Posts by Raymond A Francis

  • OnPoint: Don't put words in our mouths, Rob,

    Thank you for writing that Keith
    I had read Rob's rebuttal and thought my reading of your first statement must have been off
    Not sure why Labour are refusing to get the message that Chinese names mined from data does not mean Chinese offshore investors are buying the country from under us "hard working Kiwis "

    What isn't being mentioned in the "overseas money coming in scandal " is that present owners are the ones cashing in
    And if Labour were able to bring house prices down, all the present owners are going to be losers, which makes for an awful lot of unhappy voters, way more than renters wanting to be owners I would think
    Sort of like the Power Company sell off, they haven't thought it through

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  • OnPoint: My last name sounds Chinese,

    We like to think the Left are all about equality but when push comes to shove don't they run
    And let us not forget the shameful reaction of the Labour Government when Maori asked for the return of rights to the foreshore and beaches

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  • Hard News: Meet me at Camera 2: White, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    May be but more people ride bikes than sail, certainly in my part of the privileged world

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  • Hard News: Meet me at Camera 2: White,

    Deborah made the point on her blog that White Male Privilege is like thinking you are great on your bike forgetting about the tail wind going your way, you just don't notice it
    I haven't worded as well as she does but it is a good analogy

    You are not always aware of how easy your life is thanks to race etc

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

    I hear what you are saying linger and 90% agree
    But there are times when I am proud to be an NZer
    Maybe because those who came had made an effort, paddling their canoes (or were they blown, lucky they had some women and food sources on board) and all the rest
    And when they got here had to really work to make a mark
    So when we talk about giving women the vote and allowing same sex marriage and all the good stuff I am proud but remembering that there have plenty of mistakes
    Thing is I don't often try to shove it down others throat

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  • Cracker: IT'S ALIVE,

    Good work
    I reckon this IS the way of the future and I like that people get paid....brilliant

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  • Envirologue: 1080, "eco-terrorism" and agendas,

    Angela, the fact that other than bats there are no other indigenous mammals makes it a good way of hitting introduced mammals
    It is used in Australia and in the US it may only be used in chemical collars on domestic herbivores, to kill coyotes.

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa,

    Being a southern man and spending this Christmas in New Plymouth this is the first time I have seen pohutukawa in bloom..wow
    Rata has its moments but I am just blown away by the display around town
    Great pictures

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics,

    Nice case of taking the piss Russell 😊

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: The Vote,

    Intriguing that the list has a strong anti-right bias
    Where is # votepositive or "only 25%" or any of the failures of the year

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