Wanting cannabis legalised so access can be restricted

An interesting debate has arisen in Oregan where the cannabis legalisation debate is front and centre with a vote on legalisation occuring shortly.

One group of mothers is for legalisation, but no so that they can buy it or smoke…for another reason entirely.

To clarify, the Yes on 91 moms don’t want to legally buy marijuana. Nor do they want their kids to have access to it. In fact, that’s their argument.

“With no regulation, marijuana is sold everywhere,” says Leah Maurer, a stay-at-home mom of three who’s been volunteering for the campaign. “It’s sold on the streets, in parks, outside schools, under the bleachers at baseball and basketball games.”

She holds up a photo, for the benefit of the four television cameras that have crammed into the makeshift press conference room, showing edible THC lollipops with smiley faces painted on them. “This is what’s out there right now. This is what this looks like to our children,” Maurer says. Then she holds up a second image — a sterile white vial with a label on it. “This is what it will look like,” she says, “under Measure 91.”

Broadly speaking, this is the campaign’s particular mom-proof, skeptic-co-opting logic: Measure 91 is less pro-pot than pro-rules-on-pot. The people who want to smoke have likely already decided to vote for the law, and the people who think marijuana’s evil are probably set against it. What’s in between are all the Oregonians not particularly interested in their own personal access to marijuana who might be swayed that the state can better manage this market — and, say, a child’s access to it — than drug dealers can.

This is a good point…with legalisation comes restrictions, just like on tobacco and with alcohol.   Read more »

Guess where the Islamic paradise on earth actually is

The UK


French police used tear gas on crowds of migrants this week in Calais when around 300 attempted to storm lorries heading for the Channel 

Illegal immigrants making desperate bids to reach Britain have turned the port of Calais into a lawless ‘jungle’, according to the French far-right leader.

Marine Le Pen seized on escalating tensions in the town by calling for the urgent reintroduction of internal border controls that have been banished across much of Europe.

The leader of the anti-immigrant National Front party made the remarks during a visit to the northern port town where riot police this week used teargas to ward off hundreds of immigrants seeking to jump on to lorries bound for Britain.

There are similarities between the UK and New Zealand.  Both island nations.  Both tolerant secular western societies.    Read more »

This guy exhumed 150 corpses of girls aged between 3 and 12


..and you won’t believe what he did with them.

Footage has emerged of the house of horrors where a Russian historian held birthday parties for 150 little girls he had dug up from their graves and mummified.

Anatoly Moskvin, 46, from the city of Nizhny Novgorod in central Russia, was arrested in 2011 after it emerged he had dug up corpses of girls aged between three and 12.

He then took the bodies home and turned them into a grisly collection of mummies, dressing the bodies and skeletons in stockings and dresses and even making one look like a teddy bear.  Read more »

Stuff happy to start a panic


That’s quite a spectacular headline.  Ebola’s method of transmission has thus far required contact to infected bodily fluids.  If it can spread through the mail, imagine the potential for it to spread world-wide.

Luckily, it’s a typo.  Fears hundreds are exposed to Ebola in Mali.


Headlines can be fun by themselves, especially when they go wrong.   Read more »


Mental Health Break

I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up! from Dave Fothergill vfx on Vimeo.

Don’t be upset… these are computer generated people.

The dog meat trade, and why it needs change

As a hunter and a carnivore myself, I don’t have a problem with the source of protein.  Cultural differences can cause squeamishness.  For example, horse meat is generally not seen as appropriate meat for those living here, whereas it is freely sold an eaten throughout Europe and nobody thinks twice about it.

The way the meat is raised and brought to the table is another issue altogether.

If you are squeamish – perhaps pass this story by.

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Nuclear Power plants in Europe

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A look inside North Korea

Photographs taken from inside North Korea give a rare glimpse of everyday life for residents living inside the notorious hermit kingdom.

Two Associated Press photojournalists, Eric Talmadge and David Guttenfelder, were granted unprecedented access to travel across the country – while accompanied by a minder at all times, of course.

Their photos from the trip provide some insight into life as a citizen in the North and come in stark contrast to the propaganda released by the state, where leader Kim Jong-un invariably takes centre stage.

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Doug Sellman still whinging

Doug Sellman just doesn’t get it.

He has had a good long whinge in the Sunday Star-Times today.

He seems to think that freedom of speech only applies to him and that he should be free from criticism.share

He also gives Rod Oram a good old reach around, echoing Oram’s claims that I am somehow responsible for suppression freedom of expression when it is him who is seeking to have me, and Carrick Graham and now Katherine Rich silenced.

The fools should really look in the mirror.

But since he keeps on claiming that I am trying to suppress his idea we really should look at those ideas that he is pushing. Then you can see why it is that I push back against idiots like Doug Sellman and the stupid taxpayer funded ideas that they peddle.

And continue to run them we will, especially when idiots like Doug Sellman run off at the mouth claiming:

Not Avondale… not the Islamic centre… It couldn’t be a coincidence, could it?

Radio Live reports

Investigations are underway after a fire at the Auckland Islamic Centre in Avondale overnight.

The blaze broke out around 2:40am this morning, six trucks attended, and it took about an hour to get the fire under control.

Investigators will be back at the mosque on Tait St today to try to determine the cause.

It is believed no one was hurt.

This wouldn’t happen to be the same Auckland Islamic Centre where all the other newsworthy jihad and assault stories originated, would it?

Is Avondale New Zealand’s Birmingham?   Read more »