Posts by william blake

  • Hard News: Synthetics: We need to stop…,

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/112674482/random-roadside-drug-testing-must-be-urgently-introduced

    This is the first up on a google search in articles about roadside drug testing. I've never heard of Mike Yardley before but I only needed to see one other article of his which was a pro Trump piece and used the terms feminazi and snowflake in the first paragraph to understand his narrow political orientation.

    Your piece is a very gentle fact check in relation to to this kind of disinforming bile.

    Since Mar 2010 • 378 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Always asking the wrong…,

    I don't think I deserve that response.

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  • Hard News: Always asking the wrong…, in reply to andin,

    Thats called putting the cart before the horse.

    The idea is that a black market charges more because the illicit nature of the activity comes with high risks, so a legal/decrim paradigm would assume a drop in price. However the trope that people smoke dope regardless of the legislation surrounding it becomes a bit weak if the country is flooded with budget buds. Then the tax becomes a health mechanism, so anybody voting for law change expecting a price drop bonanza might be in for a surprise. What is the price of an ounce of heads these days?

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  • Hard News: Always asking the wrong…, in reply to andin,

    Is that what you mean by "free market"?

    I'm just tired of putting speech marks around every euphemism.

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  • Hard News: Always asking the wrong…,

    I get the idea that the ebb and pull of a tax on ganja would need to keep it relatively expensive (a.) for public health by limiting intake economically (b.) to keep the legislators sweet by providing enough tax to pay for mental health services and pop up music festivals. My question is what will happen to the street price of marijuana; will it go up, down or stay the same? The sting here being the potential for a prohibition on home growing (similar to the prohibition on growing tobacco)to keep the tax take high and a free market profitable.

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  • Hard News: We have to rethink the annual…,

    It's probably, like many things 'in the diary', February is the month we send up the helicopters and go bush hunting for pot. Quite an exciting job and much more fun than pulling over drunk drivers. Unfortunately the net result is a de facto relationship with current 'big 'marijuana ' by keeping the price of black market pot artificially high.

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  • Speaker: We shouldn’t have to look back…, in reply to steven crawford,

    Men get murdered too. By men. Men use violence to controll the world, that's why the world is in such bad shape. Happy new year and love to all.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Vicarious trauma

    Recreational grief.

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  • Hard News: The big vision and the small problems,

    trump like.

    The millionaire with the common touch, lowering taxes and dismantling legislation for rich buddies, talking crap when asked a straight question, attack politics, been there done that with John Key.

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  • Hard News: Lost Men,

    Had to check those stats Russell and came up with interesting and saddening theories. Indigenous Americans are more highly represented in suicide rates of 23 per 100,000 compared to white men (how is white defined in a country of immigrants from all over the world?) at 18 per 100,000. Black American suicide rates of 6 per 100,000 thousand seem light until digging down into ideas of misclassification, behaviours created by poverty and predjudice and cultural conditioning causing extreme risk and violent behaviour resulting in death.

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