Posts by Andre Alessi

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?,

    As someone with a name that many with a Niu Zilun ecksunt can turn into an Enochian invocation, I feel a certain amount of sympathy for Mr Wewege. Not the emotional manipulation, lying, arrogance, venality or stupidity, mind; but the name thing must be an irritant on top of everything else.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 838 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And on Kiwiblog and Whaleoil. That's quite a lot of readers

    Fair call, although I would hope that concern for the opinions of WhaleOil readers isn't a significant part of the PM's thought processes when making public pronouncements. The Kiwiblog commentary on the nuts and bolts of the background disputes doesn't seem to be nearly as detailed, as far as I can tell.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 838 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    I don't have much time for Key as a general rule, but his restrained, mature reaction to this palaver has been exceptional, especially when every other person and their dog felt the need to snicker and snark. I don't know if the suggestions of shutting down a National party shitfight are even necessary: most people don't even register when party officials/boosters start sniping at each other, especially not on Facebook.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 838 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving right along?,

    Given how spectacularly this thing has blown up in everyone's face, I'd hope people think twice before trying this kind of crap in the future.

    I know I'm being overly generous to the humanity and capacity for learning of some of the participants, but I can hope.

    I imagine there have been some terse conversations between the two Slaters in the last week.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 838 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: An Outstanding Evening,

    Jean Grae, the South African/American MC has written a lovely tribute to her late mother, South African musician, Sathima Bea Benjamin (including a nice link to one of Sathima's songs at the end of the post.)

    Grae has also put up a new track of her own, titled FUCKERY LEVEL 3000, for free or for bucks as you like on Bandcamp:

    http://jeangrae.bandcamp.com/track/fuckery-level-3000

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 838 posts Report Reply

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

    Or perhaps, "Speaking on behalf of all women.." to banish all doubt.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 838 posts Report Reply

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

    I'm still unconvinced that Lusk plays anything like a significant role in National Party politics anywhere other than his own mind (and the minds of those trying to justify having paid exorbitant fees to him.) He's certainly less influential than DPF or Slater, for contrast.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 838 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

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    I was going to suggest that, if Slater truly wanted to embarrass Brown, he would post that video of him rapping, but then...

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 838 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli, in reply to Cam Slater,

    You guys were donkey deep in salivating over Richard Worth, commented about Alasdair Thompson and hounded Nick Smith...so did I for the record...at least I am consistent

    Worth was accused of committing a crime. Thompson used his role as an influential industry figure to actively excuse gender discrimination using made up "facts" he pulled out of his arse. Smith used his position as minister to influence ACC's supposedly independent decision-making processes. Brown had consensual sex with someone other than his wife.

    One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just isn't the same.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 838 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

    I've been trying to formulate a response with more value that just saying, "I don't want to hear about the private lives of our elected representatives", but really, that's all I can come up with right now. No one (other than the obvious) seems to have gained anything from this clusterbark.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 838 posts Report Reply

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