I've always kind of loved Catharine Asaro. They're basically a combination of romance novel and the kind of hard scifi that spends five pages explaining how Klein bottles work.
A friend has suggested the cigar line is a reference to Kipling:
And a woman is only a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke.
Ah, of course. For some reason I read it as "doesn't come close to being a cigar", which given that columnist's history, would not be out of the question.
Even today there’s something in the Herald for Emma to deconstruct
Curvaceous women are more sensitive to pain than others, scientists believe
Oh Steve. I know as much about pain as Keith does about stats.
So we have established Keith Ng is a computer programmer who works in the journalism area ( among others)
No, that's okay, Steve. What's really important is the way you acknowledged your fuck-up and owned it.
Certainly I acknowledge that some heard a different message than we were sending.
You used ethnicity as a proxy for nationality. People said your analysis was a sound way of determining ethnicity, but if ethnicity is not the problem, but nationality, why do that?
I simply cannot believe people actually thought that if they defined a problem in terms of race, it wouldn't be discussed in terms of race. You were the ones who used "Chinese" to mean "foreign". Of course that made NZ Chinese people feel othered and threatened. Could you not find a NZ Chinese person to run it by before you released it? Did that not occur to anyone?
If this really was cock-up and not conspiracy, Labour needs to apologise. Properly. Not "if people were offended", properly.
I’ve always thought that free speech is probably the single most important right in our society and we are all damaged when it is restricted.
Also, I think you're working from an assumption that if everyone is allowed to say whatever they like, you hear all voices. This simply isn't the case. Virulent, aggressive speech causes some people to withdraw, to stop speaking. Speech is not a level playing field. It's harder for some voices to get heard than others.
You don't like it. I get that. You've said it several times now. You don't appear to have listened much to anything anyone has said in response.
I've always assumed that anti-abortion sentiment comes from a place where ignorance, lack of empathy, and a massive sense of entitlement cavort merrily together through the fields.
If Russell is not around to moderate then comments should be shut down for everyone, not just intransigent “pro-lifers ”.
This discussion is not about moderation. It's about an issue which is sensitive, and extremely painful and personal to some people. This is a community where we value those voices and try to provide safe spaces for them. If you don't like that, there are plenty of other places you can go that don't. The internet is a very big place. You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, etc.
Abortion is legal
No it is not. It should be, but it is not, it is a crime.
If a women CHOOSES to be sexually active she can take RESPONSIBILITY for that,
And if a MAN chooses to be sexually active...