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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 »

Trougher, desperate for attention, trying to re-write past again

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Here we go again.

Poor old trougher Shane Kawenata Bradbrook ? the trougher exposed on Whaleoil for living it up large around the world on the taxpayer, is crying to Maori media after another troughing group gets a slap from the Taxpayers Union.

This time it is taxpayer funded anti-tobacco group ASH getting a serve from the Taxpayers Union who say:

The Taxpayers? Union believes that questions need to asked about why a lobby group, working with the Maori Party on a political campaign around tobacco plain packaging, is largely taxpayer funded. ?This morning?s front page of the New Zealand Herald covers the latest efforts to build political pressure to introduce a plain packaging law.

Taxpayers? Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says, ?While civil servants operate under a duty of political neutrality, the Ministry of Health and others are awarding substantial sums of taxpayer money to health and environmental lobby groups to push particular political agendas.”

?It is wrong for special interest groups such as ASH to be using taxpayer money for political campaigns. ASH’s?factual inaccuracies about the impact of plain packaging on smoking consumption in Australia suggests that they are operating outside any of the usual public sector control requiring balanced and evidenced based public statements.?

According to ASH?s most recent annual return filed with the Charities Register, more than 90% of ASH?s funding comes from the taxpayer.

Mr Williams says, ?We all support funding for front line and addiction services such as Quitline. What we don?t support is funding to political organisations to operate campaigns with taxpayer money.”

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Some people are just never happy

Some people are just never happy, even when they are being rewarded.

Let’s face it, only the congenitally stupid now smoke, after all the years of advertising bans, public health messages, documentaries, increased tobacco taxes and every conceivable strategy short of an outright ban people are either retarded or wilfully choosing to smoke.

The country has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on smoking cessation programmes for no discernible reduction in smoking. Sure the smoking rate is dropping, but that is because the number of smokers is remaining static and the population is increasing.

Witness yet another trougher organisation using taxpayer money to ‘reward’ people for stopping smoking.

The people getting the rewards however are unhappy…its not enough they say…as if the chance of getting all sorts of nasty cancers being drmatically reduced by stopping smoking isn’t enough of a reward by itself, they still want more.

A $13,000 programme enticing expectant Maori and Pasifika mothers with jewellery and gift vouchers to stop smoking has been slammed as insulting and undignified by critics.

But a doctor behind the scheme has defended it, saying two in five Maori women smoke in pregnancy which she described as a “public health emergency”.

The Waikato District Health Board incentive programme is offered to mostly Maori and Pasifika mothers who are less than 28 weeks pregnant.

A total of $13,000 of DHB money has been specifically allocated to the project. ? Read more »

Hold the horses – Eating addiction blamed for Obesity

Nigel Latta is simply brilliant. He?s managed to hoe into $1.6m of NZ On Air funding to produce TV shows including his most recent hit series ?The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta?.

For the most part, he ends his shows by wondering how can this sort of thing can happen in New Zealand and then bashes up on the Government. It?s a ratings winner.

But all this debate on obesity and saying it?s not our fault may have just hit a slight snag.

I?ve come across an article in the UK?s Guardian has the grand title ?Eating, not sugar, is addictive?. ?? Read more »

Australian Politician Tells it How it is

Bureaucrats are the same the world over. They think they know best, and as they?re the ones advising Government Ministers, they think they have the authority over what?s right and what?s wrong.

Public health troughers are the same, particularly as they try and get the government to introduce plain packaging for tobacco and?lobby the government for fat and sugar taxes over soft drinks.

Occasionally a politician peers through the wool that is being pulled over their eyes by their officials and by troughers sucking on the taxpayers? tit.

Last week David Leyonhjelm, Australian Liberal Democrat senator for NSW did exactly that, and on an issue that is sure to get the health zealots all fired up, by writing a piece in the Australian Financial Review titled ?E-cigarettes at mercy of bureaucrats who ban by default?.

The honesty is refreshing and is an example politicians in NZ should look to for inspiration, instead of being captured by the health bureaucrats.

He talks about how the health bureaucrats have got the whole debate on e-cigs wrong in Australia, David Leyonhjelm had some cracker lines:

It seems everything is illegal in Australia unless a bureaucrat gives permission. What?s worse, you have to go to the trouble and expense of asking for permission, because if bureaucrats were proactive they would run the risk of serving the public.

A good example is the case of e-cigarettes. These inhalers deliver a warm puff of nicotine, without the carcinogenic tar and industrial solvents of cigarette smoke. Alternatively, they can deliver a puff of anything else you could wish for, such as the flavour of chocolate or whisky. ? Read more »

Eric Crampton on “public health costs” for sin products like tobacco, sugar, etc

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There is an increasing propensity for health campaigns and their idiot mouthpieces in the media like Duncan Garner to talk about the increasing public health costs of this or that.

The latest target is sugar…but before that we had tobacco and to a certain extent alcohol.

Of course the health busybodies and troughers like to quote massive numbers that they generally fetched from their rectal cavity. No one ever queries how those numbers are derived or justified, they are accepted carte-blanche and then regurgitated as fact.

Eric Crampton however does push back on this.

