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Max Johns - missing Geoff Robinson, Blenheim

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The surprise announcement that Margaret Wilson will be the next Speaker of the House - that is, Parliament's version of a square leg umpire provided by the batting team, who already get the benefit of the doubt - has been met with some pretty harsh opposition. This is more surprising than it first seems, because Speakers are usually given endorsement from both sides of the House (and often appointed unanimously) when they take over the big seat at the front. Even in politics, it's considered bad form to slag off the ref.

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Matt Nippert - Navel Astronomer, Auckland

Monday, December 13, 2004

Ever take a look in the mirror? I mean aside from popping zits or spreading the bryl? It's a strange experience, and self-reflection is a lot harder than self-help gurus make out. I've been doing a bit lately, thinking back on how I got into the journalism gig. It wasn't really planned, more a bail-out option after realising the life of a civil servant wasn't for me.

http://fightingtalk.blogspot.com/2004/12/matt-nippert-navel-astronomer-auckland.html

Keith Ng, Asshole, Wellington

Monday, December 13, 2004

Team America: World Police is a reductive typological analysis of international affairs. The movie is philosophically underpinned by the premise that there are are three categories of agents in the world: dicks, pussies, and assholes.

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Max Johns - office dweller, Blenheim

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Helen and Margaret's new toy doesn't seem to like playing with them much. It's not long now since the PM and Attorney-General decided to give the Privy Council the flick and build the country a Supreme Court (which is actually more of an average meeting room). As its prime champions, they couldn't have been happier to be rid of those damn part-time foreigners poking all around our laws and telling us what to do. What they possibly failed to realise in all the excitement of creating their own lasting monument to Labour 5 is that a bunch of full-time locals poking around the laws and telling us what to do could get to be a little more difficult to stomach, and could even get personal.

http://fightingtalk.blogspot.com/2004/12/max-johns-office-dweller-blenheim.html

Lyndon Hood - not a lawyer, Lower Hutt

Friday, December 10, 2004

This morning Linda Clark interviewed a logician. Quite a contrast, I know. A bit like those old movies where one guy was fat and the other one was skinny. The punchline is that she conducted what one Jamie Whyte presumably thought was going to be a promo for his book as an adversarial interview. As in, what's the point of rational thought anyway?

http://fightingtalk.blogspot.com/2004/12/lyndon-hood-not-lawyer-lower-hutt.html

Hamish McKenzie - soon to be unemployed, Dunedin

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Being a soldier rumbling down a Fallujah street in a tank must be akin to walking into a safari with a leg of lamb tied to your ankle. You might as well wrap yourself in an American flag and offer yourself up for target practice. Of course, there is the rather important distinction that in a tank you have the security of armour to hide behind.

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