Posts by Rob S

  • Hard News: Synthetics: We need to stop…, in reply to Simon Armstrong,

    We aren't talking about legalizing synthetics though.
    The cat is out of the bag as far as synthetics are concerned and the main issue is the health effects which illegality is not addressing.
    The evidence for dealing with these harms points to openness not lock them up and ineffective posturing.

    The old saying about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results springs to mind.

    Since Apr 2010 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Synthetics: We need to stop…, in reply to Simon Armstrong,

    Cannabis,loathe it or love it you can't ignore it.
    Keeping it illegal hasn't helped has it?
    Best to regulate and treat any issues as a health problem and not a law and order election posture I'd have thought.
    Perhaps if it had been legal and controlled our synthetic problem wouldn't have occurred almost certainly not to the same extent.
    As for hand wringing over child welfare and mental health how about the elephant in room warning re social harm, alcohol.
    The lowering of the drinking age working out ok for you?
    The treatment of cannabis with punitive sanctions has allowed criminal elements to thrive and given them the opportunity to go on to supply other far more harmful products cos it's all illegal anyway.
    The misinformation in regard of it's harms has caused a credibility issue when authorities speak about other drugs.
    I'm not saying that there are no issues regarding cannabis use but they are not as bad as has been stated ( reefer madness, for Christs sake! ) and using the law will not help with this.
    In effect the best way to deal with cannabis is to open it up and deal honestly with it and not make it illegal and have the cops and courts as the first line of control.
    It's here and it isn't going away.

    Since Apr 2010 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to simon g,

    To me it just comes across as a stupid dick move.

    If that's the best he can do well...….why bother.

    Bad faith attacks on drug policy and crime rates seem to be his modus.

    Does he have a coherent political philosophy that doesn't boil down to tried and true lauranorder and taxes bad?

    Since Apr 2010 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Digital persuasion and the…,

    The anonymity of a lot of these political postings lets malicious players get away with outright falsehoods.
    Surely like a lot of political ads in the traditional media a real life breathing human with contact details etc should have to associated with any ads from which Mr Zuckerburg is presumably making money from hosting.
    Time to look at this aspect of their operation as a publisher and not some hands free neutral platform.
    The devil is in the detail I know.

    Since Apr 2010 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Digital persuasion and the…,

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  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/20/facebook-google-twitter-theyd-still-be-dreadful-without-the-fascists

    No care and no responsibility from our modern digital masters, you know the ones, they don't like paying taxes or cleaning up their mess.

    I think we're on the way to dystopia and not sunlit uplands unless we start getting a handle on some big issues that our 'leaders' are failing to properly address.

    These are not easy issues I know but it's a requirement of the position if you're an elected representative to show some moral strength and clear vision.

    Climate change looking at you also.

    The levels of complacency in our parliament is best described as cynical.

    sorry for the slight threadjack.

    Since Apr 2010 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Cannabis: make it legal but…, in reply to bob daktari,

    allowing “big pot” to dominate a potential market is however only one potential outcome from legalization, the one thing I’ve not seen anyone support.
    Will we see an astroturf campaign of some sort come out of the tobacco/alcohol business groups?
    Who has the ear of the relevant decision makers?
    When push comes to shove will the Nats and Winnies mob actually let legalization happen?
    To get through Parliament one of these parties will have to vote for it or will it be a conscience vote.
    A large majority in favour of some form of legalization will be the best option to go ahead.
    A lot of hard yards ahead methinks.

    Since Apr 2010 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Cannabis: make it legal but…,

    Where do I get my starter kit from?
    What say I want to grow some good shit but can't source seeds/plants?

    Since Apr 2010 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Trump.
    I'm so over it but he's ubiquitous.

    Since Apr 2010 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Slow Burns,

    I so want a copy of Downhill Racer by Shaft.
    One of NZ's pop gems on a par with Elefunk in my Soup, Beings Rest Finally, along with the Hulamen et al.
    Slightly offbeat music.
    What do I do?
    I'm old school and like hard copies.

    Since Apr 2010 • 135 posts Report Reply

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