Speaking of Spam - I was depressed by one of Radio NZ's summertime radio attempts to educate the public - namely about Acronyms, they correctly identified 'Laser', 'Nasa', 'Scuba' as acronyms, next they used 'Radar' which is slightly more problematic and not a true acronym, more a contraction - but I'd let them away with it ...
But then they said 'Spam' was an acronym when it is totally a contraction of Spiced Ham (and a trademark)!
What is the point of illuminating the masses when truth gets lost in the shadows created. I don't like to see sloppiness creeping in to the heart of public service broadcasting.
A glossary of technical terms for types of abbreviation.
Initialisms = words formed from a sequence of initial letters (e.g. RSVP, TLA, WTO, YMMV ). Acronyms are, strictly, more specifically sequences of initial letters creating a pronounceable wordform (e.g. HART, JAFA, WHO ), though acronym is also used more loosely for any initialism.
Clippings are formed by removing entire syllables, usually leaving just the first syllable (e.g. semifinal > semi, submarine > sub). Clippings may result in ambiguity (there's a few alternative expansions for both semi and sub.)
Blends are created by combining sound sequences from several words into one wordform (e.g. brunch, frenemy, smog, spam ). Blends usually also have a meaning that combines the meanings of the original words.
That being said, some abbreviations don't strictly fit any of these patterns (e.g. the written forms govt, intl, qtr .)
A few years ago North & South magazine ran a piece about New Zealand’s own Temple of Higher Thought and the Order of the Golden Dawn. The article is worth reading in full, but for present purposes it’s enough to note that the leaders of these occult movements infiltrated New Zealand’s Anglican communion and posed as ordinary churchgoers.
Like any important social lever, magic and witchcraft are inevitably deployed against political targets and other adversaries. As a result, not everything in political life is what it seems to be. Speech and behaviour are impeded and compelled; events are planned and synchronised. Serious crimes are being committed – people do get badly hurt.
Plato mentions itinerant magicians who crowded the doors of the rich and for a small fee promised (among other things) to harm their political enemies with incantations and binding spells. Plato’s suspicions were not without foundation; in recent years scholars have [shown] that these curses were being used by and against members of the Athenian upper classes, including some prominent Athenian politicians.
If there’s a pattern in the media’s easy coverage of the witchcraft renaissance, it’s a determined refusal to consider what premeditated attacks on other people must mean for those affected and for society at large.
May the many victims of these crimes find justice.
Thankyou WH; noting your online name airily uses the first and last parts of the word witch! I’m a slow reader so I generally steer away from the fantasy genre. But I enjoy reading your bite sized pieces.
I am a practicing renascence witch. I practice the dark arts of the 15th century crafts. Some of the magic I work has adopted contemporary technology such as electric kilns, analytical pure graded elements, minerals and the macintosh computer. My spells are mostly aimed at trying to form romantic relationships with middle aged women. My latest cook up is Lead Tin Yellow, which is a paint pigment that Leonardo sneaked powder glass into. The pope didn’t condone the use of glass in oil paint, only windows.
I know, that’s pretty bad stuff. But you can’t easily stop me because I live in a castle like structure that has radar.
Rob Stowell, 2 months ago
I miss this space. So many options out there, but nothing quite like what public address was…
steven crawford, in reply to Rob Stowell, 2 months ago Web
I’m pretty sure it’s going to spark up again soon.
linger, 2 months ago
What, because of the coming election?
Because all the other radio stations are shit.
I remember reading how Spain became a more collectivist state, as a direct result of the last big financial meltdown, which hit them hard. Lots of unemployed people started hanging out together at local coffee houses. Creativity happened.
So now we see how living in a bubble isn’t difficult at all for this wealthy country,. We all grabbed resources for our selves. Government officials meticulously planed for them selves before they went home. We now live in a different, more selfish place.
I get text messages – “I got the government subsidy, I’m all good” To which I say “good on you, you deserve it” There are the vigilante curtain twitchers checking watching judging and glaring at other people who don’t have the same shape bubble. Those up the property ladder with investment properties looking for mortgage holidays, because they are entitled.
