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Hard News: That Buzzing Sound

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  • giovanni tiso,

    It reminds me of the cover feature in about every third Listener: "If you don't get enough Omega 3, you'll need plastic surgery and you'll never afford a mortgage in a good school zone" or some such.

    There is a disturbing zone where Kedgleyism overlaps with the electoral poster image of the Arian, Benetton-clad girl looking at us disapprovingly from some sort of fiord, and it throws me right in the arms of populist Labour. But of course there's a lot to like in the policies and the people as well.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Hauraki gulf = fiord. Hilarious.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16772 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Gio, I know you regard our city as a myth, but that island behind aforementioned poster girl is Rangitoto. You may recognise the name from such things as pigsniffle outbreaks.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16772 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Was it? It looked like some desolate barren Northern European landscape to me. Then again, perhaps that's what Auckland is like.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Only the parts near Waterview..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16772 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    It's not the chemical resistance that's evil, it's the suicide genes that they've been putting into some of their crops

    Just to clear this up. What you have been told isn't true Mathew.

    The suicide gene system was developed to try and figure out a method to make certain crops couldn't "escape" and take over the world like triffids. The suicide gene systems have never been put in any released crops

    tying farmers into buying seed every year rather than being able to be self-sufficient after the first seed purchase.

    Um if you check with the farmers they want to use the seed, even if they have to pay for it they still make more money than they used to.

    Oh, that and their habit of suing anyone whose fields end up contaminated with their GE'd crops...

    Yeah that wasn't particularly nice. But as someone funded by govt money there is just no way you can produce a big GE crop without big dollars - many more dollars than Mr Key is ever gonna give to us evil genetic engineers.

    If you can figure out a way to get money to develop these valuable and environmentally friendly crops without patents then I'd love it. Untill then patents kinda work, bit like cop... oops wrong thread :).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3420 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I don't want to pick on you Tom, but the broccoli comment is kind of typical of the response - it's like people have some childhood resistance to being "told what to do."

    Well, I don't mean to pick on you (OK, that's a lie -- to hell with me) -- but since I can wipe my own arse, fuck, own property and be out after dark without having to get a permission slip from Mummy, I have a very grown-up attitude problem towards know-it-alls who regard democracy as something that's wasted on the ignorant peasants who just won't realise what's good for them. And that's not a slam I'd reserve for the Greens by any measure. But everytime I'm on the verge of nodding my head in agreement, the waggling finger just has to come out...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Um if you check with the farmers they want to use the seed, even if they have to pay for it they still make more money than they used to.

    It was certainly the case with the corn and soy seeds they exported to Italy after the war - the farmers would buy them every year, the yields were just too good not to do that. And obviously it was before GE.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    know-it-alls who regard democracy as something that's wasted on the ignorant peasants who just won't realise what's good for them.

    Is democracy good for you?
    Does it come in liquid form?

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Is democracy good for you?

    Yes, because its a form of government where you actually have to persuade people rather than threaten them with the drowny wrath of Dagon the Three Eyed FrankenFish.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    the waggling finger just has to come out...

    I'd pull it. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16772 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    its a form of government where you actually have to persuade people rather than threaten them

    In light of today's various tramplings, that's just priceless.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16772 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    where you actually have to persuade people rather than threaten them with the drowny wrath of Dagon the Three Eyed FrankenFish.

    Is he a friend of Jesus?

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I thought he might be one of the green onion slave girl's friends.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16772 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    thought he might be one of the green onion slave girl's friends.

    How come he gets a name and she doesnt?
    I could imagine one up I s'pose.
    Now where can I get me some liquid democracy.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Is he a friend of Jesus?

    Can I throw a stout volume of Lovecraft at your head? It wouldn't achieve a damn thing, but sculling cough syrup isn't helping either.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    This discussion thread "jumped the shark" at around page 4.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    It also happens to be when I joined this thread. Coincidence? I don't think so.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    re Tumescent Dander

    Russell your prudence is commendable
    (and hopefully not too dear) another way of
    curbing fast rising dander is the new
    Snibbo Dander Ruff to prevent
    snapping and biting... : )

    re the One City Ring Road

    I hear the traffic is Mordor up there
    while some Sauron flyovers and others
    burrow through halls of stone...

    One Ring Road to rule them all,
    One Ring Road to find them,
    One Ring Road to bring them all
    and in the darkness bind them...

    This madness must be halted,
    We must Rail against it!

    Part of the nature of the Ring Road
    is that it slowly but inevitably corrupts
    its users, regardless of any intentions
    to the contrary.

    The Ring Road must be cast into
    the heart of Mount Doom
    (Formerly known as Mt Albert)

    Will a Chevalier arise from the people?
    To take point against Nyarlathotep
    this crawling traffick in chaos...

    this will be the War to View, an epic!

    yrs Fred Dagon
    (the Deep one)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5061 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Can I throw a stout volume of Lovecraft at your head?

    Never did read him. Epicurus was so much more philosophically satisfying.

    It wouldn't achieve a damn thing, but sculling cough syrup isn't helping either.

    Try that Liquid Democracy.
    But enough, I must give my full attention to Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
    Its got Death and everything.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • JLM,

    There seems to be a lot of bursting into rhyme (or something)...

    http://oppthumb.blogspot.com/2009/05/song-of-motorway-madman.html

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    When the Honourable Mr Hyde
    Decided Auckland ought to be tied
    He rushed out a horrible bill
    So the local councils would chill
    Spending their savings denied

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2176 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    Dagon the Three Eyed FrankenFish.

    I think the Elucidated Order might want to be having a few words with you.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1660 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    National decided to flirt
    with winning the seat Mt Albert
    but then they nixed the tunnel
    which meant traffic will funnel
    thru houses and parks, it will hurt

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2176 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Arbury,

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 217 posts Report Reply

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