Posts by Dan Salmon

  • Hard News: We can do better than this,

    You are right, the Simon Lusk chapter is one that has been under discussed in the media, but it's one that we can assume has the phones going hot in the National Party.
    Having read all the outrage and anger in commentary and blogs from the left, it would be fascinating to have insight into the internal angst.
    They're not going to wash their laundry in public this close to an election, but with a sense of betrayal by people outside the National Party machine this palpable, I can only imagine how moderate National Party members, and those betrayed in the Party Machine must feel.
    I wouldn't be at all surprised if a large number of stunned party members began demanding a clean up of the National Party.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Auckland's future: Keep calm,…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    As an aside, there's a great article about lost opportunities in that 1858 decision in the latest Harpers Magazine (or maybe LRB?) -exploring the downside of committing to said waste system. Losing a chance to use solids in agriculture, instead concreting up streams and rivers and flushing it all out to sea. Also flushing toilets geysering bacteria up into the air and spreading disease. Interesting.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    I'd like to see the trees stay too, but there really does seem to be a 1 step forward 2 step back element to any cycling progress in the city, & i agree the soccer morning insanity is crazy, and there again the problem is compounded by facilities not providing secure bike racks. How hard can it be...

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Illegal Highs,

    Hey Russell, thanks for this thoughtful post. Helps me make sense of the whole mess.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to George Darroch,

    Yep.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Godfather…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Clever. They'd be a good High School resource.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Godfather…,

    Nice to be reminded of Marie and the Atom. I remember a performance around that time with Kiwi Animal at the synagogue/asb. Hammers, nails, balloons and a song of anti-nuke visit rhyming chanting 'submarine urine submarine urine'

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: School bully,

    Having watched the coach of a 'top' auckland private boys school blatantly cheat (yelling false information at the opposition team to put them off) in the last minute of a sports game yesterday (when two schools were locked neck and neck) i kept thinking - performance pay - performance bonus. The expression on his face when they ultimately lost wasn't a good one for young men who should be learning grace and dignity under pressure. If that's the future, we need to do everything we can to keep it out of our public schools.

    On a more constructive note: every study i have seen shows parental education background and early childhood as the biggest predictors of successful life outcomes. Any party that really wants to address these issues needs to ensure children are born into health, unstressed, literate homes. It's a long game, but the only way to change anything.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes,

    I know I'm quoting him twice today, but the old man used to reckon most of these problems would be solved if cars didn't have windscreens. That way drivers would have a proper sense of speed and vulnerability. Maybe making car drivers feel less godlike would be a good political plank for Colin Craig.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I'd rather wear no helmet than have the false security of a secondhand helmet with no idea of its condition. If I got a secondhand helmet with a bike, it'd go into landfill. It'd also be unlikely to fit my head shape

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

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