Posts by Joe Wylie

  • Hard News: And so it begins ..., in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    He probably had to go have a shower after uttering that blasphemous word 'solidarity'...

    Followed by a wee lie down after a hard bout of barrel scraping. One suspects that Gould's attitude to his desperately retrieved "iconic image" hasn't moved far from 1968, when even the Evening Post's Neville Lodge produced one of his few blatantly racist cartoons decrying the intrusion of politics into the then sacred temple of sport.

    Gould's clumsy attempt to duck behind that ancient Mexico City image suggests a happy knack for coming down on the wrong side of history. While the late Australian Peter Norman had his athletic career effectively ruined for his support of the two black athletes, he eventually received a full posthumous parliamentary apology. As an example of placing principle ahead of personal gain, his was a story to rival Chariots of Fire. Because it's not easily co-opted into a jingoistic morality tale there's unlikely to be a fully dramatised movie any time soon.

    While Sydney's mural based on the "iconic image" was under threat at one stage, it's now been granted heritage protection. Venceremos indeed.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election, in reply to steven crawford,

    The like button on Facebook et al, is specifically there so those MacDonald’s shit-food style ’social media’ outfits can observe the habits of people who click on it. That data is how they make billions on money.

    PAS, is a genuine internet based community. It’s not a shopping mall. I looked at the source code.

    Oh dear. Will I go to hell for clicking Like on a Russell Brown Facebook post the other day?

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    “Blimey, thought Kelvin, what an eye-to-face ratio. When you want to say something delicate, you don't want that eye-to-face ratio staring up at you. Big eyes, like a child's or a baby seal's; the physiognomy of innocence--looking at Archie Jones is like looking at something that expects to be clubbed round the head any second.”
    ― Zadie Smith, White Teeth

    Barclay's got it, so has Max Key. It'll be recognized as a bona fide syndrome one day.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election,

    Without Key's control panel at his fingertips Joyce is a mere husk of what he was. This great illustration of the guy in his heyday has nailed his role for me ever since it was published without an obvious author credit on Bryce Edwards' blog back in 2011. Anyone have any idea whose work it is?

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    ...spare a thought for David Farrar...I mean, it is obvious that every day he awakens, slaughters a chicken and eagerly scans it's entrails for portents of coalition collapse. He may need a comforting corner when he realises it is just denial.

    Chickens, bah. That only worked when the Nats had access to real kiwi entrails.

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  • Hard News: And so it begins ...,

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  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That Bishopric Brian Tamaki ... must be really, really good!

    Rumours that the special DVD of his investiture included a bonus bloopers section proved to be unfounded.

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    IMHO, one of the unexamined aspects of an aging population we need to guard against is an unnoticed, creeping cultural senility afflicting those western societies with too many old people hanging on for too long.

    "Apples and pears when they're ripe they fall down from the trees
    Old people cling on to life like some kind of disease..."

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election, in reply to BenWilson,

    The Greens are in government ministerial positions for the first time in NZ's history. How that could be anything short of a fantastic result for the Greens is beyond me.

    It's a first for Australasia. As long as Australian Labor remains in thrall to big mining, both major federal parties there will collude to keep the Greens marginalised.

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  • Hard News: The climate changed, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    My little Mazda 323's speedo dial goes up to 240kph!!

    Goodness me, perhaps best not to skite about that. According to the late A.K. Grant, the Mazda 323's great advantage is that it doesn't "excite the envy of the proletariat".

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