Why the Fight to Legalize Marijuana Is Part of a Much Larger Populist Struggle – Ginsberg sensed that marijuana, a substance essentially banned by the US government since 1937, “was going to be an enormous political catalyst.” Though marijuana prohibition didn’t deter widespread use, the funny stuff did encourage doubts about officialdom in general. It wasn’t the chemical composition of cannabis that fostered skepticism toward authority—it was the contradiction between lived experience and the hoary propaganda of “reefer madness,” enshrined in draconian legislation mandating five years in prison for possession of a nickel bag of grass.READ MORE »
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Election Night 2012: LIVE on Pot TV
This is my favorite story this week, month, year: Those Pungent Smells Oozing Out of Marijuana Buds Are Actually Giving You Clues About What Their Effects Will Be Like since it reveals proof for what I’ve suspect for many years: Marijuana Helps Treat my Cystic Fibrosis and my Migraine Headaches And here is a link to the paper this information was sourced from: Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects
The founder of the flagship medical marijuana center, Harborside Health Center in Oakland, speaks out about how important it is to pass I-502 and how damaging a “no” vote on it could be for people’s lives.
I-502: Too Important to Lose (Steve D’Angelo, Harborside Health Center)
I know, you’re saying; “That’s radical Mr. Badweather”. You’re getting to be as much an anarchist as that crazy catholic friend of yours Fr. McKenzie who is an anonymous supporter who thinks we couldn’t really change the direction the world is going without those willing to risk arrest in the digital world as well as those willing to risk being arrested for traditional “brick and mortar” civil disobedience. He’s convinced that “In a technocracy, hacktivism is both an inevitable development as well as completely necessary if we are to bring those democratic principles to the forefront of hunanities cultures and allow it to continue to influence the earth in the general direction of democracy.” As crazy as this seems, it does seem to be working judging from the poor response of late to all the austerity talk and its being roundly rejected by many countries, Iceland, Ireland, Greece, France, and it looks like Spain as well.
Fr. McKenzie says he doesn’t get it, but that he thinks Americans have lost the gene that codes for “dissent” in a large swath of the population leading to a kind of “hyperapathy”. I keep telling him that it’s just like a lot of deer caught in the headlights of a declining American empire and we can all see the gravy train of “civilization” is in serious danger. I think we don’t want that much change and many people would rather continue as a plundering nation if the alternative is to live on a quarter of what we’re used to in order to really save this place. Like Upton Sinclair said; “It’s hard to make a man aware when his paycheck depends upon his ignorance.”READ MORE »
I want to talk to my democrat friends who are in the fight to help Obama win in 2012. One person, even if he’s the president, can’t really change things in America. But I still believe the work you’re doing is important to do. I also want to talk to my friends in Occupy Wall Street, this involves everyone. We’ve been dealing with a lot of issues lately, particularly the question of whether the 99% spring is a co-opting of the movement, moveon.org, etc. which has pushed people to having that conversation so I think all this is relevant to the movement as well.
Regardless of the fact I no longer consider myself a democrat and that I think it is important to work outside the system, I am still proud of the fact that I was a significant part of Obama’s election in 2008. I was the head organizer of the Indianapolis ACORN office at that time, I found and trained all the initial people and together we built a GOTV operation that in the end employed almost 400 registrars and registered 24,500 new voters in Indianapolis. The last time Indiana went blue was 1967 and it’s only done that three times. So that isn’t something that I’m going to look back on and think; “What a waste of time…” Organizing is what it is and politics is the art of the possible. I do not think it was foolish. I did what I thought was the right thing. I would do it again because at the time, it seemed like the right choice and in fact I still believe it was.
I want you to know, that I hope Barack Obama wins if the alternative is Mitt Romney if for no other reason than the fact that Mitt will appoint terrible supreme court justices. I think I and many other people will prefer Obama’s pick for the highest court in the nation.
I look at the long haul. I’m willing to fight all your fights with you, I always vote for who I think will be best for the country, not just my own personal views.
On the issue of health care, I’m hopeful and grateful for the work that has been done by everyone but I know there is much more to do. I have serious health issues, reforming this system matters to me personally. I’m of the belief that “some disassembly may be required”, but that doesn’t mean I think we can’t save some parts of the world as we know it. We just have to sort through it all together and see what’s important to us.
So please don’t treat me like a dirty hippie pariah for saying that I’m not happy with Obama. I’m not an “herbal tea bagger”, I don’t think he’s evil, I’m just justifiably dismayed and righteously angry at the failure of so many of his campaign promises. The system seems to have absorbed him.
I’m just sick of being marginalized in my own country for having chosen the safer alternative recreational drugs over alcohol .READ MORE »
If I have to choose between radical window breaking activists and democrat co-opters beholden to wall street greedsters plundering the earth and dooming civilization, I’ll take the window breaking freaks ok?
I’ve always appreciated Chris Hedges writing.
Yeah, I normally agree with Chris Hedges, and started out there four days ago. I initially agreed with the rather harsh anonymous video and was writing something similar. When I got done, I didn’t post it because it felt wrong and I shared it with two friends I trust to know that It’s not my opinion, but just where my head is at with this in a process…
so it’s just spin, neo-liberals will always purge their radicals just like the McCarthy fascists purged the communists from the unions to kill the sit down strike when they started up the NLRB, the neo-liberals want to make their Wall Street masters happy so under the bus the people that really have the balls to change anything in order to Secure their neutered neo-liberal power in the beltway.READ MORE »
I have no choice but to fight for a future. And I have no future outside this movement. But then, if we fail, we’re all screwed.
About those students at UC Davis
They all no doubt have mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters and friends that care about them. Because of their courage and my friend Scott Olsen losing his ability to speak because of a police grenade, and the 84 year old former teacher being pepper sprayed, and many more outrageously fascist responses from the state to it’s citizens, I say we’ve already won. We’ve already had our “salt march” moment. The 1% just haven’t realized it yet.READ MORE »
After more than ten years of working on front end web development and playing around with html, css, and various other computer languages I had the opportunity to work on a software development project with a local company here in the Quad Cities. Not too long after hiring me the company I worked for hired a network administrator from Wisconsin, Scott Olsen.
Over the next year or so Scott and I became friends and even after I left the software project we continued to talk about politics, the state of the world in environmental terms, global warming, Linux server stuff, philosophy, organizing…
When we heard about the Wisconsin 14 that had fled the state to avoid a vote on a draconian piece of legislation that Koch brothers darling Scott Walker was jamming through the Wisconsin state legislature, we had to go see what was up.READ MORE »
I agree completely, and this is why I’ve had such a difficult time organizing in the Quad Cities. We have had it very comfortable here for a long time. Now that the middle class is losing it’s place completely, we down below, the children of former middle class homes, have no hopes at all of achieving the now significantly downgraded American Dream.
What we are facing as a civilization is nothing short of the collapse of society because of our dependency upon a collapsing environment which we have not only caused, but caused on a global level.READ MORE »