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John Holmes; John Holmes by Mark Sullivan; John Holmes, Self Assignment, November 1, 1975; Los Angeles; California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Contour by Getty Images)

John Holmes; November 1, 1975; Los Angeles; California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Contour by Getty Images)

The Devil and John Holmes

John Holmes was a porn star. Eddie Nash was a drug lord. Their association ended in one of the most brutal mass murders in the history of Los Angeles.

Holmes’s biggest commodity had been trouble. He was freebasing one hit of coke every ten or fifteen minutes, swallowing forty to fifty Valium a day to cut the edge. The drugs affected his work, he couldn’t work in porn. Now he was a drug delivery boy for the Wonderland Gang. His mistress, Jeana, who’d been with him since she was fifteen, was turning tricks to support his habit. They were living out of the trunk of his estranged wife’s Chevy Malibu. Holmes was stealing luggage off conveyers at L.A. International, buying appliances with his wife’s credit cards, fencing them for cash.

Since the late Sixties, Holmes had traded on his natural endowment. In a career that would span twenty years, Holmes made about 3000 pornographic films, had sex with 14,000 women. At the height of his popularity, he earned $3000 a day on films and almost as much turning tricks, servicing wealthy men and women on both coasts and in Europe.

He got hooked on drugs, primarily cocaine, which eventually rendered him incapable of performing. He was always late to the set, and when he finally did show up he’d disappear into the bathroom for hours at a time. After which point, of course, he was scatterbrained and unable to perform. Then he stopped getting roles.

During the height of his drug addiction, Holmes went broke and turned to crime to support his habit. He stole luggage from the baggage claim at LAX, sold things he purchased with his wife’s charge cards, broke into cars. Somewhere around this time, John got involved with alleged drug dealer Eddie Nash, who had an unsavory reputation.

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Drug dealing and guns go together: you can’t have one without the other

Almost consistently, guns that are owned illegally by criminals are part of a more sinister criminal activity – drugs and gangs.

What I’ve noticed – and particularly in the last few weeks – is that Police only find guns when they are conducting raids for other reasons, like a raid on a dope grower. There might be other reasons they are at a house or business premise and accidentally find guns, but the guns are not the reason they’ve turned up.

It shouldn’t really surprise us when Police find gangs and drug lords in possession of firearms. The Media party are, of course, stunned and want to sensationalise the hell out of it.

But drug making and distribution is the pinpoint of illegal activities in New Zealand and, logically, I’d expect the scumbags are keen to protect their cash cow business from other drug kingpins who will advance territorially if they can.

Scumbag criminals aren’t exactly going to have a dance-off to settle differences are they?

The guns found and used over the last week or so totally clouded the real reason the Police were at these places – other crimes.  Read more »

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Pablo Escobar, the godfather of the Medellin Cartel. 1988 Escobar at the height of his power. IMAGE: ERIC VANDEVILLE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES

Pablo Escobar, the godfather of the Medellin Cartel. 1988. Escobar at the height of his power.
IMAGE: ERIC VANDEVILLE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES

He Once Burned $2 Million

When his family were hiding at a farm in the mountains surrounding Medellín, Escobar burned $2 million to save his daughter from the cold weather. Puts Dad buying you a new football into perspective.

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was born December 1, 1949, in the town of Rionegro, nestled in the Northern Andes not far from the city of Medellin in the Colombian province of Antioquia. The son of a peasant farmer and a schoolteacher, there was nothing in Escobar’s background to suggest the meteoric and spectacularly sociopathic trajectory his life would follow.

Before he was a murderous drug lord, Pablo Escobar was part of his neighbourhood Boy Scout troop. He would cut his neighbours’ lawns to raise money, go camping on the weekends, and watch cowboy movies with the rest of his prepubescent cohort. Escobar also filled his personal library — which he decorated with a human skull he had dug out of the graveyard — with Communist texts by Vladimir Lenin and Mao Tse-tung.

Pablo Escobar made his debut in the world of crime by selling fake high school diplomas with his cousin Gustavo Gaviria. He and his cousin also learned how to copy their teachers’ handwriting to fake final grade reports and stole the answers to difficult exams so they could sell them. After providing dozens of people with falsified academic documents, Escobar and his cousin moved on to a variety of other criminal schemes like stealing cars, robbing movie theatre ticket windows, and selling stolen tombstones.

