Posts by David Hood

  • Speaker: Sex, monsters and outrage, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    My daughter got herself out of the required Revolutions Tour visit to the school by making it clear (with my support) that if she was forced to go she would need to preserve her mental health from the Tour's pressures by challenging the Tours history, tactics, and goals.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 957 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    To me, part of the character is "I wish you well in doing your thing, but don't try and co-opt me into doing your thing on your terms as I have my thing. And if my thing includes your thing it will be on my terms". I see a few consequences of this:

    1) New Zealander's are good generalists
    2) New Zealander's are rubbish at asking for help
    3) NZer's tend to cringe at campaigns of any sort rather than joining in.

    Of course, that is filtered through my being a well educated liberal. And while my major leisure activity would probably fall into the census category of volunteering, if it was part of a movement or campaign I would probably be uncomfortable.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 957 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    I thought this was an interesting postmortem, while I don’t necessarily agree with every conclusion.

    http://www.littleatoms.com/society/britain-we-thought-we-knew-does-not-exist

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 957 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Aurora Australis,

    A bit of jump in sky energy activity this evening, not quite enough yet to get me out of the house, but enough to pass it on to southern folk to keep an eye on.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 957 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    While the British election is into the last bit of wild prognostication, I thought this summation of the media being fact checked by the wider Internet was interesting.

    http://www.byline.com/column/2/article/30

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  • Hard News: Anzac Day II,

    "They fought for our freedoms" is a bit of a red flag to a bull phrase to me about Gallipoli. Maybe the Turks were there fighting for their freedoms, but to me the New Zealanders were there trying their best as footsoldiers in a war of empires strategy dreamt up in London.

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  • Hard News: This Anzac Day,

    I went to one of the smaller satellite events in the area of Dunedin, as my daughter was involved in posy laying with Girl Guides.

    People might be familiar with the way the older generations (including my own) will tend to mumble through the Maori verse of the National Anthem (in the typical public ceremony verse 1 in Maori and English) as many people are not confident of the wording.

    I would take it as a sign of the increasing secularization of New Zealand that that Maori verse was positively deafening when compared to the response to singing a hymn (for which the words were provided). Very few in the crowd had the slightest idea of how the words fitted the accompanying music, so I felt it verged on an instrumental piece.

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  • Speaker: A conversation from belief, in reply to Francis Ritchie,

    I can, but it is a very quick and dirty graph from the data sitting on Wikipedia (intentional homicide rate by country/ irreligion rate by country) and one of the issues is that while homicide is a reliable indicator (it gets reported) it is a rare event (so the rate moves a bit between years). This means that it is a bit risky reading too much into individual positions.

    That said there are number of Latin American countries in the high religion high homicide upper left quadrant.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 957 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A conversation from belief, in reply to Emma Hart,

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    I find the belief that you can’t absolutely terrifying, as if, were there not a church to tell you right from wrong, you’d just be running around stabbing people in the face whenever the mood took you.

    To be fair, Francis did rhetorically say "some make" not "I make", so I'm going to give him the benefit of doubt that he isn't making an argument that both demonises those who are not Christian in the lights of the speaker, and is so veritably untrue if you spend a few minutes making a graph of murder rates vs irreligion rates around the world.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 957 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: The Easter Show,

    "Imagining the classical mind is so hard precisely because it was a pre-Christian one"

    I'm having a hard time imagining how the classical mind, if defined by it's absence of Christianity, differs from large parts of the world that have never had significant exposure to Christianity to the extent that it underlies their culture. And I don't see those people as being so different.

    Those inscrutable Romans, eh.

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