Posts by Rob S

  • Polity: Geography and housing options, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    these ex-Aucklanders are trying to turn their new homes into mini-Aucklands.

    ?

    Since Apr 2010 • 101 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: The Taxpayers' Union rides again!, in reply to BenWilson,

    +1 Thanks for articulating this approach by Matthew Hooten which comes across as disingenuous and only another attack line from National with their calling it "barking" and all tax and oh noes it will ruin us etc.
    With the highest numbers they can pull out of their collective arses used to discredit an idea with considerable merit.
    The Key governing terms have been one of the least progressive and do nothing periods of leadership our country has had. The main imperative of National is don't rock the boat and dismiss any other opposition ideas reflexively whilst smearing their leaders with lies and distortions.
    Its big dairy will save us has bitten us in the bum and we're left with high house prices and lower income groups sinking into third world poverty levels.
    The rich getting richer and the devil take the hindmost is all that they offer.
    We have a charismatic salesman leading us with a tired pack of hacks rotating shift on cabinet positions hoping that no shit sticks to them whilst jostling for position for when he gets bored with the whole thing and ups sticks to Hawaii or wherever.
    Christ what a shemozzle.

    Since Apr 2010 • 101 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The Teapot Moan Scandal…, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Mr. Key is thinking we should meet his deformation expenses..

    Perfectly happy to.

    - Sorry couldn't help myself :)

    Since Apr 2010 • 101 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books,

    Inspector O series of books set in North Korea, written by James Church.
    A truly great read in such a foreign setting with an understated wit penned by an ex C.I.A. officer who presumably knows his stuff.

    Since Apr 2010 • 101 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books,

    More of a sci-fi fan with an Elmore Leonard, Doctorow, James Ellroy bent on the side.
    However I've just started Arab Jazz by Karim Miske and am enjoying the hell out of it although I've only got around 30-40 pages in I don't want it to end.

    Since Apr 2010 • 101 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: A hazy, intriguing crystal ball, in reply to Alfie,

    iPredict is no more.

    Didn't see that coming. -sorry, I'll get me hat

    Since Apr 2010 • 101 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: TPP, eh?,

    Has copyright overreached in its extension?
    All the time it seems to be easier to pirate art via the internet and with a younger generation believing it has a right to access material will the copyright holders be swamped with takedown actions and the like?
    I would like to see a more effective method of bogus rights holders as seen with the song happy birthday being punished or having to prove their rights. They effectively moved a song from the public domain by lawyering up and making it cheaper to pay a ransom.
    As for the whole TPP I've gone from anti to agnostic at best.
    In hindsight it might have been better to keep the smaller countries setting the rules and if the big players want in to our sandpit they do it on our terms not theirs.

    Since Apr 2010 • 101 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The positive option of Red Peak,

    The more flag options to vote for the more people there will be who's first option won't be chosen.
    Probably they're more likely to say no on the final change/keep the flag option as their preference isn't on the ballot.
    I can't see a flag change occurring. This has been a stuff up from the get go.
    Key can talk the talk but as a capable "doer" I have my doubts.
    His Government is sclerotic and Brezhnevian.
    Not a single Gov surplus and a metric shit ton of extra debt, an indebted homeless generation coming through whilst he worries about our flag? Facile and aimless moves from a smartarse banker.
    I don't think the history books when written will be full of praise.

    Since Apr 2010 • 101 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to Alfie,

    I think you'll find that both Mr Key and Groser are relaxed about that global warming thing.
    Anything that isn't a short term problem gets kicked down the road with this lot.
    Traders don't look at the long view, just complete the deal and then move on.

    Since Apr 2010 • 101 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: In defence of the centre,

    Perhaps some of the left wing success in Greece, Spain and the other countries "enjoying" austerity is resonating in the UK also?

    Since Apr 2010 • 101 posts Report Reply

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