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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  October 14, 2017

    Despite the media onslaught, Trump is winning the policy issues:
    http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/355066-why-the-polls-are-still-wrong

      • Gezza

         /  October 14, 2017

        No precis: no read.
        Is there a video?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  October 14, 2017

          Your loss then. My job is to filter out all the stuff not worth reading, not to spoon feed you the good stuff.

          • Gezza

             /  October 14, 2017

            Aw … don’t be like that Al! 😀

            Just my long background in comms. In a web full of polemics & dross with so much to filter thru, and so many committed to pushing only stuff they agree with, it’s sometimes a good idea to include a teaser or pull-quotes to entice readers who might otherwise just skip over some link from a poster who they think might be notable for doing that.

            You’re wrong to dismiss videos as you so often do. But I won’t waste my time explaining where they sometimes are a better source for advice & assessment than a carefully crafted article which omits things that might cause their truth or value to be questioned.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  October 14, 2017

            I don’t watch videos because they invariably make me feel I am wasting my time. The only exceptions are when visual impact and perception is critical and those are few and far between. Major complex events generally.

    • Mefrostate

       /  October 14, 2017

      Written by a pollster. Doesn’t understand margins of error.

      Your continued support for Trump has driven my respect for you into the dirt, Alan. I used to think you were a principled Libertarian of similar intellect to your brother, but the extent to which you’re willing to drink the tyrannical Trump kool aid, ignore the giant warning lights written in Cyrillic and spread clearly unbalanced opinions like this one (while ranting about the lefty media), have completely destroyed my respect for your perspectives.

      I generally read here for some insights into the views of right-wingers, untainted by the nastiness of Whale Oil (and increasingly, KiwiBlog), and from time to time people do manage a good intellectual spar. But these days you’re just a closed-minded sycophant more interested in appearing witty than in discovering objective truths or testing your beliefs.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  October 14, 2017

        Mefro, I used to hope you might make useful comments but no longer. Your opinion of me or anything else is of no interest to me. You sad grudge-retention and total lack of a sense of humour is merely tedious.

        • Mefrostate

           /  October 14, 2017

          It’s unfortunate that you’re digging-in to this behaviour, since I was one of the minds you might have managed to change. It seems your screaming into the void will amount to nothing, no matter how funny you try to be. I will keep reading Bryce’s work though.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  October 14, 2017

            I have no interest in your mind, Mefro. If you want to change it or not, be my guest. It’s not my responsibility, it’s yours.

            • Mefrostate

               /  October 14, 2017

              Why on earth do you bother reading & commenting then?

              I do it to firstly test my beliefs and secondly try to win others over to them.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 14, 2017

              I enjoy hearing what others think, have discovered or experienced – especially when it is expressed with wit and sensitivity. The clashes of personality are part of that as are tribal loyalties and prejudices.

            • Mefrostate

               /  October 14, 2017

              Why then do you spend so much time lambasting lefty perspectives, courting conflict, and revelling in your own tribalism?

              I don’t think I’ve ever seen you acknowledge any of my perspectives as valid or reasonable. Rather anytime we get into the weeds you end up just falling back on personal or stylistic attacks, neither of which are actually constructive when I’m refining my world view.

            • Mefrostate

               /  October 14, 2017

              It’s worth mentioning here that your proposal for vesting air rights in property and allowing them to be traded is one that I’ve absolutely taken on board and think might be one of the most pragmatic solutions to our restrictive planning problem.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 14, 2017

              Good God, this from the one who lashed out at me out of the blue tonight for no particular reason other than some old grudge and a bout of dyspepsia.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 14, 2017

              Tradable property rights are just the normal market solution to resource allocation.

            • Mefrostate

               /  October 14, 2017

              Tell yourself whatever you have to to avoid taking any criticism on board, Alan.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 14, 2017

              Why on earth persist with the delusion that I will take instruction from you? You are a bossy pants aren’t you?

            • Mefrostate

               /  October 14, 2017

              Sorry, I wrongly assumed you might have some humility deep down. I thought that just maybe you’d take feedback from a mere cockroach like myself. But you’re right, it was just a delusion.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 14, 2017

              It was indeed. I have a wife for that kind of thing. Maybe you should get one.

            • Mefrostate

               /  October 14, 2017

              What a strange thing to say.

  2. America today….

    “The smears “racist,” “fascist,” “white privilege,” and “Nazi” — like “Commie” of the 1950s — are so overused as to become meaningless. There is now less free speech on campus than during the McCarthy era of the early 1950s.”

    “Almost a half-century ago, in 1968, the United States seemed to be falling apart.

    The Vietnam War, a bitter and close presidential election, anti-war protests, racial riots, political assassinations, terrorism and a recession looming on the horizon left the country divided between a loud radical minority and a silent conservative majority.

    The United States avoided a civil war. But America suffered a collective psychological depression, civil unrest, defeat in Vietnam and assorted disasters for the next decade — until the election of a once-polarizing Ronald Reagan ushered in five consecutive presidential terms of relative bipartisan calm and prosperity from 1981 to 2001.

    It appears as if 2017 might be another 1968. Recent traumatic hurricanes seem to reflect the country’s human turmoil.

    After the polarizing Obama presidency and the contested election of Donald Trump, the country is once again split in two.

    But this time the divide is far deeper, both ideologically and geographically — and more 50/50, with the two liberal coasts pitted against red-state America in between.

    Century-old mute stone statues are torn down in the dead of night, apparently on the theory that by attacking the Confederate dead, the lives of the living might improve.

    All the old standbys of American life seem to be eroding. The National Football League is imploding as it devolves into a political circus. Multimillionaire players refuse to stand for the national anthem, turning off millions of fans whose former loyalties paid their salaries.”

    More of Victor Davis Hansen’s take on the malaise of America and the comparison to 1968 is here:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-1968-america-hanson-1012-story.html

  3. “”It reminds me of this thing Fran Lebowitz said – Americans will have equality only “when dopey black people get into Harvard because their chair-endowing grandfathers went there.”

    Excellent analogy

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ta-nehisi-coates-on-donald-trump-americas-first-white-president/article36585233/?service=amp

  4. Trump is the president of the US Virgin Islands.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 14, 2017

      That is the point of the two articles I linked above. The Democrats and their media focus on every bit of ridiculing trivia while voters focus on policy and outcomes.

      • Gezza

         /  October 14, 2017

        I’ve given you a rare downtick becoz I’m not happy about something wrote about me elsewhere, & I’m grumpy. But I still I expect to be treated extremely well at your place in November & I hope that’s understood!

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  October 14, 2017

          Don’t worry, I have very well preserved stands of gorse awaiting your arrival along with a vehicle for you that unfortunately needs four new tyres due to unexpected fires.

          • Gezza

             /  October 14, 2017

            I don’t mind. I’ll just drive the fkr without tyres. It’s not my bloody car. Who cares? Possum can get me to the airport!