Posts by Tinakori

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to Russell Brown,

    "They really look like Young Nats."

    Yes, of course, they must have been. Just like the people in the crowded beer hall during the 2014 election chanting Fuck John Key to a PM of Jewish descent at the urging of a German agitator . Agent provocateurs, of course. As, no doubt, was the jackass who wrote the song about abusing Stephie Key.

    Glass houses --- stones, etc

    There's a real danger that when your political allegiance becomes too large a part of your personal identity your ability to think clearly declines.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: On tour with The Boss,

    Yep, I thought it was Springsteen too. Actual post unintentionally amusing. Rob has to be careful he doesn't become the Obadiah Slope of the Labour Party.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: New Zealand's most racist law,

    Graeme's post is a classic example of berating our ancestors for not having the same world views that we do. One of my uncles was a Maori Warden in Gisborne in the late 50s and 60s. He and his colleagues would go into the pubs on paydays and try and get people to move on when they looked like drinking the week's wages in one night. Sometimes, when reason did not work they would apply force and eject the drinker or drinkers. In extreme cases, when the drinkers had also bought large quantities of alcohol to take away they would break bottles of beer and whiskey in the gutter to encourage sobriety, a very militant Maori version of the Salvation Army. Some of this could be carried out under the terms of the Act and some would not be sanctioned by it at all. The backlash from the drinkers was minimal because my uncle and his colleagues were highly respected in their community. Some but by no means all were pretty tough too. This period was during the full flood of the Maori urban migration and I suspect - but do not know - the Act was a way of allowing Maori to take some control over the impact of this large transfer of people and complete integration of Maori into the cash economy when management of wages was at a premium because people in town could not fall back on their own gardens or fishing to feed themselves and their families if they had spent all their money at the pub.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Cold, calculated and cynical, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Just a thought, but somehow I don't think trying to paint John Key as a rich white settler is going to fit with either reality and/or strike the wider population of any ethnicity or class background as correct. As a self-described 6th generation NZer you fit the settler part of that profile rather more accurately.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: TPP, eh?, in reply to Sacha,

    And why would it be clownery when he used to lead the team of professional negotiators for NZ under a Labour government? Did declaring a political allegiance and acting on it suddenly tip him into the incompetent basket?

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: TPP, eh?,

    "That said we all need to thank Australia for fighting the battle over drugs that Grosser neither cared about nor had the clout to win."

    Just a thought, but perhaps he was fully aware of what the Australian position was and what they were going to do and backed it, reducing the need for NZ to put as much effort into this area as others. Specialisation and the division of labour probably work just as well in multi-lateral trade negotiations as in the rest of the world.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Chris Brown, in reply to Sacha,

    Perhaps a reporter should ask the Aunties or Tuku if they (or any entity associated with them or nominated by them() have received anything or will receive anything in return for supporting (or following their support for, M'lud) Chris Brown's entry.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Misrepresenting Kiribati and…, in reply to linger,

    "The details of the cited articles (rather than just their headlines) tend to support my comments above."

    Maybe if you're on the staff of the Lysenko Institute for Scientific Investigation........

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Misrepresenting Kiribati and…, in reply to linger,

    On the contrary these are statistical processes with memory. In this case the memory of the physical history of the islands for the last 60 years. And that memory - the 12-30% increase in observable land area in the sample islands - directly contradicts the hypothesis that Kiribati (and others) have now and in the past suffered from land loss arising from climate change. Land loss arising from climate change and sea level rising is a possible hypothesis about what will happen at some point in the future but it is not supported by evidence in these islands as as yet.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Misrepresenting Kiribati and…, in reply to linger,

    There's a whole series of papers on the subject at http://www.env.auckland.ac.nz/people/p-kench

    In one sample of 27 islands they found that 23 had increased in size over the last 60 years, including all of the islands in the sample from Kiribati, which had increased by between 12 and 30%. This at time when sea levels have been rising, although the rate of atoll accretion has been higher. They will have problems when and if that is not the case, but not at the moment, which suggests any current case for climate change refugee status would not have an empirical foundation.

    "Slam dunk. Is that a climate change joke?"

    Based on the above, not yet.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 95 posts Report Reply

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