Posts by steven crawford

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  • Access: The Meltdown, in reply to Sacha,

    Meltdowns, I've had a few over the decades. For me it's usually when other people's behaviour gets outside what feels reasonably predictable (and therefore safe), or when something seems fundamentally unjust and a bit too close.

    Passive-aggressive arguing styles set me off, I've noticed. Getting better at walking away. It actually feels quite like being a kid again, overwhelmed by rage and confusion. I'm not the freezing-up type it seems. Thanks for the post, Russell.

    I can relate to that. Social anxiety is how I name it.

    I appreciate what you said there Sacha.

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  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…,

    When I started describing my over use of alcohol as a disease rather than a problem, I stopped drinking alcohol. In hindsight I see it a bit differently.

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  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Why are we worried about policing food?

    I'm no more interested in policing food as recreational drugs. My interest is regulating the ways people market these things.

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  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Sacha,

    If a substance is harmful, why not ban it rather than taxing it? Sugary drinks have zero nutritional benefit and many proven harms.

    Would short term energy rate as nutrients like a shot of morphine offers temporary emotional resilience – as a glass of wine helps people to be socially fluid?

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  • Speaker: Banning begging will be about…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    There is a mental health foundation drop in centre in Phillipstown, and a youth drop in centre – but they’re not quite the same set up.

    That’s it, it’s the segregation problem. What made Vincent’s work was that it’s a community drop in and hang out place. I remember one day in the mid 199os when Martan was running some weather boards thru the table saw, someone in the other room was making screeching noises to possibly reduce anxiety. The trick with these places is to have good staff who creat an atmosphere of shared ownership. That shared ownership is why I was there with a sense of responsibility to care.

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  • Speaker: Banning begging will be about…,

    But give the central city rough community a hub, a marae-style centre where anyone can go to learn artisan skills such as knitting, weaving, pottery and music. Second, find a vacant warehouse and enlist some of our skilled graduates as mentors, tutors and admin.

    There is a place in Wellington Vincent's art workshop, that started up after the Mason reports Impact on mental health institutions and the subsequent increase of people recovering from mental illness living in the community. The art workshop is a shadow of it former self now. It's probably because it's premise is smaller and it's no longer on a ground floor. What makes it awesome is that everyone goes there. It's a place that homeless people can drink cups of tea with art students.

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  • Speaker: The real problem with the ‘Kiwimeter’,

    Great barrier island is in central Auckland.

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  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…,

    Many (new citizens, MPs, police officers, military personnel, judges … and in theory teachers) are required to swear allegiance to a protestant monarch and his/her heirs and successors (presumably for eternity – even if they turn out to be frightful fascists)

    Good point and a reminder that changing the flag design is as meaningful as re-wallpapering the house. The red ensign is not up for change. Our naval forces will still fly the Union Jack. Everything the old flag stands for remains regardless of if we adopt the dicky new domestic flag or not.

    We are being played as suckers. We are being offered a Clayton’s democratic choice.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3407 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    The “designer approved” thing bugs me. Basically, a flag is Art. There is a small aspect of the choice which is objective: can it be identified from a distance? how many pixels are needed to make it distinguishable? but beyond that, it’s all subjective.

    The question “is this flag any good” falls into the same domain as “is cubism/dubstep/conceptual art” any good – it’s a matter of personal opinion and fashion.

    It's more on the design end of the spectrum than art. Would you say that typography is art ?

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  • Speaker: A Better Man,

    I listened to Ritchie Maccaw being interviewed on RNZ. I've never listened to him being interview at lenth, so I have to say, it came as a suprize to here how inarticulate he really is .

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