Daily Roundup

NY Times endorses legalisation of cannabis

The NY Times has taken an editorial stance supporting the legalisation of cannabis.

The New York Times editorial board endorsed the repeal of federal law banning marijuana use on Saturday, a landmark moment in the decades-long fight for legalization.

The Times is also rolling out an interactive six-part series with more editorials discussing issues related to marijuana use. In the first interactive editorial, which turns the stars of the American flag into marijuana leaves as the user scrolls down, the editorial board argued that the ban on marijuana has caused “great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.”

“There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization,” the board wrote. “That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level.”

The Times is the biggest U.S. newspaper to endorse the legalization of marijuana. In recent years magazines like National Review and a few state newspapers like the Las Vegas Review Journal and the Star-Ledger Editorial Board have endorsed legalization.  Read more »

Thanks Len: Fights, vandalism, ticket dodging and threatening behaviour

The Auckland train system is an omnishambles.  Heavily subsidised travel is used as a justification that more of it is needed. (Think about that).  And on top of that, the brand new trains don’t work properly.  They even stopped running when there was a power cut.

And even that isn’t enough to throw it all in the ‘too hard’ pile.  Matthew Dearnaley reports:

Auckland Transport is considering forming a special police force to improve safety on trains.

The idea has emerged after criticism by Auckland Council members of a lack of gates at most stations to stop people catching trains without paying fares.

“The provision of transit police is under investigation as a long-term option,” an Auckland Transport spokesman said.

Well, THAT will drop ticket prices, won’t it?  Apart from the safety aspect, would the cost of employing glorified ticket inspectors be less than the non-subsidised loss of income they are meaning to combat?

Manurewa Local Board chairwoman Angela Dalton says fights on platforms and vandalism are becoming prevalent, and commuters are reconsidering their use of trains after “being intimidated by young people of gang persuasions”.

“They are also seeking money from old people, who are a bit more vulnerable – my concern is that somebody is going to get hurt,” she told the council’s infrastructure committee last week.

This is a policing issue.  We already have a dedicated force to deal with these things.  It is called The Police.

There is absolutely no need for Auckland Council to go the way of special dedicated Auckland Transport police force.

Councillor George Wood said a senior police officer had told a meeting of local board members that police were reluctant to travel on trains in uniform at off-peak hours “because they feel intimidated”, a claim denied to the Herald by Inspector Alan Shearer of the Counties Manukau police.

This is just fantastic.  A senior police officer doesn’t feel safe travelling on these trains while in uniform?

NO MORE MONEY.  STOP IT.

No more rates, no more central government taxes should go to this enormous hole in the ground.

[Auckland Transport] has also hired security guards at 10 stations in a 15-week trial due to end on Friday, when it will review the benefits of keeping them on, against a “considerable resourcing cost”.

Listed offences include assaults on train staff and passengers, vandalism, trespass and “surfing” or clinging dangerously to the outside of trains.

Does this happen to the same extent in Wellington?

Welcome to the world’s Most Livable City.   Thanks Len.

 

- NZ Herald

Is Colin Craig just unbelievably dense or did he think he’d get lucky?

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The Electoral Commission has rejected the Conservative Party logo on the grounds it could “cause confusion or mislead electors”.

The logo the party tried to register was simply the word “vote” inside a bright blue speech bubble.

In a decision released today, the commission said the logo could be confused with other instructions on the voting paper.

“The voting paper prescribed in the legislation contains instructions for voters,” the commission said in a statement.

“The word ‘vote’ is used several times in these instructions.

“The Commission concluded that the appearance of the proposed party logo on the ballot paper featuring the word ‘vote’ could be regarded as instructive and therefore be likely to confuse and mislead voters.”

Using National Party colours, it points at a box, and says “Vote” with no indication that it is actually for the Conservative Party.

You know, the party says you should vote for them and “Stand for something”.

Like a scam?  Stealing votes by subterfuge?

What on earth were they thinking?

 

- Stacey Kirk, Stuff

The King is dead. Long live the King

Matt Bown makes the announcement

Long-standing critic of the king movement, David Rankin, said the time has come to “bring this colonial relic of an institution to an end”.

He said the case against Maori King Tuheitia’s son, Korotangi Paki, 19, had embarrassed and shamed Maoridom.

Calls and messages to representatives of the King’s office remained unanswered by deadline last night. But a member of King Tuheitia’s national council of twelve, Professor Pou Temara, dismissed Rankin’s comments as out of their depth.

In a statement to media, Rankin likened the King movement to a badly injured horse.

“Sometimes you have no choice but to put it out of its misery. The same applies to the King Movement. The present truck-driver king cannot speak Maori, has to have other Maori advise him on basic protocol, and has been ordered by Tuku Morgan never to make any public statements. This is not a King but an object of nationwide ridicule.”

International ridicule.   Read more »

It’s official: National is cold shouldering the Conservatives in East Coast Bays

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via TV3 live stream

National has signalled it will not stand down McCully, and the Conservative Party will need to win the seat or get to 5% if they are to make it to parliament.  National will work with them if they do.

Here is the full press release:

“We will be seeking a further mandate on September 20,” says Mr Key.
“In an MMP environment, the public determines the make-up of Parliament by voting in a combination of parties, and every election is a tight contest.”
“After the election, political parties must work constructively to form and maintain a stable Government and voters want to know what party combinations are possible.”   Read more »

A message to my esteemed leftie commenters

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I would like to point something out.  Here is a comment the moderators (rightly) deleted

You are so full of shit I can smell it all the way over here. I’m surprised you can’t smell it to because you have your head shoved way up your ass.

It was an accident, to which Sea Shepherd openly admitted.

“The spill occurred nine days after Sea Shepherd had acquired the Sam Simon. The vessel had a faulty fuel pump switch, and although the chief engineer had trained the crew in a temporary work around for the problem, the procedures were not followed in that particular case.”

It’s incredible that som,one as brainless as you has any kind of forum in which to spout lies.

Not one word of anything you say has any truth to it in any way shape of form.

Deleted because 1) personal attack, 2) attacking the blog staff/owner  and 3) rude language.

A few small modifications would have made the comment survive:   Read more »

Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB [UPDATED]

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

Josie will be in the studio with Larry and myself today, so click on the “Cam and Josie on Cam” link below so you too can see her recoiling at every vile suggestion that comes from my extreme vile right wing mouth!

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Topics today may include (will there be enough time?)

1)  One News/Colmar Brunton Poll

2) Nick Smith v Fish & Game – did he strongarm them?

3) Labour whining about Mike Hosking as debate moderator

4) Which electorate deals will John Key announce on the back of yesterday’s party list?

5) Green Party to outlaw oil

6) “Holiday Highway” gets consent to proceed

7) Auckland’s 2nd harbour crossing might be fast tracked under National

8) Labour wants to give councils the power to tax beds, toilets or anything else Read more »

Mental Health Break

“Tainted” Fisher’s employer gets a free pass from Kim Dotcom’s political toy

Further to the NZ Herald’s rather gigantic ballsup this morning, the Internet Party think’s it’s OK:

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