Posts by David Hood

  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    It can also help if you have a window that is darker beyond it, that you can reflect the image off it (not entirely practical on a desktop screen), because then you can quite literally focus through the picture.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1124 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Brazil seems to do ok even though their flag breaks all the rules

    and the number of stars on it change

    https://flagspot.net/flags/br_astro.html

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1124 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: To have a home,

    I couldn't help recalling Dave Dobbyn's "Welcome Home"

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  • Speaker: The silent minority,

    this is actually interesting

    If you take the how interested in politics are you question, and focus the people who declared "Not at all interested" and then look at how many in person politics discussions were they in, the voting rates are
    Frequent discussions 100% (tiny, tiny group)
    Occasional discussions 81% (in the same zone as rare)
    Rare discussions 83% (in the same zone as occasional)
    No discussions 55%

    Which, I would opine, is consistent with the knowledge trumps duty etc argument I made initially that talking to people is a good thing individual people can do if they want to raise the vote, given the big difference between no conversations and any conversations.

    As personal contact is playing such a powerful role, i would also opine also suggests that coopting epidemiological models for disease outbreak might give so useful thinking.

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  • Speaker: The silent minority,

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    Though here is one media people can read to much into (there is only 5% in difference for most media sources for most people). This isn't trying to work out peoples total electoral news consumption, just plotting the individual sources.

    Still, National Radio should be pleased- being at the top on the left end with a linear line of decrease is about the ideal state for a quality broadcaster. Beats being a media source where people become less likely to vote when they go from sometimes getting their electoral news to often.

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  • Speaker: The silent minority,

    There is a lot happening this week. (false) flag choices, refugees, etc

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  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright,

    As I understand it, a citizens initiated referendum for example to replace the contender flag with the laser kiwi for the final vote, would have to be responded within 3 months (so before the final vote) but the referendum on replacing the candidate itself could be scheduled for a long time after the final vote (rendering that particular non-binding referendum even more moot)

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  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright,

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    STV certainly makes Hypnoflags path to "victory" much harder, as it is effectively a two alternative race for anyone that fills out the complete form, but (at the moment) I still see it as a better option than spoiled ballot as there is no mechanism for recognising not wanting any of the alternatives. So I am expect non and spoiled votes to be ignored in discussion of the results.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1124 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright,

    I think Hypnoflag is the only way to effectively either object to the process, or support keeping the original.

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  • Speaker: The silent minority, in reply to Lilith __,

    General reports are that it is a cohort thing, but I haven't looked at it myself. That will be a particularly interesting question when the 2014 results become available soon given what happened to Labour.

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