Posts by Tom Johnson
Hard News: The company of strangers,
The government has banned dancing
Don’t forgot the story of Footloose. This kind of law never ends well.
Hard News: A painful reflection,
Sheer incompetence from the then National Minister, an inability to comprehend basic science. That’s what lack of competence looks like folks.
Hard News: Music Extra: "Is not a…,
Flying Nun also was the home to some great footballers. The music of New Zealanders at that time was very inspirational, so earnest and chaotic , probably too many Velvet Underground listening parties but what a sonic result.
Access: Part 5: The tide will turn if…,
too tired to fight.
I think that's how the right win these days, just tire you out with nonsense, make something so uncomfortable that you just retreat for sanity reasons
Hard News: Where are all the polls at?,
There is a bluebelt in National Auckland who have been partying up on the blowout of their house equity, and they don't want that party to end. The meme that Bill English saw us through the GFC is a bit sick, chucking away the ladder for the most needy since 2008 saw us through this, the bluebelt have them to thank. Kiwi style austerity.
Hard News: Behind those Herald…, in reply to
I agree. They seem to be advertorial rather than informative and we know that media companies see this kind of story as a part of a parcel of options to warm advertisers.
Live at home for free, don’t go out and get mum and dad to gift you money seems to be the special secret here. It’s all so simple, get mum and dad to buy you a lifestyle. Genius, gotta get one of those rich parent types pronto.
Hard News: Burning down the house to…,
Adam Curtis has been calling these tactics for along time, most swing voters are very headline emotive, so much to be so confused by policy and alternative facts that they take a delight in a “man of action.”
Also so many weekend political pundits over the years have called on the virtues of a corporate style guy who does corporate style management fast and direct. Here he is folks.
Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to
Trump makes news about terrorism by saying the news didn't cover terrorism, he gets to put these attacks back in the news. He has made fake news because what he asserted was fake but he gets to put a spotlight on old attacks , its creepy, its a plan to subvert the news cycle and it works wonderfully for him.
Hard News: Be careful what you wish for,
Anxious Syria. Trump policy is a Russian US squeeze, sheeeet.
Hard News: Be careful what you wish for, in reply to
yep, anxiety is huge, and everywhere