Posts by giovanni tiso

  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    It was ISIL's throwing of gay people off of buildings then stoning them that got me thinking, the wholesale slaughter of people because of their religion or their sexuality and their goal of world domination isn't all that different from Hitler's - no apologies for the Godwining here, sometimes it is a fair thing to compare against.

    Isn't that what we said about the Taleban? Didn't we say this about al Qaeda? How are those wars going?

    I'm a pacifist, but recognise that not every conflict is an imperialist conflict. Sometimes you have to defend people from all out aggression and genocide. But it's hard to see a plan here, or accept that we are being told what we are actually going to be doing in the place. In fact Key has said out right we are doing 'the least we can do' (any less would be doing nothing, his words), because we can't do nothing. In spite of the fact that the West doing things is one of the main causes of death and extremism in the region.

    The commitment it would take to genuinely protect the innocent represents a price no-one in the international community is willing to pay. We won't even raise our paltry quota of refugees, for heaven's sake.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7427 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Review: Where is Autism?,

    That is wonderful. We talked to Lucia's class at school when she was older than that, but should have probably done it earlier - children respond well when they are given information.

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  • Capture: From the Road, in reply to Shaun Scott,

    I particularly loved your photo of the Rainbow confectioney factory, Giovanni. A really vivid shot,. We stopped in there last week, where my daughter felt she scored a bargain getting 2x 500g mixtures for, i think, $5.

    It was a particularly cruel photo for me to take seeing as we weren't going to let the little diabetic in the back seat take advantage of the bargains!

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  • Capture: From the Road, in reply to Soon Lee,

    most of our outdoor attractions are not wheelchair accessible but one I remember that was are the pancake rocks at Punakaiki which was definitely worth it.

    The pancake rocks are only partly accessible. You go around the first few bends on the walkway and then there's a rather grim sign - a wheelchair with a cross through it - that stops you going further. There are a lot of steps from there on in.

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  • Capture: From the Road, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    The Moeraki boulders are not accessible via wheelchair - just saying.

    Are you sure? I thought the beach was accessible from the carpark (but not from the cafè directly above).

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to Sacha,

    And #dirtypolitics has eaten itself, with Slater now delivering homilies about ethics.

    What is "pink cocktail drinker" supposed to mean? Some sort of homophobic slur?

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  • Busytown: Tell You What: A Nonfiction Giveaway!, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Sorry for forgetting to say this before, but could you take me out of the draw

    Same, happy owner of both books...

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  • Hard News: We're in this together,

    It's also more valuable than any amount of tub-thumping and armchair political generalising.

    Big-picture, robust, historicised political criticism is easy to ridicule but it's absolutely vital for a society. It's also one of the areas in which our media fail to deliver most spectacularly.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7427 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to BenWilson,

    Someone probably explained to him that it's not defamation if it's true

    They're terrified of discovery.

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  • Busytown: Tell You What: A Nonfiction Giveaway!,

    Stephanie de Montalk's How Does It Hurt, Tragedy at Pike River, the amazing Once in a Lifetime by Freerange Press. And well, yes, Nicky's book.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7427 posts Report Reply

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