Ninja 1: What do my social media profiles say about me?

Facebook

Just like pretty much everyone else who uses it, Facebook is a personal and social platform for me. When I started studying public relations I became savvy to the fact that potential employers might take a look at the things I might get up to and be put off, so I went straight to my privacy settings and made sure nobody could see anything apart from my friends. Job done? Not quite.

It has only been recently that I have begun to see cracks starting to form in my, so thought, solid barrier. If an employer was to try and access my Facebook profile, all they would be able to see is my picture and a link to my website address. The link is no biggie – in fact I would quite like them to see that. But I have never really thought about my profile picture before.

Above you can see my current Facebook Picture. It was taken at the after party for this years London Film Festival and shows me with some of my colleagues. I hadn’t even noticed at first but you can clearly see me with a beer in my hand. Does this reflect badly on me? Would the picture alone jeopardize me being offered a job in the future?

Twitter

As much as I would like to, I really cant get myself into Twitter. In the year and a half that I have had an account I have tweeted 171 times. Not bad at all, yet nowhere near the tens of thousands of tweets that many post in the same time. However, when I set up this account I had planned for it to be a professional outlet from the start – I knew that Twitter doesn’t have the privacy of Facebook and pretty much anyone can see what I post. So, I chose a reasonable picture where I am not drinking or making a stupid face, and I pretty much only ever tweet about industry related topics. Now this surely has to stand me in a good light!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, I’d love to hear from you so do comment and vote for which Ninja you would hire on the basis of our social media pictures!

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Should drugs be legalised?

This week the ninjas have been discussing whether or not recreational drugs should be legalised.

With relaxed drug legislation evident in Holland and Portugal, will the same ideas work here in the UK? Each ninja has a different idea. Read through each using the links below and then vote for who you agree with in the poll to the right of this post.

 

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Ninja 4

Ninja 1: Drugs should be legalised

My answer to this question is one simple word…..absolutely.

Yes, drugs can be dangerous and yes they can cause death in rare circumstances. However, it is scientific knowledge that alcohol and tobacco are more harmful, resulting in more deaths, than many recreational drugs including marijuana, LSD, amphetamines and even ecstasy. Have any of you ever actually taken the time out of your busy lives to consider the benefits of making recreational drugs legal? If your answer is no, then allow me to do it for you.

 

First of all I have to point out that drug users in the UK are a majority. Recent research shows that nearly half of all 15-16 year olds have used an illegal drug with up to one and a half million people use ecstasy every weekend. Amongst young people, illegal drug use is seen as normal. So what exactly are the benefits of legalising drugs?

  1. Elimination of the criminal marketplace – Legalisation forces organised crime from the drugs trade, starves them of income and enables us to regulate and control the market.
  2. Massive reduction in crime – Using illegal drugs is very expensive. This means that some dependent users resort to stealing to raise funds (accounting for 50% of UK property crime – estimated at £2 billion a year). Most of the violence associated with illegal drug dealing is caused by its illegality.
  3. Safer general drug use – not only will rates of HIV and Hepatitis C decrease, but legalisation will stem the emergence of experimental ‘legal highs’, the content and dangers of which are completely unknown.
  4.  Global benefits – The illegal drugs market makes up 8% of all world trade (around £300 billion a year). Legalisation returns lost revenue to the legitimate taxed economy and removes some of the high-level corruption.
  5. Provision of truthful information and education – Legalisation would help us to disseminate open, honest and truthful information to users and non-users to help them to make decisions about whether and how to use.

If you still aren’t convinced then just look at the results in Portugal. Just five years after the legalisation of all drugs in 2001 they boasted one of the lowest drug taking figures in all of Europe.

I leave you with this; In 1970 there were 9000 convictions or cautions for drug offences and 15% of young people had used an illegal drug. In 1995 the figures were 94 000 and 45%.

Prohibition doesn’t work.

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below. If you agree with my views then please vote for me in the poll on the right hand side of this page.

Ninja 2: Drug Legalisation Will Not Work!

Legalising drugs as a solution for organised crime? Yeah right!

Legalising drugs has been an ongoing debate for years. Will it help reducing the number of users, will it demystify hard drugs or will it lead a country to total chaos, filled with addicts?

First of all, what drugs are we talking about? I truly believe that some drugs must not, in any case, be legalised. What would the world become if you could buy heroin in Tesco, together with your daily milk and vegetables? Some people think that it works exactly like that in Holland and Portugal, that drugs are everywhere, accessible to everyone. Not quite.

In Holland, cannabis is tolerated but you will rarely see someone take a stash of cocaine out of their pocket in a coffee shop.

In Portugal, and since 2000, if you are found in possession of drugs, you just get fined. You don’t go to prison, but the police doesn’t hand you a medal and give you a standing ovation. Drug dealers are still put behind bars, drug users get fined. They are tolerated, not available in every grocery store. Also, people would argue that Portugal has seen a decrease of heroin users and would link it to this law. Actually, if you look at the dates, the statistics were made before the law came through. No correlation there, or a really small one.

