Posts by Joe Wylie

  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to Neil,

    I think his argument has a lot of merit - the success of liberal values has made life better for a great number of people. Vastly lower mortality rates in child birth for example.

    As Bart Janssen has noted, liberal values have failed to deliver this increased quality of life to the social underclass. What's worse is that the kind of advances that you cite were achieved by the deliberate exploitation of the underprivileged:

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  • Hard News: Science: it's complicated, in reply to steven crawford,

    In your selective about science face, Greenpeace.

    If you're serious about clobbering Greenpeace over their scientific selectivity you'll have to dig a bit deeper than linking to a shallow puff piece that appears to offer little more than highly selective quotes from corporate PR material. While New Scientist has published a number of genuine arguments in favour of GM agriculture in recent years, they're mostly behind their paywall.

    That said, I'd be cautious about treating New Scientist as some Vatican-level source of scientific authority. They've managed to rub members of the scientific community up the wrong way on more than one occasion in their quest for sensationalist cover stories.

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to simon g,

    Stuff then started deleting the abusive comments faster than the trolls could type.

    "Stuff then started emptying the bucket faster than the hard-working kiwis could vomit into it"?

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Radio With…, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    I remember Ray telling us the Island of Real couldn't fit all the people who tried to get in each weekend...

    There was a dodgy theory that the Island was popular with students because it had carpet on the floor like at Mum & Dad's.

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  • Hard News: Bourdain, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Courtesy of the youngers,listening to a fair bit of contemporary music - from pop to anti-folk. There seems to be a deep vein of sadness, wistfulness, and irony gentle or savage, running through most of it. Feels in striking contrast to the optimism (and anger) of 60s music, for example.

    How about some feel-good Javanese metal? Several decades of imbibing Smoke on the Water with their mothers' milk doesn't seem to have done these kids any harm.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Sacha,

    Silly old men give old men a bad name.

    "Show Barry some fucking respect." (Scroll down to "I hate being scooped".)

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  • Hard News: The miserable archive, in reply to andin,

    Thats him 2nd from the right

    Spooky, considering he'd have been barely 5 years old, though those reptilians really hit the ground running once they're out of the egg.

    BTW the Wall of Surf party outpolled the Communist League and Blokes' Liberation in the 1990 election, though there's been no suggested Key connection AFAIK.

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  • Hard News: The miserable archive, in reply to steven crawford,

    The cyanide can kill the photographer if they fuck it all up by adding the sulfuric acid at the wrong time. But the photograph it self isn’t going to have any halmfull residual cyanide.

    I guess some people never really got over those primary school stories about the kids who died of lead poisoning after being jabbed with the lead of a pencil.

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  • Feed: World of Food 7: Anguilla – Jerk chicken, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You'd have been better off with maybe fresh Thai birdseye chillis – cheap at Avondale Markets, less cheap but available with various other varieties (although maybe not out of season) at Farro.

    IMHE these freeze beautifully, making them a nice candidate for container growing if your gardening options are limited. While they turn squishy when thawed they seem otherwise unimpaired by freezing. They can be easily cleaned by slicing them lengthwise while still hard frozen and stripping the seeds out.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to nzlemming,

    I've never heard him called that before...

    "Oh yes and I loved Reepicheep – as I knew I would."

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