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  • Hard News: A wretched editorial, in reply to Pete,

    I can roughly tag openly racist talk being cut to the Satchi “racists have smaller brains” billboard campaign, that was about the time that these guys clicked that it was no longer acceptable.

    It's still around, but it's gone crypto, courtesy of professional turd polishers like Lee Atwater:

    "You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968 you can't say "nigger" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."

    And tellingly, he spin doctored right up till his last breath:

    "[Atwater] was telling this story about how a Living Bible was what was giving him faith and I said to Mary (Matalin), 'I really, sincerely hope that he found peace.' She said, 'Ed, when we were cleaning up his things afterwards, the Bible was still wrapped in the cellophane and had never been taken out of the package,' which just told you everything there was. He was spinning right to the end."

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4060 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A wretched editorial, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Rodney Hide pulled a spectacularly gross and ill-conceived concern troll on Maggie Barry in his Herald on Sunday column this week.

    Does anyone still take him seriously after he became the perk-feeder he railed against?

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely,

    And there's also the possible wildcard of the lawsuit-happy Graham McCready getting two Johns in a row.

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Pete George,

    3 News has Dotcom's bomb threat online now:

    That is, if Edward Snowden doesn't spill another bean about NZ.

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  • Hard News: Hope and Wire, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I hope you will, because I don’t think I can afford to put my foot through the TV. I feel perfectly OK about writing this down as a “well-intentioned and basically honorable fail.”

    That's likely because ACC would be unlikely to cover it. Use a 2x4 instead. Or better still, a brick.

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  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today, in reply to Luke Williamson,

    I stronly suspect that environmental and societal breakdown may occur faster than most suspect, especially in the US of A, and heaven knows if we are capable of dragging ourselves out of that mess.

    Nick Hanauer, who made his billions investing in Amazon and selling to Microsoft, knows the writing is on the wall. And he's calling his fellow billionaires - "plutocrats" in his words - out on it.

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  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to Andrew C,

    That was basically killed by environmental NIMBY complaints.

    Out of curiosity, what proportion of them are actual environmentalists, as opposed to people acting out of property value self-interest? It's definitely a biggie with wind farms, as was shown in the docudrama The Age of Stupid.

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  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today, in reply to linger,

    Yeh, but school pupils generally are anti-establishment whenever this is an option (regardless of the establishment's political hue).

    Even Grammar boys & Dio girls? Not so sure about that.

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  • Hard News: Going solar?,

    In the words of Bucky Fuller, "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." And solar panels are just one of those new models taking steps towards micro-generation and getting off the grid, thus reducing dependence on publicly listed powercos who only answer to faceless shareholders.

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  • Hard News: Now win the argument, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I’m fairly convinced that the idea of a financial transaction tax is actually being covertly promoted by mega-rich individuals and corporations in the certain knowledge that they’d never have to pay a penny of one.

    Here in NZ, it was promoted by the decidedly mercantilist/dirigiste Jim Anderton.

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