BRAVE NEW WORLD – THE MAY ISSUE.
BEN’S NEWS BULLETIN.
TRENDING ON BEN’S WORLD.
The Great Southland Toxic Cover Up
DONATIONS Always Welcome.
THE DEADLINE GAZETTE ON LINE SUPPLEMENT.
BUBBLE BUBBLE TOIL & TROUBLE – The Billionaires Bolt Hole.
They were amused by my optimism, but they didn’t really buy it. They were not interested in how to avoid a calamity; they’re convinced we are too far gone. For all their wealth and power, they don’t believe they can affect the future. They are simply accepting the darkest of all scenarios and then bringing whatever money and technology they can employ to insulate themselves — especially if they can’t get a seat on the rocket to Mars. Luckily, those of us without the funding to consider disowning our own humanity have much better options available to us. We don’t have to use technology in such antisocial, atomizing ways. We can become the individual consumers and profiles that our devices and platforms want us to be, or we can remember that the truly evolved human doesn’t go it alone.
Being human is not about individual survival or escape. It’s a team sport. Whatever future humans have, it will be together. Author of Team Human, Present Shock, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, and host of the Team Human podcast http://medium.com/team-human
111 & WAIT As we pat ourselves on the back on how well we did during lockdown – perhaps we need to ask at what cost to the rest of our health service.
Today I had to put my 69 year old father in an ambulance to go to hospital.Two days ago he had a nasty fall, smashing up his face and grazing himself up pretty good, swollen face, black eyes, stitches in his hand. Today he was unable to move in bed or get out of bed with excruciating back pain. After trying several times to get him up, which he would spasm and collapse, I made the decision to call 111. It took an hour, 3 phone calls to 111 and then a call to the shift manager at Southland Hospital (who was very helpful, thank you).
The 111 dispatch wouldn’t send an ambulance even though there was one fully staffed, sitting at the station and 100% available (as I had just been speaking to the station). The 111 dispatch staff were arrogant to myself and to the shift manager at the hospital (I spoke 2x dispatchers and a paramedic). They advised me to give him ibuprofen (he was already on tramadol and 3 other painkillers) and to just leave him laying there so they wouldn’t have to send an ambulance.
Finally the ambulance was dispatched when they were ordered to by the hospital shift manager as there was a doctor waiting to see Dad immediately.
Had I not been an ex firefighter with a strong personality, God knows how long he would have lay there. What the hell is wrong with the dispatch system??? Imagine if this was an elderly couple on their own. Is this happening all to often???My father deserved to have the right to emergency care and not have been looked upon as an inconvenience. Thank you to the Ambulance staff and the Shift Manager at the Southland Hospital.
I want this to go as far as it needs to be heard to get change!
Here at the DEADLINE GAZETTE we just like to say ‘copy that’.
WHEN TO EXPECT THE NEXT FEAR PORN MEDIA DISTRACTION?
Sentencing in the matter of R v Tarrant. It has now been set down at the Christchurch High Court on Tuesday 2 June 2020.
Best Letter to the editor (May) David Hardy. Profession: paramedic.
“Taiwan lockdown strategy based on its had bad experiences from the 2003 SARS (another coronavirus) outbreak in China, and as a result their hospitals were well supplied with equipment to handle any outbreaks. This SARS situation had reportedly taught them to have a healthy distrust in China and the World Health Organisation to accurately report facts, and to have their own plan in place for future outbreaks.” David Hardy
NZ Tourism Wag$ Its Tail.
The future as being pitched by backers of the Climate Change Commission as destination for the .1% and their pets. Backbackers and small business need not apply.
I shit you not and here is one of it ecologically aware buddies just to illustrate why their vision has nothing to do with protecting the environment.
Buffet Says Good Bye to Airlines.
More books burn as National Library culls 600,000 books & Libraries and art galleries close.
https://postmanproductions.wordpress.com/…/barbarians-at-t…/ The 600,00 books and the many many, many, other book culls going on in Aotearoa’s intellectual vaults around the country represent a calamity.
Info barbarians in the age of information dominance. Censorship on & off line in NZ.
Thank Groove For Music Month.
Flying Out have just boosted up their classic black fuzzy tee stocks 🥳 These iconic tees just flew out the door last time, so don’t muck around!
Alpha Monkeys Won’t Share The Bananas.
“you must make sure your children engage in nature. For if they don’t they can not understand it. If they do not understand it they wont love it. If they don’t love it they wont fight for it”.
Jane Good All on why wealth distribution not population is what destroying the world ecology.
DONT STOP NOW – Live on Planet of the Apes.
Lockheed Martin Rocket Lab to launch the rocket ‘Dont Stop Now’ which includes US defence based electromagnetic research into atmosphere effects on gps.
Coincides with launch of Starlink military communication assimilation program 5g.
2019 The birth of Donald Trump’s Space Force. Space Force receive it’s first offensive weapon Lockheed stock increases and Trump ordered bombing raids in Iran.
