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Tilting at drugmules

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 20th, 2011 - 33 comments
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Rex Widerstrom has been a commentator and occassional guest poster here for a while. He has a unique point of view on the political process and its place in society that you can also see at his blog Shift Focus. In this guest post he looks at the never ending “War on Drugs”.

Aldonza: Why do you do these things?
Don Quixote: What things?
Aldonza: These ridiculous… the things you do!
Don Quixote: Whether I win or lose does not matter.
Aldonza: What does?
Don Quixote: Only that I follow the quest.

Following a noble quest has that affect on a person; the desired outcome, no matter how unlikely it is to occur, becomes the sole focus. There is a great deal to be admired in the person who sets themselves a goal and pursues it single-mindedly especially if they desire, as did the man of La Mancha, to right an unrightable wrong.

But what if that noble quest causes more harm through its continuance than through its abandonment?

That’s what’s happening with the 30-year response to addiction and its criminal outcomes known as the “War on Drugs”. Like Don Quixote, policymakers are fighting the unbeatable foe.

As the Washington Post reported recently, Mexican drug cartels are now targeting children.

The Child Rights Network in Mexico estimates that 994 people younger than 18 were killed in drug-related violence between late 2006 and late 2010, though they admit that’s likely a conservative figure.

In February, assassins went hunting for a Ciudad Juarez man, but the intended target wasn’t home, so they killed his three daughters instead, ages 12, 14 and 15.

In March, a young woman was bound and gagged, shot and left in a car in Acapulco. Her 4-year-old daughter lay slumped beside her, killed with a single bullet to her chest. She was the fifth child killed in drug violence in the resort city in one bloody week.

“They kill children on purpose,” said Marcela Turati, author of “Crossfire,” a new book on the killings of civilians in Mexico’s drug war. “In Juarez, they told a 7-year-old boy to run, and shot his father. Then they shot the little boy.”

Those accounts cannot fail to offend the sensibilities of anyone, regardless of their stance on drugs. But what of this passage?

“It may seem contradictory, but the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs,” said Michele Leonhart, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration [my emphasis].

Let’s parse that carefully. Asked for comment on the horrific murder of innocents in the “war on drugs”, the head of the DEA hails it as a “sign of success”.

Can there be any doubt that the “war” is already lost and, to switch from a musical film metaphor to dramatic film one, the generals are in their bunker, the only ones unaware of The Downfall.

There’s a regular moral panic about drugs in New Zealand. The latest being “Kronic”, apparently a New Zealand export, as the panic has spread to Western Australia, where miners are apparently using it to thwart their rigid drug testing regime.

While being bored rigid by a stoner at a flatwarming is hardly a pleasant experience, it pales beside hearing the guy next to you setting the explosives saying “Whoa man… the colours are amazing…”

All joking aside, I don’t like drugs. If I could wave a wand and eliminate them from the world, I would. And not just the ones classed as illegal, either. I’ve seen the harm those can do, but I’ve also witnessed the destruction wrought by someone over-prescribed benzodiazepines, for instance.

Alas magic is outside of my capabilities – thus saving you a laboured Harry Potter metaphor – but I can suggest that policymakers would be well-served by listening to a man who has worked some televisual magic – David Simon, creator of the acclaimed series “The Wire” about the narcotics officers and drug gangs in Baltimore.

Simon had more than twelve years as a crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, wrote a book which was turned into the NBC television series “Homicide”, and then teamed up with Ed Burns, a real-life cop turned teacher, to create “The Wire”.

In an interview with Bill Moyers recently, here’s what Simon had to say:

Bill Moyers: Why don’t the policies change?

David Simon: Because there’s no political capital in it. There really isn’t. The fear of being called soft on crime, soft on drugs. The paranoia that’s been induced. Listen, if you could be draconian and reduce drug use by locking people up, you might have an argument. But we are the jailing-est country on the planet right now. Two million people in prison. We’re locking up less-violent people. More of them. The drugs are purer. They haven’t closed down a single drug corner that I know of in Baltimore for any length of time. It’s not working. And by the way, this is not a Republican-Democrat thing, because a lot of the most draconian stuff came out of the Clinton administration, this guy trying to maneuver to the center in order not to be perceived as leftist by a Republican Congress.

Bill Moyers: Mandatory sentences, three strikes—

David Simon: Loss of parole. And again, not merely for violent offenders, because again, the rate of violent offenders is going down. Federal prisons are full of people who got caught muling drugs and got tarred with the whole amount of the drugs. It’s not what you were involved in or what you profited from. It’s what they can tar you with…

Bill Moyers: After all these years do you have the answer?

