Posts by Craig Ranapia

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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    I can’t find that relevant. I’d struggle to find a war that I’d accept as a ‘good one’. But if I did (I do support some peace-keeping, and can see a peace-keeping angle in this one) devaluing our passport is the least of our concerns.

    And, really, should we start telling journalists and aid workers -- you know the folks ISIL are cheerfully murdering -- they "endanger New Zealanders traveling overseas" and "devalue our passports" as well?

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Sacha,

    ooh, you must have loved your tribe calling the King of Tonga a slug.
    etc, etc ,etc

    Of course I do, Sacha. Every bit as much as you love "your tribe" calling National Maori MPs "John Key's little house niggers" -- which was defended by a couple of other ex-MPs turned talk radio shocks jocks, who have the most lovely record of on-air slut-shaming of rape victims.

    If you want to play guilt by tenuous association, we can play. I prefer to operate on the presumption that everyone with a grain of human decency finds Messers Laws, Jackson and Tamihere repugnant.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    Craig, please enlighten me, is someone righteous like you happy to have someone as your current party leader and prime minister who lies as freely and frequently as John Key does?

    I'm perfectly happy to criticize "my party" -- and everyone in it, from the leader on down -- when I think it's warranted. Just like everyone else. It's really not that hard to do it while avoiding dehumanizing and demeaning slurs.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Sacha,

    poodle does not warrant dudgeon (high or low) when it so accurately reflects the relationship.

    Well, I'll look after my dudgeon (whatever level it settles at) and you take care of yours. I really get that the government isn't shaking down to your taste, but you better get used to it and the simple realities of both what "confidence and supply" actually means and how MMP works.

    And I guess I had the misfortune of being brought up around kuia where calling anyone an animal tended to provoke the kind of dudgeon aimed squarely at one's arse.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I was most taken with the ‘Poodle’ reference when Linda Clark
    unleashed it on election night – I’m guessing she was referring to British terminology which very adultly has it as

    Well, I've heard Ms. Clark referred to in canine terms that are considered, at best, somewhat vulgar when applied to disagreeable or disobliging women. And I'm sure she'd (quite rightly) have some interesting suggestions where the relevant volume of the OED could be inserted by anyone following up such a reference with a page citation.

    And slightly less facetiously, Ian, if minor parties signing confidence and supply agreements justify calling MPs "poodles", I hope you'll have no problems with the usual suspects in the Kiwibog describing the Greens et. al. in exactly the same terms. I'd rather nobody bothered, but I seem to be in the minority on that score.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    NO THEY DIDN"T….. more like 30% ish of registered voters.

    Yeah, and 82% of registered voters still didn’t vote for Labour, so I think that dead horse has well and truly been flogged into well-ground dog meat.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    They can no longer govern alone – but can (and have ) made a gov’t as ‘dog walkers’ with the poodles – Seymour and Dunne, lapping up any affection sent their way…

    Ian:

    The next time you feel like lecturing me (or anyone else) on manners, how about you stop calling Dunne and Seymour "poodles" and give the infantalizing diminutives a rest?

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Festival of Non-Dudeyness, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    The Laneways lineup is crazy good. I don’t understand how it can be soooooo good?

    These things seem to be 90% obscenely hard work, carefully cultivated contacts, sound instincts (virtually indistinguishable from inspired guesswork) and just a dash of good luck for seasoning. :)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Festival of Non-Dudeyness, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Not bad for a 17 year-old, especially given that just being on that soundtrack gets every artist halfway to a hit.

    True enough. Arcade Fire isn’t going to be the next One Direction, but it did them no harm having the pretty good ‘Abraham’s Daughter’ playing over the end credits of The Hunger Games (and on its rather successful OST). And if I ever end up ruling a fascist dystopia, they’re definitely writing my national anthem…

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Festival of Non-Dudeyness,

    whose soundtrack Lorde has curated.

    How do you “curate” a soundtrack, as opposed to putting together an album of as much music from the film as you can afford to get sub-rights for? (Hell, I'm enough of an old coot to be thoroughly bewildered by the "soundtrack" full of music that was never in the film, never intended to be.)

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