Posts by linger

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Sacha,

    Brings to mind the classic Bulwer-Lytton contest entry:

    The sun oozed over the horizon, shoved aside darkness, crept along the greensward, and, with sickly fingers, pushed through the castle window, revealing the pillaged princess, hand at throat, crown asunder, gaping in frenzied horror at the sated, sodden amphibian lying beside her, disbelieving the magnitude of the toad's deception, screaming madly, "You lied!"

    --Barbara C. Kroll, Pennsylvania (1983 runner-up)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1601 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Melodrama, in reply to nzlemming,

    Awesome. I hadn’t realised vintage restyling was quite such a thing. Following the links from that clip would fill the weekend if I didn’t have editing to do…
    For example, Radiohead’s “Creep” by Haley Reinhart:

    And Reinhart’s version of “Black Hole Sun”:

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  • Speaker: Britain: the crisis isn't…,

    The other quite-reasonable assumption in the original post, unquestioned by anybody else at the time, is that May would run a competent campaign. One should expect nothing less from a PM self-branding as “strong and stable government”. Instead, the wheels fell off and rolled in all directions.

    National is hardly likely to hand Labour a gift like that in September. Indeed, depressingly, it’s Labour that seems incapable of cohesive messaging or organisation. Witness the international student debacle, which (however unfairly, given it was basically Matt McCarten’s project) paints Labour as hopelessly shambolic: unable to properly look after 85 students, let alone an entire country -- and unable to see the contradiction involved in using international student volunteers to help campaign on ... reducing numbers of international students.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to BenWilson,

    I'm less sure. National supporters (however wavering) will be all too ready to believe that, because their chosen party members have been caught lying, that means all politicians lie, therefore they may as well continue voting National.
    It's only the lukewarm Left supporters that might be influenced, and only towards a generic vote-the-bastards-out position; hence Labour's "time for a change" response is perhaps not so out of place.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1601 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Russell Brown,

    a strong whiff of Simon Lusk

    Why wait to get the
    skunky scungy
    dusky musky
    right-of-centre scent of
    … Lusk. Get Lusky!

    … S’gotta be better than Lynx, anyway …

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1601 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    … But With A Lot Of Practice, It Gets Easier To Spread Bullshit.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    deliberately affected bored tone, like [...] Mike Hosking

    A clear sign that Hosking also is a habitual propagator of cognitive dissonance / bullshitting bastard.

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Not necessarily, remembering that Sinn Fein refuses to take its seats in Parliament, reducing the threshold for majority by a few seats in practice; thus all that's needed (on paper) is strict whipping of Con members -- something they are reputed to enjoy...

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!,

    There's always the possibility that Uncertainty-Modal was trying to lose (without, of course, being able to declare that). Brexit is going to be one hell of a mess (seriously, what "negotiations" are even possible now?), and if she has any self-awareness at all, it surely must have started to dawn on her that she's still utterly unprepared for it.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1601 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stupidity and ignorance have…,

    Light banter

    not that oxymoronic

    True; I have corrected that overstatement accordingly.
    But there’s similar play in most of the metaphors we use for light.
    Compare a “shed load” = a load left behind – whether on the road by accident, or in a large purpose-built storage facility (for an absolute shedload of stuff).
    A “thrown shoe” or “cast shoe” similarly is one lost (though possibly also one freshly made, depending whether we're working with clay or metal). And of course “cast” can also be a particular shade, or viewed in light of a certain colour, hence the “bias” reading.

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