Posts by Brent Jackson

  • Legal Beagle: The climate strike and the…,

    I think the real benefit of this will be that youth will be introduced to voting while still at school, so will be much more likely to get on the electoral roll, and hopefully then more likely to vote.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Three Festivals,

    I refuse to see any show at the Arena in Auckland now because bad experiences there vastly outweigh the good.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is a serious…, in reply to Simon Armstrong,

    The money paragraph for me in Danyl's article (sans asides) :

    It’s the consequence of being a species with a nervous system designed by natural selection, which incentivises behaviour that once maximised our evolutionary fitness by rewarding it with brief bursts of pleasure; but a species that now exercises enough control over our environment that we can endlessly, repeatedly stimulate the dopaminergic pathways in our brains by eating foods loaded with sugar and fat, buying consumer products, watching TV, masturbating to porn, and taking drugs. And, as every addict knows, the highs are always followed by the lows. Repeated over-stimulation of the mesolimbic reward system leads to anhedonia: an inability to feel pleasure, the classic symptom of clinical depression. The logical end points of rationalism, liberalism and consumer capitalism, are incompatible with human nature and human happiness.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Reeferendum - such a great pun

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    metoo

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  • Speaker: The Mirror of Our Selves,

    That's a great picture - amazing that it took over 30 years from conception to completion.

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home,

    Nice wee article in Newsroom about how it is in the EU's interest to make Brexit a mess, to disuade other countries from trying it on.

    It sums up with :

    Seen this way, the EU would be foolish to make Brexit easy for the Brits. It would only encourage the others. Instead, the EU would want a British post-Brexit recession, queues of trucks at British ports, and ideally some further disruptions to amplify its message: Don’t try this at home!

    Making Brexit tough has little to do with punishment for the Brits and everything with sending a strong warning to any other European country.

    The Brexit negotiations are therefore not a game of chicken. Worse, they are a calculated plot to show that a withdrawal from the EU may be legally possible but practically undesirable.

    The only chance to avoid this outcome would be if those EU members with strong trade links to Britain exerted their influence to allow Britain more favourable conditions. At this stage, however, it does not look likely that such concerns will sway the outcome.

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home,

    Thanks for your summary Rich. I haven't heard much about Brexit of late and assumed that progress was being made. Somewhat scary that it isn't. Glad it doesn't directly affect me.

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  • Speaker: Belfast, where the walls stand yet,

    Great photos. Thanks a lot.

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  • Hard News: A Stand for Quaxing,

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    And today I tried quaxing to King’s Plant Barn. A little tricky packing them in, but pretty successful (much to the bemusement of the checkout staff). No bike racks here (unsurprisingly), but nothing to actually lock the bike to at all.

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