Posts by Rob Stowell

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Sounds like you might need internet connected bar-code readers ... which some places might find too expensive for the volume of mail.

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  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care, in reply to Russell Brown,

    let alone seek a warrant.

    Would it have been hard or a shoo-in to get a warrant to seize the phones and computers of the youths accused? Because it seems so obvious, it's hard to comprehend that it wouldn't have happened.

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  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Given that it’s your blog, you are the “publisher of record” and therefore liable for any libel raised

    I’m wondering how that should work in an online forum.
    Let’s say it’s effectively a ‘conversation’ and someone raises something libellous (and incorrect – I think truth is always a defence?)
    Others in the conversation argue with this statement, convincing the original libeller (and any reasonable reader) they were wrong (like this could actually happen on the internet!? But it’s kind’ve what’s happened here.)
    Without the original libellous statement, the whole conversation is rendered meaningless, and somehow there’s less enlightenment all round.
    I’d like to think a judge would see the thread/conversation/discussion as a whole, and accept that people in discourse get things wrong, get heated, make mistakes, sometimes boast or talk shit, and that's a part of free speech.
    It definitely shouldn’t put the owner of the house in the dock. I hope it’s not here :) but I hope we get some case-law on this soon. It’s an issue that won’t go away, but right now nobody seems to know where the boundaries lie.

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  • Capture: Aurora Australis,

    Wow! Thanks, intrepid photographers. Rain and overcast in Chch area, so didn't even go outside to look. But I will tonight!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Christchurch,…, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    Toerag was/is one Stephen Tobeck

    Reckon :)

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    a mixed governance model . . . with seven members elected across Canterbury at the local elections in October 2016 and six appointed by Government,” Smith said.

    Stack the boards, with old boys jolly? It's what they're doing to universities.
    Democracy is painfully inefficient, and you could lose, which is intolerable when you know you're always right.
    If I was any more furious about this, I'd combust. Time for a rates revolt? "No taxation without representation" has worked before, I hear :)

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And which networks will screen these programmes that attract half a dozen viewers, and at what time of day?

    Wiki sez Freeview has 30 channels. Must be some space in there somewhere :)
    I know the current NZ on Air charter wouldn't allow it, but I'm not alone in thinking it's about time the charter was re-conceptualised.
    There does have to be a balance between 'meritorious but dull' and 'popular but frivolous'. But it feels as if NZ on Air has been skewed commercial for too long. <departs ranting into the distance and not before time>

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to fraser munro,

    the wider skill set and roles of TV/film production right from IP through to post. Funding shows that have a wider industry involvement will bear more fruit for eveyone IMO

    of course thats just a gut feeling so happy to be proven wrong

    I reckon you’re spot-on here. If one of these contrived competitions insisted all the songs be originals, I might be swayed. But IMO NZ on Air shouldn’t be ratings driven; it should fund on potential contribution to NZ culture – even if only half-a-dozen people see it.
    TV ‘ratings’ are a one-off randomised (what’s on the other channel?) metric anyway; they’re for advertisers and NZ on Air shouldn’t jump on board.
    On-line distribution is fast changing the ‘one-night only’ broadcaster-as-gatekeeper model. A classic that gets missed, that misses its time, can be re-discovered. Over time, a niche drama can find its niche audience.

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  • Hard News: The greening of the Red Zone,

    Love the idea of a native corridor. Some fruit and nut trees along edges -permaculture -could work too. Driving through today it's also striking how high the river level is (or the land has sunk.) Flooding will be an issue so a wide swathe of kahikatea and swampy flax might be a useful buffer.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Christchurch,…, in reply to Hebe,

    How would we get those stories?

    Beer maybe :) But yeah, not simple.
    It was grand to meet you and Greg and Russell. I felt strangely shy.
    Or maybe it’s not strange :) (Always been a bit shy). I’d love to have taken photos, but it wasn’t the right moment.
    There were a few old mates, but also a lot of people in the room I’ve known as faces and seen play music or in an audience or round Christchurch but have never bowled up and jumped into a good conversation with.
    I regret that. But maybe there was always an odd stand-offishness-cum-shyness that’s a part of the ‘scene that wasn’t’.

    I’d never thought the late 70s/early 80s music days in Chch were in any way noteworthy.

    Me too. I’m still not sure :)

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