Posts by Rob Stowell

  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is a serious…,

    The problem with the state option is that it forces us to trust bureaucrats to get it right. Since when has that ever worked??

    Only the health system, the education system, most of government and almost any big institution. Its dead simple to slag "government bureaucrats". But maybe too simple?

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  • Hard News: Another year on earth,

    Thanks Russell – for everything. It’s been a journey – and journeys always go best in good company, and the company here has always been good :)
    eta: heart goes out to Jackie. The bigger we love - the aunties has always been about love (and the k word) - the more we grieve. Hoping there is some peace too.

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  • Hard News: WOTY: The Kindness Scandal,

    can't get enough of that kindness :) very worthy winner - any year and every year!

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Probably hung over from last year but the "witch hunt" or "WITCH HUNT!!!" is still on.

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  • Hard News: The Midterms,

    Governors: Kobach and Scott Walker out are great results. Some good new talent. But still a bit flummoxed and sad about a few races. Gillum losing to De Santis in FL especially – and DeWine winning in Ohio. With those republican governors, ending the gerrymandering in key states isn’t going to be easy.

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  • Hard News: The Midterms,

    Ouch. This is painful already! McGrath loses KY-6. And early optimism fading fast in FL :(
    USA still deeply divided. Trump will tear us apart - again.

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  • Hard News: Lost Men, in reply to nzlemming,

    It’s always been this way in NZ. Mental illness was something that you hid away, in asylums or in cottages out the back of the farm. The whole “man alone” bullshit was about striving and winning against the environment, other people, the Wellington rulemakers etc. Nothing’s changed except that we closed the asylums and put people on the street where they can be seen.

    Truth in that - but still, things have changed. I grew up with a strong sense of a govt 'safety net' - and no sense that only winners mattered and failure was a crushing personal responsibility. I don't think today's teenagers feel the same way.

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  • Hard News: The big vision and the small problems,

    "....PM says nothing about the risk takers, entrepreneurs and small business owners that fund her Government’s largesse..."

    “This is a tough country to live in. If you’re not a competitive person, and I’m not, it’s not easy. ... All our lives, we’re given this false notion of ... superiority, that we’re supposed to be superhuman.”

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  • Hard News: Lost Men,

    Must read the comments ... :) But this hit me hard
    “This is a tough country to live in,” he tells her. “If you’re not a competitive person, and I’m not, it’s not easy. Americans like a winner. They don’t like people who aren’t winners. All our lives, we’re given this false notion of American superiority, that we’re supposed to be superhuman.”
    NZ is also moving the wrong way with suicide. and we've adopted this mantra - essentially since Rogernomics, but it's moved to totally occupy the subconcious/deepvalues/mindset of the nation.
    If you fail, it's your fault. Success is good. Mediocre is BAD. In effect, it's telling us that only a few people have any right to feel good about their lives.
    It's a blight.

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  • Speaker: Russian Underground part 1,

    Just stunning.
    Thanks!

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