Posts by Rob S

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Logan O'Callahan,

    Trump is a Democrat plant intent on stealing the election from the Republicans.

    I can't buy that idea.

    Trump entered the field of his own volition with a turbo-charged version of the message that the Repubs have been priming their base with..

    He got lucky with that but now things have gotten real and he's been found out.

    He is a creature that the Republicans brought into being with their racist and evangelical dog whistling and have only themselves to blame for what has been a hostile takeover by an outsider.

    Since Apr 2010 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    I seem to recall an analysis of America by some Russian think tank or other that suggested that the US had a good chance of having a civil war.
    Is Trump's delegitimising of the electoral process what they had in mind?
    Ironic really with the well known propensity of the republicans to engage in wholesale gerrymandering and deregistration of voters.
    If the great orange buffoon genuinely believes the system is rigged and he loses the election, then what next?
    Great mobs of armed people wandering around while he plans his insurrection from a garish Trumpbunker?
    Where this man is going leads to some very dark and dangerous places.
    Americas' Grifter in Chief has a large following primed by years of relentless rightwing propaganda via Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, various Evangelical hypocrites and a chorus of nutjob hucksters.
    Is there an emollient voice of reason among his circus trying to lower the temperature of his rhetoric or has the Trump train already jumped the rails.
    Right now it looks like our American cousins are heading towards a crisis in the political system.
    I hope not and after Winston Churchill's dictum they do the right thing after trying everything else and also update their system of governance to something more fit for the 21ST century.
    Hillary Clinton and all US politicians are going to need to work hard to right the ship of state after this madness.
    Good luck with that!
    Interesting times.

    Since Apr 2010 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to simon g,

    I think Kaine got what Hillary's comms team wanted. He probably did come on too strong as an attack dog but hey, it's only the VP's debate.
    They've turned Pence into a liar with his own words and dig at Trump at the same time.
    To me this looks like a play from the start.

    Since Apr 2010 • 112 posts Report Reply

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

    To a kiwi such as myself almost every Democrat looks Republican-lite.

    The next President gets to forward nominations for the supreme court justices where one is currently pending and 1or 2 more are probable during the next term.
    This is a big deal for a court selected by politicians that has acted in a less than neutral political manner previously and where a lot of the American culture wars have been fought out.
    Hillary has been treated to the most excoriating attacks by the Republicans and their media proxies on a prolonged and relentless basis.
    I wouldn't expect this crowd of hopelessly compromised shills in the senate and congress to suddenly breakout into a party of reason and compromise.
    Will the Republicans step back from the rancorous bipartisan precipice to which their extreme and shrill base has taken them.Who knows?
    I wouldn't bet the house on it not even a good bottle of wine.
    They've sowed the wind now they're reaping the whirlwind which on this occasion is a bright orange loon issuing brainfarts.
    Trump is the drunk stranger at a wedding who can turn the whole affair into a shitfest strewing mayhem blithely behind.
    It's kinda fun to watch but you wouldn't want it happening to your family and friends.
    Later on the adults will have to come in and clean up but no one seems to be volunteering at present.

    Since Apr 2010 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: There in half the time:…,

    Apart from price my main concern is battery life. How long until the battery needs replacing? I looked at electric cars and couldn't justify a purchase on price and battery life issues and would need reassurance on this before paying a hefty wedge.
    NZ is very well placed in regard of electrical generation to go big on this technology.
    The money saved on oil imports alone have to be a serious upside and then pollution and global warming mitigation can be put on the plus side of the ledger, it's all win.
    However as a formerly very keen cyclist I have an illogical view that battery assist is cheating somehow. What should I do with all my old lycra?

    Since Apr 2010 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The war is still with us,

    Since Apr 2010 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The war is still with us,

    The Iraq war was primarily an American imposition on the Middle East.
    Blair was led into it by the fool Bush.
    I suggest that the Project for the New American Century was the philosophical background and impetus for the war.
    Bush the Younger, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, et al signed up for a clever wheeze that came out of a strand of right wing American exceptionalism that was enjoying It's high tide mark with the downfall of European communism.
    With no brake on America as the world hyperpower anything seemed possible which included imposing democracy on the middle east at the point of a gun.
    The fall of the twin towers in New York was the opportunity seized on by these chickenhawks to instigate a war that would be used to shape the middle east into a democratic, capitalistic wet dream that would display American power to all.
    Blair got played and was a fool.
    He should have been able to discern that he was being sold utter bullshit as was obvious to anyone who could parse the gung ho tripe coming from the U.S. intelligence services that had been suborned to the PNAC cause with dissenting views sidelined. Freedom fries anyone?
    Where is the American version of the Chilcot enquiry?
    If you think Vietnam was a clusterfuck what terms would you use for Iraq?
    These people have walked away from one of the most idiotically mendacious and downright criminal actions of my lifetime.
    History is already judging them and they're lucky that they aren't in the Hague arguing their case.
    Others are paying in blood for this war, real blood, real pain, a lot of others.
    Whilst these scum walk away with only a shit reputation, such is the way of things Blair is rolling in money post disgrace and has had the gall to put himself up as a peace broker in the middle east.
    As I write this I just get angrier and angrier.
    It won't be the establishment cleaning the mess up, as they've been shown up as the bloodless shits you've always suspected they were.
    There are a lot of institutions that don't seem to be fit for purpose.
    Who is cleaning them up?

    -apologies for venting.

    Since Apr 2010 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Given they are more-or-less a one-policy party, and that policy is about to happen – do they have anywhere to grow? Or will they disappear as irrelevant?

    Shit like that don't stop.

    I don't see the U.K. as being in the same mould as '30s Germany but do you think that Farage is the sort to quietly slide off into the background?

    Since Apr 2010 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: English canards, in reply to Ieuan Wickham,

    It seems like this is not a problem that we fix by changing tax structures.

    Disagree strongly.

    Taking money from the rich [your opinion on the morality of this may vary from mine] and using it to build better housing and sustain those who are not "high achievers" and putting that money directly into the economy will actually benefit the whole country. As the saying goes " money is like muck, better spread"
    For the wealthy once their physical and other needs have been met money turns into a social counter.

    Building more housing stock by the state is a good start.

    Think about the house price inflation rampant in this country right now which is a sterile use sinking people into debt as long term serfs to the banks who are loving it.
    The people who find it difficult to feed ,clothe and live at a reasonable standard are paying through the nose for other peoples inflated investment mortgages further locking them into poverty.

    I'm not recommending the wholesale appropriation of peoples assets but would like to see those with little to nothing get a fair slice of the cake.

    Wages have been held down artificially by the importation to this country of cheap labour and people wonder why small town NZ is being hollowed out?

    We shouldn't need schemes like working for families to top up the pay packets of working people who should be able to advance through their own efforts.

    Labour price inflation might be what this country needs.

    “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” - Warren Buffet.

    Since Apr 2010 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to nzlemming,

    EU realpolitik:</q>

    Britain has already treated Britain in the same manner that the E.U. treated Greece if you refer to an imposed cut in Government spending in the middle of a recession which needs the opposite treatment to keep the economy ticking over. All with no concern to the social costs imposed.

    Since Apr 2010 • 112 posts Report Reply

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