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Hard News: Holiday Open Thread 2: Chewing over the News

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  • Ian Dalziel,

    Speaking of News...
    Who knew that the Tunisians had so many Rastafarians in Government!

    Tunisian authorities struggled to restore order Sunday, arresting the top presidential security chief and trying to stop gunfights that erupted across the capital. One clash broke out near Tunisia’s main opposition party building, another by the dreaded Interior Ministry.

    source

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    . . . the dreaded Interior Ministry

    Pity there's no picture.
    Wonder if they're anything like these dreaded amphibians.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Or change the RAF logo from a bullseye to crosshairs.

    I can see it now... "Damn it, are those my cross hairs?. It's all so confusing..."
    And just in case this hasn't been linked to... "Terror level rises: The English... have raised their security level from “Miffed" to,"Peeved."..."

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    So both Broad and Pope are jumping before they're pushed. It'll be interesting to see if the new Chief Commissioner implents many of the report's recommendations. I've a horrible feeling things won't change much, though.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 760 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Wonder if they’re anything like these dreaded amphibians.

    Wow! Blaxolotls!!

    Or change the RAF logo from a bullseye to crosshairs.

    Meanwhile back in New Zealand
    people of all ages willingly don these
    (also known as the "Target" Audience...)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    She's a mod, yeah... right!

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    She’s a mod...

    with lung black hair on Lucky's Trike

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan King,

    UN committee on the rights of the child says 1 in 5 NZ children live in poverty.

    Paula Bennett on Radio NZ: "In general NZ is best place in the world to bring up kids," [meaningless cliché] "but I do appreciate that for some people life is hard." [that's just the way things go, isn't it].

    So depressing.

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Jonathan King,

    UN committee on the rights of the child says 1 in 5 NZ children live in poverty.

    Paula Bennett on Radio NZ: "In general NZ is best place in the world to bring up kids," [meaningless cliché] "but I do appreciate that for some people life is hard." [that's just the way things go, isn't it].

    So depressing.

    Translation: "In general NZ is doubleplusgood in the world to bring up kids, but I do appreciate that for some people life is unsimple."

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5443 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Young,

    Just finished reading Nick Stuart's Rudd's Way (Scribe, 2010), which explains why the wheels fell off Kevin Rudd's ALP federal govt across the Taz. Basically, it was because of (i) the ALP's insane factionalism; (ii) its troglodyte rightist faction who couldn't put their own self-interest and extraction industry power base above the need to halt climate change (iii) Kev being an unaccountable martinet who centralised power while lacking strategic management skills, who then blamed his ministers for his string of policy disasters. Bloody Queensland, yes...

    Craig Y.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 573 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Deb Hill Cone's take on Amy Chua's Pressure To Succeed 101.

    "There is one school of thought that the next great human rights movement - after civil rights and feminism - will be the fight for the rights of children not to be emotionally stuffed up by their parents. Remember, it was only about 100 years ago that Freud came up with the newfangled concept that what happens to us as kids has an impact on us as adults. Wacky. Before that children were treated as property."

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5443 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    So both Broad and Pope are jumping before they’re pushed. It’ll be interesting to see if the new Chief Commissioner implents many of the report’s recommendations. I’ve a horrible feeling things won’t change much, though.

    Broad's resignation was announced at the end of June, long before the report came out. Pope's resignation is a little less clear.

    The rank is Commissioner, not Chief Commissioner. And it's hard to tell. The new Commissioner is respected in the ranks, which is not necessarily true of Broad and may make it easier for him to "encourage" cultural changes of such a sweeping nature. That he's been out of the country for much of the period where all this has shaken free of the tree also means he lacks the baggage that attaches to Broad and the rest of the very senior residents of "Bullshit Castle".

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

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