I'd just like a healthy dose of fact-based "grow the fuck up"
You won't find much fact based "grow the fuck up" in either the general population nor the Government's approach to drugs in New Zealand in the foreseeable future. It's one of the least sober nations in Asia. Values passed from father to son. I don't think I'm too far out on leftfield to suggest that criminalizing the population can only breed further criminality. And that if one is looking to make a killing in NZ, the drug industry, legal or otherwise, is a surefire road to dollars. Is anyone here totally drug free? Enjoy that coffee.
Sorry for sounding like a scratched CD here, but when I was at Uni everybody (inlcuding the cops) knew all the "student pubs" where the only ID you needed was a tight top and big tits.
You wouldn't be suggesting that the whole thing is just a pantomime Craig; )
Why cross the line when you can stay the right side and still turn a dollar?
beer is sold for 5 times the price it could be profitably sold at.
“A can of beer or an RTD can be bought for one or two dollars in many retail outlets. This is less than we pay for bottled water,” Sir Geoffrey said.
And almost the entire population is already over one line or another.
"what's another line gonna hurt?" Sigmund Freud said.
They'll still increase the drinking age to 20, because that's the only recommendation that looks good on paper
How does that look good on paper? One of the biggest problems with alcohol is that intoxicated people commit criminal acts. How will further criminalization of people who want to drink encourage responsibility?
Clearly the people on the button have absolutely no idea what they're doing. No idea, none whatsoever, and everyone else is happy to pay all 126 of them $100,000+ a year to be the idiots they are and represent the empty values they represent. Muttering "it could be we worse"
idea: remove the mystique.
What it didn't do was stop people using cannabis.
It may have stopped this guy, for a couple of hours.
Me too, if I may. I believe a lot of counseling is done in this area. It seems to be a firmly held misconception.
Duran Duran had the Guinness Record for the loudest crowd at a concert.
a dubious honour for the band. I've always wondered how it would feel to be in a band like that, maintaining a career decades after releasing anything of note. I'd rather be in Duran Duran than say Nickelback, but either way it must become torturous dolling out the same tired hits year after year. I couldn't imagine a worse profession.
Many thanks for your thoughtful comments, Chris. May I politely disagree with your point 2 (above).
Certainly David (and I have strong doubts that I'd fit the criteria of religious;), you're more than welcome to, perhaps I didn't word it so well, however I feel the ideas that
~Religious belief is far and away the majority/power-holder position in the world
~and anti religious critique has been popularized
are mutually exclusive. The bible has sold up to 6 billion copies, and compared to Mao's anti religious Red Book (800-900 million,) Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities (a mere 200 million) it's unparalleled in popularity. But I'd argue that they are all popular, and have all been popularized.
The Beatles remain a powerhouse to this day depite;
Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink… We're more popular than Jesus now—I don't know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity."
And while it's easy to overlook the influence of this moment in history (and others like it) from our vantage point, we can't underestimate the popularity of this perspective.
With regards to
Religious belief is far and away the majority/power-holder position in the world
I think the modern consensually agreed perspective of what constitutes reality as presented by mainstream media holds far more sway in terms of our belief and is far more influenced by science than any religion. I see very little mention of God's causal influence on the weather report, and very little connection between the laws that now govern us and the Ten Commandments, despite the fact that people can still be imprisoned for adultery in South Korea. When we sing "God Defend New Zealand", we know "The USA Defend New Zealand"
I especially the latter half of your initial post which I totally agree with, ie for every bad ass who will misappropriate religious/political/ cultural beliefs for selfish reasons there are scores of good ones, I just always get a little queasy when I see the religious or religions under the gun, as I feel for the most part many are in an unenviable position,especially the Hare Krishna. and I do feel sorry for some old timers who have done more good in their life than I'll ever do, according to the gospel, only to have the world turn on them.
Nice, enjoy it Andin.
Not to shake any boobs here, but
The absolutism of this statement;
This is nothing to do with men.
Seems to conflict with the characterized motivation;
Briefly, this event was sparked by the comments of a senior Iranian cleric that;
It's not that I'm not in full support, merely that boobs for boob's sake trumps boobs for argument's sake. I hope it's warm enough and more importantly that there's no ill-timed earthquake to feed the ignorant minds, have fun!
What do I win?
My further respect.