Posts by Kumara Republic

  • Hard News: Miles on the Clock,

    Miles Stratford is cut from the same cloth as the war-on-the-poor racket that's rife in America - for-profit prisons, child internment camps, expropriation dressed up as proceeds-of-crime law, you name it.

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  • Speaker: Belfast, where the walls stand yet,

    It's sad to see how this artwork now holds such relevance to a problem that's now plaguing the United States.

    The way things are going, America could become further polarised enough to get its equivalent of the IRA & UDA, with the federal government struggling to maintain order.

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  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to Neil,

    His optimism about just how stable liberal societies are is something that’s possibly being put to the test by the likes of Trump and Putin.

    Francis Fukuyama once wrote of the "end of history" following the USSR's collapse, and back then he was a bit of a foreign policy neo-con. Since then, Fukuyama has broken with the neo-cons, and now fears for the future of liberal democracy post-Brexitrump.

    Steven Pinker is a smart man, but he also comes across as asleep at the guard post.

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  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Pinker also completely ignores or handwaves away various elephants wandering around the room in order to show that the trend on the graph will comtinue it's slow upward rise over the course of centruies

    Speaking of elephants...

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  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to william blake,

    The torching of the WTO is a consequence of Trumps tariffs on, primarily, Chinese manufactured imports to America. Stacking the appeal court is a method to quash legal action to lift the tariffs. Ultimately the policy is as isolationist as the wall building stunt. When that project is complete I think the explosions will occur within the, currently, United States.

    I suspect it won't be long before President Trump has his Suez Crisis moment. And sure as hell not as Dwight Eisenhower.

    There's this crushing feeling that world politics is dusting off its 1930s wardrobe, and Trump is threatening to take America into the Axis 2.0.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Radio With…, in reply to Alfie,

    The show seemed to exist in spite of TVNZ as opposed to having any blessing from the powers that be. When a group of us decided to make the first videos for The Enemy we couldn't persuade TVNZ management to loan us the gear, so we (ahem) just borrowed it one Sunday afternoon... a couple of film cameras plus the sound and lighting gear. And we made some damn fine videos which we gave to RWP free of charge.

    No permission, no budget, just a love of music and a healthy dose of anarchy. Those were the daze.

    And in spite of the budgetary constraints, these music videos could even approach the production standards of British ones.

    But, especially after the show got a face – radio DJ Barry "Dr Rock" Jenkin – those clips weren't just advertisements for records, they were communiques from the outside world

    In some ways RWP was probably the closest thing to a YouTube of its day. And especially back when NZ was still a metropolis trying to break out of a farm shed.

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  • Hard News: Music: The Noisy Library…,

    1. Wellington nightclubs in the 1980s

    There was a glimpse of such nightlife in the early 1980s intro to Radio With Pictures (the one with the Nina Hagen theme). Nga Taonga Sound & Vision recently showed archives of the show as part of NZ Music Month, and Karyn Hay was back down in Welly last week to host a panel about her old stomping ground.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    Is there any legal recourse, such as a class-action lawsuit, against the former Ministers and meth test companies involved?

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to izogi,

    Paula Bennet's just repeated to John Campbell (about 5.10pm'ish) that she was following official advice.

    Also (Russell), John's just name-dropped you in his response.

    It's obvious from that Checkpoint interview that Bennett had the denial dial cranked up to 11.

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  • Hard News: Protecting privilege in Epsom, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    On the other hand, controversy over high-rise apartments in Auckland isn't new. These 2 Ponsonby apartments from the mid-late 1980s are still standing today.

    Top Half: Excerpt - Ponsonby development controversy

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