A note on anarchism: Just as atheism is the absence of religion, anarchism is the absence of ideology. It is based upon your simply being human. (This is from a manual on the philosophy of composition and improvisation in music I am writing. No more than a pamphlet really on the death of the music [...]READ MORE »
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New marijuana news and messaging resource: HempSaves.net
And there are actually a total of five bills being floated in the Illinois legislature right now. HB 1, the medical marijuana bill is actually just a shell bill so it’s not that exciting really. The really significant thing is the three model legislations calling for outright legalization of marijuana. The other bill is specifically addressing the ban on growing hemp hoping to tap into the roughly $10 billion market that is served here in America by mostly Canada and China who have no such restrictions upon marijuana’s low THC cousin Hemp.READ MORE »
Weed is the new swing vote and the political ostriches are trying to make it go away by not seeing it.
This has to be the most under reported election story this season (it is the only thing that excites me at all) yet there is zero documentation of this historic occasion in any mainstream coverage that I’ve seen so far. Other than people like Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart there seems to be nearly complete silence regarding the obviously hot issue of marijuana.
For decades talking about ending the drug war was a political third rail right up there with prisoners rights. Now, it seems that tide has turned. So what happens? The media completely ignores the fact that there are at least four historic ballot initiatives regarding cannabis this election season.
Colorado – Yes On 64 – tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol
Washington – Yes on I-502 – tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol
Oregon – Yes on 80 – tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol
Arkansas – the first southern state to consider medical marijuana
Massachusetts – Yes on #3 – medical marijuana initiative
Montana – No on SB423 – Repealing the repealing of medical marijuana initiative
Obviously the first three are outright legalization though there might be some disagreement regarding that, just talk to Russ Belville who might be able to set you straight on why this really is legalization. The short of it is regardless of the details, it’s still actually legalization and not some diabolical plan for Big Pharma to own our hippie souls.READ MORE »
Election Night Coverage:
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)
Prohibition has never solved a single problem.
Prohibition has also never actually worked to do anything but breed inequality and allowed the belief in the “undeserving” poor to exist. These are the “bad” ones. The ones that questioned, or just disregarded authority and didn’t care about respectability. We don’t have to care about what the state does to them. And so the police state is born on the back of hate and racism because it’s ok that police beat and kill and imprison blacks, hippies and latinos for “coloring outside the lines”. Essentially, I gave up my “whiteness” in exchange for being a full member of the human race. I lost my whiteness by not leaving behind my 60’s radicalism and continuing down that civilly disobedient path well past the time when ordinarily most people have given up their ideals. It’s no surprise at all to me that I ended up in prison.
Starting on November 14th 1991, I began a sentence of nearly 6 years (5 years and 8 months to be exact) in federal prison, and 4 years on supervised release so that’s really 4 months shy of ten years as an inmate in the federal prison system.
While I was in prison, I made alcohol upstairs in the plumbing shop where I worked as the clerk and the emergency plumber for $35 per month. We used tomato juice, orange juice, grape juice, etc. and unbaked bread dough for yeast. In the winter we froze it for extra kick. I traded this alcohol for weed and so I wasn’t completely without medicine while I did my time for cultivating marijuana and distributing LSD. I don’t personally like alcohol but I’m ok with most people who do. There are always going to be idiots unfortunately, and there is nothing I can do about that.READ MORE »
I’m Bisexual, and I’m not really that into marriage. But if I was, I’d want it to be at least a three way marriage. Or perhaps it’s not about marriage but about love and commitment.
The current gay rights activists working on the issue of gay marriage want us to be respectable and assimilate into the more traditional cultural boxes and marriage is one of them. This whole fight about equal access to marriage really seems to be more about controlling the LGBTQ community and getting them to be respectable, but I don’t care what these people that fear us for our different gender identities respect anyway. Time and again, they’ve proven I don’t really have to care what they think. Mostly there is very little thinking going on.
Though it is getting better, being bisexual is still difficult because I’m not really appreciated or even understood by anyone whether they’re gay, or lesbian or straight. Lots of people that are gay think that I should just make up my mind. I reserve the right to like both men and women. I have chosen. My body says I like both men and women. Now what people? Now what? Sexual solidarity is what we need now, not being told we’re too different to be assimilated and subsequently marginalized by authoritarian gays who think they’ve found the best way forward for gays even as we’re added as an initial (the B in LGBTQ). The gay community is not monolithic and shouldn’t be, but the B’s and the T’s are the rebels of the group really, and we tend to get the back of the bus or thrown off it entirely in order to prove that gays are just like straights only gay…
If you want to dig down into it and try to understand marriage, talk to a bisexual person and ask them what they think. It’s not going to be a conventional view so be prepared to do some thinking.READ MORE »
This compilation of extremely well sourced facts on the war on drugs is about the best I’ve seen lately:
All the drugs made illegal, and all the receptor sites in YOUR OWN BRAIN cordoned off by authoritarians and their fascist agenda, the modern Jim Crow, has set us back 50 years in researching human consciousness. What a waste of money, lives and time and human knowledge it has truly been.READ MORE »
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 »