Posts by Steve Curtis

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  • Hard News: The Great Unwinding,

    This post by 'powow' on the debatingchambers website seems to give an opposite point of view than that given by Mediawatch
    http://debatingchambers.com/310_panjwai-march-11-2012-eyewitnesses-to-the-slaughter-of-innocents#comment-23
    Have we moved past the slaughter of innocents to a real battle in the media

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  • Hard News: The Great Unwinding,

    Considering that even witnesses's stories can be confused, embellished or contradictory this is par for the course. Any viewers who think that all the truth is being told in the first reports must have a low credulity level.
    This seems to be just another journalistic spat over terms such as witness, exclusive or even 'incredible' which have lost most of their original meaning.
    I suppose we can be grateful they weren't reporting live from the carpark of the Afghan embassy in Canberra.

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  • Hard News: The Base, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Some people still dont get it .
    Fay is one member of a consortium of buyers which includes iwi, for twelve individual farms. Whether he is a good farmer or not, the law doesnt require him or any other NZ citizens to get permission to buy the land.
    It would seem that Shanghai Penxin have skirted around the requirements of stewardship of the land or even dairying experience by getting the government to run the farms and milk the cows for them.

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  • Hard News: Doug the Goth,

    the dogged refusal of goths to stop being goths despite their advancing years.

    Hollywood has thought of it- all ready
    “This must be the place” starring Sean Penn as an ageing goth rocker

    This must be the place

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  • Legal Beagle: MMP Review #3: The Submission,

    Currently the Bundestag has its largest parties as the CDU at 27% and the SPD at 23%. All smaller than the NSDAP in all of the elections of 1932-3. I cant see how a threshold would have changed anything in 1933 or as I have shown give a more stable two party system today.

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  • Legal Beagle: MMP Review #3: The Submission,

    Hard to see why the reference to the Nazi party was necessary.The Weimar Republic introduced proportional representation in Germany , not the Allied occupation.
    The National Socialist Freedom Party, on its first attempt in the first election of 1924, won 6.5% and 32 MPs. And while they didnt get over 5% again till 1930 elections, by then they were the second largest party.

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  • Legal Beagle: MMP Review #1: The Party…,

    It does appear that 5% is too high in that the alternative of 1 electorate MP has become the avenue most likely to be used by parties that wish to circumvent it.
    It would be wise for the threshold to be 2.5% for with or without an electorate seat,. that is they dont get extra MPs until they have reached the threshold.
    I dont see a different threshold for Maori interest parties would be required as there are Maori seats which allow a functioning party which doesnt reach the 2.5% level. This occurred in 2008 and 2011.

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  • Hard News: The Huawei Question, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    C,mon Craighy . You know that National would running the same lines on the 'yellow peril' if they were in opposition right now . Ask me how I know that.

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  • Hard News: That page doesn't exist ...,

    Seems like McCully has closed his office and taken it one step further being out of touch completely.

    Today, Key was asked why his minister won't front.
    "I have absolutely no clue where he is,

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  • Hard News: Getting to the bottom of…,

    The making of the iphones is unsustainable in the medium term. Apple will be in the same position as Blackberry soon enough, but they have learnt from Kodaks ( early) success. Its the money in the apps that will provide the income to keep them going and Foxconn will have to move on to something else.
    Then again a chip fab plant only has a life of 5-8 years before its all junked. Who was it relying on electronics ( and financial services) for economic growth ..... Ireland

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