Posts by Johnny Canuck

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Michael Meyers,

    Perhaps he got confused and discussed the matter with the receptionist, instead? Or the guy that cleans the prime ministerial commode?

    Vancouver BC • Since Feb 2013 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can do better than this, in reply to Luke Williamson,

    Stephen Joyce is busy running the National Party polling, to see what impact if any this is having on public opinion.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Caleb D'Anvers,

    The whole 36-hour media-led clusterfuck speaks to an excess of punditry, and a severe shortage of journalism.

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  • Hard News: A win for Jai and Jim,

    It was a brilliant doco, and this award is really well-deserved!

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  • Hard News: The sphere of influence,

    This saga is becoming a major failure in media management by Key Inc. It's a bad news story that dominated the headlines for several weeks, briefly subsided, and is now reappearing for a second and still more troubling airing. It's reminiscent of the way the media narratives turned against the Clark government circa 2007, and the headlines and commentaries became "all bad news all the time". It remains to be seen whether Te Herald will go on one of its overwrought moral campaigns over this though.

    Vancouver BC • Since Feb 2013 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to Keir Leslie,

    Labour were running continual attacks on the instability and shameless opportunism of a government that was falling to bits and veering between extreme right ideology and weird corruption

    Ah, those were the days. Labour landed hit after hit on that hapless excuse for a government. The contrast with 2014 is ... strong.

    Vancouver BC • Since Feb 2013 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All John's Friends, in reply to DeepRed,

    Interestingly, the Harper Government (tm) did get away with a "light bulb ban", effective 1 Jan 2014. Bravely going where the Clark Government was ultimately unable to tread...

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  • Hard News: Not good enough, Eden Park,

    A disgraceful cop-out from Eden Park's spokesperson.

    Don't think the boofheads would have lasted too long in an NHL arena, where there are frequent requests to report abusive language and swearing, etc., and a keenness to kick out the offenders.

    Vancouver BC • Since Feb 2013 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When "common sense" isn't,

    This point has already been hinted at, but if high-vis clothing should be compulsory for cyclists, why not for pedestrians?

    NZ road toll over the last 12 months incl. 30 pedestrians and 8 "pedal cyclists". In the 12 months before that it was 37 pedestrians and 7 cyclists.

    If basically the point is that people who are vulnerable to being maimed and killed by vehicles need to be compelled to be more visible, then what's good for the cyclist is probably also good for the pedestrian.

    On per capita and per KM travelled bases, I suspect cyclists are more vulnerable (since almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point, yet relatively few people clock up much time on their bikes). But overall, 3-5x more pedestrians die than cyclists on NZ roads.

    Vancouver BC • Since Feb 2013 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Wogistan form book, in reply to TracyMac,

    Just a question on the US situation: are they still fingerprinting everyone (non-US passport holders) like criminals?

    Yes, everyone except US and Canadian passport holders. With as much good humour as ever.

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