Posts by Michael Savidge

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    …overseas in-depth coverage

    I’d like to see John Oliver get his teeth into it…

    I'd like to see Russell Brand take a whip to it....

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    What’s more none of them are looking forward, they are all blindly heading into the future towards something beyond their reach, attention fixed backwards to the lightweight in the stern calling the shots

    Such a flaccid cox...

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Steve Barnes,

    And then the gang mentality kicks in with a viciousness that makes this place as scary as Kiwiblog on a bad day.

    Well I don't think it's ever going to be that bad here. People step in...

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    Yeah I know…but still. Either kick him off or let him go relatively unscathed. There'll be no middle ground.

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    Re. Mr George:

    Not everyone's cup of tea and offensive to some, but this reads like bullying to me. I see him as somehow earnest and wanting to engage others to consider his views. It's almost brave on some level, knowing it's a tough crowd.

    It's a fine line on who's being dirty sometimes.

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Festival Furores,

    Re. the conflict of interestings, maybe Lorde could phone it in - by way of live feed to a not-particularly-big screen?

    Also: I enjoyed this tear it down and put it back together acapella.

    http://laughingsquid.com/the-florida-state-university-acabelles-perform-wonderful-a-capella-version-royals-by-lorde/

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The act of not eating doesn't…, in reply to Lilith __,

    Who’s watching from the sidelines?

    Many, many, many people.

    I wasn't accusing you directly Lilith and I apologise if that was how I came across. I know the PA community is full of really good people, but it is a small sub-section of society and is certainly not representative of society as a whole.

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The act of not eating doesn't…,

    You’re not making a great case for tolerance here!

    I wasn't really trying to but I see your point and apologise for getting a bit ranty. I guess my point was that while critiquing the methods organisations use to try and alleviate suffering is all well and good and important, the scale of the actual suffering is so horrific and entirely solvable if only it was deemed of higher priority than nit-picking the tactics that some are using. Everyone is welcome to step up and use what they believe to be the best methodology in addressing the issues, but I find it hard to be tolerant of those who criticise and then continue to watch from the sidelines.

    I agree with everyone who has said that poverty is something we are all responsible for addressing, but the reality is that most people seem to find the problem too big to engage with or that those suffering have somehow deserved it and it's not their problem.

    I guess the main source of my frustration here is that some commentators have dismissed the Live Below the Line campaign as tokenism with little impact on the overall picture, and I find that to be somewhat distressing and, from my limited experience, entirely untrue.

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The act of not eating doesn't…, in reply to Sacha,

    And what are you playing there fella? Still off-topic and seemingly with a personal bone to pick. Don't you remember me, I once said you'd make a great president?

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The act of not eating doesn't…,

    It shouldnt be an industry it should be what we do as a matter of course.

    But we don't so do-gooders try and pick up the slack.

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

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