What happened in CHC is unprecedented in NZ for all the wrong reasons. It's NZ's worst ever mass shooting, political murder, and global terror incident all in one.
As for the memory-holing by ZB & NZNP, are they genuinely apologetic or are they too embarrassed to confront the issues? What needs to happen next are for:
*FB & Google to expand their anti-ISIL algorithms to include neo-Fascist hatemongers, or face monopoly-busting if they don't
* the authorities to finally take neo-Fascism seriously
*NewsCorp, Koch Industries et al to be decartellised or otherwise taken to the World Court
* the 1986 Royal Commission on Broadcasting to be dusted off & modernised for the social media age.
The discussion was also given structure by the results of a fascinating and well-designed poll, which found a striking 75% of Māori in favour of legalising and regulating cannabis.
Considering they've long been a swing bloc on the issue, it's significant. Cannabis law reform could well be this century's homosexual law reform.
Meanwhile across the Tasman...
In its original form no, I was just thinking of people like MH who use it to bash unemployed over the head as lazy.
Who then proceed to welcome the Brexits and Donald Trumps of this world - or have just emerged from their fallout bunkers and denied they've happened - only to find nothing goes according to plan and then proceed to take a few pages from the captain of the Costa Concordia.
I've wondered here several times where an organised "no" campaign in next year's cannabis referendum might come from. Outside of Family First, it's still hard to tell where the opposition emerges. But I think what we are starting to hear is the sound of two hands wringing.
Latent racism and booze/tobacco monopolies have had a lot to do with it. Right back to William Randolph Hearst's "marijuana panic" to sell newspapers, to the modern prison-industrial complex.
I also took The Press to task on their ‘columnist*’ Mike Yardley’s diatribe yesterday pro-Trump and his Wall:
Mike Yardley sadly represents many of the worst stereotypes of the "one-eyed Cantab" that I encountered at private school during my later teen years.
Ooh, what software do you use?
Mostly DAZ Studio, with some Sketchup and Blender on the side.
Not every ASD person is suited to coding - this becomes more true all the time, where coding has become well integrated with a noisy, business case driven world and the lonesome pursuit of uncommon solutions is a lesser part of the job than it once was. Most ASD people love to just ‘get on with it’ without having to deal with the unpredictability of human interaction, but coding is also mathematical and logic driven and this is not to the taste of every ASD person, even if they are very mentally capable. Art and craft are definitely another good outlet for those who like a good proportion of their day to be solitary. We have to face the fact, though, that dealing with people effectively is still one of the most valued skills in the job market.
I find creating 3D art and uploading it to sites like DeviantArt can be therapeutic. Even so, it'll be a hobby for me for the foreseeable future. I'll be starting dev boot camp in a matter of weeks, as demand for such skills remains in hot demand, and I have some informal web dev know-how. That said, Specialisterne NZ is still in the early stages, last time I checked, but they've been making approaches to the job market.
Australian politics suffers from a disproportionate numbers of loony idiots, and while most come from the right the occassional one - such as Latham - comes from the left. He's been a total fringe character for years, reknown for saying increasinly dumb things in a futile effort for relevancy & some media attention.
I'm only surprised it took him this long to throw in his lot with Pauline Hanson. Maybe he gave up on pulling the ALP even further Right?
On a lighter note, SNL pokes the beeswax out of Theresa May and David Cameron.
I've published a revised edition for a global Internet audience of "The Driverless Road Ahead" on Medium. In the meantime we're still waiting for the Future of Work manifesto to properly go from theory to practice.
And in the new year I'm taking the plunge with Dev Academy - which has finally been NZQA approved and hence eligible for student loans.