire coming back to bite us (large parts of him are at the heart of 'rejuvenation') ...

    Anyway Trader Key Co is just playing the old 'create-a-big-problem-then-cut-it-back-in-the-face-of-inevitable-outrage-to-more-than-they-could-have-got-by-fair-negotiation' scam, again.

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  • OnPoint: Because Statistical Rigour, in reply to DexterX,

    too down, he said cryptically...

    The answer I come up with is,
    “A change of government”.

    I too, have an answer to a change of government
    - having cast the characters,
    and spun up the angramaphone -
    the answer to
    a change of government is...
    (the very apt descriptive)...
    <sfx> drum roll</sfx>
    ventmonger

    it is after all
    the only things
    they seem to do now,
    make and sell cuts,
    cleave communities,
    disgorge hot air,
    and bile,
    arseholes...
    traders, raiders
    wheeler dealers,
    wheedlers, stealers...

    grrrr....


    </wrongsideofbed>

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  • Hard News: Fox News: I know, right?, in reply to Lyndon Hood,

    showtime...

    I like how well the bunch-of-jokes-and-mockery
    followed by analytical-rant format works.

    I know, Parliament is almost there...
    They need better joke writers though!
    (and waaay more intelligent analysis....)


    caught report...
    spooky - I'd not heard of Crossfire before, but yesterday I pulled up behind a crossfire car, which I'd never heard of before either (Chrysler/Karmann apparently) - everything is connected!

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  • Capture: Wellington? Well, I Would., in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    Flights of fancy...

    I love this NAC-on-acid vision of Wellington...

    Big props!
    That's a very quaffable looking harbour
    - NAC, putting the Port in port city since 1947!

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