Tuesday, October 30, 2007
New Zealand: Editorial: Roadblock in P War Has to Go:
So Drugs = National ID card, damn, thats just so simple!
Why didnt I think of it?
Why, because, first they create the myth, then comes the fear, then comes 'what ever they bloody want'...........
Friday, October 26, 2007
Bill McKibben is a leading environmentalist and one of the leading forces behind Step It Up. In 1989, he wrote the book The End of Nature, one of the first books to describe global warming as an emerging environmental crisis. His latest book is called Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. Bill McKibben, joining us from Boston, welcome to Democracy Now!
BILL McKIBBEN: Amy, it's good to be with you, as always.AMY GOODMAN: It's good to have you with us. The fires in Southern California and global warming, is there a connection?
BILL McKIBBEN: I'm afraid that there is. This is the kind of disaster that we see more and more of as we begin to change the basic physics and chemistry of the planet we live on. One of the people leading the really brave rescue effort out there yesterday said, one of the San Diego authorities said, this is the driest it's been in at least ninety years. It's dry because they've had terrific heat and not much rain. And those are just the conditions for that part of the world that all the modeling suggests come about when you begin to raise the temperature.
AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to ask you about Tom Swetnam of the University of Arizona, one of the ecologists there. He has written about the connection to global warming. He published a study in the journal Science, saying global warming has increased temperatures in the West about one degree, and that's caused four times more fires.
BILL McKIBBEN: This is the problem. Things don't work in a linear smooth relationship, you know? You raise the temperature a little bit, and you begin to get very large cascading effects.
Friday, October 19, 2007
More Elephants in the Room....
- Former British Drug Czar Mo Mowlam Calls for Total Global Legalization, Cites Need to Quit Funding Political Violence
- Legalising cannabis 'would break terrorist link'
- General Public: Opinion August - December 2002
New research shows public bear the brunt of drug policy failure
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
"San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed the nation's war on drugs a total failure and insisted the crime rate would go down if the government spent money on treatment as opposed to jailing people with drug problems. 'If you want to get serious, if you want to reduce crime by 70% in this country overnight, end this war on drugs,' he told reporters at City Hall on Thursday. 'You want to get serious, seriously serious about crime and violence end this war on drugs.'
"It's laughable that anyone could look at themselves with a straight face and say 'oh,we're really succeeding.' I mean it's comedy."
Such is the paucity of debate surrounding 'Safer Communities' in Christchurch and other regional and terrotorial governing authorities. /Blair
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The recent media observations that STV is the cause of the low turnout I suggest that this is not the case, it is a scapegoat and reporting surrounding this needs to be more balanced than 'just another negative opinion'. The cause of the low turn out IMHO is the media. People get turned off by tabloid 'style' reporting let alone pandering to the "did too, did not" pedantery we have seen this time.
Despite it being mention nearly everywhere I spoke, and STV appearing as the question still unanswered by 2021 in the mayoral debate media just haven't gone there.
Local bodies act requires FTP/STV 'review' as an option for 2010 in 2008. It is my contention that anyone elected under FTP is unlikely to 'show' support for STV for obvious reasons.
As i said to the select committee... it would be much more engaging of the public sentiment and thus participatory if it was aware that it could vote for who they didn't want (by lower ranking) and further, trust the vote count for reflecting 'where the true sentiment' lies.
As for the Mayoral vote under STV, as I have said to many, you GET A MAYOR with more than 50% of the voters polled behind him/her. This will be crucial to dealing with the complex issues as we move beyond Kyoto.
(did a mayoral candidate exhibit ANY competence in this area. Indeed did media even notice that climate change is unfolding around our ears? ie: Treasury;ETS etc. No other Mayoral candidates even bothered.)
Besides... it sends a good signal to all and sundry.. if say lots voted for Bob #1, and lots voted for Megan #1 but even more (than both) voted for Blair @ #2. That could mean the city wanted me for Mayor because It BEST represented all views at the table....
Now that is a head turner.... and demonstrates how STV dilutes POLARITY and delivers CONSENSUS POLITICS to a community.
Where would you read that in a newspaper. It is counter intuitive to media to have consensus on anything. What would they have to report? That the council 'agreed' to listen? That the council made an 'well informed decision', that the Mayor never had to make a casting vote? And... best one of all. That councilors actually liked working productively in a contestable environment where issues were robustly explored and petty point scoring was passe.
Don't laugh... That's how the Nordic countries made it through the angst and divisions and have become the progressive havens of participatory civics we see today.
Good luck to ALL the candidates reading this. Some of you have impressed me with your efforts and I have voted carefully rewarding those who were both innovative and presented their case well. I don't think 'history and experience' is as important as having 'something upstairs'.
(BTW: ya got my vote Sue! you've got a bit of both!).
"Mayor Blair" Anderson.
