The Case For Cannabis Law Reform

The Case For Cannabis Law Reform, edited by Vince McLeod, is a book containing all the arguments for cannabis law reform, referenced with recent data. It is due for release in the Summer of 2018/19.

The Arguments For Cannabis Law Reform:

1. Prohibition Doesn’t Work
2. The Market Needs to be Regulated
3. Freedom
4. God Put Cannabis Here
5. Cannabis is a Religious And Spiritual Sacrament
6. Cannabis is an Established Crop
7. Effectiveness of the Police
8. Effectiveness of the Prisons
9. Prohibition Harms Respect for the Law and for the Police
10. The Punishment Does Not Fit the Crime
11. The Effect of Criminal Records is Disproportionate
12. Cannabis Is An Alternative to Booze
13. Other Acceptable Drugs Are More Harmful Than Cannabis
14. An Ethnic Rights Perspective
15. Cannabis Suits Some People Better Than Alcohol Does
16. Cannabis Prohibition Harms the Youth
17. An Elderly Perspective
18. The Economic Future Will Be Based on Innovation and Creativity
19. Prohibition Funds the Gangs
20. Prohibition Creates Drug Cartels
21. Cannabis Prohibition Allows Terrorists to Fund Themselves
22. Cannabis is a Medicine
23. Cannabis is a Tool For Personal Growth
24. Quality Control
25. Prohibition is a Waste of Money
26. The Effect on Social Cohesion
27. Governments Shouldn’t Conduct A War on Drugs Against Their Own People
28. Prohibition Corrupts the Youth
29. Prohibition Destroys Families
30. Cannabis is not a Gateway Drug
31. People Would Not Use More Cannabis if it Was Legal
32. Young People Would Not Have Easier Access to Cannabis if it Was Legal
33. Prohibition Keeps the Cannabis Price High, Incentivising it
34. Cannabis Law Reform Would Not Invite Foreign Gangs Into the Country
35. Cannabis Taxation Would Not Create a Black Market For Cannabis
36. Cannabis is Not Harmful
37. It Doesn’t Matter That People With Substance Abuse Disorders Use Cannabis
38. Cannabis Does Not Make People Paranoid
39. Cannabis is Not Addictive
40. It Doesn’t Matter that Cannabis is Sometimes Cut With Other Drugs
41. Cannabis Does Not Cause Schizphrenia
42. Prohibition is Not The Right Message to Send to the Youth
43. Cannabis Doesn’t Make People Impotent
44. Cannabis Does Not Cause Amotivational Syndrome
45. Cannabis Does Not Lead to Crime
46. Cannabis is Not Much Stronger Than it Used to Be
47. It Doesn’t Matter That People Have to Pay For Cannabis Users’ Healthcare
48. Cannabis Prohibition Does Not Serve the Good of Society
49. The Majority Now Wants Cannabis Law Reform
50. It Doesn’t Matter That You Know One Person Who Smoked Weed and Went Crazy
51. The Situation is Not Currently Fine
52. The Criminal Justice System is Not A Path to Treatment
53. Cannabis Law Reform Will Not Increase Drugged Driving Deaths
54. Cannabis Law Reform Will Not Mean People Coming to Work Stoned
55. Drugs Are Not Categorically Bad
56. Prohibition is Not “Better on Balance”
57. There is No Moral Argument Against Cannabis
58. Cannabis is An Exit Drug

Best of VJMP 2017

The 64 most popular articles or essays on www.vjmpublishing.nz, measured by a weighted algorithm that counted unique pageviews, time reading the page, and social media comments and shares on the page in question during 2017, are here collected in the book Best of VJMP 2017.

The paperback version of the New Zealand Edition of Best of VJMP 2017 is available from the VJM Publishing TradeMe store for $31.90

The paperback version of the International Edition of Best of VJMP 2017 is available from Amazon for CreateSpace for USD15.99

The following is a list of links to the top-ranked articles and essays, in order of where they were placed by the algorithm.

