Posts by Tom Semmens

  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come,

    There isn’t a lot of talk about the Waitakeres in all this, but as a resident of the area it seems to me the power situation out on the Eastern slopes of the Waitakeres is dire. The whole area seems to be a classic example of our addiction since the 1980s to the cult of the free market absolving anyone of any responsibility for doing any planning whatsoever. The 12km loop up West Coast road towards Scenic Drive and down Forrest Hill road along with all the feeder roads is nowadays no longer bush. It is a large, very bushy suburb with many hundreds (or thousands) of houses nestled in the rather lovely forest. Power cuts plague the area – anything worse than routine bad weather causes outages from trees falling or cars crashing. Yet the lack of infrastructure is ridiculous. Why it should be so hard to underground the power lines in this area is beyond me; the diggers would be working largely in clay and would be untroubled by the complications caused by the presence of footpaths, sewage pipes or fibre cables.

    It seems to me the main reason there is no underground power (and sewage and fibre broadband) for this area is simply parsimonious under-investment by people who haven’t updated their thinking from when the Waitakeres were still wild.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come, in reply to Sacha,

    Botany, in his case. Figures.

    So what side of the bridge is he talking about? Also, I think a drinking game involving every time a National MP says "hard working" wouldn't last very long until everyone was drop dead drunk.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come,

    I see Dan Bidois, the new National party candidate for Northcote, is a man from another era when it comes to having a Pan-Auckland vision.

    The hard-working people of Northcote are not a piggy bank for Phil Goff, Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters to raid to pay for pet projects on the other side of the Bridge that won't benefit us here," he said.

    Good grief. Next he'll be claiming rail to the shore will just bring brown people from South Auckland to steal their cars.

    Seriously where the fuck does National find these people in 2018?

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The crisis is all around us,…,

    OK so I re-read the essay. Caution, rant to follow.

    IMHO, it is a piece of almost nauseating naivety. The foundation idea appears to be a breathless belief that if only the media told the public the truth, gave the public the important facts, if only SOMEONE could think of democracy, then truth, justice and the New Zealand way will be restored, and the self-evident truths of progressive politics will march on interrupted with all the joy of Volga Russian girls waving flowers at the presidium on a Soviet May day parade in red square.

    That is BULLSHIT. Let’s spell that out. B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T. WTF is the “truth” anyway? Your truth and my truth can be completely different things. It is true that a coal mine will bring jobs. It is also true that stopping the coal mine saves a fishery and an endangered frog; even if most people would say fuck the frog if they could get a good job at the mine. Coal mine good, coal mine bad? One truth and another truth give completely different answers. And facts. Facts are sacred, right? BULLSHIT. B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T. My facts are may be the same as your facts, but I order them in importance differently. Fuck that river; there is another one with plenty of fish in it. Screw that frog. Who gives a shit about frogs anyway?

    The left needs to accept it has no chance. It needs to understand that. An “independent media” is a nice meme for dumbasses like Hager and middle class twots who think everyone should just be reasonable.

    I need to explain this. Imagine this, imagine you are a journalist dedicated to “the truth”, and you are taking your big story to be published and that requires driving it into town in a big folder (that you got at Warehouse stationary on special) sitting on the passenger seat of your 2006 Mazda 323 with it’s slightly worn vinyl interior and fucking annoying obsolete CD player and you pull up to a red light and next to you is Mike Hoskings in a 2018 Ferrari all wheel drive racing sport edition with leather trim and the public – let’s imagine the public looks like Jennifer Lawrence – in the passenger seat, on their way to some flash as fuck soiree at Skycity with the captains of media ownership. So imagine that. Hoskings is in his Ferrari with Jennifer Lawrence in the passenger seat. Who is on your vinyl passenger seat? Oh yeah, the truth, whatever the fuck that looks like, that you are taking it to some shitty generic office with a broken seat to publish it to a choir of 2000 like-minded people who have no life beyond commenting on the internet. But the light is about to turn green and from the corner of your eye you notice Jennifer is glancing at you, giving you that twinkle in her eye, maybe-a-hint-of-a-smile look and for a second you convince yourself you are in with a chance, you are on the same road as Hoskings and you are in the same journalism game so maybe the public/Jennifer is interested and so hope flickers and you gather your courage and you gun your 1500cc motor – Vroom Vroom! VROOOOOM! – maybe it isn’t the car, maybe it isn’t the accessories, maybe it isn’t the money maybe the public/Jennifer is interested in YOUR story maybe she is interested in objective TRUTH and you believe that for a moment and if you just put on your best “hey baby, play your cards right and you’ll get to see the actual facts” smile you might get onto a level playing field and you look over and she’s gone! – VASSSSZOOOM! – 0-100km in 3.5 seconds in that Ferrari. You sit there stunned. And then your phone buzzes and you read the message and it hits you - You've just been made redundant again! And you sit there. You realise your sort of journalism didn’t have a fucking chance. You sit there at the lights in your pathetic Suzuki in silence and you look down on your story in it's folder and you realise – this is as good as it gets for your progressive journalism in the current media environment.

