Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Curse of…,

    Apparently there were five attempts to record 'Oncoming Day'. It says here ...

    This is the first of five separate attempts to record the song "Oncoming Day", the fifth and final version being released on the Submarine Bells album in 1990. This particular version was recorded and filmed at South Dunedin's Mayfair Theater circa October 1982 by cameraman Peter Janes. At the same time, they also recorded and filmed a version of the song "Dolphins" (an alternate live recording of which finally appeared on Disk One of the Secret Box compilation in 2000), however the said film has never been screened and still resides in the T.V.N.Z. vaults. The second version of Oncoming Day was recorded in March 1985, this particular version was scrapped and is available on Disk Two of Secret Box. The third version was recorded during the "I Love My Leather Jacket" sessions at Point Studios, London in December 1985 (with a different drummer other that Alan Haig to tackle the difficult drum beat), and the fourth was recorded during the June - July 1987 "Brave Words" album sessions, again recorded at Point Studios in London. Like the December 1985 version, this version was scrapped too.

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  • Hard News: The war is still with us,

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    I do like the Daily Rupert …

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  • Hard News: The war is still with us,

    PS: I’ve copy-pasted the quoted passages straight out of the original posts, hyperlinks and all, and many of those links are now dead. I guess there’s a lesson there about the nature of internet permanence. Everything is somewhere, but it might not be where you left it.

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  • Hard News: Drug Intelligence,

    A little more on MDMA's safety, from MAPS:

    MDMA is not the same as "Ecstasy" or "molly." Substances sold on the street under these names may contain MDMA, but frequently also contain unknown and/or dangerous adulterants. In laboratory studies, pure MDMA has been proven sufficiently safe for human consumption when taken a limited number of times in moderate doses.

    I guess the question is how you regulate for "a limited number of times" in the field. Does everyone get a limited number of Best Nights Ever?

    I think it can pretty persuasively be argued that regulation of dosages would significantly decrease harm though, especially in Europe, where pills can currently (and unexpectedly) be crazy-strong. It'd still be hard to stop some people necking five of them, but it would be five of a known quantity.

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  • Hard News: Drug Intelligence, in reply to steven crawford,

    All good questions. It's hard to conceive of LSD being sold without some duty of care in the bargain.

    Of course, what can definitively be said is that LSD is much safer than the NBOMe drugs being sold as "LSD" at the moment.

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  • Hard News: Drug Intelligence, in reply to Shane Le Brun,

    So what MoDA regulated products would pass the low risk test, MDMA? Cannabis? shrooms? BZP?

    Cannabis would be the obvious one and the Act provides a decent structure for its regulated sale– but it could fall foul of the "low risk of harm" test as a smokeable product.

    There's a fair bit of evidence that could be ranged as to MDMA's harms. But it's less harmful than any of the analogues or substitutes that moved into the market when its supply was constrained by the drug control system. It's quite the philosophical problem.

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  • Hard News: Drug Intelligence, in reply to Thomas Lumley,

    Acetone isn’t especially toxic

    Wellllll ... drinking a half a glass if it will probably kill you.

    and it’s extremely volatile, so if the leaves aren’t actually damp there’s probably no more than a trace present. And it’s extremely flammable, so it will go up in the smoke.

    Also, I’m pretty sure that acetone has always been one of the solvents of choice for synthetic cannabis even back in the days when it was the less-nasty JWH series of compounds being used.

    Yeah, good point.

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  • Capture: Garden of Arcane Delights,

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    A winter sunset from Westmere yesterday. I missed the big fiery orb by about 120 seconds, but it’s still pretty nice.

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  • Hard News: Back in Christchurch, in reply to Sacha,

    Word returns

    Yep! I had a little meeting with Rachael King while I was there. Totally amped for that weekend.

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  • Hard News: Back in Christchurch, in reply to Jeanette King,

    Kia ora, Jeanette.

    So, this is a Pollyanna post – and not to brush over all the pain that has happened and continues. Nevertheless, I feel that I’m getting to live in a new city without having moved.

    That's a very valid point. There is something exciting about the rebuild. It's just a shame central government has let the city down so badly.

    Just to add: we couldn’t have survived without the gap filler art and events – the sudden serendipity and joy that brought/brings was what we needed. Never let anyone say that the arts aren’t essential.

    Tautoko that! I really felt good about the art gallery being back in business too.

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