Posts by nzlemming

  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war,

    By the bye, Bradley Ambrose is taking John Key to trial for defamation, Feb 2016. From memory, Key didn't say those things in Parliament so no protection of privilege there.

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Really?

    Russell, It's James. Of course not really. Fact free and happy.

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Alfie,

    The NZDF supported the amendment and said it strikes a balance "between independent investigation and ensuring judicial scrutiny did not encroach into "matters of the state".

    Unfuckingbelievable. Like they've never heard of the 3 branches of government.

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Don Christie,

    I didn’t read the latter in the same light. It talked about self fulfilling prophesies, poor reasoning and a narrative that puts “the West” at war with Islam…not shutting up in case you upset people.

    My reading was much the same.

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Thanks for that. But a distinct whiff of Straw Men and what-iffery, imho.

    In which? The Atlantic or the New Yorker?

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to DeepRed,

    Local or overseas-based?

    Local.
    Also done fiction. Used to be a glam rock singer, according to him, but glam rock was pretty much done before he was born. Total tosser. You can find him on Simon Prast's feed. I think Simon keeps him around for amusement.

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to John McCormick,

    We shouldn’t support this just because it is American led, but we shouldn’t reject it for that reason either. The question is, is this the right thing to do? America largely created the problem with it’s disastrous invasion of Iraq, is it not right that it should do what it can to reduce the damage?

    But it won;t undo the damage. The current damage is rooted in the last intervention, and the one before when America intervened in Afghanistan which created al Qaeda. There comes a time to say "Woah Nellie! This shit ain't working!"

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to tussock,

    Obviously the United States of America isn’t anything like Nazi Germany, with it’s Department for the Security of the Fatherland spying on all their own citizens, a local racially-defined underclass locked away in vast ghettos or penned up in huge numbers in isolated prisons for the most ludicrous of victimless crimes, casually murdered in the street by so-called law enforcement officers.

    I had this precise argument with a dickwad on Farcebook, who described himself (and I quote) as "the best Lefty on the thread" but still repeated the inane bullshit Key has been serving up and said we had to go to war because innocents. He declined to believe that the US was anything but a free nation, and opined that we fought fascists in WWII so we should fight them now (on the basis that ISIS were fascist). I googled him - he makes documentaries. *headdesk*

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to BenWilson,

    I avoid etymological phallusies.

    Don't be a dick is still a thing...

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war,

    100 years ago, our soldiers were "Massey's Tourists"; now they're Obama's. So much for sovereignty.

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