Posts by steven crawford

  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    That's classic Michael Moore. He's a real showman. But unlike nazi Germany, the American population is heavily armed with semiautomatic rifles to say the least. And I still don't think Donald Trump is going to be allowed to use the bomb.

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  • Legal Beagle: The inflation adjustment…,

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  • Access: Murder – it’s not OK.,

    One of Greg O’Connor’s first tweets after setting up his @GregOhariu twitter account was about the Knox case.

    It’s hard to understand really, what he’s talking about because it’s kind of like teen age texting. That’s the problem with politicians using twitter instead of constructing carefully considered statements I guess. Reading between the lines which is about as good as it gets with twitter, I think he’s having a bob each way.

    He said something about her sentence placing a value on her life. I don’t see it that way. That’s eye for an eye type justice. I totally get what you are pointing out. That killing a disabled person is no less acceptable than killing an infant, because they require there caregivers time and energy.

    But it's also important to consider the mitigating factors in the mental health of the murderer in all sentences. Like when someone kills a three year old, rather than giving oxygen to opinion people who write angry blogs about public lynchings, it might be better to look at the mitigating factors during the sentencing process, ( which you are doing ) then create sentences that help society to heal holistically. That’s something where the sencable sentence trust has know idea.

    Good work Hilary, thank you.

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  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark,

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  • Hard News: The next four years,

    I hope the left can out data them somehow.

    I still don't really know the clear definition of left, but big data might be a thing when 'Calexit' needs a constitutional change for a California secession if it gets to that. For the Calexit fans, maybe fake news the internet with story's about how California is bludging of the hard working mid west, and that they try to make Trump supporters look stupid with all there college educations, human rights and science.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Joe Wylie,

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    Grass roots, fighting the American dream.

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

    Here’s an excellent piece from Google engineer Yonatan Zunger asking if the muslim ban is effectively a trial run for a coup.

    I also wonder if the inner circle would be perfectly happy to see the US economy crumble to the point its citizens resort to grubbing for worms.

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  • Hard News: The next four years,

    I hope the left can out data them somehow.

    We are now at a place where introducing Nazism as analogy, isn’t just being a dick on the internet anymore.

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

    Huh? What are you talking about?

    Sue Bradford’s chief political legacy has been to make the “left” unelectable for three elections.

    Are you only concerned with political science, or is there room for the nuanced art of humanity?

    Or put another way, are you able see how crass that statement you wrote actually is?

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

    The lesson the left is a) Getting back into ascendancy is going to require building alliances on specific issues with anyone who agrees with you, rather than being a rent-a-mob who exclude everyone who fails any of a battery of tests of ideological purity and b) too many soi-disant radicals in NZ seek only elite liberal consensus – the anti-smacking legislation being the prime example of social change via attempted legislative coup. The outcome? Sue Bradford’s chief political legacy has been to make the “left” unelectable for three elections.

    OK, so now we know what kind of an animal you are, Tom.

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