Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Starting the cannabis…, in reply to Worik Stanton,

    I am so in disagreement with this.

    People are still getting busted. Ask them if it is “de facto decriminalised”. Use a phone for personal safety.

    No, I'm not saying people aren't getting busted. And the disproportionate impact of the law on Maori seems to be as much of a factor as ever (regrettably, race is still a key factor in who gets busted even in Colorado).

    But the number of arrests and prosecutions for use and possession has been falling significantly, while use and possession haven't. Something is happening.

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  • Hard News: Starting the cannabis…, in reply to Howard Edwards,

    However this also means that big food and pharmaceutical corporate retailers aren't interested in breaking into the local cannabis market so all retailing and distribution is effectively local (which IMHO is a good thing for both consumers and retailers.)

    That's a very interesting point.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to Dennis Frank,

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    Migrants refusing to assimilate, forming enclaves in order to launch us vs them culture wars.

    Wow. In one sentence you just set the terms of a culture war and externalised the blame for it.

    No one is obliged to "assimilate" to some mythical British ideal. One of Britain's historical strengths has been the vitality offered by immigrant cultures. And the image I have attached (click to enlarge) paints a rather different story as to who doesn't want to get along.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    And meanwhile, among the Tories, Anna Sourbry on Boris Johnson:

    "I don't honestly believe that he believed what he was saying to people ... I think he didn't think that they would win."

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Soft…, in reply to Paul Kennedy,

    Thanks for the useful and comprehensive response, Paul.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Soft…, in reply to Ken Double,

    Thanks for that, Ken. How awful.

    I saw Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan years ago at Womad in the UK. It was quite an experience.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Soft…, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    But each week, literally half the chart is songs by Six60,

    In a victory for diversity, only eight of the Top 20 this week are songs by Six60.

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  • Hard News: Starting the cannabis…, in reply to Shane Le Brun,

    Huhana is also going as spokesperson for MCANZ. :).

    Ah, good.

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  • Hard News: Starting the cannabis…, in reply to Alfie,

    My interpretation of what must be a reheated press release is that the Southern Police district appears happy to believe that they’re pushing dope smokers towards much worse drugs.

    That's really quite astonishing.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: Three decades on…, in reply to Conrad Heine,

    Watching a petition-wielding Sallie approach a skinhead on Queen Street, and said skinhead gleefully scrawling.

    Things had come down several notches by the time of Destiny Church's 'Enough is Enough' march in 2004, but I've always been surprised that it seemed to be only me who noticed a group (of pakeha) who marched along with National Front placards. That certainly took the creepiness up a level.

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