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Hard News: Standing with the Poo

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  • Peter Ashby,

    Regardless, Australian proposals to 'filter' the big bad foreign interweb have the air of Don Quioxte about them; quaint and entirely unworkable to my supremely un-techie like mind. What on earth is the point then?

    My understanding is it is a 'won't someone think of the children?' moral panic that various groups and the media won't let anyone challenge by the old saw of accusing them of being paediatricians. By which means nobody has, quite, had the balls to put a stop to it yet. Everyone without a hair trigger moral panic button knows it is a complete nonsense, but that is no help it seems.

    Dundee, Scotland • Since May 2007 • 425 posts Report Reply

  • bmk,

    moral panic that various groups and the media won't let anyone challenge by the old saw of accusing them of being paediatricians

    I think that's the funniest typo I have ever read here:)

    Since Jun 2010 • 327 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Ashby,

    @bmk

    Perhaps you don't know, but here in the UK during a paedophile scare a couple of years ago a woman paediatrician in the Welsh borders had to leave her home after a group of ignorant idiots misinterpreted the word. My use of paediatrician then was a subtle reference to that, being a bit sarcastic, it was no typo.

    Dundee, Scotland • Since May 2007 • 425 posts Report Reply

  • bmk,

    Ok, I didn't realise that sorry. It brought a chuckle to my morning thinking it was a typo.

    Since Jun 2010 • 327 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    For further enlightenment...

    Paediatrician attacks 'ignorant' vandals

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    I read somewhere (it may have been here) a most sensible solution for solving the BP oil leak: plug it with the collected works of Ayn Rand.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    ...Australia is now checking at the border for pron.

    It's hard to understate how conservative Rudd is. He may not have enough influence to swing Australia in directions it doesn't want to go, but his group seem to be trying.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    And then of course, pronography is already illegal in much of the country if you're black.

    The Economist tracks the "Intervention", which will soon spread to all residents of the NT receiving state assistance. Can't have discrimination, can we?

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    And then of course, pronography is already illegal in much of the country

    George: Is this deliberate? Or are you suggesting we are pron to porn?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Sorry, it's an ironic habit, derived from speaking too much on the internets.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    George: Is this deliberate? Or are you suggesting we are pron to porn?

    Probably deliberate - that's a standard misspelling (to get around keyword filters for the string 'porn', funnily enough). Alternate variant is the l33t variant, 'pr0n'.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Thanks. I am so naive about some of these things. Are you allowed to say erotic or is it erratic?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    And on the topic of thinking of the children, a top OECD expert on social policy has attacked NZ's child poverty levels - our rate of children living in poverty is 15%, against an OECD average of 12% - and said that there needs to be a coordinated review of the tax and welfare systems. Coupled with that she dared to suggest that, like the countries that lead the OECD with low levels of child poverty, NZ should bring back a universal child benefit.

    Can't see the current lot liking that particular suggested medicine, especially while Pull-ya Benefit is in charge, but it's worth considering. Of course we can't afford to do things like that and cut taxes, so I guess children living in poverty will have to rely on the trickle-down of charitable donations from the well-to-do to food banks and other such instruments of private welfare. Never mind that poverty in childhood is conclusively linked to poor academic performance, poor health, and lower lifetime income potential. Tying people into inter-generational benefit dependence indeed.
    Still, I suppose that tomorrow's minimum-wage cleaners for the houses of Shon Key's mates do have to come from somewhere.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Thanks. I am so naive about some of these things. Are you allowed to say erotic or is it erratic?

    Zing.

    Etoric maybe? (Like rhetoric, only a little bit dirty).

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Thanks. I am so naive about some of these things. Are you allowed to say erotic or is it erratic?

    It's allowed to be erotic, but only if it's art.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    I don't know art, but I do know what I like... and the internet is made up of 80% of it?

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    This week's Media7 takes two themes.

    I've been meaning to ask this for a while ... why does Media7 almost always start early? For the last couple of months, my FreeVo (which starts recording 2-3 minutes before the appointed time) has missed the beginning. Pretty much every week for the last couple of months (except, for some reason, your hour-long one, which may have been early, but wasn't so early that I missed the start).

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I've been meaning to ask this for a while ... why does Media7 almost always start early?

    Well, earlier than the EPG used by both Sky and Freeview PVRs, yes. And I don't know why.

    It has been noted. We get around it by recording the news bulletin beforehand.

    I'll see if there's a better answer to be had.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Christiaan,

    Heh, thanks Russell, the update to this post has brightened my week considerably.

    London, UK • Since Dec 2006 • 121 posts Report Reply

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