On some days it feels like everything one holds dear is under assault. The BBC liberals think a terrorist attack in St Petersburg is a Putin false flag; there is a preponderance of lies about abrupt climate change.
And ssometimes it gets personal.
New Zealand has a new PM – neo-liberal, reactionary Catholic,Bill English who is putting his own stamp on the government.
In one day he has ruled out an investigation in to war crimes in Afghanstan committed by New Zealand's SAS and has ruled out legalising medical cannabis despite 97% being in favour in an informal newspaper poll.
We are now living in a police state where heartlessness rules the day.
In the old days if a tetraplegic is found with cannabis that he needs to control his pain your community copper would likely overlook it as a victimless crime (perhaps not!)
But now the police have no resources to investigate burglaries or even assaults but they have plenty of resources and time - not to mention motivation, to go after elderly folk or steal pain meds from a helpless tetraplegic.
I am VERY ANGRY today.
Tetraplegic left bed-bound
after breakdown with
A worried Auckland mother has been left scrambling to help her tetraplegic son after his caregiver agency pulled its service with no notice.
3 April, 2017
Ben Clifford and daughter Alizay, 6. Ben has been left without a carer after Life Plus pulled their services without warning on Thursday. Photo/Doug Sherring
Prince Harry met Ben Clifford at the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Centre in May last year. Photo/File
“We don’t want an official marijuana industry. We’re not going to be legalising it.”
Speaking to The AM Show on Monday, Prime Minister Bill English said there’s already a “compassionate” and legal route for patients to get cannabis products – if they need them.
“The minister’s just changed the rules so that’s a little bit easier, with the Ministry of Health now approving it instead of each one going to the minister.
“As far as we can see, that’s going to work pretty well and we don’t want to take it any further.”
He fears increasing access to medical products based on cannabis will increase recreational use.
“We just think the long-term damage of large-scale use of marijuana is pretty bad.”
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says he would welcome trials of other products here in New Zealand, but our market is too small.
“We need manufacturers with product to say ‘we would like to trial these formulations in New Zealand’, and the sad truth is that for many of those manufacturers they do not see New Zealand as a sufficiently large market to make it worthwhile,” he told The Nation.
“It’s the same story we have for clinical trials generally, but there’s no prohibition for sourcing cannabis for medical trials in New Zealand.”
Mr Hager and Jon Stephenson's book Hit & Run claims six civilians were killed in a raid on two Afghan villages involving New Zealand's SAS in 2010.
Mr English yesterday ruled out an inquiry after being briefed by the Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, and watching video footage of the operation shot by some of the aircraft involved.
But Mr Hager said it was "a joke" for Mr English to trust the military's word.
"These are the people who are in trouble, so of course they don't want an inquiry ... No experienced minister should fall for that."
He said the Prime Minister was being "irresponsible" by simply accepting the "selective information" he was shown.
Going after the elderly....Susan Austen (known as Suzie to me) is a very caring individual who has other people's interests at heart has had extra charges thrown at her.
If I can I will be there to supprt her.
Two elderly Wellington women with suicide drugs have been pounced on by police, who are conducting a national operation thought to be targeting a euthanasia group.
Police have confirmed a Lower Hutt woman was arrested and faces two charges of importing a class C drug as part of an "ongoing investigation".
It is understood a second elderly woman was also involved in the October 7 raid, part of what police are calling Operation Painter, and that one of the women spent the night in a police cell.....
Police have repeatedly refused to say what the drug was, the age of the arrested woman, or when she would appear in court. They have also refused to comment on claims they had got hold of Exit's membership list and were working their way through it....
He said it appeared a police task force had "infiltrated" Exit, whose members have an average age of 75, as they cracked down on people wanting the option of dying on their own terms