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Hard News: Dirty Politics

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Moz,

    damn. For a moment there I thought that could help with the drought over here :)

    What you need over there is torrents of 'verjus signallers' and other sour grape sprayers...
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7866 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to John Farrell,

    Jacinda Ardern denies pushing for crusaders to change name after christchurch attacks,,,
    .. the twitter trolls are having orgasms over this….

    Mea Culpa – I wrote to the Crusaders management the day after the Mosque shootings here – exhorting them to front foot the issue of their name and to show some leadership and compassion, now that their inappropriate name was past its use-by-date – I’m sure many people wrote, but I note the Crusaders management use many of the words and phrases I used in their press releases .
    I note the usual suspects (the odious) Mike Yardley and petition starters don’t seem to be able to come up with a better argument for retaining the name than ‘It was ever thus’ (well since 1996)
    with useful insights like “There’s no connection, apart from a historical name that really has no association at all.” (so they have finally got rid of the sword waving blood red horse men with flaming Templar crosses on their livery – hardly redolent of medieval slaughter at all,… right?)
    But you can’t take a benefit from the ‘verb’ without taking a hit from the ‘noun’ and history!
    Of course the ever tolerant and inclusive Yardley intones:

    Meanwhile, just as the Crusaders rugby team have been the subject of an over-reactive pile-on by the warriors of woke, determined to takedown their name, the purge campaign knows no bounds.
    As I predicted a fortnight ago, the city’s name is now under attack by the same virtue-signallers. This drippy liberal brigade is now rounding on the most towering Christchurch symbol of all: the Christ Church Cathedral.

    Dunkin’ (Donut) Garner also peddles more of the same

    They’ve ditched the horses, so the symbolism has gone. Now let’s get back to the footy, says Duncan Garner.

    Oh did I mention Mike Hosking excusing Joe Biden last week - wittering on about 'social morays!!' - plonker!
    These people are such shallow thinkers.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7866 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    social morays

    All together now:
    “When an eel swimming by
    Bites a chunk from your thigh
    That’s a moray…”

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1870 posts Report Reply

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    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19661 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Dunkin’ (Donut) Garner

    He is a total twat I think his undies are too tight!

    I don't link this Crusaders team to religious slaughters of the past.

    Well we know you dont dunderhead, but the crusader word came too mean something very different to members of the religion that was the target of those attacks. And still today stirs bad memories for many of them. Changing the name would show that the rugby club at least has some understanding of their history if not them.

    could cost the franchise $100 million.

    Could? just throw a figure out there would ya moron make it sound big so we're all shaking in our bank accounts. Fuck off Duncan.

    Does this mean the Chiefs name goes too, because bad stuff happened south of Taupiri? Do grass skirts go too?

    Hear of the term false equivalence dicksucker duncan, cause thats what you just did! Chiefs was a word unknown to Maori of the time its from Latin, I think and I doubt it would cause offence even now. And 'grass skits' really! Says a man who covers his cock with cloth.

    This terror attack is not about religion. Who cares about religion enough to go to war?

    You might want to rethink that. Racial supremacy identifies with religious intolerance.

    Don't let the gunman win.

    Its about empathy not a pissing contest cretin. Just stay on your radio wavelength so anyone with a brain can avoid you. Putting your piss poor pedantry to print is pathetic

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1868 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    At a time when our still-functioning democracy is providing a beacon of hope for the world, here's a reminder that the people behind Dirty Politics have not gone away. They've merely moved a little deeper into the shadows.

    The Guardian has an exposé on a series of dark-funded, psuedo-grassroot Facebook ads promoting a hard Brexit. While they appeared to come from a variety of independent groups, the Guardian has traced them back to the Tory and Nats' favourite Goebbelmeister, Lynton Crosby.

    But shining lights into dark places can have unexpected consequences and a couple of kiwis have been caught slithering in the periphery of this particular slime-show. Crosby has used Auckland-based Topham Guerin to run digital campaigns since 2016.

    They have previous. Apparently they were involved with National's digital campaign in the last election. I won't link to their website but it's generic enough to be the sort of free web template which pops up when you search for "bland". Domain registry details are masked; the site has zero contact details and no information on the two people behind it.

    Sean Topham is a former Young Nat President, while Ben Guerin was an adviser to Bill English. The latter's career high so far was being exposed as the lowlife behind National's How Kiwi Are You racist campaign which flopped badly back in 2015.

    The anachronism built into National's core policies -- expanded inequality, more oil drilling, more buggered waterways and never-ending tax cuts for those who already pay the least -- are becoming a much harder sell in a world that's burning up fast. And as Putin, Bannon et al have shown recently, Facebook manipulation pays dividends. Big time.

    In lieu of policy, spreading lies and micro-targeting misinformation generates fear. And that influences elections. You can guarantee these characters will emerge from their hole when Judith-the-Hun contests the next election for National.

    (And loses.)

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1366 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Today Facebook and Instagram filed a lawsuit in US federal court against one company and three people based in New Zealand. The defendants operated a service that provided fake likes, views and followers to Instagram users. They'd been previously warned & suspended… but persisted.

    Wouldn't it be interesting if their names had cropped up previously?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1366 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Nah... it's three different guys who seem to be immersed in various social media enterprises, some of which are allegedly dodgy.

    Having Facebook decide to make an example of you is probably not an enviable position to find yourself in.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1366 posts Report Reply

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