Posts by JLM

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Stephen R,

    My recollection is that nice Mr Key was saying that David Cunliffe couldn’t be trusted to run the country because he couldn’t remember a letter he wrote in support of Mr Liu 11 years ago, and was therefore shifty and unreliable.

    Since Mr Key now appears to be unable to remember a briefing five years ago, does that make him twice as shifty and unreliable?

    This is what I would rather the media would focus on, rather than the minuteae of who said what, when.

    I also hope that David Cunliffe resists the temptation to drag this out in the leader's debates, by which time most people will be starting to flag. These debates really should be about policy, with a wee bit of trust and leadership on the side.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to steven crawford,

    For heaven's sake, we don't all have to march in lockstep here!

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to izogi,

    Thank you, that's it. Another middle of the night thought that came to me is to wonder how many journalists and general media people are supporting the anti-Hager push because they are compromised in the same way that Slater, Lush and Carrick Graham enable.

    Like others I find it distressing to read about such hatred, it always makes me think of ee cummings and "hate is why men breathe". That was in a poem in memory of his father, so here's a bit of it in memory of Jack Shallcrass, another good man.

    then let men kill which cannot share,
    let blood and flesh be mud and mire,
    scheming imagine,passion willed,
    freedom a drug that’s bought and sold

    giving to steal and cruel kind,
    a heart to fear,to doubt a mind,
    to differ a disease of same,
    conform the pinnacle of am

    though dull were all we taste as bright,
    bitter all utterly things sweet,
    maggoty minus and dumb death
    all we inherit,all bequeath

    and nothing quite so least as truth
    —i say though hate were why men breathe—
    because my Father lived his soul
    love is the whole and more than all

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I'm looking for the Dirty Politics webpage, which I looked at on Wednesday, but it seems to be swamped by all the other stuff in google and I can't find it again. Can someone post a link for me?

    I haven't finished my kindle copy yet - have to pace the outrage - but I hope they publish most of the chapter about Carrick Graham in a Sunday paper. Even an overseas one would be good. I think this story is bigger than our little corner.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Thanks Russell! Sometimes Twitter is just a bit too brief...

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  • Hard News: The Ides of Epsom,

    Meanwhile Nick Smith is criticizing the selfishness of rich lifestyle blockers who he says are stopping the subdivisions on the outskirts that could be homes for tragically deprived young families who apparently have access to unlimited petrol.

    He doesn't have anything to say about Epsom.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10132013/Rich-people-block-housing-growth

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  • Hard News: To be expected,

    This is heresy, and betrayal from me as a Green, but I'm starting to wonder if the best realistic outcome from this election might be for National to have to cobble up a flaky coalition with Winston. As Winston is an interventionist and does have the glimmerings of a social conscience this would put the brakes on the worst of National's excesses as it did in 1999.

    It would also be wildly unpopular and would give Labour and Greens a space to get their acts together and their messages cutting through to voters as economics and environment worsen.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    Interview plus transcription that gives some insights I hadn't thought of as to why even (or especially) flood victims dont make climate change attributions
    http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-03/george-marshall-communicating-climate-change-following-extreme-weather-eve

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  • Busytown: School bully,

    And I join with everyone else with saluting Jolisa's wonderful post. But the arguments here are up against some countervailing slogans that seem to have resonated with parent's most anxious and competitive urges.

    How can we turn the ideas in this essay into an "elevator pitch" that will bring home the reality of what these changes mean

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  • Busytown: School bully, in reply to BenWilson,

    I read this soon after I had read this wonderful anti homework "rant" from an Invercargill headmaster, and it occurred to me that the best thing to cope with this dichotomy would be to set homework but to make it optional. Then parents who think it does their kids good can hassle and help them into getting it done, and everyone else can relax.

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