Health care takes up an increasing part of government budgets due to an expansion in the proportion of basic healthcare covered by governments rather than privately, due to demographic change, and due to increased cost of dealing with those illnesses that were once untreatable. Health budgets are then really salient. Voters are always looking for no-cost ways of saving money. All those political parties that promise vast savings by identifying “efficiencies” and stamping out waste? They’re appealing for a reason. ? Read more »

Told you plain packaging will extend beyond cigarettes, now it will be a trade weapon

I’ve been talking about it for ages, and commenters and other including politicians scoffed…Don’t be silly Cam, plain packaging legislation is for tobacco only.

Except it gives the antis a toehold and now we are seeing the results of that. On top of that tobacco producing countries can use it to conduct a trade war against our exporters.

New Zealand’s wine and dairy producers will be forced to export their products without branding in retaliation for Government’s introduction of plain packaging of cigarettes, tobacco firms are warning MPs.

A senior Indonesian official has been reported saying New Zealand exporters will pay a price for draconian law changes which will require tobacco producers to sell their products in plain packs with standardised fonts and colours.

Tobacco firms and lobbyists repeated the warning to a Parliamentary committee yesterday.

Emergency Committee for American Trade president Cal Cohen told MPs that plain packaging was likely to lead to restrictions of trademarks for other goods such as wine and dairy.

Tobacco giant Phillip Morris pointed to a letter by Indonesia’s former Minister of Trade Gita Wirjawan to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, in which he said plain packaging breached WTO rules and would have an impact on New Zealand exports.

Wine and dairy…ouchy…I wonder what Fonterra and all the exporters of dairy products think about that…especially those exporting branded baby formula to China.

What about sugar containing products…will they be the next victims in the war of business?

The former minister, now the Indonesian Director General for International Trade Co-operation, made a similar warning in a local news report: “If the cigarettes we export there are not allowed to have brands, then the wine they sell here shouldn’t also.”

New Zealand’s exports to Indonesia were worth nearly $900 million, half of which came from dairy. Food and beverages made up 70 per cent of total exports.

Trade Minister Tim Groser said New Zealand was “exercising its normal rights” through the plain packaging legislation.

He told the?Herald: “I’ve met numerous Indonesian officials since we initiated that action and no concern has been expressed to me personally.

“So I would be very surprised if I hear talk in the future of that.”

Be surprised Groser…it will happen. The health busybodies will move from tobacco to sugar, to alcohol to dairy…they will use the same tactics, the same denigration and on top of that use state funding and taxpayer money to do it all.

If tobacco producing countries retaliate they will use the very same arguments Groser is advancing…that?[insert country]?was “exercising its normal rights” through the plain packaging legislation against alcohol…which from a muslim country like Indonesia is perfectly defensible on religious grounds without any pesky scientific evidence, which is severely lacking in tobacco legislation.

Corporate New Zealand better gear up for a war with the state funded health busybodies, it is coming whether they like it or not and their silence against plain packaging simply emboldens them toa ttack harder.

Will she ban sugar products for her store next?

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An idiot dairy owner has decided to remove tobacco products from her store…because apparently tobacco and children don’t mix.

Of ?course it is illegal to sell cigarettes to people under the age of 18, the tobacco products aren’t advertised or even displayed int he open in stores anymore…but she has taken it upon herself to lecture her customers that tobacco and children don’t mix.

Nevermind that the children she is saving from having a fleeting glimpse of cigarette packets are exposed to tobacco at home in any case…no she has to go all publicity seeking.

An Auckland dairy owner has taken cigarettes off her shelves to make the shop more family-friendly.

Tam Macken says she and husband Jimmy never intended to sell cigarettes at the Devonport store when they bought it late last year.

Mrs Macken stopped stocking cigarettes when she took over the Cheltenham Dairy in December and rebranded it as a retro milk bar, offering coffee, gelato, milkshakes and smoothies instead.

The mother of two said she did not want children to be negatively influenced by having cigarettes for sale next to lollies.

“I never even contemplated putting cigarettes in there. It’s all about young families around here and I just didn’t think for a minute that cigarettes had any place in a dairy where you were going to be attracting lots of kids.”

The move had prompted plenty of positive feedback from “all the local mums”.

“When people notice there aren’t any cigarettes they’re all really pleased.”

She believed other dairies should consider the same move.

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Darien Fenton talks about her addictions

Good on Darien Fenton talking about her drug addicted past.

She has written an opinion piece in the?Herald on Sunday about it.

Many politicians are afraid to talk about their failings or their past, so good on Darien for discussing her addiction to opiates.

My addiction was a long time ago-more years than I care to remember – in the 1970s. It’s a time I’ve put behind me but it’s still not easy to talk about. I was very young and susceptible to the influences of the day, where taking drugs seemed cool. No doubt it’s the same for many young people today.

I dropped out of uni and followed the travel trail of my times: Penang, India and Kathmandu, countries where life was on the margins, facing perils that no parent would tolerate these days. I can’t believe I put my parents through such agony and my sorrow at that endures. It’s my abiding regret.

In many ways it’s a miracle I survived, given the risks I took with both drug-taking and travel to unsafe countries.

But at the same time, I saw unbelievable poverty and struggle that had a lasting impact on me. There’s nothing like death and disease close up to focus the mind. ? Read more »

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