Blog Bits

June 18th, 2008 at 3:12 pm by David Farrar

Poneke laments how Waterfront Watch’s campaign against the Wellington Hilton, has meant no waterfront development is likely for a decade. Instead we are left with those awful tin sheds.

Bruce Simpson at Aardvark covers the efforts of Associated Press to claim that even using their headlines is a breach of the US DMCA. This may be very significant if bloggers are not able to significantly quote articles in order to critique them.

Whale Oil detects more links between and or more specifically .co.nz. The Standard responds. A great thread for those who get hot with talk of DNS and MX records :-)

The Economist looks at the school system in Finland and Sweden.

And since I’m coming this far north, I want to take in Sweden too. That social-democratic paradise has carried out school reforms that make free-market ideologues the world over weak at the knees. In the 1990s it opened its state-education system to private competition, allowing new to receive the same amount for each pupil as the state would have spent on that child.

The Dim-Post has some solutions for the South Auckland crime wave:

  • Limit numbers on all polytechnic courses teaching home invasion and armed robbery techniques.
  • Increase existing levels of sedatives and oral contraceptives in Manukau water supply.
  • Create an economic disincentive to homicide by amending the Emissions Trading Scheme to double carbon fees on vehicles used during a murder
  • Introduce cultural sensitivity training to South Aucklands migrant communities teaching them to be more open and tolerant towards the kiwi tradition of random assault and pointless execution style killings.
  • Point to multiple Asian murders as irrefutable statistical evidence for sending ‘em all back.

Also, finally not a blog but of interest to EFA watchers is this note of a meeting between Federated Farmers and the Electoral Commission over the EFA.

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12 Responses to “Blog Bits”

  1. aardvark (417 comments) says:

    A better link to the Aardvark column is: http://aardvark.co.nz/daily/2008/0617.shtml

    The link you posted David takes you part way down the page.

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  2. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    I see that after a short break you are back to promoting NZ’s second worst blogger David.

    I’m seriously starting to wonder if Cameron has some good blackmail material on you, otherwise why direct people to that trainwreck of a website?

    ;)

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  3. JSF2008 (422 comments) says:

    Love waterfront watch,im a member , i wouldnt like a tower block built for the rich suits to dominate, the views, , David if you want, rip the old sheds down and leave it open ,if it upsets you david , BUT NO OVERSEAS HOTEL CHAIN TAKING THE VIEWS AND HARBOUR ACCESS, shit we have sold everything else. so tough Mr Farrar. HILTON fucked up HA HA HA :)

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  4. big bruv (14,165 comments) says:

    Oh dear Sonic, it seems that once again the Labour party have been caught stealing tax payer money to fund the Standard and you defend this by abusing people, I also note that you do not deny the accusation.

    What you fail to understand is that public money is NOT your money, it belongs to the tax payer and as such should not be used to push the lies and propaganda of the Labour party.

    Labour are simply corrupt.

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  5. Danyl Mclauchlan (1,071 comments) says:

    NZ’s second worst blogger

    And the winner is . . ?

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  6. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    As I don’t write for the Standard and am not a member of the Labour party BB how could I confirm or deny that accusation.

    Also I dont see how calling Whale Oil’s blog a “train wreck” is abusing him. If you log onto it and have a look it is a self-evident truth!

    Sorry Danyl you’ll have to await the award show for NZ’s worst blog.

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  7. Chris S (111 comments) says:

    Bruv: If you read the thread in question, even Whaleoils one, you’ll understand that “stealing taxpayer money” was never the accusation…

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  8. Southern Raider (1,831 comments) says:

    In relation to DimPost. I recommend watching the Chris Rock youtube video on Gun Control.

    Chris Rock has a great theory that gun control is not a problem, all you need to change is the price of bullets.

    As he says if a bullet cost $5,000 then the person who got shot had to deserve it :)

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  9. jafapete (757 comments) says:

    I’m also surprised that DPF should promote the odious whaleoil site. Pasting a teenager’s head onto porn is puke-making.

    In addition, the response from Lynn was very detailed and since Lynn has been known to share a beer or two at NZ’s best brewpub, I can confirm many of those details myself. Whaleoil hasn’t turned up anything new.

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  10. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Poneke laments how Waterfront Watch’s campaign against the Wellington Hilton, has meant no waterfront development is likely for a decade. Instead we are left with those awful tin sheds.
    >> Awful is the right word, a ramshackle combination of 3 star cafe’s, fishnchip huts and rib shacks.

    Whale Oil detects more links between The Standard and Labour or more specifically labour.co.nz. The Standard responds. A great thread for those who get hot with talk of DNS and MX records
    >> Oh my god, what a geek circle jerk ‘that place’ is these days. The (sub) standard has turned into a hotbed of sysadmins and wanna be tech geeks trying to out tech-bore each other. If labour are in fact funding them they are retarded (even more than I thought).

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  11. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    It will be a SHITLOAD more significant if AP get hammered for using bloggers material without permission.

    Michelle Malkin has already sent them a bill.

    A day without chronic is like a day without rectal cancer.

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  12. RRM (10,034 comments) says:

    A hotel out on Queen’s wharf would PROBABLY be quite cool, and a real drawcard for the city. But a Hilton-less Queens wharf is not quite so bleak and lifeless as Poneke makes out. That area already has plenty of “24-hour life” doesn’t it? What with Dockside & Shed 5 and the rest by night, and the events centre, the helicopters and the kayaks by day… And I’m sure the Auckland Hilton is lovely if you’re staying in it, but when you’re outside at wharf level it is still just a big cold lifeless building, albeit a nice new white one rather than an old grey one!

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