Posts by Zach Bagnall

  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…,

    Impairment while driving is in the news here in Colorado fairly regularly, usually whenever some new statistic is released. They're still figuring it out. There isn't a reliable roadside test and even a blood test doesn't necessarily indicate impairment since frequent users become highly tolerant of it.

    Random linkage: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/25/marijuana-impairment-testing/

    I'm more afraid of drivers staring down at their phones than those driving while high, but expect this will be made an issue if full legalization ever looks likely in NZ.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election,

    Excellent article by the way.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    So what happened to the recommendations from the 2012 Review of MMP. As I recall nothing was changed even there were at least 6 recommendations that would have helped a fairer system.

    Oh that old thing: http://www.elections.org.nz/events/past-events-0/2012-mmp-review/results-mmp-review

    A bit like Trump's attitude to Obamacare - can't get rid of it but certainly won't be going out of their way to improve it.

    The most telling thing to come out of the referendum that preceded that review was that the most popular choice for a replacement if we did ditch MMP was.... FPP. A system completely unfit for purpose, at least if the purpose is representation.

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to Ben Austin,

    Most people I know in UK go back regularly (although appreciate that isn’t the norm everywhere), every 1-3 years so most can vote if they want.

    Same - most of my friends in the UK go back every year or two, but then most of them are very high income IT types for whom it's not a burden. I'd much prefer the UK's 15 year policy, or at least some increase to the time window.

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to Moz,

    They have to have visited NZ in the last 3 years and I suspect a lot won't.

    The three year rule is irritating. It's really an economic test - affluent expats who can afford a big NZ vacation between each election get to vote and the rest do not. Really feels like NZ doesn't want citizens back after a few years away (eg non-residents cannot start a KiwiSaver account).

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  • Hard News: Where are all the polls at?,

    Huh, I always thought push polling was using questions designed to produce a specific result which is then presented as objective, not actually influence the person being polled.

    I'm curious about the statistical adjustments made to account for only calling landlines, and how current the model is.

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Is it true pollsters are still using land lines only? I haven't had a one for over 10 years and it wouldn't surprise me at all if land line users were now a minority of voters with a heavy demographic skew.

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  • Hard News: A thundering clash of, in reply to Nick Russell,

    Yeah, I still don't get why Metiria has been hung out to dry over this but Bill English gets a free pass.

    Blessed are the homeowners.

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  • Hard News: One big day at the drug symposium,

    Amazing.

    For instance *facts from study of outcomes following legalization in CO* but that flies in the face of *waves hands in the air*. Checkmate!

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  • Hard News: Grenfell: a signal moment,

    This does feel momentous. I recall arguing with a private landlord (who owned hundreds of London properties) when my flatmates reported smelling gas fumes from the boiler but the landlord's dodgy handyman who checked it out said he couldn't smell anything. A month later we were given notice to vacate. A management company working on thousands of properties on behalf of a public council is on a whole other level.

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