Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I have to say I really enjoyed all 3 new 'classical' pieces on offer at the APRA Silver Scrolls - and the version of 'Rain Phase' played live.

    Watched that again last night – it was indeed very cool. As is Julia Deans.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: After the…, in reply to Sacha,

    RNZ is now the actual real live “radio with pictures”.

    great people, great leadership

    I've just started a project with RNZ (news of which presently) and I'm so impressed. Positive, helpful, pursuing high standards.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: After the…,

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    Oh – and this!

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  • Speaker: The stark reality: New Zealand…,

    Got this by email:

    I have worked as a nurse in Mental health services since 2009. They have never had enough nursing staff, not to mention psychologists etc. They continue to rely on overtime (nursing staff working 50+ hours per week), and appear reluctant to employ new staff despite growing vacancies and expensive of overtime.

    The initiative to reduce seclusion numbers (which actually relied on increased staffing to actually work) meant a huge increase in assaults on staff members and subsequent burnout. Staff are becoming more inexperienced and the older, more experienced staff are being managed out due to the challenges they pose to management. In my past experience there is a lot of bullying from Charge Nurses to staff nurses and the expectation to "harden up". This is often reflected in our rostering systems which is not conducive to healthy lifestyles.

    I have personally used mental health services, in 2001 and more recently in 2014. The difference in 13 years is incredible. It is impossible to get an appointment with the MH community services and they seem unable to respond to a crisis appropriately.

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  • Up Front: I Never Been ta Borstal,

    It's unfortunate, but interesting, that the thread jumped straight to female-on-male violence, which is not irrelevant but also not what Steven's post is about.

    Kicking myself a bit for not making that clearer at the top of the discussion, sorry.

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  • Speaker: The stark reality: New Zealand…, in reply to Kyle MacDonald,

    Here’s the Newshub story on Capri’s closure (they stopped taking inpatients two weeks ago).

    It’s hard to believe Capri even kept operating after this 2003 story:

    Revelations that a South Auckland pokie bar owner is also the director of a clinic offering gambling rehabilitation services reinforce the need to toughen up gaming laws, Green MP Sue Bradford says.

    Ms Bradford said Guy Leonard Smith, owner of Pokies Bar in Otahuhu, was operating a “gambling one-stop shop” by also providing gambling addiction rehabilitation services and a finance company.

    Mr Smith is the registered director of Capri Health Services, , describing itself as a private clinic “offering gambling rehabilitation services for $5000”, and Custom Credit Finance, which offers loans from an office next door to Pokies Bar.

    “It’s just the most astonishing integration of businesses, all making money out of gambling,” Ms Bradford said.

    In 2008 co-founder Tom Claunch admitted to being in a relationship with an outpatient client. He stepped down as director of rehab but remained a director of the clinic. So yeah, there were problems with that place for a long time.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to BenWilson,

    Watching the YouTube stream and wondering what that chat window really adds…a scrolling window of abuse, basically.

    I watched the WaPo's YouTube stream. Straight up, no chat window. It was blissful.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    PPP’s post-debate phone poll has wide margins for Clinton among women, non-whites, young people, etc.

    But white people thought Trump won 47-45. Factor in the wide margin among women in general and we come back to the stuff upthread about white men really, really hating Hillary Clinton.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Well, that was weird but oddly watchable.

    Trump was incoherent at times and actually lied even more than I thought he would – and doubled down on easily debunked lies.

    Maybe that won't hurt him with his voters. But it may be that the thing that does is the truth he inadvertently blurted out: he basically admitted he doesn't pay (and possibly has never paid, depending on how you parse it) Federal income tax: "That's because I'm smart."

    Holy shit.

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  • Access: A different and interesting brain, in reply to Chelle Hope,

    In places quite new to me, even if I’ve been before, I rely entirely on GPS. Every time I leave a place, including where I’m staying, it looks like a completely new place I’ve never been, to me. I don’t recognise it.

    That mental-map thing resonated with me. If I’m driving from point to point in Auckland I almost always visualise the most efficient route as I’m starting out. It would be hard to drive here without that.

    Oddly enough, I’m less good at actually reading maps.

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