Posts by Craig Young

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  • Hard News: How a thing happens,

    Arrgh! Has anyone read Matt McCarten's latest inept defence of the Dismal Duo's Radio Live brainmelt in the Herald?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 395 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Bring on the Revival, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Most comics are of a far higher literary standard than the 'average' (sic) issue of Investigrunt, though, Geoff. And far more readable!

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  • Hard News: Bring on the Revival,

    Meanwhile, on the drek side of the Web, Investigrunt and Ian Wishart are bleating that they may have to go completely online*. They style themselves as a 'successful' magazine. I'd love to know how, as they never seem to release details about little things like (i) their ownership (ii) chief shareholders (iii) or even independently verifiable circulation figures...

    *Excellent. Now I won't lose my lunch whenever I involuntarily encounter "it" in my local library.

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  • Hard News: How a thing happens,

    Has anyone noticed TV3's Think Tank programme, hosted by Tamihere, also seems to have vanished from its Saturday lineup? One wonders if this is mere coincidence, or...?

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  • Hard News: How a thing happens, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    Matthew, may I congratulate you for your resolute stance on walking out on those two characters when they crossed the line? Well done, that man! :)

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  • Hard News: How do you sleep?,

    Try to avoid benzodiazepines, they're addictive.

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  • Hard News: How a thing happens,

    I wish MediaWorks would divest itself of Radio Live. Granted, it's nowhere near as bad as the late unlamented Radio Pacific, and I'm just grateful that I can't get the apparently loathsome Leighton Smith down here in Wellington. As for the dumping of Tamihere and Jackson, they deserved this. Tamihere's loyalty to his brother David is commendable if one considers it as whanau solidarity, but he allowed it to warp and distort his perceptions of feminism and deal with women as social and moral equals. As for Jackson, the man is politically clueless. One Maori female friend to me described Jackson as "Maoridom's answer to your Chris Trotter fella."

    One hopes this dumping is permanent and not temporary. US style far right talkback demagoguery has no place in mainstream New Zealand politics or society. Especially not when it comes to concerns like those over sexual violation.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real, in reply to Simon Wood,

    Which is basically what I said- pharmacogenetics.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Although actually, the scientific evidence for medicinal cannabis derivative efficacy is quite robust. Given that it can be used to provide beneficial effects for PLWHAs, I support its decriminalisation on that basis. Got to say, again, though, I think we might end up getting euthanasia law reform before any relaxation of pot laws.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But are the (NZ) pot lobby *organised* enough to hold a referendum on the issue? Added to which, how many such referenda fail because antidrug populist groups have stronger community and legislative relationships than their pro-reform counterparts? I know that there have been several successful US medical cannabis decriminalisation referenda, but as a gay man, I get itchy thinking about binding referenda, due to their abuse against marriage equality in the United States as well.

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