Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Mixed Blessings, in reply to Andrew G,

    Really enjoyed the Saints doco. Thanks

    No worries. Oddly enough, I was put onto it by the old, old friend who originally introduced me to The Saints, way back in high school.

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…,

    I'm listening to Beats1 and quite enjoying it, even if I don't like all the music. It's much better than the NZ commercial music stations. I can actually bear to listen to it and find out what the current pop music sounds like.

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  • Hard News: Whakamomori: Raw, open and honest, in reply to steven crawford,

    I don’t know you mean when you say “we all agree”

    Steven, this just seems unhelpfully niggly. Don't we agree that follow-up is important?

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Alfie,

    The Herald summarises the Press Council decision but appears to make no apology to Bailey.

    I think it's pretty clear that would be the decent thing to do now.

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  • Hard News: Whakamomori: Raw, open and honest, in reply to steven crawford,

    This then raises the questions: who are the correct people?

    I'm not sure if "correct people" is the right phrase, but Mike's work is conducted through his own organisation, the Key to Life Trust, rather than through publicly-funded services. And it does seem that the social services mainstream is wary of his approach.

    One advantage of a coordinated approach is that you can plan in advance to get support services in behind a campaign – the It's Not Okay campaign against domestic violence is a really good example of that. I was asked to be part of the ad campaign, but the ad campaign was joined up with support and information – it got people thinking about the issue and then gave them somewhere to go.

    By contrast, something covered in the doco is the Northland school that Mike got banned from after he visited. Not because he'd done anything wrong, but because he'd been too effective – and the school didn't have the resources to cope with the demand from students after he'd spoken to them.

    And why should we treat metal health in a demographically spacific way?

    I'm no expert, but I think it makes sense to anticipate that teenagers might respond differently to adults – especially where there might be a danger of copycat behaviour. As Malcolm Falconer explained in the interview, one thing Mike deliberately didn't do was charge in to acute situations, shortly after a suicide.

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  • Hard News: Whakamomori: Raw, open and honest, in reply to steven crawford,

    Mike King is doing much the same thing, but his target demographic is different. So lets get this correct. It’s different becouse it’s not sanctioned by the correct people? Or that the target demographic are young adults?

    I would say "not sanctioned by the correct people" is the main one, but both of those things are true.

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  • Speaker: Gay marriage, weed, and death…,

    How the Supreme Court's decision is playing out in Iran:

    A leading Iranian actor has apologised after coming under pressure over a tweet he posted in support of a historic US supreme court ruling on gay marriage.

    Bahram Radan, who is known as the Iranian Brad Pitt, created controversy in the country when his tweet hailed a verdict last week which made same-sex marriage a legal right across the entirety of the US. Homosexuality remains a taboo subject inside the Islamic republic and is punishable by death.

    “The US supreme court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is legal was historic, perhaps on the scale of the end of slavery ... from Lincoln to Obama,” the award-winning actor tweeted in Persian at the weekend.

    But within a few hours, after many users bombarded him with homophobic abuse and hardline media criticised him, Radan deleted the tweet.

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to nzlemming,

    But surely it wasn’t meant to work like this?

    Of course it was. How can they keep you in their walled garden if they don’t tightly control what you do. The only time I ever run iTunes is when I open it by mistake,

    Nah, there's really no possible benefit to Apple in making that action difficult. It's a flub.

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  • Speaker: The overconfidence man, in reply to Tinakori,

    “Key doesn’t actually believe Labour is in do-nothing mode – he just wants the public to believe that. Hence the interview.”

    In NBR, behind a paywall? Please, even if half their audience (no matter how affluent) read the article that is still a tiny sliver of the electorate. You are taking the piss, Rob

    Rob might be if NBR was the only place Key was saying it. But it was his main line in Parliament this week too: howling about how the Opposition hadn't released any policy this year.

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  • Hard News: Whakamomori: Raw, open and honest, in reply to steven crawford,

    I get the impression, Sasha, that you are dissaproving of the none ministarial effort. Are you uncomfortable?

    No, I don't think that's what Sacha's saying. Just pointing out that there was a coordinated official effort to go with JK's ad campaign. It is quite different to what Mike's doing.

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