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.
Skilled Diplomacy in Europe contrasts with Great Leap Forward stumbles at home
The Labour coalition’s mainstream doctrinal base-reinforcing schemes such as the hydrocarbons shutdown, the mass housing build, and the mass afforestation scheme now have the Great Leap Forward dream-over-reality look. In contrast though the coalition’s less dogma-cluttered handling of the Brexit opportunity demonstrates a clarity of intent and thus of management.
In Brexit the conflicting doctrines are self-balancing and this has allowed the Labour coalition a free field of fire to do what it does best which is to resonate sincerity of purpose and keep on the right side of the angels, or as premier Jacinda Ardern told Davos position itself on the “right side of history.”
It is here that foreign minister Winston Peters, the least angelic of the coalition galaxy, has been at the helm in navigating the correct course for the onetime Empire food supplying nation to resume its historic role.
Indeed, the Labour government’s own base, now largely comprised of people who have never held proper jobs in a productive sense, are mercifully unaware of the practical and mercantile course that Winston Peters, now a latter-day Great Helmsman himself, has followed.
The appearance at places such as London and Davos of New Zealand Labour government representatives has been a godsend to British premier Theresa May and all other Brexiteers.
The reason is that the prospect of a starving Britain outside the EU is the main ballistic missile in the armoury of the Remainers.
The presence of these New Zealand politicians, and especially of an increasingly avuncular-looking Winston Peters, is proof that there is an ample larder awaiting Britain outside the EU.
In other words the New Zealand presence, and rather surprisingly to a rather greater degree than that of Australia, neutralises Project Fear.
It is here that the nation’s official virtue signalling and among such archangels as Sir David Attenborough and Prince William at places like Davos has applied economic value.
The Labour coalition is prevented from showboating its deft handling of the Brexit opportunity. It must for example signal an impression of indifference as to whether Britain stays or leaves, or has another referendum.
It knows that Britain will have to quit, and if necessary operate under WTO rules which are designed exactly for this type of contingency.
It knows too that the China market is becoming increasingly uncertain, and even dangerous as the Fonterra experience in the Beingmate project has demonstrated.
Indeed as far as the UK is concerned, officials in recent times have pointed out to the coalition the accelerating over-production of foodstuffs from the EU exacerbated by staples coming off the once tightly-maintained EU production quotas.
A Britain outside the EU has for the Labour coalition exactly the same appeal and possibilities that China once had in the Helen Clark era.
Influx of Esol students is fresh imperative to curb New Zealand-ese
A group or collection of females described in the singular as “woman,” has emerged as the most obvious flaw in the diction of professional broadcasters according to a survey by MSC Newswire, the affiliate site of the National Press Club.
The other most discernible mangled word was vulnerable which frequently emerges as “vunerable,” according to the panel.
Also selected was “summision” for submission.
In vowel handling the panel identified as a continuing articulation problem the sounds of the letters “a” and “e” in which for example weeks of time became “wakes” of time and the Southern Alps became the Southern “yelps.”
Other examples among many was the word flash being delivered as “flesh” and vice versa. Someone called Alice was frequently described as “Ellis,” and again vice versa.
This was mentioned by the panel in a range of other such transposition which included the word (bus) fares emerging as “fears,” and vice versa.
Other such jumbled locutions were the words beer/bare/bear noted the panel.
The panel remained though much exercised about the delivery of more than one female as “woman” and it warned that especially when rendered on the state stations it exhibited what it described as an indifference to standards.
This single-as-plural colloquialism was unique to New Zealand and it existed in isolation from any other English language argot or slang such as Cockney.
It was of relatively recent derivation.
It was due according to the panel to the New Zealand Woman's Weekly first published in the depths of the great depression,1932, and which once had the highest print saturation per head of population in the world.
It was and remains Woman’s Weekly rather than being entitled the plural Women’s Weekly as it was in every other country including Australia (see illustrations) in which the same formula magazine was launched shortly after the pioneering New Zealand version.
Even so, counselled the panel, slipshod standards in professional broadcasting reflected adversely on every other professional endeavour in anything at all in the nation at large.
The panel stated that it reviewed only the delivery of professional broadcasters and those who put themselves forward as such.
The panel observed also that those responsible for mainstream broadcast media delivery should bear in mind the nation’s accelerating role in ESOL.
Curiously, the panel accommodated and even discounted the discarding of the present participle ing in favour of ‘in or the more specialised New Zealand rendering ‘een. as in “walkeen, talkeen” or doin’ and thinkin.’
