Tagged: voting

Auckland voter turn-out mapped - The Dismal Science

James Zuccollo Oct 12, 2016

I had a bit of a play around with mapping the voter return data from the 2016 Auckland local body elections (raw data available here).  I looked at it two ways: What areas had the highest/lowest turnout? (i.e. where is participation high/low) What areas had the highest raw number of votes? (“who elects the mayor”) Maps addressing these two … Read More

Shyness of anti-fluoride election candidates - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 05, 2016

Why do anti-fluoride candidates standing for District Health Boards (DHBs) shy away from proper discussion of community water fluoridation? After all, they have usually raised the issue themselves – and often claim that those supporting community water fluoridation avoid the discussion. In my article Fluoridation & democracy: Open letter to DHB candidate Andrew Buckley I raised this with Andrew Buckley who is standing for … Read More

A Sceptical Guide to DHB Voting - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Sep 30, 2016

I’ve looked into this year’s district health board candidates to help you keep quacks off your DHB this election. Unless you live in Southland, this year you probably get to vote for several spots on your local district health board. With the move to DHBs making decisions about water fluoridation, there’s a danger that some of … Read More

Theories about Conspiracy theories - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 29, 2015

Four nationally representative survey samples collected in 2006, 2010, and 2011 indicate that over half of the American population consistently endorse some kind of conspiratorial narrative about a current political event or phenomenon and that these attitudes are predicted by supernatural, paranormal, and Manichean sentiments. These findings suggest that conspiracism is not only an important element in American political culture, … Read More

Science no vote winner - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin May 23, 2012

On the eve of the 2012 Budget with the word “austerity” ringing in our ears, the Stuff website has done a poll asking readers what they see as priority areas for the Government. Of the six categories listed – health, education, welfare, taxes, business and science, guess which area comes in as lowest priority. That’s right… science. Read More