Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Speaker: After the Apocalypse,

    There are a range of views, some of which are informed by the nuclear industry (obviously, if you can take a view that moderate amounts of radiation, such as a contained nuclear accident, are harmless, then there would be much less decontamination/evacuation needed after an accident such as Fukushima, the cost of such an accident would reduce, and hence the insurance costs would drop - except that few, if any, nuclear reactors actually carry any liability insurance).

    There are various confounding factors around the idea that radiation is beneficial. It's been suggested that Japanese atomic bomb survivors outlived people in other cities not exposed to radiation - but this was found problematic - one issue being that survivors would have been the most resiliant part of the population and received better support and medical treatment post-war.

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  • Speaker: After the Apocalypse, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Of course, natural background radiation isn't any better for you than artificial, and a substantial number of cancers result from it. (Both where natural radiation is concentrated, in the form of radon, mostly, and just from general exposure).

    The generally accepted theory in health physics is that biological damage is directly proportional to the dose, so if we receive 10% higher radiation than background, this will cause a corresponding increase in radiation injury. Obviously this is rather inconvenient to the nuclear industry.

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  • Hard News: LATE: From #Slacktivism to Activism,

    Also, Mr Greenpeace Nuclear tests won't aid security.

    Kim Jong Il is alive and has his job. Saddam Hussein isn't and doesn't. I think the former is probably happy with his decision to make nukes. An unfortunate side effect of deciding that 'regime change' is a good idea.

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  • Hard News: LATE: From #Slacktivism to Activism,

    Is it enough to merely get people fired up?

    Sometimes its just easier (and the right have no qualms about getting their desired policies through using whatever means work).

    E.g. whisper it not, but fracking doesn't cause (noticeable) earthquakes. However it's a Bad Thing because it enables more oil to be extracted - but it's an easier sell to tell people their house will fall down and their water will be poisoned than talk about climate change in 50 years time.

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  • Hard News: Medical cannabis: a polling experiment, in reply to BenWilson,

    what proportion of young people are actually much into the dance scene, though

    Wellington anecdata: 300 people would be a big turnout for a dance party and a lot of the people won't be all that young - say half under 25? A lot more if it's some (overseas) commercial performer they've heard of on ZM, but I wouldn't say those people are into dance music.

    How many 18-25's in the Wellington region? 40,000? Dance parties are a minority interest.

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  • Hard News: Medical cannabis: a polling experiment,

    "Treated as herbal remedies" => unethically pushed by pharmacists without the proper assessment, diagnosis and prescription process required for licensed pharmaceuticals?

    I don't think government has any business telling me what I can put in my body, but that seems to be going a bit far.

    (Mind you, I'd favour stopping pharmacists pushing 10x doses of vitamins or phials of distilled water).

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  • Hard News: Orcon IRL on Journalism: The Video, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Fleet Street's finest: Lunchtime O'Booze...

    I used to work next door to Fortress Wapping in the pre-internet days, and it was quite common to be buttonholed in the pub by cub reporters seeking comment on the issues from the day from a typical local. They usually mangled the story and names quite unrecognisably in the process of getting back to their desk and typing it in.

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  • Legal Beagle: It’s Carter/Docherty Day;…,

    Well, I'd be even less likely to vote for Nick Leggett because he sees Nicola Young as a political soulmate. This also rather backs up the Labour party's ostracism of its former member.

    Not to mention that suggesting alternates undermines the whole local politics deception of politicians who last week were party members/supporters/candidates pretending to be pragmatic independents in local politics.

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  • Legal Beagle: It’s Carter/Docherty Day;…,

    So did anyone ask why it is that, while to most observers Wellington has a dynamic and successful economy (and measurably the highest average income in the country), a preponderance of the mayoral candidates consider the city to be 'broken' and requiring the transfer of large sums of public money to construction companies in order to fix. (Airport runways, tunnels, highways, conference centres and the like).

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  • Legal Beagle: Voting in an STV election,

    But we *love* digression?

    Since I don't know what your argument is for direct election of mayors (beyond 'local government is different') then I can't really come up with an alternative view. Indirectly electing council leaders does work reasonably well (for most councils in the UK) and used to work for the ones that have gone to direct election (bringing Boris Johnson and dodgy corrupt cop Ray Mallon into mayoralties).

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