'Mayor Blair' Anderson ‹(•¿•)›
ph (643) 389 4065 cell 027 265 7219
Saturday, October 6, 2007
It must be said, even if no one is listening (the media certainly isn't) that there are many good folk standing for election and while there are speculations in mainstream CHCH media that it will be Bob, (gee, why have an election at all... just let a couple of editors duke it out on the main street) media has informed the wider public more about personality spats and precious little about policy of consequence. And that serves us all poorly. To that end Kay, your email reminding us all what this is about is 'a gem' among pebbles.
SO... in respect to issues raised by the PHA, it might come as a surprise to find the mayoral candidate for Christchurch, notably the one who is first in everyones book, at the cutting edge of intersectorial social health policy .
I'm not going to bore anyone on this list with the substance to that claim. If your not informed, then you don't want to be. However, keep in mind that as the ONLY candidate calling for STV for our future elections then it can be fairly said that at least I, on behalf of Christchurch understand that in these 'changing times', that having a Mayor elected with no less than 50% of voter support will be key to community buy in to all we shall be confronting.
Amonst the many things I learn from being a public advocate I often note who is really taking care of business (and thus the community).
"Mayor Blair" saw NO other mayoral/city candidates, and only two ECAN possibles at the Emission Trading Scheme [ETS] consultations which is proof the non-attendees want your vote but don't care one IOTA how the biggest change in the city 'since Rogernomics' is going to impact this community. (Climate Change is about public health too, see BMJ on "Integration of Public Health with Adaptation to Climate Change: Lessons Learned and New Directions" ).
also some useful snippets.
Blair on Climate Change 'around the world'
Blair on climate change on the 'blogs'
None of the candidates for Christchurch (and just about every other city) Mayor have shown any significant capacity to understand the global implications let alone the adaption and mitigation costs that WILL have to be borne by our community. In the wrap up for yesterdays think fest New Zealand's Treasury official acknowledged that 'Mayor Blair's' advocacy on 'contraction and convergence' underpinned the conscience (treasury's words) of all that ETS is... and may become 'Beyond Kyoto'. The media has avoided the intersectorial meat in the climate sandwich 'lest' said health and climate advocate get some traction.
"Blair Anderson, the only candidate to walk to the front of the stage from his podium, called for the city to take an international lead on climate change policies". / CHCH PRESS 19 September 2007
One could wonder if the intersectorial implications of certain other issues is a bridge to far for journalists.
While the rest of the world is increasingly suspicious of misplaced resourcing and funding a war on 'some drugs' it has become patently obvious to the public health sector that it is a health issue not one of 'crime and criminality' as has been portrayed by a self interested media.
"We need to be understanding of our social and ecological environments - and reject the harm production of inappropriate interventions under a vicious, unnatural, and unsustainable definition of crime". " Blair4mayor.com"
* Breaking News * - US Mayor's Conference calls for new bottom line on drug policy declaring prohibition 'a failure'.
Here's what happens when the debate is unfettered... Seattle, our sister city decided to have the required debate and look who supports wholesale reform of the drug laws.. I welcome the support of PHA in elevating the debate and applaud their continuing call to acknowledge the destructive role in health sectors that alcohol contributes.
Top Canterbury cop says "85% of offending is alcohol-fueled", Superintendent Sandra Manderson.
Perhaps Sandra and the rest of the community should re-examine from first principles 'why this should be so'... Consider who is involved in Seattle and ask this question "why wouldn't retiring Garry Moore take the lead from Seattle, when it was he who lauded the Seattle based initiative 'time to talk' ?, could it be that "Mayor Blair" knows that in an open and unfettered debate Civil Society rises to the social challenge. ? Consider,
- King County Bar Association
- Church Council of Greater Seattle
- King County Medical Society
- League of Women Voters of Washington
- Loren Miller Bar Association
- Municipal League of King County
- National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington
- Seattle League of Women Voters
- Washington Academy of Family Physicians
- Washington Osteopathic Medical Association
- Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Washington Society of Addiction Medicine
- Washington State Bar Association
- Washington State Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Washington State Medical Association
- Washington State Pharmacy Association
- Washington State Psychiatric Association
- Washington State Psychological Association
- Washington State Public Health Association
What should the aims of a municipal [alcohol and] drug policy look like?
- To minimise the prevalence of problematic drug use and related health harms, including drug related death
- To minimise impediments to health promotion holistically integrate all drug policy, removing double standards
- To minimise disorder, violence and social nuisance related to drug misuse
- To minimise criminal activity associated with the production and supply of drugs
- To minimise all drug-related harms to vulnerable groups, young people and families
- To ensure adequate provision of support and drug/alcohol treatment for people seeking help
The challenge is not 'is Blair right for Mayor', rather;
is there a SINGLE CANDIDATE who, in the interests of public health and at the risk of their public career, will stand at my side and say... "actually, on this, he's right!, we need to talk about this."
Here's your 'pro-active public health' possibility.
or, forever more be known as 'part of the problem, and no part of the solution'.