Posts by BenWilson

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to nzlemming,

    Seen him 4 times so far. Drinking on each one. Hic.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Damian Christie,

    Curious about DPFs claim that the Southern Cross cable people claim that it's not possible it could have been accessed.

    Doesn't really convince me at this point, there are so many ways that such hacks could be pulled off that their assurances are not any kind of knockdown.

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  • Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election, in reply to nzlemming,

    OK, now it's been 20 mins...I need a redose....might have to head to the town hall.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to nzlemming,

    How long will it take for John Armstrong to demand his resignation? ;-)

    121 hours at least.

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  • Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election, in reply to Danielle,

    I’m not sure what the word is.

    Fallacious. Not to be confused with the closely related Fellatious.

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  • Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    really, really gets under your skins and drives you mad

    Well, it's true that I don't like him. Not because of his sizable (but not particularly amazing) popular appeal, but because of the things he does, and will do again, given enough votes from people like you who have clearly decided to vote for him because of his perceived personal magnetism. You're getting punked by a salesman.

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  • Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    That’s my opinion. Yours?

    That one will never be able to bear John Key's children from fellatio alone.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to tussock,

    Evidence. There’s nothing but evidence.

    Nice rant. The conclusion does depend on what constitutes evidence, but I do love how the picture drawn by science of the universe actually IS mindboggling, compared to the oft given claim that God is mindboggling, without actually giving us anything specific to boggle about.

    It segues nicely back to the original topic of the thread, I've been showing my little boys a documentary movie The History of the World in 2 Hours, as Defense against the Dark Arts, in case some Death Eater does get to them at school with religious bollocks. They enjoy it, but it's really quite a hard thing for children to roll with because it's packed from end to end with information, and it's not simple information, because it's not a simple story. The huge numbers are meaningless to them, and there's no narrative thread until we get to humanity somewhere around halfway. Its a good effort though.

    It's quite a contrast to religious versions of the same thing, which are basically designed as stories to be told. They'd have undue impact on childish minds, I think, so I definitely don't want it to be taught to them as some kind of credible alternative account of creation.

    Anyone know of any particularly good movies or TV series to continue embedding the scientific account of our origins for young children?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    if you’ve been away from New Zealand for the length of time after which two-thirds of NZers overseas don’t come back, you’re probably not coming back, so you don’t get to decide what happens here.

    That’s all pretty arbitrary. Why choose two-thirds and not 95%, or 99%? Why is “probably not coming back” grounds to lose the vote, and why should that only be assessed on the length of absence?

    To me it seems that people only do actually vote if they feel engaged with the country. That’s a pretty good deciding line right there. Not a lot of people will go out of their way to cast a special vote when they really couldn’t give a toss who the candidates are on account of the zero impact it has on their lives. But people who feel that they do have a stake, probably through continual contact with family and friends, should still be able to vote.

    I accept my line is also arbitrary. But I tend to favour lines that give people rights, rather than take them away. Especially when the right is as hard won as getting to vote. It seems to me that the people themselves are in the best position to decide how much their country means to them, much more so than an inflexible rule that is very impractical for people from a remote island.

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