Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Standing together, in reply to Ewan Morris,

    The question I’d like someone in the media to ask is why the Kohanga Reo National Trust even has a commercial subsidiary company.

    It's not entirely unusual to have a wholly-owned delivery arm. But if you were a government agency it would be considered a controlled entity and be subject to much greater accountability. The other question is why TPO has charitable status if it's a commercial provider.

    (Incidentally, it’s called Te Pataka Ohanga – not Patanga.)

    Bugger, and right you are. I should have known that as I've written it previously, but a Radio NZ story and a TV3 story both had “Patanga”.

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

    consuming psychotropic drugs in a social environment enhances effects

    I can personally vouch for this.

    they run around more and can get so overactive they die. Party drug effect?

    In the case of MDMA, the primary cause of death is heatstroke, followed by water intoxication (both of which should be preventable) and the others a long way behind. Its annual deaths per user are about 25 times lower than alcohol and it's actually years since there was an Ecstasy death in New Zealand. Unfortunately, we're seeing some significant harms from other chemicals which have replaced MDMA in the market since MDMA got harder to manufacture.

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  • Hard News: Standing together, in reply to TracyMac,

    I have to agree that the ins and outs of which lawyer and/or firm drafted the letter is a distraction from the issue.

    It is, except to the extent that getting a nastygram from Chen Palmer is more alarming than getting one from some local solicitor. It speaks of money.

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

    And an unimpressive contribution from the NZ Drug Foundation on the STUFF site!

    Why don't you look it up on their website? The NZ Drug Foundation is an internationally-respected, publicly-funded charitable organisation focused on reducing the harms from drug use.

    Behavioural research of psychoactive drugs goes back quite a long time, tho folk seem to think it’s all new. Sorry Russell, again, but I think the Listener editorial is quite useful.

    No, it's not, it's nonsense. It's a mess of demonstrably false claims (starting with the first sentence) and weird leaps of logic. Whoever wrote it doesn't seem to have a clue about what the Act actually does.

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  • Hard News: Standing together, in reply to Steve Curtis,

    Any way, why does a stern letter have to be seen as bullying ?. Would it not be a lapse to NOT point out the full implications of a transgression. And it seems that the changes made to the web site have resolved the matter, that would appear all that was really required.

    No, it’s bullying. Alleging defamation in a bid to have criticism suppressed is bullying. The actual content of the statements hasn’t been changed and TKRNT hasn’t (so far as I know) attempted to sue the kohanga collective. The factual claims seem accurate – you can see TPO’s related-party loan balances on the Charities Commission website.

    And again, when Native Affairs tried to report the story, rather than responding to the concerns, the trust got an injunction to stop them going to air. (This actually backfired hugely, because people associated with the trust had to swear revealing affidavits that the judge ruled could be used by Native Affairs in its reports.)

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…,

    Well, The Listener has weighed in on the issue with an editorial that could hardly be more wrong or less logical.

    Edit: Oops, snap!

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  • Access: What disability is, in reply to Angus Blair,

    The view that it’s deficits in our built digital and physical environments that causes disability not an individuals impairments is an important one that more people need to understand.

    That’s been very important for me in understanding where my sons are at. They’re not broken, they’re just living in a world that doesn’t work like they do.

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  • Access: What disability is,

    Kia ora, Sacha, and congratulations for kicking off Access, Public Address's new disability blog.

    Access is conceived as a place to speak about disability issues with a receptive mainstream audience. Public Address readers (and bloggers) have shared their experiences of disability many times over the years and I felt there should be a dedicated place for that on the site.

    As you can see from Sacha's post, we're deliberately starting with the basics, from "What disability is" on up to philosophical and political issues and the sharing of personal experiences, which is at the heart of what the Public Address community is about.

    Later this week, we'll have a post from Chelle Hope (who some of you will know as Michelle Walmsley) on her experience with the internet as a woman living with disability.

    I'm also pleased to say we'll have contributions from Jonathan Mosen and Hilary Stace and I'm talking to a couple more writers. I'll also chip in occasionally from a parental perspective.

    Some of you will know that Hilary and I have been writing for humans.org.nz, a blog specifically about autism. Humans has fallen into some disrepair in recent years, and I don't have the resources to upgrade and maintain a site on a separate platform, so we'll merge Humans into Access and I'll work out how best to migrate the existing Humans archive over here.

    I'm launching the blog with an empty "Links" column, and you are all invited to suggest good sites with which to populate that part of the page.

    Those of you new to contributing here will find some basic wiki-code displayed under the commenting box which lets you format text and create links (we don't allow full HTML for safety reasons). If you want to correct something you've written, there's a 10-minute edit window for you to do so, otherwise you'll need to ask a moderator (ie: me). For the time being, the email link under posts will go through to me.

    We also have some special features:

    - If you want to quote someone else's words in responding to them, just select the text and click "reply" and the comment box will be populated with that text inside quote tags.

    - You can upload an image to appear with your comment by clicking the "Choose file" button.

    - If you want to embed a video clip from YouTube or Vimeo, just paste in the URL of the clip (NOT the full embed code) and it will automagically embed.

    Righto, thanks. Let's do this thing.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: True love works…, in reply to TracyMac,

    Love Jordan Reyne’s voice, since she featured on that album by Baitercell and Schumacher. Glad to hear some new sounds

    We use the word "indie" a lot. I think Jordan is truly independent.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Godfather…, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Talking of Frankie, reasonably pleased with this ( and far too many other 12” singles) today at Disk Union in Shibuya.

    Fuck! That's more that reasonably pleasing ...

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