Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…,

    minor nit - I think you mean "milk solids"

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

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  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…, in reply to David Haywood,

    This was a genuine trick employed for icecube production in colonial India (apparently it was one of the big spreaders of typhoid amongst the elite).

    I believe the Egyptian Pharaohs got their ice the same way (maybe even their typhoid ...)

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  • Southerly: Happy to Help (If I Can),

    I beleive he has hinted that he will in all good time, likely in convenient book form

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  • Polity: Australian election: Dust and Diesel,

    Nevertheless if you want your vote to be counted best you have to rank all 40 people - a lot of people find this quite intimidating (it might be easier if one could do it online, moving names up and down to rank them, rather than trying to remember if you've used '23' before, then erasing '4' after changing your mind and having to renumber them all ....).

    I agree that NZ STV is the right way to do it, the fairest way - I'm just trying to point out that practice, from the voter's point of view is less than ideal, there's a lot of grumbling ....

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  • Hard News: Obama's Mana,

    (not sure whether it's the Alzheimers or the coke)

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  • Hard News: Obama's Mana,

    Let's not forget George Bush at that same event ....

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  • Polity: Australian election: Dust and Diesel,

    I think the big parties are invested in FPP, it discourages fragmentation among their supporters

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  • Polity: Australian election: Dust and Diesel, in reply to Craig Young,

    As a result, STV election procedures may not deliver a result for several days.

    In NZ we use STV for many local body elections - it takes a long time to type the ballots into the computers, but seconds to run the program. It also makes being a scrutineer somewhat moot (Dunedin's council 'vote counting' is done 300km away over a period of weeks, a 'recount' consists of running the program again, not looking for errors in typing the ballots)

    STV is a great way to elect multi-member councils, or for a single person for a particular position (mayor for example). MMP is better for electing parties to a body.

    The big downside of STV voting (at least here in Dunedin) is having to rank 40 names 1-40

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  • Hard News: The war is still with us, in reply to tussock,

    The largest protests the western world had ever seen were on the streets of their major cities on the eve of the invasion of Iraq. There is almost no mainstream record of that. Millions of people marched, and it was ignored.

    There were reportedly 750K of us in San Francisco when the bombing started in Iraq, so many that BART (the regional rapid transit system, which had put on extra trains) was so backed up that people were still leaving the station at the beginning of the march at the same time that people were entering the station at the end of the march to go home

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