comment@ whoar:..the good news about ‘druglawed’ – and the bad news – can you help..?

ed:..’druglawed’ is an excellent locally-made documentary on the history of cannabis prohibition in new zealand -

– that was released a couple of months ago..

(here is my review: http://whoar.co.nz/2015/commentwhoar-druglawed-review-stupendous-a-rollicking-roll-up-of-pot-prohibition/ )

..the good news is that this most worthy doco has been accepted to start off on the international film festival circuit..

..but the bad news is that anti-cannabis campaigners are voting the doco down – on an international rating system..

..and local pot-fans are being asked to do their bit to bring it back up again..

(this is from an email from the director..arik reiss..)

‘..To increase my frustration there are one or more people bringing down Druglawed’s rating on IMDb by giving it one star.

Basically petty sabotage by an antidrug person or people who’ve never seen the film.

This has happened every day since the Scoop article broke:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1502/S00276/druglawed-documentary-accepted-into-festival-circuit.htm

Need a concerted effort to counter these fuckers by the stoners.

Please spread this link and tell folks to vote 10 stars:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4450674/?ref_=ext_shr_fb_tt

Registering with IMDB only takes a second.

Can you help with this please?..”

..so..you know what to do…

Posted in health, international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit, nz politics/culture/stuff, op-ed, reviews | 1 Comment

“..Cannabis: what’s in a name?..”

“..Recent studies have used ‘hash’ and ‘skunk’ -

- to describe varying strengths of cannabis.

Amir Englund explains the complexities of cannabis strain variation..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Cannabis: what’s in a name? | Science | The Guardian.

Posted in health, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..Advertising is dead – says Saatchi & Saatchi guru..”

“..Agency kingpin Kevin Roberts says future is all about creating a movement of people behind your brand –

- or ‘lovemarks’ – as he calls them..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Advertising is dead, says Saatchi & Saatchi guru | Media | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..UK should begin decriminalising drugs – say Richard Branson and Nick Clegg..”

“..Virgin founder and deputy prime minister -

- argue that ‘war on drugs’ has failed -

- and urge UK to follow Portuguese example..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

UK should begin decriminalising drugs, say Richard Branson and Nick Clegg | Politics | The Guardian.

Posted in health, international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..London property boom built on dirty money..”

“..Billions stolen through corruption -

- flood into capital’s broken housing market..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

London property boom built on dirty money – Home News – UK – The Independent.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..Kurt Cobain’s life and death: New film uses unseen footage – to tell Nirvana frontman’s story..”

“..Brett Morgen’s ‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’ -

- debunks many of the myths surrounding the singer –

- including why he killed himself..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Kurt Cobain’s life and death: New film uses unseen footage to tell Nirvana frontman’s story – Features – Music – The Independent.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit, reviews | Leave a comment

“..Benjamin Netanyahu’s nuclear war of words provokes Washington fall out..”

“..His address – which drew repeated applause from an audience from which as many as 50 Democrats had absented themselves -

- had attracted the ire of the White House even before it was made..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Benjamin Netanyahu’s nuclear war of words provokes Washington fall out – Americas – World – The Independent.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..The City of the Monkey God: Archaeologists claim to have found city lost for 1,000 years in remote Honduran jungle..”

“..The mossy carving had lain undisturbed for up to a millennium -

- in some of the remotest jungle on Earth.

It is a powerful effigy of a ‘were-jaguar’ -

- but also the pristine legacy of a vanished and – until now –

- unknown civilisation..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The City of the Monkey God: Archaeologists claim to have found city lost for 1,000 years in remote Honduran jungle – Archaeology – Science – The Independent.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..Hybrid i8 reinvents sports car..”

“..The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car -

- has been crowned UK Car of the Year for 2015..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Hybrid i8 reinvents sports car – Motoring – NZ Herald News.

Posted in green things, reviews | Leave a comment

“..Feeling the fear in the Hellcat..”

“..This is no refined – civilised – politically correct V8.

This car roars and bellows like a bear with its testicles on fire..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Feeling the fear in the Hellcat – Motoring – NZ Herald News.

Posted in reviews | Leave a comment

“..Brian Rudman: Labour misses chance to rattle Govt with Peters..”(ed:..because of this..i hope that labour come a humiliating third…and it really does my head in..how labour seem unable to grasp/work with the intricacies of mmp..to me this is a minor modern mystery..)

“..The March 28 Northland byelection had the makings of a real nailbiter -

- if Labour had stood aside -

- and made it a two-horse race between New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and National’s Mark Osborne.

But yesterday – Labour’s leadership played it safe -

- and nominated Willow-Jean Prime -

- who has been trounced at the last two general elections -

- as its candidate.

It would have been a high-stakes gamble -

- but if successful would have delivered a severe blow to the Key-led National Government’s grip on power.

Instead we can look forward to the ho-hum replacement of one National MP by another -

- with Mr Peters and Ms Prime scrapping it out for the minor places..”

(cont..)

(ed:..sometimes/often i despair about that bloody labour party..

..wondering in just who’s interests they actually work..

