Posts by Lilith __

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I thought it was both. “What are the legitimate stories of genuine broad public inerest the other bastards aren’t telling, or telling well and in-depth?” Not only sounds like a good editorial imperative, but identifying a gap in the market you can fill.

    The rest of the country had lost interest in Christchurch’s problems. Campbell used to actually get complaints about doing so much on Christchurch.

    One of those times where important is not the same as popular.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3541 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Michael Meyers,

    You’d think from reading the comments on PA that everyone in NZ believes Dirty Politics

    Which parts of it do you think are untrue? To my knowledge no-one has ever shown Nicky Hager to be anything but totally rigorous. All his material is backed by a verifiable paper trail.
    And that includes the book that embarrassed Helen Clark’s government, Seeds of Distrust .

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3541 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    I'd also mention KidsCan and the recent txt-fundraising for Vanuatu. This shit is IMPORTANT.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3541 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    Without Campbell, who would know about the suffering and the struggles of people in post-eqnz Christchurch?
    How can we quantify what it did for Chch people to be told "We haven't forgotten you"?

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3541 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Branding a Post-Predator Dream…,

    I can’t understand why Gareth Morgan has taken this line about urban moggies. Feral cats, cats in reserve areas (or adjoining reserves) are one thing, but city cats are another. Why antagonise people like this? We know there’s evidence of net benefit to birdlife from pet cats in some urban areas because they kill rats. Even if they didn’t, do the cats do more harm to the native ecology and environment than the humans who live there?

    Urban development and industrial-style monocultural farming have to take their share of blame for wrecking habitats and creating conditions hostile to our remaining native creatures.

    Water pollution and the increased siphoning of available freshwater for irrigation signs the death warrant for species who need that habitat.

    Not to mention 4WD enthusiasts who insist on driving on beaches and in riverbeds.

    Humans are quite the pest species.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3541 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Power of N – Nutrient Caps…, in reply to Mary,

    Thanks Mary, I know it's been happening for a while. But once the Central Plains Water scheme gets going, things will get much, much worse for Canterbury land and water.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3541 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Power of N – Nutrient Caps…,

    Many of our waterways are already saturated with nitrogen (and its evil twin, phosphorus), such that regional councils are spending tens of millions of ratepayers’ – and taxpayers’ – dollars trying to clean them up. But we haven’t even begun to see the worst of it. Beneath every dairy district, there is a subterranean tidal wave of nitrogen seeping inexorably downhill, into groundwater, into creeks, then rivers, then estuaries.

    Arrrgh. Just waiting for this to happen in Canterbury, funded by the public, against our will.
    The Key government has cancelled regional democracy in Canterbury as "too risky" for their massive irrigation-for-dairy plans. Y'all should watch out.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3541 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Mind Your Language,

    I love the Firefly solution: "Gorram", "Humped", etc. Any really bad cussing in Chinese. And gather not usual Chinese curse-words either.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3541 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care,

    Public shaming and humiliation of victims via social media is part of this awful sequence of events.
    Hoping it's not too OT to point y'all to Monica Lewinsky's Ted talk on how the internet enables instant, global, and unerasable shaming. It's really worth watching.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3541 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The greening of the Red Zone, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Wow, shows what a huge area it is. How many displaced people...

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3541 posts Report Reply

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