Tuesday, October 14, 2008

READER COMMENTS

BRITISH STUDY SAYS POT LESS RISKY THAN ALCOHOL:

The reason most illegal drugs are illegal is because it is very easy for agencies like the CIA to raise a lot of money quickly and quietly by selling illegal drugs. If the drugs were legal and regulated they could not make this money off the books. If drugs were decriminalized the prices would soften, making selling drugs less profitable.

Because of drugs being such a great covert moneymaker for the CIA and similar interests, cannabis has a special place of hatred, because so much of it is produced inside the US and the CIA and friends cannot get their hands on the money from it as easily. They get no taxes from it's manufacture and sale, and they don't get the big payoffs by controlling the import.

Add to that, that cannabis can be used to replace a number of medications made by big pharma, and you have an additional deep pocket interest working to keep Cannabis illegal.

CANNING FOOD

The link for Canning 101 is a good resource, but, another very healthful way of preserving food is brine fermentation. I prefer it to hot water bath canning because it is easier and I can preserve a couple of jars of produce at a time with a few spare minutes, instead of spending half the day over a pot of hot water. Brine fermentation cultivates beneficial bacteria and enzymes during the fermentation process making the food preserved that way even more nutritious and healthy.

LAS VEGAS ON THE HUDSON. . . AND WHAT WE PAID FOR IT

When I first came to St. Louis in 1978, I read an article about a guy who borrowed money - two hundred bucks - against a car he no longer owned. He got ten years in prison. All this three card monty shit that the banks have done is essentially the same; they've solicited investment for which there is little or no collateral. The feds knew this. Instead of going to prison, the thieves are rescued by law. The taxpayer is ordered by their "elected representatives" to reimburse the thieves. We live in parallel universes apparently. I advise every citizen to buy himself a copy of " You Can't Win" by Jack Black. William Burroughs might have been crazy, but he was no fool.

Essentially the culture you describe took off with the complete dislocation of money in 1973. The government decided that wise men like the Fed chairman were better equipped to make decisions about how much your dollar would be worth.

Before there was some moral connection between how much you worked and your prosperity. Now that link was severed and you could be elevated or bankrupted depending on decisions taken up on Mount Olympus about the dollar. If you were a farmer, you did well in inflation while your buyers suffered. Conversely the eaters did better during deflation at the expense of the farmer. None of it however had anything to do with what you planted. - well basically

OBAMA'S MANY VIEWS ON MARIJUANA:


First of all, allow me to say i am a pothead, have been since I was 13 and will be when I am in a casket. The man is keeping me down; if I am pulled over in my car and even have red eyes I have to do a field sobriety test. If that ain't the ball breaker I don't know what is. Getting a DUI for smoking four hours earlier and driving to Burger King after a nap and having approximately a gram on me. I mean, please, your gonna waste your tax dollars on me because I wanted a cheese burger and had a bowls worth of weed? I think there's approximately 275 murders a year in my city. Approx 75-100 are solved. Can't we do something about that instead of giving me a DUI?

THE SWAMPOODLE REPORT: THE MYTH OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM:

Amazing! This article encapsulates what
really happened. The only factor which Sam didn't bring into scope is how the modern notion of "progress" was woven into the fabric: That we must endure these inhumane new forms of social control (i.e. competition, "the marketplace", etc.) because we get "progress" into the bargain. Thus, for example, as we get more Ipods and satellite radio, we get less and less locally created and genuine music. Even rap, which is the modern equivalent in many ways of the spirituals of the cotton fields in its being authentic, has been co-opted, processed and shrink-wrapped by the corporation. That's progress. Learn to love it.

THE TRUE CHARACTER OF MUSICAL KEYS:

Yet another example of a cognitive anomaly known as synaesthesia--the elicitation of percepts associated with one sense within the domain of another sense. In addition to evocation of emotions, colors may become associated with keys or tonalities. Certainly most everyone has experienced this phenomena to some extent while listening to the musical form commonly known as the blues.

NOT IN AMERICA

Never have so many written so much only to confuse the many that much more. I am far from an expert, but the experts have been mostly wrong, so allow me to chime in with the bottom line as I see it. The easy money is being blown out of the system, which is suffering a serious but predictable malaise, a major capitalist bust cycle. The so-called free market does not solve all problems, especially when the market becomes a place where transactions take place without either party knowing the value of the commodity, let alone the actual risk involved. I knew the bankers had most of the world's money, thanks to never saying "no" to financing war or the reconstruction that follows. I knew they could afford to put out a pretty nice credit line, which could be passed along the economic ladder. I never thought that they would put out so much of their money just to make more money and to ignore the risk of such actions. Never underestimate the power of selfishness and greed. It creates blinders, then stumbling, then a hard fall. Good luck to everyone. Hope you've got a mattress under you when you land.-- Polar Bear

OBAMA'S MARGIN

Does it matter how weakly he gets elected? Had JFK not been supported by Daley's machine and mob money there might never have been a prorev.com, given LeMay's determinaton to have a nuclear war. McCain's imminent endgame is now sidetracked by the new Obama era. We got lucky, as in 1962.