..they make bone-headed after bone-headed choices/decisions..

..and seem lost at sea – in mmp..)

go to source/story>>

Brian Rudman: Labour misses chance to rattle Govt with Peters – National – NZ Herald News.

Posted in nz politics/culture/stuff, op-ed | Leave a comment

“..DEA Warns Of Stoned Rabbits If Utah Passes Medical Marijuana..”

“..Matt Fairbanks – an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ‘marijuana eradication’ team in Utah -

- testified to a state Senate panel last week -

- and said rabbits could get addicted to pot -

- lose their natural instincts -

- and sit around getting high all the time -

- should a bill pass that would allow medical marijuana edibles in the state..”

(cont..)

(ed:..heh..!..now that is funny..!..)

go to source/story>>

DEA Warns Of Stoned Rabbits If Utah Passes Medical Marijuana.

Posted in humour, international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..Honduras Is Sold as a Libertarian Paradise – I Went – and Discovered a Capitalist Nightmare..”

“..A glimpse into a society run for the benefit of a handful of the rich -

- and global conglomerates..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Honduras Is Sold as a Libertarian Paradise — I Went, and Discovered a Capitalist Nightmare | Alternet.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..Photo highlights of the day..”

“..a selection of the best photographs from around the world..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, reviews | Leave a comment

“..Samsung Galaxy S6 sacrificed what it does best in its war with Apple..”

“..Pursuit of premium design and slender profile -

- have come at the cost of losing what made the company’s smartphones interesting and different..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Samsung Galaxy S6 sacrificed what it does best in its war with Apple | Technology | The Guardian.

Posted in music/ent/lit, reviews | Leave a comment

“..The results are in: study reveals average penis size..”

“..International study of 15,000 penises is being used to reassure men -

- concerned they are not within the ‘normal range’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The results are in: study reveals average penis size | Science | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..Suge Knight tells LA court he is going blind..”

“..Suge Knight told a Los Angeles court on 2 March -

- that he was nearly blind -

- and ‘can’t really comprehend what was going on’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Suge Knight tells LA court he is going blind | Music | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit | Leave a comment

“..Wartime pope film angers Vatican and Jews..”

“..Film in defence of Pius XII –

- accused of failing to bring attention to Hitler’s attempted extermination of the Jews -

- universally panned..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Wartime pope film angers Vatican and Jews | World news | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit, reviews | Leave a comment

“..Indian state bans beef – and brings in five-year jail terms for possession..”

“..Western state of Maharashtra bans slaughter of bulls and bullocks -

- and makes sale or possession of beef illegal..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Indian state bans beef and brings in five-year jail terms for possession | World news | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, vegan stuff | Leave a comment

“..British refusal to cooperate with spy inquiry – causes row in Germany..”

“..Committee under pressure to censor disclosures about UK activity -

- after Downing Street threatens to break off intelligence-sharing with Berlin..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

British refusal to cooperate with spy inquiry causes row in Germany | World news | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..Bank of England warns of huge financial risk from fossil fuel investments..”

“..Global action on climate change could cause insurers’ investments in fossil fuels to take a huge hit -

- says bank’s prudential regulation authority..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Bank of England warns of huge financial risk from fossil fuel investments | Environment | The Guardian.

Posted in green things, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..Professionals blamed Oxfordshire girls for their sexual abuse – report finds..”

“..Serious case review says mindset that girls were ‘difficult’ -

- allowed gang rape to continue -

- with victims perhaps totalling more than 370..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Professionals blamed Oxfordshire girls for their sexual abuse, report finds | Society | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..The Edward Snowden story – video..”

“..Watch how the story made the headlines..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The Edward Snowden story – video | Membership | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..Which are the best countries in the world to grow old in?..”

“..Pensions and healthcare benefits vary widely across the globe -

- as do people’s perception of their happiness..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Which are the best countries in the world to grow old in? | Society | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..Focus on green tech to tackle climate change – says UK’s climate adviser..”

“..Sir David King – former chief scientific adviser to the UK government -

- and now the special representative for climate change- said:

‘Technology is moving ahead very rapidly.

I think we need to focus not only on the details of the negotiations -

- but also on what the technological revolution is going to bring to us’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Focus on green tech to tackle climate change, says UK’s climate adviser | Environment | The Guardian.

Posted in green things, international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..Top executives called in for grilling over knowledge of HSBC files..”

“..Senior figures at bank – including current BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead -

- ordered to appear before public accounts committee over Swiss operation..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Top executives called in for grilling over knowledge of HSBC files | Business | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..Phone hacking at Mirror titles was on mass industrial scale – court told..”

“..One journalist hacked phones of 100 celebrities every day for 18 months..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Phone hacking at Mirror titles was on mass industrial scale, court told | UK news | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, music/ent/lit | Leave a comment

“..Afghanistan officials sanctioned murder – torture – and rape – says report..” (ed:..copies of this report should be sent to helen clark/phil goff – the main architects of our ten-year long involvement in this spear-carrying exercise for the americans..)

