Posts by Mark Graham

  • Hard News: Talking to the United Nations…,

    Let's face it, we will eventually see the end of prohibition on drugs. Perhaps not in our lifetime, but eventually. The key is in ensuring drug use is safe. Couldn't we all just follow Portugal's lead? Once upon a time, New Zealand would have been at the forefront of this kind of societal change. Goodness me, how things are different now.

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  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 26…,

    While the satirical nature of this post is noted, there is a similarly themed initiative coming out of the socially forward thinking Scandinavian realm...(nsfw) www.fuckforforest.com that is perfectly serious. One has to wonder about splinters.

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Russell Brown,

    thanks Russ

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    Another date for you - 6pm Tuesday 20 January (tomorrow evening). There's a public liaison meeting from the contractors representing AT and NZTA at the Western Springs Community Centre opposite the park. The Pohutukawa Savers group will be there to voice concerns over losing the six trees opposite MoTaT. We're hoping for lots of people to come along to show support.

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  • Hard News: We're in this together,

    Good work Russ. I've always been in awe of your ability to write stuff that makes sense out of the noise and do it so consistently. The world is a better place for your efforts (or at least, better informed). Merry Xmas.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Everybody Loves…,

    Ayer's Sale St gig was magnificent. Great tunes, great vibe and the venue worked. Awesome night out.

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  • Hard News: Park Life, in reply to Peter Haynes,

    Thanks for engaging, Peter, and giving out a bit more information.

    Just a point on the trees on Gt North Rd - are we still really losing these? In spite of the public outcry?

    I thought it was possible to retain them with a small tweak to the design. If so, why are they going to be removed and how can we stop it?

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  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out,

    The modern approach to political management. It doesn't matter how bogus are the numbers used to provide support for your policy because by the time the true numbers are revealed, we've "all moved on...nothing to see here''... bullshit prevails.

    Most people who are engaged with politics rely on media to inform us and the fourth estate has a responsibility beyond just making money but is clearly compromised when the making money side favours government policy (whether as an employer or as a means to better headlines) and seems to be increasingly overruling the (once-upon-a-time) independent journalist side.

    I fucking despair.

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  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out,

    There are $18m good reasons to keep it I would say, although it would be nice to see some of that money going back to fund another TVNZ7-type channel.

    Fat chance, of course, with this current govt who hide a scaly ideological bent behind an affable shrug and a 'don't worry, we have this under control' approach to social and economic management.

    There's no doubt TVNZ, as ever other media organisation out there, has to adapt to new realities post-GFC and internet impacts. Funny, one would have thought they would have been better prepared for the internet given I remember going to internal seminars on the coming changes way back in 1994.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    Nicely articulated, though as person the same age as Cunliffe and Key (and Obama, and I think Russell, too), can we tone down the 'new generation' rhetoric? I'm not convinced a 40 year old or a 30 year old will necessarily do any better. It's not an age thing, it's a charismatic thing. As someone who's thinking I greatly respect put it, "if you want to defeat Slytherins, you must become Gryffindor." Also, you need a Harry Potter (male or female). But any specific age is not a prerequisite.

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