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  • OnPoint: Don't put words in our mouths, Rob, in reply to SHG,

    The subtle difference between "steak pie" and "cow pie":

    shit bricks

    would be a description (and/or result) of NZ’s worst pie list.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Don't put words in our mouths, Rob, in reply to BenWilson,

    there’s seasonal variation for whatever reason. It should be adjusted for in a better analysis

    Maybe so; but modelling previously observed seasonal variation, without knowing why it happens, is persistence forecasting: better than nothing, but subject to surprising errors.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Don't put words in our mouths, Rob, in reply to Keith Ng,

    No worries. Brainspacetime is a precious resource that has to go toward paying the bills as a priority, eh.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Don't put words in our mouths, Rob,

    And the discussion doesn’t need to focus on attacking the people taking part. We can all do better than that.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Identification strategy: Now…,

    Chinese are not aggressive

    Whenever anybody claims “[X group] are not aggressive”, the question comes to mind, “So how have they survived so long?” Most groups are aggressive when they feel they need to be. (Genghis Khan was of course a pacifist who made a point of ending all war.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: My last name sounds Chinese,

    Kiwis don’t resent selling to Chinese —they resent the fact that who they have to sell to are non-white

    There is greed and resentment, sure, but I don’t think this is quite where it lies. Others on this thread have mentioned the frustration experienced at phone bids winning auctions. In that situation, the seller is blind to the race of the buyer: all that matters is the size of the bid, and the process demands that the sale go to the highest bidder. So “resentment” doesn’t come from sellers – it comes from the local buyers trying to compete. And there may be resentment without racism. Why not assume merely “they resent the fact that who those who successfully buy are non-resident ”? (Hence belonging to a different market, and not competing on the same basis as locals – which goes against the traditional Kiwi value of “fairness”, whence the resentment.)

    (And again – this is a problem with how our market is set up, not with any of the individuals using it.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: My last name sounds Chinese, in reply to Kalka River,

    Problem with people like you is you can’t stand the fact that a non-white power is rising and non-white people have money.

    “…People like you…” Ah, such othering language.
    To rephrase: “you are worried that you (and more generally, others like you) are losing some control over your own lives”.
    (i) Is that an illogical stance?
    (ii) Is it necessarily “racist”?
    [Some degree of xenophobia may certainly be involved, in dividing “others like you” whom you can meet, and you feel you understand, and so are readier to have in control (e.g. as landlords), from “others unlike you” whom you haven’t met, and whose motives you are less certain of.]

    NB1: a note on formatting on this site: HTML tags don’t work. Boldface can be applied using a double asterisk as a delimiter; italics using a double underscore as a delimiter (see instructions under the “Post your response” box).

    NB2: On this forum at least, it’s usually safer to assume that someone you disagree with is not automatically an “idiot”.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Silver and Gold, in reply to Barnaby Nicholls,

    people weren’t buzzed about the lead single/album track Let It Happen, but I have no idea why

    The positives you mention are there, all right – but the “CD-stutter” transitions are fingernails-on-chalkboard-level irritating.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: House-buying patterns in Auckland, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    we should have tax brackets (and benefits, and the minimum wage...) tied to an inflation index

    e.g. tied to ministerial salaries, which would markedly change incentives.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: House-buying patterns in Auckland, in reply to Danielle,

    TT had, I think, an entirely valid point in (repeatedly) insisting that the racist framing of the issue came from media reports rather than from the wording or interpretation used in the original analysis. This whole snafu really seems much less a matter of “OMG I can’t believe Labour used a racist dogwhistle, WTF were they thinking!?” and more a matter of “OMG Labour totally stuffed up their media strategy yet again” – as a result of which it got turned into a racist dogwhistle.
    Labour really have been tone-deaf and clueless enough in their dealings with the media over the past few years that I’m perfectly willing to believe it’s (another) cock-up rather than a conspiracy.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

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