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Posts from The New Tasman for 11/23/2011

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When low turnout is the biggest danger, why is Kris Faafoi promoting complacency?Nov 23, 2011 02:34 am | Phil

I cannot believe the line Kris Faafoi has taken in the Dom Post story about Mana: The 35-year-old is “very confident” of securing enough votes this Saturday to keep him in Parliament after months of “getting out in the community”. …. When asked if he had considered the prospect of losing he replied: “It’s always ...

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My NZ election predictionNov 22, 2011 08:19 am | Phil

I am posting this to coincide with my last newsletter mail-out to subscribers before Saturday’s election.  (My weekly newsletter goes out on Wednesdays — you can add your name by subscribing at the upper-right of the homepage).   For what it’s worth (not much) and from afar (a-very-very-far) here is my predictions for the NZ ...

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Brian Edwards resurrects the Noble Savage theories of his childhoodNov 22, 2011 06:01 am | Phil

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, from their multiple Tony winning, record-smashing, laugh-till-ya-puke-making super-duper-smash musical The Book of Mormon, nail the Noble Savage sentiment as well as anyone. UPDATE:  In response to this post, on Twitter, DOCTOR Brian Edwards has once again told me to seek psychiatric help for my obsession with him.  The last time I ...

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Best. NZ Electioneering Quote. Ever.Nov 21, 2011 11:33 am | Phil

This, from the Facebook of a Labour candidate: National had organised a meeting with Bill English & the local MP at the same time as our sign waving…I understand only around 6 people attended. We had twice that number outside waving signs.

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5 reasons I am sick of blog posts with enumerated listsNov 19, 2011 12:07 pm | Phil

1.  It is such a transparent attempt to grab my attention 2.  The blogger clearly read about the effectiveness of enumerated lists on another blog post made up of an enumerated list. 4.  What happened to 3? 3.  Oh.  Here it is.   5.  Someone said odd numbers are better.     

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The Lantos “double-down” strategy on Rusesabagina is shredding their reputation, and hisNov 19, 2011 05:18 am | Phil

The Lantos Foundation’s insistence on doubling down on its wrongheaded decision to award Paul Rusesabagina with a peace prize based on the work Don Cheadle did portraying him in a wildly inaccurate movie version is an unmitigated PR disaster for an otherwise distinguished organisation. After protests from survivors who knew exactly what Rusesabagina was up ...

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The Guardian adds dissenting voice to Hotel Rwanda huckster’s prizeNov 18, 2011 04:56 am | Phil

Yesterday I wrote about the dubious awarding of a human rights prize by the Lantos Foundation to the self-aggrandising Paul Rusesabagina of Hotel Rwanda fame. Linda Melvern at the Guardian piles on: There is an inherent danger in repackaging recent history for Hollywood because distortion can creep into the accepted version of events, and fiction ...

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HOTEL ‘I-CONNED-YA’Nov 17, 2011 05:50 am | Phil

I can’t improve on this letter from Dr. Jean-Pierre Karegeye in response to the ill-informed decision of the Lantos Foundation to award an ill-deserved peace prize to Paul Rusesabagina, the man whose fictional other half was Don Cheadle in the acclaimed film Hotel Rwanda. The truth about Rusesabagina is far murkier than represented in the movie;  in ...

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