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Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli

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  • Phil Wallington, in reply to Richard Aston,

    A sense of humour and capacity to recognise irony at work are the well springs of the 3 "rules".

    It is almost impossible to get through one,'s quotidian life without violating either one or all...

    The consequences are not infallibly and uniformly catastrophic.

    Some disprove the nostrum by violating all three and living happily ever after until THE END.

    Waikawa Beach • Since Sep 2013 • 41 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    At least we’re still accommodating some complicated knots.

    WHERE IS THE FAVOURITE BUTTON?!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Apart from the provision of rather sub-standard genetic material, I believe that Slater's Dad's financial support is the only reason he is able to sit at home churning out his spew, rather than flipping chips in Maccas, or working off his name-suppression fines in a jail cell.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Please choose from the following menu of options:

    Press 1] for "I am not personally responsible for the conduct of my adult children, and neither is anyone else."

    Press 2} for "I've read Frankenstein, and find it rather creepy to be compared to an amoral lunatic patching together a monster out of stolen corpses."

    Press 3] for "Yeah, I do shit for family without feeling compelled to unconditionally accept, like, or even know everything they do."

    Press 4] to speak to the Hand.

    Press 5} to return to the main menu.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Young,

    Given that no-one's slammed Brown for his hypocritical grandstanding over the depravity of street sex workers engaging in survival sex while engaging in extramarital nooky with a younger woman himself, I might as well be the first one. And given the possibility of improper appointment of same, Len's mayoral future seems bleak. I'm told several people have been sighted with "Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Minto" t-shirts already...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 573 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Lilith __,

    At least we’re still accommodating some complicated knots.

    WHERE IS THE FAVOURITE BUTTON?!

    Exactly my thought as well.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Craig Young,

    Given that no-one’s slammed Brown for his hypocritical grandstanding over the depravity of street sex workers engaging in survival sex while engaging in extramarital nooky with a younger woman himself

    In the context of the pretty blatant (and casually racist & ageist) slut-shaming of that "younger woman", that could have been put better Namesake.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Craig Young,

    Given that no-one’s slammed Brown for his hypocritical grandstanding over the depravity of street sex workers engaging in survival sex while engaging in extramarital nooky with a younger woman himself, I might as well be the first one.

    I think the reason you're the first is that it's a spectacularly long bow to draw.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I did NOT see that in the minutes…

    Ahhh, have you paid your subs?
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Neil Graham, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Ahhh, have you paid your subs?

    Oh jolly well done. Clapclapclapclapclap.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to Russell Brown,

    No, it's been drawn before. And I don't like his stance on street prostitution in Manukau, but the two things do seem pretty unrelated.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to James Butler,

    Was good as a joke though.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    So, if I find one of the more florid street people that inhabit this city and set them up with an office and internet server to express their unusual ideas, and bail them out of any litigation that arises, then I haven't got any responsibility for their outpourings?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Ahhh, have you paid your subs?

    Seriously Not My Job.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • alobar,

    much as I'd like to call LB a hypocrite , I guess he's got a point about street prostitution (but perhaps his own use of public space is also a little too unrestricted )

    auckland • Since Apr 2010 • 63 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    UPDATE: David Tong, the chair of Aotearoa Youth leadership, has told me that Wewege's claim to be a member let alone founder of the organisation, is false.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Seriously Not My Job.

    A hobby, then?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    So, if I find one of the more florid street people that inhabit this city and set them up with an office and internet server to express their unusual ideas, and bail them out of any litigation that arises, then I haven’t got any responsibility for their outpourings?

    A more immediate thing you could take responsibility for is being way too cute with the passive-aggressive digs at Cameron Slater on your way to doubling down on the cheap shot at his father. I know they’re not exactly a difficult target hereabouts, but it would be really nice if you’d run a privilege check on why you find "florid street people" such a witty put-down and give it a rest.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye, in reply to Lilith __,

    WHERE IS THE FAVOURITE BUTTON?!

    Your comment will do quite nicely. Thanks! :)

    Morningside • Since Nov 2006 • 533 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Thanks Danielle. I need reminding of that trip wire. Ingrained sexism always bemuses me when I strike it: it's so stupid.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I've sussed it. Craig is a robot that's been seeded with the complete works of Andrea Dworkin and will trip out the latest academic bits of spartist jargon as triggered: privilege check, slut-shaming, mental health-shaming, distract-troll , concern-trolling,....

    If I call somebody a complete fucking eejit, is that abusing my privilege of not being one (IMNSHO) and engaging in eejit-shaming?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Phil Wallington,

    irony at work

    I had hoped you were trying to use humour - however, you should be aware that all too many workplaces operate with such rules (unwritten because they are illegal) hence you shouldn't be surprised to see responses like mine. That makes such humour very difficult in the written form where you cannot rely on tone or body language to communicate the irony.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Russell Brown,

    UPDATE: David Tong, the chair of Aotearoa Youth leadership, has told me that Wewege’s claim to be a member let alone founder of the organisation, is false.

    John Davy complex, much?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Seriously Not My Job.

    You're just there to organise the strike action.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    You know that Dworkin died in 2005, right? And doesn’t have much to do with the terms you’re talking about?

    In other words, if you’re going to be all snarky about feminist theory it might be wise to, you know, have actually read some of it.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

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