Posts by Steve Barnes

  • Speaker: Living under bridges, in reply to Jolisa,


    Cultural musing hat:

    This one sprang to my mind...;-)

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  • Speaker: Living under bridges, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Speaking of unloveable opposition, Janette Miller's video response to the resource consent approval, in which she depicts Skypath as a potential "death trap"

    Yes, it is a strange video but that is because the production values are not as high as we expect these days, her voice is a little off putting as well.
    But the fact does remain, if the Sky Path attracts the patronage required for the Council to not have to compensate the operators then stampede is a real danger.

    People thronged to the grand opening on May 24, 1883. On that single day an estimated 150,000 pedestrians paid the one penny toll to walk across it. On May 30, 1883, the bridge was, as always, crowded with hundreds of people walking across, it when someone in the crowd shouted out “the bridge is collapsing!” Many in the public were still apprehensive of this gigantic and unprecedented construction of man, and when they heard this cry (untrue though it was), they believed it. In the resulting panic to get off the bridge, 15 people were trampled to death.

    10 Tragic Human Panics and Stampedes

    I do think that this kind of disaster could be at least mitigated if not nullified by having free access and sod the company that wants to make some cash out of it. The Council should, through the poor ratepayer, who actually gets quite a bit for less than the price of a packet of fags a day, stump up the whole amount in the name of public safety, after all, not having to set up toll collection and its associated running costs would save a large amount of the project's cost.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to steven crawford,

    It’d also be good if they don’t decide to start presenting these sorts of things as entertainment ether.

    Well, we know their intent is to provide for the lowest common denominator but this stuff we are seeing these days would be an insult to the intelligence of the most subhuman moron.

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  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…,

    Are we allowed to know who complained about the story?.

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  • Hard News: Potency and purity, in reply to Russell Brown,

    consciously targeted at immigrant Chinese workers, whose opium use had become a matter of public alarm.

    And that, Sir, is the key, FEAR.
    The fear of the majority of society, the fear of foreigners, the fear of youth and their immature and ignorant ways.
    If society had unbiased and informed knowledge of drugs and anything else for that matter, then this fear would disappear and be replaced by an enlightened concern but it suits those in power to keep the people scared and nothing beats the fear of the unknown. Keep 'em ignorant of the facts and you have control.

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  • Hard News: Campbell interviewed,

    I just discovered this little site that will be so useful to "churnalists" of the calibre that are being foisted on us at an alarming rate. It is, aptly, called... wait for it...
    Muck Rack.... I kid you not.
    How long before we see the headline... "Rachel Glucoma, Muck Raker of the year"
    The cynicism, it burns.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Hillary, I can't get that link to work, try this one...

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  • Hard News: Campbell interviewed, in reply to BenWilson,

    This frees them up for other more fitting duties like planning, promoting, communicating, analyzing performance

    And Golf.

    This is one of those rare occasions that I can't agree with you Ben.

    promoting, communicating, analyzing performance, looking for improvements, hiring, firing, conflict resolution, getting customer input and feedback, selling the team's output, advocating for more or less or better work, keeping informed about the intended direction etc.

    You do say...

    All of these tasks could also be separated into specific specialists, but in small but growing teams they tend to fall under the manager's domain.

    but that is not a managers job so why are you saying that they are managers? we should have another name for that job and that name is "Hard working business owner" or "overworked employee with too few resources"
    Most businesses, that fail, fail in the first 3 years and that is, mostly, put down to undercapitalisation, ie not being able to afford good managers, salespeople, R&D boffins, Personnel people (or HR, how I hate that term) and as for "advocating for more or less or better work," well, dare I say it? that is your Union rep.

    Astonishingly high pay goes to merchant bankers who are mostly just consultants. Lawyers and doctors can get huge money too.

    I, for one, have never been astonished that, not only Merchant Bankers get a high rate of pay that seems out of kilter with reality when they act as consultants but consultants, period, also suck much out of the trough. I have always thought that if you needed a consultant you were in the wrong game but that is another bucket of fish altogether.
    In the UK very few Doctors make vast sums for their work and expertise, the same is true here if you work in public health, plus the fact that you have an enormous student loan to repay you may as well push shopping trolleys around a supermarket car-park.
    Lawyers, on the other hand can go either way, a public defender earns little compared to a corporate lawyer but does, in my opinion, more important work.

    A good many capitalists lose their shirts and face years of bankruptcy for taking the risky path that it is. In bad times, most of them go this way.

    We both know that the real Capitalists reap the biggest rewards when things go tits up for the rest of us, buying up bankrupt businesses and consolidating their market share, but that is a whole different ball of twine, or is it?.

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  • Hard News: Meet me at Camera 2: White, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    White Male Privilege is like thinking you are great on your bike forgetting about the tail wind going your way, you just don't notice it

    You could substitute Yacht for Bike and the analogy works even better, think America's Cup.

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  • Hard News: Campbell interviewed, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Why do we insist that managers make all the decisions?

    Because, that is their job. What other description can you find for the job of manager?
    At the lowest level it is making decisions as to how to get the best productivity from your staff (or team, if you must) the higher levels have more responsibility for outcomes at their level and so on.
    The problem lies in how we choose the people at the top. This, surely, should be based on merit but much of the time, especially in a small market such as New Zealand, the choice is a recommendation from people you trust, your friends and colleagues.
    So, really, it is just a product of market size and little else.

    Interestingly, or not, I have a theory about this.
    The ideal size of a community is about 150 people and a city should, naturally, be built from units of that size,communities (1 community hall for every 150 people) Wards, Boroughs... an stuff. This is, roughly in line with the numbers you see in military organisation.
    "A company is a military unit, typically consisting of 80–250 .
    A battalion is a military unit. The use of the term "battalion" varies by nationality and branch of service. Typically a battalion consists of 300 to 800 soldiers and is divided into a number of companies."
    Blah blah I could go on but I'd bore myself.
    This ties in nicely with the theories of Professor Robin Dunbar a British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist and a specialist in primate behaviour, who, incidentally, has his very own number
    And.. that number is... 42.

    Nah, it is actually 150, the size of a Company.
    So, if you are trying to run a company of 1000 people, you will need 6 managers, 12 2ic (second in charge), 10 team leaders and a partridge.....
    You get the drift?

    It comes back to the fact that those in charge of it all are too few and are all members of "The Club". Anyone fancy a week at Bohemian Grove?

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