David Simon: Oh, I would decriminalize drugs in a heartbeat. I would put all the interdiction money, all the incarceration money, all the enforcement money, all of the pretrial, all the prep, all of that cash, I would hurl it as fast as I could into drug treatment and job training and jobs programs. I would rather turn these neighborhoods inward with jobs programs. Even if it was the urban equivalent of FDR’s CCC—the Civilian Conservation Corps—if it was New Deal–type logic, it would be doing less damage than creating a war syndrome. The drug war is war on the underclass now. That’s all it is. It has no other meaning.

I guess it’s easy to dismiss Simon as a left-leaning, liberal hand-wringer. He’s in television, after all. But his views are informed by two decades of reporting the drug war in a city which has to be counted as the front lines. But he’s informed by the opinions of Ed Burns, who spent seven years as a teacher in the inner city, after serving 20 years with the Baltimore police.

And for what it’s worth, it accords with my own perspective as someone who first started working with people who were addicted in the 1980s and now sees it amongst 80 percent of the prison population; who sees people released from prison to their families, their friends and their lives on the condition they return clear tests for drugs, and who simply can’t. Even with children and partners and mothers and fathers who love them and want them to stay out of jail, they tell me they’re so desperate it’ll be their drug dealer who collects them when they’re released on parole so they can shoot up in the carpark. Some do make it, but those who have no one, other than other addicts, waiting for them on the outside have no chance.

Until we decriminalise the possession and use (not manufacture and sale) of drugs; till we realise that it’d be healthier to prescribe heroin, or morphine, than the destructive, debilitating soup that is morphine methadone; till we intervene early in the life of anyone addicted, with a finely tuned mixture of incentives and disincentives, we are, like Don Quixote, marching innocents into hell for a heavenly cause.

33 comments on “Tilting at drugmules”

  1. Too true! The drug war is just a ruse to criminalise and militarise the class war against workers who if they were not strung out on or dealing in drugs would blow away this rotten system in a heartbeat.

  2. PeteG 2

    No chance. We’ll just keep building temporary druggie containment buildings. Puts them out of sight for a while. Out of mind? Out of mind?

  3. DeeDub 3

    till we realise that it’d be healthier to prescribe heroin, or morphine, than the destructive, debilitating soup that is morphine; 

    Um, I’m assuming you actually mean the ‘debilitating soup that is’ Methadone, Rex?

  4. xy 4

    Posted on 4/20, heh.

  5. MikeE 5

    Finally a post on here that this “dirty right winger” can agree with. 

    The war on drugs causes far more harm than drugs themselves. Heck, Crack cocaine and P wouldn’t exist if there wasn’t prohibition, just like moonshine etc.

    • Deadly_NZ 5.1

      And how much would be saved just by decriminalising marijuana Millions and Millions, and thats just the pot.

  6. Murray 6

    What is the difference between prescribing morphine or heroin to prescribing methadone.  They are all opiates.  Methadone has the obvious advantages of being active orally and needs only to be taken once a day.  Personally I have witnessed the methadone program as a pharmacist and I think it is one of the biggest wastes of taxpayer money.  Very few of the 60 odd junkies I dealt with did little to improve their circumstances despite receiving their drugs for free.

    • You’ve gone some way to answering your own question Murray – it doesn’t work very well, whereas trials of medical heroin show it has much better results. Partly that’s not the fault of the drug – people are simply put “on the ‘done” and left there, with no real attempt to ge them off.

      I’m as disgusted as you clearly were to see people in their 50s and 60s shuffling toward the pharmacist’s counter for another dose of the medication that some have been on for decades. 

      But the drug also rots teeth and causes gum disease (partly, I believe, because it has to be swallowed in such strong syrup to disguise the awful taste) and has a relative risk (RR) of fatal accidental drug toxicity for patients in the first two weeks of methadone maintenance 6.7 times that of heroin addicts not in treatment.

    • Mac1 6.2

      Murray, what was the rationale for the methadone programme? To allow addicts a ‘safe’ alternative, or allow addicts a way of avoiding the criminal associations which illegal drugs brings, or to avoid the criminal behaviour which addiction brings with the exorbitant costs of purchasing drugs or to allow them to improve their circumstances?

      A local man was convicted for a night time hold-up because he was being heavied for drug debts, so he said. Methadone takes care of some of the junkies, but those addicted to other drugs miss out. The post does not mention alternatives to the non-opiates does it?