I also believe that legalising drugs would definitely not help decreasing the number of organised crimes and gangs. Would it, really? If drugs are legalised, the government is going to put a set price on them. Do you really think that users will not want them cheaper and that dealers will just be sad they were put out of a job?

Because drugs will never be fully legalised or even approved (that would be dangerous) considering all the other aspects that result from them, they will remain a forbidden fruit. Even on display for sale in shops, it is common knowledge that drugs are bad and harmful. People will still try to take advantage of users and it will still be at the origin of gang wars and organised crime.

Legalising drugs to some extent might be feasible to some extent in theory but practice will show that it would not fit in our culture and that the disadvantages will still outnumber the advantages.

Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below. If you agree with my views then please vote for me in the poll on the right hand side of this page.

Ninja 3: Drug use should be moderated

DRUGS ARE BAD FOR YOU… a sentence that is hummed into us throughout our educating lives. Sure most of us know this but I’m going to put it out there and say the majority of people within the UK, maybe even you reading this, have at dabbled with some form of illegal drugs.

My view is… Drugs should be legalised.

Not because I’m some raging drug taker! Simply because I think legalising drugs would help lower crime and improve the communities we live in. Having said this, it is my belief that while legal, drug use should monitored and moderated. That is, all drugs should be available by prescription, from your doctor, if really needed – much like the legalisation of medical marijuana in many US states.

 

Making drugs legal or illegal doesn’t stop a person from trying them. In fact the legalisation of drugs is only a small matter to consider. We should stop putting classifications and name tags to substances and think about the real issues like helping addicts, improving education about the consequences of drug taking… rather than hit them with an authority stamp which I would argue is irrelevant.
If drugs we’re legalised and a person had to go via a doctor or pharmacist to receive their allowance, it would help society target the people with the problems and allow them to get help. I believe this would lessen the back street dealers and reduce drug related crime.

Of course some laws should still be in place for when drugs and criminal activity are related… but for actual people using it – well at the end of the day it’s up to that person. No one can stop drugs being used full stop, not the government, education, parents… the list goes it.
Drugs will be around forever, limiting the usage however is an issue that has the potential to be controlled.

 

Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below. If you agree with my views then please vote for me in the poll on the right hand side of this page.

Ninja 4: Drugs should not be legalised

When hearing this question I am shocked that it should even be a discussion as, to me, the legalisation of drugs should not been allowed.  Yes I see that both alcohol and cigarettes are harmful to our health and yet they are both legal, however I don’t think drugs can be put in this same category. Not only are they extremely addictive but they can be extremely dangerous!

I know many people out there that would say, “Even if drugs were legal I wouldn’t take them”, but I also know that, if the legal restrains were removed a lot of people would, maybe especially from a much younger age.  I know this doesn’t apply to everyone but the fact that drugs is illegal definitely acts as a deterrent for some people, and these people are the ones most at risk, if drugs were legalised they may be subject to peer pressure or just the attitude of ‘why not?’.

 

I also think that the idea that legalising drugs would mean the crime rate would decrease is a ridiculous notion.  If drugs were sold in pharmacies, then they would give out a certain quantity at a select price.  People will always be after a cheaper price, a larger quantity or a different mixture and with every need and want from the public will come just as many gangs doing exactly the same thing as they are now.

Consider not only the individual effects legalising drugs but also the effect this would have on society as a whole.

 

Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below. If you agree with my views then please vote for me in the poll on the right hand side of this page.

A License to Kill: Ninja 1

In my mind, this is one of the most controversial and topical ethical issues we will be discussing over the coming weeks. So, let’s not dither and just cut straight to point. Now, I think suggesting that some people don’t deserve to live is taking things just a little too far. I do believe, however, that the world would be a better, and safer, place without certain people on it.

Having said that, I need to make it absolutely clear that I, in no way, support or condone the unlawful killing of any murderer, rapist or alike. I am of course referring to capital punishment; after a full and fair trial of course.

All though 96 of the world’s countries (49%) have abolished capital punishment completely, 58 (29%) still maintain it in both law and practice. I understand completely that in many of these countries, the accused don’t always receive what is exactly a fair trial – that is another ethical issue in its own right. The death penalty is a punishment that should not be dished out lightly. Only when there is no doubt in the judges mind that the accused is guilty, and furthermore, remains a considerable threat to the continuing safety of our society should this sentence be exercised.

The year 2011 has seen the deaths of feared regime leaders Osama Bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi, both having been killed in ‘crossfire’. There are no two ways about this; neither should have been allowed to continue committing the profound atrocities they had been known for. BUT, if death was to be their ultimate fate, then their fundamental human rights should have been upheld with the right to a fair trial – much like that that was granted of Saddam Hussein before his execution in 2006.

(N.B: These viewpoints expressed are not necessarily my own)

Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below. If you agree with my views then please vote for me in the poll on the right hand side of this page.