Tuesday, 16 March 2010

No Right Turn: Exclusive: An appropriate process?

No Right Turn has some interesting information:

Back in December, Justice Minister Simon Power appointed a number of National party cronies, including former MP and arch-bigot Brian Neeson, to the Human Rights Review Tribunal. I've been digging into it ever since. Last month, I highlighted the irregular process used to appoint these cronies: their names appeared apparently from nowhere, and contrary to the view of HRRT chair Royden Hindle, he was appointed without any sort interview. Yesterday, I received a further OIA response [PDF] which casts more light on the subject.

Exclusive: An appropriate process?

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Oil prices

I have bought a new car.  It's a fairly large one and consumes a lot more petrol than my previous one.  Expect oil prices to rise dramatically.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Kiwi viewers shun TiVo

According to this article in the NZ Herald, New Zealanders are failing to buy Tivos.  Some sources say that around 2000 Tivos have been shifted since sales started in November 2009.  They were hoping to sell around 120,000 units within five years.  At this rate they will be lucky to sell 30,000 in that time. 

My guess as to why they are having problems selling them is that New Zealand television channels provide such crap programming that it isn't worth recording anything to view later.  In fact, it isn't worth turning the television on - as evidenced by the plummeting number of viewers.

Friday, 5 March 2010

You are not a gadget

my copy of Jaron Lanier's book You Are Not a Gadget arrived this morning. I'm eager to read it so Camille is driving - we're on our way to Wellington - so i can get started on it.

JL reckons that his words will be 'scanned, rehashed and misrepresented by crowds of quick and sloppy readers'.

Should i be moved to post anything about his writing I'll do my best to do one of tnose things.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

The Strategist

I like this blog post. It starts out as an explanation of a war tactic and ends up theorising how a polticial version of the same tactic could be run. I've liked this blog for some years. it is consistently good. 
How could you stage a political Isandhlwana? - The Strategist
Classic swarming: the Zulu assault against British forces at Isandhlwana, 1879 John Arquilla's article "The New Rules of War" covers some interesting ideas about military organization, networks, and swarming. Swarming is a form of attack characterized by many small units...