Posts by DeepRed

  • Access: Feelgood Flicks, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    What good news. I guess as parents we just have to be patient – our support just needs to go on and on while others’ adult children maybe sort out their own lives. And celebrate the victories when they happen. Best wishes for more in 2015.

    Well done to Jimmy! I’m yet to turn my spectrum to my advantage in a meaningful way, given I’m possibly not just on the (late diagnosed) Aspie spectrum, but also the ADD and SAD ones too – a case of drawing all the genetic short straws at once. Still to get any productive progress from Workbridge and the Emerge Trust.

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  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    Prostetnic Vogon Joyce & Co sold us the premise that the taxpayer wouldn’t have to stump up a cent for the convention centre. He probably didn’t count on the possibility of a SkyCity shareholder revolt.

    Now that the issue is ballooning out of his control, it seems he wants to pass on the cost overrun to the Auckland Council. That way, he has an excuse to scapegoat them for rates hikes and overspending. At least with Wellington’s proposed convention centre, it’s not quite as loaded with delusions of grandeur or promises that it can’t keep. And, of course, Hilton Hotels, the partner for the Welly convention centre, seems better capitalised than Sky City.

    At best, the whole affair is a case of over-promising and under-delivering. At worst, it’s bare-faced hypocrisy and old boys network-ism. It'll be amusing to see the Tax Evaders Onion's response on this.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to mark taslov,

    And I draw a clear distinction between what Rawshark did, and what the News of the World did. Rawshark is a lone operator who happens to scare the pants off certain establishment figures, because they're scared of their cover getting blown. Hackgate, on the other hand, had the neck-deep involvement of a media multi-national, the London Met, and senior Westminster insiders.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to mark taslov,

    all things considered, is protecting a criminal in the public interest?

    One's criminal is another's cyber-vigilante. I'm of the view that when the law is an ass, sometimes it has to be bent for the public good.

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  • Hard News: We're in this together, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    And seeing the bigger picture of where this government has pushed us. I thank Nicky Hager for that too. Tremendous effort all round. He deserves person of the year and I hope he has a good break as with all the rest of you.

    This so much, Even truth-seekers need a break every now and then.

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Emerge has just emailed with a very positive response. Going to see them in January. A helpful attitude goes a long way.

    I've just registered with them too, and they're the ones who suggested the MEP, which I didn't know even existed until they told me about it.

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

    This just in: Rodney MP Mark Mitchell wants to sue Nicky Hager for defamation. With friends like Mitchell, the #dirtypolitics guilty parties don't need enemies.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to Sacha,

    the natives are revolting

    Why don't they just settle it with a pistol duel already? With live bullets too.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    * The average rationality of both blogs rises so perhaps it’s a win-win.

    Too right. For all his windbaggery, Pete George is on the moderate end of the KB spectrum.

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Some further reading on the sort of university experiences I had, given at the time I didn't even know I was on the spectrum. In hindsight I don’t at all regret dropping out, I only regret not doing it sooner, were it not for the fact that my folks wanted me to go to uni and I didn’t want to risk being disinherited.

    * NBC News: Dropping Out, Again: Why So Many College Students Never Graduate
    * Inside Higher Ed: Repeat Non-Completers
    * NY Times: For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall

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