Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way, in reply to mark taslov,

    promoted as a leading figurehead of the marches

    To be honest, this is the first time I recall seeing her name mentioned in connection with them.

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  • Hard News: Taxpayers' Union: still…, in reply to hamishm,

    Waiting for their first “James O’Keefe” moment.

    I'm sure they'd love that. It's pretty much what they masturbate about at night.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

    What can we do?

    I keep meaning to do what I usually try and do – write about it in a way that might be useful to other people – but it’s surprisingly difficult.

    There’s just too much data. Every day, some fresh absurdity, some new outrage. How do you finish a thought? Where is there a pause for breath? When does the grim humour wear out?

    I think I might have a hook with this New Yorker story on the Conservative “intellectuals” furiously backfilling some sort of theory into Trumpism.

    Their theory is wholly unconvincing and ultimately adds up to a lot of culturally insecure white people trying to hold on to their societal privilege, but it’s something to go on. And look, there, I wrote some sentences. Thanks Emma!

    PS: Will also go to the local march and remind others about them.

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  • Hard News: Taxpayers' Union: still…,

    So, today the TU was out doing vox-pops in Wellington.

    I'm told that they were telling people that the NZ government was giving money "to Bill Clinton", then saying:

    "We dont think the government should be giving that amount of money to a politician. We think there are better uses. What do you think?"

    They appear to be without shame.

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  • Hard News: Is the Ministry of Health…, in reply to Ross Bell,

    There's a funny story about a new minister attending an EACD meeting when the scientists were keen to decrease the classification of LSD.... needless to say, officials ensured that never became official advice.

    "And that, boys and girls, is how the system encourages the use of the demonstrably far more dangerous 25i-NBOMe in the place of LSD. Yes, grown-ups can be very silly sometimes, can't they?"

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  • Hard News: Is the Ministry of Health…,

    Slight correction: the FSANZ “final assessment” quoted above isn’t the last word.

    The current state of play is outlined here. Ministers asked FSANZ to report on issues with marketing and whether it could cause problems with roadside drug testing. They’ll consider that at a meeting in April.

    The authority notes that:

    Ministers were concerned that the availability of hemp seed foods may send a confused message to consumers about the acceptability and safety of illicit cannabis and pose problems for drug enforcement agencies.

    The second “concern” there (false positives in testing) is a complete non-issue as far as I can tell – and the first is just stupid. Never mind the actual science or our trade obligations: what about the “message”?

    Message to who, exactly? The only people who ever say this are politicians.

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  • Hard News: Is the Ministry of Health…, in reply to Ross Bell,

    A good reason why govt officials should not sit on the EACD, as per recommendation of the Law Commission - they're too focused on the politics not the science.

    Which I guess was also the case regarding the EACD's advice to Pharmac that Sativex was "desirable and divertible" and thus ought not be funded. Advice that was very much out of step with similar bodies overseas.

    The MoH submission to the April meeting also advised that CBD could be converted to THC by boiling it in hydrochloric acid. And then admitted that no one ever, anywhere had done this.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music! Theo Parrish:…, in reply to Tom Beard,

    Thank you for the report. And I like Eno's river analogy.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music! Theo Parrish:…, in reply to Jumma,

    there’s nothing but beaming smiles from the man himself and everyone in the crowd.

    LOL.

    Except me. I'm in one pic with a massive, almost theatrical, frown on my face! Lord knows what was going on there.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music! Theo Parrish:…, in reply to Jumma,

    Woah – missed the John Morales bit at the bottom. My favourite show of last year by a long shot. Excellent!

    It's just such lovely music.

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