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John Oliver on police drug raids

Nothing really new to us, but great to see such expanded coverage on a major show. This is from last night’s episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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9 comments to John Oliver on police drug raids

  • Servetus

    Kamala Harris joined the Biden prohibition league and will not be supporting marijuana legalization at the federal level. What else could we have expected from a former prosecutor?

    https://www.marijuanamoment.net/did-kamala-harris-flip-flop-on-marijuana-again-to-adopt-bidens-anti-legalization-position/

  • Son of Sam Walton

    When my homeboy’s house got busted, the cops came in just singing, though no shooting. A civil lawsuit over the department is currently underway because the raiding officers tossed an octave into a crib.

    My Congressman is angry over the new law that takes I believe 1000 or 2000 cops off the force.

    They did all these violent drug raids and the banks paid a handling or licensing fee to launder drug money around December of 2012. Last year these banks have totaled over $2 trillion in laundered money since 1999.

    If I had some housekeepers who couldn’t keep the room clean or looked the other way to allow rowdy occupants to destroy and set fire to the rooms, I’d so get rid of many cops, I mean, housekeepers.

    The cops have been going after dope for decades and just these past few years, hordes of refugees, troubled by what drug money has done in Mexico and Central America, are crossing the border. And where were our cops? Why did drug money not stop within the first year or ten years or fourteen years or nineteen years of this ongoing War on Terror for Iraqi Oil and Afghan minerals? Where were the American cops?

    Fraud is demanding and getting full pay with full benefits and retirement for not finishing even half the job.

    If cops want all this power, don’t they know it’s illegal for them to consume an intoxicating or ‘light buzzed’ amount of alcohol at anytime . . . even when an Ohio Cop is out in the Keys for a family vacation . . . Off duty officers are expected and thus required to act like a cop in times of emergency and emergencies can happen while off duty and on vacation. Not even in their own home because they could be called or have to respond to a situation just outside the property. Probably only in another country can a cop have a second drink in under an hour.

    I so expect a cop on vacation to play the role of cop in an emergency out in the middle of a Vegas Casino, Yellowstone, Cubs Game, The Smithsonian, or on a cruise ship, not Ted, who sells insurance or Megan who handles kindergarten kids outside of Mountainhome, AR. So, I’m 100% positive it is technically (via all the ‘just in case’ loopholes) illegal for anybody in Law Enforcement to have more than just one ‘standard’ drink in an hour . . . even while at Uncle Norm’s Cabin out in nowhere Maine for Thanksgiving and some football.

    The same thing goes for prescription narcotic meds, sleep meds, and anxiety meds.

  • Son of Sam Walton

    I’ve never been one to care or not if someone like Trump or Obama was president. I knew the heavier players clumped around at congressional level and the local small reps, plus mayors and city council and the governors. All their power and years in office shaped the local political culture that later bakes the reginal Blue and Red States/locations. They are our meat and potatoes and the president is the beverage that goes with the style of meal cooking up with these meats and potatoes.

    It took me years of writing to a certain Republican Congressman before what I had to say and how I said it, altered how he sent emails to his followers and TV interviews–even just a little bit. When one of the congressmen’s people calls you back about something you wrote (very specific, like having Europe pay for our Mexican Wall because they’ve violated the 1961 U.N. Single Laws after 9/11), you know you’ve made some measurable size of a dent in their consciousness. A dozen plus emails a year that alert them to how hypocritical they are, and even points out to historical moments that shows precedents dictating that such activity is ‘very bad’ and walks on a tight-rope really close to sides the voter would never forgive if he fell.

    It annoys me to no end for Tik-Tok/Twitter etc people to bad mouth Trump or Grandpa Jo. The probability is way high that they know very little about what their own people are doing inside their party.

    If I got a dollar for every word I typed to a politician from my state or another or even in another country, I’d make a damn decent living.

