Posts by steven crawford

  • Speaker: The Government lost the election, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Yes you will!
    Its likely that you are helping redirect advertising nano-revenue from Russell’s real web sight to Facebook's clients. Scale that up to world wide behaviour, and you get nothing but plastic/rubber ducks.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election, in reply to nzlemming,

    This is why we need a Like button.

    We don’t need a like button! The like button on Facebook et al, is specifically there so those MacDonald’s shit-food style ’social media’ outfits can observe the habits of people who click on it. That data is how they make billions on money.

    PAS, is a genuine internet based community. It’s not a shopping mall. I looked at the source code.

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  • Hard News: How harm happens, in reply to Worik Stanton,

    On drug stigma: Drug policy still, still, expressed in terms of harm.

    Prejudice. Bigotry. People use drugs because drugs are good.

    Hi there Worik, you know more than most that “drugs” are not all built the same.

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  • Hard News: Out of sight, out of mind:…,

    I simply can’t face the fact that every primary school child of today will no doubt become prey at some stage in their lives to these heinous individuals.

    I’ve been saying that about alcohol marketing company’s using supermarkets point of sale, to normalise the stuff to the point kids probably think it’s food.

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  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    “Not speaking above my pay grade” is just an idiom – which IIRC, came from the US military – about not speaking above your level of experience and expertise.

    That's got me realising that I might have been getting a bit above my station:-)

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  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    (As many folks who’ve been thinking about the topic well above my pay grade have been saying for decades.)

    I’ve noticed even people in parliament using that unfortunate linkage between pay packages and quality of thought. It’s interesting to note, that people who live in slums are more likely to view there intelligence as stagnant than those who live in the leafy suberbs. NASA is now onto that squandering of intellectual resource, and crowd sourcing there engineering far and wide.

    It’s always amazed me how weed gets people so so politically enthusiastic. It’s almost the same as having an argument about religion. So maybe, just maybe a referendum will be a hell of a lot of fun jus for the hell of it.

    The real issue, isn’t just the dope, it’s the way we deal with all recreational drugs, including heroin and meth. I would vote to decriminalise the lot of it, and give alcohol the same treatment (treat it as a dangerous substance) That’s because responcable users etc, and it’s only the minority’s pooping on the party and all that.

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  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…, in reply to Craig Young,

    It just makes more strategic sense to me to fence medicinal cannabis off and then deal with recreational cannabis as a seperate issue.

    That's the case with opiates.

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    My view, and this applies to all healthcare, but it could be piloted on mental health, is that we should apply the ACC model, which generally works, to non-accidental health issues.

    But it doesn’t work when it’s applyed to mental health. ACC is an insurance corporation.

    Then, having removed funding from the political sphere, you can look at the most effective modes of provision.

    Kind of like privatisation? Don’t forget there is an overlap between mental health services and jail, you would assume? Mental illness isn’t something you can just “treat” as easily as setting broken bones.

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  • Hard News: All Change,

    On conservation, the politically challenging feature of the day is the Kermadec area. The Labour Party, thanks to MMP, doesn’t have to do another seabed and foreshore. The Greens get to negotiate that potentially – if not negotiated well – racist piece of legislation.

    Think about it like turning huge tracts of government owned lease hold dairy land into department of conservation land, with out bothering to consider how the farming community might feel about it. Actually, its more insulting than that.

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  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Neil,

    An increased number of respite beds is one such resource and could be done today. Consumers have a much more limited ability to engage when they’re just trying to survive.

    Agreed, and a simple tweet in bail law, wouldn't do particular harm.

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