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 »
Posts in category Civil Rights
This is a short list of books I found that are designed to deeply question the way we do things. ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn Ishmael is a 1992 philosophical novel by Daniel Quinn. It examines mythology, its effect on ethics, and how that relates to sustainability. The novel uses a style of Socratic dialogue to [...]READ MORE »
Midway: Message From The Gyre There are 5 oceanic gyres and they are all filled with garbage. That largest is the Pacific Gyre and it is the largest at roughly twice the size of Texas.
Occupy Wall Street
Those who doubt that these moments matter should note how terrified the authorities and elites are when they erupt. That fear is a sign of their recognition that real power doesn’t only lie with them. (Sometimes your enemies know what your friends can’t believe.) That’s why the New York Police Department maintained a massive presence at Occupy Wall Street’s encampment and spent millions of dollars on punishing the participants (and hundreds of thousands, maybe millions more, in police brutality payouts for all the clubbing and pepper-gassing of unarmed idealists, as well as $47,000 for the destruction of the OWS library, because in situations like these a library is a threat, too).READ MORE »
Vaclav Havel was the ninth and last president of Czechoslovakia (1989–1992) and the first president of the Czech Republic (1993–2003). He wrote more than 20 plays and numerous non-fiction works, translated internationally. To the memory of Jan Patocka “The Power of the Powerless” (October 1978) was originally written (“quickly,” Havel said later) as a discussion [...]READ MORE »
Cannabis News How To Get Free Marijuana Seeds From The World’s Greatest Seed Banks Scientists Discover How Cannabis Slows Alzheimer’s Disease Marijuana Users Are More ‘Health Smart’ Than Others, Research Shows Study: Synthetic THC Shows Promise As ‘Alternative Drug’ For Stomach Cancer Study: Marijuana Smokers Are Thinner And Healthier Than Non-Users 700 medical cannabis studies [...]READ MORE »
Ok, so Thom Hartmann suggests that libertarians are racists. But I think he’s suffering from cognitive bias. White cognitive bias. Rand Paul’s Confederacy Scandal Is Not an Anomaly — Libertarianism Is a ‘Philosophy’ That Papers Over Deep Racism in America Essentially, I believe Rand Paul and Ron Paul are clearly racists, so this is essentially [...]READ MORE »
Or: The NSA does irreversible damage to the American Empire and American exceptionalism in general.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Yes that’s right, the irony is lost upon the spooks calling Edward Snowden a spy (for revealing that the spies are spying on everyone) and charging him under the espionage act. That actually makes him a patriot but no one notices that in the mainstream media.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.READ MORE »
And yes, these days it is all about Edward Snowden and the fact of his heroic revelations about NSA abuses of our global rights to privacy. That’s right, even if you’re not Americans, you have the right to privacy! Imagine that! Edward Snowden Has Higher Approval Rating Than Congress – (Why? because he’s actually doing [...]READ MORE »
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 »
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 »