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  • Hard News: The Political Lie,

    Due to changing circumstances I'm afraid I'll have to lie.

    So if lies are the ball bearings that keep the machine ticking along.
    Are we now in the new paradigm where we dont need oil?
    And lying to a relly about their attire, or feeding your mut bikkies and matters of national importance are on a par? Shit anyone can do this politics business. The only problem seems to be you have to fool most of the population into believing you are holier than jesus( in a manner of speaking).

    I may have to go away and self-mythologize for a while.
    Cause there seems to be a lot of people who have a BIG head start on me.
    Just getting the right coloured spectacles on...
    Oh, and a hammer to ...... bash myself in the crotch with.
    That Jose he's a funny guy, love him.

    Consequentialism eh?

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1608 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: Hooray for Wellywood (Really!), in reply to recordari,

    Hollywood Insiders

    Nah, their just pissed cause a plane loaded with their favourite after dinner treat from Colombia seems to have landed in Wellington by mistake.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1608 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to Sacha,

    typo

    Yep nah but, 1975? and drawing parallels with 2005. Boy is that a long bow. As I recall, and we've been over this before somewhere here. There was more going on in that election that voters swayed by a super scheme portrayed as unpopular.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1608 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to DexterX,

    I make reference to the 1975 dismantling of the compulsory super scheme that secured National a win in 2005 and the over reach of WFF that secured the Labour win in the 2005 election.

    Hang on, how does that work?

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1608 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: Hooray for Wellywood (Really!),

    (Though part of me would love to see someone try to get resource consent for a 325m tall lattice tower in the middle of Wellington. Just for the sheer entertainment value.)

    Or a Skytower built over a casino!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1608 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to Sacha,

    that taxes are a “burden”, that individual freedom is the highest good,

    Funny how individual freedom equates to all the money I can make, by whatever means, is mine, all mine. Well to some people.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1608 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Political Lie,

    “we are only concerend with what the voter/public thinks is at election time”.

    Shit I think that's the working thesis for the whole political establishment. So one man saying it doesnt make much of a case against him.
    Where's a modern- day Ashoka when you need one.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1608 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I sometimes get the impression from people that they don’t want to be bothered by the details of actually how the country is run. So they don’t much care what the politicians are actually saying. Instead they focus of “how the politician sounds”.

    So here we sit round the high tech campfire driven by who sounds nicest on the ear. Boy are we fucked.
    ETA There are of course categories of "we"

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  • Hard News: The Political Lie,

    we basically expect that elected members will take liberties with the truth when they speak to us,

    Do "we" do this? Or somehow have elected members given themselves the permission to do this lying thing. Im just not sure where the blame lies, if blame is to be apportioned such.
    It just is completely bizarre to me when, at a time when there a lot of facts(not truth) are available for say the effects of human habitation on this planet. All sorts of people resort to claiming they have hold of a "truth".
    Holding fast to "truths" seems like a road to ruin. But then I'm a pessimist.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1608 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Budget 2011: A Credible Path to…,

    Sez Ben Goldacre.... "Political stances, for example, correlate with various personality features. One major review in 2003 looked at 38 different studies, containing data on 20,000 participants, and found that overall, political conservatism was associated with things such as death anxiety, fear of threat and loss, intolerance of uncertainty, a lack of openness to experience, and a need for order, structure and closure."

    And I would say this "mindset" rears its ugly head when many topics are discussed, including drug law. So why dont those people who shit themselves at the thought of liberalizing society, just F** off and take a good hard look at ..well... themselves.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1608 posts Report Reply

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