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  • Hard News: When drug law gets so…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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  • Hard News: When drug law gets so…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I don’t think you understood what I wrote, or that you understand how things work in the real world, especially with drugs like these. Although I’m pleased that you now seem to understand what decriminalisation means, because that hasn’t always been evident.

    I'm not sure your take on the "real world" of drug use justifies the abolition of the Misuse of Drugs Act or the legalisation of recreational drugs.

    Rip it up and start again? Who knew that drug laws and health care could be so complicated.

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  • Hard News: When drug law gets so…,

    It’s not helpful to blur the distinction between the decriminalisation and legalisation of recreational drugs. Nandor was doing something similar a few weeks ago – it would be disappointing if that was part of a joint media strategy.

    If New Zealand relaxes its cannabis laws it will still need criminal sanctions that protect users from adulterated, mis-labelled and inherently dangerous drugs, including harmful analogs. It’s not practical to write regulations for the lawful supply of each and every substance some wanker wants to monetise.

    Lastly, this isn’t the first time you’ve downplayed the difference between the possession and supply of substances that can and do change lives. People who supply dangerous and addictive substances to vulnerable people (including young people) do a lot of harm and continue to deserve the stigma of society’s disapproval.

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  • Speaker: What almost everyone is missing…,

    Thanks for this. It’s good to see an explanation of how KiwiBuild is intended to make all housing more affordable. The discussion of state housing and KiwiBuild is helpful too.

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  • Hard News: The next four years,

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    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you President Donald J. Trump, “magic man. Magic is literally “coming out of his ears”.

    In other developments, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at Trump’s request. Sessions incurred Trump’s displeasure by recusing himself from Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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  • Hard News: The next four years,

    The Eagles’ song Witchy Woman was inspired by the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s also about the ubiquity of witchcraft in the culture of the 1970’s. As Don Henley told Rolling Stone:

    Another inspiration for the song was the roommate of a girl I was seeing in the early 1970s. All things occult were popular in those days. Ouija boards, séances, palm reading, etc. A lot of the girls were into what was called “white witchcraft,” that is, they were practitioners of folk magic for benevolent purposes, as distinguished from malevolent witchcraft or black magic. I think some of them practiced a little of both. I thought it was charming and seductive, but I never took any of it seriously.

    The BBC says that Hotel California is played on American radio once every 11 minutes. Glenn Frey said that the song is based in part on the 1965 novel The Magus, Don Henley said it’s about American decadence. You can listen to the song for yourself and reach your own conclusions.

    The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975 became the best selling album of all time again this year, overtaking Michael Jackson’s Thriller:

    Tragically, the disclaimer intro to Thriller was almost entirely overtaken by events. In 2003 Vanity Fair reported that Jackson had, among other things, taken actual blood baths and paid $150,000 to a voodoo chief in Mali to have 42 cows ritually sacrificed in order to put a curse on David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, and 23 others (see paras 2-4).

    Whether or not you think it’s a real phenomenon, people have been using witchcraft for a long time and there are things that pertain to it they are not going to tell you. Read between the lines: don’t get involved in the occult.

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  • Hard News: The next four years,

    This is a short piece by James Fallows, former chief speechwriter for President Carter; this is an op-ed by Chesley B. 'Sully' Sullenberger III, famous for his heroics as captain of US Airways Flight 1549.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    While it can be hard to maintain the proper perspective amid the flurries of the news cycle, I think Chris Trotter and Bryan Gould are right to be concerned.

    I hope a senior member of the legal profession – a senior partner or barrister – will offer the Ross family pro bono assistance and ensure that everything about Mr Ross’ detention is entirely proper.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to mark taslov,

    While I don't mean to be unpleasant, I don’t want to continue our conversation about Hone Harawira and Don Brash.

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  • Hard News: The next four years,

    Bear this in mind the next time you see an apparently inexplicable outburst or politically important faux pas.

    How seriously should you take this? Well, Elon Musk is one of the most important figures in technology today. He almost single-handedly revived the electric car and runs a company that launches rockets for NASA at a fraction of the old market price.

    Enter Claire Boucher, Azealia Banks and the SEC.

    The problem is real.

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