We are in this together, to save lives – vulnerable peoples lives. But only from the Covid-19 virus, nothing else. not type-2 diabetes, we encourage it with advertising. Not alcoholism, we encourage it with advertising. Not even domestic violence and suicide, we are in our bubbles, we only care the virus pandemic. We are in this together, unless you need anything from the supermarket for ourselves. We are in this together segregated into slums and beach houses. This was all meticulously planed from high rise buildings in Wellington. Everyone is included, especially vulnerable people (but only if its covid-19 virus related vulnerability). Everyone is all good, just as long as we stay in our bubbles and don’t talk to each other, unless of course we get paid to do so.
Government officials have since coined a term that is echoed in their daily media stand-ups: “Stay home, save lives”.
But Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesman Ricardo Menéndez-March said that was a line only for the privileged.
I’m privileged, I have a healthy place to be. And I also know that vulnerable people particularly children are potentially enduring traumatic living situations during these lockdowns. They are effectively being held captive and if the bubble is an abusive one these vulnerable people could be left scared for the rest of their lives. Imagine trying to escape under these state of emergency conditions. You can say, oh, that would have happened anyway because poverty and bad people. Well yes, kind of like baby boomers will die anyway, virus or not.
“If you had not gone into lockdown and you had 70 per cent of the population getting infected and of those 20 per cent requiring at least some time at home if not hospitalisation, then your workforce is hugely idle,” Shaw said.
“It’s not like the economy was going to keep running as if nothing happened.”
James Shaw says don’t think about the lockdown as a binary thing, then goes and talks about it as a binary thing.
Even the Green MP is locked into arguing the rational about fighting the virus by pointing to the sophisticated and snazzy computer modelling graphs on the internet as more important than maintaining the economy as it was. But offering no vision for what the economy could become. Just that this brutal approach to managing one particular pubic health emergency is justified. And that the ‘economy’ as it was is something to try return to as quickly as possible.
As if the economy was actually healthy as it was. It wasn’t! it was bloated like having a sugar addicted and greedy junky. Hundreds of thousands of people live in relative poverty in New Zealand. There isn’t enough affordable housing, so thousands of children don’t have stable environments to grow up in. So they become traumatised and unable to be productive later. And there is James Shaws “hugely idle workforce”. It’s already there.
I’m not saying the forced segregation of the population was the wrong thing to do. But I’d like to see some more detailed management to mitigate of the negative outcomes. Just saving lives isn’t good enough on its own, If we end up with greater numbers of casualties which are not as easily quantifiable and require more science than graphs on people twitter.
I’m not seeing any nuanced management of anything. I started to notice nothing going on upstairs when it was announced that my taxi is an essential service. But that nether NZTA or Ministry of Health have any information how to best operated during a state of emergency. There are protocols for operating a passenger vehicle. Don’t show up wearing a mast for starters. Don’t discriminate. That means don’t turn down a passenger because they are unwell and so on add lots of human interaction complexities. And since we are in a state of emergency, restrictions to travel mean I could inadvertently assist someone to break these draconian laws.
I could be a useful asset to this pandemic response. I could get people to doctors appointments and get medical people to places they need to go, and generally be helpful.
But my car is instead sitting idle in the driveway. There are no civil defence hubs where I can sign up to be on call. No Ministry of Health interest, no nothing. And Uber ( I can also operate independently) has not sent out any emails. Not anything nothing!
So I’m growing very very skeptical, I strongly suspect we are being managed thru this emergency by political feel good rhetoric alone. and thats a bit of a worry. Whats going to happen when the novelty of “stay home, save lives” wears off what will happen when we don’t return to normal, and we fucking wont. There are going to be scores to settle between employers and employees. And the extent of the inequities in our society are more observable than ever.
This is like the Titanic. The first class passengers grabbing life rafts while the deckchairs get rearranged by the essential services as the underclass drowns.
I know some things about trauma. Trust me, this isn’t going to end well for any of us if we don’t also think of the children.