Posts by DeepRed

  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    The flag is now a rag…
    Thank you JK. You have denigrated anyone who stood behind it.
    If John Key wants to have a new flag then may I suggest he goes for the Stars and Stripes and goes to live in the country that has that flag already.

    I'm tempted to suggest the Anarcho-Capitalist flag. But in practice, what we have is more like corporate welfare and crony capitalism, and there isn't an obvious symbol for that.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero, in reply to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision,

    We are currently working on a digitisation plan for the TVNZ Collection in order to increase access.

    Are there any openings or otherwise opportunities to volunteer? I wouldn't mind being part of the solution.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    As I said upthread, David is retiring next year and we’re looking very seriously at quitting Auckland entirely. But wherever we go, a very serious question is going to be reasonable access to health and social services, and with a serious drop in income (and the fact I can’t drive at night) being close in or close to reliable public transport matters.

    Not everyone requires or desires some suburban McMansion with a giant lawn, no matter how much the usual (and far from disinterested) suspects would like you to believe otherwise.

    Wellington's apartment market doesn't look too shabby at the moment. It'd personally be my thing once I manage to change to a career that's not in danger of obsolescence.

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  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to Angela Hart,

    Leaving Taranaki Savings Bank, TSB, the only New Zealand owned bank in the country until KiwiBank was established.

    On that note, I'd say a Kiwibank of electricity might be less cumbersome to set up than the "Pharmac of electricity" that is the NZPower proposal.

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  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to FletcherB,

    ASB has not always been a privately held business, it used to be one of the regional “Trust Banks”.

    And the regional savings banks in the rest of the country, bar Taranaki, sold up and out to Westpac.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And now the government has declared it has no interest in building, or even owning, more state houses.

    And given that WINZ assistance requires a fixed address, I fear that Richard John Tully won’t be an isolated, hopeless case.

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  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Steve Curtis,

    The US fully funded propaganda arms, Voice of America, WorldNet Television etc is funded to the tune of about $US 700 million.

    Isn't it tied to the Department of Defense for that to happen?

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  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Josie McNaught,

    but local radio is being concentrated in Auckland and telly as you say is shrinking rapidly

    And even then it only truly caters to a narrow subset of Auckland. With the exception of Grey Lynn, whom RNZ still appeals.

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  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Myles Thomas,

    Current govts may be forcing TVNZ to be rubbish, but that doesn’t mean future govts won’t turn it around.

    Hoping against hope that a Leveson-esque Royal Commission will be held and eventually sort things out (and yet another reminder to sign the petition). Maybe dust off the 1986 Royal Commission on Broadcasting and update it?

    TVNZ has been a state broadcaster in name only for the last 20-odd years, and the Clark Govt’s attempts to fix it, while worthy, didn’t go far enough in hindsight.

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  • Legal Beagle: Terrorism is already illegal, in reply to Marc C,

    I fear that Snowden, Greenwald and Assange have been "neutralised" by the forces that be, and we are now in irreversible Orwellian territory, where we have to expect the state agencies to listen in, observe, seize and store all our information, as the Australian government is about to do now. Five Eyes are a formidable "network", they seem to have it all worked out, and yes, freedom will never be the same again, if we can even utter that word, it has no more meaning, really.

    Personally I think it's devolving into a mutant offspring of Orwell and Huxley's Brave New World. Or whatever Neil Postman wrote about - here's the perfect visualisation of it.

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