Hence his argument for philosopher kings, which seems like a jolly good argument to me!
The argument may be good, but those philosopher kings seem a bit scarce at the moment.
And they would probably be banned from public office 'cause sitting on your arse wondering about the state of the world is bound to offend someone.
Especially Lawyers, accountants and everyone doing a degree hoping to land a cushy career in the public service 'cause they are supposed to be the only ones qualified enough to understand all that complex stuff needed to run govts etc.
if you showed me a Spanish sitcom, or some Japanese current affairs, or an Israeli crime drama, I wouldn't have the faintest idea what was going on.
But you'd be able to tell it was a "sitcom" or "current affairs" or "crime drama" (usually they have guns)
But if you show me some guys playing sport, even if the commentation is in foreign and I don't know the rules, I can probably follow 60%
That'd be because multi-linguistic abilities aren't required and the plot is simple.
So The Idiot Boy who Flew.
Are you by any chance referring to Thomas Aquinas?
Six o'clock closing was daft but there was only a few drunks visible staggering home after 6. Some would be carrying bowling bags with a couple of half gallon jars of draght beer to tide them over.
Lucky there were a lot less cars on the road back then 'cause of lot of drinkers got in their cars and drove home.
It was friday night and Dad would arrive home drunk expecting his tea on the table which he would eat in a grumpy drunk silence then sit in HIS chair and fall asleep. We stayed out of his way on that night.
Im sure his behaviour would dull my mothers heart just a little bit more every week as this routine continued.
I was glad when 6 o'clock closing was consigned to history.
I didnt realise Rick Ellis sees himself as some kind of telexecutive Froddo Baggins.
We are on a "journey" toward the "digital television experience".
or something like that he kind of enthused last night.
Jeez Rick turn it up mate that kind of corporatespeak may work when in the corridors of power but, you know, on the tele it just makes you look like a cock.
And "at the end of the day" ? (A pet hate)
So no further discussion is necessary the Oracle has spoken.
That CEO of Orcon seems like a decent bloke tho'
nothing can mask the seething resentment that remains skin-deep among the public against beneficiaries.
Somehow I dont think this is any kind of unique phenomenon.
Nothing can mask the seething resentment that remains skin-deep among the citizens against the indigenous.
or (think back in time, or different countries)
among the whites against the blacks.
or the healthy against the sick.
or men against women.
or Palestinians against the Israelis, and visaversa
or the Afghans against the English, Russians, Americans.
I could go on for a while, suffice to say.
The problems as always is in our own minds.
There is a way to address this but it will never been taken up 'cause it involves conscious effort, and going against our inherited and possibly genetic makeup and thinking before speaking.
And as the popular alternative blame or direct enmity toward someone else is so much easier.
I dont see much changing anytime soon.
Because that's what democracy is all about, right?
That, and when you get a chance to get yer grubby mitts on the levers of gummint, yer twiddle them to suit youse own pocket (and those of yer cohorts).
And hopefully create a larger underclass, thus creating a bigger target which makes it much easier to hit something when youse reflexively swing yer clodhoppers.
But what can I say, I 'm a pusher:
or entertainment reporter.
We've replaced war with a sport as a way for young men (cos it's always been about men) to prove themslves under pressure
Could be, or do young men like to put themselves under pressure?
That said, I think its an artificial pressure and has no relevance in day to day life.
Unless you plan on going to war at least once in every generation.
Whereas we used to lionize millitary leaders we now worship pop stars and pop sportsmen.
Whereas we should just appreciate their abilities in whatever chosen field of sporting endeavour they choose. But it doesnt make them a cut above the rest of humanity or a role model.
Sport is an entertainment and that to my mind is all.
on his assertion that professional sport is destroying the things we hold dear about sport itself.
He was very woolly in his assertions, maybe 'cause he is somewhat out of his depth when articulating those supposed "things we hold dear about sport".
See Im not sure that sport somehow didn't just hitch itself to this wagon called "The Higher Aspirations of the Human Animal" that was sitting idle at the roadside, where it has been left by some other fading organisation sometime early last century.
A mantle that was always been something of a millstone for both participants and followers of the various codes. Now it seems that time has come. Sport is now a career path, a way for more of us to make a good living doing something they are good at and like doing. Its a profession and good luck to those who can set themselves up doing it in their youth, golfers are exempt.
But making such people national role models( I concept I loathe) just overburdens the player and the code.
But I guess there will be many who will be partisan when at an NZvAUST game. Its one thing I dont seem to share.
Maybe a stadium resounding with boo's even when Aust are just taking a penalty kick(and builds to a climax as the kicker takes the kick) makes me reticent about the benefit of this kind of populist displays.
What are those things we are supposed to hold dear about sport again? Apart from participating is better for you than spectating 'cause we are an animal that needs exercise.
What does this man think he gains from some of the shit he's spewing?
He seems to think he can talk his way out of something.
A murder conviction perhaps.
I just have to marvel at his lack of self consciousness.
But then I change the channel.
And would you find me credulous and gullible if I were to tell you that I was a fan of Sensing Murder? Probably. Ah well, I'll live.
search Derren Brown on You tube or Google Video.
You will be less gullible afterwards.
mistaken for actual news value?
Music...Da dadaaaadaaaa dededdeddededde
Logo swirls across screen.
Cue.;... Serious face (or was it just voice over full of the gravitas)
" Winston warns New Zealand headed for division and apartheid......
Music up Da dadadaaa .. and fade....
Or summint like that..
OH you mean news that wasnt manufactured and is of value.