Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves,

    Bryce Edwards' roundup of responses.

    I'm only linking to it because he recommends my "nuanced and thoughtful analysis" of the issues ;-)

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  • Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I don’t think some sort of “roving ambassador” post counts.

    Me neither. It's a made-up job title that happens to include the word "ambassador", not a diplomatic post.

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  • Hard News: Sorting out our thinking on drugs, in reply to Shulgin,

    Huffman himself says better to legalise cannabis and ban the synthetics.

    Which solves the cannabis niche, but not the next lot of party pills.

    It’s interesting that if you read the Erowid vault on Cannbinoid Receptor Agonists, most of the psychonauts there are consuming them not as a mock-cannabis product, but as powders. We could have had JWH 018 pills.

    In the long run, some form of manufacturing standard seems to me to be a good way around the risks of so-called "E" and "LSD" containing unknown substances in unknown concentrations.

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  • Hard News: Sorting out our thinking on drugs, in reply to debunk,

    Well you don’t know because there’s no consistent analysis of product content!

    Yes. There. Is.

    The Code of Manufacturing Practice specified in the Act came into force in January. It also mandates audits of manufacturing premises and physical inspections at any time. Certificates of analysis are required for every product as a condition of approval.

    If any manufacturer breaches the conditions for approval, they’re up for a $500,000 fine and three months’ imprisonment.

    The aim of the law is precisely to address the problems cited in that Guardian story.

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  • Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves,

    I'm inclined to go with Paddy Gower's assessment: it has McCully's pawprints all over it. I would not be surprised if the timing was McCully's.

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  • Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves, in reply to Emma Hart,

    No, it’s not. Theoretically, sure, but when the guy is someone you know, someone inside your community? The first thing many people will do – “even” white middle-class well-educated people – is make excuses for him. Stress. Drink. Things she did.

    And that was why Davis putting the onus on men who commit the violence was so notable.

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  • Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves, in reply to SHG,

    Shane Jones was not and had never been an Electorate MP. A List MP is of no use to Dotcom.

    Yeah, we know that ...

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  • Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves, in reply to steven crawford,

    You might call me cynical for asking, but how does that add credibility to someone who wants to help run a country?

    A lot of people think it does. But Davis wasn't even saying that, he was responding to a question about the supposed common touch and whether he shared it with Jones.

    and It is a given that any sort of violence against women and children (or other people) is unacceptable within our community’s today. I would be more impressed with the guys stance, if he actually had a plan.

    Jesus, give the guy a break. He brought it up unprompted, spoke well and declared it a priority on his return to Parliament. I think that's pretty good going in his first interview.

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  • Hard News: Sorting out our thinking on drugs, in reply to debunk,

    I opine that “new” untested drug variants are coming into New Zealand – with unknown physiological effect.

    The thing is, no new variants have been permitted for sale since the Act came in. It specifically prevents them.

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  • Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves, in reply to The Ruminator,

    Shane Jones was the Internet Party’s mystery MP too.

    Wowzers. You know that for a fact?

    That would have been unbelievably weird.

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