Posts by Craig Young

  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is a serious…,

    Du Fresne's been a pain in the arse for years insofar as the abortion debate goes, given how rabidly anti-abortion he is. And yet he denies any residual Catholic leanings.Anyhow, apart from that, one thing that unifies du Fresne and Stephen Franks is that they're both social conservative apparatchiks (one ex-ACT voting fiscal conservative friend told me the reason she stopped voting for that party were the shrill social conservative histrionics from him and Muriel Newman while they were still in Parliament). The thing to remember is that both of these fellows imbibe rhetoric from the same populist anti-science fringe media sources, which, fortunately, are not at all strong in New Zealand,,, and we can use our own media contacts to deconstruct their prohibitionist populist drivel.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 495 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…,

    One of the things I noticed after covering him for many years for Gaynz.Com was that the man has risible strategic planning skills. Remember too, his tertiary qualifications are in tax policy and accountancy, so while I'm sure Family First is well managed when it comes to fiscal probity, he has no qualifications in toxicology and pharmacology. Family First does tend to do a good job in initial mobiisation when it comes to 'fact' sheets and mobilising people to make parliamentary submissions, but doesn't seem to realise that his opponents are motivated enough to keep up the pressure through the process of successive parliamentary debate and MP lobbying. For that reason, he keeps ultimately losing any political debate that he is involved with. Apart from the "New" (sic) Conservative Party and sundry anti-drug populist outfits, they're on their own this time. Moreover, cannabis prohibition is not a frontline issue for US social conservatives so he lacks the constant updates when it comes to propaganda, tactics and strategy that he'd get when it comes to abortion, homosexuality and assisted suicide.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 495 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    One thing I always wonder about in these cases is the polydrug angle. Was it a specific substance, or was it a mixture of specific substances?

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…, in reply to tatjna,

    Hyponatremia is also a risk for me as a person with Type 2 diabetes and I don't even use recreational drugs, let it be noted.

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…, in reply to Moz,

    Does that have anything to do with the fact that Fred Nile is in the NSW Legislative Council? I've spotted some of his reefer madness silliness on the CDP website, which I spy on for LGBT friends.

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    As a matter of interest, Russell, does anyone ever respond to McCoskrie's facile antidrug populist grandstanding with some good evidence-based rebuttal? Yes, I know it's onerous and I know he's an utter tosser, but the problem is that he's gibbering in an evidence-free vacuum and in the absence of harm reduction and risk management based substance, his nonsense will gain traction.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 495 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Just quietly, this is a big deal,

    Either abolish the Misuse of Drugs Act, or provide an evidence-based quanta that is focused on harm minimisation, risk reduction, rehabilitation or exit (if that is what users choose), with a corresponding focus on the magnitude and severity of harm. And abolish the Class C category altogether.

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  • Speaker: Cannabis: make it legal but…,

    Good strategic move here, especially as Can't-abis campaigners Family First are already humming and hahing about the dangers of "Big Pot" given Bob McCoskrie's recent Colorado visit. So why aren't they campaigning as vigorously against breweries and tobacco companies?

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  • Access: The stories the Royal Commission…,

    To which extent were state institutional responsibilities for care shared with religious institutions such as the Catholic or other churches?

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  • Access: Lest we forget: the influenza…,

    So where was the commemoration on our national media? Nothing on TVNZ, not even on Radio New Zealand, where one would expect it to be a focus of public broadcasting archival references.

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