As for their fascination with Queen well its all very Bohemian (;-)).
The West Coast Tiwai Connection
Holciem quary where TOXIC material from Tiwai was also stashed. Yes that is a radioactive sign your seeing.
For Our full Tiwai investigation todate see
Legal COVID 19 & CIVIL LIBERTIES
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a general election date during a post-Cabinet press conference.28 January 2020 The 2020 general election will be held on 19 September. As well as electing a new government, voters will be asked to decide on voluntary euthanasia and the legalisation of cannabis through two referenda. We are running an established and effective MMP government and overseeing a strong economy with low unemployment and growth rates that others look to with envy.” Ardern re-iterated that Labour’s intention was to deliver a “positive and factual election campaign”. “The Labour Party signed up to Facebook’s new transparency rules. I stand by these actions as prime minister and as the leader of the Labour Party.”
The House will rise on Thursday, 6 August and Parliament will be dissolved on Wednesday, 12 August. Writ day will follow on Sunday, 16 August, and nominations will close at noon on Friday, 21 August. Advance voting will start on Monday 7 September. Subject to the passage of the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before the House, the last day for the return of the writ will be Thursday, 15 October
Jacinda Does Robert Muldoon Impersonation.
Phil Goff TPPA Jacinda’s former boss and super mayor in the gun.
Stuff That Caught My Eye
Big Data News
The Little Girl In The Red Coat – POETRY
(For the girl with chocolate on her face).
I could not reach the little girl in the red coat.
I called and called but sill she would not come.
I could not reach the little girl in the red coat.
Lookout your in danger I cried
but the little girl in the red coat could not or would not hear me.
She chose to play with the darkness.
I could not reach the little girl in the red coat.
Was their some thing else i could have done, I ask each night,
to reach the little girl in the red coat?
Remembering Archibald Baxter of Brighton, Dunedin, a Christian socialist and conscientious objector in World War One. By Victor Billot.
On the ship the men were stripped, placed in uniform, locked in a small cabin and abused by officers and volunteer soldiers. On 6 October they were sent to Étaples base in France. The commander was Lieutenant Colonel George ‘Hoppy’ Mitchell, who had been twice wounded in battle. He was determined to break the spirit of the conscientious objectors, and showed particular animosity towards Archibald Baxter.
Baxter and three others suffered Field Punishment No 1 (called colloquially ‘the Crucifixion’): they were tied to a post in the open with their hands bound tightly behind their backs and their knees and feet bound for up to four hours a day in all weathers.
With two others, Lawrence Kirwan and Mark Briggs, Baxter survived this humiliation only to be sent into the trenches. He was beaten, sent to a part of the front that was being heavily shelled, denied food, and finally, on 1 April 1918, taken to hospital in Boulogne, where he was diagnosed as having mental weakness and confusional insanity in his determination not to fight.
Three weeks later a British medical board confirmed the diagnosis of insanity, although it suggested that this may have been exaggerated so that he could not be court-martialled by the New Zealand army.
Nonetheless, it was the end of Baxter’s war. He was taken to a British hospital for mentally disturbed soldiers, and sent home in August 1918, one of only two of the original 14 objectors (the other was Briggs) to hold out to the end.
ART NEWS – cover art by Dean Raybould.
Count Your Blessings Literally.
Every morning I count ten of them.
1. I live in world filled with great people.
2. I have an awesome mum who still talks to me through her paintings and my memories.
3. My best mate not a bad chap.
4. Annie made me a wonderful birthday cake.
5. My sister who brilliantly lays out this paper.
6. My Cat Pepper who totally fluent in human.
7. I get to do the thing i love and each days I met wonderful interesting sentient creatures. Some time I eat them and they taste good.
8. All the beautiful art & music.
9 This blue and green magic marble which bounds with magic and joy if you take the time to breath count to ten remember. No life not always fair. Bad shit happens to good people some days. But life itself is always beautiful and sexy and the only thing to be afraid of is fear. The dark cloud that makes you blind and mad.
10. and most importantly Chocolate.
Henry & George – Music.
Im off to pub to have beer with Henry who appears in this tribute video to George Kingi by Mark Reid. Mark who a 747 pilot tracked down Henry who appears in photo with George and other band members that has sat on the wall of Mark family home in Canada for 35 years. Henry was 12 at the time and played in bars all around Nelson with George then age 14 earning ‘chocolate and bubble gum” money on his $7.00 guitar playing in bands around town. After the video was shot Mark presented Henry with a Fender Telecaster as a wee thank you.
Henry is very quiet and humble man who plays bloody awesome music and can be found down at the Motueka Hotel most Sunday were he jams among his friends having largely given up professional music (at one point Henry was in bands on both side of the ditch) because he hates it when people stare at him. The video is not exactly platinum viral (around 5000 hits) but to get even token gesture of recognition from a musician with access to the top and to appear in such a video was big deal to Henry and Im very pleased a bloody great guy who truly deserve his moment in the sun. Good on ya Henry.