Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    If councils are so worried about it, why don't they open their own outlet to sell it responsibly...

    It'd be great if they put their money where their mouth is, it should definitely make them see the gaps in their thinking around the duty of care...

    Or even run it like the Methadone programme and the 'drugs' have to be consumed on the premises...

    Y'know. engage rather than alienate...

    PS:

    Groups of young men have been using the garden behind a Nelson church as a hideaway to drink alcohol and smoke legal highs.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6798 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    threadjerk...

    ...a sewing machine repair business...

    Perfect for a Needle Exchange perhaps?

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6798 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    Future schlock...
    Have we stopped evolving?

    whatever happened to adaptability?

    Truth is the planet is always changing ,
    the moon is moving away incrementally,
    (half a metre in my lifetime),
    tides will change, wind flows will change,
    everything will (must) change
    - this is the King Canute moment
    that everyone in power is ignoring

    'Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws.'

    - they just cannot parse the truth of their powerlessness,
    even when their faces are rubbed in it...
    I'd vote for him...

    The only people to have successfully lived with their changing land are the Aborigines of Australia, until 'Whitey' showed them the error of their ways...
    Hah!

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…,

    the agonist and the ecstasy...
    Listening to Dunne on Nine to Noon this morning, I was depressed to hear him attempt to put the blame on local councils for not picking up the slack he has created...
    He shows precious little responsibility!

    Further to the Jesse Murray story, the Press reports today that

    A 17-year-old synthetic cannabis addict is seeking help after being threatened for speaking out about the dangers of the drug.

    The responsible adults ostensibly in charge should be doing more work on the social causes of the need to self medicate, meanwhile they seem to be ignoring the symptoms as well...

    Recently I had a chance to look at one of those synthetic product bags, it seemed to be full of twigs and sticks as well as some kind of leafy material, is this so it emulates the classic 'baggie'?
    Surely smoking wood can't be good for humans - do the manufacturers have anything to say about that?

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    and then there is this...

    Z Energy says petrol consumption is falling in relation
    to increasing availability of broadband.

    If only they'd Skype those culturally and environmentally wasteful G7 through 20 meetings...

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  • Up Front: Floodland, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    We may need to re-think some parts the city.

    The creeks near us (Dudley and others) are already over their banks today, and that's just steady rain, nothing torrential... it won't take much more to go wide.

    Why they don't see this coming is beyond me, the vast alluvial Canterbury Plains were laid down by the ongoing coast building processes (braided rivers ) once you stop that happening in an area (ie a built environment/city) it must compact, and then subtract silt and 'liquefacted' solids in suspension, voila further slumping, before ya know the whole city is in a hole!
    (which explains why archaeology always requires digging...)

    Back in the '90s I laid out a series of secondary school text books on Natural Hazards in New Zealand (for Action Publications) - they clearly listed Canterbury as a very high earthquake risk and laid out the inevitable flood problems - I assume someone up the foodchain put it all in the 'too hard' or 'someone else's problem' basket!

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  • Capture: Sculpture Vulture, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Or Jake the Peg dolls?

    Yes! By that famous ocker mocker – rofl harris maybe

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Cartesian unwell...

    I have no idea what the outcome of the supposed plot is meant to be

    I suspect 'deniers' biggest fear is loss of control, well, the illusion of control, mired in anthropocentrism as they are...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Godfather…,

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    Band saw...
    ...another flashback (from 34 years ago) , I'd forgotten Toy Love played here, until I saw it again on friday - The Esplanade (St Kilda) hasn't changed a jot since 1980!
    Shihad were playing next week ...

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  • Capture: Getting closer,

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    leaf me alone...
    Autumn, St Kilda
    - heading off to a barbie?

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