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  • Speaker: Not even a statistic, in reply to BenWilson,

    Rape culture itself has only theory on its side, and it’s got plenty enough voices to fight feminist theory, shouting match for shouting match

    Rereading that, it sounds terrible. I'm not saying feminists only shout. Just that when it's them vs rape culture that's how it goes down, because they've got an opponent that's got no interest in good faith. And because of that, more likely, it goes silent on one side. I've seen this over and over since I've been paying attention.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8323 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Not even a statistic, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Women are already doing as much as they can to stop rape, if we want to change this culture it has to come from changes to the other half of society.

    I don't know about that. Rape culture isn't just about raping or not raping, it's about the conditions that make it easier to get away with, and how women react to rape victims, and how they talk about the problem of rape is quite important. It all sets the backdrop. But certainly men must do way, way more.

    On that, though, it's hard to actually make practical advice. I don't even know that we're at a stage where advice is something even worth giving. It seems to me that the biggest inroads are simply the stream of factual information about rape and what it is really like that makes the biggest difference. Cold hard statistics like "most rapes are not by strangers", and powerful personal accounts like Katrina's. The more normalized it is to know these facts and stories, the more progress I think we will make. Considering that they are set against absolutely no facts, and very few actual stories on the other side, it's a battle that should slowly get won. Rape culture itself has only theory on its side, and it's got plenty enough voices to fight feminist theory, shouting match for shouting match. But on the facts, it's got nothing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8323 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Not even a statistic,

    No. I would not, and it breaks my heart to say that.

    I understand. What would you advise?

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  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    Don't forget all the wood collecting, chopping and stacking too. You probably should have a decent chainsaw unless you're really handy with an axe.

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

    The clown with the chequebook might take away the chequebook, too. In which case it will fail for more prosaic reasons. Letting him dance seems to be the least they can do.

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  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today,

    The Hydra meat works at the top of College Hill had "Pigs Disown Muldoon" scrawled on it for years.

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  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    It’s to be noted that gas is way cheaper than electricity, which changes the (financial) economics if you have a mains gas connection.

    Changes again if you don't, though? And changes again if you're making your own electricity at the time :-).

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

    Yes, it was a surreal moment, quite outside of anything I'd experienced before, to have an economic policy decision announced with the immediacy of a disaster or war newsflash. It couldn't wait for the news hour? It was, after all, news, and would have been the number one item, and would of course have had Muldoons leer for us to cringe at one more time.

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  • Hard News: A wretched editorial, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I can think of no reason that she, of all people, should not be allowed to speak her mind.

    Nor can I think of any reason why a big news outlet shouldn't cover it, since it was actually a very popular news item, something watched and rewatched by a lot of people. It wouldn't matter if Billingsley had nothing interesting to say at all, there would still be public interest in her saying it. The number of worthless know-nothing interviews that we get all the time from people just because they were trivially involved in some news item is huge. How can it be anything but big news to get an interview from the very person involved in a majorly controversial item?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8323 posts Report Reply

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

    Is there a cost to the electricity supplier (or network supplier) to take excess power out from a house and put it back into the distribution network?

    Yes. They do need altered infrastructure if the amount of that power gets large, which it could if there’s a huge growth in home PV.

    But. There is also a lowered transportation cost, in theory, since the power is being produced nearer to where it’s being used. And obviously the power is, itself, of value. It’s power they don’t have to supply from elsewhere.

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