No, none of that, but in that column she’s gone completely tribal in election week in a way (Snowden using “stolen National Security Agency files”) that betrays her own good work every time she has reported on the basis of leaked documents.
And I'll say it again to everyone: Fran O isn't stupid or deranged, but she is a willing cog in the Machine.
Some salient points there, Eric. But Pavletich and Demographia also conveniently neglect to mention that the very cheapest houses in America also happen to be areas of industrial decline and high crime rates, such as Detroit. Not that I was knocking Houston per se, but just pointing out Houston is evolving with the times, and Pavletich was relying on outdated notions of the big Texan metro.
Closer to home, land-banking remains a sticking point. Putting the infrastructure burden on sprawl dwellers is a nice idea, but ratepayers in AKL being who they are, they'll probably whip out the Dancing Cossacks quicker than Tsar Putin can whip out his hunting knife.
That leaves her article as something of a masterwork of delusion, self or otherwise.
FranO's not stupid, she just has vested interests with multi-nationals.
Pavletich has only himself to blame, though given his highly public disconnect from reality he’ll remain trapped in the ideological bubble for which he happens to be the local franchise.
Yep, Pavletich isn’t so much a developer as a speculator, and continues to be a fanboy of Houston’s sprawl model. And even Houston is taking steps to encourage building upwards.
And much of the malaise that Eric Crampton outlines above is attributable to the C-word: cartelisation. Not just insurance co’s dragging the chain, but also vested interests in the property bubble, and the whole political structure involving CERA & CCDU. Applied neo-feudalism if I ever saw it.
There's a recent example of it's application here:
Goes to show McCarthyism didn't die with Senator McCarthy, and Watergate didn't die with Nixon's resignation. And what does it mean when even Rupert Murdoch is scared of Roger Ailes, a 21st-century one-man Pravda/Izvestiya/Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda?
The outsize success of Fox News gives Ailes a free hand to shape the network in his own image. "Murdoch has almost no involvement with it at all," says Michael Wolff, who spent nine months embedded at News Corp. researching a biography of the Australian media giant. "People are afraid of Roger. Murdoch is, himself, afraid of Roger. He has amassed enormous power within the company – and within the country – from the success of Fox News."
Meanwhile, NatRad has a recap of global coverage of the Moment of Truth.
Dirty Politics, Rawshark, Moment of Truth, a copyright lawsuit from Eminem... I can't think of a more interesting & surreal NZ election campaign since Muldoon called the Schnapps Election.
Andrea Vance has done well as has Keith Ng (who doesn't claim to be a journalist yet often outshines them all).
Vance 'woke up' after being effectively spied upon. Other than that, the Press Gallery seems to have left itself open to being wined & dined.
Frankly I think the Hollywood thing is a red herring, John Key's lies about mass surveillance are the important issue here
It brings to mind the 'pig-fucker' attack line supposedly used by Lyndon Johnson.
If we accept that Rawshark gave the remaining info to “journos”, then we have to assume that somebody has probably decided to can it. I wonder exactly who is sitting on the rest of the whaledumps?
I sure as fuck hope that the journos with the remaining Whaledumps haven't gotten cold feet.
How many of them have gone into ‘real’ jobs? And are there any stats on how many of those who move off the benefit have gone to Australia and beyond?