Media watch – Monday

11 June 2018

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  2. NOEL

     /  June 11, 2018

    Three strikes law a deterrent. Retrospective analysis in California suggests otherwise.
    Be nice if supporters could post credible evidence.

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    • NOEL

       /  June 11, 2018

      Oh the irony. Just finished reading another analysis. Appears one of the drivers was removing judicial discretion, but all the stats suggest a large number who should have issued a strike notice weren’t whist for others it was disproportinate.

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 11, 2018

        The disproportionate angle is a red herring. As Garrett has had to repeat ad nauseum, the whole point of the law was that repeat offenders of 3 strikes crimes would be punished disproportionately.
        There is no doubt the law needs tweaking and amending to stop minor offences being caught up and to ensure no major offences are excluded but that is very different to scrapping and replacing with a softly softly approach to crime.
        Part of the issue is that “sexual” offending covers such a large range of behaviours which pulls in some (relatively) minor offending like the prison bum-pinching incident as sexual assault.

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  3. High Flying Duck

     /  June 11, 2018

    All on hold as Winston doesn’t support repealing a law he was the original proponent of…

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  4. Zedd

     /  June 11, 2018

    The ‘3 strikes law’ sounds so.. ‘just lock em up & throw away the key’. maybe there are some cases, where this is applicable on the ‘first strike’ or even the second. BUT to mandate it as ‘3 & your gone’ is irrational; follow USA lead (NOT)
    No wonder we have amongst the highest incarceration rates in the world (per capita), when this is the attitude that many take.

    In USA they are doing the 3 strikes thing for ‘drug offenders’.. a lady was recently ‘pardoned by MrT’ after 20+ years for cocaine dealing (which was a life sentence).. harsher than many murderers get..
    does Bridges & Co. really advocate this ? 😦

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    • Zedd

       /  June 11, 2018

      btw: I personally think ‘Tobacco dealers’ should get a life sentence for all the ‘Drug harm’ they legally get away with (millions of deaths per year, globally) !!

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 11, 2018

    HRC denies their campaign to limit free speech:
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12068091

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    • Gezza

       /  June 11, 2018

      By the time I finished reading that I couldn’t work out why he bothered to write it. What a jumble of mumble.

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  6. Zedd

     /  June 11, 2018

    I read that a research permit has been granted to Waikato Uni. to grow Cannabis (med-use).. from ‘stuff’ press release:

    ‘Cannasouth is the business arm of the University of Waikato’s research into medicinal cannabis.’

    ‘The university is the only organisation in New Zealand that has been licensed to cultivate cannabis for research into the development of medicinal cannabis products.’

    then this:

    ‘Two other licences exist in New Zealand to cultivate cannabis, but they are only for law enforcement purposes.’

    *WHY are the Cops licensed to grow Cannabis ? sez I
    I thought their mandate was to wipe it out !!

    ** sounds like the Govt. are looking to move beyond ‘the hui to actual dui’ ? 🙂

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    • Zedd

       /  June 11, 2018

      I also read that Paris (France) has just licensed a couple of ‘Cofyshops’ (legal). They have also quickly moved to catch up to most of EU :

      ‘Paris’s first two ‘coffee shops’ selling legal cannabis have attracted long queues of customers eager to try a low-strength version of the drug now permitted under French law.’

      * on a ‘cannamap’ a couple of years ago, NZ & France were amongst a small bunch of OECD countries still coloured in Red (ILLEGAL).. we could be looking even more lonely now.. role on the ‘reeferendum’ (next year ?) :/

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