Ah, the truth finds a way.
Schapelle Corby had trafficked drugs into Bali three times before her arrest, and “acted crazy” to get her sentence cut, her former Australian cellmate Renae Lawrence claims.
Lawrence, one of the Bali Nine drug couriers, was secretly videoed making the allegations that were broadcast on Network Ten yesterday.
She said Corby, who was released from Bali’s Kerobokan jail on parole in February, was good at keeping her secrets, but “let one slip one night”.
“She said that she knew the marijuana was in the boogie bag, but the person who was supposed to be at the airport at the same time didn’t turn up,” Lawrence said.
“She told me and the other prisoner that she’d done it more than this time.
“She said she’d brought the drugs [into Bali] before three times.”
Lawrence also claimed Corby “acted crazy” to get her sentence cut.
Well, can’t say I blame her. Â It saved her from life imprisonment, or worse. Â You do what you have to do. Â But the whole “innocence” routine was as fake as the rest of her. Â Read more »
By Stephen Cook
FORMER PROPERTY tycoon turned P-addict Mark Lyon is out from behind bars â€“ and already fresh trouble is brewing.
The chronic 58-year-old methamphetamine addict, once renowned for his love of Versace, was arrested in May last year on weapons and explosive charges after an early-morning police raid on his rented Greenlane property.
The heavily-secured property, occupied by Lyon and his revolving door of transient young girlfriends, was a pigsty before the cops arrived â€“ after they left it resembled a bomb site in war torn Beirut.
The owner of the property, car dealer John Murphy, is holding Lyon liable for all the damages â€“ estimated to be upwards of $15,000 – and has now hired former champion boxer Sean Sullivan to recover the debt.Â Read more »
… is a headline you’ll see, never.
Almost a third of people seeking late-night treatment at Christchurch Hospital’s emergency department (ED) are there because of alcohol, with most binge drinking before needing help.
Data from the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), released today shows alcohol contributes to 28.7 per cent of ED attendances between 11pm on Saturday and 8am on Sunday, and almost 20 per cent the night before.
The findings are part of a project carried out by students Rebecca Stewart and Manidipa Das to determine the effect alcohol has on the hospital’s ED.
The pair spent 336 hours in the ED between November 15 and December 9 last year and found 5 per cent of all admissions (182 out of 3619 patients) during that time were related to alcohol.
More than 80 per cent of those affected by alcohol had been “binging”, with 14 being the median number of drinks they had consumed.
And so we continue with the legalised evil that alcohol presents while suppressing the many benefits of Marijuana by classifying it as an illegal drug.
UOC emergency medicine Professor Mike Ardagh, who supervised the Canterbury District Health Board-sponsored project, said the findings proved interventions in the city’s drinking culture were needed.
He wanted the data to be used in the development of the Christchurch City Council’s draft local alcohol policy (LAP), which would include restrictions on the hours alcohol could be sold.
“I think the figures sort of speak for themselves in terms of the size and shape of the problem.”
Nichole Mathewson @ Stuff
Labour and the teacher unions claim that teacher registration is best in order to protect the kids.
Yet every week there is a parade of teachers through the courts on charges.
An early childhood teacher has been sentenced to six months home detention at the Auckland District Court for smuggling methamphetamine.
Hayley Jacobs’ lawyer spoke of her client’s considerable fall from grace, which has already cost the teacher her marriage, her home, her job and possibly her career.Â Read more »
New evidence suggests that it isn’t just munters getting smashed and high, rather itÂ shows that drinking and drug taking in adults correlates with higher childhood intelligence.
Finnish researchersÂ gathered data on 3,000 fraternal and identical twins and found that the sibling who was the first to develop verbal abilityâ€”speaking words, reading and using expressive languageâ€”also tended to be the first to try alcohol and to drink more heavily throughout adolescence. Verbal development may be correlated with social intelligence; the verbally precocious twin also had, on average, more friends, and could be more likely to end up in social situations where alcohol is present: â€śGood language skills reduce the likelihood of peer rejectionâ€¦ higher social activity predicts more frequent drinking in adolescence,â€ť write the authors.
First to speak means first to booze and drugs?
Earlier speaking age is also associated with better academic performance throughout middle and high school and a higher chance of graduating from collegeâ€”and achieving higher levels of education is also correlated with higher alcohol consumption. The authors hypothesize that intelligence is correlated with curiosity and a desire for new experiences: â€śCognitive performance and reading abilities in childhood are related to higher stimulation-seeking tendencies.â€ť
My experiences are certainly not like this study.
Drawing on the results of the National Child Development Study, which tracked for 50 years all British babies born during one week in March 1958, Kanazawa found that kids who scored higher on IQ tests grew up to drink larger quantities of alcohol on a more regular basis than their less intelligent peers. He evaluated other factors, including religion, frequency of church attendance, social class, parentsâ€™ education and self-reported satisfaction with life, and found that intelligence before age 16 was second only to gender in predicting alcohol consumption at age 23.
In Kanazawaâ€™s model, illicit drugs constitute another evolutionarily novel experienceâ€”and he (and others) have also found a link between high IQ and experimentation with drugs. In Kanazawaâ€™s study, the higher a respondentâ€™s IQ before age 16, the more psychoactive substances he or she had tried by age 42. AnotherÂ studyÂ found that 30-year-old women who had earned high scores on an IQ test at age five were more than twice as likely to have smoked weed or used cocaine in the previous year; men who had scored highly on IQ tests as children were 50 percent more likely to have recently consumed amphetamines or ecstasy.
Again not my experience, having never taken amphetamines nor ecstasy, and only Â very mild drinker.
Possibly smart kids go on to have jobs that allow them to spend more money on expensive things like booze and drugs?
It is apparently very easy and shows the pointlessness of legislation in attempting to halt the creation, distribution and enforcement of “legal” highs.
Motherboard at Vice explains just how easy it is to manufacture your very own legal highs.
Pick a banned drug, any banned drug. Perform a slightÂ molecular twist.Â Find a labâ€”probably somewhere in Chinaâ€”that’s downÂ to pump out a bunchÂ of thisÂ stuffÂ etÂ voilĂ ,Â you’ve got yourself a new, legal versionÂ of that illegal substance.
So goes the reportageÂ in the sort of breathless andÂ oftentimesÂ inaccurate (or straight up untrue)Â press andÂ television coverage we’ve come to expect in the wake of overdoses and psychological traumas wrought on by whicheverÂ so-called new psychoactive substanceÂ is hot at any givenÂ moment.Â But is inventing and manufacturing a perfectly legal version, or analogue,Â of an illegal recreational drugÂ a simple matter of tweaking thatÂ banned drug’s chemical structureÂ andÂ putting outÂ feelersÂ to some sketchy pill stamper or powder-headÂ outside of Shanghai?Â Is it really that easy? Â Read more »