Posts by giovanni tiso

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  • Hard News: Not doing justice, in reply to John Morrison,

    Gibson said in this morning's radio i/v he repeated what a constituted said to him, not understanding the full background of the term.
    BTW I know the word but I didn't realise the sensitive meaning of it either.

    I may be being sensitive here, but if you read Gibson's whole comment, with the part about John Key's "sneer" and his role in the GFC, it was as if he had drawn the classic antisemitic cartoon.

    Also, if Labour candidates could stop blaming their constituents for putting bad thoughts in their ears - see Shearer after the "man on the roof" debacle - it would be dandy. What are they, children?

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  • Hard News: Not doing justice, in reply to Matt Crawford,

    [Mallard] and many of his colleagues have refused to even stand on the Party list

    That is surely a good thing?

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Why don't you have a vote? Very good policy - wonder who wrote it. But it doesn't specifically mention the repeal of the NZPHDA Amendment Act.

    Curious mismatch with the education policy, which is very light on inclusion, and talks about meeting the learning needs of disabled children in "well resourced learning environments" - which I fear might be code for special units.

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb, in reply to Sacha,

    I found working on Down screening policy really challenging and complex

    I know a woman who's doing her PhD on that.

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  • Speaker: Let's talk about class, in reply to Barnard,

    The idea that you could support the idea of marriage equality, for the identical reason you care about Pike river, namely justice, and that justice need not be tied to either class or narrow definitions of identify, or be limited by your own 'privilege' seems to have been lost by a lot of the modern left

    Marriage equality: nobody loses. Stronger unions, higher wages for low-paid professions, protection for workers (including protection of their employment through trade tariffs) are in the interest of some social groups, and against the interests of others. And for those who preach empathy as a workable political category, I'd point to the continuing demonisation of beneficiaries, and how it is subscribed to by many voters of nominally left wing parties.

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  • Speaker: Let's talk about class, in reply to bob daktari,

    Thing is never expect middle class liberals to fight a class war

    Bingo. Asking middle class liberals to be more class-conscious and at the same time expecting them to fight or care for the working class is a contradiction.

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  • Hard News: Weirder yet, in reply to Russell Brown,

    He’d been in town working on it the night before the raid, which is more than two years ago.

    I see.

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  • Hard News: Weirder yet, in reply to Russell Brown,

    This all happened before the political party

    Wasn't Good Times made when Dotcom was already planning the party? The album launch was also supposed to be the party's launch. (Not that I think being racist before deciding to become a politician is in any way exculpatory, mind, but.)

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  • Capture: One picture of you, and no more, in reply to Lilith __,

    That's just wonderful.

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  • Hard News: The New New News,

    Unlike Huffington, presumably Buzzfeed is paying its writers. So there's that.

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