Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Radio New Zealand: changing…, in reply to Jonathan King,

    Well, quite. And I assume they are not funded to produce a text news website, which isn't (like a newspaper) a question of delivering text you were already writing in a different form.

    It does interest me the difference in scale between an alternative broadcaster like Active or bFM (two or three paid employees, generally in ad sales, right) and a public broadcaster. The BBC probably peaked in the 1970s when a friend of mine was employed as a new grad to maintain the "birthday book", which was a list of notable peoples birthdays.

    (Such that the poptastic DJ could announce:

    and Elvis Costello is 26 today. Twice the age of my girlfriend. Oh, oops

    ).

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: F**kYouTube,

    If they try this one on in Europe, I suspect the EU will have something to say on competition grounds.

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  • Hard News: Sectarian Bloodlust 2.0, in reply to TracyMac,

    The idea that Teflon was developed for the atomic or space programme is a bit of a myth.

    Says here it was developed by a chemist working on fluorinated refrigerants who set off an accidental polymerisation.

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  • Hard News: Sectarian Bloodlust 2.0, in reply to Bill Bennett,

    I'm not sure if dropping propaganda leaflets served any useful purpose besides providing the enemy with bog paper and kindling.

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  • Hard News: Sectarian Bloodlust 2.0, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    UKIP < Mosley; Front National < Petain; Abbott < Bligh (William, rather than Anna).

    and notably, Putin > Yeltsin < Gorbachev < Brezhnev = Khrushchev < Stalin, mostly.

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  • Hard News: Sectarian Bloodlust 2.0, in reply to BenWilson,

    I was thinking of the date we (mostly) got over it, at least within Europe as somewhere in the early 21st century. Possibly.

    But the wars of the 20th century were mostly non-religious (except in a few crannies like Northern Ireland and Bosnia).

    My point really is that, left to their own devices, people will pursue a slow, lumpy course to a less violent and more liberal society.

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  • Hard News: Sectarian Bloodlust 2.0,

    Four hundred years ago, many of our ancestors were engaged in continuous violent religious conflict (that killed up to 40% of the population in some areas, way more than in any modern war).

    We got over it. The people of the Middle East will, eventually. The best thing we can do is to avoid selling them arms and find alternative energy sources so we don't fuel the conflict buy buying oil.

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  • Feed: A scientist researches restaurants,

    From a mate, I just got the top 20 'loved' restaurants and cafes in Auckland, on Localist:
    http://www.localist.co.nz/auckland/restaurants

    (Out of over 3800 in total)

    "Takapuna Beach Cafe and Store";109
    "Circus Circus Cafe";105
    "The Fridge Cafe";101
    "Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar";92
    "Carl's Jr - St Johns/Glen Innes";92
    "International Foodcourt";90
    "Ponsonby International Foodcourt";89
    "Mexico Auckland Central";88
    "The Mexican Cafe";82
    "Temptation Cakes";79
    "Little & Friday North Shore";78
    "Sals Authentic New York Pizza Commerce Street";76
    "Zest Cafe";68
    "Mexicali Fresh";65
    "Prego Restaurant";63
    "Tanuki's Cave";62
    "Butterfly Creek";60
    "La Cigale French Market Parnell";59
    "Tyler Street Garage";56
    "De Fontein Belgian Beer Cafe Mission Bay";54

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  • Hard News: Practically jokers, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Craig make his money any way?

    Inherited a lot of property which then went up in value.

    I think in Australian terms, he'd be Gina Rinehart.

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  • Hard News: The People's Poet is dead!, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    So were Rik, Vivian, Neil and Mike to be reincarnated in NZ and go to Fieldays*, they wouldn't be able to take SPG?

    *Which itself would have golden comic potential, on a par with the "Parachute on acid" thing at the same venue.

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