Open Forum – Wednesday

14 January 2015

This is open to anyone with any topic. It’s a mostly political and social issues blog but not limited to that, and views from anywhere on the political spectrum are welcome.

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If possible support arguments, news, points or opinions with links to sources and facts.
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Debate hard if you like but respect people’s right to have varying views and to not be personally be attacked.
Don’t say to a stranger online anything you wouldn’t say to their face.

Moderation will be minimal if these guidelines are followed. Should they ever be necessary any moderator edits, deletes or bans will be clearly and openly advised.

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  1. Ian McKinnon

     /  14th January 2015

    Fairfax “Stuff” has one of its leads about earthquakes, only to ruin the article by giving unnecessary promotion to the “Fat Fairy”. Why do they do this? The country has seen enough of this apparition over the past 12 months, “its” views on any matter being treated with trepidation.

    • dave stonyer

       /  14th January 2015

      Fairfax and Herald seem to have given up on any serious attempt to report actual newsworthy items without trivialising them.. Even RadioNZ has resorted to “funny ha ha” items in it’s news bulletins.

    • Who is the fat fairy?

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  3. I read that 7 year old Jade Guest (of Whangarei) has moved to Colorado with her mother (her father stayed in NZ) to get legal access to medicinal cannabis, to treat her severe epilepsy. I see the NZ Govt. is still firmly sitting on the fence about this issue.. refusing to allow ‘leaf cannabis’ for med-use. They are apparently considering some pharmaceutical (synthetic) options.. BUT many people, who could get relief are still suffering, because of this ministers refusal to look past outdated, ‘marijuana’ hysteria (that many western countries are now allowing use or trialling) !
    It is obvious to many, that cannabis DOES have genuine therapeutic value.. but it is still on the schedule 1 list, along side Heroin & LSD (‘most open to abuse & NO known medical or therapeutic value’.. total B-S) Registered medical doctors, should be able to prescribe it to treat patients who can benefit from it..
    btw: smoking it is not the preferred/only option for ingestion.

    • Shane Le Brun

       /  14th January 2015

      I don’t know who voted you down Zedd, they don’t even science!!! stay tuned, I will be blogging on here soon, would be great if you could link my posts, trying to come at it from a neutral angle…..

      • Methinks there are still many, who actually believe those of us.. who advocate for medical use, are just using it as an excuse to legalise recreational use (very narrow view). I guess propaganda & brainwashing do run deep.. its 2015 not 1951, the ‘wind of change’ is blowing around the world, even if some still refuse to accept/believe it !!
        I look forward to posts SLB

  4. Kittycatkin

     /  14th January 2015

    In France, anyone advocating it for medical reasons would be arrested. Their squawking about freedom of expression is utterly hypocritical.

  5. Kittycatkin

     /  14th January 2015

    Heroin was used medicinally at one time, like cocaine, it was an anaesthetic, I think. It obviously had some benefits, but the side effects must outweigh these. I must say that when I was in hospital, I did like morphine 🙂 I didn’t like what was going on that made me need it, though 😦


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