Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Hard News: Cranks, self-seekers and the mayor, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The simple human decency thing sometimes eludes her.

    Going by that 2000ad story Metrowater had a hard time with the same concept...

    In January, Metrowater caused controversy when it launched a series of surprise raids on properties of protesters who had boycotted wastewater fees, digging up mains and removing their pipes.

    Sounds more like the West Bank than Auckland!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7166 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cranks, self-seekers and the mayor, in reply to simon g,

    ...the "Band of Brewers"

    are they known collectively
    as a Droop of Brewers?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7166 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Big Friday Music: Counting…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    walking on water....

    Given the enormous number of things to be run – including a ton of compliance that wasn’t an issue at Mount Smart, it would be unfair to say that. But I’m surprised they didn’t get a handle on bridge capacity before the day.

    That's very generous of you - but they are the professionals, it's not like they are newbies to the promoting / festival business.
    I don't know the site of this choke point - and whether it was possible to add a bailey bridge beside it or not, but it sounds like that was what was needed - any point like that has be able to take maximum people safely not just cope with low flow - what if there was riot or a fire or other panic inducing event (Len Brown singing surprise?) - perhaps the lake is wadeable, i dunno - but I wouldn't give them a pass on that.
    History has too many ugly incidents with crowds at choke points to ever take it lightly.
    Nonetheless, glad it all went well...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7166 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Making it up on smacking, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Word up!

    …the English language may be too difficult for some.

    a Crusade for Chris. Finlayson…

    "Use plain English. Avoid waffle at all costs. Get to the point quickly. State the point. Move on,” it reads….
    "I have always preferred the understatement," Mr Finlayson admitted.
    "People use passionate when they mean like, or unique when they mean vaguely fashionable.
    "It’s like what happened in Rome when classical Roman broke down into vulgar Latin. The more intensive adjective or verb was always used over the classical one. And I have this objection to that happening to the English language. It’s just my little jihad."

    err, but Jihad, that’s Arabic, innit?
    surely he means Crusade, if he intends to follow his own edict…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7166 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: TPP: Nearing Endgame, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Can’t find it anywhere else, yet…

    Here it is... via The Press

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7166 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: TPP: Nearing Endgame,

    What the Hector!?
    I see this story in The Christchurch Star’s odd print-based retrieval system (and only real web portal for information that they have)
    Councillors stunned by Govt drilling proposal
    Can’t find it anywhere else, yet…

    Simon Bridges knowingly includes a mere ‘just 10%’ of Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary in area to be tendered for offshore drilling…


    PS: read the article next to it about the driver who sparked a road chase after giving fingers to police – charged with “wreckless driving” – as I thought we all were!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7166 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Crashing the party before it starts,

    Why Dotcom really wants to play politics anyway, eludes me....
    If he wants to promulgate change about, and via, the net,
    why wouldn't he stick to his knitting and show what a mobilised web can do best; inform and act as a contact medium as well as a gateway, while finding commonalities and tailoring involved communities both on and off-line.
    (or something like that)

    Why hobble himself with the restrictions that path throws up?

    Maybe he could aggregate some of the kind of tools Keith and others have generated here, for different demographics, etc

    Why can't his net-nous be applied to make informed voting 'cool' somehow:

    - hell one Matt Smith 'Who's future is it - Voting's cool' spot would prep several generations...
    (But it just wouldn't look right coming from the new Spin-Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, somehow...)
    ;- )

    - Sim Civics for growing and engaging the generations to come,
    all people want is a role to play ...

    - Become a lobby group, take a speaking tour round the country, with sign up booths and some bands as well - he could do it that way if he's not looking for votes...

    - Create the new virtual street corner forum perhaps?
    (as stumping the hustings seems to be a dying art...)

    ...that's if he wants to stay non-partisan - or he could help/advise whoever he thinks will best pursue the end he wants, that'd be the honest way to go - he really won't wanna be stuck in The House all day...

    </presumptuous unsolicited advice>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7166 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: TPP: Nearing Endgame,

    truth to power (companies)...
    This seems the most recent and appropriate thread to post this glimpse into our future:
    German city buys its electricity grid back... due to citizens referendum.

    More than 200 power grids and water systems have been bought by local administrations in Germany since 2007, according to VKU, the German federation of local utilities.

    Clever old John Key, bucking the trend, eh?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7166 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Crashing the party before it starts,

    My views on Kim Dotcom are mixed and nuanced, but I deeply like the fact that he treats my boy as a VIP.

    Careful as you go, John Banks got the same treatment (hotel upgrades, too), and when John forgot this largesse... well let's just say Mr Dotcom seems to like a little 'quid' for his 'quo'...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7166 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Making it up on smacking, in reply to Stephen Doyle,

    Worms
    Plants
    Rocks

    ...and then it's turtles all the way down, right?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7166 posts Report Reply

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