Posts by BenWilson

  • Hard News: We're in this together, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Kia kaha Russell, and everyone else here. Have a good Christmas.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to Sacha,

    Not a peep since.

    Someone probably explained to him that it's not defamation if it's true.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to Sacha,

    How long was it ever going to be before they'd turn on each other when others began to ignore them? It's the ACT party of blogs.

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  • Up Front: Adric and the Art of Asking, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I’ll drag his corpse around for the rest of my life. Seems weird.

    Yes, like buried depleted uranium, within the cranium.

    I heard about a new potential treatment in an Applied Maths course I took this year – the lecturer was so keen he used up good lecture time just telling us about it, as it was his research, but it was bloody interesting. Essentially, it’s using soundwaves focused on a point to do the same as radiation, but without any of the irradiation side effects, and with tighter control over the burn radius. Called High-intensity focused ultrasound, I think. I kept thinking “So what are you doing lecturing us?? Go invent it, finish it. There’s people who need it yesterday”.

    In clinical testing, I believe*. Looks very promising.

    *Well, actually some versions have been around for a while. His research was on focusing it more optimally.

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Sincerely hoping your Aunt rests in peace.

    Thank you. We'll be putting her ashes with her parents soon, just across the road from where I last took her to lunch at Palmers. But I think of her as at rest now.

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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to ,

    It sounds like these events have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism, other than the perpetrator being a Muslim. It's another mass murder, something which both Australia and NZ unfortunately have long histories of. I guess we'll find out eventually who actually killed who. When police burst into a hostage situation and we hear dozens of shots and several explosions, then it seems prudent to wait for post mortem analysis.

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    These places, should they be bulldozed, erased?

    I think they should be remembered, but I'm not entirely sure that what they've done with Kingseat isn't incredibly tasteless. My aunt received care there, and no one ever actually had their brains eaten. But it is being actively used, and the history is there for people to partake of if they care to, and the site is quite popular, so I just don't know, in the end.

    When it was closed down, her continual stream of relocations only continued. Dad read out parts of a letter he wrote to the Ministry urging them not to shut down the place she was in care in towards the end of her life (she died this year), and it was an absolute litany of a person being jerked around as if they have no rights at all, from start to finish. The number of times she'd been uprooted just when she was settling in to a new home went on for pages. As a result of the letter, they kept the last place going, thankfully.

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Titivate it up all they like, the new owners, the ghosts of past detainees still haunt the place.

    Funny you should say that. The Amazing Maze 'n Maize is set at the site of Kingseat hospital. I took my kids to the maze recently and was quite astonished at how they'd turned the hospital that my Aunt spent some time at into an object of sinister evil. It was really quite effective, I actually did get rising hackles and shivers as I approached the place, so effectively did the dilapidated and abandoned scene resemble so many horror film locations.

    I think it says a lot about human nature that we make this association, that a site for the disabled is now a theme park where people can be literally chased around by zombies for thrills.

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  • Up Front: Adric and the Art of Asking,

    First chapter down, and hooked already.

    So sorry to hear about Adric. May he wither and die, and his corpse fertilize the brilliant brain it is now plaguing.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Yup, that's the trick with dirty politics. Project all of your own properties as a political operator onto someone else. The fact that it would be hard to find two more different people than Hooton and Tiso shouldn't mean that people can't end up seeing them as some kind of continuum. Both of them, after all, contributed to Willie and JT going off air. That Gio did it by the simple method of eloquently telling advertisers what had actually happened on their dime, and Hooton did it by getting juiced and ranting incoherently at them on air until he got thrown out of the premises shouldn't mean that they're not fundamentally the same kind of fish, now, should it?

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