Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    Sigh, just like Judaism, there is no Muslim pope - they have a tradition of scholarly treatments of their religious books, Rabbis argue about the Talmud, Imams argue about the Quran - they don't all agree - there are no absolute religious authorities in the sense that the Pope is.

    So all you're doing is picking the views that confirm your world view, it's a bit like deciding that white supremacists represent all white people when we all know they are a tiny but dangerous minority (as equally are ISIS and Al Qaeda )

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2597 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    You can still poke holes in paper, just as easily done with a bolt action rifle

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    ewww - that Eastwood guy is a horrible piece of shit, owns his own rabbit-hole and it's really deep, he deserves watching closely, you just know he's only going to get worse and cross the line

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2597 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    I've been thinking about gun laws, it seems to me we should:

    - ban semi-autos (with a buy back)
    - license guns as well as people, so we can detect people who are stockpiling

    But here's my idea for today, let's call it the "Good Keen Man" provision, to maintain your firearms license you have to turn in 2 deer tails to the police every year

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    It's a new Trumpian world ....

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  • Access: The long road to real space,

    BTW I introduced "A Tale in the Dessert" to a friend's ASD son a decade ago, he got to play with his Mum, it's an MMO that's quiet and low key, no shooting, no killing, gentle encouragement to get on with your neighbours, but can be happily soloed. I think it really worked well for him.

    I started playing it again recently (after 15 years), Egypt is still there, big and quiet as ever

    (atitd.com like all good drugs the first few hits are free)

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…,

    As someone with a son at a summer music festival I did feel the urge to text him an equivalent of the rather famous Woodstock message :

    (did they announce "stay away from the purple X" over the PA at R&V?)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2597 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: It's Beginning to Look a Lot…,

    Not being religious we have never celebrated christmas, we have always however celebrated Xmas - the capitalist holiday for buying lots of stuff for small children - and we have a family tradition of tying a $20 to the top of the tree to remind ourselves what it's all about (when we lived in the US we would put the tree out intact to be found by a wandering homeless person or the city crew that picked up the trees)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2597 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Midterms,

    Yes everyone in this house voted weeks ago (except me, I'm not a citizen)

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Here’s some apparent context to National’s involvement

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