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Hard News: Show some decency

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Ummm …. err …. wow ….

    This is the new 'governance' paradigm - all systems are there to be 'gamed' - it seems to be the only way forward - and it tends to make everyone complicit.
    National is all about sharing the guilt, but not the wealth.

    ...and let's not forget Brownlee's office was at it, too...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7426 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to steven crawford,

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    Ian’s been, “sent to Coventry” over that comment.

    Having a good time, wish you were here…

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7426 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Bart Janssen,

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    Stella is a character.

    Stella is the best lil’ dog in the whole wide world ;)
    Shes just getting older. I like to think wiser .And yes you are right Bart, she's relevant.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    making numbers work for us…
    Now it transpires that Hekia Parata may have been wrong…

    Education Minister Hekia Parata has been forced to abandon a claim that National has presided over a 15 per cent increase in teachers – after revelations that Novopay clouded the numbers.
    Parata has been quoted for several months saying that, under the present Government, “teacher numbers have gone up by 15 per cent”.
    But inquiries by The Dominion Post have shown most of the increase stems from a payroll error.

    Imagine my surprise…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7426 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    The post-war cathedral is pretty cool though.

    Coincidentally, the architect of the cathedral, Basil Spence, was brought in to design the Beehive (though the story goes that he did a few drawings and the MoW did most of the work).

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 982 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Stella is the best lil’ dog in the whole wide world ;)

    I love the way she just wanders around the end of our street as if she owns the place. Happy to interact with people, but not obsequious. Just checking out her domain

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4335 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Ummm …. err …. wow …..

    http://networkonnet.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/the-ministry-of-education-and-whale-oil-an-introduction/

    It’s all really depressing. Somehow we’ve become a society where it’s OK to bully people into to doing what they passionately believe is wrong. Where bullying is rewarded with power. Where victims are blamed.

    I get that people have different ideologies and I get that people genuinely believe that National party policies are the best for the country, but I don’t get them accepting corrupt bullys running their party and the country. Because that has very little to do with enacting National party policy and everything to do with increasing the personal power and wealth of those same corrupt individuals.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4335 posts Report Reply

  • Alison Cunningham,

    Whaledump seems to have been deactivated - it's tough for even a whale sized little fish to swim against the tide of corporate interest.

    Dunedin • Since Sep 2014 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I love the way she just wanders around the end of our street as if she owns the place. Happy to interact with people, but not obsequious. Just checking out her domain

    So I'm now hoping you live in the same St as us. She has a few friends and she does visit them and we are close to Dom rd end so she knows the bank staff ,the fish shop, bottle shop, but she does check out the berms up to the bank. It's quite cute that neighbours drop off bones for her. But I digress.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to stever@cs.waikato.ac.nz,

    I think that we have here the opposite of the “big lie” (of which “someone” once said, if it’s a big enough lie then no one will believe you could have told such an un-truth, and so they’ll believe you)—we have the “big truth"…it’s a big enough truth, and has such implications, so they’ll not believe you.

    Somehow it overlaps strongly with "fiddling while Rome burns" territory, where there's a major crisis erupting but everyone's in denial of it. I've found myself using that phrase rather a lot lately.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5283 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alison Cunningham,

    it’s tough for even a whale sized little fish to swim against the tide of corporate interest.

    and the white-baiting season has just begun...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7426 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Take a crumb of comfort from the Nixon analogies: his approval rating was 60% around the time of Watergate, and it took a long time to make a dent in that, but history has not exactly judged him kindly.

    On the other hand, the Internet was still a military research project in the early 1970s, so news didn't travel quite as fast in those days.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5283 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    So I’m now hoping you live in the same St as us.

    Yes we do. Just a bit further down. And the digression is good for my soul at least and others can just skip over it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4335 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Well that's good. Otherwise she would have secrets and I'd have to have words with her.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    And she wears the right colour scarf:)

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia, in reply to Alison Cunningham,

    I can still see Whaledump. My ISP disguises IP address???? Technically ignorant but ... Netflix etc.

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Cecelia,

    Of course. She's a sharing caring kinda gal.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    And he’s back at @whaledump2 which I/S reports has been verified by Nippert.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2784 posts Report Reply

  • Balance,

    Off-topic, however, for those that may be interested...

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    Since Aug 2014 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • A S,

    Daft question time. Do the documents in the Jordan Williams @whaledump today point to the possibility that policy changes in Cabinet were bought?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2007 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to A S,

    Only if money passed to a person at Cabinet level. If they just paid Slater to pass it on through his channel to Collins, that's "just" lobbying.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2784 posts Report Reply

  • A S,

    But something that should definitely be investigated, no?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2007 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to A S,

    Oh, most definitely and in minute detail. And I'd say that whether it was Collins or Cunliffe under the gun. This just is not the way elected officials should behave.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2784 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    But I digress

    Digress away Sofie its like I am trying to looking at this huge picture byzantine in its complexity, then a dog walks through the picture. Perfect.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 509 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Richard Aston,

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    then a dog walks through the picture. Perfect.

    Well, we just got back from her Doctor who has to come out to the car because Stella wont go in there and it seems she is still ok. She isn't in pain yet. so ,off North this weekend for r and r to her favourite spot. Shes not even needing pain killers yet. All good.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

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