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Posts from The New Tasman for 09/14/2011

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“Let Him Die”Sep 14, 2011 01:10 am | Phil

This clip, taken from yesterday’s GOP debate, is doing the rounds because the Tea Party audience cheers the notion that a hypothetical 30 year old without health insurance who is suddenly struck ill should be left to die without government intervention. Just to make sure we are left in no doubt, one audience member actually ...

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Party blogging — some insights from AustraliaSep 13, 2011 11:54 pm | Phil

Alex White  is a very smart Melbourne consultant who advises unions on how to build winning campaigns using all the modern tools available to them.  He responded at length to my post on Party-run blogs, and his insights are worth reading: I’ve never seen Red Alert until today (being an Aussie, not a Kiwi), and on ...

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The ‘Bad Manners Minister’ steps forwardSep 13, 2011 12:58 am | Phil

Imagine the press conference: Bad Manners Minister: Thank you for coming.  I have prepared a brief statement and I will not be taking any questions. Obligatory throat clearance. I would like to extend my heartfelt apologies to the members of the Australian Rugby Union contingent for my behavior at the corporate facilities at North Harbour ...

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Are party blogs useful?Sep 12, 2011 05:20 am | Phil

Let me begin by narrowing down the question in the title even further: Are party-run blogs useful as a means to persuade voters? The answer, it seems clear enough to me, is no.  In fact, I would venture that fewer than a dozen votes have shifted from one column to the other as the direct ...

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Jimmy Carter is a dickSep 12, 2011 12:55 am | Phil

When people think of Jimmy Carter, they often think about how he lost office after one embarrassing term in office.  What people often forget is the circumstances of his “victory” four years before that.  It was 1976.  The US was scandalized by Watergate.  Richard Nixon had resigned in disgrace.  And yet — in a year ...

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Romantic ComedySep 12, 2011 12:15 am | Phil

Last night, in the absence of much else to do, I watched a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and (of course) Paul Rudd. It was called Don’t Mind me Asking or Can You Tell What I’m Thinking or You Ought to Know That or something. By its cast and title, you can tell that ...

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No wordsSep 11, 2011 02:34 am | Phil

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Love SongSep 10, 2011 02:47 am | Phil

15 months or so after I gave up drinking, I saw a play called Love Song  in Melbourne. It went like this: A guy suffering from some kind of mental illness — pretty severe depression along with debilitating social anxiety at a guess — lives alone in a New York apartment.  His very worried sister ...

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GOP Debate Word CloudSep 08, 2011 04:00 am | Phil

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Revoke this man’s press pass and introduce him to WikipediaSep 08, 2011 12:32 am | Phil

Brian Moore, former England rugby international and now columnist with the Telegraph, has written a column that will be hard to top as the worst piece of journalism to emanate from the Rugby World Cup. After posing the question, “How has a country of 4.5 million people, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, managed ...

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