Posts by Shaun Lott

  • Hard News: #eqnz: Okay?,

    I used to notice little ones in Palmerston North all the time, but hadn't felt one in Auckland, since we moved here in 1999. Last night the lights were swaying and the whole house was creaking and shifting. My reaction was 'if that is far away, it's bad; if it's close, it's a new volcano coming up in the harbour, just like that exhibition at the museum.' The 'we dodged the first bullet but got hit by the second one' sequence of events from 2010 comes to mind as we wait out the aftershocks. :/

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Helen,

    I felt that her decision to champion the case of the Charanpreet Dhaliwal (the security guard killed on his first night on the job), despite his not being a union member, was a sign of both her compassion and her vision for what the Union movement needs to be in the era of 'zero hours' contracts. That compassion and vision will both be sorely missed.

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    My personal fantasy in that kind of scenario is to attract attention with a geologist's hammer... It's probably a good thing I don't own one.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Dr G giveaway,

    Why is this event so expensive?

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    I have already abandoned the Herald. A digital subscription to the NYT, a daily look at the BBC and the Guardian... and I used to look at the Herald for local content, but everything outlined in this article is correct, and I'm over it. The RNZ website actually contains some information, and that is where my clicks are now happening.

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  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    nine channels of pin-sharp colour

    But only on Sky, right?

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  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…,

    Nate Silver is still calling it for Clinton 60:40, but it's really hard to tell this far out, especially in this election. Will Trump attract more previous non-voters than the moderate Republicans and independents he scares off? That seems to me like an unknown unknown that is very hard to poll. I also see the logic in Michael Moore's comments. Remember the 1992 UK election, where even the exit polls had it for Labour... but John Major was returned. So I can well imagine what he calls "The Jesse Ventura Effect" happening. As Moore says: "...because of ... the anger that so many have toward a broken political system, millions are going to vote for Trump not because they agree with him, not because they like his bigotry or ego, but just because they can." The closer the polls are running, the bigger the danger of that scenario happening. The Democrats need to double down on getting their constituents to the polls.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Approved by lunchtime,

    One day we'll have evidence-based legislation, sigh.

    I hope, but don't hold your breath. Whether or not you inhaled ;)

    Brewed ginger beer will contain small traces of alcohol, but is sold to minors. Correct? Analogous?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Art with a job to do,

    Red Peak was indeed the best of the bunch, but I don't think that's a very strong endorsement. I'm all for the status quo until we can do this properly...

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Saving the St James,

    Or that might just be my 2 Degrees internet connection. God, I miss Snap.

    Ah, you too?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

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