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  1. luisenrique

    Adios Muchachos (for a while)

    Thanks, will do!
  2. luisenrique

    Adios Muchachos (for a while)

    Well this is my last shift, and as some of you know, I'm off Wandering at the end of the month, for an indefinite time. I aim to be back about halfway through next season, if I can make my savings last till then (unlikely). Anyway, I'll be posting sporadically at best in the meantime, so just wanted to wish everyone merry xmas and a happy new year, and thanks to mack for running this forum, and everyone who contributes, for helping the night shifts pass by quicker. See you on the other side!
  3. This is a fascinating read about this and related issues. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/dec/07/china-plan-for-global-media-dominance-propaganda-xi-jinping
  4. luisenrique

    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 1

    But then where does Treejack play? I don't know (like genuinely don't know) if he can play as a CM instead of an AM?
  5. luisenrique

    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 1

    I think this would be lethal. Imagine him getting on the end of Riera's knock downs. Would require a change in formation though. 4-3-1-2, which renders half our squad (i.e. wingers) moot, so probably not gonna happen.
  6. Well, the best example is Portugal, where everything has been legalised for over a decade, and they have the lowest rates of drug induced deaths and harm in general. I don't think there are THAT many people who would be doing drugs but only aren't because it's a hassle to get them. Anyone who's been to a festival knows just by looking around it can't be that hard. People who are addicted to drugs are getting them anyway. People who aren't are not gonna suddenly buy them every weekend like groceries. Obviously there will be exceptions but in general I believe this to be the case. Re: alcohol, the best description I ever heard was from some documentary about ecstasy in England in the 90s. It was an interview with a cab driver, and he said something like 'The 90s were great. People would spill out of clubs hugging each other, hugging me...sometimes I'd get a 50 pound tip! Now everyone's drunk and instead of hugging, they're fighting.' Don't get me wrong, ecstasy is not good for you with prolonged use either. But if you swapped the places of ecstasy and alcohol in society the rates of violence, for one, would plummet dramatically. Plus, alcohol is a literal toxin that eats away at your liver. In moderation, fine, like most other things. But the problem is it is one of the most addictive ones out there. A lot of other drugs, the very nature of them means you can't do it every day, because they lose their potency, and you just don't want to. But booze and cigarettes are so easy to get hooked on. If you want a real sobering (lol) watch, check out Louis Theroux's documentary about alcohol addiction. It's extremely depressing but I think should be required viewing. She said 'you're so funny' I said 'yeah?'
  7. https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/guide-to-a-league-s-new-expansion-clubs I don't know anything about Melbourne...but this sounds like a recipe for disaster.
  8. She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge
  9. Plus they will fight things like vaping at every corner...not that vaping is perfect but again, something that has been conclusively proven to help smokers wean themselves off their addiction, or at least indulge in it in a slightly less harmful way...but they fight it using the same laughable excuse they use with pill testing 'we don't want to encourage it'. My mate has to buy the stuff for his vape (i don't know the technicalities) illegally, but he can go buy a pack of durries whenever he wants. It's a farce.
  10. I understand where you're coming from, but, at the risk of repeating an oft-repeated line...people are going to do them anyway. They have since time immemorial and they're not going to stop. So, that being, the case, why not regulate it in the way others have mentioned and minimise the risk? The VAST majority of these deaths at festivals are from people taking something which is not the thing they think they are taking...hence the value of pill testing. It's pretty hard to OD on pure MDMA...not impossible, but pretty hard. Other psychedelics it's virtually impossible. But the problem is kids are buying things where they have literally no idea what is in it...it may be being advertised as MDMA, for example, but in actual fact has a more dangerous ingredient in it. That's without even going in to the various therapeutic benefits of many drugs, research into which has been stifled over the years due to their illegality. It's only recently that it's becoming more acceptable in the mainstream to discuss things like MDMA for PTSD, or psilocybin for cluster headaches, to cite just two examples off the top of my head. This research is now being undertaken by major universities around the world rather than some hippies in California, and the results are astounding. (Check out 'How to Change Your Mind' by Michael Pollan) On that note, I'm sure most of us can attest to positive affects certain drugs have had on us...beyond just 'woah dude this song sounds amazing!' (although that is pretty sweet too). No drug is 100% positive, of course...but like everything in life, as others have said, it's about learning how to use it best for you. That, for me, is the biggest tragedy of the war on drugs...that there are so many conditions (my mum suffers from crippling headaches, for example) from PTSD to depression and beyond that could be treated with these substances, and only now are we slowly starting to even begin to entertain this possibility. So many years wasted. Alcohol is legal ffs...ALCOHOL!...Find me another drug that has caused more destruction than that (heroin maybe?). It doesn't grab the headlines because it's so normalised and because sometimes the effects are more gradual, but it's a literal poison that we all drink, yet all this other comparatively less harmful and potentially more beneficial stuff is illegal.
  11. But all the News Corp journos told me it was a witch hunt.