"In 140 characters there is little room for dissembling or prevaricating either."
only if one seriously lacks in imagination
Here's a link that IMHO conclusively supports Neil's work here of late.
I’m kind of glad the SST is taking the tabloid approach
Really? I think the tabloid aspect of the stories coming out of the cables are a. boring (ok that Dagestani wedding cable was fascinating, but US State Dept pays for journalists to travel... *yawns*) and b. annoying distractions that actually lowers the credibility of the whole exercise.
Of course. It had celebrities in it.
And some celebrities from rival news organisations to boot. I hope the 2nd round of releases has something more insightful. I'd love to know, for example, what the US embassy thought of the colonial government's 1st domestic foray into the 'war on terror'
e Chris, i tahae koe i tērā whakatauki mai i te māori dictionary.com pea? SNAP! hei aha, he whakatauki pono hei katakata au! :-) en'ari, he aha te honotan'a mai i te you-tube clip ki n'a whiti whakatūpato? kore e kitea
Had you SIS file delivered to you yet???
i aked for mine. didnt get. got a lovely letter from Dr Tucker in lieu though. its quite poetic in the mode of baroque-bureacratic. allow me to quote a few lines:
...i can neither confirm nor deny
the existence or non-existence
of the information
you have requested...
on a another note, the speculation about Assange's alleged rape(s) and/or cia conspirationalising is getting a little tiresome. perhaps someone round here with the big stick of moderator privilege would consider setting up a thread specifically for those who wish to indulge in wild conspiracy theories/hysterical rapist accusations? then this thread could continue as a discussion of the content of the cables? with errant comments being deleted or redirected to the appropriate ghetto? Just a suggestion
Nga mihi nunui ki a ratou for linking to cables and articles of interest, i am enjoying lurking round here for those
Ko Mataatua te waka i hoea mai nei, ka poua te hoe ki te Moana a Toi, piki ake kake ake te mauna Pohatu, hiko iho ki te awa Ohinemataroa, tu mai te iwi o Ngai Tuhoe! Kua tau te Hamua ki Waikirikiri.
No Ruatoki au, enari kaore au i te mohio etahi on nga kaiwhakatuma. Kei hea nga kaiwhakatuma? Kei hea o ratou pu? Kei hea o ratou kaupapa whawhai? kore, kore me kore ano. Kaore au i te mohoi nga kaiwhakatuma. Engari, mohio au nga kaiwhakawatea o Tuhoe - oku whanaunga me oku hoa hoki. Kaiwhakatuma? Clowns? Horekau!
(You create a false distinction Russel in your ill-informed analysis of Op 8 and Tuhoe - it may surprise you to know many of the people caught up in the raids are involved in the negotiations, yep a number of those 'dangerous clowns', far from being marginalised are part of the TKaT team or support them in some way. Many are pillars of the community, others are not - but Op 8 bears little weight on how we relate to our own peoples. And I speak as someone who lives on the inside of both the Op 8 injustices and the negotiation process).
Ko te mea tuatahi: ki etahi o nga tangata ki konei, kia ora mai mo ou kupu tautoko ki Tuhoe. Tena rawa atu.
@ Gareth Ward: haha, ae pono! Kei te whakaae au ki tera, kua rongo au he double standard, pea?
Ko te mea tuarua: Ko au ko Te Urewera, ko Te Urewera ko au. Ka haere mai he kawanatana pakeha, ka haere atu he kawanatana pakeha, ka haere mai ano. Tu tonu te iwi Ngai Tuhoe, ake ake ake.
na Te Manukura
Kia ora Span,
Manakura, on the issue of raising the lack of women, I've been doing this out there on the other nz pol blogs for quite some time now and doing so buys a whole world of trouble most times
As most here know I'm all for the lone voice howling against the majority, but in my last post I was thinking of something a little more co-ordinated. Nothing complicated or time consuming just gathering together all that have the inclination to start methodically working towards a more equitable blogsphere... goddamn I hate that word.
