Drug harm is liked with economic inequality. You can get away with having a nice craft beer and smoking a split on the deck with the vinyl on the turn table. I’m not begrudging that. I’d just ask you to please think very carefully about the way you project your utopian dream.
Then, immediately, they were given another fine for using the campsite toilets.
Imagine if legalising homelessness could get you as many facebook likes as drug law reform.
While I was in Gujarat (before the pandemic] I was wondering around at night among people who live in the gutter. Hundreds and hundreds of people, and goats and cows and wild dogs. I was scared of the dogs but not the people.
Alcohol is prohibited in Gujarat. It doesn't not work.
"Departments that have a higher proportion of staff in operational and service delivery jobs tended to have a lower average salary, such as the Ministry of Justice, Department of Corrections, Ministry of Social Development, Department of Conservation and New Zealand Customs Service.
Agencies with more staff in leadership had higher average salaries."
That would explain an endemic culture of bullying many people feel. Pushing and shoving to get to the leadership role.
Carolyn hasn’t had a pay rise since 2019, when her pay increased by $5000 a year to just under $100,000.
“It doesn’t make me feel at all valued,” she says. “The cost of everything else is going up. It makes me feel like ‘stuff it, you don’t value my work, I might as well go and do something else’. It’s a kick in the teeth.”
Carolyn (not her real name, is a manager in the department of corrections. She is in the business of managing to keep people locked in small concrete containers.
PS: Prison managers are often doing humanitarian work. Trying to seperate sexual abuse trauma victims from perpetrators while they’re all locked up together in the concrete containers.
Not the magic bullet ether. Magic bullets are make-believe like unicorns.
All the interlectual arguing about the IP relaxation not being the magic bullet because thats not the bottle neck, and all the nurds technical blabber – thats ephemeral. Look at this: “Peoples Vaccine” it’s a unifying statement. It’s psychologically important.
Not widely reported. Ardern has followed the US lead, and is now supporting the peoples vaccine initiative so impoverished nations can feel the love and support. Symbolically, and with a higher probability of not dying from Covid 19.
Yes, and sometimes governments need to govern. Those pharmaceutical companies don’t need to operate out side of human society: as pure corporate entities in order to develop their products. (They shouldn’t, they don’t ). The marketing creates the impression they do. I’m pretty sure its a legal fiction.
A forced acquisition of some of that marketing budget would be appropriate. This could be spent on clearing up some of the misunderstandings about who exactly is governing the world.
Something thats a wee bit of concern to me is that India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons trained on each other. Both countries are in a state of high stress right now. Good to offer them both a bit of gentle nurturing. Not sitting by and allowing corporate giants to engage in hard nose bargaining over essential pharmaceutical supply. ie, bullying of vulnerable people. Better still, just to keep it simple. let’s be kind.
And the argument that biotechnology is really tricky and expensive. And that its done by supper elite people who need to be paid an extra lot. You make a good argument that I should spit on your fast food.
So, the USA has agreed to support the vaccine IP waiver. Obviously its a little late to stop the massive serge in places like India. But its nice to see that even a hard arse inward looking nation like the United States has a little bit of warmth left, or that its wiser minds successfully argued for pragmatism.
How about New New Zealand, where’s it leave us?
Will we show a bit of dignity?
Some of the commentary about how cool and successful we are at dealing with the pandemic is beginning to look pathological. We haven’t won a chess competition,, we are not that smart, We just hoarded lots toilet paper,, (metaphorically speaking) because we pushed in line. And we have lots of cash.