Posts by steven crawford

  • Speaker: Low-quality language on immigration, in reply to simon g,

    Greens party Immigration policy. It’s good! Just keep your wits about you, if you deside to click on the recommended link to the Population Policy. It’s loaded with ‘Smarter’ Greener’ ‘Informed choice!’ And its now an historic document .

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That's weird, I was over in Ohariu just yesterday admiring the sensible mans hairdo. I will remember him affectionately as Mr Synthetic Cannabinoid man.

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    TOP is nothing but the re-skinned libertarianism of a stale, pale old male rich enough to favour us with his eccentric solutions.

    How did you arrive at that? Tom.

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  • Speaker: Low-quality language on immigration, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    And I wouldn't be surprised if Roger Stone is also in that room.

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to izogi,

    This is the sort of problem I’ve been struggling with for TOP. The leadership’s said lots of interesting stuff which I find engaging (plus the odd thing that makes me really mad at them), but there also seem to be big gaps in the written policy.

    The leadership just went out and said an odd thing again.

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  • Speaker: Low-quality language on immigration,

    I should add, the cool thing about TOP policy's on the web, is that they ask for feedback. They want to know what we want.

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  • Speaker: Low-quality language on immigration, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    The real issue is that NZ is bad for immigrants.

    Immigration stands out in TOP as a reason for me to loose interest. The headline banner says it all.

    The TOP test for immigrants is: if you can improve our standard of living we welcome you. If not, thanks but no thanks.

    What I take from there philosophy, is that a juggling unicycle riding computer programmers with phd from Harvard is welcome, but a Fiji Indian with experience at making something out of nothing, and has the humility to wash the dishes is worthless.



    What makes me suspicious, is the word 'smarter' in the policy title. It reminds me of Richard Prebles campaign to win the Wellington central seat for the act party.

    I might be wrong...

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Ok, here’s a hypothetical policy idea, which is basically what minor party policy’s are.

    We are going to move some funds from someware unsexy, and put into sports!

    We ‘the’ politics party, propose a model boat race around the southern ocean, from Bluff to Bluff. This would stimulate the development and utilisation of satalite comunication technology. Among other things... such as … 3D printing:-)

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to simon g,

    I think you might be missing my point. Click on your link. Then open minister for manufacturing. You will read: “For manufacturing to thrive and take advantage of new technologies like 3D printing, we need leadership across the whole sector now.”

    Now open the “Read the full policy” link to that PDF. In there you will see some impressive looking graphs and a photo of a snazzy looking plastic thing; probably ABS which is the same thing as polystyrene. Again, 3D printers are at the bottom of the digital manufacturing list of useful tools. Thats why I say, technology literacy requires education, not flashy toys like iPads and of the shelf 3D printers.

    There is a whole world of innovation available out there, 3D printing plastic trinkets isn’t it. laser sintering is a whole nother level. And I’m surprised nobody at Greens has mentioned it or anything else much to do with digital manufacturing.

    Let’s not forget digital manufacturing has been around in New Zealand for decades, that why there are so many horrible MDF kitchens in our houses. Once upon a time it was all the rage to import expensive CNC routers. But almost nobody used them for anything innovative. It’s not only about the tools, it’s also important to unleash the populations creative potential. That’s what I mean by education. How is the education policies of any party helping that to happen?

    Possibly this:

    Increase funding for universities in the engineering, mathematics, computer science,
    and the natural, physical and material sciences.

    But tell you what, your also going to need someone to design stuff.

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to simon g,

    Your welcome: "Innovation lies at the heart of any smart, green economy,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

    I see thats an historic document, along with this “blueprint for the future”. If you would like, I can recommend the best brand 3D printer on the domestic market? But if we are talking about serious use of digital technology to manufacture our way to a clean Green and prosperous future, I suggest starting with education.

    The minister for manufacturing is a good idea And again, education...

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