Posts by Dan Salmon

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to llew40,

    Same, my daughter passed out with heat at the front of 1975 and was treated really well.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men,

    It’s not just at festivals and i don’t think it’s the music. I reckon it’s tribal booze culture in a society that no longer tolerates reflection, and where the moral compass is spinning freely on its axis, celebrating material success from the entitled driver’s seat of a twin exhaust 3 litre audi, farting its ugly way through the gentrifying inner suburbs.
    (what the fuck is an examined life?)
    The Rock’s recent National Crate Day, meant booze companies got free advertising from bozo DJs, and we get young, dumb and full of cum dickheads wandering around the burbs, harrassing women and smashing bottles on the road.
    Call them out. Take their photos. Ring their mothers.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: To have a home,

    Helen Clark talks about opening NZ doors to the tampa refugees as one of her greatest moments as PM. It was an important thing to do, but also symbolic. In the grand scheme of things, even if New Zealand isn't able to take many people, a strong humanitarian gesture can and should have a domino effect.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Multi-no-choice –…,

    Sadly, I don't think New Zealanders are really worried about Climate Change:

    "Just over half (53%) agree that there is a scientific consensus on climate change."

    http://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2015/05/15/nz-climate-attitudes-survey-expert-reaction/

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Somewhere* it's National…,

    I'd read about the how to beat your children manual and vaguely supported the idea of banning it, but you've reminded me why that's a bad idea. The only downside is that we've had to pay for that book - consequently supporting the authors. I guess it would be wrong to suggest the library steals morally reprehensible books.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Hook, Line and Sinker –…,

    Marine reserves make so much sense on so many levels (not least of which is scientific), the tI wonder how much of the resistance to them is prejudice. "The greenies want them, so they must be bad."

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest,

    And only now talking to my mother did i get the Rawshark - Rorschach pun. Assume it's intentional...

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yeah, good decision, and good argument by Julian Myles.
    The last sentence of the Herald story surprised me: "The High Court showdown comes two weeks after the publication of Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics book"
    Really? Has it only been two weeks?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to Bruce Ward,

    You're right, I'm making assumptions (based on the fact it's a political party). Also listening to Hooton and Boag and a few others. Sure people are in denial now, but once the election is out of the way, i think there'll be a lot of acrimony. The potential damage here to National is massive and there will inevitably be some very pissed off people in the party. Even without genuine outrage there will be opportunists looking to maneuver closer to leadership.
    Mind you, i do function on the assumption that people are generally decent… (and some of them clearly are not)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest,

    The quiet voice in all this has been outrage within the National Party. (outrage that must extend from members and supporters to some of the more recently quiet front benchers)
    Whatever happens at the election, National could suffer internal damage on a level with what happened to Labour post-Rogernomics. If the election returns National to government, with a possible by-election in Papakura (and subsequent Winston fueled public outrage at the cost to tax payers), it's not going to be an easy three years.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 28 posts Report Reply

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