Posts by Ian Dalziel

  • Hard News: Paula Bennett and the…, in reply to Shep Cheyenne,

    I suspect something odious died upstream in the local water supply catchment…
    also witness Michael Laws’ latest machinations – cui bono?
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/otago/121838296/selfish-otago-regional-council-chair-slammed-for-forcing-threeweek-stasis

    I’m more interested in who else Boag has been grooming for doing ‘dirty-work’ – why else was she feeding private information to a callow stripling like Walker?

    I wondered what was up on when she was pontificating in her cosy little ‘bully pulpit’ on The Panel (RNZ) last evening – she was tapping away angrily on her keyboard all through the show – now we know why!

    I trust RNZ will no longer invite her on to The Panel – They should only have commentators of good character and principle. – I for one would welcome such a move – she always made my skin crawl with her constant dismissing of sense and self serving dog-whistles.

    NEWSFLASH – Walker has withdrawn from the next election race – shame he won’t be able to try and disappear overseas for a while like the last ’useful idiot' in his electorate.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paula Bennett and the…,

    Over at Webworm, David Farrier has an Open Thread: is it more embarrassing to believe in Scientology, or QAnon?
    https://webworm.substack.com/p/open-thread-is-it-more-embarrassing/comments#comment-309983

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Radiation: Views June 27: Five Chasers…,

    The new Inverted version of _The Chase_ has got that same annoying part that makes _Tipping Point_ so irritating - repeating the question and answer and then repeating again as a question 'is that the right answer' then a pause - this only creates 'tension' once, after that it is just filler.
    Don't think I'll watch it again.

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  • Hard News: The Scientology front…, in reply to Richard Aston,

    L Ron Hubbard's 'Fear' inspired Philip K Dick to do what he did...

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  • Radiation: 7 Minutes with Miss Fisher,

    Speaking of 'period dramas' - what did you think of The Luminaries Fiona?
    I thought they made a great start, myself..

    Hokitika is still there, and must be gearing up for the 'set-jet-set'
    https://www.westlanddc.govt.nz/webcam

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  • Hard News: The company of strangers,

    Speaking of social distancing - back in 1964 Paul McCartney's then girlfriend Jane Asher took time out (along with Vincent Price) to make this prescient docudrama about Trump's presidency and his pandemic response ...
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1x3bzj

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  • Radiation: Spencer Stoner: going with…,

    What was the most extraordinary thing you saw?
    One really surreal moment was …. was when we arrived in Cape Adare and it was the middle of the night, but it was summer, so you’ve got this beautiful pastel pink light and everywhere you look you’re surrounded by Adele penguins and they’re running around chasing each other, dolphining through the water and riding icebergs and it’s a bit like showing up in Times Square, but you’ve got these crazy mountains and this pink light. It’s the closest I’ve ever felt to landing on an alien planet.

    That would be surreal and alien – all those singing Adele penguins!
    Even that many Adélie penguins would be strange…
    ;- )

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  • Hard News: How do we all move past our…,

    Well bringing people together would be helped by not running Andrea Vance pieces like this:
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/121247586/why-the-heroworship-of-jacinda-ardern-is-unhealthy

    —–

    I just wrote to the editors:

    Folks
    What is with this Andrea Vance piece 
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/121247586/why-the-heroworship-of-jacinda-ardern-is-unhealthy
    she starts with an alleged quote:
    "The Most Effective Leader on the Planet. Saint Jacinda, a leader for our troubled times. One of…the standout leaders of this crisis."
    - a ‘quote” that can be found nowhere on the web aside from starting this unacknowledged OPINION piece.
    the next paragraph;
    "The global praise for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic reads like the extravagant quotes transcribed on movie posters."
    with an internal link to an Atlantic article
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/04/jacinda-ardern-new-zealand-leadership-coronavirus/610237/
    which does have the headline:
    "New Zealand’s Prime Minister May Be the Most Effective Leader on the Planet"
    That is **not** extravagant and is **not** what Vance’s lead “quote” says – that is pure ’dog-whistle’ and misleading.
    It also ignores the Atlantic sub-heading :
    "Jacinda Ardern’s leadership style, focused on empathy, isn’t just resonating with her people; it’s putting the country on track for success against the coronavirus."
    The Atlantic article isn’t about ‘hero worship’ it is about ‘effective leadership’ – something Vance does acknowledge but then goes on to try and dilute and diffuse.
    Please retain some perspective.
    peace
    Ian Dalziel
    Pedant Patrol

    Maybe she was just being sarcastic…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    I wish Wallace would bluster less.

    It feels like at least a tenth of of his 'air time' is "ummm, ahhhh, errr' and other space/time fillers - and lots of arrant nonsense getting people to text in on the slightest pretext - is that time-chewing or revenue gathering?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Has Iran found an effective…, in reply to Moz,

    assuming the trials work out.

    Trump will leading the trials on 'injecting disinfectant' and 'shining UV light into his dark interior' - I wait for those results with bated breath...

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