Thanks for the props gals ... and guys... and while I'm at it thanks Anjum for appreciating excessive commenting on Thread That Would Not Die I. It is tiring being the only one in your corner and I have huge respect for peoples such as yourself that don't feel the annoying need to justify their episteme to ignorant outsiders. That takes some strength.
Anyway, to the topic of upping involvment of wahine, and indeed all not covered by the white boy liberal tag. Maybe this is to obvious but I would think one small way would be to, excuse the pun, start bitchin. Meaning, complain (or make helpful suggestions, whatever) to your otherwise favoured blogs/online media source about the lack of female, and/or POC voices. Both in comments and in private emails to whoever has their finger on the button.
Encourage other similarly minded people - ODMs & ODPs (Ordinary Decent Pakeha) included to do the same. I imagine, like other organsations, your friendly neighbourhood blog will eventually follow their audience's wishes and slowly develop a more diverse and challenging range of voices.
This in turn will bring more wahine and POC's to the readership, attracted by voices and analysis that is familiar and reflects their lived experience. These peeps can then be encouraged to join the kaupapa of diversifying pol/current affairs blogs, adding further impetus for positive change.
It seems obvious and kinda simplistic but it usually works, at least in my experience. Just takes a really really long time.
Disclaimer: I accept no responsibility for any deluge of emails to RBs inbox demanding more Lesbian Maori Muslim Treaty Lawyer Amputee Bloggers on PA.
Coming to the party very late I have just sat and read the whole 9 pages of comments. Not sure if my eyes or brain hurts more.
I just want to put one more nail in the coffin: clearly there are difference between threats directed at women and those directed at others. Most glaringly global stats show women experience horrific levels of violence (overwhelmingly perpetrated by men):
Unicef: over %50 of women experience domestic violence
UN Commission on the Status of Woman: Globally, at least one in three women and girls had been beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime.
So when a femblogger gets threatened she has to take it more seriously than a manblogger, because women experience higher levels of 'actual' violence. This in turn amplifies the psychological effects of the threat.
Secondly, does anyone realise it's Mana Wahine Week? (roughly, Maori Feminism Week for international lurkers).
Thirdly, re: ODMs and EODMs standing up and being counted, I agree in principle but in practice maybe not always...
I'm working on a construction site at the moment and endured in silence the racism, bigotry, homophobia and sexism of my fellow workers for a couple of weeks. Then I thought fuck it, I don't wanna have to put up with this shit so i called them out on the very next wolf whistle and lewd shouted comment. They just looked at me and said little, and I felt a little proud that I'd had the courage to speak out.
Now they take every opportunity to shout 'ooga booga' at my polynesian brethren, loudly treat women as meat, etc etc. All for my benefit. And i think, if I had of just shut up then less people, particularly women, would have to deal with harrassment and abuse as they walk past the corner of Victoria and Nelson streets in Auckland City.
So at every turn ODMs should stand up? I dunno, made a negative difference in this case, as far as i can see. Doesn't mean i won't call people out at all in the future but sometimes resistance really does seem to be futile.
PS: If anyone has any suggestions on how to remedy the situation I'm all ears... I like the idea of a 1000 women showing up at lunchtime one day, surrounding the site and wolf whistling/cat calling to their hearts content. No no, 500 wahine and 500 tane turning up would be even better. A taste of ones own medicine.
But then again, that sounds like a particularly masculine solution.
For all the crackers that wanna waffle about... well waffles, click here:
The peeps over there might be happy for y'all to colonise their netspace with stupid insular discussions about European food, but I seem to have this vague memory that the blog that generated this thread was about Sichuan kai...?
Here a link to Aotearoa's e-panui (newsletter) with the widest circulation. The current issue, put out today, has constitutional reform in Aotearoa as its lead story.
just to get an additional and different Maori perspective than mine.