Posts by Shaun Lott

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Very interesting, thanks.

    ...Mexican citizens legally cross the border to work in the US every day

    I'm guessing they are busy taking jobs that by rights should be filled by Americans, right?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…,

    Interesting post, thanks. I've been giving some thought recently to Trump's promised Mexican wall, and I have come to the conclusion that it has nothing to do with border security and everything to do with trade. If you have a friendly border, it is in the interests of both sides to control it and maintain its integrity. If you think the other side of the border is your enemy, you fortify it. The narrative around 'bad hombres' seems to be more about setting up Mexico as the outsider and enemy in the forthcoming trade war. Or am I missing something?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Post-truth explains both Trump and Brexit and has my vote. Formally known as shameless bullshit...

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #eqnz: Okay?,

    I used to notice little ones in Palmerston North all the time, but hadn't felt one in Auckland, since we moved here in 1999. Last night the lights were swaying and the whole house was creaking and shifting. My reaction was 'if that is far away, it's bad; if it's close, it's a new volcano coming up in the harbour, just like that exhibition at the museum.' The 'we dodged the first bullet but got hit by the second one' sequence of events from 2010 comes to mind as we wait out the aftershocks. :/

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Helen,

    I felt that her decision to champion the case of the Charanpreet Dhaliwal (the security guard killed on his first night on the job), despite his not being a union member, was a sign of both her compassion and her vision for what the Union movement needs to be in the era of 'zero hours' contracts. That compassion and vision will both be sorely missed.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    My personal fantasy in that kind of scenario is to attract attention with a geologist's hammer... It's probably a good thing I don't own one.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Dr G giveaway,

    Why is this event so expensive?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    I have already abandoned the Herald. A digital subscription to the NYT, a daily look at the BBC and the Guardian... and I used to look at the Herald for local content, but everything outlined in this article is correct, and I'm over it. The RNZ website actually contains some information, and that is where my clicks are now happening.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    nine channels of pin-sharp colour

    But only on Sky, right?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…,

    Nate Silver is still calling it for Clinton 60:40, but it's really hard to tell this far out, especially in this election. Will Trump attract more previous non-voters than the moderate Republicans and independents he scares off? That seems to me like an unknown unknown that is very hard to poll. I also see the logic in Michael Moore's comments. Remember the 1992 UK election, where even the exit polls had it for Labour... but John Major was returned. So I can well imagine what he calls "The Jesse Ventura Effect" happening. As Moore says: "...because of ... the anger that so many have toward a broken political system, millions are going to vote for Trump not because they agree with him, not because they like his bigotry or ego, but just because they can." The closer the polls are running, the bigger the danger of that scenario happening. The Democrats need to double down on getting their constituents to the polls.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 99 posts Report Reply

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