Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to nzlemming,

    Laundry. Das Trinkenmauer runs down Webb and Buckle Streets.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to bob daktari,

    constrained by licensing issues and license trusts

    Yup, like the red line that's been drawn around the Newtown area by Wellington City Council declaring it a "problem drinking area" where bars must shut at midnight. Fortunately my fave bar is just on the north side of this, where people can be trusted to sip Sav Blanc or quaff APA until 3am.

    I suspect the next step will be a fence.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West,

    Why can this culture not develop in those areas like it did in Grey Lynn, Ponsonby and Point Chev?

    It doesn’t seem to. I last lived in Auckland in 2007, and recall Onehunga (as an example upcoming suburban centre) as a grotty street with mostly dollar stores and junk food outlets (chain and independent, but all revolting). Went there in August, and it hasn’t changed much in seven years – one half decent but characterless cafe.

    (The difference in the cafes and outlets in somewhere like Cuba St or Ponsonby as was is the attitude of the people. Working to earn a living, sure, but also enjoying it. The other kind of outlet, which seems to prevail in Auckland, the staff (and owners) are there to punch the clock and earn a dollar, and this is obvious to all).

    Not to mention the lack of bars outside the centre. Clearly a hard path to plough - you either make the place determinedly old-dear oriented, or you'll get the sort of vibrant youths that wreck the furnishings and threaten your license. That, or dead eyed pokie addicts.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    For sure.

    I live 30 minutes walk, 10-15 minutes bus ride or 5 minutes drive from the Wellington CBD. For the same money in Auckland, I'd be out in the back blocks of Avondale or Manukau. (I won't even add that my house looks out on protected bush, so that walk into town is largely through forest, not alongside a highway).

    I have no idea why people tolerate this.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues,

    My concern that the Campaign is compromised by Lusk's involvement is part of the reason I have urged you to consider standing for Mayor

    Translation:
    Because whilst you may have destroyed any remnants of a career in central government, NZers have shown many times that they are prepared to elect just about any nut in the bag as a mayor.

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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Well, there is a well established theoretical model of nuclear physics that accounts for everything from the banana* to the H-bomb.

    Cold fusion is hard to reconcile with this model. If it does happen, what is needed is clearly documented, repeatable research that can then inform an improved theory. No such research has ever been produced.

    What Rossi is doing is to make claims about a deliberately obfuscated "experiment" about which he is not providing adequate information to analyse and reproduce his "results".

    I'd conclude that he's either self-deluding or a fraudster.



    * Bananas are high in potassium, including K40, which decays by beta emission. This is why you should not take them on fishing trips.

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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to mark taslov,

    There are 40 or so murders a year. A substantial proportion of those will be caused by those with inadequately treated mental illnesses or personality disorders that turn lethal. If the murderer's inner voices involve radical Islam, do we regard this as terrorism and find some other radical Muslims thousands of miles away to bomb? Or do we take the sensible approach and look at imporoving healthcare and support services?

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  • Hard News: Five further thoughts,

    a knob to lower the headlight angle

    Most station wagons have those, unless they are Citroens with self-levelling suspension.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    Also, maybe the problem is that the Labour party and its ideals are intrinsically out of step with a populace that has been convinced of the merit of the right's narrative.

    You could argue this will always be the case, and for both parties:
    - if you give everyone a left-right percentile factor where 1 is the 1% furthest to the left and 100 is the 1% furthest to the right, then Labour supporters would tend to the range 5-50, with a mean around 27.
    (and similarly National supporters will be 50-95)
    - hence most voters will be well to the right of the Labour consensus and well to the left of the National consensus

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Richard Aston,

    How about have the membership rank the list like the Greens, with the alternation male/female thing? Then, make a rule that a candidate can't contest a safe/winnable electorate if their list rank doesn't justify it, so candidates and MPs have to reflect the membership.

    Also, it would mean that candidates work their way up through low list rankings and un-winnable seats as they gain experience and profile.

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