Media watch – Tuesday

20 March 2018

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  1. David

     /  March 20, 2018

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12015969

    Sooner or later Miss Young is going to have to ask a question of Ardern rather than just applaud her empty platitudes and media stunts. Stuff covered the same virtue signalling but opened up comments and the public were largely scathing and there were 600 odd of them at last count.

  2. Zedd

     /  March 20, 2018

    I read that NZ Police/NZ Airforce have ‘recovered’ about 10k cannabis plants in their annual ‘Recovery/Seek & Destroy Ops’ (3 cheers.. NOT)

    Is this really a reasonable use of the Taxpayers money OR just a way for Police to justify their outdated ZERO-tolerance/self interest Job Protection approach to cannabis ?
    Maybe they should focus on METH/P which is now seen as the real DRUG problem in NZ !

    Here are extracts/statements from the press release (says it all):

    The operation was carried out across the last two months and covered
    Nelson, Marlborough, the West Coast, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Whanganui,
    Ruapehu and Taranaki.

    A raid on a West Coast property netted the biggest haul – 500 cannabis
    plants and 1.3kg of dried head and leaf.

    Detective Senior Sergeant (name removed) said 68 per cent of the cannabis
    plants that were seized and destroyed came from the Tasman region.

    “It has dealt a blow to those engaged in these illegal activities. But
    more importantly, about 10,000 cannabis plants have been destroyed and
    will no longer be marketed in our communities, especially to our young
    people,” (Police) said.

    “Police were able to reinforce their message that they will continue to
    stamp out these illegal activities and prevent social harm in our
    communities. It was also an excellent opportunity to consolidate our
    training and has strengthened our ability to operate with NZ Police,” (Airforce)
    said.

    Does anyone really believe this nonsense ? 😦

    • Griff

       /  March 20, 2018

      Yip they do
      Read the comments on stuff such fwits are a minority.
      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/102406629/cannabis-crackdown-uncovers-10000-marijuana-plants-30-guns-and-50000-cash.

      What happened to the government leaning towards legalising??? Come on New Zealand wake up and legalise!!! Crack down on meth and leave the stuff that grows naturally out of the ground alone . Or even crack down on alcohol and all the issues that causes society !!! Pesky porkers leave our crops alone .
      +111

      efthandthread
      Marajuana is a gateway drug.
      I have personally witnessed many overdoses.
      The police should come down with the full weight of the law on the growers and distributors.
      How many of our people must this drug destroy.
      -82

      I have been smoking pot for forty odd years.
      Never meet someone addicted .
      Never seen an overdose .
      Piss on the other hand has killed at lest four of my Friends and destroyed the lifes of many more.

      • Zedd

         /  March 20, 2018

        @Griff

        cheers.. i guess ‘old habits die hard’ BUT the reality is, its just a tokenism to justify their WAR on drugs/Weed, which most other western countries are now backing away from.. But NOT here in NZ. We are becoming a Joke !

        People just need to web search ‘Harry J Anslinger’ USA 1st Drug Tsar, who made this a Global issue, that was formalised by the 1961 UN convention & later Pres. Nixon. To see where it came from; Job Protection for the Police, who faced massive redundancies, after the end of Alcohol prohibition. They demonised Cannabis istead.. still do in 2018 NZ

        The reality is Prohibition just creates the Black-market/ organised Crime /gangs etc. It is NOT about preventing harm. Just look at what is now happening with the ‘smoke-free by 2025’ thing; more Dairies being robbed for Cigarettes.
        this is how the USA started the prohibition of Cannabis; ‘Marihuana TAX act 1937’ that made its so expensive, that it effectively became a black-market & illegal, by the fact no one could profitably afford to pay the HUGE Taxes, levied on it. this is what will happen with Tobacco, if they dont wise up to it. 😦

        • Zedd

           /  March 20, 2018

          many little boys, played ‘Cops & Robbers’ the NZ Police still want to continue, at any cost; Cops & Gangs/robbers.
          It time that more kiwis woke up to this B-S

          • PartisanZ

             /  March 20, 2018

            Imagine the impact $400 million spent on cannabis operations each year could have on preventing real crime – drug related or otherwise – plus treating all substance addiction and associated mental health issues?

            Then add the government’s possible extra income via tax revenue from a regulated cannabis market to that saving?

            The insanity of the current situation is becoming ever more apparent IMHO, although it also reflects badly on the ‘insanity’ or ‘passivity’ of the population to tolerate this for so long in a so-called ‘democracy’ …

            • Zedd

               /  March 20, 2018

              I actually wonder what the real reasoning for the Police ‘cannabis recovery’ ops.. recent news showed Meth/P is now 2 or 3 times more available than cannabis now, on the streets of most cities/towns in NZ. Are they really trying to push all the ‘pot-smokers’ onto this CRAP ?
              What happened to ‘freedom of Choice’ ? It looks a bit like it !

              The current prohibition is saying; drink booze, smoke cigarettes or just go without any way of ‘winding down’ after the sun goes down OR hey guys you can always try some P or synthetics instead.. they are still widely available & getting more so.. FFS 😦 😦

              What a narrow minded little country we have now become ?!

            • PartisanZ

               /  March 21, 2018

              Yes … “a nasty little country” as the MP in ‘Collateral’ says of Britain …

              According to Kieran Madden from Maxim Institute in today’s Northland Age it’s all the fault of ‘liberalism’ and the cult of individualism which “underpins policy on both the Left and Right” …

              In typical ‘Think Tank’ style he offers no alternatives …

              What alternatives are there? Left-Wing Socialism? Or Right-Wing Christian Conservatism?

              I know which one Maxim Institute favours.

              Evidence-based and evidence-informed is what we need … [no-one much wanted it @ TOP last election] … and the evidence for cannabis legalization is becoming overwhelming …

  3. Gezza

     /  March 20, 2018

    Interesting perspective :/
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/102445157/jacinda-ardern-is-the-helen-key-of-politics

    Might all be good for her in the end. She’s getting grumpy & short with the media. Best way sometimes. Worked for Helen.

    • David

       /  March 20, 2018

      Wont work for her because she doesnt have the toughness and work ethic of Helen Clark. She pre recorded her weekend interviews on Friday and she doesnt like to do the early Monday morning media rounds ceding that to Bridges, hardly setting the agenda or controlling the narrative.

      • Gezza

         /  March 20, 2018

        Does it matter if Simon gets free Monday media meanderngs though? Not setting the world on fire so far.

        • David

           /  March 20, 2018

          I think so, he is up and into it at the start of the week while the Labour Party are slowly ambling in to work and given they seem to not actually be doing anything it could be symbolic. Clark and Key both would not lose that advantage, its like the colleague who is always into work before everyone else…winners dont come second.

          • Gezza

             /  March 20, 2018

            Yes but he doesn’t have to spend all day Monday finding out who the hell has said what in front of the Press after she last spoke to them.

            • David

               /  March 20, 2018

              Funny. She does have a pretty awful bench your logic makes sense.

  4. Zedd

     /  March 20, 2018

    I read that members of a medicinal cannabis users group, fear submitting to the Govt. bill before select committee, because they think Police may use their details to chase them up & perhaps arrest them, for stating or suggesting they have used the drug illegally or even growing a few plants for their own therapeutic use.
    What happened to Democracy, when people who seek to amend these outdated laws, FEAR speaking out against It.

    I promised to avoid ‘godwin’ comments again on this blog.. but this nearly made me break my promise !!