Posts by Rob Stowell

  • Hard News: Psychedelic science:…,

    Get them back next year! Things moving it seems, and good to know NZ is involved.

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  • Hard News: The last – and best – parts…,

    I can not just vote for this - but would like to help campaign for it, too. Must get in touch with some of the locals.

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  • Hard News: ICYMI: Links and things I've…,

    the transcript of the Splore Listening Lounge discussion about how we can all move past our differences, get together and save the world. That post needs more love.

    tautoko - it's terrific. I've been back twice to read and ponder :)

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  • Capture: Well spaced out,

    Beautiful pics. and
    Stephen - wow. the 'globes' are great.

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  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to steven crawford,

    I eill keep bukh engine for you sure.

    Nothing like a good bukh in a crisis :) I look after (not very well :( ) a bukh 10 that just keeps forgiving me for stuffing up, and runs, a little smokily, but so solid, all day. I'm not a fan of engines, but 40 years of service and still starts like a champ after 6 months.

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  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans,

    Mistakes to learn from? The Canadian experience.

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  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans,

    the flag referendum was an awkward (stupid?) 2-way split - people who wanted vs didn't want change (most people I know were open to change) and people who like/preferred the lockwood thing vs people who thought it was ghastly.
    the reeferndum risks something a bit similar, with those resistant to any change being augmented by those who are unfamiliar with/put off by the detailed option for change, and those swayed by negative advertising, 'celebrity' naysayers, and negative 'news' reports.
    any idea what the rules around advertising for this are? so far the antis have already spent a bit. (and the seemingly massive 'drug driving' campaign also may have been influential.) can they spend overseas money? eg US$? if so, might someone like the (rightly reviled) Peter Theil come in with millions for the pro-change side?
    reasonable argument is great, but this is a 'hearts and minds' issue, and most people are likely to vote on not much more than 'how they feel about it'. .

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  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to Alfie,

    I'd have to say that despite the darkness covid is bringing to the world, there's a shared sentiment that when this is over, we can rebuild the world as a better place. This is a giant reset. We all know that we're living through one of history's bigger bits.

    Lovely to read you all :) And thanks, Alfie. Been thinking about this a lot, and I'm half optimistic. How can we keep this in mind, and return to a world altered in kinder, more thoughtful ways? That's worth pondering. (My pessimistic side says there is likely to be a dreadful toll in the developing world - better to be lucky than good, they say :( And that authoritarians might just cement their nasty grip) Finding ourselves watching al jazeera more and more for a bigger (less anglo-centric) picture.
    But. We have a glorious place to self-isolate, small farm in Lyttelton harbour - definitely can't complain. Extra family home, lots to do - it would be perfect but for this 'work from home' thing!

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  • Hard News: Splore 2020: The Listening Lounge,

    If God is dead, your time is everything is the best thing I've read for ages on religion, atheism, community, Marx, and value :)

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  • Hard News: Rage and change: RNZ's music problem,

    The same newsroom supporting different agendas, schedules, formats, and values is a recipe for disaster, IMO. For it to work, you'd have to build it up slowly from shared values - and that would take time and, IMO, a news service that's not dependent on advertising - or part of an organisation that is. Public service and delivering eyeballs to advertisers are incompatible objectives.

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