Posts by Rob S

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to simon g,

    To me it just comes across as a stupid dick move.

    If that's the best he can do well...….why bother.

    Bad faith attacks on drug policy and crime rates seem to be his modus.

    Does he have a coherent political philosophy that doesn't boil down to tried and true lauranorder and taxes bad?

    Since Apr 2010 • 133 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Digital persuasion and the…,

    The anonymity of a lot of these political postings lets malicious players get away with outright falsehoods.
    Surely like a lot of political ads in the traditional media a real life breathing human with contact details etc should have to associated with any ads from which Mr Zuckerburg is presumably making money from hosting.
    Time to look at this aspect of their operation as a publisher and not some hands free neutral platform.
    The devil is in the detail I know.

    Since Apr 2010 • 133 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Digital persuasion and the…,

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/20/facebook-google-twitter-theyd-still-be-dreadful-without-the-fascists

    No care and no responsibility from our modern digital masters, you know the ones, they don't like paying taxes or cleaning up their mess.

    I think we're on the way to dystopia and not sunlit uplands unless we start getting a handle on some big issues that our 'leaders' are failing to properly address.

    These are not easy issues I know but it's a requirement of the position if you're an elected representative to show some moral strength and clear vision.

    Climate change looking at you also.

    The levels of complacency in our parliament is best described as cynical.

    sorry for the slight threadjack.

    Since Apr 2010 • 133 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Cannabis: make it legal but…, in reply to bob daktari,

    allowing “big pot” to dominate a potential market is however only one potential outcome from legalization, the one thing I’ve not seen anyone support.
    Will we see an astroturf campaign of some sort come out of the tobacco/alcohol business groups?
    Who has the ear of the relevant decision makers?
    When push comes to shove will the Nats and Winnies mob actually let legalization happen?
    To get through Parliament one of these parties will have to vote for it or will it be a conscience vote.
    A large majority in favour of some form of legalization will be the best option to go ahead.
    A lot of hard yards ahead methinks.

    Since Apr 2010 • 133 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Cannabis: make it legal but…,

    Where do I get my starter kit from?
    What say I want to grow some good shit but can't source seeds/plants?

    Since Apr 2010 • 133 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Trump.
    I'm so over it but he's ubiquitous.

    Since Apr 2010 • 133 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Slow Burns,

    I so want a copy of Downhill Racer by Shaft.
    One of NZ's pop gems on a par with Elefunk in my Soup, Beings Rest Finally, along with the Hulamen et al.
    Slightly offbeat music.
    What do I do?
    I'm old school and like hard copies.

    Since Apr 2010 • 133 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I'm disgusted also.
    Just another sign of the old school Nat patricians being nudged aside.
    Listening to Finlayson's contempt for Ross on the national program this morning was a telling moment.
    This goes back to the smiling assassin and the parvenus he dragged in.
    Dirty politics in the context of the Nats hasn't gone away.
    Jason Ede, Whaleoil, Lusk, all those other bottom feeders are still out there and with this bandage ripped off we can see how they operate all bankrolled on a nod and a wink donations with a pat on the back in the honours list.
    They aren't masterminds but they're not totally inept either.
    100 K and the Nats start thinking about putting the donor and his lieutenant into their ranks.
    Bloody cheap don't you think?
    Collins is their player at this end of politics and we'll see where this goes.
    With Bridges walking wounded do they keep him in place and wait 'til the elections are nearer or do they seize the moment?
    I know the Nats aren't evil baby eaters but sometimes the whiff of sulphur from their ranks gives me pause.

    Since Apr 2010 • 133 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Schadenfreude, a great big tub of it to scoop out and enjoy while the press hunts down some wounded politicians.
    Delicious.
    I wonder who Judith's been on the phone with these last few days.
    More cock-up than conspiracy which seems to be the way of these things.

    Since Apr 2010 • 133 posts Report Reply

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