Posts by steven crawford

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  • Hard News: #eqnz: Okay?, in reply to Hebe,

    This series of earthquakes, and the alarming GNS forecast yesterday, has demolished any lurking idea I had that the earthquakes may have quieted for Christchurch and surrounds. The country is in a time of stronger seismic activity than has been the case for many human-scale years, and we must learn to live with it, or leave.

    We are also getting a bit of earthquake action here in Wellington.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Where do you go from there? Photoshop him eating a baby?

    Sustained “alt news" aimed directly at his business empire. In other words, kick him in the nuts.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Andrew R266,

    The Conversation:-( don’t get me started! I had to get the press council growling at the NZ Herald over a bit of bullshit in a story they brought from The Conversation. The Herald version was removed after the press council used strong words.

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  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…,

    Wouldn’t it be fun to have a political party where old white guys were not allowed to stand

    The Scandinavians tried that.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

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    Google tossed this one up.

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  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…,

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  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Just a thought, given left leaning ideology is quite strongly correlated with youth perhaps it might be a smart idea to present a candidate to those slightly younger people who isn’t 70!

    And yes I know you have to be 35+ and it takes a while to build up political credit but 70?!?!

    Bart! Please! What the fuck are you doing.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Reliable journalism, tells a more racist if anything reason. That’s clearly got an economic foundation.

    Many here also complain that poverty and crime are growing. As Macomb helped assure Mr. Trump’s victory on Election Day, it also played a major role in the defeat of a local ballot initiative that would have taxed its residents, and those of four neighboring counties, to build a public transportation system connecting Detroit and its suburbs.

    Part of that mean spirited atatude about the suburbs is becouse the federal government left a vacuum by abdicated its responceabilys – leaving the home loan Billionaire to set the stage. Another realyable news agent

    Detroiters who are worried about ceding local power to Michigan’s Republican governor shouldn’t forget the ways in which power has already been ceded to an unelected oligarchy, whose members might, no matter how ostensibly well intentioned, possess questionable ideas about urban renewal.

    All three of these tragicomic attempts to stanch the bleeding highlight the obvious: Detroit needs money. While the salvation of the auto companies remains a signature achievement of President Obama’s first term, his inability to deal with the entrenched problems of cities like Detroit remains an enormous failure. When New York teetered on the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s, it was famously told, in the headline of The Daily News, to “Drop Dead.” But then President Gerald R. Ford extended the city $2.3 billion in federal loans. That’s 1975 billions! An impossible sum to imagine in our current age of austerity.

    Here’s hoping the libertarian billionaires turn out to be benign sovereigns.

    It’s complex!

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Neil,

    This nexus of Trump, Bannon, Assange, Putin and Assad is terrifying and one of the unfying factors is misogyny. Many people believe crazy things about Obama but it seems many more were willing to believe a lot more crazy things about Clinton.

    There was a general discontent with the government. The recession hit lower income Americans hard. There are millions of people living hand to mouth over there. It was going to be difficult for the Democrats regardless who fronted them. Obama would have had trouble being re-elected if he was allowed to try, becouse he was being blamed for the resession. But the actions and inactions of the Dems, such as bailing out the auto industry corporations, instead of the human beings – where never clearly named and discussed properly. Obama fell out of favour and “Obama care” was attached just becouse. And Hillary Clinton’s Assosiated with of that, so easily demonised.

    Its hard to argue with irrational angry people. If the Obama administration had used the money they tried to save the Detroit auto corporations with, to revive the creative energy of the people who spent generations pushing buttons in the assembly lines? Who knows, maybe the urban blight could have been polished into a jem that would have changed the conversations.

    The recovery of Detroit city is left to a billionaire mortgage banker, who is using what amounts to his own police force to make it great. Who knew that? Am I just making shit up?

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  • Hard News: #eqnz: Okay?, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Is that the substation near Paekakariki?

    This one is at Pautahanui, which is right across the road from Transmition gully HQ.

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