1. When Cannabis Becomes Legal, Psychedelics Are Next

2. Spirituality Is The Ultimate Threat To The Government

3. Sobriety Bias Syndrome

4. New Zealand Should Start Accepting White South Africans As Refugees

5. Things That Will Stop Happening With A Universal Basic Income

6. Did Richie McCaw Destroy International Rugby?

7. The Solution to Nelson Drunkenness is Cannabis Cafes on Bridge Street

8. The “Hard Question” of Consciousness Was Solved Thousands of Years Ago

9. The Great Fractal

10. Should People Lose The Right to Vote When They Get the Pension?

11. Whatever Happened to The Polynesian Takeover of New Zealand Rugby?

12. The Three Main Forms of Virtue Signalling

13. Why Lucifer is a Symbol of Enlightenment

14. Anti-Buddhism

15. Is New Zealand The Worst Country On Earth?

16. The Symbiotic Relationship Between Humans and Cats

17. If Doctors Stopped Lying About Cannabis They Might be Believed on Vaccines

18. The 16-Point Program of the New Zealand Anti-Puritan Party

19. How Cyberpunk Did The World Become?

20. Fellas – It’s (Almost Entirely) A Question Of Demonstrating A Capacity For Resource Acquisition

21. How to Not Sound Crazy When Talking About Your Psychedelic Experiences

22. Peter Dunne Just Made it Legal to Violate the Bill of Rights Act

23. Did Aleister Crowley Predict That Donald Trump Would Become a Great Man?

24. How the Ruling Class Stays in Power

25. Who is at the Helm of Your Ship?

26. An Anarcho-Homicidalist Primer

27. The Four Great Masculine Motivations

28. Why Kiwis Hate the Police II

29. Why The Concept Of White Genocide Doesn’t Make Sense

30. Can the Lions Cope With Blitzkrieg Rugby?

31. If Speculative Fiction Genres Were Psychoactive Drugs

32. Is Ross Taylor the Most Underrated Kiwi Sportsman of All Time?

33. The Four Tenets of Anarcho-Homicidalism

34. Cannabis Prohibition is a Pakeha Law With No Place in Aotearoa

35. Cannabis and Alcohol Users Must Unite Against the Wowsers and Control Freaks

36. Are the Black Caps Really a Better Test Side than the Baggy Greens?

37. New Zealand Political Journalism Is Such Absolute Garbage

38. What’s Defective in the Brain of Gareth Morgan?

39. The Two Strains of Neo-Christianity

40. The Basics of Anarcho-Homicidalist Etiquette

41. If Materialism Is False, Death Is Nothing To Fear

42. Social Justice Warrior Culture Is The Totalitarianism of Our Age

43. Alt-Centrism: A Political Philosophy Whose Time Has Come

44. Beneficiaries Are The Only True Environmentalists

45. Are We Living In The Kali Yuga?

46. How Well Did The Economy Do Under John Key?

47. Freethinkers! It’s Time to Pull Back to the Secret Societies Again…

48. Could Amelia Kerr Play For the Black Caps?

49. Why Christianity Will Destroy The West (Again)

50. New Zealand is Now More Backwards Than South Africa

51. Blade Runner 2049 Shows That Cyberpunk Will Live Forever

52. Is David Seymour the Biggest Coward in the New Zealand Parliament?

53. In New Zealand, Growing Cannabis is Worse Than Raping Children With No Remorse

54. The Life Cycle of Internet Forums

55. Tall Poppy Syndrome Is A Slave Morality

56. The Boringest T20I Is Worse Than The Boringest ODI

57. We Don’t Need a Cannabis Referendum – Just Legalise It

58. Jacinda Ardern Lied To Us About Changing The Medicinal Cannabis Laws

59. Toxic Femininity

60. If You Want Cannabis Law Reform in 2017, Pray Bill English Gets Cancer

61. Is It Time to Ban Male Infant Genital Mutilation in New Zealand?

62. Should We Lower Women’s Pensions to Bridge The “Gender Death Gap”?

63. Stockholm Syndrome and Modern Society

64. Trip Report: 35mg 2C-B-FLY (Doors of Deception)

Not A Manifesto

VJM Publishing is working with Not A Party to produce a manifesto of New Zealand anarchist thought, titled Not A Manifesto.

The idea is that the document will serve initially as a FAQ indexed on this page (or rather a FUQ of Frequently Unanswered Questions), later to be made into a paperback for sale on TradeMe and Amazon once there are enough entries.

