Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I wrote that the police “should have had cause to fear [young women and girls] were being systematically sexually assaulted”. I think that’s fair. Regardless of what happened in each case, on the basis of what they knew, they should have had cause to fear that.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: After Kiwi, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Aren’t bFM and Radioactive those places?

    (I know bFM is technically “student radio” being liked to AUSA, right. But AFAIK Active doesn’t have any university links any more).

    I've puzzled over this for literally years, but I think there's virtue in letting the student stations operate in a looser, less professional environment.

    The first hint that Hugh Sundae had been appointed as new bFM station manager was his tweet on the day of the announcement:

    "Fucknuckles, cock and piss."

    Which is, of course an evocation of bFM's legendary BSA advisory. I think tasking the student stations with being official "youth radio" puts elements of their culture at risk. And yet, they provided Kiwi with its best talent, so there has to be a relationship.

    I'm actually working on a report related to these issues at the moment. The Kiwi FM news does make things interesting.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: After Kiwi, in reply to Ben Howe,

    Hey Russell, I just posted a bit of a rant on my facebook page about Kiwi FM closure –

    Thanks Ben -- I did see this on Facebook and wondered about incorporating it in the post, but I was running out of time to finish it. It makes a very interesting point.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: After Kiwi,

    New posts aren't showing up on the home page today, so this is just to get this one showing in PA System, y'all.

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement,

    Natalia Kills says what we all thought was the case: they were "encouraged to be outspoken and things got out of hand." Yeah, duh.

    Willy Moon tweets in similar vein.

    New judges. Possibly a bit desperate.

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  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care,

    Catriona Maclennansays that on her reading of of paras 80-90, the police didn't understand the law around consent, alcohol and sexual conduct with a person under 16.

    She also observes that the police decision not to lay charges was reviewed by the Auckland Crown Solicitor, and wonder what that says about the quality of advice.

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  • Capture: Aurora Australis, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I had the same feelings looking at Blair Parkes’ latest Beach Storm double exposures…

    We do need to organise a Capture post from that man.

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to linger,

    Wouldn’t provision of a dedicated YouTube channel (or parallel public-access portal) address both concerns at practically zero cost?

    There's still a massive gulf between broadcast and online audiences. Anyway, gotta go, but I'll carry on this korero this afternoon :-)

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to fraser munro,

    just for the record – despite my criticism, it would be a bit unfair to not recognise that allocating limited funding across a wide pool of applicants – and taking into account some of the more opaque factors – must be a bugger of a job

    It really must, especially given that the budget has been frozen in cash terms since National took government in 2008.

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  • Capture: Aurora Australis,

    I'm kind of speechless looking at these pictures. Emotional, even. Thank you, guys.

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