Moving on from QAnon? Experts say these tips could help

first_imgExperts and former QAnon believers say they have tips for anyone wondering how to talk to people consumed by the conspiracy theory. Those recommendations include listening instead of lecturing and changing the topic to shared experiences and interests. Mockery, they say, won’t work and could just further isolate the believer. As for people looking to step away from QAnon or other conspiracy theories, the experts recommend taking time away from social media and looking for offline ways to connect with others such as volunteering. One woman who left QAnon says yoga helped her move on, along with therapy.last_img read more

Getting to know Facebook’s cryptocurrency, Libra

first_imgFacebook recently released the details of the 2020 launch of its Libra cryptocurrency. The news sent ripples across all industries, but no sector felt the shockwaves more than financial services.For years, we have been discussing the ever-increasing threats fintech poses to traditional financial services. However, this announcement marks the most universally significant threat to date. While Libra may not mark the end of the financial industry as we know it, it stands as a solemn reminder that the world is changing; with it, peoples’ expectations of banking are changing.I hope this momentous announcement generates the urgency credit unions require to drive forward their own digital transformation and innovation. This article will strive to describe what you need to know and do about Libra.Libra BasicsLibra is a cryptocurrency that enables users to buy things and send money with almost zero fees. Users will be able to buy merchandise online and in stores and cash out at exchange points, such as a grocery store. Libra also will integrate with WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger for simple peer-to-peer payments. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Meth too addictive for harm minimisation approach, says drug educator Dale Kirk

first_imgStuff 3 May 2018Family First Comment: “I think that unfortunately we have information out there that potentially could be harmful. I think it’s the wrong message. Our message and work in the community is around the Not Even Once message,” he said. Methcon worked with businesses, high schools and in the community.”Sounds like a far better option for schools than the Drug Foundation!The harm minimisation approach to drugs taken in material given to senior students at Massey High School doesn’t work with methamphetamine, drug educator and former drug squad detective Dale Kirk says.A booklet provided to a Year 13 health class at Massey included advice on how to take care of a meth-smoking pipe and to never be caught with more than 5 grams of meth – the threshold to be classified a dealer.“Meth is illegal. It’s also illegal to own a pipe. Be discrete [sic] and only keep less than 5 grams for personal use,” the pamphlet said.The pamphlet also advised on ways to hide meth use and advised that swallowing meth was safer than injecting. “It saves your lungs from damage, produces a smoother and longer lasting high, and you’re less likely to use more.”Family First put out a statement about the information provided to Massey students, saying the advice was foolish and inappropriate.It called on the Government to review taxpayer funding for the NZ Drug Foundation. Massey has said the material provided to its students could be found as part of a foundation programme, which was fully funded by the Ministry of Health.READ MORE: is public paying for kids to learn how to use meth?NewsTalk ZB 3 May 2018 An anti-drug group says the public shouldn’t be funding pamphlets on how to safely use methamphetamine.New Zealand’s approach to drug education’s been thrust into the spotlight, after some Massey High School students were given a “harm minimisation” document as part of a health study.The leaflet includes information on how to clean meth pipes, and recommends users never carry more than five grams of the drug.Methcon managing director Dale Kirk told Mike Hosking it is beyond belief.“If you’re a parent you have got to ask yourself are you happy this information a. is being presented at school and b. that your tax payer money is funding it.” read more