Media watch – Monday

14 January 2019


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

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  4. High Flying Duck

     /  14th January 2019

    A subject that, on the whole bores me to tears, but topical so thought I’d post a good article by Malcolm Gladwell on the great unknowns of Cannabis legalisation:

    “A few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis. The report they prepared, which came out in January of 2017, runs to four hundred and sixty-eight pages. It contains no bombshells or surprises…

    …smoking pot is widely supposed to diminish the nausea associated with chemotherapy. But, the panel pointed out, “there are no good-quality randomized trials investigating this option.” We have evidence for marijuana as a treatment for pain, but “very little is known about the efficacy, dose, routes of administration, or side effects of commonly used and commercially available cannabis products in the United States.” The caveats continue. Is it good for epilepsy? “Insufficient evidence.” Tourette’s syndrome? Limited evidence. A.L.S., Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s? Insufficient evidence. Irritable-bowel syndrome? Insufficient evidence. Dementia and glaucoma? Probably not. Anxiety? Maybe. Depression? Probably not.

    The haze of uncertainty continues. Does the use of cannabis increase the likelihood of fatal car accidents? Yes. By how much? Unclear. Does it affect motivation and cognition? Hard to say, but probably. Does it affect employment prospects? Probably. Will it impair academic achievement? Limited evidence. This goes on for pages.

    We need proper studies, the panel concluded, on the health effects of cannabis on children and teen-agers and pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers and “older populations” and “heavy cannabis users”; in other words, on everyone except the college student who smokes a joint once a month.”

  5. PartisanZ

     /  14th January 2019

    Uplift your spirits –

    ‘Gymnastics: Katelyn Ohashi stuns social media with flawless floor routine’ – NZHeraldo

  6. PartisanZ

     /  14th January 2019

    This is kinda uplifting too, in a strange sorta way –

    ‘On the beat: New Auckland officer Sarah Harris opens up on life in the police’ – Heraldo

    “To bust some myths:

    • No we don’t have a “partner” who stays with us for life, we mix it up every day.

    • People can’t choose to “press charges” on someone else. Police decide when to press charges based on having enough evidence for a chance of successful conviction.

    • There is no ticket quota.

    • The stereotype of eating doughnuts is not true – it’s cake we binge on.”


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