Posts by BenWilson

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  • Hard News: We are all twatcocks now…,

    I'm curious, is there a received actual definition of twatcock? I can see what the words connote individual but that is not the same thing. So far, I've been using it to mean "someone who is a cock, and a cunt". But it struck me this might be wrong, maybe it's "a gender neutral word for someone who is a cock".

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  • Hard News: The Wellington Cables,

    I think pretty much everyone here is on the same page, and struggling to find something to argue about, really. We all know that we don't know the truth about the rape.

    I'm not sure what's caused the recent antagonism - is it existential despair that these leaks, which should be monumental, are seeming like a bit of a footnote in the news?

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  • Hard News: We are all twatcocks now…, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    I'm certainly never going to pronounce the word like I'm from the UK. That's just final.

    Edit: I don't know how this post ended up being in reply to Gio. Not intended.

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  • Hard News: The Wellington Cables, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    I'd be amazed if he's extradited from Sweden to the USA. If Dubya was still around, maybe. That's a change in direction, right there, btw, Gio.

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  • Hard News: The Wellington Cables,

    Or perhaps to reassure young Thai bands that all English acts are flatulent, past it and pose no threat.

    Heh, I couldn't help but sing along to one popular song when I was there. The Thais pissed themselves laughing. Turns out the lyrics I was singing were "It hurts! It hurts, it really, really hurts!"

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  • Hard News: The Wellington Cables, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    They love him for a reason!

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  • Hard News: The Wellington Cables, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Simon, as a resident insider, would you consider gifts from the monarchy in Thailand to be tainting to journalistic integrity?

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  • Hard News: The Wellington Cables,

    Visits courtesy of dictatorships won’t be acceptable and won’t be taken

    Constitutional monarchies are surely still OK though :-)

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  • Hard News: The Wellington Cables,

    But if the State Dept sends a journalist to the US to cover one of their elections is there really a massive conflict of interest?

    How about if the equivalent in Zimbabwe or Burma, or Fiji is doing the paying?

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  • OnPoint: Pay Attention,

    I think it's interesting in this respect that you are all offering examples of leaks that come from the world of intelligence.

    That's where most classified information is. As opposed to merely private.

    Leaks about the workings of private organizations can be damning, too, even though the consent of the governed is less widely upheld there.

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