Posts by linger

  • Speaker: Meet the middle,

    To me subtweeters just seems to fill a gap in the spectrum between subwoofers , woofers and tweeters … so, not following this at all.
    Is it something used for a dogwhistle?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Saying what we actually mean on…, in reply to BenWilson,

    What data are you suggesting be used for dimensional analysis? Presumably some quantification of party (or personal) policy positions other than actual voting records. The latter exercise was attempted in 2008 for parliamentary votes in NZ. (You and I discussed some of the pitfalls here at the time.) And of course, in many cases the votes cast by individual members are not independent (even where there is no directly enforced party line, there are still groups of like-minded politicians). Under such conditions, a multidimensional PCA capturing variance in voting behaviour would probably not be as informative as a cluster analysis identifying “faction membership”.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: New Zealand and the TPP: “Or…, in reply to Tinakori,

    Stop playing the blame game for a moment.
    Do you support the TPP yourself, and if so, why?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Too much to swallow on the TPP, in reply to andin,

    Slightly more charitably: the fact that Labour originally started these negotiations, with other nations that are still involved (before everything got subverted by American corporations), might explain why they're reluctant to turn entirely against it just yet.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Judicial caprice is no way to…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    "The power of consumerism" is not what you have behind you here, unless you're a direct client of the legal firm. Indirectly funding them through taxes doesn't have the same imperative force.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why we need to stop talking…,

    How can I be unhappy, / When the sun shines out my bum?

    (Illuminating illustration of survivor’s bias!)

    Ignoring mass-energy conversion
    (so, casting light aside, rather than behind),
    the law of conservation of fecal matter entails that
    someone who doesn’t give a shit must be full of it.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why we need to stop talking…,

    I’m getting kind of sick of this.
    Inequality is: people from different backgrounds (class, gender, ethnic, cultural, physical or mental differences) having systematically different access to such things as education, healthcare, food and shelter.
    If you care about other people at all, you should care about inequality.
    But even if you’re a selfish tosser who doesn’t give a shit about others, you should still care about inequality because (i) one day it could be you; and (ii) it eventually affects the quality of society you have to live in. A society with a larger number of marginalised people is a more dangerous and depressing society to live in.
    If you still don’t give a shit, that can only mean you don’t see yourself as part of society.

    That said, look at the title of this thread. Inequality is too neutral a word. We need to call it what it is: unfairness.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why we need to stop talking…,

    bad at strategy

    One example of unfortunate framing: using the word "strategy" for "acting in accordance with your stated principles". "Strategy" isn't entirely positive in politics: it tends to connote a plan not just cunning but downright deceptive. (Though that may simply be a function of placing the word in proximity to politicians.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: House prices and the "Magic Money", in reply to B Jones,

    It seems fair to assume banks tightened mortgage lending criteria post-GFC.

    What David’s differential graph of month-on-month price change shows is a sharp drop in price immediately post-GFC, followed by an accelerating price increase since.

    I can think of two ways to get that initial drop (and both may be true):
    (i) failure of finance companies leading to a temporary glut of mortgagee sales by receivers, at bargain prices;
    (ii) price drop in response to decreased demand resulting from higher lending criteria (the resulting drag on demand should also be temporary, but over a longer term).

    The first of these is self-limiting. The second should be an ongoing condition, leading to a new equilbrium position (imposing an initial lag, but with a subsequent rate of increase consistent with inflation) – which didn’t happen; instead the increase has been above inflation.
    So the first was probably more important than the second; and in subsequent years, both have been dwarfed by a third demand driver, fuelled by finance external to the NZ economy.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: House prices and the "Magic Money", in reply to David Hood,

    You also need the people excluded to be permanently out of the market

    Not necessarily – people (in or out of the market) aren’t immortal. What you do need, though, is for the average lag time before people can enter the market to keep increasing over time.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1045 posts Report Reply

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