Posts by Rob Stowell

  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to BenWilson,

    Which makes Hagar a strange target for Hide’s ire

    Hager made this public. Prior to Dirty Politics, it was something very few people knew. I can understand Hide being unhappy with that.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1574 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    What about that Andrew Little, eh? ‘Pundits’ (Bryce Edwards at least) saying he could walk through the middle into the job. But while he seems a sharpish political operator, he comes across dry and dull; a most unlikely prime minister.
    As the huffle dies down, I'm liking David Parker. Straight bat, no bullsh*t, decent. And not a candidate.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1574 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Home advantage,

    Entirely down to the director what gets seen. But it’s not out of line to replay something the ref has missed. Still quite possible a kiwi director would have replayed Reid’s turnover first, though.
    Also: replays only happen when there’s a breakdown. And sometimes even then what’s on the field and happening is too fast or the incident gets eclipsed by subsequent play and forgotten. So there’s always an element of chance about what gets picked up.
    No denying the effect on a partisan crowd. They howl and stop watching the game completely. Which must influence the refs on some level.
    Which all makes me wish I’d seen this game. Sounds epic :)

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But you’re kinda saying that if you call people and and ask them a list of questions that’s data, but if you front up on their doorsteps and listen to them, that’s anecdote.

    Yeah I am, kinda :) I’m not dismissing people’s experience, just very wary of jumping in any old direction because – well – gotta jump!

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    Just to add: I'm also dismayed at the back-biting and leaking - and even more at the distance it seems Labour must travel. Everything I see postulated about 'what Labour should do' screams of guesswork (often with the sound of axes grinding.)
    Truckloads of data would be nice. Even supertanker full of anecdotes doesn't cut it.

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  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to krothville,

    We expect to have to work shitty jobs, 3 on the go at once, for the rest of our lives.

    Unions. Join 'em. Just sayin :)

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  • Speaker: Science and Democracy, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Bravo! Let's which (if any) media run with this...

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  • Hard News: The humanity,

    Pastuerising changes the taste a bit (and takes out a bunch of stuff.) But I'd be astonished if supermarket milk was re-constituted.

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Jan Rivers,

    Wouldn’t the polling methods, advisory organisations and spending be a closely guarded secret for all parties?

    Probably :) I suppose that's why I want to know. It's a good part of Hollow Men and Dirty Politics. Hager writing about it in 2008

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  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Greg Dawson,

    Our best bet on dodging this particular bullet remains Japanese resistance.

    Plus, even if the US trade negotiators get everything they ever dreamed of, getting TPPA through Congress isn’t assured. Republicans in Congress could kill it just because they don’t want to give Obama anything.

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