“..Top Afghan officials have presided over murders – abduction – and other abuses -

- with the tacit backing of their government -

- and its western allies -

- Human Rights Watch says in a new report.

A grim account of deaths – robbery – rapes – and extrajudicial killings -

- Today We Shall All Die -

- details a culture of impunity that the rights group says flourished after the fall of the Taliban,.”

(cont..)

(ed:..and of course our troops handed over prisoners to the afghanis..

..who later tortured/killed them..

..and this constitutes war-crimes..

..and all done ‘in our name’..eh..?..)

go to source/story>>

Afghanistan officials sanctioned murder, torture and rape, says report | World news | The Guardian.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff, op-ed | Leave a comment

“..Chris Barton: Something rotten in our Commerce Commission..”

“..Something is very rotten in our Commerce Commission.

In setting the price for access to Chorus’s copper wholesale network -

- it’s maintaining a price $12/month higher than comparative countries.

It seems to think consumers should pay $12/month more than they should have to for broadband.

What’s particularly galling here is that the Commission has lost sight of its prime directive contained in the Telecommunications Act –

- to ‘promote competition in telecommunications markets for the long-term benefit of end-users of telecommunications services’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Chris Barton: Something rotten in our Commerce Commission – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

Posted in music/ent/lit, nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..Eleven candidates to contest Northland by-election..”

“..Eleven candidates will contest the Northland by-election -

- including a breakaway party of former National Party supporters set up by farmers and businesspeople -

- campaigning on a platform of old-fashioned values.

The by-election will be held on March 28 for the seat vacated by Mike Sabin -

- who resigned following reports he was being investigated by police..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Eleven candidates to contest Northland by-election – Politics – NZ Herald News.

Posted in nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..Nuts can reduce risk of heart disease death – study..”

“..The next time you reach for a snack -

- you may want to make it a handful of nuts -

- because research shows they can reduce your risk of death from heart disease..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Nuts can reduce risk of heart disease death – study – Life & Style – NZ Herald News.

Posted in health, vegan stuff | Leave a comment

“..Child support changes: $163m blowout expected to increase further..”

“..The $163 million cost of changing the child support rules will increase further -

- when the IRD implements a completely new computer system..”

(cont..)

(ed:..bloody-hell..!..)

go to source/story>>

Child support changes: $163m blowout expected to increase further – National – NZ Herald News.

Posted in nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..Mark Lundy retrial: Lundy’s polo shirt: The forensic evidence..”

“..Just what the hell was found on Mark Lundy’s polo shirt –

- and how it got there –

- will quite possibly go a long way towards determining the fate of the man accused of murdering his wife and daughter in their Palmerston North home -

- on the night of August 30th 2000..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Mark Lundy retrial: Lundy’s polo shirt: The forensic evidence – National – NZ Herald News.

Posted in nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..Snowden files expose NZ’s part in America’s spy network..”

“..New Zealand’s role in the vast United States spy network is about to be revealed -

- giving an unprecedented insight into the workings of our intelligence agencies.

The Herald – with investigative journalist Nicky Hager –

- is working on stories based on files from the United States National Security Agency (NSA) -

- taken by whistleblower Edward Snowden in the biggest intelligence breach in history..”

(cont..)

Snowden files expose NZ’s part in America’s spy network – National – NZ Herald News.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..From gangs to politics – mourners unite for farewell to Dame Thea..”

“..About 150 mourners – including former National government ministers -

- and gang leaders -

- attended the Auckland funeral yesterday of Dame Thea Muldoon -

- who died last week aged 87..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

From gangs to politics – mourners unite for farewell to Dame Thea – National – NZ Herald News.

Posted in nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..Teina Pora conviction quashed..” (ed:..excellent..!..what a travesty of justice tat always was..and how those police involved in executing this miscarriage of justice – should all hang their heads in fucken shame..)

“..The conviction of Teina Pora has been quashed -

- more than 20 years after he was jailed for murdering Susan Burdett in her Auckland home..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Teina Pora conviction quashed | Stuff.co.nz.

Posted in nz politics/culture/stuff, op-ed | Leave a comment

“..Paracetamol should come with warnings about possible long-term health risks – say scientists..”

“..Warn people about possible risks to heart – intestines

- and kidneys – scientists say..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Paracetamol should come with warnings about possible long-term health risks, say scientists – Science – News – The Independent.

Posted in health, international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..European Banks vs. Greek Labour..”  

“..Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is proposing austerity on the banking class -

- rather than the working class -

- to balance the budget..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

European Banks vs. Greek Labour   :  Information Clearing House – ICH.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment

“..The Grand Illusion..”  

“..The truth is that the risk of an American being killed by terrorism is close to zero -

- having been calculated at 1:20,000,000..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The Grand Illusion   :  Information Clearing House – ICH.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff, nz politics/culture/stuff | Leave a comment

“..Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots – if Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats?..”

“..The FBI’s terrorism strategy — keep fear alive —

- and it drives everything they do..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

   Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots if Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats?:  Information Clearing House – ICH.

Posted in international politics/culture/ stuff | Leave a comment