Posts by DeepRed

  • Speaker: The purpose of science and its limits,

    For those in Australia antsing about Tony Abbott's impending CSIRO cuts, the current situation in NZ is a cautionary tale.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to BenWilson,

    Sure. What's happened with the serious power usages in your life, though? Transportation and heating, and hot water, presumably? Any comparable inroads?

    Current automotive technology based on the internal combustion engine has severely lagged that of semiconductors and electricity generation. As it stands, the likes of the Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, and Nissan Leaf remain a curiosity for the time being, though they are worthy efforts. On that note, who here has seen "Revenge of the Electric Car"?

    And what became of Jack Nicholson's hydrogen car remains a mystery.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    Philip Mills of Les Mills fame declares himself neutral no longer.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to BenWilson,

    They are, but anyone who loses their SUV will consider it a drop in their quality of life.

    Or a dent to their ego. To them it's like asking them to cut their balls off.

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  • Access: What disability is,

    Here's an ideal reality TV pitch, much as I hate the idea of reality TV, period.

    It'll be called something like "A Mile In My Shoes", and features a selection of ableists who are forced to spend a week in a special suit that prevents movement of the legs and/or arms, and hence simulate the real experiences of the disabled.

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  • Hard News: To be expected,

    The Granny says Cunliffe did the right thing. It's only one perspective though.

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  • Hard News: Standing together,

    And compare all this to the inflated airtime of the 'twilight golf', 'Maori sing-along' and 'hip-hop tour' courses.

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  • Speaker: The purpose of science and its limits, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Lame stream media...
    in breaking news from the Sydney Morning Herald

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to break a key election promise by cutting funding to the ABC, with the key question now being how much money should be cut.

    Let's see how far that goes to devolving to TVNZ's level. On a brighter note, the Coalition for Better Broadcasting is finally up and running.

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to BenWilson,

    That's a big call. It might be better during that term, but my feeling is that it would implode by the next election, punishing both parties severely. In National's case, that would be a big hooray, but the destruction of the Green Party is probably not worth the concessions they might wring out in one term.

    The 1996-99 parliamentary term is one such cautionary tale. I remember when Winston magnetised much of the anti-Ruthenasia vote - with such campaigns as that full-page newspaper advert with NZ as a jigsaw puzzle and the caption, "National's policy on NZ: Give it away." - only to alienate a lot of voters when he ended up siding with the party he strongly attacked in the 1996 election. It all went further pear-shaped from that point - Jenny Shipley stealing Bolger's seat, Winston getting out of the coalition, the waka-jumpers... you name it.

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  • Hard News: To be expected,

    In any case, the Greens will be harder for Labour to ignore than in 2002-2005, for the simple fact that they now have double-digit support – the only third party currently in that realm, and even NZ First at its peak never reached that magic number.

    And the Greens' current support is thanks in no small part to a lot of disillusioned Labour voters switching to the them. Disclosure of interest: I was one of them in 2011.

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