We had a crack at that here: The Wellington Declaration
It's a very good one. Where is the PSA showing evidence that it's meeting some of those objectives, and where is it falling short? (Leaving aside that it covers only a section of the drug landscape.)
I’m a bit slow to this one. Having looked from the sidelines of the drug policy landscape, it’s far from clear what elements a successful drug policy would have.
Most broadly defined, the preferred outcome would be a dramatic reduction in the harm experienced by the community, but this is open to considerable interpretation. For some, temporary intoxication caused by drugs (pleasure, in other words) is a form of harm. So, how do we define successful policy outcomes?
I’m going to throw out a few possibilities from the top of my head;
less involvement in criminal justice system of those not actively creating harm to others
less long term harm to those using drugs
less medium and long-term harm to those around them
less access to the most harmful drugs
greater community awareness of the relative harms of drugs
greater access to treatment and greater resolution of addictions
Am I missing anything?
How does the PSA, a few months after implementation, measure against any of these standards? And how might a MDA (Misuse…) aligned with the PSA fulfil these objectives?
Excellent stuff. I'm glad to hear of some success in a sea of sorrow.
The destruction of Afghanistan's opium crop is a legitimate human tragedy. We take it for granted that if we suffer a medical emergency, when we reach medical attention we will be given appropriate pain relief and we won't suffer in extreme pain. Yet most of the world lacks sufficient supply, and in many countries pain relief is almost non-existent. Pain relief is a human right. Given that there are only four families of pain relieving drugs, and the opiates are by far the most effective, expanding access to supply through appropriate channels should be an urgent priority. Thus far it hasn't been.
I like how Golden Pony's remix forgets about Eminem, and lets Dre soak in his own goodness. He was always the steak in that song, now with a different marinade. (It's now 15 years since this was blasting from garages and school fields in Mangere and Onehunga...)
Connan Mockasin should be heard across the airwaves and on every device in the country. We've got so much going on right now, and such a slivver of it ever survives commercial programming.
And Odd Future have been blocked from entering New Zealand, at the behest of an anti-violence group. It seems a little strange.
It would also help immeasurably if Messers Key and Cunliffe learned from their UK counterparts and practised saying “no comment.” There really is a great deal of wisdom in the old saw, ” ’tis better to keep silent and be thought a fool…”
Key has the art of dismissing or changing the question mastered, but doing so would not help Cunliffe. "Why won't you answer my question David? Why?"
It's interesting. I overestimated their abilities at first, thinking that Dotcom had hired real talent and strategists (no, not those two). On that basis, I assumed that they could get in the range of 2%. Not enough to get into Parliament, and not enough to affect the result (because the votes are redistributed among the other parties in proportion to their vote). But enough to divert energies from other political parties, and a real sink on limited media time and public attention.
Now I think he will represent a minor distraction.
Get a general ticket for $30 per day. Kids $10, Pensioners $18. Last day is $20. And buying at the ground incurs $0 fee.
Not only that, you're at the MCG, one of the better sporting facilities in the world.
I do love cricket when it's an actual contest, the suspense and slow drama is something to see. Even if it's on television.
I wonder what the equilibrium between price and attendance is. If the cost of an event was closer to a movie ticket, I'm sure the stands would be fuller. Though that probably wouldn't help the Sevens, which now have a collection of problems.
A good friend of mine was knocked off his bike yesterday, and spent the night in a serious but stable condition in Auckland Hospital. A few weeks ago I would have considered it a tragedy. Now I consider it a tragedy which Auckland Council (the ultimately responsible organisation) have failed to prevent.