Posts by 81stcolumn

  • Envirologue: Fool me Once: Lessons on…,

    America and the TPPA: A fading power trying to hijack the future.

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 743 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    I would have said “changing the flag is a fucking trivial idea”

    I loved how quick people were to figure this and the idea that it was a flag not a branding exercise.

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    Does the way the internet allows us to group in communities of interest rather than geography undermine a sense of nationhood, or highlight national differences?

    The internet appears to me at least to permit exaggerated notions of nationhood in the sense that it allows anonymous expression of extreme and sometimes offensive ideas (the polarising problem). In turn these ideas take on the status of truths in the face of contrary evidence on the ground as it were. Sometimes the exploration of these ideas leads to something else. I'm thinking vaguely about the role that the internet had in identifying what has become the SNP in the UK. On the other hand it may also serve to inflate the "gilded homeland" problem that seems to infect ex-pats the world over.

    It may allow you (us) to inhabit multiple identities, which is a rather different issue.

    Not a direct answer but then again I am an ex-pat who chose to come to NZ as an escape from a lost nation.

    Oh and some Billy Bragg

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 743 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The Northland by-election;…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Not a knockout punch but a bit more than a bloody nose eh!

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 743 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Leviathan,

    'I was shooting my mouth off about saving some fish. Now could that be construed as some radical's views or some liberals' wish'

    It seems quite reasonable to draw a distinction between degrees of mass surveilance as to the collection and interrogation of data. What troubles me is the scope for abuse and quite what qualifies one for investigation.

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 743 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…,

    Dr is highly variable too with value depending very much on the granting university.

    <sucks teeth>

    It is sometimes more helpful to know who examined the thesis (my doctorate in Homeopathy is in the post....).

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 743 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…,

    I couldn't help noticing the rather exciting shooting gallery proposed in the plan. Imagine what one might choose to shoot at (for fun) in Wellington?

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 743 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…,

    All I can say is "Eeuw".

    Similar event in the front rows of a Rolling Stones concert.

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 743 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: From the Road,

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    Quite accidentally I have managed to recreate that instamatic look of my youth. Clouds waiting in the Hunua ranges this weekend.

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  • Capture: Two Tone,

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    Hot summer days lost in thought,

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