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Ah Colt, it's always difficult for any grand master like yourself to cover all bases when appealing to a broad audience such as Frank members. All the same, you have hit on a number of fundamentals that will no doubt improve the odds for your readers/students. And for that I am sure they are eternally grateful.
On a couple of specific points, and in my humble experienced opinion, the whole dis or 'negging' game really needs to be downplayed or avoided unless you are incredibly witty - which is very different to being charming, interesting or suave. Maybe if you're very good at reading people and can sense almost immediately that the type of woman you are talking to will not in any way be offended, then you might have a chance.
The strategy of knocking her off balance/tugging gently on her self esteem/having her second guess, can be useful and even successful but deploying a 'dis' or put down tactic (about how she looks, or anything else most women would take personally) is likely to potentially make you come across as negative, and lesson your chances of having her digits at the end of the night - not increase your odds (again, in my humble opinion).
To be fair Colt, you do strongly suggest being moderate in this area, and rightfully advise those new to the game that it's going to take a lot of practice.
Maybe, better still would be to learn the art of quality conversation. Most hot/attractive women (with the exception of the cock-blockers who quite frankly are a waste of time unless your intention is merely to fuck them that night – and that's a whole other subject), will enjoy and actively participate in a conversation with you.
There's several reasons for this; firstly she's going to know that you're not just another pisshead who has had enough (too much) booze to finally be able to approach her with some inane, slurred comment, secondly she will get a sense of your 'intellectual interests' (as opposed to pure intellect) meaning you may just strike some common ground, thirdly (and the most important rule of quality conversation) ask questions and she will be only too flattered to answer and expand.
And to those that are in the early stages of learning the art of picking up woman, regardless of how imperfect you might execute the aforementioned advice, the mere fact you have tried and are showing genuine interest in her will often be all you need. Believe me it's how I, and probably every other guy started and the results only keep getting better and better.
Look forward to the next installment of pickup advice from you Colt. Keep up the work!
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When reading opinion pieces like this I tend to like to find that balance between fact and conjecture or hearsay. Unfortunately in this case, there really isn't much of this balance at all and in some areas borders on the imaginative.
Let's start with the first so called 'fact' – "under National, we are now officially a pro-whaling country, which supports the commercial, for-profit slaughter of whales."
Hmm, a touch too much misdirected left wing/liberal exuberance? Did Idiot Savant even read the proposal presented to the IWC? Is he/she aware of what the meeting's objectives were? I think it is overstating to say 'we are now officially a pro-whaling country'.
One of the key objectives of the IWC Florida meeting was to open up discussions to find some common ground on what has over the years become a stalled, divisive, and in some quarters a very uncompromising environment. Additionally there is a huge loop hole in the 1986 Moratorium which desperately needs closing (more on this later).
The IWC dates back to 1946 and part of its original mandate being "provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks..." has pretty much from that first day come under pressure from various groups within their own agendas – both pro and anti whaling. Additionally, one of the major impacts on the current situation has been the IWC's adoption of a moratorium on commercial whaling (in 1986).
What I'm trying to spell out is that there are some who believe whaling should be abolished, those that believe it should be the right of indigenous peoples to carry out whaling, and some that see it as purely another commercial/harvesting endeavour. So regardless of your point of view, without talking, negotiation, regulation, etc within a structure (in this case a governing body) it is highly unlikely aims of any parties will be met.
Does Idiot Savant really believe actions by countries that have rejected participation in IWC and now do whatever they please such as Canada (who left the IWC in 2002) and Norway (left then rejoined then resumed commercial whaling in 2006) is the way forward?
Do people really want Japan to dig in any deeper with its resolve carry out "lethal research" on whales? Do people really want further maritime incidents which risks lives, endangers political and/or economic relations? Would people rather see those with agendas dig in even deeper and we all watch on in the meantime as even more whales are killed, rather than each side giving an inch to gain a mile e.g. like closing the research loop hole in the moratorium and put in sanctions and quotas on whaling nations? Maybe some (or a lot) do, but it seems to me that there are few winners and likely no end to that type of game.
So to sum up my view of point one – surely working hard using diplomacy to resolve nuances and differences of cultural needs, interpretation of regulations, conservation impacts, etc is the way forward rather than a one dimensional – 'you're either with us or you're not' attitude?
Point two – "You can see National's logic: they have a hard-=on for an FTA with Japan."
Both Labour and National have had (for many, many terms in power) a so-called 'hard= on" (as Idiot Savant so eloquently put it) to having a FTA with Japan. And why not – Japan is after all our third largest export destination and fourth largest trading partner. It likely benefits all if negotiated and managed properly. To say that is the 'logical' reason why National 'supports' Japan is potentially bordering on nonsensical. A slight stretching of two unrelated topics one could argue.
"But the fact they regard it as a minor and dispensable issue shows how out of touch they are with New Zealanders." Now that's interesting, how did Idiot Savant stretch the 'malleable fact' to now mean the government sees commercial whaling as 'minor and dispensable'? I wonder if Idiot Savant has ever listened to, or read anything by or about Sir Geoffrey Palmer's (an ex Labour Prime Minister I might add) involvement as New Zealand IWC representative? If he or she had then Idiot Savant would recognise the huge amount of work behind (and square in front of) the scenes he has done and is doing to maintain dialogue, and move things forward.
To sum up my second point. It's a difficult balancing act trying to keep everyone happy in a family or neighbourhood environment little alone a diverse multi cultural, multi government and political global stage. To suggest National is 'selling out' for the bucks is oversimplifying things to an extremely dangerous level.
By the way, and in conclusion, nothing is more irritating to me than seeing in print someone speaking on my (or any other New Zealander's) behalf and assuming we are in agreement. Talk about yourself, talk about a group you lead, talk about a minority, heck even talk about a majority, but don't ever assume you speak for all New Zealanders.
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