Posts by Steve Curtis

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  • Hard News: Let's lynch the liberals!,

    The CSC was told by NIWA two years ago why the data were corrected, and seems to have simply ignored that explanation in the hope of getting a "gotcha" story to take hold.

    Ah no.. The WHY is not in dispute , its the HOW where NIWA are digging in their heels or they play the trick of 'putting it in plain site', its up to you to find it ?.
    eg
    "The graph of the New Zealand temperature record on the NIWA website is based on just seven weather stations. What, precisely, gives NIWA confidence that they are representative of the whole country?"

    "2. What, precisely, are the adjustments made to the temperature readings at each of those seven stations and when were they each made? We request access to the raw data involved in the making of these adjustments."

    Mr Dunleavy comments: “We disagree. We have no record of receiving an explanation. NIWA has in fact refused numerous requests over the years to disclose the corrections. The most recent one was a written request to Dr James Renwick - over a month ago - still unanswered
    www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0911/S00057.htm

    Of course the AGW people want the change the way "everybody else works" , but hey they want just stick to their research without these pesky FOI/OIA requests.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 235 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A bigger breach?,

    Slightly off track.
    The appropriately named 'Your Telecom' service from Telecom has been offline for a week.
    Security breaches ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 235 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: A turn-up for the books,

    Interesting interview in The Age earlier this year when Witi says he has been 'rewriting' his previous novels

    Yet, as he has grown older, Ihimaera has become unhappy with some of his stories. The early books, he believes, were written as if he was "a possum caught in the headlights of a truck". Ihimaera suspects his readers have embraced his fiction for all the wrong reasons, because he wrote within a European framework, and did not let his culture speak for itself.

    For all the wrong reasons ? I think someone has let his self importance get away with himself

    Each book has required a different treatment. Tangi has been entirely rewritten and is twice the length of the original, while The Matriarch is now just a fifth of its former length. There were problems with joins and links to its sequel, The Dream Swimmer, which was republished last month. Some "anger and irritation" came withPounamu, Pounamu, a book of short stories that lacked political content. The new versions are "slightly darker and more true to the times", while Whanau II is a clearer reflection of Ihimaera's ancestry and heritage

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    Cutting Edge ? More the style of a travel guide, new and improved every year

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 235 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: Less is more,

    This years plagiarism is next years ' found art'

    Hes just working in the wrong genre

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 235 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Truth to Power, etc,

    A 'legal budget' not cut?

    Hmmm, that might be true if it covers HR,or even cases where they have taken legal action.
    He doesnt quite say there is no cuts to 'defamation' budget

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  • Busytown: Less is more,

    Trowenna , it seems for those who havent read the book is an aboriginal name for Tasmania.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 235 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: Stop! In the Name of Love!!,

    Yeah right , thats all we need is someone looking down their nose at the provincials.
    Is someone who clearly' hasnt a clue' about how we live is going to provide advice on urban planning?

    This is becoming more of a farce than I ever imagined

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 235 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: Stop! In the Name of Love!!,

    Took up the Challenge from Graham after his comment .."Sorry pal and with all due respect, but you you might need to get into a bigger world than the one you live in."
    Why not have a look at one of the places of the 'world' I have not seen like
    Ocktoberfest.
    They seem to to do a mega party , and every year , not a one off.
    And their iconic buildings.... tents.
    But good to see mayor Banks has been giving signals that this multi million party central cum Taj Mahal will be strangled at birth

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 235 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Body image and the media,

    Nice to see the 'natural' photo surrounded by teasers of stories of everyday life.
    Like ..Devil in Prada, Diana Wintour turns 60
    and.. Ray Martin, how he overcome poverty to become a TV star.
    Must have been the sexagenerian issue

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 235 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: Stop! In the Name of Love!!,

    The Sydney Opera House is not a wharf. It was a headland, which previously contained a tram barn.
    But this makes my point, they started from a cultural centre, which they needed and found a suitable site.
    Here we have a wharf , one of many, and the reason there is no earth shattering design is ... because well it has no real use.
    We played this game about iconic architecture over the Wynyard point, actually another wharf, which the public has access to, but the ideas seem to date from the Il Duce period of Italy.
    And that seems to be the 'world' some say we should belong to. No thanks

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 235 posts Report Reply

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