Posts by Tom Semmens

  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to WH,

    do you have any ideas as to what’s causing the occultation?

    Mexico scoring a goal?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Barry Soper attempts following the wounded Metiria Turei to make sure of the kill…

    Soper is hopelessly out of touch. His reporting, politics and judgement are mired in the 1990s.

    Everyone lives through an era. Soper’s was the neoliberal revolution. Now that era is waning and a new era is dawning, dominated by a new generation. New forces, values and world views are coming into play in ways old men like Soper struggle to understand. Quite often his pieces come across as an old man somewhat bewildered by a state of affairs he no longer recognizes.

    Getting old can be a bummer like that.

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  • Hard News: The miserable archive, in reply to william blake,

    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?

    Something psychologically very, very dark happened during the John Key era.

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  • Hard News: The miserable archive, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    We used to have a NZ Guidelines Group with a team of researchers highly skilled in analysing and grading scientific evidence. This whole saga shows why we need such an independent and skilled team in a public agency so the process cannot be captured by any interest group.

    Funnily enough, I have been reading the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry report into the loss of the Titanic (because why? I have no real idea). As far back as 1887 a parliamentary committee chaired by none other than Sir Charles Beresford warned the 1855 regulations were inadequate in requirement for the provision of lifeboats.

    However, the Board of Trade was animated mainly by a spirit of light handed regulation, was completely captured by the shipping industry and had, by the 1880s, largely lost it’s expert members in favour of ceremonially appointed stooges of the establishment. And so it complacently ignored all the evidence in favour of self-regulation, refuted expert advice (including that of it’s own inspectors), and attacked it’s critics as Cassandras and trouble makers.

    Until one clear, freezing night in 1912…

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

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  • Hard News: The miserable archive,

    So what the hell happened? Housing NZ refused to comment. And the Group Manager for Courts and Tribunals says the tribunal does not comment or decisions or the evidence offered in hearings.

    Andrew Mckenzie has finally fronted up this morning. But he didn't sound particularly contrite. Very cool, very technocratic is our Mr. McKenzie.

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  • Hard News: The miserable archive,

    I believe we have had plenty of examples in the past of how a virulent, all pervading ideology at the political leadership level that wishes to dehumanise a section of the population can then easily harness the power of a powerful bureaucracy eager to prove how effective it is at achieving outcomes that align to the wishes of the political leadership.

    A nickname for meth is crystal. Fitting, since housing NZ seems to have been in the grip of it’s very own kristallnacht against the poor.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    If you want to see where the alternative reality of Trumpland comes from, I thoroughly recommend reading the comments section on the Kiwiblog post on this matter. Forget about what those retards are actually saying and focus on the cognitive processes at work.

    It is marvel of the type, full of the simple rejection of inconvenient science through the creation from thin air of nebulous conspiracy theories. As an exercise in looking into the workings of the mind of the regulars in Farrar’s sewer, it is fascinating. And remember, in America these same sorts of people have the NRA, their preacher and Fox News all repeating the same stuff, 24 x 7 x 365.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I feel immense comfort today that people like Miles Stratford won’t have a business for much longer.

    Cynical and despicable.

    I don’t think I’ve seen such a mild mannered man as yourself wish financial ruin on anyone. These guys must be right bastards.

    BTW, I hear on RNZ that the government is going to have an investigation into Standards New Zealand (who developed the guidelines for Housing NZ) to discover why they are so much at variance with the findings of Sir Peter Gluckman. There will be a few shiny arse managers at MBIE sweating on that news, methinks.

    One might speculate that the investigation will find cronyism and corruption flourished in an MBIE gutted by funding cuts and encouraged to outsource it’s advice and guidelines to those friendly to the minister and aligned with the (then) governments philosophy, but that would just be idle speculation on my part, of course.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    The meth panic was never about science, or even drugs.

    It was used to feed a National government approved narrative of criminalising poverty, and provided a convenient fig leaf for the flogging off of the state housing stock to the private sector.

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  • Hard News: A Stand for Quaxing,

    Poor old Mr. Quax has made the final Quaxing.

    RIP, you were a fine middle distance runner and as an elected official contributed to civic society.

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