Posts by Lilith __

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  • Capture: BOTY Potty.,

    I voted for Rifleman because it didn't have many votes. Neither does the Mohua/Yellowhead, possibly because so few people will have seen it. They're rare and endangered. There's one on the $100 note, which is also rarely seen by many of us.

    Riflemen/Titipounamu are our smallest bird at 8cm and 7g, smaller and rounder than really seems feasible. They're like tiny feathered spheres that dart around and sing. They used to be on the money too.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3517 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Because Statistical Rigour, in reply to Hebe,

    Y’know Lilith that they have to kill the hamlet to save it

    How much more Orwellian can things get?

    On tonight’s TV1 news Paraka quoted: “It’s widely agreed that post-earthquake changes to Chch’s schools are necessary”. Love that passive voice. Who is doing all this agreeing? And like it’s out of her hands, nothing to do with her.

    Sorry, not meaning to derail the thread. It’s just all so insane.

    Be great if the govt would let the teachers get on with teaching the kids and stop all this fiddling and meddling and pointless testing.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3517 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Because Statistical Rigour,

    In a week when the Ministry of Education can describe closing schools as "rejuvenation", I no longer expect anything to make sense.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3517 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Democracy-Free Zone, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    So, you didn't like what ECan was doing, and you're pleased they've been replaced with appointed commissioners?
    I don't like what the current govt is doing, but I sure as hell wouldn't rather they were replaced with commissioners.
    [Insofar as that hasn't already happened in Chch with Gerry and CERA and all their special powers.]
    The loss of democracy is so much worse than bad government.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3517 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Wellington? Well, I Would., in reply to Jos,

    A knitted g-string keeps things seemly!

    Easily unravelled, though? ;-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3517 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Democracy-Free Zone,

    I think part of our trouble here in Chch is that we're so worn out with disasters both natural and governmental. We're really, really tired. There are so many battles to be fought on so many fronts, and many people are preoccupied with what's most personal and immediate: trying to get their own homes sorted out.

    So any political solidarity people in other parts of NZ can provide, we are grateful for.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3517 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Democracy-Free Zone, in reply to Sacha,

    Can you blame them for being cocky?

    Blame them for being cocky, no. Blame them for abusing due process and taking away more of our rights, yes.

    I know we’re on the same side here Sacha. I’d like to yell at all the people who didn’t vote in the last election. Voter alienation and authoritarian government can be mutually-reinforcing I think. But is there a tipping point when the disaffected voters get scared and angry? Have we reached that point yet in Canty? Hope so.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3517 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Democracy-Free Zone, in reply to Sacha,

    that's who our nation and Canterbury's voters have elected.

    We didn't elect them to take our democracy away, though. You can't get a mandate for that!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3517 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Wellington? Well, I Would., in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    Love that one of your brother with the harbour, classic shot. And that enclosed feeling is so Wellington.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3517 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Waxeye outside the kitchen window this morning.

    Beautiful! And yes, waxeyes are not fussy about which way up they are. ;-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3517 posts Report Reply

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