Posts by Craig Ranapia

  • Speaker: The Brexlection,

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  • Hard News: Meet the new bots, same as…,

    Some of them are definitely human: one responded with telling (and amusing) indignation to my customary greeting, “How’s the weather in St Petersburg?”, demanding to know whether I was racist against Russians. You blew your cover there, dude.

    Aw, damn… the only time I regret dropping the “report and block” hammer and missing that. Even then, they’re rather easy to detect – I wonder if they understand (or much care) it only takes a couple of clicks to reveal a string of identically worded replies obviously triggered by a keyword.

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  • Hard News: Drugs, testing and workplaces,

    New Zealand Rugby and other employers might be better served by treating drug use the way they do (or should) alcohol use: be aware of problematic use, test for actual impairment, counsel

    Exactly - my partner worked in the rail industry for over fifty years, but management and unions put a lot of time and effort into coming up with drug/alcohol policies beyond just randomly flinging around piss cups.

    And, yes, that included "culture change" Kiwirail management having beer fridges & drinks cabinets removed from offices, on the sensible grounds that it really wasn't a good look while elsewhere drinking on the job would be grounds for dismissal.

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  • Hard News: Mt Albert: Cooperating,…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    They'd have lost, like they did last year in Roskill, and that would have been a symbolically awful start to election year for the new leader.

    Sure - and it's no state secret that National has roughly the same ground force in Mount Albert that Labour does in North Shore. And coldly cynical as it may sound, National got what they wanted out of this -- becuase the by-election didn't turn into a referendum on the government.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Nice story, bro.

    It would be even better if it wasn't coming from people who sneer at those who have spend an awful lot of time listening to Trump and his supporters because they don't have a lot of choice in the matter.

    I get that we live in a world where it is infinitely more offensive to call a bigot a bigot than to be one. And there's always going to be people like you telling women, PoC and LGBT to shut the fuck up every damn time they don't say what you want to hear.

    Tough.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I had an extremely difficult personal relationship with Willie for some time, because of my criticism of that ghastly radio interview (from which I don’t resile a bit) but he’s a complex character and it does feel a bit like some of his most vocal critics this week only know the one thing about him. But other people perceive a different person.

    Sure, Russell. I don't find it at all difficult to believe Alison Mau that the man she shares a studio with five days a week has never treated her with anything but the utmost civility and respect.

    But let's also remember that "one thing" Louise Nicholas knows about Willie Jackson is that on Radio Waatea he gave Clint Rickards an hour of clear airtime to call her a mentally unstable liar. An interview that got widely picked-up by mainstream media, and was far from the only time Jackson attacked her credibility and character. Nobody should tell her to just GTFO it and move on from that.

    These things are not mutually exclusive. The world is full of bullies and abusers who can put the mask of decency on when it suits them. They'll cry and promise that this time they've changed. And sometimes, it's true. But it isn't often enough, that nobody should be surprised that some are meeting Jackson's promise he's going to clean up his act with some scepticism.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Perhaps Small really is as down with the various subspecies of Maori voter as his confidence would indicate.

    I doubt it, the only urban Maori his organ has any consistent interest in are rugby players, corpses or referred to as "the defendant."

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    This article in the Havard Business Review is the most accurate assesment of the mood of Americans I know that I have read, and it offers suggestions for the way forward for the left that are, in the light of Poto Williams calculated attempt to undermine her leader and sabotage Labour’s attempts to widen it’s appeal in the name of discredited liberal identity politics, particularly pertinent.

    Yeah, funny how the only working class worthy of consideration around Harvard Yard is the white one. I guess the only brown people who work in Trump's America are those Schrodinger's Immigrants who someone manage to steal white people's jobs while simultaneously sitting around on welfare.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…,

    As Jonathan Freedland notes in another column in the same paper, it ironically falls now to liberals to do what used to be the job of conservatives: to defend order.

    As I’ve said to you many many times, Russell, I haven’t considered the GOP (or most of their supporters) anything but right-wing radicals for many many years. Conservatives conserve, Trumpets don’t even have a firm grasp on what they’re trying to burn to the ground.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to John Farrell,

    “United States President Donald Trump has dangled the possibility of a one-on-one trade deal, but a likely 30-day “out clause” if we “misbehave” is one reason the Government is cool on the idea.”

    Trump doesn't even pretend he doesn't view the rest of the planet as six billion contractors he can stiff at will whenever he feels like it. You do you, Donald, but why should anyone sign shit with the United States when, in the end, one party isn't coming to the table in good faith and the end result isn't worth the paper it's written on?

    The faithful will blame the liberal media even harder, but the truth is, it’s going to be a shitshow in the media because it’s a shitshow inside the tent, from well before day one.

    Indeed, Russell. But nobody should be even a little bit surprised because this is what happen when you give looters the key to your house and a box of matches. Spoiler: When you hand Government to people whose only political idea is that "Government is Evil and Must Be Destroyed" they're not invested in making it work. They just want to figure out what they can sell before burning the shell down for the insurance.

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