Posts by Joe Wylie

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  • Access: Privacy and the right to consent…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I thought it hypocritical of Paula Bennett to speak to the crowd yesterday encouraging the 'bravery' of the students, while her Government seeks to deny consent to some of the most vulnerable citizens.

    Especially so considering Bennett's track record in releasing personal information for blatantly political purposes. One need only exercise a fraction of the kind of cynicism that's guided her career to assume that her minders decided that being associated Saturday's protest would enhance her 'progressive' image. That such an empty bottle could be considered potential PM material only demonstrates how National failed to nurture genuine talent through the Key years.

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  • Hard News: The next four years,


    Back when Sunday public speakers were a thing in Sydney Domain's version of Hyde Park corner, Webster was the undisputed king. When he appeared with his distinctive yellow ladder crowds would desert the freethinkers and the Bible Ladies for some real entertainment.

    Everything the Wizard knows about public speaking he learned back then from Webster. Before he fetched up in Christchurch, even before his first official wizarding gig as Grand Alf Wizard of Aus for the University of NSW, the Wizard would occasionally do a guest spot on Webster's ladder while the maestro went among the crowd browbeating holdouts into purchasing the single-sheet 'newspaper' from which he made his living.

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  • Hard News: Meet the new bots, same as…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    they are getting better at appearing 'real' ...

    Jürgen Tomicek.

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  • Hard News: Drugs, testing and workplaces, in reply to Sacha,

    NewShub backs the PM's desperate dog-whistling anecdata.

    English's stiff and shallow attempts at justifying failed policy show that he hasn't learned much from the good years he enjoyed in Key's shadow. Back in the limelight there's no disguising that the old whiff of political death he exuded as opposition leader is as strong as ever. It's all a bit too reminiscent of this media-assisted humbuggery hiding to oblivion.

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  • Hard News: If this was ever funny, it's…, in reply to Ken Double,

    Mrs Marsh and phony diagrams making ridiculous claims...

    All the late Mrs Marsh did was spruik Colgate Fluorigard by dipping a stick of chalk in ink before snapping it in half and displaying the results to a bunch of dutifully credulous Australian GenXers.

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  • Hard News: If this was ever funny, it's…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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  • Hard News: Meth houses and stigma, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    from yesterday’s Waikato Times

    The accommodation industry he said is "blinded to who methamphetamine users are".

    "One motelier rejected my approach saying, 'we don't allow those types of people to stay in their premises'," he said.

    "My question is, describe a meth user?

    "Statistics show they are business people in their suits to the not-so-well groomed.

    Once you've cast out your first demon you start spotting them everywhere. Why only last week there were two ahead of me in the checkout queue at Pak 'n Save....

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…,

    According to Vernon Small, "Make no mistake, Jackson is a great recruit for Labour.

    He is the equivalent of the proverbial 14 point intercept try; he will attract the votes of young urban Maori and "Shane Jones Maori" to the party while denying the Maori Party one of its flagship hopes."

    Perhaps Small really is as down with the various subspecies of Maori voter as his confidence would indicate. Then again, after Gordon Campbell's breezy prediction that the kids would turn out in droves for the Internet Party because of Dotcom's alleged "music", I'm more than a little wary of this kind of easy punditry.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    "You see, Mr President, I have nothing to hide from you."

    Churchill's one previous meeting with Roosevelt, held in virtual secrecy in August of 1941 at the interestingly named Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, was rather less the stuff of hagiography. After braving the u-boat infested North Atlantic aboard the HMS Prince of Wales, which was later sunk by Japanese bombers two days after the attack on Pearl Harbour, Churchill was very much the supplicant, sounding out the US in "neutral" territory on its then hypothetical terms for entering WW2.

    Roosevelt drove a hard bargain, demanding that Britain guarantee to divest itself of its colonies once the war had been won. Naturally that was a hard call for a diehard Tory like Churchill, but Roosevelt had him over a barrel and was determined to press the advantage. While the eventual agreement was couched in the noblest of terms, the reality was that Britain effectively ceded its remaining great power status to the US's advantage. No doubt that was on Churchill's mind as he delivered dictation in the nuddy.

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    TV One News invented a new word last night 'expediate' !
    (in lieu of expedite)

    You're too kind.

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