Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…,

    Simon Bridges seriously straining credulity:

    National was going to build 3000 homes in Auckland’s Mt Albert before it lost the election, but didn’t reveal the plans because it would have been seen as pork barrelling, Simon Bridges said on Monday.

    Oh, come on. They didn’t announce their housing plans during a campaign in which housing was a major issue because it might have been seen as pork-barreling? And $10 billion in roads and a new hospital in Dunedin wouldn’t have been?

    Good grief.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22421 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Golden Dawn is…, in reply to Bruce Wurr,

    Would love to see a stuntclown reissue, particularly with the first 7 track ep as a bonus

    Which is effectively what happened with the CD reissue/digital release. And damn, you're right – a double vinyl version would be awesome.

    there's also the wonderful live versions of donca and do the headless chickens on the bside of expecting to fly that need to be resurfaced!

    Oh yes ... and now I have to go and dig out the 12".

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  • Hard News: 1984, Cambridge Analytica and…,

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  • Hard News: 1984, Cambridge Analytica and…,

    Wow.

    Three days before he was suspended as CEO of Analytica, Alexander Nix formed a new company with Rebekah Mercer as a co-director.

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  • Hard News: Bikelash, paralysis – and progress, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    But neither has the education roll-out on sharrows been that good by the CCC.

    We have them on Point Chev Road, but I only discovered what they were for quite recently.

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  • Hard News: 1984, Cambridge Analytica and…, in reply to Carl Anderson,

    That article on China’s Social Credit scheme is absolutely terrifying. Thanks for posting.

    Tze Ming Mok drew my attention to it a little while ago. And yes, really alarming – not least in that it may well scoop up people resident in New Zealand.

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  • Hard News: Bikelash, paralysis – and progress, in reply to Omatai,

    Not willingly. And hopefully not recently. The Lisa Prager/Penny Bright show periodically forced itself on the Greens over the years and abused our/their tolerance. If that institutional memory of their appalling behaviour has been lost, that’s a shame.

    Fair enough. I do recall being told off by Nandor years ago for not being a fan of Ike Finau's attack signs.

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  • Hard News: Fentanyl: it's here, in reply to steven crawford,

    This whole millennia drug culture concerns me. I am responsible for guidance and wisdom toward millennial teenager.

    Things used to be a lot simpler, put it that way.

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  • Hard News: Fentanyl: it's here, in reply to Craig Young,

    If the problem is adulterated MDMA

    Not generally adulterated – usually just a completely different substance than it was sold as.

    But Know Your Stuff has been detecting what appear to be deliberately deceptive mixtures intended to confound tests.

    These will fool the reagent test kits people can buy – it takes the spectrometer to detect them.

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  • Hard News: Fentanyl: it's here,

    Know Your Stuff’s Jez Weston has just tweeted this explanation of why the result is being announced now, rather than at the time of detection:

    I did the Fentanyl testing at a festival a while ago, but we had to wait to publish to hide which festival it was. This is frustrating. We want to provide timely warnings. Still earlier than everyone else though.

    To explain: the legal risk for event organisers under Section 12 of the Misuse of Drugs Act means that they can’t publicly acknowledge testing on their premises. Announcing the result immediately would have outed the event at which it was derived, so it had to be delayed.

    This is another example of the risk posed by the law it stands.

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