Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Hard News: The Scientology front…, in reply to Richard Aston,

    Man that is so out there , the sort of thing you could well hear from a really really stoned person .

    You're not far from the truth, reportedly Hubbard developed a pills and booze habit some time in the late 60s and had to be locked up while he went cold turkey - his first sighting of small black space aliens crawling on his skin supposedly comes from the DTs he experienced during this process.

    What's really sad is how much of this crap I know about, I was part of the first Internet vs. Scientology kerfuffle (on the side of the Internet of course, $cientology was trying shut down UseNet newsgroups) on the plus side I did get to meet Xenu

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Scientology front…,

    This is just standard operating practice for Scientology – they have long had a thing about being in competition with Psychology/Psychiatry and the drugs that they prescribe … and as an extension all drugs.

    NZ actually held a government inquiry into scientology in the late 60s by Sir Guy Powles (later our first ombudsman) which produced a report into scientology in NZ – if found that they were incredibly abusive to their members and particularly ex-members – scientology promised to change, but didn’t.

    Oh yeah, and they believe our real problems are that we’re all haunted by murdered space aliens, and for a large sum of money they can help you with that.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Back on the road,

    Not all pedestrians can hear you, nor see you even without headphones - you have to assume that none of us can see or hear you. We all can't jump out of your way either - I broke my achilles a few years ago, my reaction to hearing a bell behind me is to make no sudden moves, not to jump out of the way.

    Having said that I'm all for sharing the footpath, but carefully, respectfully, please don't treat pedestrians the way that drivers treat you

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

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

    I want to second SOS Business - https://sosbusiness.nz/ - we've bought coupons for all the local places we love - kind of sad to see our Post Office on that list .....

    We got caught half-way moved, locked down in a house full of boxes (the fridge and the bed hadn't been moved yet), we've actually put off the rest of the move for a few weeks (more falling over boxes) and under level 3 have decided to hire local people to do the painting and wiring we would otherwise have waited and done a year or two down the line.

    If you have something you were planning on doing some time now's the time to spend a bit of money (if you can) to help bootstrap our economy up and help get it up and running again

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    OK, best thing ever ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    A reminder that PA needs money to operate, I suspect that Russell's been carry the load as it has quietened down, and after today's news that's likely harder for him - I'd like to suggest that old timers who have found themselves back again hit that "supporter" button above

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    I'm rather enjoying this little polemic:

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    So far almost all of our cases have been imported, most directly into 2 weeks quarantine - I suspect that that messes with how it changes here (hopefully to our advantage) - it's possible that a lot of the rise in numbers we're seeing right now have been generated by the rises in the countries those people came from.

    We've been told not to expect the numbers to really turn for a couple of weeks and to not read too much into the recent numbers - it's likely to get worse before it better

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    Linger: thanks for that, I spent the previous 2 weeks talking my son down from his planned trip to Japan (he had been in the Jet program for 2 years there), luckily we did finally manage to convince him

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    Went out for a walk today, more people walking in the neighbourhood than usual, people carefully keeping distance, walking into the street - but absolutely everyone said "hi!" and smiled

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

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