Hard News by Russell Brown

Read Post

Hard News: The place where things happen strangely

61 Responses

First ←Older Page 1 2 3 Newer→ Last

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I cried, and I’m still feeling quite emotional about it. In a week of bullshit, it felt very direct, and the applause from the gallery was sustained.

    Wouldn't it be nice if Dunne heard that. I remember watching a Campbell live one night where Dunne went to see first hand the effect his synthetics had had on people. The look on his face was one of horror. He looked almost scared . That's when I thought he might just come around to some common sense.
    "Oh, the Irony of it All" and... because it's Friday, I give you The Streets.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Looks like things are heading in the right direction...

    ,” UNODC Executive Director Yuri Fedotov said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s time to reverse the cycles of violence that occur wherever ‘drug wars’ are undertaken, and to abandon policies that exacerbate suffering.”

    But Wait...
    There's more...

    "The UNODC is proud to take its cue from a popular movement supporting marijuana decriminalization in particular, which claims as its annual holiday 4/20, or April 20, the central date of this year's UNGASS," said UNODC Public Information Officer Kevin Campo during opening remarks at the first plenary session on Tuesday morning. "This is just one way we're showing our commitment to rethinking the drug war from a more humane perspective."

    Sounds Great...
    Until...

    The hoax was so elaborate, that a fake press release condemned the first fake statements, by explaining the UNODC’s policy on celebration of 4/20.

    The United Nations does not recognize ‘4/20’,” said a fake release attributed to a real UNODC spokesperson David Dadge. “And although we wish we had good news for the folks who do, some large and powerful states still insist on blocking the majority’s desire to decriminalize, which means that this senseless war on people will continue.”

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Brazilian photographer shows how his friends' faces change over 3 glasses of wine.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Dunne heard that. I remember watching a Campbell live one night where Dunne went to see first hand the effect his synthetics had had on people.

    They weren't "his synthetics" though. The period of attempted regulation was brief and he'd spent years banning one after the other.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    They weren’t “his synthetics” though.

    Ok, edit it to...


    ....Campbell live one night where Dunne went to see first hand the effect synthetics had had on people.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • david westcot, in reply to BenWilson,

    I totally agree with the case your`e making Ben .The point blank refusal to do a serious , honest & comprehensive cost benefit analysis of psychoactives is irrational ,dysfunctional & pathetic in an age of endless metrics & analyses about social,political,economic & whatever issues. WTF!!!! No cost/benefit analysis here folks - move along please.WTF !!! Sooo instead of an honest societal dialogue we are put in the grovelling posistion of grasping onto every little crumb of harm reduction progress thrown from the prohibitionists table. This posistion is now so normalised that my argument here could be characterised by many as an unseemly rant .We need some serious thought on how to move this agenda forward with some transparency at more than glacial speed - incrementalism & dishonesty has not worked.

    dunedin • Since Jun 2012 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Bell,

    I'm now claiming that this was the best thing to come out of last week's UN drug summit:

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Hawaii selects eight medpot dispensary businesses, minus Woody Harrelson's bid. Latter gives Granny cover to file that news under 'entertainment'.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ross Bell,

    I’m now claiming that this was the best thing to come out of last week’s UN drug summit:

    Really? If that is the best ,and don't get me wrong, what happened for him, I would hope for the other thousands in the same situation ,(because we do have thousands), and I'm glad he was able to tell it like it is, but,if that's the best the World can come up with...... Jesus wept.
    On the other hand, if his one contribution brings about change in NZ, I'll advocate to put his face on the $20 note.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ross Bell,

    I’m now claiming that this was the best thing to come out of last week’s UN drug summit:

    It felt that way, didn't it? Just the fact that there had been quite a lot of bullshit and then this man stood up and spoke clearly, passionately and directly.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yeah, that's a great speech.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10633 posts Report Reply

First ←Older Page 1 2 3 Newer→ Last

Post your response…

Please sign in using your Public Address credentials…

Login

You may also create an account or retrieve your password.