3 Comments:

At October 15, 2008 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and Obama is sponsored by the same machine

 
At October 15, 2008 2:44 PM, Anonymous Pot's pretty risky even when it's legal. said...

North Coast
Elders Tell Their Side of the Marijuana Raid
by Pebbles Trippet (posted by Robert Norse)
Tuesday Oct 7th, 2008 4:00 PM
The following is a reprint of an e-mail I received from Pebbles today. She can be reached directly at: Pebbles Trippet Secretary, Mendocino Medical Marijuana Advisory Board
707.964.9377 PO Box 2555 Mendocino 95460 pebblestrippet [at] sbcglobal.net
There are an estimated 200,000 qualified cannabis patients in California with thousands of arrests and prosecutions over the past 12 years as we struggle to get law enforcement off our backs and into a court of law.

In Mendocino County, a centerpiece for the tug-of-war now playing itself out, hundreds of marijuana cases, medical and non-medical alike, have been thrown in together and prosecuted as criminal. After Sheriff Tony Craver retired and DA Norm Vroman died, the respectful "working relationship" with the patient community that both men had cultivated while in office ended. They achieved the respect of their constituents and the medical marijuana community for implementing the new law with fair-minded written guidelines arrived at with input from patients.

But since interim Sheriff Kevin Broin took over in 2006 followed by Sheriff Tom Allman in 2007 with Meredith Lintott as DA, we have regrettably returned to the prohibitionist mode of adversarial relations, where no one seems to be working together, where cops have become robbers and patients' rights are treated as a criminal nuisance.

Broin came and went but in that year, he mopped up the area pretty good, leaving hundreds of marijuana cases in his wake without regard to medical use. Sheriff Tom Allman has pretty much followed in Broin's footsteps with no accountability for his broken promises. Relative to the Craver-Vroman era, we estimate that medical marijuana arrests and prosecutions have increased 10-fold. Guestimates are that 20 prosecutions in that era amounts to as many as 200 now. This is clogging the Mendocino County courts with medical innocents along with the "guilty".

Many of these wrong-headed prosecutions, such as the cases of Laura Hamburg and Angie Pinches, both young women, are thrown out on motions to dismiss and bogus search warrants with judges angrily denouncing rogue police practices, such as "3am sneak and peek" and "intentional omission of material fact".

But most medical marijuana cases go through a harsh criminal justice process--where justice consists of intimidation, coercion, asset forfeiture, over-charging, seizure of kids and other threats where it hurts most--that brings many innocent people to their knees accepting some sort of guilt when what they did was legal--an innocent medical act.

Whereas many previous bogus cases have been brought against young people who are able to sustain a court fight, such as Laura Hamburg, there is a trend toward targeting the elderly as the most vulnerable of the low-hanging fruit--the poor, the ill and the elderly.

For example, the 90-year-old couple, Lester ("Smitty") and Mary Smith--who were raided at their Philo home last week (9.24.08) with law enforcement seizing their life savings and all their plants in the process--are qualified patients with doctors' approvals and did nothing wrong.

Smitty said, "I wasn't worried a bit. I knew it was legal. I planted six plants two years in a row and this year, I planted 17 for me and Mary. That's not too many is it? My wife is very ill, confined to a wheelchair or recliner. She likes the bud tea. She has severe arthritis. It makes it easier for her to get around. She walks easier; she can walk to the bathroom even by herself."

Smitty has health issues too. "I have heart problems, blood clots, stomach cramps, emphysema, bad hips. I've had a heart attack. I sometimes get strong chest pains and can't breathe right. I take nitroglycerine. That brings me back. My doctors want me to take more x-rays here locally but that would be a big expense. Usually, I go to the Veterans Hospital and they pay for it."

Mary Smith was forced to stay in the house by herself during the 5-hour raid while additional warrants for an adjoining parcel were telephoned in and delivered, allowing sheriff's deputies to enter all the residences.

The elderly Smiths were not arrested or charged with a crime, because there was none. Sheriff's deputies were apparently more interested in robbery than arrest (excuse my french). They seized the two things that mattered most to the ill couple--their medicine, all 17 plants, leaving nothing--and their life savings, $52,000 from Mary Smith's inheritance and $29,000 in cashed in CDs.

"As soon as the bail-out hit, I cashed in my CDs and put the money in a safe in my house. I did not sell pot to get it. But turns out my money was not safe. They stormed in here and turned our world upside down. I thought I was legal."

Armed with records and receipts and Keith Faulder as his attorney (707-548-7976), Smitty is confident of getting his money back, months up the road. Is this the kind of law enforcement treatment elderly patients must look forward to in their waning years? Stay tuned for net week's elder raid in Willits
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/10/07/18543312.php

 
At October 15, 2008 2:45 PM, Anonymous 420 said...

Enjoyed Your essay Sam on "The myth of American Capitalism."

I think you'll appreciate this essay by Chris Floyd: The God That Failed: The 30-Year Lie of the [Free] Market Cult

 

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