Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    An interesting piece in today's Weakend (sic) Herald ' Counter-culture' BDO a triumph of capitalism (C2). Some of the points it makes are blindingly self-evident (eg 'alternative' is just another genre or marketing slot) but it is interesting that these view are expressed by a marketing type.
    Apparently we may well be 'followers of Russell Brown rather than Russell Crowe'. Where you may go, we will follow...

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  • Hard News: Holiday Musings,

    Its idealised society are a monoracial group with no minorities

    ...and their bluish appearance indicates their political persuasion? ;)

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  • Speaker: Towards a realistic drug policy,

    Since you are supporting the restriction of personal liberty, shouldn't that be based on rigorous science?

    Eh??? I was just making on observation, based on 18 years of teaching a myriad of university courses. Science, shmience!

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  • Speaker: Towards a realistic drug policy,

    Well tonight 3 news says watching more than 1 hour Tv increases the chance of heart disease by 46%. Yep it's true.Woah, scary stuff. Impending doom. Cheers.

    Oh, I missed that. Must watch more TV.

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  • Speaker: Towards a realistic drug policy,

    the former Seattle Police Chief, Norm Stamper.

    Where do they get these names (let's go out and stamp on some norms!)??

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    Thanks, Sasha.

    Whilst we are talking of untimely deaths, the great French filmmaker Eric Rohmer has died, aged 89.

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  • Speaker: Towards a realistic drug policy,

    Geoff, how do you know which of your students smoke?

    Through completely unscientific methods, based on dealing with 300-400 students a year. You get essays submitted ripe with the smell of smoke, students construct arguments for decriminalisation (usually around not-well-constructed analyses of media coverage), and general demanour. This is not to say that drink culture (and P) can be just as much a problem.

    As for 'it is my body and I can do what I want with it', that is the usual odious libertarian argument. Such folk can do what they want--ingest cyanide for all I care (indeed, I wish some libertarians would)--but I don't want such values (a moral vacuum?)) imposed on my world.

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    See: Pretty Things in Listener

    I was at the New Plymouth concert where the band was lurching around the stage, waving blazing newspapers. They could have burnt down the entire CBD of New Plymouth but at that stage of my life, I wouldn't have cared. In wake of this concert, Truth mounted a campaign to hound them out of NZ.

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  • Speaker: Towards a realistic drug policy,

    Fair points, Stephen.

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