Posts by steven crawford

  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion,

    A little bit unrelated, I found this artical about "Made in China!!!" It's a useful explanation of things like how tools such as the crescent spanner can turn to crap, not becouse they started to be made in China instead of the United States.

    It's surprising hard to find none Trump styled emotional ranting about Chinese manufacturing. Maybe it's a google algorithm.

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  • Hard News: Paths and ways, in reply to Moz,

    I agree, fitting things wrong the round way will possibly work.

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  • Hard News: 2016: The arc of a year, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And I gather a more consumer-oriented early-warning system missed out on funding, which is a bit of a shame.

    It's not just the lack of public funding that annoys me about that.

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  • Hard News: 2016: The arc of a year, in reply to Martin Brown,

    Why are “we” spending perfectly good public money measuring drug traces in wastewater in Auckland and Christchurch for 7 days every month for 12 months? That’s just crazy. Isn’t it? In 2017 and all…

    It’s called engaging in science, for pleasure. People who engage in science for pleasure are gifted with a trait that might save civilisation from collapse. Sifting through gray water and shit - searching for empirical facts isn’t crazy, it’s an enthusiasm.

    I love Public Address System:-)

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  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Internet…, in reply to Moz,

    Her approach does seem to be the correct one, in the sense of getting a partner pout of the deal. The trick is to tweak what you put in to have useful keywords. for the commercial sites I used an obvious neologism that was also a googlewhack, on the theory that smarter women might do the thing and save me spending money to contact them. One did, but sadly we did not hit it off other than agreeing that it was a smart thing to do.

    What you might call smart, I would say, is knowledgeable about internet algorithms. That’s one way to trick a comercial dating service into helping you find a potential partner. Another smart thing, is to sign up to do a paper at the local university. Or just attend the lectures, in order to informally dissertate with the lady’s. Although, the age demographic might be more limited than online dating.

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  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    In real modern world translation, other forces come into play. I once read an idea from hazelden, That it’s not feasible to take somebody who’s been steeping in there cloths on the street for ten years – clean them up, give them a new suit and expect them to stay clean.

    That’s why recovering addicts do well to hang out with other recovering addicts until they evolve. That can take years not weeks. Professional treatment can help by fasilitating some of that.

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  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Here is an academic document from the national addiction centre. I was surprised to find this paragraph in there:

    There is a significant literature indicating doubt about the cost-effectiveness of long residential programmes in altering the natural history of the chronic-relapsing nature of severe alcohol dependence and it is this literature which has partly led to the closing of residential programmes as well as shortening of surviving programmes.

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  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode,

    The problem is that the funder’s idea of what is ‘best practise’, differs from what the operators have learned is ‘best practise’.

    I assume you are talking about the DHBs as funders? And the operators being a mix of church based and secular organisations? And what actually are the alternatives to the funders ideas of "best practice" that are working? Indeed what is best practice? Any idea?

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  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Not so…with not only funding being harder to secure, but funders demanding that addiction treatment providers follow what they (the funders) consider ‘best practise’, not what the providers have found actually is more effective.

    Did you know that Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't have any funding? They reject outside funding becouse they don' t like being told what to do. Narcotics Anonymous is the same.

    Rehabilitation/treatment is a different business. I'd like to see ACC putting money into that For a whole bunch of reasons.

    And regards funders requiring rehab operators to demonstrate best practice. What's the problem with that?

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  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode,

    Like alcohol then …

    More addictive, more severe effects on both physical and mental health from sustained use. You can drink every day for decades. You can’t smoke meth every day for decades without serious consequences.

    This is not to dismiss the huge social harms of alcohol abuse, of course.

    An alcohol problem, is also easier to recover from becouse it’s not illegal. It’s not as bigger deal to front up and say “I’m an alcoholic” than it is to say something like “I’m a criminal” Hence, any substance addiction is a health problem and treating it buy making the symptoms of the illness a criminal offensive, perpetuates the problem, unless there are drug courts that can sent addicts to rehab instead of prison.

    On the other hand, promoting alcohol as an essential ingredient of life alongside fruit and vegetables at the supermarket is bizarrely stupid, OMHO.

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