Posts by linger

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Indeed a good one,

    Ladyhawke's cover of "Break in the Weather":

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1808 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to WH,

    But surely the more direct moral of that story is: don’t get involved in greed, narcissism, and megalomania. The occult is irrelevant, and was treated as such by that ruler, however Crass he was.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1808 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A painful reflection, in reply to Katita,

    Nah, Collins and her ilk should be held politically accountable for such attitudes in this life; otherwise they just keep repeating the same damaging lies. Problem is a large chunk of our opinion-obsessed mainstream media has spent the past decade choosing to support rather than challenge the blood-sport of beneficiary-bashing. (Not without an eye on the race to the bottom line: newspaper readership continues to skew older and more reactionary.)

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  • Hard News: Music: Grey Lynn Taonga,

    And a radio drama by Martyn Wade ("Blue Veils and Golden Sands", first broadcast in 2002)

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…,

    Yeah; I do wonder if it’s at least in part a deliberate attempt to “move on” the yoof and the homeless (cf. Hostile urban architecture).
    Notable exceptions: some parts of the Wellington waterfront, and the interior of Reading Cinema.

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  • Legal Beagle: Last call on the Electoral…, in reply to Sacha,

    Yes, but is the proposed waka-jumping bill going to be based on decisions made by all party members, or just its sitting MPs?

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  • Legal Beagle: Last call on the Electoral…,

    Perhaps specify "near unanimity" as "one or two dissenters" or "two-thirds", whichever is the maximum: consider the case of a party with fewer than 5 MPs.

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    Problem is, phrases such as "political correctness", "social engineering", and "nanny state" are loaded terms that often reveal more about the user than about the intended referent. E.g. railing against "nanny-statism" has been used to excuse the blocking or dismantling of regulations around food-origin labelling, building safety, energy efficiency, environmental protection… meanwhile the same governments tend not to see any contradiction at all in enacting laws extending the powers of the state against personal privacy and peaceful protest.

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…,

    The danger even in a seemingly positive claim such as Brash’s is that an assertion “Group X is more successful” reliably feeds conspiracy theories attacking Group X on the assumption that their success has been obtained unfairly.

    (What is needed is more testable general hypotheses regarding possible causal mechanisms, rather than claiming exceptionism of any one group. E.g., we may hypothesize that – as one ingredient – a monotheistic culture favours a search for single-cause deterministic models, which may promote the advancement of mathematics, science and technology. As another ingredient, the culture’s traditions should be open to question and debate, allowing a faster adoption of improvements as they are discovered.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1808 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On joining the international…,

    Oh, there may well be a correlation; but as always, that doesn’t prove causation. We should be wary of any assertion of g(u)ilt by association, whether cast in terms of “race” or “culture”.

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