Posts by Morgan Nichol

  • Hard News: We can do better than this, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Meanwhile, W. Oil gets $6500 a month for writing about how smoking is cool.

    Worse than that, he gets the money but someone else ghostwrites for him.

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  • Muse: One Of These Things Is Not Like…,

    Craig, we don't always agree on TV shows, or on what constitutes fair game in them, but this is a really fantastic piece of writing, sharp thinking, clear, and to the point. Thank you.

    I do also think there is at least some element of truth to what Jane says. But you're right, lets keep the dictionaries on their shelves.

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  • Legal Beagle: Suicide Reporting; or, The…, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    here's another.

    I wondered if that would be one of the examples. I think about him every single day.

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  • Access: Walking Is Overrated,

    When I saw the link I thought this would be about commuting & public transport and such, but it was so much better than that. Thank you.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    We can respect that without getting into shaming value-judgements of anyone.

    Everyone judges everything and some people do shameful things. I will shame and judge as I see fit. And I see you do the same quite often. However usually I don't see suicide as shameful. Or if they are shameful then only in the sense that it's a terrible shame some other option didn't do the trick.

    Some suicides though are shameful. Murder suicides, lads who won't let a woman leave them and decide it's better that "no one can have her if I can't have her". And everything's on a continuum around that.

    Let's not pretend this isn't the case.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to Virginia Brooks,

    What's with the self righteous judgement against people who suicide?

    I'm going to assume you mean people who commit suicide because of depression, rather than those who do it because of terminal illness - because I don't think people perceive them equally.

    It's going to be a long time before people see mental illness the same as other kinds of illness.

    Everyone understands a broken arm, you can see it at a glance. Everyone understands the flu, because everyone has had it. But not everyone understands depression. Especially when, like OCD and such, many of the people who talk about having it don't - if you're used to people who are merely sad about something claiming they're depressed you won't understand how serious real depression is.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to Russell Brown,

    David Herkt’s “nasty”, “bile-spitting”, “bullying” obituary for Charlotte.

    What the fuck. Does he realise other people have also read Herkt's obituary and know it wasn't any of those things? Jesus.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    There’s always something wrong on the internet.

    And that'll be true until you rip the keyboard from my cold dead hands, but Robyn, listen, I'm right here and I have a name. Ruuude!

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices,

    I understand Jon Ronson's next thing is going to be about pile-on culture, so that will probably be quite interesting.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to Barnard,

    The hounding of Liz Shaw got quite disturbing at one point, especially as it involved people who’d probably see themselves as compassionate right on types.

    Liz is quite extraordinary. She's been a target of derision for people on the internet for a very long time. 10 years or more. I don't know how she's withstood it.

    I spoke to her on Discourse a few years ago (s2e5) when she decided to run for Auckland Central. Now this might come as a shock, but she's actually a human being. She had some reasonable things to say about homelessness and alcohol and social services and public transport and she seemed pretty honest. (And also rambly and naive, but I'm in favour of both traits.)

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