Posts by cindy baxter

  • Hard News: Gower Speaks,

    That information could also go on the TV3 website, but I know how hard it is to get data up there in a specialised format

    Surely a link to a pdf wouldn't be too difficult?

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  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy, in reply to Pete George,

    thanks Pete, good point.

    But the code of conduct is worth looking at.

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  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy,

    Coming into this conversation very late, but did anyone else listen to Media Watch on Sunday? A good piece about polling and the new Code of Conduct for media around reporting on polls, which I don't think TV3 has followed with its own poll.

    But also an interview with Gavin White on the Say It blog who has gone all the way back to 1999 and looked at what the polls said vs what actually happened.

    16 had National too high, while 3 had them too low. The most any company had underestimated National's vote by was 2%, while the most a company had overestimated National's vote by was 9%. One poll has had National's vote above their actual vote by more than the margin of error at three of the last five elections.

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  • Hard News: The Righteous Humour,

    Serious belly laughs. I don't think Karl Rove will ever live this down.

    On the really ugly side, this blog is quite something - a taste of libertarian hatred. http://www.libertarianrepublican.net/2012/11/the-end-of-liberty-in-america-only.html

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  • Hard News: What Now?, in reply to Natasha Markham,

    with you totally on this one Natasha.

    A post-oil city. A city that can be held up as a beacon of sustainability, that we can all look up to and use as a global example of what's possible.

    Bob Parker has already alluded to this - clearly he's thinking in the right direction.

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  • Cracker: Strike Nine (and counting),

    It was a stitch up, the other guy started it, and he'd probably admit it too, if he hadn't hit that table on a particularly nasty angle on the way down, and lost his life. She'd seemed happy enough about it at the time, it was only the next day she regretted it and didn't want to get in trouble with her parents, honest.

    While he could argue it that way, it's not like getting a passport with a dead baby's name is a single event like your examples. Such deception takes a good while to execute - photos, application forms, paying for it, finding the baby's name in the first place. Very pre-meditated. And all along knowing that none of it was legal.

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing Science in Court,

    I do hope they field the potty peer, Monckton as their scientific expert, as the GOP did in the US hearings.

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  • Hard News: Doing Science in Court,

    I note that Brian admits his other "friends" or "political affiliations" are the ACT party.

    That he doesn't do the books isn't enough - that was a ridiculous answer - the public has a right to know whether this court case is being paid for by big business. I wonder if anyone at RNZ will go back and check with Terry, the bloke who does the books, or will they just let that slide?

    But of course today the climate "science" coalition will be crowing - they have gained more publicity today than they've been able to in a good long while. Presumably Media 7 will also discuss, as you've mentioned Russell, the "he-said-she-said" mode of journalism that suits the climate denialists so well. It serves their purpose: raise doubt in the public mind.

    By the way, did you know that the links between smoking and cancer have never been 100% proven?

    auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address: Technical Profile,

    RIP netscape

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  • Hard News: Climate science and the media,

    I'd be very interested in Randerson's response, particularly after Santer's response to Randerson on RealClimate. Fred Pearce continued to get it wrong, and Santer pulled him up on it. But the Guardian didn't correct the vast majority of Pearce's pieces which both Gavin Schmidt and Ben Santer tore to shreds.

    But back to FOI. Clearly UEA didn't brief its scientists properly on how to deal with them. But if you're one of the three scientists at the CRU, and you get 40 FOI requests in just one weekend, what do you do? Science, or FOI requests? Clearly they needed help and guidance. Also tied up in this was the fact that a lot of scientific institutions also didn't allow their datatsets to be released, which confused things even more.

    I do hope Media 7 goes beyond the FOI issue, but also extends to the lies in the blogosphere about what "climategate" was, the fact that the Inquiries so far have exonerated them, the Sunday Times' fluffed "amazongate" which has now been very well-covered over at Tim Lambert's blog, Deltoid (the link is to his entire series about the Sunday Times).

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