Posts by BenWilson

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  • Hard News: Only what we would expect a…, in reply to Sam F,

    Makes it all the sadder to see the contrasting editorial, doesn't it?

    Yeah, talk about a National Party press release.

    National has to get really specific about what they're going to buy with the proceeds, offer clear evidence that all the money is earmarked for that. Inherently the idea of trading up to different assets is not bad, if only it could be believed that that is what they will actually do. 10 billion worth of new assets on the books might not look so bad, if there was genuine engagement with the public (whose money they are playing with) to show what assets and where. If it's mostly going into highways I'll be royally pissed.

    Or is gouging consumers to plump your own bottom line only bad when dirty dirty foreigners and rich pricks do it?

    It's definitely way less infuriating when you know the profits actually go to the government.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Only what we would expect a…,

    The electricity supply is unlikely to stop if the companies are sold though is it ?

    No, but making it more expensive doesn't help a business for which electricity is one of their main costs. Actually, it doesn't help any business, really, there's no avoiding electricity. To heavy industry, electricity prices are make or break.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Because it's about time we…,

    but recently I found a cafe in Napier that sold what it called a Bongo.

    What a strange name to give a coffee. It's also a strange name to give to a van, but you can forgive them, they were Japanese, famous for their hilarious choices of Anglo names for products. I think the Mitsy Starion takes the cake - didn't they realize it would be roundly mocked as a bad pronunciation of Stallion? I'm interested to hear the cafe's excuse. Does it make you want to play a bongo when you drink it? Or was it first served from the back of a Bongo van?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Only what we would expect a…, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Contrary to Granny's editorial position, it seems, Kiwis have not forgotten that we got the wrong end of a splintery broomstick the last time state assets were sold.

    Yes, it's not going to be popular, is my prediction. In fact, I think it could be unpopular enough to lose National the election. This is the issue Labour should be jumping on, right now, real hard, and keep hammering it.

    Who will be buying these assets? What assets is the freed-up money going to be spent on, if any? Who owns those and stands to make a fucking fortune? If the money is just going to be spent to balance the books for tax cuts, how is this sustainable?

    Also:

    How is the government selling off assets encouraging kiwis to save? Surely it's the exact opposite, showing that even the Government can't afford to save. How is saving going to save NZ anyway, high levels of savings are exactly what fucked the Japanese economy.

    Thinking even further:

    What is inherently wrong with investing in property, other than the assumption that for some reason, people should never ever have to sell it? Isn't all that property that enriched a generation exactly the thing that should be funding retirements for those who have gigantic property portfolios? Or even just incredibly valuable homes? Can't they just move to a house that's half as valuable and live off the difference extremely comfortably for the rest of their lives? Or even, God forbid, sell off and rent, using the colossal tax-free capital difference to live as actual millionaires? I expect if something were done to force this issue, savings in this country would leap by tens of billions very rapidly. The amount of money tied up in property in this country dwarfs the stockmarket, dwarfs everything the government owns.

    I also include rural property in this assessment. I still can't fathom why it is that people who own farms worth millions get a handout every time the weather turns bad. Any other business gets through downturns by either selling assets (and farms are easily dividable), or cutting costs, or borrowing money. Or they go bankrupt, forcing the loss off onto the bank, which is pretty much exactly who should lose money, having creamed huge profits from all the other loans.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Because it's about time we…, in reply to recordari,

    Yes, down Teed street. Darjeeling? Or Orange, something? Was very good. Now replaced by Bambina coffee shop.

    That's the place, but the name? Lost. The best Oolong I've ever had. I never knew tea could have such a rich taste. It was expensive, though, about twice the cost of all their other teas. I've still got one of their teapots.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Because it's about time we…, in reply to Martin Lindberg,

    I get that too, but I tend to lift the plunger slightly before pushing again. That seems to unblock the filter a little.

    Yeah there's an art to pushing it down. Twisting the filter also works, so long as it's in the direction that tightens the rod - the other direction will just unscrew it. I think a lot of the problem comes from coffee being too finely ground, as well, or just using too much coffee. I'm usually making a liter of it, to serve 5, so about 6 scoops of coffee. Smaller plungers have the issue much less.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Because it's about time we…, in reply to Leopold,

    There was one in Newmarket...damned good. I think it went bust though. Been wracking my brains to remember the name.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Because it's about time we…,

    ETA: I always thought you were meant to press the plunger slowly, no?

    Yup, but if it's pushing back, what option do you have but to push harder? You can push hard but slow...but that puts it under pressure, and what I've usually seen happen is the filter twists, unleashing a gush of coffee up and out. It doesn't really take that much pressure to do this.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Only what we would expect a…, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    The outraged tone of many of the comments on the article just reinforces my belief that he's on the right track. If it upsets rank-and-file readers of Granny, it's probably a worthwhile policy

    Not so sure about that. Granny readers do NOT sound impressed about asset sales.

    Now comes the real crunch. If it's unpopular and they do it anyway, we'll finally see the true spots of this National Government. To me, this is the final straw. Until yesterday, I didn't feel openly hostile to them, had more of a "wait and see" mentality. Now, I've waited, and I've seen.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Only what we would expect a…, in reply to Sam F,

    Yup. I like the way that NZers are feeling rich because of the property boom, too. No real NZer can't afford property and actually feels poorer because of it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10361 posts Report Reply

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