Posts by Andre

  • Hard News: 2015: The Budget of what?,

    The worm has certainly turned but this budget did as little as possible to address the inter-generational theft that governments over the past 30 years have engineered - wittingly or not, the jury is still out. Inter-generational theft. I've been attacked by a few tories and elderly PAers over the years for mentioning the term. Now TVNZ is even running stories about inter-generational theft and how it is occurring. Here. in New Zealand. I'm going to wake up next week and John Key will be admitting he made a mistake bailing out finance company investors for billions of dollars and that the National Party have decided to implement a wealth tax - it is that mad this week. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/young-people-victims-theft-over-home-ownership-6319099

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Our Kennedy assassination. Norm Kirk's strange death seems like poisoning. Perhaps I should have said 'our Arafat'. For his loss set us back decades. Hopefully the Tories don't get a majority or there will be despair. I'm enjoying the squirming English press denying the SNP vote doesn't mean the majority want to get rid of English rule. That referendum seems like yesterday - maybe they just want local representation at a national level though. And the Northern Irish voting Tory is interesting too. It's been an educational election but I'm not sure I'd like to live there right now.

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  • Hard News: Synthetic cannabis: it just…,

    Anecdotal evidence would lead me to proffer that the increase in penalties for cultivating marijuana (taking growers' homes etc) is leading gangs to make P instead because the profits are so much higher. Great work PC Plod.

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  • Legal Beagle: What next for Winston?,

    Winston is a proto-Muldoonist – this was not a win for the left wing. The fact that in some quarters it is seen as such is a sign of how far right Roger Douglas and 30 years of governments chipping away at workers’ rights have taken us while eroding recognition of the changes a true left-wing government would bring.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: After Kiwi,

    The Warners were the ringmasters of New Zealand's most competitive mosh pit. I met these guys who lived at a doss house in Pt Chev while holidaying in Mangawhai over New Years 1985. They'd pub crawled from Auckland, arriving noisily late but were up and drinking over an open fire at 8am. It was the first time I'd seen a skulling funnel and tube in action. I was impressed so caught up with them when I shifted to Auckland a month later and luckily they invited me to the Windsor Castle and various other venues to see The Warners. They were incredible. Allan Stephenson was pure energy. The crowd was electric - and amazingly friendly as we smashed into each other gleefully. No one got too badly injured. I always felt things may have been a lot different if I wasn't so young and with the right people though.

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  • Envirologue: The Agony of Vanuatu and…,

    The dairy farmers and manufacturers have a monopoly that extends to retail, FMCG etc. Now cattle and sheep farmers want a monopoly too. The fact that self-regulation wasn't enough to get dairy farmers to cut discharges of effluent and chemicals into our rivers and streams shows how environmental needs get addressed without a law change. Climate change will happen. The new south-western motorway tunnel will become a favoured spot for divers. Sand-bagging the north-western (in Auckland btw) is a monument to the thinking of climate-denying local government planners. Legislate everyone to accept a 20 metre sea rise in the next 50 years, I reckon.

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  • Hard News: Review: Citizenfour,

    Our thanks must go to Edward Snowden for protecting our human rights through his actions. A true hero. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/06/gchq-mass-internet-surveillance-unlawful-court-nsa

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa,

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa,

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    Onehunga looking across to Mangere Mountain. Superb!

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  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    Let's build it at just above the High Tide mark, like the new motorway tunnels at Waterview. Make the grandkids pay, that's the Keynglishjoyce way. I wonder if they intend to borrow another $50 billion, and what they'll spend it on.

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