Posts by Don Christie

  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics,

    James Keating, also won a hamper by having his name drawn from the list of Word of the Year voters.

    Recount...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We're in this together,

    Thanks Russell. Have a great summer.

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  • Access: Phillip Hughes: a personal reflection, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Thanks Russell. I did see that video at the time. My concern was not so much with the immediate reaction but a total silence from the more general NZ cricket community about another near death incident.

    I did read that Reason article. It was pretty shit. Not because of the underlying points but because of the way he constantly wants to lay the sporting woes of the world at NZ's feet and twists facts to suit that narrative.

    I do love cricket, I was brought up on the Windies smashing England and loved them for it. But it was Lloyd and Richards that I particularly admired (although Joel "Big Bird" Garner was pretty amazing).

    That said, I still hate bouncers.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Phillip Hughes: a personal reflection,

    That’s core to cricket and shouldn’t be reduced say by banning the bouncer

    Why not? It's a cowardly act whose intent is to maim or worse. Maybe we should re-introduce spear tackles to rugby.

    Note that the Blackcaps nearly killed a Pakistani cricketer a couple of weeks ago, any reaction in NZ?

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    I'd love to see you write an open letter to Clayton Cosgrove.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Sportsball Special!,

    "Tracey Nelson has done the numbers" Good lord, haka.co.nz is still going. Copyright 2000 Catalyst.Net Ltd. Halcyon days.

    And....nice work Tracy!

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  • Hard News: Circumstance and coincidence,

    I don't think the USA needs a "special" reason to go after Dotcom, as suggested by Paul and Peter. The excessive zeal with which they have proved willing to hound alleged copyright offenders is well documented. RIP Aaron Awartz.

    The current regime has its roots in Bill Clinton's administration who decided tat America's future was not in making stuff but in protecting ideas. This has turned out to be an economic falsity but US corporates are now so wedded to the model of extreme IP protection that much of the apparatus of the state (including the NSA and 5 Eyes) is designed to enforce that regime.

    And that is also why Joe Biden is so strongly identified with current idiocies.

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  • Hard News: Circumstance and coincidence,

    at the behest of the US, which wanted to refocus its intelligence activity towards the protection of intellectual property interests

    This is the pattern of everything we have seen coming out of the US for at least a decade. The power they are seeking, and have achieved, over all internet users is scary. It has been carried out behalf of private enterprise. It has nothing to do with public interest or even, good economics.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    Coming here a little late. I was in London when the Saraha storm hit. I didn't really notice it. But I do know that, thanks to congestion charges, London is a much nicer place to be and travel around then it has been for a long time. In other news the UK's greenhouse emission levels have:

    "been falling gradually over the last two decades, by around 21% since 1990, as energy efficiency improved and the use of gas power displaced more carbon intensive coal. "

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/27/greenhouse-gas-emissions-fall-in-the-uk

    Dear New Zealand, that's what happens when you show leadership.

    In related news I did fly here, and do so every 9 months or so. The Internet is brilliant and does reduce the need for face to face meetings but it is still very hard to reproduce the connections and more constant flow of discussions that you can get from personal interactions...Hugging is harder.

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

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