Posts by Alec Morgan

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    well conveyed Russell, the “Burn Shipley Burn!” 90s were not golden years for many,

    as the initial 80s wrecking ball Roger Douglas swung through the provinces in particular, morphed into the Richardson MOAB, and union busting Employment Contracts Act, this country’s once fairly benevolent Social Security system became more a sadistic punishment maze, and productivity and wages diverged as workers power lessened

    I like the US saying “if you make it to the top floor, don’t forget to send the elevator back down…” and hope it applies this election to 90s alumni voters that are doing better now

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?,

    well said Emma

    WINZ is darkly classic “Catch 22” material–staff are personally rewarded for denying what their “clients” seek rather than providing it!

    what was in earlier times Social Security is now a sadistic bureaucratic punishment maze, a family friend on late stage dialysis was called into a meeting (Henderson office) and told as he sat in his wheelchair with missing toes that he was a job seeker and needed a new medical certificate from a doctor of their choosing, the guy was in tears, he uses his one good hand every day with a rig knitting items for his church shop! One of his brothers on our advice (my partner has been a beneficiary advocate) was appointed advocate and nothing happens without his input now.

    I support a UBI of some form because stable widely available work is largely gone, precarious short term work its replacement, and certainly also to get rid of this blot on society–WINZ

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  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    where’s the “like” button when you need it…

    there has been so much dancing around on the flag referenda, too many took seriously what was was only poked in fun by the PM; uncoupled from the republican debate this has been an attempted textbook manufacturing consent exercise for a rebranding

    there is ample fear and loathing for the Union Jack, alongside some liking for it too, and one concern is that the British Imperialist colonisation will go down the memory hole in this post colonial era before Māori get justice, a million NZ born live offshore and new arrivals are largely unconcerned with indigenous struggles

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  • Hard News: Radio being made,

    Campbell back live on air–like the sun coming out–

    will usually just listen to “Checkpoint” but on launch watched it via ipad and airplay to appleTV and big screen, channel 50 did not work either for me yet, a few clunks but it looks like a winner, certain media tops and Nat HQ may not be impressed

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    apols, can’t refind the link I read Sat night for the winning flag, the email below is for communities to obtain a free set of the 5 which involved various guidelines
    info@flag.govt.nz

    https://www.govt.nz/browse/engaging-with-government/the-nz-flag-your-chance-to-decide/project-updates/referendum-flag-sets-available-for-communities-to-fly/

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do, in reply to Konrad Kurta,

    “Whadarrryaaa!!”

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    a 21st century review of national identity involving republicanism and our post colonial progress; with proper design standards applied, might have been a healthy exercise for the nation–but really the flag should be at half mast over this cynical rebranding exercise timed to bookend the “rubber wool cub”

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do, in reply to llew40,

    classic manufacturing consent is not conspiracy but a conscious strategy, and the PM has been at it again today with what I’d call dissing the RSA, there are free flags available on request (the two top polling ones currently) for those interested to fly them before referendum #2, I would not be surprised if Nat branches distribute them in bulk, stage 2 of the flag fiasco process will be on full turbo boost shortly

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do,

    given the absence of anything even approaching good design practice, the panel manipulating its internal polls, co-option of the All Black captain, insider conflicts of interest etc. the flag fiasco seems a text book example of attempted manufactured consent

    a flag change also fits nicely with a national consideration of republicanism which was nicely sidelined in this exercise, and while no fan of the “butchers apron” union jack on the current flag it should perhaps stay as a reminder until post colonial NZ is doing better on the legacy of the New Zealand wars, rather than just go down the memory hole in Keys rebranding

    the only fitting response to the above imo is to vote for the existing flag in round two and hope some years hence a genuinely engaged populace will do a better job

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  • Hard News: On youthful indiscretions,

    “kiss and tells”–or rather –“donate and tell”–can leave all involved looking rather shabby or the original target even rejuvenated after a suitable time, interesting the number of commenters prior to this that commented on Cameron’s chubby, ruddy appearance as “porcine” though

    and what about the poor pig, meat is still murder as Morrisey has reminded http://www.uncut.co.uk/news/morrissey-slams-david-cameron-over-piggate-allegations-70851

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