Posts by TracyMac

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night,

    So which way do the specials tend to fall? And I'm dying to know how many were cast for Christchurch Central

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Democracy Night, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Also, my reading of those figures wasn't as catastrophic as yours - I assumed the vast majority of the informal votes for the "which would you prefer" option were those who voted to retain MMP, because it seems likely the majority of those wouldn't bother filling in the second part. The numbers could stack up that way as well.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Democracy Night, in reply to Sacha,

    Thanks for the heads-up on the Listener live blog.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Democracy Night,

    Keith's map DOES look very funky, and it's gathering stuff already. Very nice.

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night,

    So, where are people listing, watching, reading (e.g. live blogs) tonight?

    I don't have a teev, so I'm not sure where I should point my browser - whether at a streaming media of some kind, or some interesting people doing a live blog. (Although I assume this thread will fulfil some of the latter, I do want to get an idea of results-as-they-happen).

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Last Words, in reply to Ben McNicoll,

    I'm sure this is discussed further downthread, but why have such a bastardised system as PV when you might as well go the whole hog with STV and get a properly proportional result (if that's what you want)?

    And yes, the big parties hogging the seats is precisely reason I was never impressed with the system while living in Oz.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Sharing the Wealth,

    *snort*

    Masterly, my good sir/madam

    (in reply to 3410)

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  • OnPoint: Brain Drain Et Cetera,

    Hah, my sojourn in the UK from 1998 to 2003 exactly reflects the flip from net emigration there to net immigration here.

    And with the hand-wringing about the "brain drain" from here to Oz, it's very rarely I see the fact mentioned it's often actually a LABOUR drain. A decent minimum wage and the mining industry are certainly incentives to get away from shitty $12 an hour jobs here

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  • Hard News: Where are the foreigners?!,

    It's not just people from east Asia who refer to foreigners as "aliens". Our lovely neighbours on the northeastern side of the Pacific do the same. Charming.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 466 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's News, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Thank you for this. I got the whole conspiracy-theory bollocks from a previous co-worker of mine, and he would simply not STFU when you pointed out the simple logic - Occam's Razor indeed - of how the buildings would fail. I even did a demo by putting some heavy objects into a stack of cardboard boxes and then dropping a heavy weight on top. They pancaked quite appreciably before toppling over... and they didn't have a girder framework inside channelling the kinetic energy pretty much vertically.

    Also, perhaps it was obvious to me because I saw the thing live on TV from about 10 mins before the second plane crashed into its building - University of London fibre network with massive internet pipes to Europe AND the US meant no appreciable lag with sites like the Beeb and even CNN for much of the day. You could not watch the impacts real-time and not see how the collapses occurred.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 466 posts Report Reply

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