There's something else going on today - maybe you're watching it on television. Maybe you've been caught in the crossfire.
Don't vote for Donald Trump.
As far as I know, you have no credentials or experience in medicine or in public health of any kind. You’re a music industry and radio guy who is on record as supporting the social supply of methamphetamine.
You have a longstanding tendency to insult people who don’t agree with you. I don’t believe that that you’re always entirely fair and I’m concerned about the way you present matters of importance to the public.
I think I understand your take on the Colorado data. We’ll see if the substance of your views about overall harm reduction hold up in the medium term.
You’ve quoted Dr Hotu as saying:
I’m concerned that many voters have been led to believe a cannabis referendum ‘Yes vote’ equals a ‘Yes’ for medicinal cannabis. This is not the case; patients already have access to medicinal cannabis. It’s legal under the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme and currently available via prescription […]
That seems like something voters should know. Dr Hotu also states:
Speak to any health professional that works in this field and they’ll tell you the impact that marijuana has on psychosis.
This seems like a fair point too.
I know your work from your days in student radio. Around 20% of university students drop out in their first year of study. I don’t think the culture you’ve created is respectful of the long term interests of young New Zealanders.
Above: Ghislaine Maxwell and Kevin Spacey on the Queen’s thrones at Buckingham Palace in 2002
President Trump has commuted the sentence of former campaign aide Roger Stone, who was convicted of witness tampering, making false statements to Congress and obstruction of justice in 2019. The commutation leaves Stone’s criminal convictions intact.
Amid renewed criticism from Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller has defended the integrity of the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election that formed the basis of Stone’s prosecution. As Mueller puts it:
Stone became a central figure in our investigation for two key reasons: He communicated in 2016 with individuals known to us to be Russian intelligence officers, and he claimed advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ release of emails stolen by those Russian intelligence officers.
We now have a detailed picture of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The special counsel’s office identified two principal operations directed at our election: hacking and dumping Clinton campaign emails, and an online social media campaign to disparage the Democratic candidate. We also identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel — Stone among them. We did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its activities. The investigation did, however, establish that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome. It also established that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.
The story’s replete with Russian spies, the US national security agencies, corrupt campaign officials and an all-in brawl amongst the identitarian left, the pluralist centre, the libertarian right and a depraved cultural elite.
It’s not easy to interpret the seething mess beneath the thinning veneer of political life – this fashion show of villains, dubious agendas, innocent victims and terrible reprisals. As unsuited to the presidency as Donald Trump finally is, he’s not the only guilty party. The dishonesty goes a lot further than anyone’s going to admit.
Don't vote for Donald Trump.
Radiohead’s take on the 1973 film The Wicker Man.
The role of British intelligence and British police in these matters deserves special scrutiny. The following video discusses the role of MI5 and Special Branch in covering up the serial sex offending of Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith.
Similar kinds of corruption exist at the highest levels of the British public service and at the most senior levels of the legal profession. The problem extends to members of the English judiciary.
Lastly, former US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill died on 18 April. He will be remembered for disclosing that the Bush Administration had been planning the invasion of Iraq and the distribution of its oil fields prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
This is Channel 4’s interview with Richard Kerr, victim of one the UK’s notorious VIP paedophile rings. In this instance, young boys were taken from the Kincora Boys Home in Northern Ireland during the Troubles to service elite paedophiles in London.
The report outlines that MPs at Westminster were sexually abusing young boys, that British Intelligence and the MI5 were aware of and complicit in these crimes, and that British police threatened the victims with arrest. The case is reminiscent of the British establishment’s involvement in Jimmy Savile’s reign of terror at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.
Sheryl’s Crow’s revelations about Michael Jackson, Cory Feldman’s recent allegations about Two and a Half Men(!) star Charlie Sheen, and the deaths of Kevin Spacey’s accusers suggest something is very wrong. As Cindy McCain said of Jeffrey Epstein:
Epstein was hiding in plain sight. We all knew about him. We all knew what he was doing, but we had no one — no legal aspect that would go after him. They were afraid of him. For whatever reason, they were afraid of him.
There’s a lot that can’t be said in a forum such as this one. Suffice to say, a re-evaluation of the value, meaning and real origins of Aleister Crowley’s magical teachings – that explicitly encourage the sexual exploitation of young people – is long overdue.
Those who have supported the degradation of the innocent and unsuspecting will one day have to answer for what they done.
A few years ago North & South magazine ran a piece about New Zealand’s own Temple of Higher Thought and the Order of the Golden Dawn. The article is worth reading in full, but for present purposes it’s enough to note that the leaders of these occult movements infiltrated New Zealand’s Anglican communion and posed as ordinary churchgoers.
Like any important social lever, magic and witchcraft are inevitably deployed against political targets and other adversaries. As a result, not everything in political life is what it seems to be. Speech and behaviour are impeded and compelled; events are planned and synchronised. Serious crimes are being committed – people do get badly hurt.
Plato mentions itinerant magicians who crowded the doors of the rich and for a small fee promised (among other things) to harm their political enemies with incantations and binding spells. Plato’s suspicions were not without foundation; in recent years scholars have [shown] that these curses were being used by and against members of the Athenian upper classes, including some prominent Athenian politicians.
If there’s a pattern in the media’s easy coverage of the witchcraft renaissance, it’s a determined refusal to consider what premeditated attacks on other people must mean for those affected and for society at large.
May the many victims of these crimes find justice.
There are restrictions on disorderly and offensive behaviour and language in the Summary Offences Act 1981. These provisions cover many of the everyday scenarios that people would expect to be covered by a hate speech law.
This proposal poses a threat to New Zealanders' basic rights and freedoms.
There's an authoritarian aspect to these kinds of proposals that we need to be really careful about.
As you've alluded to, hate speech laws are part of a toolkit that is used by social activists to manipulate public opinion. Their campaigns are coordinated with the media and often fail to properly represent the views of the community.
Suffice to say, not all of the tools available for influencing other people's behaviour are consistent with the structure of our legal system.