But your brain stops physically developing in your youth. That's when all the connections that are going to be made, are made. Not something you want to screw up with chemicals.
I thought that scientific consensus on this had moved slightly. Can't give you a proper citation, but one of the endless repeat interviews on NatRad over the summer mentioned it. Which could have a small impact on the question of legalising for adults, which I hadn't thought of before.
While I'm talking to the experts, what do people feel about the duration of effect from smoking dope? I know that it is 'measurable' for days, and note that Tony reckons it lingers a couple of days (in kids) after the weekend. In practise, how much does this constrict where and when it is safe and responsible to smoke?
Prediction of earthquakes and tsunamis is not accurate. One might or might not occur over several centuries in the Pacific Islands. No group in Samoa, Tonga or NZ is ever going to be able to provide a seamless response (unless the Ministers really do have a direct line to God), because we could not know beforehand.
Tropical storms don't seem so rare, though.
As for churches, I understand that most of the house rebuilding in Samoa is being organised through churches. With government oversight and solutions for those few without church connections, but primarily through the churches. Which is a challenge for external agencies to facilitate the reporting quality they need.
Finally, I suspect that siphoning off money in times of crisis is not readily equated with squeezing your congregation for donations. We seem to be assuming that the cultural and moral calculus yields the same result in both cases.
I'm surprised to hear that it's so pronounced in the other changing rooms.
I was surprised to learn that the girls' showers at my intermediate school had separate stalls. We lads had one large space with about 12 nozzles. Well sized for a game of crab soccer with the soap. Somehow those games faded away as we hit high school...
Co-educational nudity, however, was not encouraged.
It seems to me that the Yes campaign was slow to realise the level of interest being generated. I certainly eased off on the issue several months ago as people seemed to feel the issue would quietly die, then around the start of voting began to think I'd got it wrong. In one of my main social communities that was far too late to build understanding and overcome the default response the question was engineered to raise.
I do think Rick breezes through the fact of the events not actually raising a lot of money once costs came out.
I'm not completely sure that everyone knew that was how the events worked, and I'm relieved that the trust has moved on from the focus on events.
Other countries have well established distinctions between the portion that covers costs and the portion that is a donation. Many tickets for charity events directly indicate the breakdown. I think that this would be a useful concept to nurture in NZ.
The number I consider most important is the ratio of impact to donated resources. The actual cash movements are secondary - only drug smugglers and terrorists start charities with the primary purpose of moving money around.
There seems to be a growing discussion in the charity sector on quantifying impacts. Rick provided some data here in terms of 28,000 kids receiving a nominal $370 of goods. It gets harder to quantify the impact of these goods -- in terms of pride, increased schooling access, etc -- and even harder to size the consequential change to the children's downstream impact on society.
On the 'amount donated' side I would include admin grants. It would also be nice to factor in unpaid (or underpaid) work. Should gifts in kind be booked at cost, wholesale, or retail?
I am about to move into a paid support role with a charity (i.e. become an admin cost) and find this conversation fascinating. Thank you, Rick, for your extended response which demonstrates many ways in which this data can be represented. I hope in due course to contribute towards making such information available, in the expectation that robust comparison and analysis will end in greater confidence for donors.
(On a more personal note, it is somewhat daunting to ask whether my contribution will so improve systems that my new organisation could bring in 10 times my salary in donations.)
Regarding the Palm Oil thing, the guy from Cadbury's was claiming their Palm Oil is "sustainably sourced". Is that possible ? Bit like the Kwila decking issue ? How would the consumer "really" know.
That's an important question for me; about child slavery even more than rainforests.
Wandered into Philippe's once and the service staff knew nothing about the origins of the chocolate. Schoc says simply "all our growers are treated fairly and respectfully", which is more than I've seen on many an expensive brand's website but hardly beyond question.
Turns out that Callebaut has a useful page on Corporate Social Responsibility (thanks for that link, Rik) but it seems any certification they could apply for is still in the pipeline. That leaves me eating the limited range of Fair Trade certified products, but thinking many of these small and tasty-looking brands are probably safe. How can I know?
If every bar has a glass and half of full cream milk, and the size of the bars has dropped from about 250 grams to 200 grams, does that mean there is proportionally more milk in the chocolate?
That's why they couldn't fit so much chocolate in, and had to compensate with palm oil.
Is there any chance of getting, say, STV rather than FPP for electing the new council? I haven't heard anybody canvassing that option, which looks at first glance like a sensible response to the 'only the rich will get enough face recognitiion' argument against at-large councillors.
The big fuss after the Royal Commission on GE is actually what first made me want to join the Green Party, even as it prevented me from voting for them. Of course I only got around to joining after the last election, so who knows how long it will be before I make it to my first members meeting.