Posts by Rob Stowell

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

    UC seems to be getting an absolutely standard package and I would be surprised if it differed much from what the others get.

    Ouch. This needs investigating!

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2065 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Abroad and Home,

    And this approach to Northern Ireland has also got the Scots - including the Scottish Tories, I think - interested in the same sort of deal, despite there being a land border and all that. It's a mess that almost everyone wants to back away from, and noone can.
    David Cameron must be worried he'll go down in history as Britain's biggest twatcock.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    Wahine sinking feels like the first. But that's mixed up with the storm itself, which was eventful enough. For a young lad in an environment of trees and boats, it was intensely dramatic: not just no power or school for days - all the moored boats in Diamond Harbour bar one were destroyed; and many huge trees came down, all over the place, leaving great gaping holes in the ground, like shell-holes, some of which filled with water.
    And then the moon landing; the whole class, listening on the radio at Diamond Harbour school, and staring up at the moon that night, knowing there were people up there, still on its surface.

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  • Hard News: And so it begins ...,

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  • Hard News: And so it begins ...,

    John Cassidy in the New Yorker, quoting Wired:

    This weekend, Wired published an article by Garrett M. Graff, the author of a book about Mueller’s tenure as director of the F.B.I., pointing out that most large-scale F.B.I. investigations now follow the same template: “Work on peripheral figures first, encourage them to cooperate with the government against their bosses in exchange for a lighter sentence, and then repeat the process until the circle has closed tightly around the godfather or criminal mastermind. There’s no reason to think that this investigation will be any different.”

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  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…,

    Anyone else feel the recent spate of articles about the PM’s pay like this might be a little (cough splutter) blatantly sexist even for the current phallocentric tyrany*?
    *phrase lifted from the super-awesome ‘skeletal lamping’ – still one of the greatest albums of the millennium.

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  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    This Kleiman fella sums it up beautifully. Can we just do what he says please?!

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The Future,

    damn good show - in all its iterations. it will be missed.

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Jonty,

    How his surly arrogance is ignored by his bosses at TVNZ is beyond me.

    At the very moment I stopped caring about Hosking's bias and bloviation - which suddenly seemed ineffectual and almost enteratining - you want to get rid of him?!

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I think Tracey Martin is the real talent there. Knows what she's doing, works well with others.

    Martin as minister of education would be terrific. (She's the only NZFirst MP I'd pick as a minister.) Better than Hipkins (sorry Chris.) But either will be streets ahead of anyone National has appointed. Tolley was tone-deaf, insensitive and policy-wise disaster. Parata was slightly more entertaining but still all of the above. No chance Kaye would change direction.
    So general yippee!

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