While fairly well-educated, he never had a reputation as a brilliant intellect. Rather, like Al Capone, his main “talent” was an unlimited capacity for violence.

When poverty forced Escobar to drop out of Antioquia’s provincial university in 1966, he started stealing cars and trafficking marijuana, which made him a millionaire at 22. Next he invested his fortune in the nascent cocaine business, monopolizing local coca production by paying peasant farmers twice the going rate and investing in coca cultivation in the remote mountain valleys of Peru and Bolivia, far from weak central governments.

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Crybaby of the week

LIZ WALKER: Blames a Playboy magazine for her mental health issues, alcoholism, promiscuity and drug addiction

LIZ WALKER: Blames a Playboy magazine for her mental health issues, alcoholism, promiscuity and drug addiction

Our Crybaby of the Week blames looking at a Playboy magazine when she was 6 years old as the cause of her promiscuity, drug and alcohol addictions and her poor mental health.

Liz Walker was only six years old when an older girl from up the street squashed in next to her on the school bus and excitedly whispered “Hey do you want to see something?”

It was a Playboy mag she found under her brother’s bed and full of graphic pornography.

What a load of shite.

Graphic pornography?

In a Playboy?

30 years ago? Yeah right. We don’t know her age, but she has three children and looks from her photo to be late 30s or early 40s. Check out the covers from Playboy back in 1987. It hardly matches her claims about “graphic pornography.   Read more »

Teacher buys LSD for supply – still registered

Every week we are provided proof that compulsory teacher registration, something the opposition said was important because it is there to protect the kids, does nothing of the sort.

There is a parade of teachers before the courts and the disciplinary tribunal. This one bought and dispensed LSD…but he is still registered.

A Masterton teacher who dished out LSD tabs to his mates on a weekend getaway at a bach has been censured.

Isaac Dransfield was charged with serious misconduct by the Education Council complaints committee for supplying and consuming class A drugs in November 2014.

He was employed as a teacher at Rathkeale College in Masterton at the time.

Dransfield, now 27, bought eight LSD tabs and took the drugs with his friends at a bach at Aromoana Beach in Central Hawke’s Bay, where the group were celebrating a birthday.   Read more »

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Pamela Des Barres.

Pamela Des Barres.

I’m With The Band

 Confessions of a Groupie

David Bowie shouldn’t be shamed in death, Pamela Des Barres says: Groupies know what they’re doing. And she—former lover of Jimmy Page and Mick Jagger—should know. Pamela Des Barres is one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s.

Having ruled Los Angeles’s groupie scene, Des Barres scoffed at the feminist outrage over David Bowie’s tryst with another famous groupie, Lori Mattix, who was only 15 when Bowie allegedly deflowered her.

“It’s just ridiculous,” Des Barres, now 67—a super-groupie turned journalist and memoirist has said. “Yes, she was a young girl. A lot of people think that’s wrong and let them, but this was a very specific time. Lori is 60 years old now and has no regrets or remorse. She’s told her story a million times before!”

Whenever someone famous and influential dies, particularly when that person is as influential as David Bowie, a schizophrenic cycle of mourning grips the Internet.  First come the shocked tweets and brief personal tributes. Then the thoughtful eulogies and remembrances by this famous person’s peers, mixed in with RIPs from people who didn’t know who he was before Facebook informed them that morning.

It’s often those in the latter category who then dig up dirt on the star, hell-bent on tearing down our cultural heroes the very day they pass away.

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A new kind of privacy invasion: checking your waste water for drugs

The latest weapons in the police crime fighting arsenal are containers to gather samples from Auckland’s wastewater treatment plants. Analysis of the contents should throw light on the current variety of illicit drugs being consumed and whether investigators need to alter their enforcement strategies. It might sound far-fetched, but the chemical analysis of urban wastewater for traces of illegal drugs has shown promise elsewhere for keeping track of patterns and trends in illegal drug consumption.

