Posts by Carol Stewart

  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?, in reply to BenWilson,

    In social science, it simply means 'using multiple data sources or methods'. Here's a nice discussion.

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  • Capture: Autumn, what autumn?, in reply to Robert Guyton,

    I've learned a new word: scrying. Will be useful for Scrabble.

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  • Capture: Autumn, what autumn?,

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    Destination Ward Island, a lovely little island about 2 km offshore of Eastbourne. In WWII, there was an anti-submarine boom linking it to the shore.

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  • Capture: Autumn, what autumn?,

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    .. so there was only one thing to do: take to the harbour in the kayak

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    Last Saturday was the most perfect day in Wellington, as well described in this Met Service forecast ..

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  • Hard News: The lessons of Prohibition,

    It sounds like a fascinating documentary, thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    It's the part of the Prohibition struggle that pitted the rural America against the thriving cities, conservatism against liberalism and modernity.

    I believe there's a word for that - Poujadism.

    This is the excellent writer Jonathan Raban talking about Sarah Palin in 2008, but it's even more apropos now:

    Sarah Palin has put a new face and voice to the long-standing, powerful, but inchoate movement in US political life that one might see as a mutant variety of Poujadism, inflected with a modern American accent. There are echoes of the Poujadist agenda of 1950s France in its contempt for metropolitan elites, fuelling the resentment of the provinces towards the capital and the countryside towards the city, in its xenophobic strain of nationalism, sturdy, paysan resistance to taxation, hostility to big business, and conviction that politicians are out to exploit the common man.

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  • Hard News: The long road to Hit and Run,

    It's most impressive that Danyl was able to read the book - on sale at 5:30 last night in Unity Books - and write such a cogent review by this morning.

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  • Cracker: We're Going on a Bat Hunt,

    Lovely story, thanks for sharing. I reckon a fear of bats is not all that weird given their well known role as reservoirs of infectious disease. Even our NZ bats ..

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  • Hard News: Fear of Cycling, in reply to linger,

    the individual right to take risks has to be balanced against government responsibility for public safety and maintaining some level of healthcare.

    My impression was that this point is set more preventatively in NZ than elsewhere because of the implied social contract with our ACC cover. In other words, the system will mend us with minimal cost to us but we have added responsibility to take extra care.

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  • Hard News: Fear of Cycling,

    Sorry, please excuse my unconscious privilege! I'll email Kevin the article.

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