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Thursday, 28 November 2013, 3:26 pm | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

If you use cannabis heavily for a long period, you are likely to suffer cognitive impairments and changes in brain structure that resemble those associated with schizophrenia. Some of these impairments are reversible, others may not be. More >>

The GCSB Bill: We at least have to try

Wednesday, 14 August 2013, 9:31 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

On one level, Campbell Live's national GCSB Bill tour, which began on Monday night, is classic 7pm “heartland” current affairs. There could hardly be anything more cravenly Kiwi than crossing live from the Mangonui fish ’n’ chip shop, at least ... More >>

Media3: Standards Showdown

Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:45 pm | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

On Monday and Tuesday respectively, The Press and the New Zealand Herald responded in their editorial columns to criticism of newspapes’ handling of the first round of national standards data. More >>

Public Address 24/06/09 "Smokescreen" I Scream

Wednesday, 24 June 2009, 11:41 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

Russell Brown's Hard News I'm supposed to be recovering, so I'll keep it brief. But a couple of interesting things have appeared in the press during my brief period of infirmity. More >>

Public Address 11/02/09 - Isn't It Romantic?

Wednesday, 11 February 2009, 11:55 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

We normally announce this earlier, but we were still confirming a few things up till yesterday afternoon. This week's Media7 covers two topics: the crusading journalist and the tenth anniversary of the New Zealand Herald online. On the former topic, ... More >>

Public Address 05/02/09 - Effectively Friday

Thursday, 5 February 2009, 2:11 pm | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

I was thinking what a shame it was to have to hang on to Republican is the New Punk until Friday, because something so strange -- so "magnificently retarded" as Instaputz puts it -- could only be a Friday blog treat. But then I realised that,... More >>

Public Address 29/11/07 - Too Busy With First Life

Thursday, 29 November 2007, 2:12 pm | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

I have a bit too much work to do to spend time at the Digital Future Summit today, but I'm watching the webcast. I was interested to see that one of the questions asked of Michael Cullen this morning after his keynote speech suggested New Zealand should ... More >>

Public Address 22/11/7 - Bottom Is A Magic Place

Thursday, 22 November 2007, 11:47 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

We now actually have a "smacking" conviction subsequent to the Child Discipline Bill, and good old Bob McCoskrie has been able to further define his vision of "good" parenting: in this case, a father came home from work, heard a report of his son's misbehaviour ... More >>

Public Address 16/10/07 - Te Qaeda & The God Squad

Tuesday, 16 October 2007, 12:39 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

The Dominion Post today covers yesterday's police raids in part by harking back 30 years, to the Full Gospel Mission -- better known as the "God Squad" -- the millenarian religious sect whose apparent stockpiling of weapons at a compound in Waipara was ... More >>

Public Address 8/10/07 - Recrimination Not Needed

Monday, 8 October 2007, 9:39 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

I was on my bike, literally, by the time the post-match interviews were underway. It was a lovely morning, and the streets were quiet between home and Coyle Park, the green area at the point of Point Chevalier. Just the odd glum driver trundling ... More >>

Public Address 23/07/07 - Brimful

Monday, 23 July 2007, 10:18 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

This morning 20 years ago, I left my squat in the Elephant and Castle for an unremarkable train journey of great importance. I was travelling to Reading to uplift my first computer: an Amstrad 512k SD. A small discount on the purchase was a perk of a job ... More >>

Public Address 20/07/07 - No Sleep Till Avonside

Monday, 23 July 2007, 10:15 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

I was having a yarn to Don McGlashan after last night's SJD show, and he reckons that Auckland's music scene is becoming more like Wellington's: meaning it has become more fluid and collegial. The topic arose when I observed that everyone in the SJD ... More >>

Public Address 05/07/07 - Podcasts Posts & Stories

Thursday, 5 July 2007, 11:42 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

To be honest, yachting isn't my thing. I did a bit when I was about 13 -- which actually means I sat in Brett Bensky's Flying Ant (do they still have those?) pulling wet ropes while he sat at the rudder and told me what to do. I didn't like... More >>

Public Address 04/07/07 - Something For The Kids

Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 10:10 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

Having noted Fairfax's foray into political blogging, we should turn to the Herald's effort. Audrey Young's political blog doesn't look as bloggy as Colin Espiner's - no links and, as yet, no comments - but it does nicely clear up something that's ... More >>

Public Address 03/07/07 - New Rules

Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 10:08 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

I hope Colin Espiner can keep up his daily political blog on Stuff, because it has swiftly become a useful addition to the local debate. Notable recently: his commentary on the new rules for visual coverage of Parliament's debating chamber, both before, ... More >>

Public Address 28/06/07 - Not Much Confidence

Friday, 29 June 2007, 1:48 pm | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

Not such as to engender confidence | Jun 28, 2007 09:47 Russell Brown's Hard News I shuddered when I read that under John Howard's blitz on child sexual abuse in aboriginal communities, all aboriginal children are to be subject to compulsory medical checks ... More >>

Public Address 13/16/06 - Goodbye to all that

Thursday, 14 June 2007, 3:10 pm | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

Take that, evil scammers! | Jun 13, 2007 08:38 David Slack on his own account More >>

Public Address 14/06/07 - Easy To See

Thursday, 14 June 2007, 3:08 pm | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

The fat of executed dissidents | Jun 14, 2007 09:33 GUEST Nat Torkington hiding from the choppers More >>

Public Address 12/06/07 - Ready to Fly

Thursday, 14 June 2007, 10:50 am | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

Couldn't Alan Bollard have waited till I went to the bank? In truth, the unusual overnight intervention in our currency still leaves the dollar as strong against the greenback as at any time I've travelled, and I think it's likely I'll still find ... More >>

Public Address 11/06/07 - Asian Angst Payback?

Monday, 11 June 2007, 2:38 pm | HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

Tze Ming Mok: 'Officially discredited award-winning journalist Deborah Coddington, said of her officially discredited and racist article 'Asian Angst', after reading the Press Council ruling "I can only conclude that I was correct all along." More >>





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