Open mike 03/11/09

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14 comments on “Open mike 03/11/09”

  1. BLiP 1

    In case anyone still has any lingering doubts:

    . . . claims that ecstasy and LSD were less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes, Winston said: “The overwhelming evidence is probably cannabis is actually less harmful than tobacco or alcohol, that’s what the chief scientist is saying.”

    Seems a shame politics has got in the way of science, once again. Same thing has happened here with the P legislation.

    • gitmo 1.1

      Lingering doubts about what exactly ?

    • jcuknz 1.2

      “Overwhelming” “Probably” ????

      • Pascal's bookie 1.2.1

        There’s overwhelming evidence that when you buy a lotto ticket you probably won’t win.

    • prism 1.3

      Two interesting looking pieces on illegal drugs I’ve noted for reading.
      Hugo Rifkind TimesonLine 1 or 2/11? – Dangers of drug use aren’t crystal clear and
      Tom Whipple TimesonLine 1 or 2/11? Don’t forget cannabis comes from ruthless violent men

    • Mach1 1.4

      Tom Lloyd, former chief constable; The war on drugs is a waste of time

      From 2007

      ,Richard Brunstrom, the Chief Constable of North Wales, advocates an end to UK drug policy based on “prohibition”. His comments come as the Home Office this week ends the process of gathering expert advice looking at the next 10 years of strategy

  2. rainman 2

    Did I miss this being discussed elsewhere?

    Just unbelievable.

  3. Anne 3

    The Privacy Commissioner’s inquiry into Paula Bennett is starting to look a bit fishy. It must be about six months since she released those beneficiarys’ details and not a word.

    • prism 3.1

      Interesting eh! Paula the darling of the press, pictured in leopard spot design with a supermarket trolley, the woman of the people! Seems to have gone AWOL. There was a short spat about whether she should wear black or not wasn’t there? Important matters like how to assist people to realise opportunities for a better life make hers one of the really important and heavily funded ministries, but it seems that 19th century thinking not pragmatic, result based, wins every time. Steve Maharey with his uni background and knowledge of the sector didn’t achieve that much, and Paula’s background experience is what? I think she shows no commitment to real low income people, just photo opportunities.

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    Well Lookie here

    But the reported FBI probe could turn into a far bigger headache. KPHO reports that it has examined more than two dozen complaints against the sheriff from business owners, government workers, mayors and law-enforcement officials, who allege that after they spoke out against Arpaio, they found themselves the subject of investigations by his office — none of which have resulted in convictions, and many of which never even led to charges being filed.

    What would sensible sentencing think?

  5. prism 5

    What are you betting on? Heard on the radio that Melbourne wants to take a holiday today for some reason. Only two in a 600 pupil school turned up for RR’R, and lots of workers were unavailable for duty today. They are a naughtly lot in Oz aren’t they not like us harried wage slaves working long hours and being exhorted to improve productivity which never gets defined, so we can boost our economic returns to trend with Australia where they stood before Rogernomics saved us from ourselves.

  6. Glad to see that a number of people are wondering if the Herald is the official voice of the National Party. Well after almost driving me and my wife mad every morning at the blatent electioneering
    for the Nats we took the advice of Mark Burton and cancelled it after 47 years . I now grin and bear it on the net ,but at least Im not giving them my money.After all as Mark Burton said to me why pay out for stress/.
    Over the last 5 years it become so biased that no intelligent being would take any notice of its Right Wing propogander. I would be interested to see how their sales now stand.

  7. What a disgusting unpleasant man Garth McVicar is .
    Just who is financing this bigoted man is.
    The recent crash which involved the deaths of young people was a sad event for all and certainly for both families. They needed a sympathetic ear and a bit of personal time. Any road accident is bad but when it involves teenagers its particulary sad ,
    So what does This creepty character do ,well there he is on TV3.
    Lecturing us on punishing the young people involved in the crash.
    its time this guy was told to shut up and leave the law to people who know what is needed ,not blathering vigilantes .

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