“We are not ‘worry-een’” quipped the panel.
This was because the termination minus the “g” was standard among US broadcasters and was notably becoming so now in the BBC.
The BBC, the onetime arbiter of vocal English standards, was being forced politically to adopt more and more regional accents and patois and do so regardless of its central role as a universally comprehensible communicator.
Even so and bearing in mind New Zealand tertiary education’s increasing revenue dependence on English as a second language for Asian students, the panel cautioned state broadcasters over the use of what it described as “institutionalised” slang such as choppers for helicopters and “the ditch” for the Tasman Sea.
The stated policy of New Zealand’s Fairfax newspaper group to discard all views and data that dissents with the chain’s own collectively-held opinion that climate change is an existential threat and is manmade is a challenge to science according to a local government figure, Rick Long.
Even more serious believes Mr Long (pictured) remains the subsequent decision of the nation’s news-content arbitrator, the Media Council, to uphold the Australian-owned chain’s decision.
Fairfax is now part of Australia’s Channel Nine Network.
Mr Long’s contention is that the decision to outlaw dissenting information by Fairfax, with the support of the Media Council, was particularly significant in terms of the mainstream media’s accepted role.
This is because the Fairfax chain controls the only daily newspapers in New Zealand’s chief scientific research centres, notably those in and around Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Palmerston North, and Hamilton.
Mr Long said that the public understanding was that greenhouse gas estimates were detected by atmospheric sensors.
In fact, he stated, they are estimates based on computer modelling, and differed widely, especially in New Zealand
The New Zealand publicly-disseminated hypothesis focussed on the animal contribution, he said.
It omitted component elements such as volcanic activity and water vapour, all contributors to the greenhouse gas syndrome.
This in turn remains further distorted because New Zealand media reports only events supporting its warming theory such as heatwaves while ignoring all icy weather and freezes to the contrary.
Mr Long explained to MSC Newswire, the National Press Club’s associated news site, that his main worry centred in fact on the active support given to Fairfax by the industry’s own arbitrator of content, the Media Council.
It was this support that gave the “proudly” proclaimed Fairfax auto-censorship on climate-dissenting information its sinister undertone, he noted.
He claimed that there was a “book burning” aura to the Media Council’s upholding of Fairfax’s announced policy.
This was because an arbitrating and at face value official and impartial referee board, the Media Council, had given its seal of approval to the Fairfax stated policy of reporting only one side of what the chain itself conceded was one of the central issues of the era.
Mr Long for many years has been involved as an elected official in Wellington and Central Districts regional, municipal, and health roles.....
Witness to global peace keeping operations for 30 years
Stephen Whitehouse’s career began in broadcasting in Wellington and took him to the inner circles of United Nations headquarters in New York where secretary general Kofi Annan described the New Zealander’s technique as the “Whitehouse Way.”
He led the United Nations radio and television unit and his 30 year career there took him throughout the Mediterranean, Middle East, and the Balkans during which time he witnessed and recorded many commotions.
Stephen Alexander Whitehouse who has died in the United Kingdom suddenly at the age of 73 emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1952.
He grew up in Wellington in an artistic and bohemian household, his mother, actress Davina Whitehouse, being a central figure in the young country’s burgeoning cultural scene. Visitors to the home included a young Sam Neil, Richard Campion (father of Jane), and Peter Jackson. The opening frames of Jackson’s film ‘Brain Dead’ were shot on the beach outside his mother’s house.
After graduating from Victoria University, Wellington, where he had excelled as a revue writer and performer, he worked for the Broadcasting Corporation before moving to Hong Kong for a stint on the South China Morning Post. A keen jazz enthusiast (he played tenor saxophone) he leapt at the chance to work at the UN and lived in the Park Slope, Brooklyn (the ‘real New York’ as he put it) from the early 70’s.
Retiring to Sandwich, Kent, he worked on the Festival Committee, took up the banjo, joined the local Liberal Democrats, avidly watched cricket and rugby and listened to his beloved Radio New Zealand, returning to Wellington every year for the NZ summer.
An enthusiastic amateur historian, he was also a volunteer at Sandwich Museum. A keen sailor during his earlier years, he recently became a trustee for the P22 gunboat.
Steve is survived by his wife Lynne O’Donoghue, sons Sasha and Sam from his first marriage, a stepdaughter Alexandra and stepson Daniel.