Posts by Alfie

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    ...and I notice that the Herald's new site annoyingly now has autoplay on videos, thanks for nothing NZME.

    Thankfully I haven't been back to the Herald since they launched their mobile-only, Women's Weekly clone of a redesign.

    Bill English to make an announcement on Barclay's future at 2pm.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    The Dipton kid's illegal recording of staff members resurfaces to bite him on the bum.

    Newsroom -- Politicians, police, and the payout

    Melanie Reid has been doing some digging and found that not only were top Nats aware that Barclay had broken the law, but a substantial payment to at least one of the staff members involved came out of John Key’s leader’s budget. Is this an appropriate or even a legal use of the leader's slush fund?

    While Bill English has previously denied any knowledge or involvement in the affair, Newsroom quotes a text from English saying that "The settlement was larger than normal because of the privacy breach."

    I have a feeling that this story has just gained some fresh legs.

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    More an observation than anything... the Herald is testing a new site design. I'm not sure about the huge LHS nav bar taking up a quarter of the screen. It's apparently designed primarily for mobiles.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to BenWilson,

    These are not good things about Uber.

    I was disgusted to read the Herald on Sunday editorial suggesting that the Uber driver who added a return Akl-Wgtn trip at the END of his shift should be treated as a hero. I wonder if they'd maintain that attitude if he'd fallen asleep at the wheel and killed someone?

    As an aside, I'm disappointed that RB closed the main Uber thread because there are a number of ongoing Uber stories which deserve a mention, especially in terms of our government's attitude towards multinationals deliberately breaking NZ law.

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

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    Another Stuff-up from one of our biggest media outlets. This glaring typo is on Stuff's front page right now. And the same error is repeated throughout the story.

    Memo to Fairfax subs... the word is "Parapente" -- para refers to anything related to parachutes, and pente is the French for "slope", referring to the method of takeoff. It's pretty basic.

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  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…,

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    Here's today's effort from the Herald. A nice young man who found that merely making his own lunches gave him enough money to buy his first rental. No smashed avocado and latté for this lad. While the story acknowledges that "...his parents had helped guarantee his loan" it adds...

    ...he would like to invest in one of his parent's dairy farms in the future...

    One of his parents' dairy farms? (Herald subs: note the corrected apostrophe placement)

    ...and had plans to travel to Europe for six weeks in July.

    The Herald are holding up young Scott as a shining example to the rest of us, although you'd have to ask exactly what kind of five star gourmet lunches were foresaken to generate that level of capital. He's doing a fulltime university course, has only owned the house for a couple of months and he can already afford a European holiday? Nice.

    By promoting the idea that there is no housing crisis, provided you're prepared to knuckle down to some hard work, self-sacrifice and (cough cough... have rich parents), the Herald's current batch of rich-to-richer tales really are pushing the ethical boundaries of what defines party political advertisements in an election year.

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  • Hard News: The next four years,

    In the unlikely event that you're a Trump fan (perish the thought) and you've been tempted to splash out $US200,000 on a Mar-a-Lago membership, you may want to read this first.

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  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…, in reply to Moz,

    It's almost the same prohibition on usury that Christians have. Not that you'd know that from watching the Christians.

    Didn't Jesus cast Goldman Sachs from the temple over two thousand years ago? Somebody obviously screwed up and let the buggers back in.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Posted in this thread... because Jordan Williams.

    A High Court judge has ruled that a $1.27m damages award to Taxpayers Union director Jordan Williams is too high.

    Justice Sarah Katz said a jury's decision ruling former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig had to pay the sum to Williams was a miscarriage of justice.

    In a just-released judgment Justice Katz said a miscarriage of justice had occurred, and that jurors appeared to have failed to follow her directions.

    "I am satisfied that the damages award is well outside the range that could reasonably have been given in all the circumstances of the case," she said.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Oh, I see, you can type anything after the story number - I have a vague recollection of someone pointing this out before (perhaps you Alfie)...

    Yep... (takes a small bow). It's a feature with Stuff stories.

    It's nice when somebody notices. ;-)

    I think it is still being used in NZ...

    Indeed, but the NZ agent prefers to call it PQ200 because paraquat has... you know... a really bad rep.

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