Posts from The New Tasman for 09/21/2011

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Describing me as a PR ‘fiddler’, NZH run my Ministerial presser in the fullSep 20, 2011 10:26 pm | Phil

Last week I imagined what a press conference might be like if the so-called “Bad Manners Minister” fronted for his alleged abuse of the Wallabies while hosting the ARU delegation during the Australia-Italy game.  Today, the NZ Herald reprinted the post in full as part of their Rugby Shorts segment.   This is all well and good ...

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Not a hoax, but a hack?Sep 20, 2011 10:34 am | Phil

John Pagani, to his credit, was quick to admit that he had mistaken as genuine a parody of corporate bullshit in the form of an Auckland law firm’s advice that companies sue protestors over copyright breaches.   New evidence is emerging, however, that suggests that “Courting Criticism”, the article in question, may not be the work of ...

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Gotcha! John Pagani falls hard for lawyer hoaxSep 20, 2011 02:35 am | Phil

Fellow blogger and Labour type, John Pagani, is a ubiquitous mofo these days.  On any given day, his highly readable and insightful posts can be found at one or more of the following sites: Stuff, Election Results, Interest and, of course, his own blog.   Pagani has been around the traps.  He knows things.  He ...

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How to Select a Public Relations ProviderSep 19, 2011 12:20 am | Phil

I had dinner last night in Hong Kong with a rather successful Internet entrepreneur.  After he finally finished laughing at my traffic numbers, he got around to asking me this question: What’s the best way to select a PR company? After more than a decade in the industry, I ranted in response for the next ...

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Drink to forgetSep 18, 2011 01:07 am | Phil

October 2, 2011 marks five years since I stopped drinking, which I have come to treat as a bit of a milestone, albeit weighted down with great and growing ambivalence about the path of sobriety it set me down.  This is the first in a series of posts on the subject. A decade long alcoholic ...

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Raybon KanSep 18, 2011 12:11 am | Phil

Comedian Raybon Kan’s joke about Adidas — that, as a German company, it should take over Auckland public transport since they are pretty good at transporting large numbers of people by train — is not only well within the bounds, it is the funniest thing I have heard him say since he admitted to being ...

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Delusion and denial is not a political strategySep 17, 2011 10:54 pm | Phil

The Herald on Sunday in NZ has a ridiculous story about how Julie Fairey, who happens to be married to a Labour list candidate, Michael Wood, has publicly conceded that the party little chance of winning the marginal seats of Hamilton West, Maungakiekie and Auckland Central. As National-friendly blogger, David Farrar, has pointed out, Fairey ...

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Julia Gillard’s promising reform noises…Sep 17, 2011 01:44 am | Phil

The NZ Herald piece I wrote about the 1996 coup that allowed Helen Clark to cement her on grip NZ Labour concluded with a suggested course of action for the party: The party is moribund, with few members and even less money. The power to select MPs and distribute favours rests with a tiny elite ...

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TotalitarianishnessSep 16, 2011 07:29 am | Phil

When I talk about the totalitatrian streak that troubles me so much with the modern Left, it often comes across as somewhst hysterical and this reaction tends to make short work of the rest of the conversation. After all, once Hitler comparisons enter the argument, it typically indicates the end of the matter. Totalitarian is ...

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The Tea Party in one sentenceSep 15, 2011 05:35 am | Phil

In the brilliant (as always) September 12 issue of the New Yorker, Adam Gopnik describes the dual origins of the Tea Party rage: The reasons for these feelings are, of course, complex, with a noble reason descending from the Revolutionary War, and its insistence on liberty at all costs, and an ignoble one descending from the Civil ...

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