Posts by 81stcolumn

  • Hard News: Time to Vote,

    Gotta say I love voting in NZ me and the wee man went together and then I went for a run in the sun. What a chilled out day after the past few weeks. Perhaps now I'll get some work done......

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 724 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought,

    The inference in Cameron Slater's email that blogger and lawyer Cathy Odgers had any influence over that column is risible.

    So it is reasonable to infer that Fran and Cathy Odgers were in communication?

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  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    As an aside to religion in Universities:


    In my first year I was billeted in halls and witnessed a tale that has passed into urban myth. During freshers week and for a month or so later it was quite common to have the student evangelical union roam the halls looking for lonely souls on Sunday nights. One weekend they happened upon a young man five doors down from me who had just dropped his first (and only) “trip”. After being talked into attending a prayer meeting he had a “lysergic epiphany” and of course, he was baptised on the spot. Had the f***ery ended there, perhaps things would not have been so bad. Unfortunately he found the resolve to dump his girlfriend that night and phone his parents to tell them of his most recent conversion. Unfortunately his family were Hindu. At the time this caused quite a scandal. The young man concerned continues to enjoy a successful career in finance (make of that what you will).

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 724 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: See Into the Trees,

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    I nearly tossed this as a bit cliched but for that other tree in the background.

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 724 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: In The Green Room,

    Okay some questions on education.

    Depending on how you see it, the Student Green card is a nod or bribe to the student vote. However it is no substitute for a teritiary policy. The value of the graduate premium is going down, the individual debt burden for students is going up, bulk funding for Universities/Tertiary has dropped in real terms and the growth caps on Universities have left a number of instuitutions with large debts accrued through underfunded infrastructure expansion. So what is the future for the HE sector? Where will the money come from and is the current model sustainable or indeed desirable?

    The current fixation on league tables and ineffective zoning rules have led to an extensive growth in pupils being driven from some distance to so called "good schools". This would seem to be a green issue; is the only answer more public transport?

    Oh and while we're at it, what's the policy on standards/testing?

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 724 posts Report Reply

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

    Oh I forgot the...

    "at the end of the day ordinary New Zealanders aren't interested in three year old news..."

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

    Unfortunately I failed to recall.....

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    A certain misplaced vanity will allow one to become the reflection of "dirty work done for good causes". I wonder how many times young Cam has watched this... no points for guessing with whom he empathises. The perfect antihero;


    Well oil be pwned.

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  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    Also, as I went to bed, I remember thinking “Ah, crap. I have to like something about Gaza,” as I hit the Like button on a post with a pro-Israel message.

    By the next morning, the items in my News Feed had moved very, very far to the right. I’m offered the chance to like the 2nd Amendment and some sort of anti-immigrant page. I like them both. I like Ted Cruz. I like Rick Perry. The Conservative Tribune comes up again, and again, and again in my News Feed.

    This is from the wired post I linked to earlier. Facebook it appears can function as a robotic enabler for extreme views. What we are seeing in terms of Gaza and covert antisemitism may in part be the product of bots that didn't exist in 2011.

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 724 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    anywhere on the globe wherever you find conspiracy theorists who repackage themselves as scholars.

    And those who are conspiracy theorists and scholars?....perhaps no hope.

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