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I read the news today (oh boy) - Current world events
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31 August 2013
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I kind of think that is the whole problem of American news media though. Something like Fox News could not exist in the UK because we have rules about lack of bias in broadcast journalism. We have free speech in the UK, but we demand responsibilities of those who exercise it. The American Constitution is in many ways great but, as Lennon once said about Christ's disciples, the "thick and ordinary" twisted it to serve their own needs. It is interesting that it is my country that is challenging Rupert Murdoch about his practices.

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31 August 2013
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One story that deserves comment is the Cambridge Hospital that has fast food on sale (burgers, pizza) and has a contract that runs until 2024, yes there are healthier options but surely this is a stupid set-up. So much for the fight against obesity. Whoever signed such a stupid deal needs their own hospital treatment.

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31 August 2013
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The issue of Marijuana legalization / decriminalization has made the news quite a bit lately here in Canada, as some of our most prominent politicians have happily admitted using it in the not-too-distant past.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2.....43688.html

I've always found this an interesting issue, because the primary reason for it being illegal is the fact that so many agencies, corporations and people make a LOT of money keeping it illegal.  

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31 August 2013
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fabfouremily said

Moving on.... I find it quite interesting that politicians out there in Canada are so open about using it. I'm all for it - if tobacco is legal then cannabis should be too in my opinion, but I thought that they would at least try and hide it.

Well, it's not a question of "using it" in the present-tense sense. They all "admit to using it in the past", either a lot or a little. But none of them will say they're still toking up on a regular or infrequent occurrence, or have any plans to. It's just not in a politician's nature - it's like them saying "sure, I love my beer. And I'm probably gonna get wrecked in the near future - probably next month, I'm attending an old friend's wedding!" - almost unimaginable. Plus, most of the ones who were even regular users probably gave it up long ago. I don't imagine hardcore politics attracts pot enthusiasts much, at least not ones who expect to be successful. Aside from the ones who get into politics for the very purpose of changing marijuana legislation, that is.

So why are they owning up all of a sudden? Well, I'd like to hope and believe that it's because they see the way the (smoke-filled) winds are blowing - that they can sense that limited decriminalization (if not full legalization) is looking more and more plausible. That the general age of the electorate has reached a point where a wide swath of it - like, anyone from ages 20 to 70 or thereabouts - is likely to have encountered marijuana at some point in their lives; and that many of them are liable to be favourable or at least indifferent to the stuff. Not to mention favourably dispatched towards politicians who have admitted using (and even LIKING!) it.

Note that even Prime Minster Harper (a Conservative), when asked if HE'D ever smoked pot, kinda hedged his bets with his answer. He denied it, yes; but instead of making a strong *law & order* statement, like "No, I never have smoked marijuana. Because it is WRONG, and it is the law of our land!", he gives the intriguingly non-judgemental and merely pragmatic excuse that he suffers from asthma, which precludes him smoking ANYTHING. (Somebody give that man a couple of pot brownies!)

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