Posts by B Jones

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  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    I could give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're talking about grundnorm etc, but I read that link, and it's up there with Ken Ring and David Icke. I guess if there's alternative history and science, there's alternative legal theory.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 833 posts Report Reply

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

    The legislation is not effective because there is more to sovereignty than political supremacy, and the NZ parliament doesn't meet the criteria.

    Is this a Maori sovereignty argument? Because it looks like that's the logical conclusion, but people arguing that usually use a lot less carthago delenda est and a lot more rangatiratanga.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    On the subject of atheists enjoying Christmas, I'd like to add this:
    White wine in the sun

    It's also nice in that it's clearly Southern Hemisphere without being kitsch kiwiana or aussiana.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    It's a bit apocalyptic, but this is nicely put:

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    It's not even politics, it's pure us vs them, which has a long and dishonourable history. Person x is on the other team (whether that's within the nats or outside) and is therefore scum and not worthy of any respect whatsoever.

    One hateful team pretty much inevitably gives rise to its opposite, and it's hard not to respond to it all by picking up a pitchfork and wading in. Hager's done a masterful job of keeping a tone of measured disapproval throughout the book. I think he's right in that the whole thing poisons the well, and makes politics only possible for those with the spoons to engage on that level, turning off the majority of us who don't think calling people c****s etc is acceptable political discourse. But how else do you shut it down? I don't have an answer.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    The chapter links in my kindle version don't work, which makes it hard to jump around within the text. But that being said, knowing a little bit about how publication works, it's a good thing that it's available at all so soon after the paper version is out. There's lots of tinkering to do between final copy and e-publication, and indexing it properly takes a reasonable second place to making it available quickly.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    The whole thing puts the Whaleoil attacks on Tania Billingsley in a different context, doesn't it?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    I would say that the name Shylock is more or less unknown to the majority of Pakeha New Zealanders, let alone the PI and Asian ones

    A lot of us came across it in 7th form English, which not everyone takes, but it's not one of the more obscure plays. And there were definitely PI and Asian kids in my class.

    And while Shylock's a problematic stereotype from a time gone by, he does get some damn good lines:

    Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs,
    dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with
    the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
    to the same diseases, heal'd by the same means,
    warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer
    as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
    If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us,
    do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
    If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.
    If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility?
    Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his
    sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge.
    The villainy you teach me, I will execute,
    and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.

    (Act III, scene I)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    I can't decide whether I'd rather they went the full contrails and Celts monty, thus alienating 99% of the electorate, or toned it down, stopped contributing to racial disharmony and got more influence as a result. It's easier to be academic about it when I'm not the one facing negative stereotypes.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    I think they're trying to be down with the kids. I actually read once on one of those sites a sort of strategy that involved attempting to recruit the grandkids (presumably the ones over 18). Because there's nothing that shapes the views of young people like their racist grandparents.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 833 posts Report Reply

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