Since 1984, New Zealand's Men's softball team, the Black Sox, have won 6 of the 9 world championships (including 5 in a row), and were runner up in the other 3 ! Very few New Zealanders know about this incredible sporting achievement. And, in reply to Robyn above, the amount of resources and public support that the Black Sox receive is miniscule compared to the All Blacks.
So long Graham - and thanks for all the music ...
Thanks for that Ben. Interesting, but, like you, I having trouble drawing any conclusions about it. Of the people who ranked Labour as 10 and National as 0, the most is (as you say) self-ranked as 5 (the largest group). However, the other significant cluster is with people who ranked themselves as 10. So they are presumably Labour supporters, and got the axes wrong (ie left and right held no meaning for them).
Can we categorise people in some other way ? For example :
Leftists : ranked 3 or more lower than Labour & Labour lower or equal to National
Labourites : ranked within 2 of Labour but not within 2 of National
Swing : ranked within 2 of Labour and within 2 of National
Nationalites : ranked within 2 of National but not within 2 of Labour
Rightists : ranked 3 or more higher than National & Labour lower or equal to National
The rest are confused (or uncategorisable at least) ?
Damn hard to get anything useful from it.
It is interesting to note that a significant number of people (~80) put National at 0, and a similar number of people put Labour at 10. Were they the same people ?
Interesting question…we’ve got the data. Any thoughts about how to answer that question? You want to know specifically about those 160-odd people?
Perhaps a graph of where National was placed for those who ranked Labour at 10, and a graph of where Labour was placed for those who ranked National at 0, would be enlightening.
Similar graphs for where they placed themselves (including did not or invalid ?).
It is interesting to note that a significant number of people (~80) put National at 0, and a similar number of people put Labour at 10. Were they the same people ? And were they just confused, or were they actively dissing this whole left/right paradigm ?
It's also interesting that the shapes are different, with Labour's mode at 4, and National's at 8.
But the bottom line is that cultivating cannabis for supply – which she appears to admit doing
Where are you getting that info from ?
While what the prosecutor is effectively doing is deterring cannabis cultivators from reporting incidental crime.
No the police did that. They had the option of a warning, confiscation and destruction. But, by bringing charges, they are sending a message saying anyone doing anything outside the law better not ask for Police help lest they get nabbed.
Seems an appropriate time to re-visit The Clash’s take on music labels :
Why comment the code? It’s either obvious, or wrong.
There is an awful lot of code that is not obvious, and also code that appears wrong but isn't. Both of those cases benefit from comments.
why would anyone who doesn’t want to live here want to invest in an asset whose value grows slower than wages?
Exactly. If the value grows slower than wages, then it's not an asset for investing in, so people only buy houses to live in. Isn't this a good thing ?
We need to transition our economy from property as a favoured investment, to one where it is not so great. It needs to be done quickly so it doesn't keep exacerbating, but also slowly, so the bubble does not burst. It will not be easy, but the alternative is worse.