Posts by steven crawford

  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology,

    Russell Brown
    @publicaddress
    This is the other way of looking at the cost-of-the-bridge debate. It will be financed, as long-term infrastructure should be. Yes, you could borrow to spend $700m on nurses’ salaries. But you’d have to fund $700m next year and the year after that, etc. It’s not the same thing.

    How did you get so cold, Russell?

    logging off and out now.

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  • Hard News: Family Matters: a post about 2020,

    “The Commission’s advice requires action, right across the economy, including all New Zealanders, we are all going to have to play our part,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday when announcing the arrangement.

    "We are all going to have to play our part" says Jacinda Ardern:-)

    Thats fighting words...

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  • Access: The Driverless Road Ahead,

    Went and did the oil-spill emergency response training today. Seperate from last nights searching for missing people at sea, but similar actors. Theres something nurturing about being ultra agreeable to authority and pedantic rules.

    Happy to serve.

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  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology,

    Auckland has become the world’s most liveable city
    LOL,

    It's certainly not an affordable city to live.

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  • Access: The Driverless Road Ahead,

    Went out on the Coastguard boat and rescued a group of men who's boat was drifting out sea.

    I like volunteering to do work like without pay, reinforces the awareness we are useless without each other.

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  • Hard News: Family Matters: a post about 2020,

    Nurses where "essential workers" during the lockdown. They are taken for granted by self-centred little arseholes who live in insulated bubbles.

    They where offered a pay rise thats below inflation (not house price inflation), and expected to just suck it up. What kind of shit house people hand out $11 billion dollar chill pills to groovy freelance writers "with few questions asked", but force frontline health workers to grovel?

    New Zealand Labour Party people.

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  • Access: The Driverless Road Ahead,

    Whats not obvious. While the increase in benefits is good, the increase in the abatement threshold is even better. It’s raised for single, no dependents jobseekers, from $90 to $160 (gross) so thats $132 after tax.

    After the abatement threshold has been met the income support payments drop at the rate of 70 cents to the dollar until the benefit is no longer necessary because you’re earning $420 (net) on your own.

    Those two equations are pretty reasonable IMO. Just as long as you have a healthy place to call home.

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  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology,

    Cycleways are good, but they don’t save planets. It’s delusional to think you riding an expensive bike to work in the CBD – on a silky smooth surface that rivals the road – will mitigate anything much environmentally. Same with covering your house with solar panels. Same with driving a Tesla.

    What you are doing is desperately trying to carry on as usual while banging on about the iminent environmental disaster. So you use loads of mineral resources and other peoples labour – people you you don’t truly care about because you don’t see them – to manufacture those toys to try to stay with the in crowd.

    I’ve got an e-bike and a solar panel. That doesn’t make me better than the truck driver who delivered it. If anything it might just mean I’m economically advantaged. Which means I need to pause for thought.

    Something I noticed while I was in Bhavnagar. Its culturally acceptable to litter plastic rubbish onto the ground. its unsightly. But the population of about half a million all wear cotton clothing which is grown and harvested locally. They aren’t shedding tones of invisible plastic microfibres of the clothing as they drunkenly wander around buying thing things.

    I’d to stay and chat but need to go to work, to help crank the economy…

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  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology,

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  • Access: The Driverless Road Ahead,

    The Ardern government?

    Is that one of the Facebook page things?

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