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Fossilised moa testicles! - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 30th, 2013

09:35 am - Fossilised moa testicles!

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Yesterday I was trying to work out how to hook a set of pauldrons on to a jerkin so they are removable. The pic doesn't show anything about the mechanism except that it's not a buckle:



So I figured if I rivet a stainless steel shepherd's whistle on the inside of the pauldrons where the arrows point, I could hook the square loops from the backstraps over them and as long as they are situated right re: tightness, they'll stay put, because shepherd's whistles have a deeper hook than any of the hooks I could find online, including picture hooks and bootlace hooks and industrial tiedown hooks. And off I went searching for stainless shepherd's whistles online, since they aren't the sort of thing you find in shops in central Wellington. In my travels I found many types of shepherd's whistle, for many different prices.

Turns out you can get a mammoth ivory dog whistle for a mere $150US. Or you can get your bog standard stainless steel ones for $2.60NZ. I know which one I'll be buying. *ahem*

However, it led me to be a bit weirded out by the idea of putting something in my mouth that had also been in the mouth of an animal that died tens of thousands of years ago. Not in a "Ew gross!" kind of way, just in a*boggly mind* kind of way. And possibly there's that thing where the ivory trade is generally looked on with disgust, so I've got a bit of *tut tut* going on about ivory, even though mammoth ivory is not about to cause extinctions. I mentioned my weirded-outness, and it led to people telling me about their mammoth ivory earrings. To which I went "All these extinct animal parts being worn as jewellery! Haast's eagle claw earrings, anyone?" Which led to the conclusion that fossilised moa testicles could potentially become a fashion item.

Because why not, right?

Meanwhile, I am starting to see a link between the Psychoactive Substances Bill and the moral panic created in the media about legal highs. For a while, I couldn't work out why the panic was being stirred up when regulation was being passed already - what purpose would it serve to make the populace react like this? Now the law has been passed, local councils have been given the power to decide whether, and how, legal highs will be sold in their areas. So we are getting situations like this, where councils are moving to ban the substances locally based on anecdata and hype about the so-called dangers of legal highs. Many of which have been given an initial interim tick by the Ministry of Health to be sold, but perhaps will not pass the more stringent safety testing planned for later this year.

So the government gets to look progressive internationally, meanwhile creating a moral panic locally and passing the banhammer to councils. It seems quite a few councils are looking at preventing the substances being sold by placing onerous restrictions on retailers through zoning and whatnot, in response to public petitions and the like that have come about because of the moral panic around the issue - which was created in the media. *sigh*

Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of synthetic cannabis. I have tried it three times and on the third occasion I had an anxiety attack and threw out all the rest of the stuff I had because it just.felt.wrong. I know of another person who's had a similar reaction. I know still another person who had found themselves becoming dependent on one of them - but that was the one that was later found to contain benzodiazepines, which are highly dependence-inducing. And the whole point of regulating sales and putting in place a testing regime is to ensure that benzo-containing synthetic pot can't slip through in imports, and that if a substance causes anxiety attacks in people, it won't be sold.

And I also fully recognise the much larger number of people I know who have used synthetic pot and had no problems, in fact have found it to be easier on them than cannabis. These people's anecdata should count too, right? Oh wait..

Councils are starting to ban things before they've even been tested on the basis of media hype and second and third hand anecdotal evidence by people who've been trained to see only the bad side of drug use. This seems .. actually it seems like exactly what the government intended when it gave them this power while simultaneously stirring up a moral panic in the media, eh?

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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps they created a moral panic just for fun?

Or perhaps the media created the moral panic by accident, because "Folks smoke legal pot, have a good time" doesn't sell news.

I've been saving all the articles that get published on Stuff about legal highs since about 2010. The are likely to form the basis of my Honours thesis. So I will end up analysing this six ways from Sunday, but this quote from Peter Dunne:

"I fully acknowledge it is more of the cat-and-mouse game until we can deliver the killer punch in August, when the Psychoactive Substances Bill will become law."

Lends a certain amount of credence to my presumption. They intended to kill the market, apparently, and at least one mouthy politician is making no bones about that.
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From:pombagira
Date:August 29th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
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i reccon the moral panic came about because of the animal testing component in the Psychoactive Substances Bill, which brought all the animal rights activists and other animal groups such as Huia? (a no kill animal shelter) to the front demanding that it be taken out, and rather than suggesting an alternative, they demonised party pills and drugs thus moral panic.. oh won't somebody think of the children, only losers take drugs and the Animal testing is wrong, look at what these looser drug takers have cause happen to these poor defenseless animals, and hence moral panic ensues

so much so that every time you even slightly suggest what an alternative might be, you get flamed for being an animal hater..

fun times..
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
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It's possible, although it's notable that the animal testing aspect of the opposition to legal highs didn't emerge until the first draft of the bill became available, and that the negative news articles about the effects of the substance within communities started quite a while before that.

Basically, articles started hitting the news regularly since the temporary class notice regime was introduced in 2011, which was also when Peter Dunne started lobbying hard for regulation of the market.
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From:pombagira
Date:August 29th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
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from what i have seen via the various animal rights and animal shelter groups they seemed to of missed the animal testing bit of the bill not sure what why or how, and didn't get all het up untill this year, just as the bill was passing. then it was all hell for leather.. so to speak.

i remember a post on the Huha fb group something about the PM Mr Key stating that animals will die so that people can have their party pills or something to that effect..

and more recently Labour? pushing for a change in the Psychoactive bill, or a change to the animal rights bill to ban animal testing all together

so is is becoming less about keeping/making party pills and synthetic pot safe to use and more about animal testing..

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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that all happened during the public submission stage of the passing of the bill, after the first reading.

I was particularly disappointed to see the Greens, who generally have a sensible approach to drug policy, making more of a big deal out of animal testing than they did about the criminalisation of users.
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From:pombagira
Date:August 29th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
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yeah i was disappointed to..

ack/.. *sigh*
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From:vernacularity
Date:August 30th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
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i have been meaning for some time to write a fairly detailed account of my own experiences with various examples of the genre.

after completely stopping over 4 months ago I think I have only recently returned to approximately normal
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From:tatjna
Date:August 30th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
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One of the people I've spoken to about this was keen to document their experiences and send them to the manufacturer.
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From:vernacularity
Date:August 30th, 2013 08:17 am (UTC)
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looks like a dome
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From:tatjna
Date:August 30th, 2013 10:02 am (UTC)
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It does, but I'm not sure a dome would be strong enough. I think it's a rivet.
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From:meathiel
Date:August 30th, 2013 10:43 am (UTC)
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And here I thought you spend all your time packing ... obviously not ... ;-)
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