Posts by Steve Barnes

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    What could possibly go wrong....

    dunno but does an amplituhedron have 42 sides?
    Artist’s rendering of the amplituhedron, a newly discovered mathematical object resembling a multifaceted jewel in higher dimensions. Encoded in its volume are the most basic features of reality that can be calculated — the probabilities of outcomes of particle interactions
    Bloody good read.

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  • Hard News: A message from The Fabians, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Gower is of course a synecdoche for the media pack.

    Love that word…

    Damn, I misread that, I read sycodouche, as in Psycho douche.
    But the Brain... you know...
    Brian DeMarge...

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  • Hard News: Five further thoughts,

    MIGRANT DAIRY WORKER SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS PROCEDURE HOLE
    Wasn't me shouting, it was the headline format, terrible but then I guess that's " farmer-speak "

    “Late last year, to help farmers do better with migrant workers, Federated Farmers released a migrant pack. Costing members just $200 (plus GST), it is written in farmer-speak and includes everything an employer needs to follow.

    And then there is the old "Probitas" story... and how they got "Busted" for misleading claims

    Commerce Commission Chair Paula Rebstock said the fertiliser industry is a very important part of the New Zealand economy, with farmers spending a billion dollars annually on fertiliser. Fertiliser is generally the most expensive single item in a farmer's budget, costing most farmers between $20,000 and $40,000 a year.

    wouldn't want "The Industry" to miss out on a slice of that pie eh?.
    Does it work?

    Probitas is a lime
    based soil conditioner developed by Ewan Campbell, a
    Waihi sheep and beef farmer. It has amounts of silica, sea
    based minerals and paramagnetic rock. We have
    measured up to 82 worms per spade full since we started
    using this product, higher Omega 3 levels in our lamb
    and beef and a longer shelf life for our organic lamb and
    beef sold under Avalon Organic

    Richard Baxter seems to think so...

    Also included was Probitas' silica-based brew which has since been discredited in a court case taken against the manufacturer by the Commerce Commission.

    Baxter has used it just once but has an open mind about its value. He continues to follow Clark's advice.

    The next year, another 2.5 tonnes of lime to the hectare were applied, plus trace elements, and the whole farm was sprayed with fish oil. In the following years, the lime was reduced to 1.5 tonnes a hectare while the trace elements continued.

    No nitrogen or phosphate were applied. The farm soon greened up, clover began to reappear and the high-protein herbs chicory and plantain were added to the pastures. They are allowed to flower and are still reseeding five years later.

    Soil and herbage tests now show the pH levels of the soil, a measure of acidity, to have lifted from 5.8 to the ideal range for soil health of 6.4-6.8 and that the plants have the optimum level of trace elements.

    As does Allan Richardson

    Probitas, developed by Ewan Campbell of Waihi, is a lime base soil conditioner that has been used on the Richardson’s farm for the past three years. The results of the soil and herbage tests that have been conducted before and since the introduction of Probitas have shown impressive results. Initially introduced to only 125 hectares, Probitas is now being used across the entire farm. Allan says that Probitas unlocks the nutrients from the soil and lets nature do the work, and he believes that it has the potential to “revolutionise the fertilizer industry”.

    But hey, let's just fuck up our rivers and streams so the Fertiliser Industry can remain profitable, you know it makes cents.

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to stephen clover,

    There’s another word for when the Opposition is held accountable

    What is that word?

    Propaganda.
    Labour did it... It was like that when we got here... they will ruin the country with their wacky ways...
    And on.... and on.....

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Surely National spent more than $50,000 on their campaign...

    As they are allowed to...

    Political parties are capped at a maximum of $1.091 million, plus $25,700 per electorate contested.

    NZ Parliament website
    But thay may have had to spend more if they weren't given massive discounts on Newspaper ad rates (can't prove it but hey, who cares?)

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  • Hard News: A message from The Fabians,

    The predicament of the Labour Party is simply that National's scumsucking propaganda has left New Zealanders believing that, somehow, Labour had done something so wrong that it is big news. The fact of the matter is that it is National that needs to be looked at. We have been, as a Nation, railroaded into accepting three more years of decisive governance by a group that thinks nothing of destroying our country for the sake of increased profits for a small group of corporations.
    We need an inquiry into how National manipulated public opinion to the point of irrationality and we need it soon before they do ireperable harm.

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout,

    Compulsory voting will never happen here, more likely voting will be abolished under the current Government on the basis that, well, look what happened this time, people lied and people said nasty things, So, best not do it eh?.
    The Herald is STILL harping on about Labour's decision to do or not do something that is nothing to do with anyone but the Party. Really, who is leader of the Party means nothing, it just gives the media someone to point the finger at, it means nothing till we have another election, hopefully within days of the outcome of a rigorous inquiry and hopefully soon. Then and only then do we need to know who will lead the people to the promised land, the land of milk and honey,, well, honey, well if the veroa mite gives up we might have honey but that milk is a problem. Whooda thunk we all drink powdered milk all winter, methinks someone is pulling the proverbial sheepskin over our eyes on that one.

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  • Hard News: The humanity,

    The winner on the day was Dirty Politics, not the book but the machine.
    The facts revealed by Hager were far too big for the collective tiny mind but the effects were palpable.
    I doubt if Labour could have one with Jesus as their leader promising love and justice for all and a pony for riding after a free lunch.
    And that Sir/Madame is the rub.
    Anyone that understands propaganda will know this. Keep it short, keep it memorable, keep it simple, say it often, say it through many mouths, hence explaining is losing.
    Dotcom could well have won if he had actually read Mein Kampf and not just had it as a collectors item.

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance,

    Anyone considering that, maybe, Labour needs young blood to rejuvenate itself should reflect on the words of Harry Smith of Barnsley at the British Labour Party conference This is why the Labour Party exists. Harry Smith is 91.

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Euan Mason,

    Roughly a million voted for National and another million didn't vote at all. The remainder voted for someone else.

    So like I later said, More than Half Didn't Vote for National.
    Some people just can't count, exactly half only helps if you want to emulate Dennis Skinner, British MP, otherwise, more than half is a majority. Geddit?.

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