    This is how the modern MSM is.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The crisis is all around us,…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Holy shit. I can only imagine your response if a National government did anything of the kind. Try reading Nicky’s essay again and see if that gets through.

    Apparently the Herald posted up 28 stories – all attacking Labour – over the Curran story. It was a group think bullying pile on of the most disgusting kind. In the same time, they posted up two – yup, just two – stories on the health catastrophe unfolding at Middlemore in South Auckland. Tonight Heather du Plessis Allan declared the attacks will not cease until Labour is a lame duck and that Labour will be a one term government.

    The idea of an “independent media” is a chimera, a middle class luxury for people who still think Polly Toynbee has a constituency. The enemy has imprinted their ideology into the fabric of the “independent” media. Even moderate, liberal centre reform such as this piss water weak Labour led coalition wants will be opposed by a propaganda machine of walking and talking drones made more effective by never needing orders.

    If you don’t think the rules have changed and the fight has got to get dirty and partisan, then you are part of the problem.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The crisis is all around us,…,

    Which is why it was so disastrous for Clare Curran to even give the appearance of going around the system to influence the decisions of Radio NZ’s board and CEO.

    Richard Griffin gives every impression of being an arrogant partisan appointment determined to go out with a bang designed to cause maximum damage to the government. If Curran had any brains she should work out she might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb and issue a press release citing an irreversible break down in her trust and relationship with the RNZ board and her loss of confidence in the RNZ board & chairman. If that doesn’t get the desired result then just peremptorily fire the lot.

    Whatever you think of how Curran plans to spend the money democracy demands the elected political leadership must stamp it’s authority on a rebellious bureaucracy.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The crisis is all around us,…, in reply to Ron E Wilson,

    It was obvious from day one that the depth of anti Labour feeling had permeated deep into the structure of TVNZ and line managers in the company had bought into the Right WIng policy of how it should be run.

    Essentially you seem to be saying the organisation is incapable of reform. The solution should be to fire the lot, close the whole place down and hand over their frequency to RNZ TV1?

    We haven't had a Labour government with those sort of balls for fifty years.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…,

    hmmm, a lot of posts from the resident National Party apologist on this. Putin's troll factories ain't got nothing on the frantic desperation of the National Party and it's loons to dissemble, deflect, delay and deny on the deliberate housing catastrophe they presided over.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…,

    Farrar and Hooton appear to be determined to prove Joseph Goebbels dictim that a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.

    I am staggered at their bare faced lying over the density issue. They just keep repeating their lie as a zombie fact, despite having the stupidity of their argument repeatedly pointed out to them.

    I don’t get the right wing position on this. They largely lost the election on their failure in housing, yet their response to any initiative is Trumpian levels of lies and falsehoods. What is going on?

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…,

    LoL the apologists for National like Hooton are a pretty sad bunch of do nothing desperadoes, frantically spinning everywhere that crisis they created and pretended didn’t exist now can’t be fixed and even if it could be fixed it was already fixed by National even though there is no crisis to be fixed.

    For my sins i happened to be in a car this morning with ZB on and heard Hosking’s daily sore loser whine, which today happened to be built around this Unitec announcement. His comment piece was followed by an advertisment for Ryman Healthcare and I think some sort Viagra analogue. Sums up his target audience.

    It will be a pity that such a lovely campus will be given over to high density housing, but needs must. And it is much needed start.

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