Posts by Jeremy Andrew

  • Speaker: Election 2014: Mental Health Policies,

    “The personal, as everyone’s so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference - the only difference in their eyes - between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.”
    ― Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to nzlemming,

    When you wrestle with pigs, Lucy, you only get muddy. ;-)

    And the pig enjoys it...

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Sacha,

    I'm with Craig on this one. I don't believe "ritualized invocations" of any creed are appropriate in Parliament.

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    It would be an interesting experiment if one had a spare $300 to nominate oneself, spend no other money, seek no publicity, vote for yourself, and see how many other votes you end up with.

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  • Hard News: Steven Joyce: Prick or Treat, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    But I still trust in the people at the bench to do their best so long as some money gets to them.

    And that's the problem we're having around my neck of the woods. Good people who won't be at the bench because the money isn't getting to them.

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  • Feed: Fulminating and fermenting, in reply to steven crawford,

    It'd be in line with giving them sparkling grape juice, or perhaps decaf coffee. They acquire the taste which makes them more likely to drink the real thing later.

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  • Access: Respect, please, in reply to TracyMac,

    It takes about 30 seconds of rational thought to figure out that wheelchair accessibility is good for a business (hint: it’s not just wheelchair users whose mobility can be facilitated by ramps and easy-opening doors or lifts) , but many STILL grumble about their legal obligations.

    Speaking as someone who works in a role that involves pushing a trolley around my workplace on occasion, I have a fair idea of wheelchair accessibility around the site. I have formed some conclusions on why there's no one working here in a wheelchair - they probably couldn't get to the interview...

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  • Hard News: Steven Joyce: Prick or Treat, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I have no doubt that the scientists funded by the money will do great work, we always find a way to do the best work possible. But the cost in conforming to yet another funding and reporting structure and the time and money wasted in setting this up makes me very sad.

    And the ones not funded will be down the road shortly.

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  • Feed: Fulminating and fermenting,

    Geoff, once you manage to post your post in the right forum ;-)
    Try the Home Brew supplies shop on Te Rapa Straight - just North of Fairview Motors. I've spoken with their people whenever I'm in there, and they are all very knowledgeable and friendly, and helpful no matter your experience level.
    Anything from a can and a kilo up to sparging your own wort...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles, in reply to Ian Jorgensen,

    I dont think illegal downloading of music has any negative effect on the music scene… I believe the opposite to be true. Its that people watch so much tv these days that is hurting the live scene

    I think you can add social media to the mix there. Back in the 90s, to catch up with your mates and what they were up to, you had to catch up with them. Meeting at a pub or gig had a social aspect, sharing interest you have in common. Now you can download whatever you're into from the band themselves, through Spotify, Youtube, or embedded in your favourite social platform. Then you Tweet about it, post it on Facebook, share it with your mates online, listen to it on your 7.1 surround headphones, play the video on your 55" flat screen, and drink your favourite craft beer for half what you'd pay for an ice cold Lion Red at a pub.

    By the time you've watched the video, seen the live performance on Youtube, posted it on the Public Address Friday music post thread, followed the artist on Twitter, actually getting off your couch, going to a gig that'll run well past your bedtime, getting gouged for crap beer seems less attractive.

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