New Zealand is far from immune from the social and health costs imposed by illicit drug use. One study commissioned by the New Zealand Police put the cost at $1.3 billion. These were measurable impacts, and included the cost of crime related to drug use, the burden on the health system and the loss of workplace productivity. Beyond these costs, there were less easily calculated effects of family turmoil and upset personal circumstances which flow from heavy drug consumption. The picture, undeniably, is that illicit drug use carries a hefty financial and social price tag, for users and the wider community. Read more »

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Drug smugglers get mixed results from Court of Appeal

A DRUG smuggling case involving two Auckland women has provided a rare glimpse into some of the methods police and Customs employ to catch drug traffickers – and how those methods have the potential to be challenged in court.

In 2014 Sandra Wallace was sentenced to seven years behind bars on importation and possession of methamphetamine for supply charges. Wallace’s co-accused Vana Lee Downs was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to a single count of possession of methamphetamine for supply.

Wallace appealed both her conviction and sentence while Downs’ appealed just the length of her sentence.

The charges related to the interception by Customs back in March 2011 of a package from Thailand containing 197 grams of methamphetamine with a purity of 80 per cent.

The Court of Appeal has now released details of how police and Customs caught both Wallace and Downs after first intercepting the package from Thailand.

After Customs intercepted the item and confirmed it contained methamphetamine, their next move was to replace the 197 grams with five grams of methamphetamine and 192 grams of an inert white powder to give the appearance the package hadn’t been tampered with.

A few days after the item arrived a woman identifying herself as ‘Mary Kingi’ contacted the courier company to inquire about the package. She provided a track and trace number and asked for the item to be delivered to an Auckland address. The woman gave NZ Post a mobile number, which checks later confirmed did not exist.   Read more »

What is the most dangerous drug in the world?

Is it cannabis? What about heroin? Or cocaine?

How about none of those…let’s see what the science says:

David Nutt is the Edmond J. Safra professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London. He’s one of the world’s foremost experts on drugs, in terms of their use, their effects on the human brain, and international drug policy. Drug Science – formally the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs – is a science-led drugs charity and research organization headed by Professor Nutt.

In 2010, a now-infamous paper was published by the group detailing their scientific analysis on the harms of drugs available in the U.K., both legal and illegal. Sixteen parameters of harm were chosen, and were divided in terms of the specific drug’s direct and individual effects on the user. A direct effect of a drug on a person could be death through an overdose, for example; an indirect effect could be damage caused by becoming infected with HIV while using contaminated syringes. Each drug’s effect on others and the wider society were also taken into account.

The list included mortality likelihood, dependence, impairment of mental functioning, loss of tangible socioeconomic things (such as a house or a job), physical injury, and criminal activities. The economic cost to the country, as well as the international damage (in terms of political and societal destabilization, for example) were also considered.

“Ranking twenty different drugs on sixteen different harms – that’s the best method we’ve had,” Professor Nutt told IFLScience. In a more general sense, the detrimental effects of drugs could be divided into two broad categories: harm to others and harm to users.    Read more »

You know our privacy laws are rooted when they are being used to protect meth cooks

It beggars belief that wombles are upset over the use of drug dogs to detect meth cooks in apartment buildings.

Only a Newspaper on Sunday could take the side of meth cooks.

Sniffer dogs are being used to scour city apartment blocks for drugs.

The specially trained dogs are making regular patrols of common spaces in up to 80 Auckland apartment buildings, where body corporate committees have hired them from a private company.

But a tenants’ advocacy group has questioned whether neighboring residents would be told if drugs were detected in their building – and the Privacy Commissioner has expressed concerns.

NZ Detector Dogs managing director Janet Williams said demand was “huge” and increasing since they began offering the service about five years ago.

“We don’t have to advertise. It’s all from word of mouth.”

The dogs were only used in common areas, including passageways, and did not enter apartments. If they smelled drugs that information was passed to building managers, Williams said.

“It’s similar to having a smoke alarm in a hallway. There’s a risk, we need to maybe just find out where the smell is coming from and follow up. It’s not about people smoking dope in their apartments, it’s about P labs. It is protecting people’s investment and the health and safety of the entire building.”

If a lab was suspected the company recommended building managers call police, she said.

However, Tenants’ Protection Association manager Helen Gatonyi questioned whose responsibility it was to contact police and inform other residents of a suspected P lab.

“I suspect a lot of people would not want to inform police because it’s $50,000 to remediate.”

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