Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Bowie,

    The Timaru Herald is a spoof news source, like the Onion or Waterford Whispers, right?

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  • Hard News: Footpaths, not manifest destiny,

    I thought the main objection to larger wards is that only well funded candidates are able to campaign effectively, since to be elected they have to reach a large number of people through media and advertising (rather than being known directly to electors).

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  • Hard News: Bowie,

    The trouble with Matinee Idle is that it very effectively satirises an under-financed radio station playing self-indulgent dreck for 30 hours a week.

    Unfortunately, rather than (after the fashion of Steve Coogan) condensing this into a one-shot, half hour programme, they do the satire on the grand canvas of an actual radio station, 30 hours a week for six weeks. This is a bit much.

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  • Hard News: Footpaths, not manifest destiny, in reply to Steve Todd,

    Wouldn’t that just ensure that each ticket would be guaranteed a councillor per ward whether they got 12% or 40% of the votes? Why not a genuinely proportional system?

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  • Hard News: Footpaths, not manifest destiny, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    a track record of making Auckland a pretty decent place

    Well, if you like spending several hours a day commuting to work. And spending 15 times average annual wages to buy a shack in a ghetto.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Wizards of…,

    Surely Lëmmiüm with the metal umlauts, which also correspond dot-for-dot with the 5 outer shell electrons of element 115.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Wizards of…,

    Also, the size of the market in Australia was such that a commercial rawk band would make enough money to guarantee its members a rock and roll lifestyle (even if, for some, it degenerated after 30 years into snorting crack with low budget hookers in Tauranga).

    Which meant that if one was an Aussie musician, one might do the big rawk commercial thing to chase the dollars. NZers, having pretty much no chance of wealth and fame, were "free" to be more experimental and original.

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do,

    I notice this morning that the increasingly tattered black ferny flag that has flown over Xero's (old, being rebuilt) offices in Wellington has been replaced by an old-school NZ flag.

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  • Legal Beagle: New Zealand's most racist law,

    So (and I talk of the present day here), should Maori as a whole (or Maori in a position of power) be able to decide to regulate individual Maori by maintaining a criminal offence that applies only to Maori and not to pakeha?

    In civil law, individuals can practically decide whether they want to participate e.g. voting on the Maori or general rolls. But that can't really apply to a criminal offence?

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  • Hard News: Art with a job to do,

    Another voting option might be to elect an electoral college using a proportional system and then having the college choose a flag that meets with majority approval, calling for other designs if desired.

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