Posts by Luke Williamson

  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today, in reply to DeepRed,

    Thank you so much for that link Deep Red. One of the best bits of reading I've had for a while. Now if we could just find a way of managed retreat from the 'exponential growth' scenario, we might even rescue the planet.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today,

    I special voted from Australia where I was on the start of my OE. The 80s in Auckland were a great time for me, weird but great. I was getting my first real jobs after uni and flouncing around town. It would have been really interesting to see what became of the successive Labour governments if the sharemarket hadn’t crashed in ’87. Lange made one feel proud to be a NZer and it was a pity to see it all disintegrate after Douglas and Preb tried to go hard right. Odd to think about even now. As I ponder my decision for this election, I fear for what my children will be facing in 30 years time. I stronly suspect that environmental and societal breakdown may occur faster than most suspect, especially in the US of A, and heaven knows if we are capable of dragging ourselves out of that mess.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Labour's Fiscal Plan:…, in reply to DexterX,

    Bang on Dexter! I was just asking Russell if he could, on his new telly programme, ask Patrick Gower why/when he became such a John Key fan boy. The mainstream media sell who they like, then poll themselves and present their results as gospel, and the unquestioning masses who watch TVNZ/TV3 news take it as true. And, as usual, political debate comes down to three minutes of Joyce vs Parker trying to shout over the top of each other to the tune of. “you said . . .” no, you said . . .” Grrrr.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Digital Natives,

    How weird could Parliament get if we had reps for National, Labour, Greens, NZ First, Maori, ACT, United, Conservatives, Mana/IP? Imagine the coalition of the left!

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  • Hard News: Circumstance and coincidence,

    Maybe John Key's office leaked some info to John Campbell to take the heat off Judith Collins. That's just the sort of top bloke he is and shows what a real leader does for his embattled troops.

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  • Hard News: The problems inherent in the system,

    The easiest question for Bob is, "Are you prepared to include our most addictive, destructive and commonly used drug– alcohol – in your prohibition ?" My guess would be, no.

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  • Hard News: Autism and celebrity,

    Micro-discussion . . . As the father of daughter with coeliac disease (NO gluten allowed - not just because you feel like trying out a low-gluten diet), I can tell you that gluten is the popular bete-noir for every dietician, naturopath and homeopath at the moment. It seems to be the go-to diagnosis for all that ails you, however, there are very few people who really follow through on being properly gluten-free when they find out how incredibly difficult and annoying it is to implement. So, invariably, they become low-gluten diets (or give up all together) and move on to the next fad cure. Having been involved in a lot of study of gluten-free diet, it strikes me as unlikely that it would somehow be associated with autism – correlation maybe but anything beyond that would surprise me. Pseudo-science should named and shamed whenever it is encountered, especially if it is in the media. I'm disappointed with Marcus Lush but expect nothing better of Mike Hosking.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: True love works…,

    Thanks for the Thomston links last week Russell. Interestingly, and relevant to your musings about Soundcloud, my daughter (16) loved the Thomston and has been sharing it with her friends. This is either theft or marketing - who decides?
    I would have been hard pressed to come across Estere on my own but will now look out for her material and quite probably pay for it if she releases an album.

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  • Hard News: To be expected,

    Winning the election is about beating John Key and he only stumbles when he gets cornered - the nasty JK appears and gives everyone a fright. What will make him feel cornered and act a little desperately is the prospect of an opposition coalition polling at 48%. A coalition that is united enough to be believable. That becomes a real battle and JK's ugly side might just shine through.
    Just as a short aside, is there any chance that the investigation into manipulation of foreign exchange rates will dig deep enough or back far enough to implacate JK?

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  • Hard News: To be expected,

    And while I am being a comment hog, I don't understand why the commentators are so convinced that Winston would go with a Labour coalition when he already has form for campaigning on a "get rid of National" platform in 1996 and then promptly joining them in coalition. Winston will do whatever is best for him personally, even at the expense of his party.

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