Posts by Shaun Lott

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

    nine channels of pin-sharp colour

    But only on Sky, right?

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 81 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 • 81 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 • 81 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 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: After Len,

    Is Len Brown Auckland's Bill Clinton?

    But seriously... People need to fairly appropriate blame for rates rises to the intransigence of central government to allow other forms of raising local revenue. We pay rates in Rodney as well as Waitakere, and things got better not worse after amalgamation. I only hope the next incumbent has the ability to follow through on the infrastructure vision that Brown has been able to establish.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The good guys,

    A national team that can the best in the world at something, by such a large margin, and be the subject of such hype, and still be so obviously just regular decent guys: that surely deserves our respect. It's clear why they inspire national pride, in all the best ways. You can see why John Key is so keen for every possible photo-op...

    (As for SBW, this tournament has certainly elevated my opinion of him significantly, both as a player and as a person.)

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Hug Reform,

    Hugs are fine. Just leave the ponytail alone.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The positive option of Red Peak,

    Just because Red Peak is better than the panel options doesn't make it a good or even a very well considered choice. That bar was pretty low. None of the options represent New Zealand to me or make a convincing attempt to carry the combination of European (mainly British) and Maori heritage forward. So I guess this makes no difference to me: I'm all for the status quo until such time as we consider this issue properly, and for a better reason than to prop up a third term government that is running out of steam.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Not just…,

    So video killed the radio star and streaming killed the radio revenue model. I know I'm part of a rapidly shrinking demographic, but streaming and, indeed, digital downloads don't really do it for me. I like to own a thing once I've paid for it.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 81 posts Report Reply

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