Posts by Alfie

  • Hard News: The cannabis referendum: the evidence,

    :... there is a large group of New Zealanders using cannabis illegally in ways that are at least as much therapeutic as “recreational”. Adult use of cannabis isn’t just one thing"

    Nailed it. What's not to like about a drug that sends arthritis to the background AND makes you feel a bit pleasant.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cannabis research: there's a…, in reply to Shane Williams,

    Thank you for outlining what we need Shane.

    If I may return the favour, the Twitter link in your profile is broken and if we remove the space it's an account with photos of female bodies. Is that really the image you wanted to project?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Scientology front…,

    And Russell. Thanks for putting this together and doing your bit to keep the evil forces away from our referendum. Much appreciated as usual.

    Now I'm off to read the Spinoff story about Aaron Banks playing cutesy with NZ First. Does NZ First really need another RWNJ scandal when they already have Shane Jones?

    Why is it that only bad actors want to interfere in our politics? Surely some good people could come to NZ and spread their light or vapourise cows or do something to make our collective lives better. But nah, we get Aaron Fucking Banks.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Scientology front…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    L Ron Hubbard’s ‘Fear’ inspired Philip K Dick to do what he did…

    O'K Ian. You made me look it up.

    In a letter to Peter Fitting written on June 11, 1970, Dick wrote: “What I am writing is really psychological fantasies, on the order of L. Ron Hubbard’s Fear, which impressed me very much, and still does. Without Fear I would never have come up with what I do.”
    ─ Phillip K. Dick.

    While I've consumed the odd Dick (that sounds worse than it is) I've never been able to bring myself to even look at a Hubbard. The experience of a friend in Auckland being indoctrinated in the late 70s -- the first one is ALWAYS free -- put me off the whole scientology shebang. Everything I've read since only makes them more evil.

    Tax-free evil... that pisses me off. Because any God invented by a scifi writer who specialises in psychological fantasies probably lacks omnipotency. He could be trumped by a lesser god such as Hebe, Eros, or in the case of National voters, money. Their "religion" is all smoke and unicorns.

    So thanks, Ian. That's another author illusion cruely shattered.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Scientology front…, in reply to Johann Schoonees,

    I disagree with your disagreement. It's about health, not justice.

    I also disagree with Simon's disagreement. While "justice" has taken the lead for over 50 years, treat drugs as a health problem and justice naturally follows. And if our little country has learned one really important lesson lately, it's that following science can produce some great results.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Towards the referendum: this…,

    As a modest spokesman for the (just) over 65s I'm a little taken aback. While you'd traditionally expect older people to be more conservative, we're the generation who grew up rebelling, smoking dope and giving most things a shot. For that reason I would have expected if not a full-on vote for legalisation, at least a more relaxed attitude towards cannabis.

    There's been well-reported support from some Grey Power groups and for good reason. The older you get, the more little niggles like arthritis change your life in subtle ways. Cannabis is a pretty ideal drug for dealing with low-level pain because it sends it to the background with only happy side effects. And not an opioid in sight. Not all, but most friends around my age are smokers but maybe that's just because we tend to hang out with like-minded souls. We self-select our friends.

    Cardiom has a point. Even if they stretched credibility to its limit by portraying Paula Benefit as an anti-drug warrior, National's ongoing scare tactics will have an effect. Their people will probably vote tribally and it's a pity National couldn't put aside party politics to cooperate on an important health and social issue.

    So while there may be a bit of National bias to that poll, if that's the case it'll likely be reflected at the referendum.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…,

    A quick update to this thread, because the usual perps are involved. Not content with vandalising Northland, looting swamp kauri and rupturing fuel pipelines, they've moved on to wreaking havoc on West Coast conservation land.

    Oravida. Destroying paradise, one piece at a time. It's what we do.

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2020/06/02/1079363/rehabilitated-conservation-mine-a-desolate-wasteland

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Speaking as equals: the rise…,

    As an aside, our daughter attended a few 'Boom' festivals in Portugal over recent years and was impressed by the health approach and onsite drug testing there. And even more importantly how clean most samples actually were. All of the MDMA and acid tests all came back clean with only the coke samples being largely something else. Usually Novacaine.

    All power to Know Your Stuff. They do a great job.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Psychedelic science:…, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    I see this as a sort of pre-study proof-of-concept. When you're designing the initial stage of a six week course in which you're not sure you'll even detect measurable results, it makes sense to choose candidates most likely to hopefully register on the scale. Not as any sort of representative sample, but to prove that the results of larger scale testing will be measureable. No?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The last – and best – parts…, in reply to Alfie,

    This 1,000 person study of 40 year olds conducted by Otago Uni suggests at best a close result for the reeferendum and probably much worse.

    Joe Boden is quoted on the Stuff story as saying "most were interviewed before the referendum was announced." I'd expect that must make a difference with Helen Clark and others choosing sides, more positive stories in the media and loads of good information being made available by the Drug Foundation.

    What was the timing on this Joe? Do 40 year olds provide a representative sample of the voting population, or are there generational influences which might make that group in any way more conservative, wary or risk averse? I'd appreciate your insight.

    I believe that public perception has moved markedly over the last few months and my gut feeling is around 60/40 in favour, but that's probably because I don't mix enough with the wrong people.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

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