Posts by anth

  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…,

    Most people use these products with significant problems

    Did you mean "without"?

    Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mandela,

    I don’t have a problem with who is included – it is who, and what groups, are not included that is telling

    There is a petition to have Minto added to the delegation.

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  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Perhaps a little more impetus to passing this? I’m sure the lawyers hereabouts could have a field day picking that bill apart, but it at least seems like a good and necessary step forward

    Perhaps, or perhaps it'd just provide a way to inhibit discussions like this one.

    Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Future of Television,

    TV in a wholly commercial environment will start to feel pretty weird ... especially if you happen to be in the half of the population that’s not in a target demographic

    Or if you're in the two thirds who are part of such a demographic but didn't watch that show.

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  • Hard News: Who Guards the Guardian?,

    Greenwald is leaving the Guardian.

    Meanwhile David Cameron wants a select committee to investigate them.

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  • Hard News: The non-binary council, in reply to Stephen R,

    I would have thought releasing it before voting started might have meant Len Brown didn’t win

    I think the reason that the turnout for the Auckland Council elections was so low was that almost all media coverage of it was focussed just on the Mayoralty, and most people thought that particular race was a foregone conclusion. If this scandal had happened a week or three earlier it would have put the result in doubt, which may well have increased Len Brown's vote by bringing out people who were only voting because they were worried that one of his opponents might have a chance.

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  • Hard News: The Crazy Gang Nation, in reply to David MacGregor,

    I think the LGC did it

    Yes, it was the Local Government Commission. It was at least an improvement on their earlier draft where the difference between number of voters was a factor of 2 rather than "only" 1.5.

    If I remember correctly much of the problem was the MPs promising rural areas, especially Rodney*, that they'd have their own representative despite the low number of residents.

    *I mean the district/ward, not singling out the ACT MP who was heavily involved.

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  • Hard News: On Telly, Telly Off, in reply to Danielle,

    I have… problems… with “I, personally, never watch broadcast TV and therefore it has no value and should DIAF” arguments.

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-man-constantly-mentioning-he-doesnt-own-a-tel,429/

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  • Hard News: The Crazy Gang Nation, in reply to Idiot Savant,

    I can’t think of another mature democracy where gerrymandering or disenfranchisement are seen as legitimate political tactics.

    Auckland Council was set up by National/Act with the smallest ward having 66.7% as many voters as the biggest.

    Of the 20 councillors the 4 with the least number of voters/councillor are all right wing. Meanwhile the 4 at the other end of the scale, representing 30% more voters, are 3 on the left and 1 on the right.

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  • Hard News: No Red Wedding, in reply to Andrew Geddis,

    statements like this one, from Sue Kedgely

    I'm not sure that things said by someone who retired at the last election are a good predictor for the policies they'll push after the next election.

    we don’t know what the policy actually means (and I suspect it was written this way so as to satisfy everyone)

    Yeah, there are some Green policies which seem important to them and which have plenty of detail, and others which they don't seem to be really trying with.

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