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Matt Bawden

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  1. There's a few with weak bladders on MF so I guess there'll be a fair few leaks.
  2. Yeah, home brew seems to be the closest parallel, you can't flog it and you can't distill without a license but you can brew as much as you need for your own use. I suppose one complication over beer is that you need either seeds or a cutting from someone else, so you're already not 'just for personal use' by getting hold of the plant. Beer just comes from sugar, hops and yeast. That's fair comment....there'll be much smarter people than me who could formulate a legal solution to that problem prior to the 'home grown' law had been applied for I'm sure.
  3. Btw, although the subject matter is cannabis in this thread the point I am trying to make is I'm against stupid laws that shouldn't exist and this is one of them, we as a society complain about the costs and/or overcrowding of our prison and the fact we're getting more skint and yet we maintain stupid unnecessary laws....regarding this thread...restrict the number of plants one is allowed to grow in one's home but allow this to occur, now that would be democratic...those who want it could grow their own, those who don't....won't, use the same laws as with alcohol or even reassess the existing laws to cater for changes in society to make them fit and then adopt the same for the use of cannabis...or maybe not.
  4. .If someone sees a person cultivating cannabis then a law is being broken. If a person sees someone breaking a law they have a civic duty to report the matter to the authorities. If you are an example of a religious person then I sincerely hope that the world becomes 100% secular....the vast majority of human beings can figure out when to report a crime and when not to...they would report a crime if there was/were a victim/s or the potential a victim/s.....I see absolutely no victim/s regarding this.My religion does not come into this. To be honest if I relied on my religion I would probably 'bear good witness' if I did not express my personal opinion in this matter but this is how I see the issue. Your religion has everything to do with it, it defines and dictates how you think and act. Those without a predisposition to comply with a faux book of rules can judge a situation within the 'grey' area thereby thinking for themselves whereas you and your ilk will act as the Borg collective, or so the theory goes, and literally go by the book....it's a shame really, because if God does exist and he therefore created your brain but won't allow you to use it...ah well, we do love in an imperfect world only made so by the imperfection of people.
  5. . If someone sees a person cultivating cannabis then a law is being broken. If a person sees someone breaking a law they have a civic duty to report the matter to the authorities. If you are an example of a religious person then I sincerely hope that the world becomes 100% secular....the vast majority of human beings can figure out when to report a crime and when not to...they would report a crime if there was/were a victim/s or the potential a victim/s.....I see absolutely no victim/s regarding this.
  6. Surely a fairer rate should be a combination of the amount of people residing in the household and a calculation of all appliances, showers, toilets etc. having an individual grading similar to white electrical goods?
  7. Did you find one, if so could you give me the details please?
  8. The trouble with your statement especially the bit about 'impacting on anyone else and that includes encouraging or funding other crime', the fact that it is illegal does just that whereas if it were legal then it wouldn't be encouraging or funding crime or at the least nowhere near it because people would just grow their own. I'm not saying it would eliminate all crime associated with it but it would massively reduce. Criminalising something does not stop it, when you talk about contraband it metu pushes it underground and any money made from it goes into organised crime etc. rather than the taxes which could then be used to deal with the negative aspects associated with the legalisation of cannabis. Personally I couldn't care either way, however, from the perspective of law this is just plain foolish and doesn't do any good whstsoever. I know this will upset the church goers, the Daily Mail readers and the conservative amongst the populous but everyone's been duped into thinking that making this illegalis working and that it's the right thing to do.....well you keep thinking that while you escape, or self medicate with alcohol or prescription drugs...hypocrisy? Possibly. Stupidity? Definitely!
  9. Matt Bawden

