Posts by Euan Mason

  • 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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  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 14…,

    LOL, thanks!

    "At the end of the day New Zealanders are much more interested in snapper than my satanic baby sacrifices,, which were not done in the Prime Minister's office because even though my office was the venue I was not performing as Prime Minister at that particular time."

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  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    Dear Stevie Joyce,

    Thanks ever so for this wonderful Xmas pressie. As Johnnie often says, "At the end of the day taxpayers are more worried about snapper than forking out millions for our friends in the gambling addiction industry". After all, those Salvation Army folk need extra work to do, don't they? What a Great Leap Forward for the 1% who support National financially, eh? This legacy will secure your special place in history books right up there next to think big projects, paying Rio Tinto to pollute, and such like. Congratulations, Stevie!

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  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    Projections of future financial viability of the convention centre might be as good as those foisted on Dunedin ratepayers for the covered stadium. <cough, splutter>

    "Muppets" is an apt description, except that I suspect the Minister realised taxpayers might have to be tapped eventually. This is not simply incompetence.

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  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology,

    I completely agree. Listening to Key this morning left me wondering; is he incapable of learning from history or is this just a blatant gift to Landlords (who are more likely to vote National than their tenants)?

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  • Up Front: Good to Go?,

    Expectations colour much of our sexual behaviour.

    People wish to be desirable and that can be an important turn on. By striving to be desirable they are not implying consent, but their desirability may provoke unrealistic expectations among those experiencing the desire.

    Similarly, IMO, marriage does not necessarily imply consent, although many people, particularly men, would disagree - expectations again.

    Unrealised expectations of frequency of sex, type of sex, and responses to sex can undermine relationships.

    Media portrayals of sex tend to foster expectations, often unrealistic ones.

    Fewer expectations = a healthier relationship, in my view.

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