Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Hard News: What to make of the spray, in reply to Duncan McKenzie,

    a positive side effect of the spray programme at my place - bug-free peaches off the tree

    That would make for a 'Cheery Orchard'...

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    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: The Colour Of Spring,

    never let a chance go by...
    There may be many opportunities for colourful Spring and evening shots at the Twilight Vintage Market at the Commons in Chchch on Friday night, 5-8pm.
    (The Commons is where the Pallet Pavillion used to be, which is where the Park Royal used to be, which was where Victoria Street used to be - back in the day when it actually was Market Square - circles within circles...)

    There may even be old codgers like me selling comics and books and stuff - rarities and oddities for prince and proletarian alike, step right up...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why we should not dismiss…,

    Comms Piracy...
    Perhaps not a conspiracy, just an action taken behind the scenes...

    I had to laugh this morning - The Press ran this Editorial...

    OPINION: The internet has been responsible for many good things, as a Google executive has observed, but the dark and horrible practice of "trolling" - spreading abusive and offensive comments - and similar such activities is not one of them. In the past, nasty and ugly remarks made by people generally did not go much beyond those they were in close touch with. It was limited by the size of social circles and naturally limited from spreading further by the general reluctance of people in civilised company to pass on wounding stuff said about others.
    ...
    Regulations and laws have been put in place to try to control the worst of this material and they have been effective up to a point. But laws and regulations, though they may deter some people, generally operate after the event, by which time damage may have been done. The best deterrent may be to try to bring home to internet users the fact that obnoxious behaviour is obnoxious wherever it occurs. There needs to be the cultivation of a greater awareness, possibly starting with young people who seem most likely to engage in ungoverned behaviour, that if it is not acceptable to say or do something directly to others, it is just as unacceptable to do or say it online.

    Their usual anti-trolling editorial - all very noble...

    Except when I first saw it - it had comments enabled - so I posted my usual 'oh the irony' comment about an anonymous leader writer railing against trolls and then enabling the Fairfax comment section, which is riddled with anonymous alias-bearing snipers ad snarkers - behaviour Fairfax doesn't allow in its 'hard copy 'Letters to the Editor' section - I then suggested that perhaps the next action after a call for change, might be to be part of that change themselves and insist that people own their own words on line.
    Nek Minnit© the Comments box is not available any more.
    Sorted!

    Much like the knee-jerk reaction of the State's punitive raid on Nicky Hager, it seems people with power (like Fairfax) don't like to see it questioned in public...

    I guess they just really like things to stay the same, despite protestations to the contrary...

    Life, eh, funny old game!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Prester John redux...?

    John Key is looking forward to going to Saudi Arabia next year to negotiate a free trade agreement.

    I mean, can we get even a little condemnation up in here?

    Those who live by the Saud...

    :- (

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative,

    Ratings, what is it good for?
    Meanwhile Britain's finest are working hard
    to foment unrest in South America...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to Farmer Green,

    what is a Prime Minister supposed to do?

    apparently this:

    With his third-term Cabinet sworn in, Prime Minister John Key is gearing up for a push on housing, education and employment laws.

    I dread to think how that will manifest itself...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to Marc C,

    In loyal support of all such noble values, New Zealand’s government is “leading the way”, I suppose, everywhere, on equal terms, in all fairness, so all are treated equally, no matter what economic relevance they may have or not.

    And are our universities doing well in the struggle, too? ...seems not

    and I'm guessing Mr Joyce won't be rushing to put more focus on social education above 'growth (read money) related industries' at our tertiary institutions any time soon...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative,

    Key has no sense of scale or proportion...
    Tonight on the news, responding to the discovery of a previously unidentified fault through wellington harbour, which was last active 6000 years ago - I think he might have been asked if he thought they should shift the Capital, to which he replied that he didn't think so, as Wellington has been there for a very long time, and this didn't change anything...!

    I'm guessing he must just operate in 3 year cycles, anything beyond that is, well, geological time, right?

    Had Chchch known about the unidentified fault that laid us low, would we have been so sanguine, and for Key to do so knowing what happened just seems naive.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to BenWilson,

    Sharkey is here

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    I AM...
    Perhaps it would help if we were all Rawshark...

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