Posts by Steve Curtis

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  • Hard News: Softly, softly, in reply to Matt Crawford,

    bizarre to think that Pilger doesn’t see an issue with a country dispatching special forces into a neighbour – such as Russia sending in non-uniformed Spetsnaz troops into Ukraine to start this crisis.

    The New York Times has walked back from its article, seemingly planted by the US Administration, that Spetsnaz had been identified in Ukraine.

    http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/aftermath-of-ukraine-photo-story-shows-need-for-more-caution

    Pilger seems to just be saying the US has its own people there as well.

    I wonder too how the Cubans feel about the US presence in their country, the result of an invasion, where they never went fully home

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 217 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sphere of influence,

    Reminds me of the description of the Clinton political machine.

    "Very unpleasant and unattractive and effective"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 217 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why we can’t just fix secondary…,

    Thanks for that Deborah. Another area to look at is the amount of tax in relation to GDP over the years. There is a big debate in Australia at the moment about budget blowouts and special levies and so on. Yet some have pointed out that spending is much the same as a % but its the tax take as a % that has dropped.
    This has echoes in NZ , remember the 'decade of deficits' which was really about big tax cuts meant you borrow to make up the difference

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 217 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: The Colorado Experiment, in reply to Damian Christie,

    Heres something you can consider that may be more relevant than the people who design and operate the roads in Colorado or others concerns about shopfront design.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2014/05/marijuana_brain_studies_comparing_pot_with_alcohol_and_cigarettes_on_health.1.html

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 217 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Facing the floods, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I apologise for any offence my comments have caused to those Christchurch residents who endured the unendurable flooding.

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  • Speaker: Facing the floods, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    Agree there Raymond.
    Watching Dalziel on TV the other night she seems to have become a 'small person', like the people that used to get walked all over, and who Lianne had advocated for strongly, before as an MP.

    Is it because as an MP with a caucus, she could pick and choose the topics that interested her and now as Mayor she has a job well past her competence level ?

    Christchurch missed out badly when Jim Anderton was beaten to the Mayoralty by that charleton Parker

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  • Cracker: The Colorado Experiment, in reply to Damian Christie,

    . I spoke to a State Trooper, and to the Department of Transportation No rise in crime.

    So thats the law enforcement angle covered ...right

    Wrong, the Colorado State Patrol only covers protection of State assets and main highway traffic enforcement. The CDOT builds and operates the highways
    Local enforcement of drugs is not their responsibility, unless its smoking weed in a car !

    So this is how you get the bias in your finished work, talk to the wrong people !

    Lets hope there is long discussions with the local sheriff or police chief who have to deal with the effects of marijuana use

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  • Speaker: Facing the floods, in reply to Michael Ball,

    We always get nearly 50% more than the amount recorded at the airport.

    Well the isoclines of rainfall depth show only about 10% increase on the lower Port Hills over the flat.
    While your readings are different you cant compare them with the standardised ' official gauges'

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  • Speaker: Facing the floods,

    From the historical analysis of the Hagley park rainfall, it gives a 1%AEP about 90mm in 10 hr and 30mm in 1hr

    http://ecan.govt.nz/publications/Reports/review-frequency-high-intensity-rainfalls-christchurch.pdf

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  • Speaker: Facing the floods, in reply to Hebe,

    That rain gauge is miles from Flockton; it's on the other side of town. Completely different microclimate: rainfall,..

    Thats the closest that Ecan has ( mostly they have them in rural areas)

    Metservice shows yesterday was only 38.8mm in Christchurch ( Hagley park)
    Home user gauges arent reliable enough, those that have double the Metservice reading are almost certainly wrong. Other readings show it only varies by a few mm across the city ( excluding Port Hills)
    The historical record shows the highest ever monthly rainfall was 187mm and the highest daily rainfall was 125mm. (1975) This being 4x what you had the other day

    With numbers under 40mm for 24h you are a long way from setting any daily records. But of course the flooding problem is quite severe in Flockton

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