Posts by James Butler

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  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Todd Scott’s august organ. :)

    Enough of people's organs already.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

    Without knowing too much, would it have looked weird if he didn't agree to be her referee? If I had worked with a Mayor on anything I'd expect to get mileage from it in job applications.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: No Red Wedding,

    No Red Wedding

    The signal to start the killing was The Internationale, but the band was confused and played The National instead.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Done like a dinner, in reply to Lilith __,

    This would be a fission reactor.

    No, Rich has it right.

    ETA: oh ok, partially.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: History, motherfuckers, in reply to Danielle,

    I tell you what though, music nerdery IS often a sausagefest.

    The word “music” in that sentence is a tad redundant, no?

    ETA: to clarify I'm talking about the kind of self-important exclusionary nerdery that has been discussed in this thread. Not in the "fake geek girl meme" sense.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Game Lorde, in reply to Russell Brown,

    "And this 16 year old is still being sexualised in the selling of her music"

    This makes me think Sweetman's not seen any pop music by young women in the last, er, 40 years

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  • Hard News: Game Lorde, in reply to Danielle,

    I have decided that music critics obsessed with “realness” and “authenticity” are going to be first against the fucking wall when the revolution comes.

    "Does he really want to hold her hand? Who is she anyway? I don't think she exists."

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The shaky ground of…, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Those questions on the US immigration application? Draft as a coot! I always wonder if anyone ever answers ‘yes’ to any of them

    My mother-in-law was detained by US immigration last year when she absent-mindedly ticked "Yes" on all of them instead of "No". I would say "hilarity ensued", but hilarity is verboten when dealing with US immigration.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Jonesing, in reply to Myles Thomas,

    Could it be that Jones is the more right-wing of the three hence he is the preference for the National Party and for Guyon and Duncan (Guncan anybody?)

    My working theory is that he's the candidate who is most like a corporate neolib swinging dick, which means that for National (and certain other middle-age white men):
    a) he's the only one whose motivations they understand, and
    b) he's obviously the public's first choice, I mean, what more could anyone want?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Jonesing, in reply to ChrisW,

    FINALLY someone who.

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