Posts by steven crawford

  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to philg,

    When the system fails the politicians will start beating the drums.

    In this instance it was the perception of a failed system, which was manufactured and propagated using computers as tools. The majority of the middle and lower class Americans are signed up to Twitter, Facebook and or Instagram. Those are not bastions of creative thinking, not really. So lots of people allowed themselves to be by the nose. It’s an extension of how the television machine was used for propaganda.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4004 posts Report Reply

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

    Medicinal cannabis users of my acquaintance who use the drug as an alternative to opiods claim it’s effective in pain management with far fewer side effects, if any.

    I’m noticing this cannabis is anecdotally better than opioids for pain management argument starting to be used frequently. I don’t think it’s a good comparison. For example, if someone runs there motorcycle under a truck and trailer unit and make it out the other side alive but with serious injurys, the ambulance staff will often administor morphine. This would no be to kill pain. It would be to help the traumatised person with the broken bone sticking out of the leg to be more emotionally able to deal with it. Opioids are good for that. Cannabis is probably not.

    If I was going to make comparisons, I’d say alcohol and opioids. And not just because theres proper biological science to say they act on us in a closely related way, it’s also that I’ve known alcoholic drug addicts who say it’s true.

    Mabe cannabis is complementary to opioids in a pain management plan. Mabe cannabis is more appropriate than opiates because opioids where inappropriate and the addiction sickness was more debilitating than the other pain it was intended to treat. Mabe, that’s mabe, because there really truly actually isn’t enough science. unfortunately.

    Israel is probably a good place to keep an eye on as the medical cannabis science starts to develop. It’s been happening there more than most other places.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4004 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    There is an art exhibit in the Wellington city gallery which talks about operation speargun. That's the cable which was spliced into the southern cross cable. It's off the news cycle but it's still there reading our data. So please mind your language when your saying things to overseas, undersea.

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  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to Neil,

    “In many of these mass shootings,” Jennifer Wright observed at Harper’s Bazaar, “the desire to kill seems to be driven by a catastrophic sense of male entitlement.” That sense of entitlement may well be the greatest threat to what remains of civil society.

    I’m not sure why you quoted this Neil. I think it’s an incredibly simplistic and unhelpful explanation for why a person would commit mass murder, outside of an arena of war. Generally, it “seems” the unhealthy sense of entitlement that any person is capable of developing, is more conspicuous in white males. And more assumed. But I doubt it’s the best explanation for mass shootings in the United States.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4004 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    People take Gould’s and Dawkin’s and Pinker’s theories and use them to justify policies and actions that demonstrably harm people.

    Not only that, they also use them to defend people who are being harmed.

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  • Hard News: Science: it's complicated, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Good call, I only read New scientist when I’m at the library filling in time. It’s a bit better than stuff. Spelling and grammatical erorrs are well edited out.

    What I was more on about is that genetically modified golden rice is allowed to be in New Zealand.

    Greenpiece

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  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    There’s this crushing feeling that world politics is dusting off its 1930s wardrobe, and Trump is threatening to take America into the Axis 2.0.

    If that means what it suggests, one of them would be thinking about controlling the internet, absolutely. And I don’t beleave Donald Trump himself, is doing a whole lot of thinking at all.

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  • Hard News: Science: it's complicated,

    I just just found this: Next generation batch of GM. Scroll down past the pink pineapple to the bottom where it say golden rice.

    In your selective about science face, Greenpeace.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    (and possibly a central galactic black hole!)

    As an ordinary public person, I’m hovering around the boson star as an alternative possibility there. It’s new and tech loaded science due to the Large Hadron Collider being so photogenic. And the idea that the big galactic black thing in the guts of the galaxy is hiding stuff behind curtains, is better than just sucking things down the drain.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to izogi,

    So, will the new Public Service Act give us “better public services”?

    That might raise other questions about the road to public service, all the way from primary school to secondary school to university and then the next logical step. This includes casual fridays, and a bit of bullying.

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