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Senior criminology lecturer says ‘free the weed’

 

Dr Fiona Hutton, a senior lecturer in criminology, talks some sense on drug-law reformQuote:

QuoI started 2018 with an unmistakable sense of optimism – after years of procrastinating and avoiding the evidence, a government was going to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis by 2020.

Could this be the beginning of an exciting new era of drug policy and drug law reform? Where policy was evidence based, where the harms from drug use could be effectively addressed, and where the damage from criminalisation could be stopped?

[…]My biggest fear is that the whole thing will end up being a rushed, misinformed, ill-thought-through debacle, and we will have missed a really important chance to make a difference; to respond to drug use and drug users differently and more effectively; to stop the harms related to underground markets and criminalisation. Prohibition of drugs has not stopped people using or having problems with them.

[…]I hope the powers that be will take action very soon to provide a balanced, well-produced, well-thought-out information campaign, to ensure New Zealanders are fully aware of what they are voting for.End of quote.

What will happen is that those for reform will provide reasoned, evidence-based arguments while those opposed will engage in lies, misinformation and emotion. This is because those opposed to reform have got nothing. Quote.

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Good god: It’s not toxic masculinity, it’s called being drunk and obnoxious.


A journalist at a newspaper gets it completely wrong. Quote:

Quote:Last night my friend and I went to a bar. It was great, thanks for asking.

Except for the part where our night was ruined because we refused to let a man buy us a drink.

He approached us just as we were finishing our first beer, a middle-aged, well-dressed businessman.

“Let me buy you girls a drink,” he said, gesturing with his wallet. My friend, always polite, was about to accept, but I cut her off.

“No thanks, we’re driving.”

He pushed on. “How about a coke?” We refused again and he went away. We were relieved, knowing a drink is never just a drink, but comes with the obligation of polite and usually inane conversation.End of quote.

That’s one way of putting it. But hey, kudos for not leading him on. Quote:

Quote:[…] It’s a tiny bar, our local, the Dunedin version of Cheers, where people really do know your name. Outsiders stand out. And if someone is watching you, it doesn’t take long to work it out.

[…] Later, I came back from the bathroom to find my friend looking shaken.

“He came up to me,” she said. “Right in my face, like this.” She held her palm up to her nose.

“He said you’d lied, that you weren’t driving. I told him, we just didn’t want to talk to him and to go away.”

[…] However, on the way out, the man stopped at our table.

“You are the f***ing rudest women,” he said. He was shaking with rage.

As he walked out the door he stopped and looked back. I gave him the finger. He turned.

“Do you want to hit us?,” my friend asked. He stormed outside, paced up and down a few times and then disappeared into the night.

[…] Creeped out, we decided to go home. Our friend dropped me to my car, the 10-minute walk deemed too dangerous by myself. I was grateful.End of quote.

Yep, things could have been worse. So far just a story of more than likely an obnoxious middle-aged drunk with a sense of entitlement and a too high opinion of himself. But then … Quote:

Quote:This morning, I am fuming.

I’m furious at being forced into the role of damsel in distress. I am seething that it’s 2018, and women are still suffering due to unbridled male entitlement.End of quote.

Huh? It was one obnoxious guy. Quote:

QuotWe did not owe that man anything, and yet in his eyes, we did. I can’t stop thinking about what he would be like in a relationship. Would he feel entitled to tell his wife what clothes to wear? Would he feel entitled to have sex with her whenever he wanted? Would he feel entitled to hit her when she refused?End of quote.

Ok, so now he’s gone from having a sense of entitlement to being a rapist and abuser. Where’s Kelvin when you need him? Quote:

Quote:This is what is meant when we talk about toxic masculinity. Dominant behaviour that threatens women and promotes violence.End of quote.

If you read your own report the guy didn’t actually threaten you.

But anyway, two can play at this game.

Let’s say this journalist and her friend instead of doing the morally right thing, decided to lead the guy on and got him to buy them drinks? Would that be toxic femininity?

See, I’ve just defamed an entire gender.

Fact is, there is no such thing as toxic masculinity, only men who behave badly. Just like there is no such thing as toxic femininity, only women who behave badly. And just because a few behave badly doesn’t give anyone else the right to give it a label and by implication defame an entire group. Quote:

Quote:Please just stop. Because we are so tired of having to have this fight.End of quote.

Yes, well, I’ll just go and tell every guy I know not to act like a dick in bars.

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The arrest of Tommy Robinson: Robert Spencer pulls no punches

Supporters of Tommy Robinson protest his arrest outside Downing Street Featuring: Atmosphere Where: London, England, United Kingdom When: 26 May 2018 Credit: Luke Dray/Cover Images 

Robert Spencer at Frontpage Mag writes:

Quote:Two recent arrests in Britain could serve as its epitaph.

The first, as captured in this video , was that of a middle-aged woman named Amy who was arrested on Wednesday at her home. Amy herself began filming with her phone as police demanded that she let them in. When Amy asked them whether she was going to be arrested and asked them what the charge was, they refused to answer, and simply repeated their demand that she let them in, threatening to break down the door if she didn’t.

Watching the video, one shares Amy’s confusion and fear at being confronted by police at her door at nine o’clock in the morning. Then when she does open the door, she is told she is under arrest. A young male policeman bellows, “Do not resist us!” He and his female partner roughly handcuff Amy and lead her away.

Last month, Amy confronted London police in Hyde Park – as you can see in this video — where Muslims were placing down their prayer mats on the walkways and conducting public prayer. She pointed out to them that it was against the law to hold public prayers in parks, but police responded only with obfuscation and indifference.