      Further, and one which sticks out for me as a reason not to allow unfettered access is the absolute insanity that some drugs bring, with attendant harm to the user and the community. The other reason, of course, is where the young, the mentally impaired and the truly addicted would sit with legal access to drugs. I would need to be convinced, MikeE, that P and crack cocaine would not exist without prohibition. Alcohol was prohibited but existed in large use before and after prohibition. What is different with P and crack?

      • Mac1, can’t you see the dichotomy between your two statements, both correct:

        a reason not to allow unfettered access is the absolute insanity that some drugs bring

        and

        Alcohol was prohibited but existed in large use before and after prohibition

        Yes, drugs cause all sorts of societal problems. They are not good things. We’d be better off if they didn’t exist. But prohibiting them will not stop their use it will only make it dirty and dangerous.

        Prohibition did not wipe out alcohol, nor will it wipe out drugs. But if we provide safe, clean drugs to registered users in a controlled environment we’re going to minimise the damage (to the user, and the damage they’d otherwise do to society trying to feed their habit).

        I mention methadone because that’s the only drug available in many places to treat addiction to any drug whatsoever… so if you’re addicted to speed you find yourself being treated with an opiate!

        There are of course legal and same amphetamines or ampheamine-like drugs but governments are reluctant to hand them to addicts because, as you say, the effects are more unpredictable. But that just keeps the speed junkies out of the treatment programs.

        • Mac1 6.2.1.1

          Yes, Rex. I see the dichotomy. For me the question seems to be, would it be worse to continue with prohibition or to manage those who are addicts or potentially are( for my understanding is that potential addicts will always be with us) with as you say ‘safe, clean drugs to registered users in a controlled environment.’ I am open to the latter. My concern is with those who through youth, mental instability or sheer anti-social behaviour use dangerous, harmful drugs outside those parameters imposed by society (i.e. use these drugs in this amount and register yourself as a user and therefore stay away from criminality or harm to others because self-harm is going to happen.)

          I am not unsympathetic but fear the consequences of getting it wrong and therefore worse especially since it would take time for the education, training and job creation to take effect.

          I am concerned about the implementation practicality of it all, or is what is happening now under prohibition, methadone and needle exchange no worse or close to it?

          • Rex Widerstrom 6.2.1.1.1

            My concern is with those who … use dangerous, harmful drugs outside those parameters

            In theory (and we can really only talk in theory because it’s rarely tried in practice and usually not for long enough to properly evaluate) such people would be hard pressed to find a supply of the harder drugs.

            Sure, the occasional marijuana plantation will still spring up. But why run the risk of transporting heroin into the country, or running a meth lab, when the bottom has fallen out of the price now it’s available on prescription?

            Needle exchange programs have had a mesurable positive effect on disease transmission rates but they were never designed (and couldn’t be) to reduce usage rates.

            Methadone is sickening, ineffective and dangerous but nonetheless it has been shown to work in keeping a cohort of addicts from committing crimes.

            On that basis, I think it’s worth testing the theory. It can’t be any worse than what we have, specially if, as David Simon says, we “put all the interdiction money, all the incarceration money, all the enforcement money, all of the pretrial, all the prep, all of that cash, I would hurl it as fast as I could into drug treatment and job training and jobs programs”.

    • MrSmith 6.3

      Murray respectfully, the difference is that they weren’t burgling your home at the time you where supplying them with there fix, so saving you money really.

      Yes you could argue you have insurance, but the more burglary the higher the premiums, and if they get caught burgling your home the the tax payer would be forking out (I dont know $70,000 maybe) to put them up per year.

      Murray Rex has the answer, I think we just need to try it.

  7. ianmac 7

    The police are proud of their time and energy in tracking the growing of marijuana. The do the bidding of the law and do it well. But what a terrible waste of time and money. And will they beat the production and sale of the drug? No way. All they succeed in doing is increase the street value of drugs.
     
    Wasn’t the USA woman recently talking about her switch from leading the war on drugs USA, to the opposite view that the war was causing more harm than good. Who was she?

    Because there’s no political capital in it. There really isn’t. The fear of being called soft on crime, soft on drugs. The paranoia that’s been induced.

    How true here in NZ about Crime in general.

  8. M 8

    Rex

    Wow, this is great – people need treatment for drug addiction not imprisonment like that which occurs in Scandinavia, but then that would take money and as this government is concerned with cutting to the bone. I think the problems with drugs will increase and therefore incarceration rates.

    I know I shouldn’t but when I see police bagging up or burning weed I smirk and think they’d be better to legalise it and reduce the crime and perhaps glamour surrounding this drug. I have read that in 30s in the US the fear of weed was ramped up by the authorities and the hemp rope industry largely destroyed to make way for petrochemical rope manufacture. Co-incidence?

