March 10, 2010
There’s a not-so-subtle form of political agitation that Government ministers employ when they want to stir the pot and push through some ill-conceived short-term policy change that will save them money and make them look good to some sections of the electorate.
It’s called “dog whistle” politics and the simple technique is to make an emotionally-charged announcement in a speech or other forum that gets the media’s attention and then gets the hounds racing.
Tertiary Education minister Stephen Joyce made a dog whistle announcement yesterday in a speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.
The language of dog whistling has to be carefully constructed. There are two methods – scare mongering and aspirational – and both are usually employed.
Here’s a sample of Joyce’s aspirational language. The language of “improving outcomes”:
- Increasing the number of young people achieving degrees
- Increasing the success rate of Maori and Pasifika students
- Increasing the number of young people successfully moving from schools to tertiary
- Improving the outcomes of level one to three study
- Improving the educational and financial strength of providers, and strengthening the research outcomes.
Who could disagree with these sentiments. Of course we want to improve and increase the outcomes of tertiary education. But, as always, the devil is in the details.
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September 19, 2007
Student Tasered at campus forum for Kerry – CNN.com
The campus cops in the USA don’t seem to be learning. They’ve tasered another student at the University of Florida.
Watch this video and see how the spokesperson for the uni squirms.
The guy was just asking John Kerry a question at a campus election rally. That is, exercising his rights as a US citizen. He was asking a difficult question, that the organisers didn’t like.
These campus cops are asshole thugs. Why do universities employ goons like this. Surely it’s not too hard to give clear instructions not to attack students in unprovoked assaults with deadly weapons.
How long till these thugs actually kill someone?
Here’s another view, of course, thanks YouTubers.
What’s interesting is the character asassination now going on about the student, 21-year-old Andrew Myer. According to reports published in major newspapers, including the Sydney Morning Herald, Myer is a ‘trouble-maker’ and practical joker. So what, that doesn’t mean he deserves to get tasered. The cops are also quoted as saying that once the cameras were off Myer, he joked and laughed as he was taken off to the lock-up. What a farce.
Tasering people is now a legitimate police contact sport. Here’s another clip of an incident in a police lock up. There are better ways of dealing with disturbed and emotional people. The cops are out of control.
So, you don’t believe cops enjoy this shit? Take a look at this training video – they’re having fun with the taser. One of the women looks wierdly like Janet Jackson – listen to her, she loved getting tasered. I guess they just want to share the love. Bastards!