Posts by Ian Dalziel

  • Capture: Getting closer, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    The wee one has expensive taste in cars…

    …needs to work on her parking, though…
    ;- )

    (you may have refreshed the page before upload finished)

    [edit} hallo, hallo, I seem to be lost in the Edit Zone...

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

    if the Tiwai Point smelter doesn’t survive the next electoral term

    Rio Tinto have just won the 2013 Roger Award...

    It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”. So, 2013 saw more of the same from the biggest recipient of corporate welfare – the Bluff smelter is the biggest bludger in the country. The 2011 Roger Award Judges’ Report concluded that the company has a 50 year history of “suborning, blackmailing and conning successive New Zealand governments into paying massive subsidies on the smelter’s electricity; dodging tax, and running a brilliantly effective PR machine to present a friendly, socially responsible and thoroughly greenwashed face to the media and the public”. The 2012 Judges’ Report is more succinct: “…it has us by the balls and has continued to squeeze ever since. It is corporate welfarism, but somehow doesn’t attract the same vindictiveness as the sickness beneficiary”.’s the concluding paragraph from the 2013 Judges’ Report, incorporating the Financial Analysis: “Cheap electricity, research and development grants, ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) profiteering, a $30 million cash gift from the Prime Minister on behalf of the long-suffering New Zealand public, apparently very little income tax actually paid, especially since the restructuring, and now Rio Tinto is leaving it to the Government to clean up the mess the smelter will leave behind. The Roger Award is in deserving hands”.

    and as an aside to the 'Smokefree Coalition' - I'll hopefully assume they are being 'arch' when they spit the dummy in their Press Release that Imperial Tobacco didn't win the Roger Award for 2013 - but they might have mentioned who did win, just to keep the message going, after all Imperial Tobacco's nomination ensured they were in the public eye as a transnational transgressor - when action groups don't support each other big business wins!

    criss cross...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

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

    I presume the labelling requirement still applies.

    Probably full descriptive labelling is only for 'Food' and washing, ironing and country of origin...

    Food standards labelling guide

    there are regulations for medicines / drugs and therapeutic products
    - requiring clinical tests before release
    ( google NZ drug labelling laws - mostly PDFs rather than pages)
    but are synthetics sold as either?

    the EPA says...

    Labelling requirements for hazardous substances can be met by complying with any of the following:
    -the Hazardous Substances Regulations;
    -Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) requirements; and
    -Approved Codes of Practice.

    and from the linked PDF guide at that site:

    As the GHS precautionary statements have not yet been fully harmonised they may be subject to further development. Any such changes will be reflected in future updates of this document

    ...and if 'synthetic psychoactives' are not called a 'Hazardous Substance' yet, well, the merry-go-round continues blithely on.... playing its 'unharmonised' tune - one day they may all be 'on song', meanwhile some 'choirs' may hit bum notes...

    and the EPA probably needs to get involved, as from my reading, quite alot of the substances involved also pass through the user and into the environment (water mostly) - much like the rising levels of viagra and other prescribed pharmaceuticals turning our waterways and oceans into a cocktail of chemicals - who knows what reactions may take place, or new life evolve from the 'high panaceas'...


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

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

    Unfortunately i am in Auckland

    I’ve heard of it...
    their stuttery old slogan says it all
    "Auckland – the city of suss ales"

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

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

    naphthoylindole bludgers…

    …they’re analgesics.

    that may well explain the stomach problems and vomiting reported with over-use –

    …apparently Aspirin (at least), and similar analgesics, are connected to stripping the intestine and stomach lining of mucus, they inhibit the enzymes responsible for prostaglandin synthesis, stopping the pain signal even starting, but prostaglandins are responsible for making the mucus for the intestines and stomach lining… which then lets the corrosive gastric juices and enzymes attack the tiny folds and forests of microvilli of the stomach lining creating ulcers…
    …but no pain signal gets through – well you can see how that will end.*

    I think there can also be related liver and kidney damage by similar processes…

    This abstract on K2 was interesting (insomuch as I could understand it) :

    In this work, we have identified, for the first time, specific human UGTs capable of processing hydroxylated derivatives of JWH-018 and JWH-073. It is evident from this work that several human tissues, including liver, intestine, brain, and lung, could be involved in the biotransformation of these compounds. Moreover, this information will lead to a better understanding of potential adverse drug reactions related to enzyme polymorphisms and drug-drug interactions. It is anticipated that these data may prompt other investigators to consider the importance of human UGTs in the metabolism and clearance of these compounds, especially the role of not only hepatic and intestinal biotransformation but also conjugation in the brain and lungs. The identification of relatively high activity of two human brain UGT isoforms, 1A3 and 2B7, is also of special interest because they may be able to control the concentrations of those compounds available for binding to the cannabinoid receptors located in this tissue.

    [Edit]: added links that may be of interest:


    *(That’s how my Dad died – the hospital pumped him full of aspirin and didn’t monitor his pre-existing stomach ulcers, bastards, long story…)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to BenWilson,

    eclectic motors...

    That’s a truck, not a car!

    Sorry, point taken, but I just thought 'car' derived from carriage...

    Meanwhile back on Orwell's Automotive farm,
    the thinking is "four wheels good..."

    :- )

    Crappy day here, flooding again in Flockton Lagoon and Heathcote
    - Hope Hebe and family (and others) are okay.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Getting closer, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    this'll help...

    ...the thistle seems to have some kind of web-like stuff around it catching them.

    The Scotch are notoriously tight...
    :- )

    But seriously, the web-stuff seems to be part of the process, here is the portal to the full story...

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to BenWilson,

    (re: electric cars) ….the current novelty of the vehicle

    they’re old hat in Chchch… The Walker Electric Truck, 1918

    There are many debates in the 21st century about the viability of electric vehicles, but in the early part of the twentieth century they were a common sight on Christchurch streets.
    One of the most prized examples of motoring heritage in New Zealand, the Walker half-ton electric truck is still in the ownership of the Christchurch Electricity Network Company, now called Orion NZ.

    Hat tip to Paul Kean and Joe Wylie for pointing me there

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    “we have found that the winter air temperature in Indianapolis, Indiana, is well correlated with the frequency of noctilucent clouds over Antarctica.”

    The Guardian reports on similar findings…

    China’s air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America, according to scientists in the US. A team from Texas, California and Washington state has found that pollution from Asia, much of it arising in China, is leading to more intense cyclones, increased precipitation and more warm air in the mid-Pacific moving towards the north pole.

    One effect, the study says, is an “intensification of the Pacific storm track”, a narrow zone over the ocean where some storms that pass over the US begin to gather.
    “Mid-latitude storms develop off Asia and they track across the Pacific, coming in to the west coast of the US,” said Ellie Highwood, a climate physicist at the University of Reading. “The particles in this model are affecting how strong those storms are, how dense the clouds are, and how much rainfall comes out of those storms."

    …and we seem to be getting more of these storms here, perhaps they are pushed down here by the larger ones crossing the pacific – patterns and presentations are changing….

    This might be a very good long lost weekend to think about it...

    Maybe we can blame those pesky butterflies…

    Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?

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