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Archive for November, 2016

Gordon Campbell on news from the US election eve

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Here’s a somewhat scary headline from October 30 on Nate Silver’s 538 site, which summed up the statistical factors in play at that point : “The Cubs Have A Smaller Chance Of Winning Than Trump Does” Yet as we now know…yesterday, the Chicago Cubs concluded their incredible World Series comeback run ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest McCully fiasco

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

It is 2008. A victorious John Key finds he’s inherited from the Clark government the vexing problem of a well-connected Saudi called Sheikh Hmood Al Ali Al Khalaf who seems utterly enraged that New Zealand has curtailed (for humanitarian reasons!) the live sheep trade that he’d invested in, and which ...

Gordon Campbell on the last rites for the TPP

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Sorry. I know that the TPP is the reggae of political issues…in that it can be endlessly boring, samey sounding and obsessed with the same things ( Jah, ganja and investor state disputes) but believe me, there are some fascinating bassline variations if you can really get into it. Most ...