Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Speaker: Government votes not to improve…, in reply to linger,

    Parliament isn't (mostly) a committee. Parliaments with five times as many members work fine (and there is a good argument that the less "efficent" parliament is, the better the laws that come out).

    Also, if you have more MPs, you'll have more competent ones. If a party doesn't want to select competent people, or can't find any, then that's their problem.

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  • Speaker: Government votes not to improve…,

    I don't see how a threshold change would necessarily reduce the proportionality of parliament.

    It would depend (assuming no change to votes) on:
    - number of votes for parties with no electorate MPs and 4-5% of votes
    - # of votes for parties with no electorate MPs and 1MP quota (0.6%?) -4% of votes
    - # of votes for parties with electorate MPs and 2MP quota (1.3%?)-4% of votes
    - # of votes for parties with electorate MPs and 4-5% of votes

    Then you've got possible changes to voting habits if people think a vote will or won't be wasted.

    In general a 4% threshold/no coat-tailing system would certainly be less arbitrary and wouldn't favour concentrated over broad-based support as the current system does?

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  • Hard News: Happy Days,

    The worst thing is the way that corporate dreck spreads, like a fungal growth.

    There is a community arts organisation I know that started out as a bunch of crazies burning an effigy on a beach. Now they're all "leadership summits" and "360 degree performance reviews". Combined with whining that not enough people are volunteering to join the managerial hierarchy they just made.

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  • Hard News: Happy Days,

    But do magazines have any future besides a trans-media one?

    Quite possibly. It's a rational strategy to ensure that a magazine is only readable in print. Not sure if there are many such publications. If the revenues from the website are less than the costs of maintenance plus lost print sales, then it would make sense commercially.

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  • Hard News: Campbell interviewed,

    there is a gap in the New Zealand market in this area

    Well, Slater allegedly makes enough money from clickbait and clickfraud to keep himself in pies, with a bit of help from his dad and Winz.

    I'm not sure how they plan to extend this to support several hundred people at TV3, plus shareholders and the cost of a broadcasting license (or has a grateful government gifted this to them in perpetuity?). Also, I don't think the clickfraud model would work as well for a large company that could be usefully sued.

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    (Joe, you beat me to the link :-)

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    In 1979, it was widely predicted that automation would reduce work and result in a leisured society, where people worked a 3 or 4 day week.

    Instead, automation took away some of the industrial jobs, while in many other cases the labour cost was just reduced, onshore or offshore - why buy a $200k robot if you can get semi-slaves to do the job for $1 an hour.

    The rest of the slack was taken up by middle-class make-work jobs, a process which has gone on since the early 20th century. Instead of a slightly over-manned single electricity supplier, we now have an artificial bureacracy of "electricity retailers". Instead of car builders, we have car salespeople. Instead of doctors and nurses, we have drug reps and private healthcare managers.

    I'd recommend reading David Graeber The utopia of rules on this subject.

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    a “solicitor’s loan”

    Where a solicitor arranged for their cash-rich clients to lend money to ones that needed a mortgage, in essence acting as a more-or-less unregulated bank.

    This then morphed into finance companies, which then collapsed. Because you don't need regulation by the government, oh no sir.

    For the latest iteration of this form of stupid, see peer-peer lending.

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    Also, I'm not whining on my own account. I'm wealthy, by most standards. Free education, good job, etc. Not as rich as my parents, who got the full force of the largesse given out to the baby boomer middle classes, granted.

    And I'd rather today's young people were looked after and had a future. Also I'd prefer not to have to step over derros so much - you know, if I wanted to live in the third world, I'd have moved to the USA.

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    do yo know what plumbers earn?

    $60k a year, tops

    People conflate what a company charges for trade services with what the worker earns (this applies as much to professionals like dentists - I'm quite glad IT people mostly don't do work for consumers). The tradies with those V8 pickups are the business owners (and the truck is probably on credit)

    Plus, once the Christchurch rebuilding is over and the Auckland property market tanks, there'll be a lot of tradies on the dole.

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