Posts by BenWilson

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  • Cracker: Strike Nine (and counting),

    Damian, that revelation of an obscene remark to your friend rather puts in context the story about the psychiatrist's attack being over his wife. Something about Garrett's story just didn't ring true, people don't just get randomly attacked in public by well known professionals for no reason at all, and if they do and receive grievous injuries, those professionals don't just get a slap on the wrist. Nor do the victims get a slap on the wrist. Not even in Tonga.

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  • Legal Beagle: He is Henry the Eighth, he…,

    I totally get basis for the never-vote-Green-again dummy-spitting, but seriously, who are you going to vote for ?

    Indeed. Even voting in the elections at all is usually a choice of the lesser of evils.

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  • Legal Beagle: He is Henry the Eighth, he…,

    I'm really surprised and actually pleased by the Herald editorial.

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  • Hard News: Blended!,

    Cool video Sarah.

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  • Legal Beagle: He is Henry the Eighth, he…,

    Is he really trying to rehabilitate the concept of dictatorship? That is quite priceless.

    It actually scares me that he thinks like that.

    I can understand dictatorship only in very, very extreme circumstances, where basically turning the nation into an army is required. We're not there, not even close. We've got an army, and they're already in Christchurch, and no-one has even come close to refusing help to the region. Everyone sees it as a sorely in need of help, and any help needed only has to be asked for. Where was there any evidence of justification for this measure?

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  • Hard News: The best blogger there never was,

    A hook comes in from the side, so it's quite possible to punch someone right on the side of the jaw from behind. The bone of the jawline goes back as far as your ears. Also, "from behind" could mean anywhere in a 180 degree arc, so even a straight punch could do it.

    But we haven't heard the other side of the story. Particularly since Garrett claims to have been temporarily knocked out, it's unlikely he'd have clear recall. That he was not simply treated as a victim by the judge does not fill me with confidence that we know the whole story - I've seldom heard a fight told in an impartial way by the participants. People who are injured in the way Garrett claims typically press charges, and considering his public stance on law and order I'd expect it to be doubly so for him.

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  • Hard News: The best blogger there never was,

    how do you break someone's jaw from behind

    A hook would do it. But this is all how Garrett tells it. It could have been to-and-fro, and he just came off second best.

    what could you possibly do to wind up a psychiatrist to the point of violence?

    Something to do with the psychiatrist's wife, was what Garrett said.

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  • Hard News: The best blogger there never was,

    Heh, that would be amusing, if name suppression actually applied to the person whose name is suppressed. I wonder if that's ever come up before. Certainly it's a creative defense and it also sounds like complete BS.

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  • Legal Beagle: He is Henry the Eighth, he…,

    Thinking about it, the earthquake is one of the biggest vindications there has ever been for strict building codes which can delay completion of projects. To pass a law saying that these things can be overridden shows the politicians learned nothing from our "miracle".

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  • Hard News: The best blogger there never was,

    A scrap in Tonga, and a stolen ID? He's only got one more strike.

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