Posts by steven crawford

  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    (Are we allowed to be nostalgic yet?! :) )

    I'm pretty sure it's going to spark up again soon.

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  • Hard News: We are all Twitter,

    I went to Russell brown’s twitter (because its whats good about twitter) then I clicked on Chloe Swarbrick’s twitter (because she has her finger on the political pulse) and naturally Deborah Russell’s link was right up there under the “You may also like” list of options, so of corse I went to Deborah Russell’s twitter (because she’s cool, and I like her).

    When I set my Macintosh computer to privet browser, the algorithms arranged my social life into a completely different sequence. I don’t even have a twitter account, yet twitter is capable of pushing my buttons. I felt kind of duped when I discovered twitter doesn’t truly love me. Or even truly care about the future of humanity. Yes it was a consensual and casual affair I had with twitter, but It still feels a bit grubby.

    And privet browsing on Duck Duck Go isn’t privet when you go to twitter (or any other browser platform from its search lists) But the privet browser function on The Mac OS - Safari, is privet ( a little bit ).

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  • Hard News: We are all Twitter,

    A look at the social media revolution.

    From the Arab Spring to Trump's Twitter Feed, How Social Media Changed Middle East Politics

    Trump, like Netanyahu, has used social media to attack the traditional media as “fake news” when outlets criticize him. Recently, Trump has even branded his own allies in the media, like Fox News and the evangelical magazine Christian Today, as “far left” and “pathetic.” His willingness to attack the media outlets that helped get him elected underscores his faith in his influence on social media to either silence his critics or to bypass them altogether and directly land his message with his target audience.

    Donald Trump is the Dalek commander. And he's building his clones in your smart phone devise. True story!

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  • Hard News: We are all Twitter,

    Y'know, what, Twitter is actually fucked. Donald Trump is using the platform to insight a war, without any moderation. That could course serious consequences for expensive smartphone advertising projects moving forward.

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…, in reply to linger,

    Heroin in the New Zealand context. actually means ‘any opiates a junky can get their hands on’. During the home-bake epidemic of the late eighties early nineties there where news articles about chemist shops being burgled for packets of Panadeine. I remember also reading that people where being handed lengthy prison sentences for conspiring to make home-bake because they where buying packets of Panadeine from mutable chemist shops in one day. And of course there has historically been the armed robberies of chemist shops for opiates.

    I never read much of that stuff in the news these days. It’s mainly the dairies getting robbed and burgled for tobacco nowadays.

    The regulated and legalised supply of narcotics; the methadone program, might have reduced lots of those criminality related harms , but the graph hasn’t been updated yet?

    Or the harm of one overdose death gets a high data count for both the user who died and everyone who has to deal with the aftermath.

    And heroin probably renders people emotionally unavailable and generally unreliable. A bit like an alcoholic with out all the drama.

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…, in reply to Neil,

    That graph came from twitter, so it must be true : https://twitter.com/_chloeswarbrick

    I think the point of it being used on twitter is to argue that criminalising and putting people in prison when they have a drug overuse problem, does serious damage, and not only to the person who has the drugs use problem. It actually traumatises and impoverishes people who are most likely already traumatised impoverished.

    One thing that isn’t explicit in those sorts of graphs, is the danger of mixing drinks.

    The room could start to spin before you vomit your dinner all over your friends and family’s carpet.

    Thats what the graph means by harm to others. not just your self.

    My Uber car is an ex-taxi so I left the sticker that says it’s illegal to bring alcohol into the car.

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…,

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    For anyone who hasn’t seen one of these. I wouldn’t have thought heroin deserved to be right up there under alcohol. But LSD right down around the least harmful and cannabis up there in the middle seems about right.

    Notice, the green line indicates harm to others not just the user.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Andre,

    You make a good point. And I'd like to nominate this most influential artist of the year

    backstory.

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…,

    You’re allowed to share seed, you’re not allowed to sell them without licence and if you have that licence you can’t then gift or discount them.

    Well thats pretty much the king hit on the “Gangs”. The ominous amount of pidantic paper work is going to put them out of business for good! It wouldn’t however, hurt to thru a bit of health and safety regulation in there as well, just for good measure.

    And so what’s going to happen when one dope grower, proudly with two big plants, discovers the neighbour growing a male plant over the fence, and its pollinating all over the place?

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    The Spinoff: All the things National MPs think are virtue signalling

    In an interview with the Spinoff a little over a year ago, then prime minister and National Party leader Bill English was asked whether he considered himself a feminist. Though he believed in equal rights for women, came the reply, he would not want to “confuse people” by using the term. For a man to do so, he suggested, would amount to “virtue signalling”.

    The term has been adopted by finger wavers across the spectrum but has been especially embraced by the right. It is deployed to denounce statements regarded as vacuous or disingenuous efforts to demonstrate goodness, without any real substance.

    There’s no denying that it captures something real. The trouble is, much in the way its pejorative cousin, “politically correct”, can be substituted via a plugin with the words “being decent to people”, “virtue signalling” sometimes seems like it would be better swapped out for “doing/supporting a good thing”.

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