Posts by David Hood

  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

    I read an article about the liberal left presidential campaign in Austria, which resulted in an increased victory for the greenish candidate over the far right one. That said the lefts campaign had been all about shared values and common decency rather than parties- hence the lefts candidate running as an independent.
    In an intersectional view, I think that approach has a lot of potential for bringing people together.

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  • Legal Beagle: Three Strikes five years…,

    For the lack of significance of the policy- that you have to argue about how and why it might be compared with other things that have been going on, I think it illustrative to look at Australian state comparisons-

    http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/44E7066A7D173A95CA256BDC0012241F?opendocument

    If you assume that Australia, as a federal aggregation, is setting a generally similar approach among all the states that call themselves Australian, and then look at the amount of variation that crops up between states, to make any strong statements about the effectiveness of anything, that effectiveness needs to be high in relation to the kind of variation we see within a country kindred to New Zealand.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    I was putting together a playlist for New Years, and as I contemplated Tubthumping, I was struck by the social-media + media self-reinforcing hype around "did the cast of Hamilton address the Vice-President elect sufficiently respectfully" compared to the lead singer of Chumbawamba pouring a pitcher of water over the Deputy Prime Minister in the pre social media days.

    It just feels to me as a really good example of the way social media amplifies everything.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

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  • Hard News: 2016: The arc of a year,

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    GNS generally refers to the Kaikoura quakes.

    That is my sense of it as well, though we could call it 2016p858000, which is its GNS catalog ID

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

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    I nominate ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ because WTF 2016

    for that matter, WTF

    I see that both Shrug and Face Palm were approved as emoticons in unicode 9.0 in 2016

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    When you wrote "Moderates” fighting to overthrow Syrian president Assad. Those moderates just signed a non-aggression pact with ISIS. ” did you get that from some rather questionable sites from 2014?

    There are between 5 and 50 (maybe more) factions in Syria depending on how you want to count them. In 2014 some factions of the Free Syrian Army signed a non-aggression pact with ISIS, but this did not apply to all members of the Free Syrian Army. The US said that none of the members of the FSA that signed were supported by the US. Wether you believe that or not is up to you, but it is indicative that the non-aggression was not a global re-alignment (and was one that broke-down over time).

    It is like the times that units of the Syrian Government forces co-operated with ISIS in fighting the FSA. In a big messy multi-force civil war all depends on shifting alliances and who is stronger at the time.

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