Posts by Moz

  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a…,

    My take is more: this is an emergency, we need to do everything that might work. So my criteria for actions that I support is “will this be catastrophic? Has it been proven so?” and if not then I think it’s better than the current path. Because the current path will be catastrophic, that has been proven beyond reasonable doubt.

    Mere inconvenience pales into insignificance next to the high probability of dying as a climate refugee.

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  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Stopping public transport is unbelievably stupid

    Really? Political leaders all over the world are publicly commiting to wipe out 9-10 billion people and delaying a train is the thing that strikes you as stupid?

    Admittedly I disagree with XR about the idea that simply telling the truth will make a difference, that’s an idea that has been thoroughly discredited. Again, we have people like Jacinda Ardern taking to the world stage to declare that climate change is a huge problem and she intends to make it worse. Sure, there are people who deny that it’s a problem (or that it exists at all), but they are only incidental targets for XR as I understand it. The primary target is people like the kiwi PM who say “I accept the reality of climate change, and the need for urgent action, but I absolutely refuse to take meaningful action or even be specific about what that action might be”.

    It might be more obvious where I am in Australia, where 90% of the voters are resolutely commited to business as usual and the government is busy criminalising dissent. But in Aotearoa the number is only slightly better, Labour has a significant core of deny, delay and deflect members and voters (as well as all the voters to the brown of Labour). *they* are the target.

    It’s all those commuters on said trains going “oh, maybe we should avoid catastrophe later, but not if it’s inconvenient now”, all the media commentators saying “30 years of going through the proper channels and asking nicely has got us into this mess, but we’re sure that if you keep doing that we’ll get out if it again”, all the other people saying “I accept the science but I have other things to do than worry about my future, or my children’s future”.

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  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum, in reply to Craig Young,

    I never have used recreational drugs

    Can you just clarify whether that includes legal psychoactive substances like alcohol and caffeine? Remember the laughter when the UK proposed to outlaw *all* psychoactive substances, and the horror when they did?

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  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum, in reply to Joe Boden,

    Only the self-righteous may enter the kingdom of heaven?

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  • Hard News: Change for the Better,

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  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum, in reply to Joe Boden,

    Family Fist is concerned about violent behaviour? Talk about the worm turning, whatever happened to "god given right to punch children in the face"?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to John Farrell,

    “Kiwibuild debacle” – sounds like you have swallowed the National party line on this

    The rule is that any government programme that succeeds is obvious and what the opposition would have done were they accorded the respect they desrve; and any programme that fails is a complete debacle, entirely the fault of the relevant minister (who should resign) and also symptomatic of the failings of the government in general.

    (insert National, Labour or whatever as appropriate).

    The above pretty much summarises what is wrong with modern parliamentary politics. It doesn't matter how good an idea is, or even if it was longstanding policy of the opposition when they formed the previous government and all that remains is to pass the bill they introduced to implement it, now that it is those morons in charge the bill will be opposed and if possible voted down.

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  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum, in reply to andin,

    It's as much that there's no useful tagging or threading, so I can't just follow, say, "Russell Brown's considered public posts", or "discussion of {post on Public Address}", I have to accept "everything Russell posts" or "anything tagged public address" and good luck with that.

    It doesn't scale. I could in theory follow one or two people who tweet multiple times a day, but I have roughly 500 RSS feeds... multiplying that by even 10 twitter posts each turns it to garbage. Setting twitter to "only show posts, no replies or mentions" barely helps.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to steven crawford,

    I don’t know how it all overlaps with insanity as in the criminal justice system.

    It doesn't, the legal system is inherently incapable of recognising its own insanity.

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  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum, in reply to steven crawford,

    the Public Address System party is over

    Yep. I believe all the cool kids have taken to twitter or other antisocial media and I just can't be bothered. There's just no place for reflection let alone research, and even the better twits either vomit hundreds of tweets a month or retweet all sorts of stuff that I don't care about. Instagram is worse, believe it or not.

    Sadly I have to use twitter for work, because some of the tools I use are only supported via twitter. Which is a whole different problem.

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