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  • Hard News: The March for Democracy,

    The line between satire and serious is getting thinner each day.

    Further evidence that my theory that we live in a Post-Irony Age: take any statement made or disseminated on the Internet, and no matter whether or not the individual making said statement was joking, you can be sure that someone somewhere is happy making the same statement completely seriously.

    It's the logical extension of Rule 34.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: A turn-up for the books,

    Crime writer Dick Francis is also a "family business" with his son, Felix co-authoring them these days, but is acknowledged as such. Apparently Dick had been doing it for a while, his wife used to help write them from the 1960s, not sure if she got credit, though.

    I've always been impressed with the bravado of V.C. Andrews' publisher, who kept the fact of her death quiet for years, and simply engaged a ghost writer (pun most definitely intended) to keep churning out the books.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The March for Democracy,

    I don't know if this got linked to while I was off having my hair professionally ruined, but here's a nice photoset from the march

    I'm starting to think some folks weren't taking this whole "march for democracy" thing terribly seriously.

    EDIT: a couple more favourites:

    Nice Father Ted reference
    My thoughts exactly
    Right
    True Bliss strikes again!
    I feel bad for laughing at this one
    Well, at least it's a specific request...

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The March for Democracy,

    Is it that the Demo-Crazys only know "As Advertised on TV" Music?. I wonder who else they asked?

    Did Paul Holmes ever do a live gig? I mean, that'd be rather appropriate for the demographic in question.

    Edit: I was Googling his CD to try and see the track listing, and came across this comment from a seller on Trademe: "CD in excellent conditon, an unwanted gift, played once. "

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The March for Democracy,

    aren't we supposed to be able to txt our vote into whatever issue of the day is at hand and put parliament/politicians out of business by now ?

    Do you really want to be ruled by the whims of agile-thumbed thirteen year old girls?

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The March for Democracy,

    "Does the government listen to the voice of the people, or do they not? (pause for thought) I don't think they do."

    It's like "David Brent Talks About Politics".

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The March for Democracy,

    Yulia doesn't come cheap these days.

    "These days"? I hate myself so much for wanting to make a Russian mail order bride joke right now.

    I did think it odd that the "talent" selected for the march consisted of her and Ben Lummis. I understand Ben's association with the pro-punishment people, but I thought Yulia's image was being managed to be much more neutral to avoid harming her "brand".

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The March for Democracy,

    Must... resist... posting... unintentionally hilarious YouTube clip of 'Spock's Brain'...

    Brain and brain...what is brain?

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The March for Democracy,

    A broad-church approach to grievance and the vilification of elected leaders are also, of course, hallmarks of the "tea party" movement in the US.

    That's actually quite an interesting comparison. I'd never really thought what teabagging would look like Kiwi-style (unfortunate mental image most definitely not intended!) but it does appear it looks like a bunch of disgruntled but polite people with vague disaffections towards "politicians" and "bureaucrats" for the most part.

    I first heard of the march from a poster up in the staff tearoom here, and read it twice trying to figure out where the reason for the march was hidden (answer: nowhere.) I was particularly amused to hear two coworkers discuss the matter-a 40-something Pakeha fellow regaling his Chinese friend about how NZ democracy was "a sham", only to be shot down by, "What are you talking about? I haven't been shot or teargassed by the police once since I arrived here!"

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: I'll Take Actium and Trafalgar,

    Funny, I've often had the same "media attention is aggro" thought in the past, usually about people I personally disagree with, but see the value of their viewpoint to the wider debate.

    With that in mind, I guess talkback punters and Stuff commenters are the trash mobs of political discourse. They aren't important enough to spend time on except that they prevent you from getting at the bosses.

    Which is why nobody I'm aware of is criticising the BDO's right to determine their own content by "disinviting" Beenie Manl.

    But unlike Charles Chauvel, I don't think we should be restricting anyone's ability to enter New Zealand because he (or the Immigration Minister) doesn't like what the person concerned says. IMO, that's setting up all kinds of slippery slopes I'd rather not cede to the government, no matter what colour rosette it happens to be wearing.

    This is very much where I sit on this situation, too. I am friends with one of the other instigators of the campaign for the BDO to withdraw their invitation to Beanie Man, and the line I draw is between his right to enter the country regardless of his views and his promotion by a music festival I feel a personal connection with.

    Oh, and slightly off topic, but my girlfriend has belatedly discovered WOW. I got her into LOTRO (via Oblivion and Guild Wars) which she still loves and has played with me for well over a year now, but she's finally seeing what a polished product Blizzard put out and loving it.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

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