Great Great Granddaughter of slaves says that beyond Beltway, coastal enclaves, there is continuing strong and diverse support for President
President Trump can win a second term in the White House proclaimed United States broadcaster Victoria Gaither speaking to the National Press Club
Miss Gaither who revealed that she was the great great granddaughter of slaves said that historic ties with Democrats were now diminishing and very largely because the Democrats had taken the electoral relationship as being permanent and thus had taken it for granted.
Miss Gaither, speaking in Wellington, New Zealand, cleared up a misconception in the English-speaking sphere to the effect that the ties with Democrats started with the emancipation of the slaves.
In fact she reminded her audience, the Republicans under president Lincoln freed the slaves in the United States.
However, the Democrats had subsequently exploited the situation and forged the ties that the party was currently unable to accept were increasingly wearing thin.
Miss Gaither said that audiences in the Commonwealth were on the receiving end of a distorted picture just because the news and opinion feeds from the United States were usually derived from the US mainstream media which largely ignored a bulk of the population in the nation’s interior.
Instead, it dwelled, almost exclusively on a narrow focus in the form of opinions derived from the coastal enclaves in which dwelled the political classes.
In regard to the Trump ascendancy, the mainstream media, she observed, collectively wrung its hands in a disbelieving chorus of “How did all this happen?”
Emmy award-winning Miss Gaither began her broadcasting career at ABC with Ted Koppel in Washington and then went on to cover the nation, notably in the Midwest.
Describing the Midwest now she observed that in practical media terms it was becoming increasingly “voiceless” due to the closure of daily papers.
The sense of non-participation in such regions in political terms was compounding with the confusion over what was being broadcast to them.
“You have all these new jobs now creeping into television and there is this uncertainty about what role the people on screen are supposed to be doing.
“Are they real reporters, lobby contributors, or pundits?”
Miss Gaither cautioned policy-makers in countries such as New Zealand when it came to formulating policy around opinions and forecasts emanating from these narrow-focus news sources.
President Trump from the outset, she said, had understood the sense of abandonment in what she described as the “quiet segment” of the United States electorate, the one far away from the Beltway and political classes.
This same segment of the electorate still supported him, she said, and contrary to the widespread belief within the United States and outside it, this segment was diverse.
“Hispanics – you name them – they are solidly behind president Trump,” she stated.
Adding to the confusion, she noted, was the relatively recent compression of the news cycle from days to a mere two to three hours.
President Trump’s focus on MAGA offered clarity within the blur of confusion.
This tectonic shift in attitude had been grasped by the alternate media which detected the emergence of this hitherto unheard segment of the electorate.
But not by the mainstream which, for example, had also wrongly forecast that president Trump would shatter the still very much intact Republican Party.
Miss Gaither, who is a member of the Washington and Wellington National Press Clubs, is involved in developing private radio in Oceania.
Manufacturer British GW Pharmaceuticals dominates world medical cannabis
Specialists have warned about the little-understood health consequences of cannabis and the generalised confusion emanating from New Zealand parliamentary circles about its true effects and even current medical availability.
They specifically cite as one rarely-comprehended danger the vulnerability to addiction of children and adolescents considered “four to seven” times greater than the long term addiction at the same age of tobacco users.
One gap in the information emanating from the Parliamentary Precinct, according to the scientists, was the absence of discussion about the authorised existence of the cannabis by-product the spray called 'Sativex'.
It is available on prescription in New Zealand and many other nations.
It was initially approved under prescription in Canada.
Sativex is derived from actual cannabis. It is made from the whole plant and is not synthetic.
It is made from a concentrate and delivered as a mouth spray. This means that it is chemically consistent in every batch.
Sativex is a whole plant-based mouth spray. It is made by British manufacturer GW Pharmaceuticals.
It is currently available in 25 countries, according to the drug’s manufacturer
The British public company’s claim is that it is “the global leader in developing cannabinoid-based medicines.”
GW Pharmaceuticals plc is also listed on NASDAQ.
Bio-scientists question the political mixed message communiques on cannabis and health to the effect that consumption of it carries medical benefits.
They challenge exactly how the beneficial effects of cannabis plants can be touted when from a scientific-medical point of view these vary considerably given the provenance of the plant in its organic, raw material form.
A vacuum both political and medical in the present public debate centred on the pending referendum remains that there is little data regarding the range of potency of the various strains along with the other ingredients needed for the desired medical effects.
The specialists advised that it cannot be predicted how medically helpful any such plant material will be without scientific analysis on each sample.
From a public health point of view they also questioned how a Parliament officially engaged in curbing tobacco consumption can reconcile simultaneously being engaged in anything that increases public access to another such carcinogenic drug.
Reviewing the plethora of bush bio chemistry advice radiating from Wellington, the scientists observed that cannabis can have undesirable effects because:-
• It leads to disorders. Those before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop it. In the US 17% of that age group in the will become dependent.
• The long term effects of cannabis on the developing brain are serious and worrying for this age group, as stated in the US National Institute of Drug Addiction research report in February 2018.
• There are reasons to believe that smoking marijuana is probably much more likely to cause lung cancer than tobacco.
• Why is self-medication with NZ cannabis touted when there is little idea what is in it?
Meanwhile GW Pharmaceuticals has developed an oral formulation of cannabis known as Epidiolex for drug-resistant epilepsy. This is the first cannabis plant-derived medicine, the company claims, approved by the United States Federal Drug Administration.
The chairman of the 20 year old GW Pharma is Lord William Waldegrave former British secretary of state for health.