Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: The Midterms,

    A fairly chilling reminder of a key battle for representation currently before the courts – the White House's plan to add a citizenship question to America 2020 Census:

    If the Trump administration wins its fight to add a citizenship question to the census, it will clear the way for Republicans to execute a major power grab they’ve sought for years that could entrench their electoral advantage with rural whites while undermining the representation of urban and diverse populations.

    While the legal battle over adding the citizenship question, now underway in a federal courtroom in New York City, is burrowing into statistical methodologies and sound survey practices, the practical political impact could be enormous, studies have shown.

    On the horizon, if the citizenship question is allowed to stay on the 2020 census, is a giant legal battle over whether states can then use the data it produces to draw legislative districts based on the number of citizens rather than total population. It sounds like a wonky distinction, but it’s one with huge consequences for how Republicans in certain states will be able to consolidate their political power, while diminishing the voting power of communities with significant numbers of non-citizens.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Return of the…, in reply to Gareth Shute,

    Nice one Gareth – I actually missed that pic! That was a lovely afternoon.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Return of the…,

    Up officially now after a false start on Vimeo: the new mix of The Beatles' 'Glass Onion', from the anniversary edition of The White Album, with a cool video to match:

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Return of the…,

    Oh, and one more. Hardy Fox, co-founder of The Residents, died this week. Here he is is being interviewed by Dick Driver in 1986:

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  • Hard News: An epic day at the park,

    Evan Olmstead not named in the 2019 Blues squad. Boo.

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  • Hard News: Lost Men, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    I know nothing about Bowers but presume he’s also mentally ill; if that’s the case calling him monster should be reconsidered.

    I looked at his social media. He had become a monster.

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  • Hard News: The better place, in reply to BenWilson,

    Good to hear it’s a skill he’s developed.

    His local geography is still poor, but his flash-reading of the map was quite a helpful pointer as to how we fix that.

    I’m resigned (and I thank you and your lad for helping me with gaining this insight) to the concept that teaching him how to be an adult is just going to be long process with a lot more hand holding than is usual.

    Yeah, I've definitely learned about all the things that we take for granted that actually have to be learned skills for my boys.

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  • Hard News: The better place, in reply to Moz,

    As a positive contrast to Australia (always, always that contrast and let it only stop when Australia catches up) it’s also nice. Diwali here is pretty heavily Hindu-only, not through exclusion so much as a lot of people just don’t go along. In other suburbs attendance is much more obviously diverse, though.

    In Auckland, the main inner-city event has a relatively short history – it was launched by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the old Auckland City Council in 2002 – and it's developed as a city festival. So it's very accessible.

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  • Hard News: The better place, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    It is worth knowing that almost all NZers had a weekend like this

    I was especially pleased for my Christchurch friends who enjoyed FESTA. The festival itself sounded great, but it as clear that the big thing was simply having lots of people in the city. The CBD rebuild has delivered lots of new buildings, but not the people who make a city, so that's a big deal.

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  • Hard News: Shots Fired, in reply to william blake,

    But I think he has a point about big marijuana, everything in this country has been moving away from small, local and sustainable for donkeys years. I think it’s going to be a bloody battle to see who controls the pot.

    The Drug Foundation's model policy provides some good direction, oriented towards smaller, local businesses, completely separated from liquor and tobacco retailers and with a health structure built-in. The last thing we want to do is regulate like alcohol.

    There are rich people already setting up shop and selling shares in the shop, on the legislative gamble that they can hold the license to dispense.

    Yes. I'm quite sure the likes of Helius are getting into medicinal cannabis with an eye on a later recreational market.

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