Posts by SteveH

  • Legal Beagle: Election 2017: the Special…, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    In Maungakiekie for example RADHAKRISHNAN, Priyanca could have won if Chloe Swarbrick who is on the Green list had asked voters to give their electorate vote to Labour. Would it have made an overall difference to the total of electorate + party vote - I'm not sure.

    Priyanca Radhakrishnan was way up the Labour list too though (12th) - she was always getting in. Denise Lee was third from bottom for National, and more people voted for her than voted for National. I wonder if some people thought that having 3 MPs in the electorate was better than having 2. I did see more of Lee's signs, and basically none from Swarbrick so perhaps it was just the amount of campaigning that Lee did that got her home.

    Personally I voted for Radhakrishnan even though I really supported Swarbrick because I didn't want Lee in Parliament. Tried to convince my right-leaning friends that they should vote against Lee too as they'd end up with a better MP off the list, with (I suspect) no success.

    In the end a lot more people voted for Chloe Swarbrick than voted for the Greens which just makes no sense at all to me. That certainly wasn't a tactical choice.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

  • Hard News: Blockchain, what is it?, in reply to Moz,

    Have any of the crypto-currency/blockchain people solved the fundamental problem of power consumption?

    You say "fundamental problem", they say "feature".
    Seriously though, there are proposals. Alex's piece linked to this article about one proposal.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?, in reply to LanceWiggs,

    It's interesting what happens if we remove the USA from the picture. The US was a late entrant after all, as was Japan.

    Yes, it looks both a lot more achievable and a lot more acceptable to the remaining players. But it'll require renegotiation, probably from scratch so even if there is a will to do it, it'll take years.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…, in reply to Tom Johnson,

    Its hard to gauge discontent on booing, that’s why we have to wait for polls more closer to the election.

    FiveThirtyEight said it was mostly the California delegation and that you couldn't really hear it from other parts of the arena. On the other hand, there were a LOT of protestors outside.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Well, he opposes the TPP, for one. I know, I know. Neither of them are really believable on this point. Not even to get started on TTIP or TISA.

    Clinton is also opposed to the TPP.

    If Obama can't get it ratified before he leaves office it might not get ratified by the US (unless the new Pres flip-flop, of course). Unfortunately that probably won't get us out of the crap the US insisted on adding as I can't see the other nations restarting negotiation.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

  • Polity: Mike's minute: Mike's maths!,

    Heads up Rob, Stuff have change the chart to include trusts.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

  • Polity: Mike's minute: Mike's maths!, in reply to Marc C,

    Now, Mike Hosking my appear to not be good with maths, but that is simply not the case. He is not a stupid fellow, he will most likely know full well how the tax system works, and how to benefit from it as a high earner and also asset owning person.

    He's smart enough to pay someone to minimise his taxes. Whether he himself understands how the tax system works is undetermined. But if he does know that what he's saying is wrong then he's not just being "simply mischievous", he's being disingenuous and dishonest. Personally I suspect incompetence is the cause here, but I wouldn't be surprised either way.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

  • Speaker: Correcting Auckland 2040's…, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    When Cathy Casey and Mike Lee are lining up with Cameron Brewer, George Wood and Dick Quax against the process, you probably should take a long hard look at the process.

    You'd be better off just saying Cathy Casey and Mike Lee are against it, because any time I hear Cameron Brewer and Dick Quax are against something I tend to assume it must be a good idea.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum, in reply to Jonathan King,

    Does it seem tin-foil-hat-ish to point out how cynical and manipulative it was for the pro-Silver Fern govt to schedule the referendum for just three weeks after the (All Blacks favourited to win) Rugby World Cup final?

    It does seem quite tin-foil-hat-ish. For one thing we've been favourite at every RWC and only won 2 (before this one), and both of those at home. Most analyses had the ABs most likely to win but still below a 50% chance. "They" would have been taking a significant risk in trying to tap into post-RWC euphoria given that it was more likely to be post-RWC depression.

    Secondly, the obvious candidate flag for such a plan would be the silver fern on a black blackground. That's the design that's actually associated with the ABs. So if your conspiracy theory is right then why wasn't that design one of the final four? Did "they" forget to manipulate the flag panel?

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

  • Hard News: Ten Thousand Maniacs, in reply to chris,

    So Assad’s incumbent administration designed a civil war to potentially oust itself and decimate its country while allowing verifiable information that it was the architect of these events to be widely disseminated via western media.

    "Architect" may imply a degree of foresight and planning that wasn't actually present, but it seems incontrovertible that the genesis of the current situation in Syria was Assad's brutal treatment of peaceful protesters.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report

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