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  • Up Front: The Little Things,

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    This is what he's doing right now. That thing he's trying to kill? Is a concrete statue of a cat.

    P.S. An all-black cat is not the easiest thing in the world to photograph.

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  • Up Front: The Little Things, in reply to Hebe,

    Min's brother, Killigula, is an arsehole.

    Crikey they look alike. I tried to get Min to come look (he can see 'the cat in the mirror' and watches bird videos and stuff), but he's too busy outside seeing how many foxgloves he can eat before he dies.

    Colin

    I'm pretty sure our Min learned his 'lounging around between the keyboard and monitor' trick from your Colin.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to mark taslov,

    Labour’s attempts to widen it’s appeal in the name of discredited liberal identity politics

    Yeah, I mean, Poto Williams, what would a sitting Labour MP who's enormously popular in her working-class electorate know about Labour's base?

    Of course, she also spoke at the Women's March in Christchurch, which I'm sure we all remember Tom telling us was an enormous success.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    I care about humanity

    No you don't, dude, you care about White-manity. Otherwise you might have noticed what the poor/working class look like these days. Women get paid less than men do. Non-white people get paid less than white people. LGBTI people get paid less than cis straight people. The more socially disadvantaged you are, the more economically disadvantaged you are. Those oppressions go hand in hand.

    And you can't fix a problem until you correctly identify it.

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  • Hard News: The next four years,

    The Women's March have put out a Ten actions for the First 100 Days. Step two is:

    Write down your thoughts. Pour your heart out on any issue that you care about, whether it’s ending gender-based violence, reproductive rights and women’s health, LGBTQIA rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, religious freedom, environmental justice or anything else.

    It's identity politics all up the walls.

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  • Hard News: The next four years,

    I guess in a way I have to admire your chutzpah, Tom, in not only mansplaining to women why their march worked, but somehow turning it into the antithesis of identity politics rather than an expression of it. Then again, this is a world where "rentamobs" have to pass ideological tests, so...

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

    So I just got home from the Christchurch march, and it was so great to see so many people there. There wasn't much notice, it was all through social media, I was thinking maybe 50-100 people. There were hundreds. The messaging was so inclusive and positive.

    I am fucking exhausted now, but it was worth it.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

    So there is also a virtual march for people who, for whatever reason, can't get to a physical one.

    Physical marches are always slightly problematic for disabled people, or sometimes people with pushchairs, anyone for whom physical activity can be challenging. This time I'm lucky in that my health has been pretty good lately, a friend has volunteered to pick me and bring me home, and the Christchurch march isn't very far.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Progressive identity politics is a busted flush, a despised ideology that has seen the rise of right wing populism as its main legacy.

    What utter bollocks.

    In the last eight years - and indeed for longer than that - American's thinking has been steadily becoming more progressive. The most marked move in public opinion is on same-sex marriage, the very core of "identity politics". This is why Trump couldn't, and didn't, win the popular vote.

    Talking down to people who happen to disagree with you with comments like this are exactly the tone of contempt and condescension that got Trump elected.

    Or, to paraphrase, your response to my abuse is the reason I abuse you.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Russell Brown,

    People I figured had some capacity for thought seem sort of excited about it, if anything.

    So one of the predictive questions on OKCupid is "In a certain light, wouldn't nuclear war be exciting?" For men, a yes on that has an 83% correlation with wanting sex on the first date. The other questions that correlate like that for men are "Assuming you were in the position to do so, would you launch nuclear weapons under any circumstances?" and "Could you imagine yourself killing someone?"

    Draw your own conclusions.

    (Some of those women are even Trump voters.)

    I mean... what? Maybe, optimistically, this bodes well for a one-term presidency? Maybe I'll just have another beer.

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