Posts by BenWilson

  • Legal Beagle: Compensation for Teina Pora?,

    OK, an out of date guideline for which bi-partisan support might be found, then. It does, after all, have to be upheld by the next bunch, or changed, and it's best not to change this kind of thing all the time. Sheesh, lawyers....talk about the spirit of the comment vs the letter :-)

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  • Up Front: Mind Your Language, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    and that’s been quietly moving ahead of late.

    It's been moving ahead our whole lives.

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  • Up Front: Mind Your Language, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Well it’d take actual work, by a person, which took into account things like voice and context.

    Yeah or some hella good software. But even then, a computer's probably better off sending a chill down your spine with a polite "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that".

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  • Legal Beagle: Compensation for Teina Pora?, in reply to Josh Petyt,

    I mean (forgive me if I’ve got this wrong) but I was under the impression that they jumped lickity-split to get the GCSB laws changed.

    Yes, and this could easily be a bi-partisan thing, since it just looks like an out of date law that just got tested.

    FWIW, I think he should get compensation and the only question is about how much.

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  • Up Front: Mind Your Language,

    If characters from The Wire start talking like they’re in Famous Five books – “Gosh darnit, what the freaking heck is that freak doing here?” – they have become different characters. Less plausible characters. Completely freaking ridiculous characters.

    Ironically, the language in shows like Boardwalk Empire had to be dirtied up to modern standards, because saying things like "You goddamned varmint" was actually a pretty rough insult then. But it wouldn't work now, it would just sound silly, even though that was f-ing and blind-ing like Billy-o then.

    So what's the take on reverse bowdlerization? Vandalism?

    I thought that the Costner/De Niro Untouchables managed an interesting medium ground. Very little actual foul language by today's standards, but they still managed to convey curses, just by the evocative imagery and tonal intensity. Instead of "Fuck you, you dirty prick" we get "Fuck you AND your family", which comes off quite a lot nastier really. Or instead of "Talk, you motherfucker" we get "What's the matter, can't you talk with a gun in your mouth?" <bang, brains explode through window>. Or instead of "I popped a cap in your Mick buddy's arse", it's "Your friend died screaming like a stuck Irish pig - I just wanted you to know that for when I beat the rap".

    But there's no way any software's going to be able to do that for a long time.

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  • Speaker: Hook, Line and Sinker –…, in reply to Luke Williamson,

    it is harder and harder to do that without a big boat and expensive equipment

    Although at the same time access to a boat and good equipment has never been easier. It still seems to be a sport that attracts all demographics, even if the super rich have become even more ridiculous than ever. I don't think they're really putting that many more hooks into the water, just by being rich.

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  • Speaker: So NZ First gets another list…,

    Whatever else shakes out of this debate I have to say I find the argument that there’s no difference if he takes the seat or doesn’t quite spurious. You can find divisions in which it doesn’t make a difference, but there are possibly ones where it will, in the case of individual abstentions. In a parliament of 120 a lot can happen in 2.5 years*. It would seem foolish and wasteful to throw away some of NZF’s power. Even if you believe parliament should be smaller, you don’t achieve that by reducing your own party size. And we’re talking about 1 seat, less than one percent of the total. That’s not a meaningful reduction in terms of whatever the whole push to get less MPs was about. But it could mean a lot more votes going against the will of the NZF electorate.

    *For instance, it's hardly unheard of for MPs to keel over dead, or become entirely alienated from their party over legal charges (as happened to Peters last term).

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  • Legal Beagle: The Northland by-election;…, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    That he got punched out in less than one round by a professional athlete wasn't that surprising. But that he lost 17kg is. He should have gone in The Biggest Loser with those sort of numbers.

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  • Speaker: Hook, Line and Sinker –…, in reply to steven crawford,

    We just irradiated lots of opossums.

    That wasn't for sport! In fact, sportsmen are super bitter on it, because it's less little mammals for them to blow away.

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  • Legal Beagle: The Northland by-election;…, in reply to 81stcolumn,

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

    It was left to Jessie Ryder to deliver the weekend's actual knockout punch.

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