Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Legal Beagle: The Contempt of Court Bill,

    Hi Paul. I normally don't mind people linking to their own sites, but that looks a bit wild and defamatory sorry.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The spaceman…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Grant Smithies gave a big Thumbs up to Blair Parkes’ latest album on Nine to Noon this morning:

    That certainly was a warm recommendation!

    I see he's already turned up on this French compilation.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The spaceman…, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    so the reason I’ve posted the newly framed print above is because its availability was referenced here a year or so ago – thanks Russell

    Nice!

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  • Hard News: Reassure Me: cannabis,…,

    Here's my hot take for The Spinoff yesterday afternoon on the difference between the government bill and Shane Reti's.

    I do think National's is the better bill, not least because it makes for more meaningful change sooner. On the other hand, parts of it – the fit-and-proper-person stuff – are really odious.

    Was National playing politics here? Yes, sure, to some extent – and the chance to own Labour was probably a key reason Reti and Chris Bishop got it through the National caucus. But I'd feel more strongly about that if the government members hadn't blithely ignored all the patient and advocate submissions. Here's the committee report – the only changes to the bill are minor technical amendments at the behest of Ministry of Health officials.

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  • Hard News: Miles on the Clock, in reply to Asinius,

    Looks like they’ve just provided a reply to the list of questions on Fyi.

    Indeed they have!

    And they've given him a flea in his ear.

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  • Hard News: Miles on the Clock, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    It’s an OIA request nothing about them happens “soon”

    It's due Monday week.

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  • Hard News: Miles on the Clock, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    but I suspect you’ll be hearing from the government departments soon (if indeed you had such correspondence)

    It would be along the lines of "dude, did we even talk to you?"

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  • Hard News: Music: What the Flying Nun…, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    And good news re: Ode, Viking and Flying Nun. I was reminded of this old blogpost on the best of Ode's catalogue. Most of these are impossible to find, so it would be good if some say the light of day again:

    Wow, that's fascinating! The 1860 Band track is on Heed the Call, and the title track of that compilation is noted too, but there's clearly more to explore.

    Especially in later years, many Ode releases were just shovelled out with little or no promotion. A compilation along these lines with some proper marketing would be great.

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  • Hard News: Let Canada do our cannabis homework, in reply to Alfie,

    I’d hate to see either big tobacco or big pharma control the local industry. You just need to look at what’s happening in Oregon to see how that might go.

    Yeah. There’s been some criticism of the tight regulation in the Canadian law – which controls who can grow and how much – but the American approach has its problems too. Cannabis is, as Sanho Tree likes to note, a minimally-processed agricultural commodity. The US experience suggests the unregulated price floor is very low indeed, and gets lower if you allow mass production to dominate and kill off your small growers.

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  • Hard News: Let Canada do our cannabis homework, in reply to Alfie,

    while others have created a free-for-all where big money will be allowed to dominate the market, effectively knocking out existing, smaller producers.

    As I noted above, it'll be interesting to see how the "micro" licences announced only a week ago turn out. And I get the impression that some of the more controlling regulations noted your link just won't be viable – making everyone deliver to a central warehouse before distribution to stores just seems dumb.

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