NOT A MANIFESTO ESSAYS (last update 09 JUL 17)

What is Anarchism? (Agent Orange)

The Government Giveth; The Government Taketh Away (Propaganda Minister)

What’s the best place for a guerrilla soup kitchen? (Culture Vulture)

Learn Maori Vocabulary With Mnemonics

Leading up to the Southern Summer Solstice of 2018, VJM Publishing will be co-operating with Jeff Ngatai to put together a book about learning the vocabulary of Te Reo Maori by using mnemonics.

A follow up to our 2012 publication Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics, this book will essentially seek to achieve the same goal: to help native speakers of English learn another language as efficiently as possible.

A mnemonic is a way of arranging information so that, when you learn it, it is much easier to remember. An example of a mnemonic is the fictional boy’s name ROY G. BIV – not a real name but if you can remember it you can remember red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet: the colours of the rainbow.

Note! A mnemonic is a tool for learning how to remember words, not a tool for learning how to pronounce words! This book will teach you how to remember the Maori translations for a moderately large number of English words, which will make it much easier and faster for you to learn the necessary vocabulary to speak fluent Te Reo. However, if you want to learn how to pronounce these words you have to listen to a native speaker and imitate them! This book can only be used in conjunction with e.g. YouTube videos that feature native speakers speaking the language. They will teach you how to pronounce the words – this book will tell you how to remember which of the most important thousand or so words translate from English to Maori and vice-versa.

Mnemonics were used by ancient Greek and Roman statesmen to memorise the 20 or 30-minute speeches that they were forced to give in order to prove their mental competence to govern.

Used skillfully, they are capable of rapidly increasing the speed at which a student can learn a set body of information as well as the length of time that the body of information can be remembered before it starts to degrade.

A common way to use a mnemonic to learn a piece of foreign language vocabulary is to imagine a scene, as realistically as possible, replete with sights and smells and sounds.

There must be something about the scene that links the sound of the word that you are trying to learn with the word in English, so that the two of them become associated in your memory (associative learning is the basis of mnemonics).

If you wanted to learn that the Swedish word for ‘table’ is ‘bord’ you can imagine a man sitting at a table with his head in one hand, looking bored. Once you associate the sight of the table with the word ‘bored’ you have also associated table with the similar-sounding ‘bord’.

An example of a mnemonic to learn Maori language vocabulary might be as follows.

Let’s say you want to learn that the word for ‘man’ is ‘tane’. You might imagine yourself peering into a fog and seeing a fleeting shape. The shape takes the form of a man, and you hear him speak in a man’s voice.

It is definitely a man – and then the fog clears more and you see that the man was Tony Soprano (if you don’t know who Tony Soprano is, imagine that man is anyone else you know named Tony).

If you need to remember the name for ‘man’ at any point, this mnemonic should help your subconscious mind recall the link between the idea of ‘man’ and a sound similar to ‘Tony’ – and so you should remember that the translation is ‘tane’.

All of the mnemonics in the upcoming book Learn Maori Vocabulary With Mnemonics are of this kind: a simple, powerful visual image that makes a phonetic connection between a word in English and its translation in Te Reo Maori.

Starting tomorrow, this website will start to present short lists of English-Maori mnemonics that are excerpts from the upcoming book.

Previous lists of mnemonics for native speakers of English looking to learn Maori vocabulary:

Home Words
Competition Words
Military Words
Physical Dimensions
Sports Words
Natural Cycles
Entertainment Words
Colour Words
Animal Words
Head Words
Travel Words
Nature Words
Food Words
Kitchen Words
Garden Words
Caring and Sharing Words
Government Words
Rugby Positions
Rugby Words
Truth and Lies Words
Buildings Words
Parts of Language Words
Law and Justice Words

Understanding New Zealand

Dan McGlashan’s Understanding New Zealand has now (07 DEC 17) been released as a paperback 2nd Edition to take into account the results of the 2017 General Election.

This brilliant and unprecedented demographic analysis of the full breadth of the people of Aotearoa has been updated to tell you what groups of people voted for which parties in the 2017 General Election, exactly which demographics supported those parties and how strongly.

It will also tell you about the direction and size of trends in voting patterns from 2014.

Compiling the data from the Electorate Profiles index on the New Zealand Parliament website into a correlation matrix, Understanding New Zealand discusses the various interrelations between age, income, sex, education, occupation, industry, ethnicity, religion, tenure of dwelling, how the North Island compares to the South and even tobacco smoking habits.

