Posts by Rob Stowell

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Bombathon Begins, in reply to Scott G,

    Celia managed Into The Void – and had sung with The After Dinner Mints ‘in pub residencies, at racehorse launches and champagne breakfasts’.

    The After Dinner Mints on a good night were great fun*. Recently hunted out a grainy interlaced vhs and there was Celia, singing ‘Girl from Ipanema’ (with Ross Humphrey on guitar) at our (rather chaotic) 1990 wedding. Jeez everyone seems so young!
    *I don't remember anything more glamorous than dingy half-empty Chch pubs, though - the old 'Provincial' maybe - whatever that venue was called?

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  • Hard News: LATE: From #Slacktivism to Activism, in reply to EE,

    Maybe this will remind you…
    https://www.facebook.com/thespinofftv/videos/vb.585595504882807/818024834973205/?type=2&theater

    Watching this clip, I was struck that, despite editing, abbreviation, and hyperbole, the supposedly ignorant protesters were not so far off-target. What they said in the bits shown in Jose’s clip – loss of sovereignty, more power to corporations, and worry that one’s children would suffer – all seem fairly close to what, eg a Nobel-prize winning economist thinks.
    Maybe it’s the journalists who don’t understand what they are reporting on?

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  • Hard News: Reimagining Journalism, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Was the WordCHCH panel recorded?

    Yes, by RNZ.

    There should be masses of audio from WORD – eventually. I talked to the soundperson doing the recording (at another event), and he said it might be a couple of weeks before it’s all up.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Gaffer Departs,

    P J Harvey - two shows in NZ. (Nothing in Chch :()

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  • Hard News: LATE: From #Slacktivism to Activism,

    And on the other hand, I know I wasn’t the only one who had qualms about both the TPP and some of the crankery and conspiracy theorising in the broader campaign against it.

    Can be a very awkward place. On the one hand, you don’t want to antagonise allies or get involved in internecine warfare. On the other hand – puh-leez! I mean – you actually believe that?!
    I get that politically. Overall the Green Party’s policy probably comes closest to what I’d like to see for Aotearoa. I’ve voted Green more than once (and probably will again.) But I spray weeds and I’m not blanket opposed to GMOs and all the kids have had their shots – so there are times when I just don’t feel like one of the club.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Gaffer Departs,

    The WORD thing looked great. And a good after party it seems :)
    I'm a bit conflicted about King Loser. Some glorious music, but the personal toll has been tough. Will listen with interest.

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  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave,

    Isn’t this just another way of outsourcing? ‘Education is a service – let’s put it out for tender.’ Charter schools were a start, but haven’t really done the biz yet.
    It has the additional benefit to Hekia of letting teachers' unions know they are still in the cross-hairs. And it puts the correspondence school on notice that private provision is just around the corner.

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  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?, in reply to Tinakori,

    the economic zombie fallacy that there has to be reciprocity for the benefits to be realised.

    Hey ho. Maybe you can explain the benefits to NZ of one-sided ISDs and 70-year copyright.

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  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?,

    What happens to all the legislative change we have in the pipeline so TPP can swing into effect? 70 years of bloody copyright - what a joke.
    Knowing this lot, we will pass it all anyway, just to be ahead of the game - so later on we have nothing left to bargain with ...

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  • Legal Beagle: The law to make it easier…, in reply to Tim Darlington,

    Well, zero is a number…

    Is it? Or is it the absence of a number? The Rt Hon Bridges must clarify immediately!

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