Posts by Jason Kemp

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

    Tantrums and chaos is the strategy and really that is not a strategy at all.

    Blowing up a treaty with Iran because it was an Obama thing at the same time as making nice with North Korea is bizarro world.

    I recently watched the Bourdain episode shot in Iran. Parts Unknown - Season 4- 7. It is remarkable. The locals know the difference between rhetoric and and their daily lives. A vast population in many ways being held to ransom by a small minority who do want to blow things up.

    I'm not sure if we have ever had such a global tantrum circus amplified for this long ever. At one level the media is transfixed because it is all so absurd however this is not helping anyone.

    Purposely conflating "illegal imigrants" with asylum seekers or other kinds of immigrants is disturbing in all kinds of ways.

    How anyone can justify selling billions of arms to Saudi Arabia so they can crush a distressed nation to the South of them I don't know. Where to even start unravelling some of that?

    I wonder if tantrum control measure are in place in the white house. How does one deal with a adult who behaves like that? I wish I knew the answer.

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  • Hard News: I Am: An authentic autism…,

    Thanks for the heads-up will look out for this programme. The longer I stay on this planet the more interesting it gets. We are all extraordinary and being able to get more insight from a well shared view is a great thing.

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  • Hard News: Bourdain,

    A great interview Russell. Thanks for that. It is clear that Bourdain had great lodes of shared experience and empathy with many of the people and situations he wrote about. From what I've seen he captured the wider context in a way that illuminated and respected all of the players.

    I have been watching the "parts Unknown" series and the same empathy and connection is very clear through out.

    Sad he is gone but we can still read / watch much of his work and appreciate him and our fellow travellers just a little bit more.

    I found this New Yorker Preventable Tragedies over the weekend.

    "There is another factor that should not be underestimated. On a national stage, we’ve seen an embrace of prejudice and intolerance, and that affects the mood of all citizens. My psychoanalyst said that he had never before had every one of his patients discuss national politics repeatedly, in session after session. Now there is a continuous strain of anxiety and fear from one side, and brutality from the other. "....
    "At the moment, many people’s vulnerability is exacerbated by the unkindness manifest in each day’s headlines. We feel both our own anguish and the world’s. There is a dearth of empathy, even of kindness, in the national conversation, and those deficits turn ordinary neurosis into actionable despair."

    Thanks again for the interview and thanks AB for the many shared experiences and the insights.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    The first question journalists should be asking is who benefits / follow the money and variations of that. Of course they did not.

    Hopefully it will be quick for the messaging to get out there. I'm surprised that some enterprising persons haven't set up a business to literally launder banknotes.

    As Dr Kim mentioned banknotes are contaminated. A casual search on "contaminated currency" shows up some funny stories about what is present on banknotes. I'm hoping that NZ notes being made of different stock to the US ones might be better but EFTPOS never looked so good.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Golden Dawn is…,

    I kept listening to 'The Reflex' after that track and now enjoying Grapevine re-imagination also on the same album. Grapevine is seriously brilliant. Better than the original.

    Seems like the whole album would be a great party starter. You think you know the songs but then they up and transform in this revision / remix whatever it is.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: NME – it was…,

    A great read thanks Dave and Russell for the starter.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    As a child of the 60’s the radio was the main medium for most of that decade. I do recall the Peter Snell Gold Medal and the Wahine disaster. Later on the Apollo landing on the moon on 10 July 1969 was it? (Looked it up was 20th of July 69)

    We were told something like you will remember where you were when this happened by our teachers and I we listened to a radio broadcast in our classroom. I thought I’d do some thing so I retied the laces in my shoes so I could remember it.

    I think that moon landing might have been the first TV news we saw.

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  • Hard News: #OrconIRL: The runsheet and…,

    What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thanks for putting these events on. I heard more than enough insights from the attendees both on the stage and off it.

    What stayed with me though were the comments by Tina about having a seat at the table. I work at the edge of lots of projects around the place and I would echo that. There are often a handful of the same people involved in many projects and they would love more input from all of us.

    What I liked about this IRL was the sheer range of topics. Everything from Brexit to data journalism. I thought ex Waikato farmer John Lord might have got a namecheck on the legalisation talk although maybe the mentions of Colorado implied that.

    I wish I had written it down but perhaps best quote came from Harkanwal Singh who was surprised to learn that a story didn’t need to be true to get published or something along those lines.

    His comments about how stories get up to 2 hrs of prime space and then they disappear if they don’t get clicks seems right but it is still worrisome. It does mean that editors are not being editorial they are going for the lowest quality metric.

    Now watching the video so I can check that one and it is:

    "Things don’t have to be true to be published"

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  • Hard News: Communications breakdown,

    Perhaps because it wasn’t a public transport initiative, the multi-million-dollar bungle with the “dead” lane on the St Lukes interchange never seems to have registered as a headline.

    Somewhat bemused at this one. From what I can tell the lane on the bridge is closed because they couldn't bowl the 6 trees. The off ramp from the motorway on that side was also bungled which is probably a contributing factor.

    Why can't it be used as a cycle lane at least?

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  • Hard News: The climate changed,


    I wonder if the graphic might be useful.

    PDF link below

    Some good news tucked away about ozone levels dropping :)

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