Posts by Joe Wylie

  • Up Front: Stand for... Something, in reply to steven crawford,

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    You've nailed it.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3967 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The problem is Serco, in reply to Tinakori,

    Claiming Serco Is "all too similar" to Corrections is an attempt to put lipstick on the privatisation pig. For all its shortcomings, right now Corrections is proving demonstrably better at running a remand facility.

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  • Speaker: The problem is Serco, in reply to Tinakori,

    The disappointing thing about the performance of Serco is that it is all too similar to the work of the Department of Corrections. They were supposed to be better.

    Better than what? The overhyping of Serco was all about the private sector doing it better.

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to David Hood,

    I spent entirely too long this evening looking up what colour election orange was. I am, for the record, now using #f89828 for graphs about the election.

    Sounds like one of those food colouring agents that was banned long ago in first-world countries on suspicion of triggering seizures.

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

    While we shouldn't expect denialists and trolls to view climate change through logical eyes any time soon, we're in trouble when governments like our own willingly choose to ignore the in-your-face reality of increasing weather extremes. Because it's those extremes which will ultimately have the most destructive affect on our planet.

    In Australia, Flannery's compelling evidence for the historical volatility of this region he terms "Austronesia" has long been treated as shoot-the-messenger heresy by the kind of institutional short memories that see the status quo as being somehow divinely ordained.

    When the historical droughts and fire events since white settlement have been portrayed as tragic aberrations, rather than something to be factored in to realistic planning, there seems little hope of any meaningful progress. Perhaps it'll happen once Tony Abbott's squandered his political capital in the kind of burning man event he seems hell-bent on staging....

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  • Speaker: Saudi sheep: Misappropriating…,

    McLay's only major policy beef with the Lange Government was the no nukes issue. A cartoon of the time depicted him in a US sailor suit, announcing that he'd invite a nuclear-armed frigate to the upcoming Waitangi celebrations. A tattoo of the word Marcy was shown prominently on his arm, a reference to his American wife Marcy Faden, who had worked in the office of a Hawaiian congressman. When McLay was finally dumped as leader a gloating piece of graffiti appeared on a Ponsonby wall that read "Oh Marcy, how Hawaii beckons".

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  • Speaker: Saudi sheep: Misappropriating…,

    By way of a little history, here's Jim's account of how he tried to roll the Gang of One. His little more than a year as opposition leader consisted of largely agreeing with the Lange Government while frantically trying to put out fires lit by backbencher Muldoon. Eventually he publicly challenged Muldoon to endorse him. Muldoon didn't, the other Jim (Bolger) took over, and McLay left politics at the next election.

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  • Hard News: Everybody has one, in reply to DeepRed,

    And the only thing Mike Hosking is missing right now is a giant telescreen.

    True, though I suspect his enduring qualities are more Lord Haw-Haw than Big Brother.

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  • Speaker: Saudi sheep: Misappropriating…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I see Jim McClay got one also

    Belated payback for having his Party leadership white-anted from under him back when mastodons, sorry Muldoon, walked the earth?

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  • Hard News: Everybody has one, in reply to Sacha,

    Mr Henry on morning telly

    Mate, "we need more open minds like his".

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