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October 5, 2010

Miscellaneous idiocy

Filed under: media,Politics,science — danylmc @ 12:35 pm

A few interesting stories waiting for me when I sat down to eat lunch:

Via RadioNZ:

Arrests have been made in the police investigation into an Auckland super city voting scam, just days before voting closes.

Dozens of police have been looking at whether voters from North Island centres have been falsely enrolled to addresses in Papatoetoe in Auckland.

The arrests come after the Registrar of Electors removed more than 300 enrolments after finding people did not live at the addresses in the Papatoetoe ward.

Labour Party president Andrew Little has told Radio New Zealand that at least one person arrested has links to the Labour Party.

Disgusting by itself, but it also gives the opposition latitude to cast doubt on other Labour victories in the SuperCity election. Imbeciles.

Cabinet has approved changes to the name suppression legislation. It’s now harder to get and penalties for breaching it are more severe. So right wing-bloggers who breach name suppression by revealing the identities of child victims, for example, will now face harsher punishment.

TVNZ has suspended Paul Henry for two weeks. I’m not a fancy PR expert like Andi Brotherston but it seems like delaying tactics are almost always the best option when a scandal explodes in your face. Investigations, enquiries, suspensions . . . anything that just defuses the intensity of the debate seems to be the way to go.

The Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded to fertility researcher Robert Edwards for his work on in vitro fertilisation. I always try to memorise the name and accomplishments of the recipient of the medicine laureate so that when I get trapped in a conversation in which I’m ridiculed for not knowing about some rugby player or TV actor I can demand to know if anyone in the group knows who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine this year. Amazing I stayed single for so long.

Also, only a few more days before we find out which super-obscure untranslated European poet the Nobel committee has plucked from obscurity and named the Literature laureate!

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17 Comments »

  1. “…Disgusting by itself, but it also gives the opposition latitude to cast doubt on other Labour victories in the SuperCity election…”

    i didn’t realise Labour was running!

    The RWNJ’s were already developing their Dolchsto├člegende theory before this came along. It was always going to happen. But now I suppose they’ve got their Jewish bankers.

    Comment by Sanctuary — October 5, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

  2. bang on re the suspension. Get him off air and isolated and let the waters calm. It will have been found he has suffered enough not to merit any furhter penalty, but has been given some new guidance on what is appropriate.

    Can’t wait for the usual back biting gossip to start pouring out of the TVNZ news and PR centre about the back room discussions.

    Comment by insider — October 5, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  3. Also, only a few more days before we find out which super-obscure untranslated European poet the Nobel committee has plucked from obscurity and named the Literature laureate!

    So the smart money isn’t on David Simon?

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — October 5, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

  4. Big betting plunges on Ngugi wa Thiongo’o, Cormac McCarthy, and uh Gerald Murnane? The one of the three I haven’t read is the Australian.

    Comment by bradluen — October 5, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

  5. Surely they won’t give it to McCarthy – they make movies from his books, so he’s obviously a low-brow writer despite his enthusiasm for not using punctuation.

    Comment by Joey — October 5, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

  6. The Nobel committee are mostly Swedish. Not many poets get translated into Swedish

    Comment by rich — October 5, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

  7. I’m confused. I would love to have a working definition of what ‘with links to the Labour Party’ means according to Andrew Little.
    On the bright side – I think we should consider a more sympathetic interpretation of Paul Henry – not because I particularly like the tosser or his views, but because I don’t think he’s been diagnosed properly –
    http://monkeyswithtypewriter.blogspot.com/2010/10/politically-correct-view-of-paul-henry.html

    Comment by Monkey Boy — October 5, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

  8. Heritage Hotels don’t sponsor Breakfast anymore. Please provide email addresses of those who do. Otherwise this is bad for Phil Goff.

    Comment by Jake — October 5, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

  9. http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/blogs/moatas-blog-idle/4198167/Confessions-of-an-immigration-detainee

    Obviously pockets were too hard.

    Comment by blackspy — October 5, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

  10. Probably the most astonishing thing out of all this for me is the huge number of people who genuinely seem to be unable to distinguish between free speech and racism. A few of these foolish people are certainly racists. Some are probably just stupid. Others appear to sociopaths, primarily upset that someone has taken their morning giggles at other expense away from them. A vast number of them just seem plain ignorant of what racism is and what it looks like when it bares it’s arse at them. I mean, you can’t get much more blatant racism than Henry’s outburst. How can you NOT work out straight away it was a piece of appalling racism?

    How has it come to pass that so many New Zealanders are so ignorant and/or self-centred?

    Maybe all those people whining about freedom of speech and PC bullshit should stop watching trash breakfast television and read a few books about racism instead?

    Comment by Sanctuary — October 6, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

  11. I would suggest that once you are done with your reading on racism, you read a book or two on freedom of speech.

    Comment by cj_nza — October 6, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

  12. Obviously pockets were too hard.

    That story makes me glad I did all my backpacking in the pre 9/11 era. I lost my passport in Italy once and blagged my way back through Italian and UK customs with no problem, because honestly, what’s the big fucking deal? Now they have security theatre they’d have thrown me in prison for a week or so.

    Comment by danylmc — October 6, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

  13. I would suggest that once you are done with your reading on racism, you read a book or two on freedom of speech.

    How has Henry’s freedom of speech been compromised?

    Comment by danylmc — October 6, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

  14. Sanctuary, I think people just have problems with complex concepts – e.g. in this case, the difference between ethnicity and nationality. Things have to be black and white, and we don’t use terms like “Indian-New Zealander” like in the States to make it clear.

    That, and the Internet makes it possible for everyone to voice an ill-considered opinion for all to see..

    Luckily we should have this unconscious racism bred out of most NZers within a couple of generations.

    Comment by gazzaj — October 6, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

  15. Danyl wrote: “That story makes me glad I did all my backpacking in the pre 9/11 era”

    correct me if I’m wrong, but I understand you’re also more ‘European-looking’ than Moata, which may have had some effect.

    Comment by kahikatea — October 6, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

  16. …but Moata is definitely more Portuguese looking than Danyl.

    Comment by Gregor W — October 6, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

  17. Looks like the Nobel committee read your previous post on the subject and were suitably chastened: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/07/nobel-prize-literature-mario-vargas-llosa

    Comment by Psycho Milt — October 8, 2010 @ 7:38 am


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