Posts by Brent Jackson

  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to BenWilson,

    Thanks for that Ben. Interesting, but, like you, I having trouble drawing any conclusions about it. Of the people who ranked Labour as 10 and National as 0, the most is (as you say) self-ranked as 5 (the largest group). However, the other significant cluster is with people who ranked themselves as 10. So they are presumably Labour supporters, and got the axes wrong (ie left and right held no meaning for them).

    Can we categorise people in some other way ? For example :
    Leftists : ranked 3 or more lower than Labour & Labour lower or equal to National
    Labourites : ranked within 2 of Labour but not within 2 of National
    Swing : ranked within 2 of Labour and within 2 of National
    Nationalites : ranked within 2 of National but not within 2 of Labour
    Rightists : ranked 3 or more higher than National & Labour lower or equal to National
    The rest are confused (or uncategorisable at least) ?

    Damn hard to get anything useful from it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 474 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to BenWilson,

    Brent asked:

    It is interesting to note that a significant number of people (~80) put National at 0, and a similar number of people put Labour at 10. Were they the same people ?

    Ben replied:

    Interesting question…we’ve got the data. Any thoughts about how to answer that question? You want to know specifically about those 160-odd people?

    Perhaps a graph of where National was placed for those who ranked Labour at 10, and a graph of where Labour was placed for those who ranked National at 0, would be enlightening.

    Similar graphs for where they placed themselves (including did not or invalid ?).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 474 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to BenWilson,

    It is interesting to note that a significant number of people (~80) put National at 0, and a similar number of people put Labour at 10. Were they the same people ? And were they just confused, or were they actively dissing this whole left/right paradigm ?

    It's also interesting that the shapes are different, with Labour's mode at 4, and National's at 8.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 474 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Judicial caprice is no way to…, in reply to Nick Russell,

    But the bottom line is that cultivating cannabis for supply – which she appears to admit doing

    Where are you getting that info from ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 474 posts Report Reply

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

    While what the prosecutor is effectively doing is deterring cannabis cultivators from reporting incidental crime.

    No the police did that. They had the option of a warning, confiscation and destruction. But, by bringing charges, they are sending a message saying anyone doing anything outside the law better not ask for Police help lest they get nabbed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 474 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Not just…,

    Seems an appropriate time to re-visit The Clash’s take on music labels :

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 474 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Cameron Slater: computer hacker?, in reply to BenWilson,

    Why comment the code? It’s either obvious, or wrong.

    There is an awful lot of code that is not obvious, and also code that appears wrong but isn't. Both of those cases benefit from comments.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 474 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: House prices and the "Magic Money", in reply to James Butler,

    why would anyone who doesn’t want to live here want to invest in an asset whose value grows slower than wages?

    Exactly. If the value grows slower than wages, then it's not an asset for investing in, so people only buy houses to live in. Isn't this a good thing ?

    We need to transition our economy from property as a favoured investment, to one where it is not so great. It needs to be done quickly so it doesn't keep exacerbating, but also slowly, so the bubble does not burst. It will not be easy, but the alternative is worse.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 474 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Deep Dream: Looking at clouds,

    I think Deep Dream's fetish for dog faces, appears to be similar to the way we humans tend to conjure up human faces in anything remotely like two eyes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 474 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Potency and purity, in reply to Ross Bell,

    That opinion piece reads equally well if you replace Ecstasy with RTDs and MDMA with alcohol.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 474 posts Report Reply

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