    Mike Ruppert’s take on the drug problem is that the CIA allows the proliferation of drugs in the USA because Wall Street would self-destruct if it wasn’t being propped up by drug money filtering through.

    I know a number of people who smoke out but are not stoners so wouldn’t it be better to let them buzz out at the end of the day and take a cut through tax to help those not so able to resist being stoners?

    • Thanks, M… I’ll try to answer the main points in your response…

      that would take money and as this government is concerned with cutting to the bone 

      I haven’t time to find out how much money is wasted on drugs by government. All the police time and reource; the prosecutors; the courts; Legal Aid; probation and prisoner officers’ time and so on. But I imagine we could probably save, say, half of it, spend the other half on drug treatment, and still come out ahead.

      There’s no even an economic argument to be made against such a policy.. leastways if there is, I’ve never heard anyone make one. No, I think the stance of the authorities toward drugs stem from the same belief in teir own moral superiority that sees them unnecessarily interfering in other aspects of our lives.

      I know a number of people who smoke out but are not stoners so wouldn’t it be better to let them buzz out at the end of the day

      Sort of… I know a lot of people who you perhaps woudn’t call stoners (they don’t light up a bong first thing) but they do tend to use every night and over time I’m sure I can see them becoming more dull and slow-witted. I can also see their use gradually increasing. That said, if they keep it to their own home I’d just rather they not do it… I’m not in favour of kicking their door down and raiding them.

      I’m in favour of decriminalisation, not legalisation. So if someone is found in public with a quantity of drugs for personal use (even if that’s “only” marijuana) they get sent to a compulsory drug education class that tells them the truth about the drug they’re using.

      Coming up against the law can provide opportunities to educate and change behaviour positively, because society suddenly has possession of a carrot and  a stick.

      Court should be a place where people get together to solve problems not punish, other than for crimes of violence or persistent non-violent offenders. Because courts have the power to punish, that can be used to encourage recalcitrant participants to do the right things. It’s a unique opportunity, and one we currently waste.

      • Adele 8.1.1

        Teenaa koe, Rex

        Coming up against the law can provide opportunities to educate and change behaviour positively, because society suddenly has possession of a carrot and  a stick.

        If you’re a 5 year old caught smoking pot than maybe I would agree with the above statement.  But otherwise, it reeks of paternalistic poop.

        This is the 21st century where people have access to all sorts of information by all sorts of means – even stoners have the capacity to google stuff  –  eventually.  

        Approach any reasonable person, stoned or not, with that carrot analogy and most likely you will need that stick to fend them off from shoving said carrot in your annus horribilis.   

        • Rex Widerstrom 8.1.1.1

          I don’t deny that it is paternalistic. But we’re talking about people who aren’t exactly making adult choices.

          Remember I’m talking about people who’ve come up against the criminal justice system for some reason. In the scenario I envisage that’s not someone growing a couple of plants and having a smoke at home or at a mate’s on the weekend – that would no longer be something with which the Police need concern themselves.

          It’s someone who, say, is caught driving under the influence or wandering about with a half ounce in their pocket and/or sparking up blatantly in the street. Or perhaps someone who’s committed a nuisance offence and advances “I was stoned” as a mitigating factor just as they do now with “I was drunk”. In short, dickheads.

          It’s illegal (certainly in Australia and I assume NZ) to be street drinking. And if you advance intoxication as mitigation and assuming you get a Magistrate who’s prepared to cut you some slack, you’ll likely get rehab as part of a suspended sentence.

          We can’t go on letting people behave like idiots. Well we can, but I don’t see why we should, given the harm some of them do. If we’re going to mediate their behaviour we can punish them or we can educate them and ask them nicely to moderate it themselves.

          And frankly, if I were a Magistrate and gave someone such an opportunity and they treated the carrot by telling me not to be paternalistic, I’d have no hesitation in bringing out the stick.

      • Rich 8.1.2

        tells them the truth about the drug they’re using

        But what if the truth is that their drug use is completely harmless?

        There are hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who live totally functional and productive lives whilst using drugs on an occasional or regular basis. Scientists, professionals, doctors, teachers, even government policy advisers.

        The reason they don’t get busted much is that they’re white, a bit older and respectable looking. It’s a lot more difficult for a young Maori kid to be acceptably “discreet”.

        • Rex Widerstrom 8.1.2.1

          Yeah, harmless till it’s not harmless any more. The “54 year old businessman” referred to in this story was middle aged, reasonably wealthy, and white. He was also a highly respected lawyer.

          He was one of several people to die from a “lethal” batch of heroin. No doubt, as someone of above average intelligence, he believed it couldn’t happen to him. But it did.

