My guess is that the “backing yourself or your friend or colleague” effect is swamped by genuine predictions from political junkies who are not personally involved in particular races
Not really. It's pretty easy to dominate an obscure stock for a week by sinking a few hundred dollars into it. There were fascinating instances of stocks behaving abnormally around Len Brown quitting and prior to that Bob Parker.
It came up in Dirty Politics too in which a protagonist boasted of altering the market enough to generate a few news headlines.
But these larger party-vote stocks would cost a bit more to alter as there are more gamblers playing them. My guess would be a couple of thousand to push a stock 5% for a week. Being persistent you could alter the herd thinking for longer as well.
"On to it. Look at 2mins28: Kay starts the killer line and English grins because he knows what's coming."
well spotted, English is pretty disinterested until that point, then grins and hides it by reaching for a glass of water to cover his smirk.
That Key goes back to the refrain of rapists etc, after not getting it out the first time confirms planning to say it in advance.
Yes we saw similar double height bike stands crowded around train stations in Zurich earlier this year. Very impressive.
My answer to the countdown Grey Lynn problem would be don't shop there. It's rubbish on other levels too - expensive, too many toys on pillars, poorly organised, Aussie owned...
I'm not sure if New World has any bike stands either but that wee dishrack as you say, is an insult.
A reason for crime rate drops apart from efficacy of strikes could be found by looking at lead in our petrol. I shit you not. Read this. http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/lead-crime-link-gasoline
The lag between lead being removed from petrol and crime rates dropping is 20 years - the approx peak age for offending. Lead was banned here in 96 so expect to see crime dropping for another year or two and then flatten off?
Marriage equality has come at a very convenient time for Obama and corporates pushing the TPA etc.
Around 6.45 tonight Aucklanders are gathering outside TV3 for a Campbell-Light Vigil. A final sendoff. What better way to mourn the passing of nightly current-affairs in NZ.
Wet tissue paper worked well too
Thanks for reminding me about this. A special excitement came from getting a free call, especially if you couldn't find enough 2 cent pieces or it gobbled them up because you pushed the A button thinking the call had been answered but hadn't, thereby losing your money.
It really is a world away from today and could easily be written up to sound like a certain Monty Python sketch.
Measured and correct in the face of this and the rest of the bollocks commonly known as political spin and journalism, is a tough ask.
Good on the NZ Herald. Investigative journalism is alive and kicking against the pricks.
Now it's up to the gallery staff to get in the way of the PM's 'speaking through them' and make him accountable. I wonder if any will step out of their savvy "ball game commentary", and actually take him to task for not answering questions, for spinning lines against Hager and for treating them like idiots.
Will we see Gallery reporters get angry at being ignored rather than just accept it as justifiable politics.