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Hard News: Deriving satisfaction from the misfortune of others

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  • Hadyn Green,

    What's With All The Capital Letters In Tamaki's Press Release?

    Is It Because He Loves All Words Equally?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    I was wondering the same thing - it might represent a breakdown in our nation's primary education system .... or maybe someone told him that writing everything in all CAPS was really like shouting and he should tone it down a bit ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Ultimately I think a strong fundamentalist Christian party serves mostly to split the vote from the wingnuts. So it hits the likes of Dunne and ACT the hardest. But this particular bunch look like they'll only be hitting themselves (and probably their children).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10653 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Go and study the ads (on all Public Address pages, but not System) and you'll get the idea. Just post 'em in the discussion.

    My goodness. Disable Adblock Plus for a one-time look at PA and it lights up like a Christmas tree! Whodathought?

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Although frankly, I'm not sure whether any of them surpass the comedic value of Bishop Brian's press release.

    Does anyone else get creeped out by Brian's mate Richard Lewis? Every time I see him I think he looks like a man who gets into bar fights at the weekend.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Macdougall,

    Regarding the NZDT on the Mac issue... via Rod Drury's blog there's apparently a little patch that some local Mac developers have come up with to fix the NZDT issue: here. I haven't tried it myself (yet) but hopefully it will do the job.

    Since Nov 2006 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • kmont,

    I Know What You Mean About The Capitalisation! Self-Important Much?

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 485 posts Report Reply

  • Gary Hutchings,

    Re: the Drury blog link, the updater is currently offline

    "For the moment this updater has been removed due to problems found with Carbon/Cocoa apps"

    :(,

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 108 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    I Just Feel Sorry For Whoever Had To Type It Out For Him.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Julian Melville,

    Spelling "Parliament" wrong is something of a master-stroke in the Tamaki release as well. Love those caps.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Dykes,

    I feel robbed of schadenfreude. I was expecting a lot more entertainment over the next few weeks, with the party ultimately playing a role similar to that of the Brethren last election. First off I was expecting a journalist to ask who would be number one on the party list ...

    Now I suppose it's back to serious issues such as interest rates.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Smith,

    The way this new christian party, and the previous Destiny Party, has been handled is not unusual in christian circles. If my memory serves me correctly, Destiny stated when they formed that 'God told them they would be the government in 5 years'. Therein lies the problem. They use God to justify their lack of logic and reason and to stroke their very large egos. A dangerous combination historiically.

    Since Jan 2007 • 150 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    I LOL'd this morning when I heard on the news that the new pan-Christian party had schismed already.

    So true to form ... "The Life of Brian" remake anyone ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Hansel Dunlop,

    Time Zones? Linux had it sorted a few months ago. I guess that's the great thing about a system that lets everyone fix a problem and share it back.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    A little schism is a fine Christian tradition.

    But I didn't expect we would get to the reformation quite so quickly.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Schadenfreude is a low and degrading emotion.

    I'll just say this is proof that there is a merciful and loving God (and one with a great sense of cosmic irony), who really wants to be left out of New Zealand's domestic politics.

    Can I get an amen!

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    It seems the media have missed the point, as a former United Future MP explains:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00266.htm

    It must be wonderful to believe, untroubled by reality. And Copeland's "I'm in damage control" deserves to be on any list of quotes of the year.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    So what happens if 2am Sunday week arrives without a patch? In most cases it will probably simply be an irritation. Rather than setting a time zone, you'll have to manually adjust the time on your computer.

    And then do it again a week later when the old Daylight Saving time kicks in ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Jonty,

    It surprised me that Corin Dann on NatRad this am didn't followup when Copeland said, more than once, that they (he and Lewis, I presume) were reading from a different page. It begged the question: "Well, what is the point of difference?" So we could find out what they were both about philosophically or theologically or ..... well, the conversation at their meeting was probably a bit more prosaic.
    Lewis: "Gidday, Gordy, how y'doin, bro? Hey, neat office, aye? Y'reckon I'll get one like this? Where d'ya reckon I could park me Harley?"
    And so on.

    Katikati • Since Mar 2007 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • kmont,

    I'll just say this is proof that there is a merciful and loving God (and one with a great sense of cosmic irony), who really wants to be left out of New Zealand's domestic politics.

    Can I get an amen!

    Amen Brother, Preach It.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 485 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Wilson,

    My goodness. Disable Adblock Plus for a one-time look at PA and it lights up like a Christmas tree! Whodathought?

    No kidding. I'd forgotten all about ads...

    What's With All The Capital Letters In Tamaki's Press Release?

    Is It Because He Loves All Words Equally?

    This Is Correct Punctuation For Proclamations From On High, You Heathen :)

    Aberdeen, UK • Since Nov 2006 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Update: in short, Copeland & co wanted Tamaki out of the picture ...

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00273.htm

    Did they really think the Bishop was going to exit the stage?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Ha ha! I love Copeland. If he didn't exist, some satirist would surely have to create him.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Craig's comment about God being a sort of Supreme Cosmic Ironist (actually, that's a great title for the old sod) is on the money, I think.

    For those with an interest in these things, read the Book of Jonah. Its quite short and its hilarious, if you look at it in the right way.

    One of the things which doomed this whole enterprise was the former United Future christian MPs have never liked Tamaki and his followers. They were full of outrage about the rally to Parliament last term. I suspect they didn't like the competition.

    The thing about the Destiny leaders is they are, in both senses of the word, charismatic. None of the former United Future MPs - Copeland, Baldock or Adams - could be called charismatic in any sense.

    In short, Copeland and Tamaki has had Bambi meets Godzilla written all over it.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Does anyone else get creeped out by Brian's mate Richard Lewis? Every time I see him I think he looks like a man who gets into bar fights at the weekend.

    Was it Richard Lewis who appeared in their campaign ad last election? Standing in front of a mirror? In which he cast no reflection?

    And yes, this was just all over too fast, I barely had time to enjoy it.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

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