14 Feb 2009
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10 Feb 2009
Bush has apparently collapsed the entire value of our monetary system.
In an attempt to legitimize the U.S. economy our new president asks for 800 billion dollars that do not exist
and Congress agrees without even reading the legislation.
So, with the exception of President Obama (perhaps),
our leaders are agreeing to create money they do not have
by methods and strategy that they have not studied.
Or perhaps I am being misled by a Republican who appears to have regained critical thinking abilities after eight years of Bush adoration.
6 Feb 2009
"Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica." - Abraham Lincoln (from a letter written by Lincoln during his presidency to the head of the Hohner Harmonica Company in Germany)
"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country."
- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President
"Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere."
- George Washington, U.S. President
"We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption."
- John Adams, U.S. President
"Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marihuana in private for personal use... Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marihuana." - Jimmy Carter, U.S. President
"I inhaled frequently. That was the point." - Barack Obama, U.S. President
"The war on drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our nation's marijuana laws." -Barack Obama, January 2004
"The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world." - Carl Sagan, renown scientist, astronomer, astrochemist, author and TV host
"Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?" - Henry Ford, whose first Model-T was constructed from hemp fibers and built to run on hemp gasoline
"Prohibition... goes beyond the bound of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded" -Abraham Lincoln
"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." - Albert Einstein quote on Hemp
"That is not a drug. It's a leaf." - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
Let's end with a quote from one of the most clueless U.S. Presidents, who evidently thought of himself as an authority on cannabis:
"I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast" - Ronald ReaganPerhaps with all the evidence coming out that marijuana may help prevent Alzheimer's, it is possible that Reagan's affliction could have been halted or prevented by the herb he so vilified.
5 Feb 2009
The Philadelphia cheesesteak (with fried onions)... fish tacos in San Diego (with salsa verde)... key lime pie in the Florida Keys.
These local staples are often marketed by food and restaurant corporations into global commodities.
If this drink becomes a global commodity I pray that it rewards the indigenous culture that it has nourished for thousands of years.
It is made by mixing dry, crushed corn into a hot cup of coffee.
It was shared with me near the Four-Corners area of the U.S, on land that was threatened by thirty years of mining.
It made a delicious and simple breakfast and tasted best with freshly ground corn.
4 Feb 2009
It has left again, this time adding three zeros to our debt.
We have military wars raging across Earth.
A majority of the population is physically and emotionally addicted to drugs.
Prison and Privatized War are growth industries.
Time will make it evident that we have been living with this trillion dollar debt for most of G.W. Bush's time in office. This was hidden from us by lies and misdirections...
Asking us to confront a trillion dollar debt simultaneously with a radical change in Presidents
damns us all to accept the final byproduct of the Bush Legacy :
turning the fruits of our labors into economic, environmental and emotional
National development of border conflicts and prison industries will only ever create increased escalation of misery.
Our public efforts need a shift in focus towards increasing fellowship and compassion.
The most compelling argument for success and security within the United States of America
is that it
stops defending what was and limiting what can be.
The majority of people on earth are still living very close to it. They are a part of it for their entire lives, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The most crucial need for their success and survival is a healthy environment.
The industrialized people of earth are using electricity and technology to alter the natural progression of society and nature.
The internet has evolved into a new dimension interacting with our planet, enabling the industrialized people of earth to collaborate and interact without regard for physical boundaries.
Perhaps this "liberation from physical constraints" that We Industrialized People promote
is what justifies the corporate wars and police-state evolution.
Maybe success for everyone lies in the paradox of this global hive-mind moving from the mess and dangers of birth into responsible respect for the remnants of the Natural World.
This cannot be accomplished through stimulus packages or escalation of troop deployments.
We need to change our focus of change.
2 Feb 2009
while the global economic system is in turmoil
and here is one voice from a tree across the Atlantic Ocean
with solutions of solidarity
in poetic confrontation for us all.
And here is the first President that has ever respected Hip Hop
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singing the blues while sexual pistols whip Jesus’ son.
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into and with ~ Nature Art Love Truth ~ and we do too…
And somewhere over the rainbow dancing fools send clowns and purple rain
into imagine nations where everything is now sacred
and there are no more public enemies or rusted Roots or minor threats
or bad brains or busted rhymes or widespread panic
and everyone can read the hieroglyphics on the wall
and we are all refugees of courtney’s love attaining nirvana….
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we are everywhere and we cannot be beaten
it’s all over now baby blue, all we need is Love