Posts by Euan Mason

  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…,

    Re: Hiatus

    There was a similar hiatus in surface temperature increases in the middle of the 20th century, then look what happened.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming_hiatus#/media/File:Warming_since_1880_yearly.jpg

    http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/HadCRUT4.pdf

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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…,

    The biggest difference between neoliberals and old-fashioned laissez faire capitalists is that neoliberals hold no illusions that competition is a natural human condition. They know that people, if left to their own devices, are likely to trust each other and cooperate. For them, trust, cooperation and collaboration lead to inefficiencies and market failure, and the prime role of government is to force people to compete like rabid dogs.

    They also tend to believe that taxation is bad, because it represents a high level of social cooperation that will lead to a poorer country. They live in a world where Scandinavia doesn't exist.

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  • Up Front: Reviewing the Election,

    Democracy is as much about consultation & participation as it is about voting. Hence the failed “democracies” where voting has been established but after that it’s corrupt business and authority as usual.

    The demise of real consultation and a sense that most citizens’ opinions no longer matter loom as a crisis in New Zealand. They accompany a widening gap between rich and poor. Declining participation in elections is merely one symptom of a more serious malaise.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Alfie,

    Lose CL and it’s the Henry/Hoskings “All hail the great leader!” show.

    I used sing and play guitar in restaurants, and from time to time I'd bring out at a rather realistic monkey puppet called, "Buckminster". One evening when Buckminster was doing his thing I heard a woman exclaim, "Hey look! A monkey! Is it real, honey, is it real? It's real isn't it?". To which her husband answered, "Jeez, I hope not because look where he has his hand!".

    I think of Buckminster when I see Hosking on Seven Sharp speaking of, or to the Prime Minister.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    Why anyone would want to watch Mike Hosking's love affair with John Key is beyond me.

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Samuel Buckman,

    Um..what the hell does this mean?

    It also seeks to have the warming effect of methane – one of New Zealand’s most voluminous pollutants – redefined so as to lessen our total emissions.

    Surely that is something that is determined with science, not by the UN?

    Science, schmience. The interests of National voters are at stake here. Why should we let physics stand in our way?

    :)

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Martin Connelly,

    But if NZ just vanished it would not make one iota's difference to what happens next - climate wise.

    Any small group of people anywhere could say this, and yet we all contribute to the problem. Per capita we in NZ contribute far more than most. This is a shameful excuse for doing nothing.

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Okay, this is actually quite funny.

    "First singer ever to wear a suit"? Some people have unbelievably short memories and narrow minds. Maybe that's what meth does to you.

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  • OnPoint: Leviathan,

    Very well written, Keith. Thanks for this.

    John Key’s hair splitting distinction between “collection” and “surveillance” is designed to let him not keep his word and resign. However, it also implies a much more sinister phrase; “If you have done nothing wrong then you have nothing to fear”. Now where have I heard that before?

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  • Hard News: Review: Citizenfour,

    It may seem that the public has forgotten the Snowdon affair, but many of us have been profoundly changed by it. We note the GCSB legalislation, and we remember who said, during the 1930s, that, "those who have done nothing wrong have nothing to to fear". We shall take every chance we get to roll back the surveillance state.

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