    Ebola

    What I find bizarre is that Ebola has been around for quite a while now and yet only now is it spreading....countries will be reinforcing their borders and a kind of lockdown will be in operation...with all the 'wars', unrest, global economic slowdown and strikes and delays it seems that the movement of people is ever more restricted....the Calf of Man for the summer holidays anyone?
  10. With reference to your last sentence...you'd be horrified to know the amount if people that actually do that, there's been numerous near misses and it's been on the rise exponentially year on year. I'm fully aware of various different ways in which countries, even states control traffic and we have an excellent system. If you think it's bad here (which it isn't btw) with regard to traffic then you merely have to hop over to the adjacent island to realise just how good we do have it here, crikey, ten cars in a queue and you think we've got gridlock!😃
  11. Are they actually FTB houses, I only ask because I know someone who owns one but is not a first time buyer?
  12. I'm sure I remember Ballacraine traffic lights being out for several weeks without any problems. 'Without ANY problems'...you sure about that, we're you monitoring it the whole time? There are no pedestrian facilities at this junction either so it is quite a simple junction.
  13. The cameras would not be controlling people. They would just be ensuring fair play and taking out those that didn't play the game. A couple of the boys who now play with the traffic lights could monitor the junctions. You'd soon get to grips with the occasional transgressor. Most people would not need policing once they were being treated like adults. A nice utopian idea but in reality not ever going to happen. If people and their behaviours were altruistic them I'd agree, however, that is not the case as life has proven regardless of being treated as adults or otherwise. Everyone has different perceptions of what is acceptable behaviours, granted the general ones the vast majority of people follow and adhere to but the vast majority of the aspects of life we all differ on greatly and there is a massive expanse between different ends of the spectrum.
  14. Fair enough...I did read it but for some daft reason mistook the Guardian for the Daily Mail, my mistake. The content as I read it was neutral but stated the 'bleedin' obvious'.
  15. From the Daily Mail.....straightaway the 'report' has lost any credibility it ever hadThe news item is from the DM, the report is not. I don't think anyone ever claimed it to be harmless, just that it shouldn't be illegal...ffs sweets are legal and sugar is quite possibly one of the most harmful and addictive substances we consume, nothing is harmless it's just less harmful than alternatives.
  16. I reckon 90% of them. Everything would work better. It is the mindset that is the problem. Over regulated, over governed, from Tynwald right down to the traffic lights. Totally unnecessary.You're certainly entitled to your opinion but judging from the quality of driving on the island I would strongly disagree. Just enforce the rules. 5mph across the junction, be prepared to give way, courtesy rules, zipper/weave with traffic from other directions, pedestrians have right of way over everyone else. Cameras watching the junctions. Big fines and points for anyone not playing the game. Driving standards would improve immediately. People would embrace it because they would get to their destinations quicker with less stops and reduced fuel consumption. It just takes a different way of thinking from same-stuck-in-the rut old nonsense. So rather than some lights controlling people you'd much rather have cameras controlling people, this at great financial expense....you haven't really thought this through have you?
  17. From the Daily Mail.....straightaway the 'report' has lost any credibility it ever had😄
  18. In th case of Leviticus the laws expressed differ from the Decalogue in that they were instructions given to Moses as his role of a prophet to guide the People of the Tribes of Israel during their journey into The Promised Land and for some time thereafter whereas The Decalogue were kit termly written by The Lord on stone tablets and intended for all time.In due course and over a period of many hundreds of years as circumstances changed so The Lord through later prophets gave further guidance described in later books especially the Haftorah (judges etc.) So do I abide by Leviticus? No, but I do abide by the Decalogue and by the commandments of Jesus. What would I do if forbidden to read The Bible or only read it in Latin on the Island, in the second case it would present no difficulty, in the first case, I would go somewhere where it was legal. As for breaking the law in order to change the law - that is just silly AND criminal. Even if the law in that place was Sharia Law? Would you still serve to the letter of the law then?To begin with its not shar'ia LAW, it's simply shar'ia and yes, I would have to up to the point that it meant contravening the Decalogue or the Two Great Laws that Jesus described. What I would submit to would be any punishment, no matter what, if I did break the Law of the Land. There are countless examples of precedence where Christians have done just that. They're called Martyrs n case you didn't know. Abiding by The Laws of the Land is a requirement placed upon us within the broad context of the Synoptic gospels, in particular Mark 12 : 17 --- "Render unto Caeser" etc. Without intending to be rude there is obviously a very great deal about Christians and Christianity that a lot of people know very little about. What if the law of the land stated that you must denounce God etc. blah, blah....yawn😴
  19. There's a boat most mornings. The island would be an infinitely better and more wholesome place if low life criminals and blasphemous scum were to take it. I've always taken the view that this God person can not be all that great if he created man in a way which allowed them not to believe in him or do criminal acts. If I had the powers of creation. wiring up man so that they are nice and all worshipped their creator is something I would expect to be a given. Major design flaw to exclude unless you take the view that what we view as crimes God does not. I This God character is at least a narcissist and quite possibly a psychopath. A bit of a game player too if you think that if he/she is all knowing and knows the alleged final outcome but yet decided to go ahead anyway just as a vanity project.
  20. In some areas shared spaces (same level, no pavement, strategically placed planters and street furniture) work extremely well but again I reiterate not all places and in fact most places this wouldn't work well at all.
  21. I reckon 90% of them. Everything would work better. It is the mindset that is the problem. Over regulated, over governed, from Tynwald right down to the traffic lights. Totally unnecessary. You're certainly entitled to your opinion but judging from the quality of driving on the island I would strongly disagree.
  22. The fact that motorists give way to one another for the first few days when traffic signals have failed is commonplace and 'self preservation', however, after these few days most motorists revert to type and go about their own selfish ways. Pedestrians wishing to cross receive very mixed signals from motorists and are very reluctant to cross, this isn't to do with having been programmed to only cross when a green man appears but from the sense of knowing that they can cross relatively safely because a 'controller' has instructed all the motorists to do a certain thing (stop). Imagine being at a 4 or 5 arm junction could you imagine the chaos and anxiety if there were no signals, St. Ninian's during practice week whilst the school was open is one such example! Although I work with the traffic signals, there are areas where I personally believe signals could be taken away, the area you have stated is not one of them.
  23. You have plenty of Local Government Board Tenants as friends?
  24. I can't believe there are those among us, many in fact, that can't actually see that banning something or making something illegal actually creates criminals and does the exact opposite of what they actually think they're trying to stop.....mental.
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