Posts by Rich Lock

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  • Cracker: How Media Made me a Bad Person.,

    So: hate the game but not the playas. Is that the tl;dr take-home?

    Can I still be hatin' on Lhaws, George et al? I need my simple pleasures.

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  • Speaker: Colour coding Jonestown,

    Any thoughts on this snap election? Is it going to change anything?

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  • Speaker: Colour coding Jonestown,

    Excellent post. Thanks Simon. Now I at least have the first inkling of a clue to what's going on.

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  • Hard News: All John's Friends, in reply to steven crawford,

    Seeing more or less every western leader clustered tightly up towards the top right corner in stark black and white was....informative.

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  • Capture: BDO - Post Hoc,

    The lead singer of the hives has a habit of this sort of thing, telling a crowd in Boston on Dec 5th (around eight months after the marathon bombings) that "this song’s for everyone in Boston. It’s about stuff blowing up. It’s called 'Tick Tick Boom."

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  • Hard News: All John's Friends,

    My theory is that the biggest unspoken assumption/misconception/fallacy in modern politics is that the 'left'/'right' line or axis around which parties argue, and around which the voters group accordingly, doesn't move. Ever. So supposedly 'central' parties (Labour, National) trim their policies year-to-year leftwards or rightwards on the economy (and 'up' and 'down' in terms of personal rights and freedoms) to attact the necessary weight of floating voters who cluster along this un-moving axis. Whoever gets the receipe the most correct in an election year wins, but we're still all dancing around a fixed line. So a Labour government will always be, by unquestioned definition, left-wing.

    However, over the last few decades, the line has drifted (drifted at some speed...) rightwards, so what we really get (in comparison to, say, 1920-1970) is different shades of right, no matter whose arses are warming the benches. It suits pretty much all the political machines involved to keep buying into this assumption, but over time is leading to a fundamental disconnect between voters and representatives. Perhaps not so much in NZ yet, but certainly for example in the US and the UK, where turnouts are steadily dropping, and recent surveys indicate increasing disconnect and anger with poiticians.

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  • Hard News: All John's Friends,

    The political compass certainly locates National fairly far-rightwards.

    I've not dived too deeply into their methodology, but the chart at the bottom of the analysis page shows that relative to other parties globally, they're fairly central. However, relative to the central vertical axis, they're pretty far rightwards. Compared to where I sit, and where I suspect most people on this site sit, they're over the horizon.

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  • Hard News: All John's Friends, in reply to The Ruminator,

    Flame war did not commence like I thought. You’re all very mature.

    The correct incantation is: 'on my command, unleash hell', not 'flame war: commence.'

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  • Hard News: Making it up on smacking, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The only evidence to the contrary was Mason’s own account

    An account which the NZH was more than happy to air at length, and spin so hard a low humming could heard from several miles away. 'battling kiwi musician just doing the best he can, etc etc.'

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  • Hard News: Climate, money and risk, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    Greenhouse gas emissions won’t stop, won’t even plateau any time soon

    As soon as all the trapped methane under the artic tundra starts escaping as the permafrost melts, shit is going to get extremely real.

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