I was vaguely aware of Muldoon's Think Big projects; specifically Marsden Point.
Hey, messaged you on FB, my online CV is out of date now, & a bit misleading. :)
I’m SO HAPPY that National’s not running, because it gives us an opportunity for a tighter race between Labour and the Greens – with two eminently competent candidates, no less.
I’m a big Jacinda fan, but Labour’s performed so poorly for the last six years – maybe a nasty scare in Mt Albert would light a much-needed firecracker under their campaign.
Stoked to be able to vote for Julie Anne this time around.
Is that why the site closed down?
No, nothing like that, it just ran its course. None of the admins knew anything about Tidball.
Tangential: a friend just broke up with a guy she liked after a few pleasant dates. They were having a political discussion online that got slightly heated, and she suggested they hold off until they could talk about it in RL. He responded that all feminists should fuck off and die in a fire, including her.
I’m starting to feel like we’ve hit some kind of acrimonious critical mass, like there’s a deep festering wound in society, both off- and online right now.
I feel like Laneway’s crowd has moved away from hipster & toward.. something else. I haven’t had any negative experiences, but when it was still in Aotea Square, I enjoyed people-watching – lots of skinny jeans and vintage/rockabilly types to admire, & it was all quite dignified.
But now I feel like the pub/club natives have just taken over now, along with their drinking culture. Didn’t go last year, but it was apparent in 2014.
Saw someone mention a prevalence of bassy dance music, and I noticed that element on the day. I wonder if that’s part of it (that is, I've been trying to work out what would cause the shift)
Might just be me showing my age. But I really miss the hipsters. I liked the hipsters.
Here's a little article that says overt celebration on the field helps a team perform better: http://blog.80percentmental.com/2010/11/soccer-goal-celebrations-are-contagious.html#.Vi1H02QrJL8
What would happen if we dropped the voting age to, say, 14?
HAHAHAHAHA, I actually like some of Willy Moon's stuff, but his entire career is appropriation. This whole thing is so embarrassing. What a wanker.
Practically we draw the line well before birth. The reasons seem sound, as the organism becomes steadily more and more like humans we clearly do value, babies. We have to pick a line. I don't even know what it is in Australia. Some magic number. We'd have to pick one for here, too.
..I've started thinking of termination options as a spectrum, rather than an ok/not-ok line, which also aligns kind of well-ish with the affects of a procedure on the woman in question:
* contraception: encouraged
* morning-after pill: fine, slightly unpleasant experience
* RU486: fine, unpleasant experience, needs some support
* abortion: progressively narrower window depending on how far along the pregnancy is. Early = ok, lots of support; late-term = only if the woman's health is seriously compromised by continuing the pregnancy
* infanticide: only if the infant is very clearly satan (horns, pointy tail, red glowing eyes)