Over 11,000 correlations were examined in the writing of this book, allowing McGlashan to bring enlightenment to any Kiwi with an interest in sociology, psychology, anthropology or politics.

The paperback version of the New Zealand Edition of Understanding New Zealand is available from the VJM Publishing TradeMe store for $35.60

The paperback version of the International Edition of Understanding New Zealand is available from Amazon for USD19.99.

The Kindle version of the International Edition of Understanding New Zealand is available from Amazon for AUD11.99.

Writing With the DSM-V (Writing With Psychology Book 5)

The print version of the International Edition of Writing With the DSM-V is available from Amazon for USD9.99.

The Kindle version of the International Edition of Writing With the DSM-V is available from Amazon for USD4.99.

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This book, fifth in VJM Publishing’s Writing With Psychology series and released in the Summer of 2018, details how to write engaging characters who have mental illnesses listed in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders.

Mental illness is a popular subject in creative fiction – and it’s easy to get wrong. To get it right, it’s helpful to turn to the experts, such as the authors of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). This book, the 5th in the Writing With Psychology series, uses the DSM-V to help you write more accurate, believable and engaging creative fiction featuring characters with mental disorders.

There are three major reasons why the subject of mental illness and mental disorder is of particular interest to an author of creative fiction.

The first and most obvious reason is to provide a more dramatic portrayal.

Although the subject is often treated lightly, the truth is that mental illness is one that almost all of your readers will have felt some pain from. Mental illness is common enough that anyone who doesn’t have one themselves will know someone who does. Many of your readers will have seen a life destroyed by a severe mental illness. So it’s a subject that easily engenders a strong emotive response.

Mental illness is stressful, chaotic and often destructive, and all of these qualities can contribute greatly to your creative fiction. Alfred Hitchcock once described drama as “life with all the dull bits cut out”. In this book, all incidences of mental good health are cut out. All of the conditions in the DSM-V have the potential to provide the seed for extremely dramatic fiction.

A person’s life can be stopped cold by a mental illness, as surely as from having one’s legs broken. So if a character in your story develops or has one of the mental illnesses in this book, your reader will know that character is in for a hard time. Also, a story that is weak can be livened up by the introduction of a mentally disordered character, who is apt to shake things up.

The second major reason is to provide a more accurate portrayal.

Creative fiction is dependent on the suspension of disbelief. In order to really feel the magic of a story, the reader has to feel like the story being told is plausible enough that they can ignore the fact that they’re only reading about it and not really seeing it happen in front of their eyes. To this end, it has to be realistic.

The reader will not enjoy your story if the characters in it do not behave like real people, because not only will they not believe it but they won’t be able to identify with those characters, and it’s being able to identify with those other characters that is the key to being swept away by the magic of a story. The more real the characters behave, the more the reader can let go and fall into the story world.

If your story features a mentally ill character, this book will help you write them more accurately, so that the reader is more likely to become engaged in your story and thereby enjoy it. Understanding the chapter of this book relating to any mental disorder will help you portray characters with that disorder in a way that the reader will believe, or that the reader will recognise if they are familiar with the condition themselves.

The third major reason is to provide a more compassionate portrayal.

Key to a more compassionate portrayal of mentally ill people is a realistic portrayal of their lives. The majority of mental disorders are believed to have an origin in early childhood trauma or family dysfunction, and not from personal weakness or moral failure. So showing this is the key to getting the reader to empathise.

Showing not only a mentally ill character, but also the environment and circumstances that can conspired to make them mentally ill, is an excellent way of demystifying that condition and people with that condition. After all, some mental illnesses are actually perfectly sane reactions to insane circumstances.

This compassionate portrayal will help the reader like and commiserate with the characters in your story who have mental disorders. It’s easy enough to cast a mentally ill person as a villain, but casting one sympathetically requires that their background is understood.

Using this book, the writer of creative fiction will be able to write excellent characters based around the conditions in the DSM-V. It’s possible to read this whole book cover to cover for ideas, or to simply choose a chapter to base a character around. Just don’t use this book to diagnose yourself or other people!

