Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Emma Hart,

    The Women’s March have put out a Ten actions for the First 100 Days.

    This is another big difference from Occupy, which insisted on having no defined goals.

    Well, that and the blessed absence of fucking V for Vendetta masks on the march.

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  • Hard News: Taking the stage in Mount Albert, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Sigh – clearly the most important thing is how he appears. Not content.

    Presentation is part of politics. As irksome as it may seem, Helen Clark's political stocks rose after she got styled.

    But it's not only appearance: being able to speak and present your ideas engagingly is vital.

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  • Hard News: Taking the stage in Mount Albert, in reply to Deborah,

    Something else that was interesting was that there are a lot of younger activists getting involved.

    Yes. I’ve been to local Labour events that have had the distinct feel of God’s Waiting Room.

    Jacinda had a team of mainly young people lined up to go doorknocking after the speech.

    That was a great move. It said “It starts now! Who’s with me?”

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    The women’s march appealed to so many because Trump’s culture of rampant sexism affects women of every class everywhere, be they pretty young scions of the middle class being condescended to in the law firm or a middle aged woman working in diner putting up with emboldened truck drivers. That broad appeal gave them mass.

    I was at the Auckland march and the range of issues aired by speakers was considerably wider than that. Tracey Barnett spoke largely about refugees, for example.

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  • Hard News: Taking the stage in Mount Albert, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Aren’t those odds 100% now? Whoever wins the by-election will become the MP for Mt Albert.

    Ha. Right. I meant, y'know, Labour MP, as they've all been.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

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    Couple more, just as the last walkers were arriving.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

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    The panoramas (uploaded at full resolution).

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    The Auckland march was fabulous. I missed the walk up Queen Street (I was e-waste recycling), but got to Myers Park just as the final marchers were arriving.

    The event in the park had a lovely vibe and the speakers were strong, positive and to the point. It was hard to get a handle on the crowd because people spread out, but certainly more than 2000.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And another one.

    EPA scientists are rushing to save climate data available to the public on their website, after being told it would be removed.

    This is a war on knowledge. It's evil.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way, in reply to mark taslov,

    That is genuinely heartening Russell. I had to google and I’m pleased I did.

    Pani's way cool.

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