Posts by nzlemming

  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: The Vote, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You’ll get your cake when you complete the initiation process. Sacha will explain the details. It’s nothing to worry about, although you might want to bring a change of clothes.

    I'm not sure if cake is a step up or a step down from a toaster oven. Craig?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2208 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    I've noticed this year that nobody criticises any thing - they slam it, according to the MSM.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    how about the ’Bowen Triangle” ?

    That works too, and many a good policy has been lost in it...

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Ewan Morris,

    Given the number of quays in central Wellington (Lambton, Waterloo, Thorndon, Aotea), how about Quay – “That is such a Quay issue” ;-)

    People other than David Farrar (who really, really wants to be NZ's Karl Rove) sometimes refer to it as the Thorndon Bubble, being the line between the Cenotaph and Premier House and some side offices on the Terrace (Treasury, DPMC and SSC, as well as the Reserve Bank). It's also full of hot air.

    Farrar and co are desperate to control the framing of discussions so they work hard to make sure their words are used by the media - it means the media are more receptive to churning National's press releases if they're written in the same language. The Quays are where real people work, live and shop, not the politicians.

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  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Amongst these photos

    Those fly ones are just wrong, yo.

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  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit, in reply to simon g,

    May not mean anything, but somebody on Twitter has noted that the reporter’s by-line (Cherie somebody) has been removed from the online story.

    It's still there.

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  • Speaker: Market failure in the research world, in reply to Mark C. Wilson,

    Amusingly, the librarians started discussing by email how to get rid of me, while not noticing (for a while) that I was being copied on all the emails.

    Research skills, FTW!

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  • Speaker: Market failure in the research world, in reply to Angela Hart,

    If academics were to set up their own peer review system, perhaps using an open source model, is there any reason more research could not be published online for all the world to see?

    You're preaching revolution, madam!!

    Yes, they could do this but, while the big publisher brands hold the international perceived kudos (because of their respective brand monopoly), our scientists feel the need to be published by the brands specific to their area of study because that's what their international counterparts see as being important. It's a vicious circle and I don't know what it will take to break it.

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  • Speaker: Market failure in the research world, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Jesus, that film made me angry. Inspired, but angry.

    I don't often cry at movies, but that one made me well up.

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,

    The former SIS director has accepted he made significant errors of judgment. Perhaps the most surprising was his unawareness, according to the report, of the nature of Slater's blog. He thought the information request had come from a "private individual" and that was the reason it was dealt with in a different way from requests by news media for records of the Goff briefing. Those had been refused.

    Herald editorial.

    Really? Really??

    Please find me someone, anyone, other than Slater who has had an OIA turned around in by the SIS in anything less than 20 days. As someone in the comments says:

    The former SIS director thought Slater was a private individual, which caused him to deal the request in a different way, different to the all the other requests he had declined?

    They may make a mockery of the word intelligence, but they sure are funny buggers - that explanation is so stupid its hilarious.

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