Chapters:

1. Borderline Personality Disorder
2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
3. Avoidant Personality Disorder
4. Schizotypal Personality Disorder
5. Antisocial Personality Disorder
6. Narcissistic Personality Disorder
7. Paranoid Personality Disorder
8. Histrionic Personality Disorder
9. Phobias
10. Dependent Personality Disorder
11. Conduct Disorder
12. Oppositional Defiant Disorder
13. Narcolepsy
14. Bulimia Nervosa
15. Anorexia Nervosa
16. Illness Anxiety Disorder
17. Dissociative Identity Disorder
18. Depersonalisation Disorder
19. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
20. Generalised Anxiety Disorder
21. Clinical Depression
22. Bipolar Disorder
23. Schizophrenia
24. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
25. Autism Spectrum Disorder
26. Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder
27. Panic Disorder

Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics

This book uses mnemonics to teach Spanish vocabulary as quickly and efficiently as possible. Some of the mnemonics are weird, some sexy, some cheerfully obscene, but all are memorable.

The system offered in this book not only presents 3,000 of the most common words and a mnemonic for each, but also organises them into a heirarchical system for maximum ease of encoding.

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Where to buy Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics:

New Zealand readers can buy a paperback copy of Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics from TradeMe HERE.

International readers can buy a paperback copy of Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics from Amazon HERE.

New Zealand and International readers can buy a Kindle copy of Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics from Amazon HERE.

Cannabis Activist’s Handbook

This is a book for people interested in cannabis law reform. It consists of three parts.

The first is an examination of the steps necessary for founding, building and maintaining a cannabis law reform party, such as core values, membership, fundraising and media.

The second is a discussion of the arguments for cannabis law reform and how to counter the arguments against it.

The third looks at how to take your party into battle to fight against cannabis prohibition.

Note: this is not a book about buying, selling, producing or consuming cannabis. It is only for those interested in changing the failed policy of cannabis prohibition.

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Where to buy the Cannabis Activist’s Handbook:

New Zealand readers can buy a paperback copy of the Cannabis Activist’s Handbook from TradeMe HERE.

International readers can buy a paperback copy of the Cannabis Activist’s Handbook from Amazon HERE.

New Zealand and International readers can buy a Kindle copy of the Cannabis Activist’s Handbook from Amazon HERE.

The Book of Faith

A book about honest ways to accrue faith in the modern religious marketplace. The Book of Faith is a necessary companion to the scriptures of your religion.

In this book you will learn how many things generally considered bad are really good once the power of faith transforms your perspective. Wife-bashing, psychological abuse of children, neglecting the poor and disadvantaged, even lying, theft and murder can all be wholesome, family ways to strengthen your religious conviction and to grow your faith.

The message of the scriptures can become corrupted over time. This book sets things straight, providing a faithful and reasonable perspective on issues such as chastity, temperance, justice – all of which may require a re-evaluation of what you thought you knew!

Help fight for love, peace, tolerance, and the total annihilation of the faithless by reading The Book of Faith, an essential companion to true believers everywhere.

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Where to buy The Book of Faith:

New Zealand readers can buy a paperback copy of The Book of Faith from TradeMe HERE.

International readers can buy a paperback copy of The Book of Faith from Amazon HERE.

New Zealand and International readers can buy a Kindle copy of The Book of Faith from Amazon HERE.

His Master’s Wretched Organ

From somewhere deeper than the unconscious, something stirs.

Whatever it is, its shifting is eternal, as ancient and restless as the churning galaxies. You have always felt its presence when you are still, which is precisely why you keep yourself distracted with trivialities. It cannot be named because words are now merely the primitive tools of an insignificant context.

Much like dreams, these stories do not pretend to answer our gravest questions – they only invite consciousness beneath that mantle above which the waking mind finds tenuous asylum. Do not outstretch your hand for guidance, because no-one else can explore here but you. In this indefinable space, even the assumption of your own being must be called into question.

His Master’s Wretched Organ is a collection of short stories that probe themes of disconnection, self-inquiry, spiritual ascendancy, awe and horror.

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Where to buy His Master’s Wretched Organ:

New Zealand readers can buy a paperback copy of His Master’s Wretched Organ from TradeMe HERE.

International readers can buy a paperback copy of His Master’s Wretched Organ from Amazon HERE.

New Zealand and International readers can buy a Kindle copy of His Master’s Wretched Organ from Amazon HERE.