          The harm isn’t just from being busted. Of course making heroin legally available would reduce drug deaths. But ironically, I imagine it’d be the white, middle aged, respectable users who wouldn’t want to register as an addict because of the effect it might have on their professional and personal lives.

    • Deadly_NZ 8.2

      And DuPont in the US was involved as well couldn’t have hemp material getting the way of nice shiny static laden nylon.
      Pot

  9. Drakula 9

    War is fascism; so is the war on drugs I think that the most pragmatic thing to do hear is offer addicts a first program to get them off drugs.

    Failing that there is really nothing anyone can do but to give the hardened addicts their drugs. that will put the supply out of criminal market.

    Where the authorities need to get tough is isolating children from dysfunctional families even to the point of moving children to different locations and giving them different identities.

    Blanket ban on programs that tend to sensationalize drugs; that was the problem in my generation in the 70’s and 80’s , it was cool to blow a joint or have a sniff of coke but the youth need to see the real picture.

    Our youth need to be shown worthwhile and enjoyable alternatives, like cultivating an appreciation of literature, arts, hobbies, vocations and sports.

    When people are happy and busy the temptation will simply not be there, will it?

  10. millsy 10

    Quite frankly if people want to grow some weed and have a few cones with their mates on a saturday night (provided they are over 18 of course), then I dont think that it is the business of the police or the state.

  11. M 11

    “Put on your Depends and get outta Dodge.”
     
    “Global banking liquidity funded by the Mexican drug cartels.” around the five-minute mark:
     
     



     

  12. Uroskin 12

    The War on Drugs has a powerful array of backers who will not easily give up:
    – The wowsers, who want alcohol and tobacco added to the prohibition;
    – The police, who would resent a threat to their anti-drug campaign funding (and would have to start chasing real criminals instead);
    – The politicians, who are too weak to resist a perceived backlash from voters for being soft on drugs;
    – The gangs, who don’t want lower returns on trading that legalisation would bring. Illegality acts as a tax on consumers but the tax goes into the gangs’ coffers;
    – The brewers, who don’t want legal competition on their drug patch.

  13. Skinflute 13

    Don’t forget about the pharmaceutical companies who would loose billions in revenue if marijuana could be used to treat the 300+ conditions it is known to treat that we now use prescription drugs for.
    and don’t forget about the $70000 (?) we spend per year incarcerating people in prison for non-violent drug related offences.
    the line we draw in society between good drugs and bad drugs is completely arbitrary and rediculous especially when one considers the increasing addiction to prescription drugs we’re experiencing in western society.
    I enjoy the odd joint. why is this? price. i can spend $20 on a tinny and entertain myself and a couple of mates for a whole weekend. Good luck getting that much entertainment for $20 anywhere else in auckland. just your fuel costs to get somewhere is going to be more than that let alone entry fee, you probably need to eat and drink while your out (user pays society for the win). is it really that harmfull to society if a group of young males goes to a park gets stoned and throws a ball around for a couple of hours? i can certainly conjure up some worse scenarios involving alcohol and these are most often played out on friday and saturday night

  14. Skinflute – that’s what worries them, harmless drugs that allow too many people to enjoy the park and not be team players in the workplace.
    They want drugs that knock us out or make us hyped (too much of each and we get taken out as collateral anyway).
    The drugs are tailored to keep us chained to the workstation like the wage slaves we are.
    We sort the drug question when we sort the class question.
    Make revolution your personal high.
     

  15. Skinflute 15

    the whole thing is just so damn stupid.

    the idea that you can say “this is bad, don’t do it” and expect it to have the desired effect. I always thought a really stinky fart is the best analogy. You drop a stinky as fart and warn the people around you, the first thing they do is take a wiff and then tell you that you are correct and it is a horrendously stinky fart. the fact that alcohol is illegal when the harm is causes is on par with crack cocaine and methamphetamine and yet we consider it acceptable in our society.

  16. portia 16

    It’s even more senseless.
     
    10 years ago Portugal became the only EU member state to  decriminalise drugs. The drug war hawks predicted chaos and pandemonium, huge increases in drug addiction and related societal disorders.
     
    None of that happened. In fact, the opposite happened. As Glenn Greenwald documented in his 2009 report (available from the Cato Institute), drug use among teenagers decreased over that time frame, even cannabis, and even controlling statistically for other possible causes.  Chicken Little was wrong; the sky did not fall.
     
    Here’s Glenn’s post talking about it, which contains a link to the report at Cato’s site.
     
    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2009/03/14/portugal

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    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    3 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    4 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    7 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    7 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
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    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    20 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    6 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    7 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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