Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Fine words, some hope, in reply to Ross Bell,

    But one of the first things being looked at here is a destigmatisation programme - *possibly* along the lines of the Like Minds, Like Mine mental health work. That could be a bloody important piece of work.

    Hell yes. Especially having a story due out any day with Matters of Substance that highlights the damage stigma does.

    Finally, the Drug Harm Index refresh - we understand this is being led by Ministry of Health this time, not the Police.

    Woo-hoo! That's more than an "update" or "refresh"! I am immensely cheered by this.

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  • Hard News: Fine words, some hope,

    It didn't really fit within the ambit of a strategic document, but one thing the government can do to cut the number of drug deaths is get with the damn programme and approve naloxone for widespread use.

    Read Ross Bell here.

    And Amberleigh Jack here.

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  • Speaker: BURGERGASM,

    I'm also a fan of the classic tofu burger with satay sauce, but tofu sucks if you don't fry it just right.

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  • Speaker: BURGERGASM, in reply to Deborah,

    Homemade burgers are the best.

    They are. And fun to make.

    Next best is the Angel Bay range of frozen pre-cooked patties. I buy them in the big wholesale pack from Gilmour's (they work out just over a dollar each) and keep them around for dinner emergencies, along with frozen buns. They're good.

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  • Speaker: BURGERGASM, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    IF the meat is minced on site and again IF chefs and kitchen are good quality you can eat the meat raw with again very little risk, much less risk than you took driving to the burger joint.

    Mmmm ... steak tartare.

    A well-prepared dish of raw steak is a fine thing.

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  • Hard News: Announcing: IRL at The Golden…,

    I'm delighted to say that 95bFM will be live-streaming IRL on Saturday.

    Also, Mana magazine editor Leonie Jayden will be DJing.

    And we hit our RSVP limit over the weekend, but I've added a few more places. I hope we can fit everyone in ...

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  • Speaker: The problem is Serco, in reply to Tinakori,

    The disappointing thing about the performance of Serco is that it is all too similar to the work of the Department of Corrections. They were supposed to be better.

    I discussed this with a friend who worked (for a third party organisation) in Mt Eden Corrections Facility and he was of the view that Corrections, while clearly not perfect, did have a better handle on the place than Serco.

    He said that Serco's staff did not have the respect of prisoners, which meant small problems escalated far more often. Experienced Corrections staff were more likely to identify and deal with problem situations at a human level, while Serco relied on its systems. These systems – such as the centralised, permission-based door access system – frequently got in the way of establishing order and protecting the vulnerable. "At The Rock (the old Mt Eden jail) every guard has a key," he said.

    It also seems pretty clear that Serco is incentivised to under-report problems.

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  • Hard News: Everybody has one,

    Just FYI, I talked to Michelle Dickinson yesterday and confirmed that while Callaghan pays her for writing the column, it's not directly paying the Herald.

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  • Hard News: Everybody has one,

    One observation: the Newstalk ZB-TVNZ double act that Hosking has effectively inherited from Holmes is extremely onerous. Coming down from being "on" doesn't leave a lot of time for thinking and researching.

    Also, you've got to be pretty weird to even be capable of doing it.

    Talk radio itself is the home of, as former Newstalk head Bill Francis readily acknowledged to me, the home of "edge personalities".

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  • Hard News: Everybody has one, in reply to Sacha,

    Not been watching Mr Henry on morning telly but is it the same mash of radio and tv conventions?

    I should check it out more (I do not watch breakfast television) – bits I've seen haven't actually been terrible.

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