Posts by Rich of Observationz

Last ←Newer Page 1 2 3 4 5 Older→ First

  • Speaker: Meet the middle,

    We’re learning more about every voter before we make contact

    Nín hǎo Mr Lee! So, you brought your family here to take advantage of New Zealand's growing economy and 100% pure branding?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4826 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre,

    Meanwhile, the #greatfallofchina seems to be gaining pace: over 8% down today - I wonder if the market propping cash has run out, or the government has just given up on it.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4826 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Sky Trench,

    I'm not an expert, but possibly the legal requirements vary if one is considering an existing structure or a new build, as it would be unreasonable to retrofit all existing bridges.

    Only one incident in recent years is out of kilter with the 2009 figure of 27 in three months - unless it was all the one person and they're in jail now?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4826 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Sky Trench, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I imagine there'd be a risk assessment - is road design covered by H&S legislation nowadays? Maybe the number of incidents in an area has a bearing. But one could envisage a barrier that was less obvious - you could have it under the bridge, or a net over the road?

    (or a cop on a nearby roof with a rifle to slot any scallies in the head before they throw their rocks - that's how they do it in the US)

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4826 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Sky Trench,

    people throwing objects off the bridge onto the motorway below (which they clearly will not)

    Sez here there were 27 incidents in one three month period:
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/52460/fences-to-stop-objects-being-thrown-on-motorways
    and hence fences are now a standard.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4826 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Saudi sheep: Misappropriating…,

    You have to live here for two years to get permanent residence now (previously, you got 'permanent' residence immediately, but it could expire if you left the country for an extended time before two years were up).

    The permanent residence system is important for migrants from countries like the Netherlands and India, who aren't allowed dual nationality by their birth country.

    We know the Aussies are a bunch of racist dicks, we shouldn't drag ourselves down to their level.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4826 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to steven crawford,

    People in government and politics (and the management levels of most/all large companies) generally don't have a clue about technology, they just hear about something and latch on to it: "3D printing matter transmutation! Rockets to space! Jet packs!"

    Consequently, governments can't and shouldn't try and pick winners. They should just provide appropriate economic settings and let people get on with it from the bottom up.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4826 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    One challenge for a lot of people on the left (ironically, those in the Anderton/Pagani sub-corpuscle, mostly) is to recognise that automation could be a benefit for workers if the resulting gains were appropriately directed. At least he must have been paying the workers enough that the machine was a cheaper option.

    Many jobs that can be automated aren’t, because a minimum wage worker is cheaper than a machine – why do we have stop-go people in NZ when portable traffic lights have existed for over thirty years?

    Graeber has things to say on this.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4826 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre,

    I think that there are three main reasons why people vote for right-wing parties at the moment:

    a: the flood of propaganda in the media, not just Mike Hoskins style blatant partisanship, but the more insidious narrative of division that we are continuously fed, even from ostensibly liberal sources (imaginary roofers, boat people, etc)

    b: the tendency, driven by that propaganda, for the middle classes to identify with the small cohort of the very affluent, often under the delusion that they have the chance of joining them. See also house porn.

    c: property price inflation giving the illusion of wealth to a segment of the middle class (like any Ponzi scheme, this is dependent on them not withdrawing any of their 'wealth')

    There isn’t much the Left can do about much of this immediately (not paying for media is one thing) but it’s pretty clear that one day, property prices will collapse. That’ll create a window for a Left government to get elected – and to do so, it needs to present a clear and better alternative to the right-wing solution (austerity, mostly). Once elected, they’ll be in a position to undermine the mass media (they’re already suffering and to some extent existing on bailouts from a grateful state) and hence break the cycle.

    It’s whether we get parties that offer an alternative or merely minor mitigation of austerity that’s in question – and whether if the parties don’t step up, an alternative grassroots movement can supplant them.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4826 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Nick Russell,

    I don’t see how you work that out.
    Tories 330 – 1 in Scotland
    Labour 232 - 1 in Scotland
    SNP 56

    If Labour had done better in England, they could have chosen to bury the hatchet with the SNP and form a government, or sulk in opposition to a minority Tory government. It was failing to get English votes that lost them the election, not Scottish people voting for what they believed in.

    Taken in isolation Scotland is rather a contra example to the idea that only centre-right parties can win power. The Scots voters first threw out all their Tory MPs in the 1990s, then threw out all the Labour ones at the last election. At Holyrood, they have enacted free university education amongst other policies that the English have been told are impossible.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4826 posts Report Reply

Last ←Newer Page 1 2 3 4 5 482 Older→ First