Posts by Jason Kemp

  • Hard News: Our own fake news,

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    Here is a some recent research on the topic

    "A study of more than half a million tweets, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that morally outraged tweets tend to be widely retweeted within their political spheres—but rarely escape their bubbles."

    From One graph shows how morally outraged tweets stay within their political bubble

    "Although there’s some interaction between the two clusters, red and blue largely remain separate. Even the most moral or emotional words, it seems, aren’t powerful enough to prompt a retweet from across the aisle."

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

    Thanks to you Russell for taking the time to wade through to find the useful content here. Hopefully more of this will get decoded before the election.

    I heard the RNZ interview on Sunday that seemed very hopeful that change is now possible. Professors Ann Fordham and Fiona Measham

    "They tell Wallace what needs to change and why Portugal is a role model. "

    Also in other news I recently watched the Ken Burns documentary on Prohibition. It made the point that during prohibition it was easier to get a drink than before then and even more fascinating that the whole prohibition so influenced a generation in their attitudes to the law and the whole social dynamic. Not a perfect parallel but close enough to repay some attention by policy makers and anyone interested in law reform.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Lets hope some of that comes out in public :)

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Nick Russell,

    A tone deaf government who are walking blindfolded and still no traction from the opposition :)

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    Now if only Labour could stop throwing themselves under the bus this is a gift for them in them in the lead up to elections. In longer term narrative the wheels are falling off National everywhere.

    Perhaps one more swamp Kauri story might help and whatever did happen to that Northland MP….

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Melodrama,

    Perhaps a bit too much detail but this might be of interest to some. What is significant is Ella herself taking part in the process.
    The Spinoff Exclusive: Lorde explains the backstory behind every song on her new album By Henry Oliver | Music Editor

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  • Hard News: The Oncoming Day, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Thanks Rosemary - I think "demand management" was exactly what I overheard. The apparent staff bonuses for doing that was the surprise.

    The relevance of all of this to health care is that that same context applies.

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  • Hard News: The Oncoming Day,

    The irony of all this penny pinching is that having diseases like this in the community actually cost more than treatment ever does. Even when people get the tests and find out what the the options are it is still not easy to access help even for the most savvy of us.

    Sometimes even getting a diagnosis is blocked or made difficult because of the possibility of expensive treatment. Especially if there is a social stigma.

    In the weekend I heard overheard a conversation between two social workers. This took place in a public area and while they didn’t identify anyone by name it was a bit scary.

    The story was that someone was entitled to help with accomodation and that included various allowances. They had tried to claim before but this time went along with one of the social workers. Their request was granted but it was made clear that it was because of the presence of the social worker.

    That social worker said that even though their “client” was entitled to help – the agency that person went to would get some kind of bonus if they were able to limit or prevent the claiming of the benefit entitlements.

    It was like the PR line was – the government is here to help you but if the internal policies of the agency could limit or even prevent access – that is their real policy.

    I understand that rationing of services is a reality but surely we all deserve a much more transparent accountability of the true costs of denying help?

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  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…,

    Last week I had to drive to an after work hours project. Normally it takes me 5-10 mins. It took 1 and a quarter hours. I had allowed 20 mins which was triple the usual time but there was an extra wide crane truck blocking all of a lane and then some plus other traffic delays I didn’t see. It seems to me that driving anywhere in Auckland during rush hour is almost impossible.

    Commuting by car is not an option and I’d guess bus is not very good for similar reasons. The train is good but until the CRL comes online it is very limited and frustratingly slow.

    Good luck to anyone who thinks they can buy on the city outskirts and commute. The only viable option is to remote work and / or move to another city or town in my view.

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  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…,

    All of these property stories are just click bait to help out the advertising department at the Herald. I use Ben Torkington’s Chrome extension and it identifies the source of click bait stories. These ones just get labelled property.

    What I dislike about the property stories is that when it matter no real investigation is done. Fletcher Building said in February that their profit forecasts were correct. A matter of weeks later they did a write down of more than 100m.

    We never got anything really from the Herald on how such a thing could happen. It is hinted at reasons in other stories but property advertisers are one of the few remaining “rivers of gold” left from the classified department.

    For the past couple of years I have been ignoring the home page and hoping there are some useful stories in the business or tech sections. Really hard to find any content in the Herald that is useful to me. Stuff looks to be worse and so the StuffME merger discussions continue.

    I was at my local Foursquare yesterday when they were closing up. They had dozens of newspapers they were trashing. Even offered me a free one. I declined.

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