    PS Lucas Kunce is running in Missouri and his theme is attacking big nasty corporations, like private defense and Monsanto. I cannot vote for him, but I like him already for several reasons. He’s a Marine officer vet of Iraq/Afghanistan who knows how and what the cow looks like from outside its belly, eating grass. And he don’t mind attacking greedy business that use their power to harm the small and medium size guys or who come in with loophole contracts that move factories across continents.

  • WalStMonky

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    Interesting times in South Dakota. While the Governor and her cronies got a friendly (elected?) judge to throw out the adult use cannabis referendum passed by voters on Election Day but the SD Senate got a different message. The message they heard was that the people have spoken and that it’s their job to “exert the will of the people.”

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    “Whether we like it or not, that’s the facts and I think that’s not likely to change over the next year during our legislative term nor during our lifetime,” he said. “This might be the place where the Legislature can bridge the gap between the the public administration and fulfill our statutory role to exert the will of the people when it’s made clear to us.”

    The Senate’s version of HB 1100 also maintained an “affirmative defense” provision added to it last week by the Senate Judiciary. It provides legal protections for people with a legitimate medical use for cannabis and allows judges to consider medical needs when determining a conviction.

  • Servetus

    Jeanine Añez has been arrested on terrorism and sedition charges for leading the coup in Bolivia. “The authors and accomplices of the dictatorship that looted the economy and attacked life and democracy in Bolivia [must] be investigated and punished,” said Evo Morales, the former president.

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/13/far-right-bolivia-coup-leader-jeanine-anez-arrested-terrorism-sedition-charges

  • Servetus

    California Governor Gavin Newsom says he will replace Senator Dianne Feinstein with a Black woman if Feinstein retires from her senate post before the 2024 election. It would be great if it happens sooner than later. The 2022 elections don’t favor the Democrats as much if she chooses to stay until then.

    https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/california/newsom-will-appoint-black-woman-if-feinstein-retires-early/2493567/

  • Servetus

    Targeted treatment with no problematic side effects, synthetic cannabinoid WIN55,212-2 reduces essential tremor:

    18-MAR-2021 — Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis and in the central nervous system. Using a mouse model, the researchers have demonstrated that a specific synthetic cannabinoid (cannabinoid WIN55,212-2) reduces essential tremor by activating the support cells of the spinal cord and brain, known as astrocytes. Previous research into medical cannabis has focused on … neurons.

    ‘We have focused on the disease essential tremor. It causes involuntary shaking, which can be extremely inhibitory and seriously reduce the patient’s quality of life. However, the cannabinoid might also have a beneficial effect on sclerosis and spinal cord injuries, for example, which also cause involuntary shaking’, says Associate Professor Jean-François Perrier from the Department of Neuroscience, who has headed the research project.

    ‘We discovered that an injection with the cannabinoid WIN55,212-2 into the spinal cord turns on the astrocytes in the spinal cord and prompts them to release the substance adenosine, which subsequently reduces nerve activity and thus the undesired shaking’. […]

    That astrocytes are part of the explanation for the effect of cannabis is a completely new approach to understanding the medical effect of cannabis, and it may help improve the treatment of patients suffering from involuntary shaking…Involuntary shaking occurs when the motor neurons send out conflicting signals at the same time. And that is why the researchers have focused on the spinal cord.

    ‘One might imagine a new approach to medical cannabis for shaking, where you – during the development of cannabis-based medicinal products – target the treatment either at the spinal cord or the astrocytes – or, at best, the astrocytes of the spinal cord’, says Postdoc Eva Carlsen, who did most of the tests during her PhD and postdoc projects.

    ‘Using this approach will avoid affecting the neurons in the brain responsible for our memory and cognitive abilities, and we would be able to offer patients suffering from involuntary shaking effective treatment without exposing them to any of the most problematic side effects of medical cannabis’. […]

    AAAS Public Research News Release: Medical cannabis can reduce essential tremor: turns on overlooked cells in central nervous system