Posts by Rob Stowell

  • Speaker: Once in a Lifetime: Unofficial versions, in reply to Hebe,

    Thanks Barnaby et al. It's a very thought-provoking piece.

    For some of us, almost every facet of our lives has changed, in ways we never could have imagined.

    Very much still coming to terms with things - perhaps the most profound being a struggle to connect with

    whether and how to re-assert our old values and choices or take time to flirt with rare new possibilities

    For me, it's been disturbing to be confronted with a dominant set of values (the values of business) I only partially understand and sympathise with, and which seem all-too-often to prioritise profit over people.
    This has been the main result of the government takeover of the rebuild - it's felt driven by the values of the National government, rather than those expressed by Chch people at large in eg 'Share an Idea'.
    But even though the govt's values are at best endorsed by 50% of the population, they've won three elections -and increased their Chch vote beyond anything I can remember. So perhaps 'business first' is what NZ and Chch DO value.
    And that's a tough idea for me to swallow.

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa,

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    Waewaetorea island.

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  • Access: Feelgood Flicks,

    Jump cuts are ok with me - that's how nga tamariki roll these days :)
    Table or standard lamp or some-such pointing back (from the darker side) would be nice- would get some reflections in glasses, but also an 'eye/catch light - worth trying.
    There are lots of mic options these days, from cheap to very expensive, and depending what it's recorded on (I'm picking it's a laptop?) I've never used a usb mic, but I guess there's the advantage it can be powered so no batteries.

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  • Hard News: We're in this together,

    Merry Christmas Russell – hoping everyone has a great summer.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to Russell Brown,

    PAS' loss is Kiwiblog's gain.* Couldn't happen to nicer folk.
    * The average rationality of both blogs rises so perhaps it's a win-win.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    I'm picking 'cut the crap' for 2015. Because there's so much crap still out there...

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  • Up Front: Adric and the Art of Asking,

    Best luck Emma. Hoping for a happy summer.

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  • Speaker: Inequality: Too big to ignore, in reply to BenWilson,

    I’m really curious whether, in practice, you make your hypotheses in advance of your experiments.

    How could you design an experiment without doing this?

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  • Speaker: Inequality: Too big to ignore, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I am faced with believing Key and his caucus or believing the OECD and their team of experts

    Tough eh. But that nice Mr Key made millions, so he knows all about money. How much did any of these 'so called experts' make on the international money-markets?

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  • Speaker: Inequality: Too big to ignore,

    It's fairly simple to understand how people at the lower end having more money stimulates the economy. Robert Reich has been explaining this for many years.
    One of the flip sides (I reckon) is how the rich getting richer creates investment bubbles. People who have way more cash than they need or want to spend, have to find a home for it. They invest in things that will maintain or increase in value and/or deliver a good return- like property. All that money looking for a home fuels bubbles; housing is just one (and it's fuelled not just by the wealthy directly buying up houses; it's also banks being able to access large dollops of money -overseas money, for NZ - to lend.)
    Also: Morning Report's interviews drove me a little crazy. No one even mentioned the one thing which a/ caused inequality and poverty in NZ to shoot up, and b/ is one of the most obvious ways to redistribute wealth - the 1991 benefit slashing, and the way no government since has considered redressing this. Instead we get harder and nastier daily on beneficiaries- with the implied assumption the only good beneficiary is an ex-beneficiary.
    Makes me feel sick.

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