Posts by linger

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

    Smocking gun

    The railway station serving my campus in northern Tokyo is surrounded by “No Smorking” signs, because getting anything checked by a native speaker of English just causes unnecessary delay, as eny fule no…

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a…,

    Yeah, not easy to symbolise opposition to green with a colour, because everything comes pre-loaded with multiple associations.
    Purple? has the advantage of blending the red-blue scale, plus signaling the imperialist end of capitalism … but also has some more socially progressive uses.
    Yellow? for foot-dragging cowardice and piss-poor engagement with science … but has a potentially racist reading in the same way as brown or black.
    Blue? for what they did to chances of sustainability … but then again, blue planet, water purity, low temperature.
    Orange, for orange you getting tired of this list?
    … Puce! Puce sounds about right. Say it repeatedly. See?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a…, in reply to Sacha,

    Ah, I was confused too.
    So, we’re using blue-red and green-brown political spectra now?
    (And does that mean parties using a black logo, e.g. NZF, are signalling scorched-earth policies?)

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  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a…,

    Someone got on top of a plane at Heathrow

    Several British news sources named the guy as "James Brown", and gleefully commented on how he was being asked to "get down".

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  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to steven crawford,

    Best-case scenario is that, since the sign isn't parallel with either entrance shown, the sign may have been intended to direct towards a third entrance.
    I suppose there wasn't one?

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  • Hard News: Synthetics: We need to stop…, in reply to steven crawford,

    If “polydrug use” is simultaneous use of multiple drugs, possibly as one product combining several drugs … then presumably at least some synthetics are reaching the market as ingredients of such mixtures, so a clear distinction might be difficult to maintain.

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  • Hard News: Synthetics: We need to stop…, in reply to Simon Armstrong,

    all recreational drug use is detrimental to the health and well being of the individual

    I look forward to your campaign against alcohol. Good luck with that.
    (Speaking as a non-user, I’d still quite like to hear more NZ reggae though, so this seems one of the rare cases where other people’s drug use could impact me positively. I’m not exactly seeing a problem here.)

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  • Hard News: Synthetics: We need to stop…, in reply to steven crawford,

    weeding out these misunderstandings

    *applause*

    Drug Harm Index didn’t explicitly talk about being remanded or sentenced to prison as a drug harm

    If so, that's quite an omission!

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  • Hard News: Who are the medicinal…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Well, yes; and that social networking approach is the sampling technique in this case. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s better to be explicit about the possible impact when interpreting the results. E.g. more fully networked users (and/or your readers!) are likely to be more knowledgeable about the specifics of compound ratios.

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  • Hard News: Who are the medicinal…, in reply to mpledger,

    at least two different groups of people using

    I think you’re right, medicinal users are more likely to be a collection of clusters than a single homogenous group. Not least because of barriers to access leading to disparate types of cannabis source (as you point out, past recreational users may have an access advantage).
    Corollary 1: different survey techniques / data sources will capture different clusters with different levels of success (resulting in different overall demographic profiles for ethnicity, income, and range of medical conditions cited).
    Corollary 2: we should be very cautious about making generalisations from any one sample. Especially, look for clusterings before calculating averages.

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