Media watch – Monday

7 January 2019

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    • Trevors_elbow

       /  January 7, 2019

      And the driver is paying through the mose for the privilege of roads to drive on. Cyclist Action are a bunch of over bearing…….
      Cyclist pay for separate infrastructure hey can cycle in bunches all they like….

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 7, 2019

        It’s a feeble joke, if one can even dignify it with that name.

        Lime scooters are a bloody menace. How much has it cost everyone else, given that all of us pay for ACC ?

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    • Pink David

       /  January 7, 2019

      What the hell is greater Auckland?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 7, 2019

      There are 11 motorists in the bar but they can’t get to the counter because the cyclist is blocking the way with his bike and won’t move while he drinks his beer.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 7, 2019

      I was a census worker once; never again. It’s not worth it.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 7, 2019

        It’s all very well to say that they need an army of workers; it’s a terrible job, I’d need to be paid far more than I was to do it again.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 7, 2019

      The next census should be abolished. We know the population from immigration and birth/death data. We know where they are from utility, tax and welfare data. Anything else required can be determined by normal sample polling for a fraction of the cost and will be far more current.

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      • Duker

         /  January 7, 2019

        The experts say no.
        The absolute numbers arent the only requirement. census needs to know down to its mesh blocks which can be a few streets in cities or hamlets in rural areas.
        46,637 meshblocks in 2013. You probably need 90% or so accuracy in EACH meshblock
        Plus its a census of persons AND dwellings

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        • phantom snowflake

           /  January 7, 2019

          The census figures from many of the more remote communities in the Far North and Great Barrier Island (for example) are utterly worthless; both being areas where co-operation with ‘the authorities’ is low. It’s an open secret and I doubt Stats NZ are unaware.
          The 2013 Census found 84 people living in the Te Hapua region. Although locals say it’s more like 200.
          https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/northern-news/67805971/null

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 7, 2019

          Who needs meshblocks? Just another bureaucratic makework. Abolish them too.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 7, 2019

    Stupidity on 3 about the dangers/distress/difficulty of sleeping on hot nights. Lots of boring film of people tossing and turning, often with duvets over them. In summer ??? No wonder the buggers are hot.

    Haven’t these people heard of those handy inventions, electric fans ? Cheap to buy, cheap to run, cool the room down and make it bearable. I don’t think that actual solutions were given.

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  4. Gezza

     /  January 7, 2019

    India scientists dismiss Einstein theories
    Some academics at the annual Indian Science Congress, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had dismissed the discoveries of Issac Newton and Albert Einstein.

    They had also said ancient Hindus had invented stem cell research.

    Hindu mythology and religion based theories have increasingly become part of the Indian Science Congress agenda. But academics said remarks at this year’s ongoing summit were even more astounding than usual.

    The head of a southern Indian university cited an old Hindu text as proof that stem cell research was discovered in India thousands of years ago.

    G Nageshwar Rao, vice chancellor of Andhra University, also said a demon king from the Hindu religious epic, Ramayana, had 24 types of aircraft and a network of landing strips in modern-day Sri Lanka.

    Another scientist from an university in the southern state of Tamil Nadu who was speaking at the conference said that Issac Newton and Albert Einstein were both wrong and that gravitational waves should be renamed as “Narendra Modi Waves”.

    Dr KJ Krishnan reportedly said Newton failed to “understand gravitational repulsive forces” and Einstein’s theories were “misleading”.
    More …
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46778879

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  5. Gezza

     /  January 7, 2019

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