Posts by steven crawford

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  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete…,

    This is old news but did anyone notice when MI6 alighted itself with the Syrian regime? Is the New Zealand secret service in the same loop? If so, I am interested to know the philosophical implications of that, for us. And more importantly, anyone in opposition to the Syrian regim, when they are committing crimes against humanity.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2820 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete…,

    So the Labour Party is doing exactly what I expected. They followed there market research. What sort of leadership is that?

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  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete…, in reply to NSA,

    If they’ve previously already compromised my household security by breaking in to install the equipment will this affect my insurance payouts, shouldn’t being watched mean I’m eligible to pay cheaper premiums?

    This is an interesting point. You are not insured against acts of terrorism, so if your house gets tarnished by the SIS, your insurance company might ask you to spend tens of thousands of dollars in court, proving your claim had nothing to do with terrorism. Even if the house catchs fire due to lightning strike. We all know how God is all part of the plot.

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  • Capture: Movement,

    I went to the Finding Vivian Maier documentry film. It's about a prolific New York photographer who's work was recently discovered, after her death.

    Similar documentary style as Serching for sugarman. And the photographs are magic.

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  • Hard News: The twilight state of the…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Yes, the law is an arse. I think the problem was the outsourcing of responsibility to the market forces. The better systom would have none authorative socialist flavor.

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  • Hard News: The twilight state of the…, in reply to BenWilson,

    I agree with the halm reduction aspect. However, the underlying public health problems that drive self medicating behavior is not addressed by the legal high industrie. Nether is it of any concern to the legal high industrie, if the legal highs are cousing public health problems. Even if the problems are less extream than meth or heroin addiction.

    My argument here, is that if the point in making recreational drugs available over the counter is halm reduction, then it might be a wise move to have health professions at the dispensarys. If the point is that we out to have the right to take risks with out our own wellbeing, then why not open the flood gates and legalize drugs entirely and pull the last of the public funding from adiction services in favor of privatized care when things go wrong.

    I might be wrong, but as far as I know, the legal high industrie wasn't financially responsible for rehabilitation costs, for people who became addicted to the product.

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  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete…,

    Re rainbow warrior . That was not terrorist attack by definition. becouse it was orgistrated by a sovereign nation. You could call it an act of war, if the ship had been New Zealand government owned. A foreign flagged ship is affectively something akin to an embassy. But ether way, the people who bombed the rainbow warrior where not terrorists.

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  • Up Front: The Song of Angry Women, in reply to Seriatim,

    If we were ALL reminded of the statistics every time – that women died at the rate of ?one a week and were hospitalized in their hundreds every year (and the child death/injuries too) EVERY time there was a ‘newsworthy’ incident, the message might get through, and the country’s culture change – just as it has with road accidents.

    Would it not be more benafitial to look at the compleat picture? For example: Was alcohol involved? was emotional abuse a component, or was the domestic violence sterio typically physical? Did the offender have a personality disorder or was the offender insane? Was the domestic violence generational? Did the family have access to affordable phyclological support, before the relationship deteriated to the degree where it ended up as a statistic? And what about domestic abuse related suicide statistics?

    These are some of the questions I would rather have answered, rather than useing statistics to reinforce an incomplete narrative that talks about sugar, spice, slug, snails and puppy dogs tails.

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  • Hard News: The twilight state of the…, in reply to Idiot Savant,

    And how’s it working it? Today’s Manawatu Standard headline is Meth use on rise after legal high ban.

    What a tremendous public health success.

    My thinking on this is that the legal high industrie didn’t address the underlying public health proplems any better than the local mongrel mob did.

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  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete…, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    Just wait for civil unrest and peaceful protest to be reclassified as domestic terrorism. It won’t take long.

    Beginning with those oil protesters who come within 500 meters of a drilling rig, and the beach protesters, that John Key described as a ”rent a crowd”.

    So with the new SIS powers, we will all have to remember that getting involved in anything political could lead to having SIS operatives breaking into our houses to instal video cameras and microphones. The chances of those SIS powers being exercised on you, increase when you do or say anything that could cause economic loss to New Zealand. So pretty much, anything environmental. It would be particularly risky to express any opposition to oil exploration if you happen to also own a boat.

    But remember, if you don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear. So don’t do anything that your government considers to be wrong, and you might not get filmed and microphoned sitting on the toilet. Or any other thing that could be used as a power to humiliate you with.

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