Posts by Brent Jackson

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to mark taslov,

    My wife had suddenly had to go up north for her Grandfather’s death, I had fuck all money, no business colleague, no other member of my household. So couldn’t vote.

    Justice of the Peace is on the list. There are a couple in every suburb, all listed in the phone book, all only too happy to help.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 427 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to Moz,

    I guess that's the danger of argument-by-absurdity. You may be taken literally - some people really do have absurd arguments at times.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 427 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Keith Ng,

    Maybe a rephrasing: Media isn’t (necessarily) responsible for the failure, but they are responsible for making it work again, because it’s their raison d’etre.

    I think that you are wrong about this, but only insofar as it is no longer media's reason for existence. Media is a business providing a return to its shareholders. The media is no longer part of the fourth estate, but are part of the entertainment industry.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 427 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to stephen clover,

    The Farrar angle is there now, under the heading 'Dirty Politics'.

    Interesting that the heading includes single quote marks. Is that because it is quoting somebody (ie it is in speech marks), or is this a use of scare quotes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 427 posts Report Reply

  • Access: You Can Call Me Brave Now,

    In that case, anything a person decides to do or not, is an act of bravery in the face of uncertainty.

    I think the degree of braveness is in the irreversibility of the option. Inaction is the easier option, so actively instigating an irreversible option is definitely brave.

    I fervently hope it improves your life.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to mark taslov,

    Interestingly, the first 10 comments were all totally against the Herald &/or the National Party. I normally don't read the comments (to avoid dismay at humanity), but all of these commentators were polite and made sensible statements. Is that a first ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 427 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to izogi,

    Tread on people like this instead of including them and they’ll do more than just disagree with you. They’ll start to hate you. National’s making sure that everything National is actually about John Key. And people who somehow haven’t been affected can’t understand why others “hate John Key” so much.

    Well put. Extremely well put.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 427 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    Too right. 400,000 or so voters admitting having their vote affected by Nicky's book - that is way significant!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 427 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy, in reply to S-L,

    They should be preventing the next generation to be aware of the drugs in existence and change the way people think about taking it.

    I believe you need the opposite. You need the younger generation to be aware of drugs, and be aware of the potential problems with them. Withholding information is not the answer.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 427 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to tussock,

    Absolutely awesome tussock. Can we make this compulsory reading in all schools ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 427 posts Report Reply

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