Posts by Ray Gilbert

  • Hard News: Drug Intelligence,

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

    Probably not - its a UN Hazard Class 6.1E (oral), which is the lowest oral toxicity you can have without being harmless and the same UN class as salt. Although ChemFFX rates acetone toxicity as 1 out of 4 (low) to salt at 0. There is acute toxicity in children but not death in adults - I suspect it would come up pretty violently when swallowed.

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  • Cracker: Breaking the Silence, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Greenpeace are so far proving more effective than any hypothetical priesthood of ordained scientists.

    Don't forget that Greenpeace have also made errors of judgement around information in the past. Brent Spar anyone?

    Not so sure about the council of elders idea myself either. Decades of working with and around a large number of scientists has taught me, that like all other collective groups they contain a full spectrum of types. Some are more interested in developing knowledge, others use selected knowledge for their own purpose, some are more self sacrificing, others less so.

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  • Hard News: Approved by lunchtime, in reply to Jeremy Andrew,

    0% alcohol beer contains 0% alcohol, but is not sold to minors

    I don't have a problem with that. We banned lolly cigarettes for kids years ago, and we don't let them buy no nicotine herbal cigarettes that I know of.

    Mind you the kids can buy and love Shandy Bass in the UK

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  • Polity: Buying a fight with democracy,

    For most Kiwis, presenting a driver’s license or signing a form isn’t a big deal.

    Like a number of people I don't drive, hence don't have a license. At times my passport has lapsed leaving me bereft of official ID. This could indeed be a big deal if a polling official were to insist on one or the other.

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  • Up Front: Mind Your Language,

    Anyone else remember the TV censored version of Repo Man where they had great fun sanitising by replacing with ridiculous words in their place.

    Flip you melon farmer is still one of my favourite movie lines.

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  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    We do have the night market which is quite different to the ones in other areas. I'm not saying everything is perfect but I have found that it is a marked improvement on how it used to be. As a pedestrian I have to walk Clark St every morning and the traffic lights have removed the need to run the gauntlet - even if every second letter to the Western Leader seems to be a complaint on the number of lights in New Lynn.

    Re. Xmas parade - since David Cunliffe "ruined" the Santa Parade for our and friends kids a few years ago by riding in the middle of the parade dressed as Santa and getting the kids prematurely excited, he is known in our house as Fake Santa - kind of appropriate really.

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  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

    Did I mention the wonderful Olympic Park as well?

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  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

    I've spent a lot of time in New Lynn since I moved almost smack in between it and Blockhouse Bay and I quite like what it has become over that time. Public transport is great (I'm a non driver so use it a lot) and the transport hub a huge improvement over what was there before. It has has number of different quality restaurants to eat out in and most shops you could want. My high school age daughter is very much looking forward to having the one thing it really lacks - a cinema.

    I also like the fact that if I feel like somewhere more laid back and quite I can just point southwards and hang out in the Bay instead.

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  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Hilary Stace,

    My Mum worked for the now long gone MacKenzies shopping chain in the 70s. They dillegently went out in symapthy in support of the big "mens" unions like the freezing workers and warfies when asked, forfeiting pay while they did it. When their (mainly womens) union went on strike for a small rise in the low wages they were earning - their first strike in over a decade - not a single other union joined or supported them.

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  • Southerly: Sign this Petition,

    More idiocy from the Herald

    CEOs Back John Key

    In an apparent “blow” for Labour the vast majority of CEOs back National and John Key!

    What next – a blow for National when we discover that union leaders back Labour or evironmentalists back the Greens

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