President Trump’s Troubling ‘Bromance’ with Philippines’ Drug War Strongman
The Philippines’ inimitable President Rodrigo Duterte is being his usual charming self.
The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, arrived in the country on May 5 to attend a conference on drug policy and human rights at the University of the Philippines. Callamard is of course a harsh critic of Duterte’s campaign of police and paramilitary terror against low-level drug dealers and users.
Duterte wasted not a moment in voicing defiance, warning drug users: “And here’s the shocker: I will kill you. I will really kill you. And that’s why the rapporteur of the UN is here, investigating extrajudicial killing.”
Speaking at the unlikely venue of a convention of orthopedic surgeons in Davao City, where he was accused of running death squads when he served as mayor there, he added: “[O]nce you get involved in drugs, I will kill you. I will ambush you, poison you, bomb you, whatever. Steal your wife from you.”
A Sumptuous Seattle 420 Dining Experience
Since the legalization of cannabis in 2015, entertaining in Washington State has rapidly evolved to include cannabis inspired events. Due to prohibition of public consumption, people have found unique ways to partake of cannabis legally. Private, in-home parties lightly skirt the law so guests can use their favorite cannabis products.
I launched Ettalew’s Edibles in 2009 and have been present for the evolution of cannabis from medical to legal. Having witnessed the landscape change from something one consumed in private, to outdoor festivals with public consumption, I have eagerly anticipated cannabis dinner parties, where curators of food and beverage carefully match spices, flavors, and textures with terpenes and cannabinoids to create a mind-blowing experience.
One such dinner was coordinated by a team comprised of Derek Simcik, executive chef of Scout at the Thompson Hotel Seattle, Silas Manlove, beverage manager of the Thompson Hotel Seattle, and from Lux Pot Shop, owner AC Franks and product buyer Shea Hynes. While these gentlemen were the sommeliers of food, beverage, and cannabis, the staff at the dispensary and the restaurant provided amazing support that enabled the evening to run smoothly, with great attention to detail.
Black Domina (Hybrid)
Black Domina is a powerful smoke. The resinous buds range from a harsh peppery scent to the dark smell of blackberries. Not intended for the sweet tooth, Black Domina buds taste smoky and spicy, leaving some tokers wondering if the pipe contains hashish along with the weed. It embodies the indica high, with overpowering body effects. This strain is a great buzz for a day off or a nightcap when no serious work lies ahead. This multiple cross is basically the result of stacking four of Sensi's heaviest selected indicas in one hybrid: the Afghani SA, the Ortega hybrid developed in Canada, and a combination of the Hash Plant and the famed Northern Lights, both of which have origins in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
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