Posts by Alfie

  • Speaker: New Zealand’s far-right hate…,

    Just a wee update to this thread.
    Carl has a bad day.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Hard News: Medicinal cannabis: 2022 will…,

    Thanks for keeping us abreast of industry happenings Russell. It still feels weird that NZ is producing & exporting flower with govt support, yet growing two plants is still illegal. It's a funny old world.

    Have a great new year!

    P.S. "tiny ovens" -- love it!

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,


    I know I should feel more inclusive but man, this really has been the year where every village idiot discovered their inner megaphone.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Speaker: Adventures In Gender Identity,

    That's quite beautiful, Shel. If only we could all accept people for who they are, the world would be a much nicer place. It wouldn't cost a bean and nobody would lose anything. Thanks for sharing.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Hard News: ASA: Let's not talk about this,

    Back when media took their role more seriously, or at least some were less blatantly partisan, ASA decisions seemed more sensible. As the whole post-truth world changed the media landscape the level and speed of misinformation has drastically increased. The ASA has failed to adapt.

    By ducking for cover with this complaint, especially coming just before an important referendum, Raewyn Anderson has opted for the 'Let's not get involved' route when she could so easily have demonstrated the leadership which befits her role. Because it's surely time for all sectors of our society to take a stand on lies and misinformation.

    ASA... please do better.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Hard News: An unhelpful column about cannabis, in reply to Russell Brown,

    If there was any way to block this WH person, I would. While today he's being an obnoxious prick his main role over years seems to be hijacking threads for his own extended rants. I’d rather just never hear from him ever again. Can we have a vote? Chur!

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Hard News: The cannabis referendum: the evidence,

    :... there is a large group of New Zealanders using cannabis illegally in ways that are at least as much therapeutic as “recreational”. Adult use of cannabis isn’t just one thing"

    Nailed it. What's not to like about a drug that sends arthritis to the background AND makes you feel a bit pleasant.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Hard News: Cannabis research: there's a…, in reply to Shane Williams,

    Thank you for outlining what we need Shane.

    If I may return the favour, the Twitter link in your profile is broken and if we remove the space it's an account with photos of female bodies. Is that really the image you wanted to project?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Hard News: The Scientology front…,

    And Russell. Thanks for putting this together and doing your bit to keep the evil forces away from our referendum. Much appreciated as usual.

    Now I'm off to read the Spinoff story about Aaron Banks playing cutesy with NZ First. Does NZ First really need another RWNJ scandal when they already have Shane Jones?

    Why is it that only bad actors want to interfere in our politics? Surely some good people could come to NZ and spread their light or vapourise cows or do something to make our collective lives better. But nah, we get Aaron Fucking Banks.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Hard News: The Scientology front…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    L Ron Hubbard’s ‘Fear’ inspired Philip K Dick to do what he did…

    O'K Ian. You made me look it up.

    In a letter to Peter Fitting written on June 11, 1970, Dick wrote: “What I am writing is really psychological fantasies, on the order of L. Ron Hubbard’s Fear, which impressed me very much, and still does. Without Fear I would never have come up with what I do.”
    ─ Phillip K. Dick.

    While I've consumed the odd Dick (that sounds worse than it is) I've never been able to bring myself to even look at a Hubbard. The experience of a friend in Auckland being indoctrinated in the late 70s -- the first one is ALWAYS free -- put me off the whole scientology shebang. Everything I've read since only makes them more evil.

    Tax-free evil... that pisses me off. Because any God invented by a scifi writer who specialises in psychological fantasies probably lacks omnipotency. He could be trumped by a lesser god such as Hebe, Eros, or in the case of National voters, money. Their "religion" is all smoke and unicorns.

    So thanks, Ian. That's another author illusion cruely shattered.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

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