Interesting comment in this interview with a Kiwi paramedic on Afternoons with Jim Mora (getting very good these days). He talks about the affects on his working life once party pills started getting banned and our yoof started returning to alcohol again - not so good...http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20121203-1508-priority_one_the_life_and_times_of_a_kiwi_paramedic-00.ogg
Would it be possible, one day, to have a proper discussion around the societal approach to drugs without an automatic default to prohibition from Those In Charge...
Gangnam Style. No question, sexy Lady.
One more post, Sacha and it tips to 14,000 (My God, where do you find the time?) :)
'Great' intelligent debate...damn autocorrect
Nov 2006. Yus!
It's a great community of which to be a part. Goof intelligent debate and discussion around topics that are important. Great work, Russell - something you can be immensely proud of.
perhaps a time to flog my facebook page - Bring Back the Daily News with Jon Stewart to Free to Air Television.
Might need help on that title.
Joss Whedon remains one of my heroes…
on another issue…
Re the debacle with PSA and the resulting story – surely there’s a story on Govt. Depts’ media management which seems to be predicated on obfuscation and denial until caught out that would be perfect for Media3?
Last week I brought to light a fairly major screw up with the old Dept of Building and Housing over Licensed Builders. Their initial reaction to my first enquiry was to ignore it. After John Gray, from the Homeowners and Buyers Assoc went direct to the top, an answer came which completely sidestepped the issues I raised.
After going to Radio NZ on Thursday afternoon and being interviewed on the Panel, the DBH spokesperson then came on the next day, said I was completely overstating the case and then proceeded to once more gloss over the issues. However, some digging by Cushla Manning at RNZ news finally got them to admit that there were, in fact, issues with the scheme.
This seems to be a part of active management of media by Govt, Depts in trying to hide issues – witness the red herrings brought up at MSD around hackers after Keith’s uncovering of the fiasco and Auckland Harbour co and MSD release of personal information around the protesters against their actions.
This goes back to when I had my radio show and trying to pin down Ministers and assorted Govt dept types was terrible, through to refusals by Govt Ministers to appear on Radio NZ…etc…
People should be held to account for their actions and decisions and it's getting harder...
Thank you @dubdotdash. Love your work.
I'm STILL waiting to see what firm numbers there are on who is "ripping off" the welfare system. There is much talk around targeting those who breed on the system and use social welfare as their lifestyle choice but no-one, ever, to my knowledge has ever quantified just how many there are.