Posts by william blake

  • Hard News: On joining the international…,

    Mellisa Harrison writing in the Guardian on fascism (virtue signaling in a PC rag?)

    "..how fascism works, which is not through a coherent belief system but rather as a parasite on other forms of thinking, on fears."

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…,

    Oh great the fascists are making sweeping generalisations about the Jews again :(

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to Tim Darlington,

    I don't think this is a dangerous precedent, if this is politics it's weaponised and the weapons are in the hands of monkeys. This is a reaction against bigotry not politics. It's worth noting that it wasn't just 'city hall' that said fuck this; it was the free market too. It restores my faith in human nature.

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  • Hard News: Reassure Me: cannabis,…,

    How do people here envisage the New Zealand of the future with different legislation around the use of cannabis? Particularly if we arrive at legalisation, government controll and excise tax.

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

    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.

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  • Hard News: The miserable archive, in reply to andin,

    God that's brutal, it outlines social engineering toward a class system which is not the old NZ way. Who's culture have we imported ,and why hasn't MPI stopped it at the border?

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  • Hard News: Protecting privilege in Epsom,

    I wonder how many people in Epsom have rental property portfolios, that charge 'market rents', that result in poverty, mental illness and the need for state intervention in the property market.

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  • Hard News: Loops and Diamonds,

    Ha, kind of sums up the past decade; just paint.

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  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come,

    Geology club this month was three talks about the science going into the Auckland Council from the volcanologists. The general consensus was to run away if a volcano starts to blow; there may be four weeks notice or six hours. Interestingly the models show most Aucklanders heading North to escape not South, which has not so many and poor roads. Northland won’t have power for years if there is a big eruption as there is only one cable, so head South.

    One of the speakers was finishing her Phd in putting infrastructure underground in a volcanic area, using Hawaii as a live resource and the Sydney art school to melt basalt for some cool experiments. The research isn’t finished but power could be compromised by cooking the wires or lead to a total loss of power with metres of volcanic reef over the wires. Water and sewage fail when plastic or rubber components melt and a small risk of scalding when running taps. Hawaii did not lose power in the 2016 eruptions because they have power poles.

    Undergrounding in the Waitakeres makes sense lotsa trees and it's not part of the volcanic field but for the lowlanders concrete poles and rubber cars might be better.

    http://www.devora.org.nz/

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  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come,

    I’m not entirely convinced about the argument that cars hitting power poles is a negative. OK obvs not great for the occupants of the car but if the pole is removed what will the vehicle hit instead?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11977418

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