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  • Russell Brown,

    On generational stereotyping ...

    You actually can't ignore the baby-boomers: that cohort moves through the national statistics like the juggernaut it is. Per capita crime, for example, was highest when the boomers were at crime committing age.

    At the other end, the funding of that cohort's retirement years represents the greatest liability being faced by the New Zealand state.

    They're real. And they have grown up with society being shaped around their needs.

    Other generations? Not so much. The Generation X concept reached New Zealand first via Saatchis, after all. At the least it means something different here, much as the Summer of Love didn't get here till the 60s. I find this stuff interesting.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22849 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Per capita crime, for example, was highest when the boomers were at crime committing age.

    What age would that be? I'd hate to discover that my criminal heyday is behind me.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Yoofs aged 15 to 24, prehaps?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19743 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Summer of Love didn't get here till the 60s.

    Oh, well, that explains a lot, as it got to San Francisco in '67..oh, wait...

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I believe the 6 and 7 keys are rather close together on most keyboards..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19743 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Spoilsport

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    my perennial heritage hobbyhorse?
    It is this: a modest contestable fund for the digitisation of works held in public archives

    You should mount it more often.
    I would just add actively getting it out into the public domain.

    You actually can't ignore the baby-boomers: that cohort moves through the national statistics like the juggernaut it is.

    All that movement and so little changed for the better longterm.
    Oh sorry you meant in a statistical way only?

    Per capita crime, for example, was highest when the boomers were at crime committing age.

    Even without the upside down b scourge. And the judges were so much more understanding and forgiving back then too.
    Oh shame.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1891 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    You actually can't ignore the baby-boomers

    Nor should you. This is a democracy after all.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Nor should you. This is a democracy after all.

    No worries, Ben - as you might recall, when murmurings were raised a while back about arch-boomer J. Tizard's eligibility to be rendered down for soylent green, Mr. Brown mounted a spirited defence.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    This is a democracy after all.

    But you have to admit that there has to be more to it than one person one vote.
    For a start not everyone is fully up to speed on all the issues and the points of difference that make one choice or the other the better one for the majority of people in the democracy.
    That statement is full of unanswered questions and points to a lot of variables, that are just mind boggling for me.

    I wish I could be bothered putting them all down but what would be the point. There's the role of the news media, the spin that is so often put on press releases, and the level of engagement (of understanding educating oneself for no better reason that it is your civic duty) in the whole process by those most affected by it the population at large.

    And was it just voter fatigue, people were sick of looking & listening to Helen Clark or Michael Cullen that lead to the election of a National govt that has the same faces virtually as it did 10 -15 yrs ago. With a leader whose activity in his previous employment at one point looked like ruining this countries currency.

    And worst of all maybe they are still baby boomers with all the bi- polar baggage that they still havent ever seen a psychiatrist about, and maybe they should, because it is like a festering boil on their forehead.
    And you just know they are going to lie and smile doing it. They are going to do unknown damage not take any responsibility or blame someone else, and then swan about waiting for a knighthood.

    And I would like a democracy where I could walk into the debating hall and voice my objections and I dont have to make an appointment or inform anyone. And I dont have to worry that the armed constabulary will accost me.
    Sorry this is not a participatory democracy, it is a sham. An ill informed public votes every three years then gets ignored or lied to for the rest of a govt's term. And how is it reported? In a way I can only call disgraceful, with rare shining exceptions and they should know who they are.
    Anyway I gotta get back to the job search.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1891 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Kemp,

    I second the archiving / digitizing process concept. Planet was a beautiful large format magazine and was a valid and useful record of its time. I'd guess there are other copies still out there. (Steve Hill ?)

    I was away from Auckland for most of 89,90 and half of 91 - mostly in Oz and a short stint in the UK. Auckland as a city developed more of a distinct identity at that time.

    From my memory by '93 Planet was "the magazine" of non msm record. It was the photos more than anything else that capatured that time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 368 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    andin, I'm all for participatory democracy. Never been a fan of representative, except when I'm feeling lazy. But it's the system we've got, and it's better than it could be, that's for sure.

    However, representative or participatory, one thing's for sure. The baby-boomers would still get a massive say. And I don't have a problem with that. They don't vote as a bloc, being all individuals, and amongst them are the wisest and the stupidest people. Like every other demographic. They're just people.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

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