Amy wasn’t arrested, however, for embarrassing the London police. At least not officially. As you can see from yet another video , she was arrested for “homophobia,” not “Islamophobia,” in a highly questionable case. Apparently she said “Have a gay day” to a gay rights activist who confronted her, and is being charged with assault for pushing him away.

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Warning labels today, plain packaging tomorrow.

Newshub reports on some teetotallers pretending to be researchers: Quote.

Quote:Alcohol warning labels in New Zealand are “highly deficient” according to a new study, and researchers are calling on them to be compulsory and regulated.

But the alcohol industry lobby group says adding warning labels won’t help to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.End of quote.

And the alcohol industry lobby group is right. Quote.

Quote:Researchers from the University of Otago examined 59 labels on a range beers, wines, and RTDs to check the health warnings they had displayed.

“One of our biggest findings is that our warnings are small and they’re also hard to find on the bottle… the average size of the picture warnings is the same size as that of a green pea,” said the study’s lead author and fifth year medical student Georges Tinawi.End of quote.

How big do they want the warnings to be? Most of the label? Quote.

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Climate skeptics more eco friendly

The obligatory picture of backlit harmless water vapour to illustrate a Climate Change story

Who’d have thunk it. Those who are sceptical about climate change are more eco-friendly than those who make a song and dance about it. Breitbart explains: Quote:

QuoteAmericans who are skeptical about climate change engage in personal behavior that is more friendly to the environment than climate alarmists, who support increased government regulation, a new study has found.

Michael Hall, a psychologist from the University of Michigan, led a team of researchers in a yearlong longitudinal study of 600 Americans who “regularly reported their climate change beliefs, pro-environmental behavior, and other climate-change related measures” and published the results of their study in The Journal of Environmental Psychology[…]

The results of the study contradicted the intuitive assumption that people most concerned about climate change would be the most likely to engage in eco-friendly behavior, revealing instead that the contrary is true. There is an inverse correlation between climate-change concern and environmentally beneficial action.End of quote.

I wouldn’t call it contradictory. Those who talk the walk seldom walk the talk. Quote:

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Oh boo hoo, suck it up cupcake and stop blaming blokes

An SJW after spotting sexism in the distance.

A Newspaper writes: Quote:

QuoteSurvivor’s latest victim says living in a Thailand jungle was “10 times worse” than she expected, calling one night “unbelievably terrible”.

Wildcard entrant Franky March was eliminated during last night’s episode of Survivor NZ after her tribe, Chani, lost another immunity challenge[…]

She told the Herald she developed a misconception [since last October] that the show was going to be easy.

“I half thought, ‘They probably have a semi-shelter set up, and they probably have soap, and… maybe a Portaloo even?’ But no, there was none of that,” says March.End of quote.

In other words, she hadn’t watched one episode. Quote:

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Venezuela: Socialist hypocrisy in action


Frontpage Mag reports:

QuoteVenezuela’s spectacular collapse evokes memories of other such socialist nightmares. Blessed with fantastic oil wealth, Venezuela was once the region’s richest nation. But after years of leftist policies culminating in Cuban-style socialism, the oil-rich yet impoverished South American nation is now in the throes of a humanitarian crisis – near famine conditions and a hemorrhage of poor refugees pouring into neighboring countries. Venezuela’s collapse is like other socialist nightmares in another respect: corruption.

Many top officials and friends of the regime have gotten filthy rich through corruption. This is nothing new, to be sure. Like other Third World petrostates, Venezuela has long been a kleptocracy, ranked over the years by corruption watchdog Transparency International as one of the world’s most corrupt nations. Venezuela’s corruption gravy train, however, soared to epic levels under what the late President Hugo Chávez and successor Nicolás Maduro called “twenty-first-century socialism.” Corrupt officials and insiders got rich in a variety of ways: kick-back schemes and bribes involving state industries; sleazy currency-exchange deals and money laundering; and other nefarious deals – from outright theft of state assets to drug trafficking. Corruption flourished due to a dark side of human nature: absolute power corrupts absolutely. Venezuela’s already fragile democracy was destroyed.End of quote.

When the state owns the means of production, it’s no surprise that bureaucrats and officials are deep in the trough.Quote:

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Actually Paddy, we don’t


Patrick Gower opines:

QuoteOPINION: We need a gay All Black.
Well, actually we need an openly gay All Black.

Because you can’t tell me that of the 1170 men who have worn the black jersey since 1884, that not one of them was gay.End of quote.

I can. Maybe none of those 1170 men were gay because maybe gay men don’t like playing rugby? Quote:
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Hey Phil, shut up and actually read the indictment

Get used to Orange fatty

Phil Quin ignorantly writes in a newspaper:

Like many Kiwis, I took an instant dislike to Kim Dotcom. Aside from anything else, it saved time.[…]

But we can’t, and nor should we, prosecute and imprison detestable people simply for being detestable. And in the case of Kim Dotcom and his erstwhile colleagues at Mega Upload, questions of justice, dubious political motivations, not to mention basic questions of procedural fairness, must surely outweigh our distaste at the spectre of Kim Dotcom.End of quote.

You could say that Kiwis are divided into two groups: those that think Kim Dotcom is innocent and a victim and those that believe he is guilty and has more than outstayed his welcome. I say Kiwis are actually divided into those that have actually read the indictment against him and those that haven’t. Quote:

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Facebook: It’s not just the data you should be worried about.


Karl du Fresne takes a friendly stab at Facebook. Quote:

I note that $80 billion was wiped off the value of Facebook’s shares following a scandal over privacy breaches.End quote.

Also around one in ten American Facebook users have ditched the site. Quote:

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