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21 September 2009:
It’s a while since I’ve added a news site to the links. This one, Homepage Daily, I’ve visited a few times and found interesting – the article that drew my attention today was Glenn Beck, constitutional soldier. It was a putdown by John Santore of Glenn Beck, of Fox News, one of the leading campaigners for removal of Van Jones from US Government staff because of his radical (allegedly communist & terrorist) views. Mr Beck has also described President Obama as a racist. While in charge of channel-surfing at the weekend (ie, I was alone), I made it through to the 90s & Fox News, discovered Bill O’Reilly chatting to Mr Beck and came to the quick view that deception & distortion were likely to be methods of their broadcasting that the viewer would need to keep a watchful eye for. In the article on Homepage Daily, which describes itself as “the world’s first global student newspaper”, Mr Santore referred to a cut from Mr Beck’s show, then presented the full excerpt from which Mr Beck had produced an edited version, and in doing so turned the Beck argument upside down. It intrigued me: Why would a campaigner try to deceive in such a way, knowing opponents will instantly come forth with conclusive rebuttal? Perhaps Mr Beck believed the edited version was what Mr Obama really meant, or really thought but wasn’t saying out loud. It’s an odd thing in US politics, and in US news, that we don’t experience to the same degree here: the newsreader campaigns on behalf of his/her audience majority. Not too much lies straight.
Websites: Homepage Daily
I got to Homepage Daily via National Forum: The Domain, an Australian website which runs feeds from Australian political blogs. Among those today was a piece from Jennifer Marohasy’s blog by Michael Hammer, who turned out to be a Melbourne engineering scientist, not an Auckland retail property consultant. Even so, I read on. This Australian Mr Hammer wrote an article, Why I am an anthropogenic global warming sceptic, where he gave 14 reasons for his view, each one succinctly put. We’ve had a government deciding recently on an emissions scheme, and I confess to not knowing answers on either global climate issues or on the sense of emissions schemes. I referred in an email this morning to having watched the New Zealand barometer on Saturday night – a rugby test – and I can tell the All Black coach immediately (he may have heard me) how to do his job. There may be a fair bit of science in rugby, but a large part of it is art. In these climate matters, though, I can’t decipher right or wrong, sense or nonsense in scientific arguments. I know I don’t have the knowledge to understand many of the specifics, and certainly not the knowledge to spot the deliberate error. The climate change debate intrigues me, because it’s an important environmental debate from which many of us are precluded by our ignorance. I – we – can’t take sides, unless on a hunch, without expertise. Still, I read many of these pieces in the hope that I’ll get a better understanding. The Hammer piece was succinct, but even before lunch it had been ripped apart. What’s important about it, though, is that The Domain (like On Line Opinion) is a forum for constructed debate on major issues. Sure, there’s plenty of shooting at passing messengers, but the ideas are laid out as well. Sign of a maturing society across the other side of the Tasman.
Websites: The Domain
Todd Capital Ltd – which ousted Greg Olliver in mid-2008 from the Landco property group he founded – has changed the identity of the whole group. Todd Capital formed a new company, Todd Property Group Ltd, on 4 August, taking over the Landco business, although a number of Landco companies remain.
Website: Todd Property Group
Paul Hastings began his Wellington real estate company, Paul Hastings & Co Ltd, 46 years ago, and has also built strategic relationships with other agencies around New Zealand while maintaining its independence. It specialises in commercial & industrial property and is based on Lambton Quay.
Website: Paul Hastings
The Queens Wharf website has been set up with the subtitle, Opening the red gates, for the competition on designs & ideas on developing the Auckland wharf. The website has a competition timeline – entries close this Friday, 25 September. The winner is to be announced in mid-November.
Website: Queens Wharf
The Auckland Transition Agency – the agency established by the Government to amalgamate the councils across the Auckland region into the new Auckland Council by the next local body elections, in October 2010 – has its own website.
Website: Auckland Transition Agency
Justin Ryan, of Christchurch, has created the Findspace website, which lists business-related real estate for sale or lease throughout the country. Findspace provides all users with a url link to all of their listings on the site and lets them add their own searchable features or select from a large lis
: “Unlike other sites which restrict what you can enter, our system is free flow text so you can enter what is important to you.” Mr Ryan’s other companies include Ezypay Ltd, Admin Temps Ltd & Payroll Systems Ltd.
Dean Ruscoe, chief executive of Bullet Freight Systems Ltd (managing director Owen Ferguson, chairman David Henry) called me to argue the case for a freight section of The Bob Dey Property Report’s external links page, and I had to agree: Land use & transport are increasingly being interwoven in planning for the Auckland region. The transport industry needs to know about those plans, particularly how they’ll affect congestion but also where to site a business. Bullet Freight Systems was incorporated in 1997, operating from small Otahuhu premises, but has grown into a multi-million dollar company with 2 primary centres of operation, East Tamaki in Auckland & Sockburn in Christchurch. “Bullet now provides high-quality nationwide freight, warehousing & distribution services to a wide variety of clients, which include some of New Zealand’s leading companies.”
Website: Bullet Freight
Joanna Pidgeon, who’s on the boards of a number of property sector companies, has started her own boutique law firm, Pidgeon Law, which specialises in property, commercial, trust & asset-planning law. She was previously a partner at Hesketh Henry, and before that at Russell McVeagh and is a member of property law committees of both the New Zealand & Auckland law societies. Her office is at 48 Greys Avenue – the former building society headquarters at the corner of Mayoral Drive now owned by Gary McNabb and home to his company, NZ Mint Ltd, of which Ms Pidgeon is also a director.
Website: Pidgeon Law
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