Posts by tatjna

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

    The level of misinformation around legal highs and drugs in general in this country is astounding. The tenacity with which the misinformed general public clings onto its perspective in the face of facts is even more so. It's almost as if people enjoy a good drama more than the less outrage-inducing reality.

    I am interested in countering this tendency, but struggling to know where to start.

    I'm guessing 'synthetic heroin' might be a mislabelling of opiods such as codeine, which are also legally available through prescription, often redirected from their intended use *cough* and one of the fastest growing groups of drugs of misuse in the world. It isn't hard to see how a kid caught doing that might say 'legal highs' to avoid getting in even worse trouble, and an uninformed parent could jump on the bandwagon.

    How it got in the news without someone realising though.. says something about the media really.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2010 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…,

    Hahaha snap. I’ve been watching this moral panic develop since 2010. It follows the same pattern that LSD and ecstasy, and before that cannabis, did. Post I made this morning about it:

    tatjna.livejournal.com/966042.html

    Wellington • Since Dec 2010 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Can we get an adult up in here?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Last time I checked, Anonymous didn't exist to serve the public.

    I'm always amused by the way Anonymous is great when it does what people think it should and terrible when it doesn't.

    I think publishing credit card details is misguided and dangerous, but I laughed my head off and went "Yeeaaah!" when the HBGary Federal stuff went down. Such is the nature of Anonymous. I doubt anyone will be able to say "Hey guys... tone it down" and get a result. And unless it was Wikileaks that published the credit card details, I doubt much of that will reflect on them, only on Anonymous.

    @Rich When the arrests were made last year over Operation Payback, the popularity of Anonymous skyrocketed.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2010 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What about that Welfare…,

    My response (closer to old-fashioned rage than numeric analysis and too long for a comment here):

    http://tatjna.livejournal.com/699151.html

    Wellington • Since Dec 2010 • 4 posts Report Reply