Posts by Ana Simkiss

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  • Hard News: Cultures and violence, in reply to BenWilson,

    I recall the change post Port Douglas. However I don't think that gun ownership was as widespread in Australia. Nor were there quite the same strong cultural associations between guns and some fringe-y groups that very well might use those arms to defend their constitutional right to bear arms.

    Anyway, premature. You'd have to get this sort of measure past Congress, Senate and the Supreme Court. It might even take a constitutional amendment.

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  • Hard News: Cultures and violence,

    The thing that has been twisting my noodle is this. How would you ever get those weapons out of circulation if the US Goverment decided to go ahead and legislate for that?

    Imagine, against the odds, that the US decides to limit or eliminate assault weapons. How, when many of those weapons are in the hands of militarist/millenist/survivalist/libertarian tea party wingers/2nd amendment nuts (etc), is the government going to take those weapons away? I foresee Waco x many if that happens.

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  • Hard News: Crossing the line into idle bigotry,

    Speaking of lazy op eds, anyone have the fortitude to read all of Bob Jones' epistle in the herald ? The headline "it's retarded and gay not to see funny side of life." hear that everyone? If you don't think Bob is funny you're retarded and gay. Or something.

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  • Hard News: Crossing the line into idle bigotry,

    slightly o/t but for a really toxic media environment you can't beat the Daily Mail. Here is a very thorough explanation of why

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  • Speaker: Dreams Do Come True, in reply to izogi,

    I strongly suspect that the reification of the constitution is a reason why wholesale electoral reform seems to be off the table.

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  • Speaker: Dreams Do Come True,

    Tracey you were super in the TV3 election coverage - very well done. But as to your central thesis, as long as people are voting for racist reasons, the election and the electorate are not colour blind.

    It cannot be doubted that there were some votes cast against Obama because of pure old fashioned racism. I don't know if those remnants will ever be gotten rid of. Happily, the ones that are not prejudiced on race appear to now have a small majority and gaining. That is definitely something to celebrate.

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  • OnPoint: The Source,

    There's still time to change the road you're on, though

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  • Speaker: The Democracy-Free Zone,

    Do we all get the threat to local self determination posed by the recent Nat reform of the legislation? As in, local government has no role in social issues?

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  • Hard News: Changing news,

    I was worried there might be a cleanout of senior (expensive) writers when they freshened up the herald, but it appears not. I hope.

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  • Hard News: Friday music: Worst DJ ever, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    the Only Ones' classic Another Girl, Another Planet - but how many of the audience would have got that?

    Everyone - it's been used for a mobile network ad in the UK for years. Just as long as they didn't get the actual band to perform it - I saw them attempt it and it's just tragic. Drugs are bad mmkay?

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