Posts by andin

  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad, in reply to Simon Lyall,

    They(whoever) has carefully worded the press release to make themselves look blameless and this is an unwelcome intrusion of the wider 'world' into their part of the 'world'. Its a cunning plan that feeds their feelings of innocence with outrage at individuals who show a lack of perception of themselves and the impact their actions are having on their surroundings at the time of their "anti-social behaviour".
    It plays on feelings of helplessness in the face of a perceived threat to their otherwise safe orderly world.
    But what they are doing is kicking down the social order while giving the appearance of innocence, when they should (IMO) be kicking up. The homeless didnt deliberately try to be that way, it is a circumstance in which they feel powerless and are blindly lashing out or harming themselves. OTOH those in positions of influence and power have chosen to get there. And as the saying goes with power comes responsibility, and those in power are not accepting any responsibility at the moment. It seems to be a worldwide problem, but thats by the by.

    Its a situation thats has arisen and these situations will continue to arise until those who have the will to do something about it act. Which isnt happening!
    What should they have said? Nothing, acted on the situation, given the homeless a cup of tea maybe. Show some human charity not sit in their shops bemoaning the situation. Complain loudly to Government. Just moving them along wont change anything permanently it just makes those shop owners frontage pretty. And that is not a solution.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1629 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad, in reply to Chris Peel,

    LOCK UP THE POOR!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1629 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    One of those attached to the wall breathalysers perhaps in the little boys room.
    Ya know for after those long lunches at Bellamy's.
    They'd be more piss than pot.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1629 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    says Bill English;

    Well I’m sure his mouth was moving and words were coming out. Tho the uninformed drivel is worse than non-sensical. Just because the substance is sprayed on green vegetable matter, so smoking it becomes the method of ingestion, doesnt make it ‘synthetic cannabis’.
    And his mantra of “personal responsibility’ is a hand washing exercise of criminal proportion.
    Drug education isnt an answer when it is a new derivative of some kind, probably easy to make.
    Why is it being sold? In a society where money has taken on godlike status there are those who will do anything to get in with their god. And that is directly the responsibility of government. Tho a pen pusher like BBB Billy would struggle to grasp such a concept.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1629 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to Sacha,

    Metiria Turei

    She comes across as genuine, more so than the likes S Joyce, W Peters or P Bennett

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1629 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad, in reply to WH,

    US CDC figures state that 500,000 people have died using prescription painkillers, opioids and heroin over the last fifteen years. Facilitating the use of such substances is not going to reduce harm

    Not sure what your point is, but that paragraph seems contradictory

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1629 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad, in reply to Neil,

    I dont think "prefer" is the right descriptor.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1629 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad, in reply to Mikaere Curtis,

    Getting wasted when your life is pretty tough is a time-honoured response to unmitigable adversity.

    And time and time again a platform for those who like to...the M word.

    I think I got the scientists in trouble

    Did they end up on the streets doing that " time-honoured response"?

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1629 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad,

    moralising

    The No. 1 pastime for those who don't want to do anything.
    Plus they think it makes them look important and concerned without doing anything.
    A win/win in their echo chamber.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1629 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    If it’s not a wealth redistribution system, it’s not working

    The main reason to redistribute is, that due to ideologies that gave birth to policies that profited a small section of the population (the already wealthy), and corporations that could work all the angles on tax avoidance, has so distorted our previously social democratic state, it is the best and quickest way to restore something resembling wealth balance in society.
    And the dishonourable S Joyce & co can go suck eggs.


    Thanks for that info about Pilger Rob.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1629 posts Report Reply

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