A good article from Organic Consumers regarding the beginnings of COVID19 and a follow-up article a year later. The world is complicated, and thanks to humans, way more sinister than would be otherwise.
If there is one thing that is going to sadden me the most about this voting season, it is our failing to take advantage of the economic reset we are about to experience. While I certainly want to replace our current boy king with an adult, we need to take a page out of the playbook used by those that run this show. ‘Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste’. We need to take this opportunity to re-imagine a better system going forward. That means making it clear to the ruling class that we do not want to return to the smoldering dumpster fire that was life for most people. That ‘normal’ everyone seems to be eager to return to. If we return there, we will be hastening our own extinction and taking a good percentage of life on this planet with us. Well, of the ones we have not exterminated already.
We should take advantage of this economic reset and do a political reset. It is time for the U.S. to climb its way back to being one of the top 5 best places to live in the world, as opposed to about 35th, where we are now. Even trying to maintain 35th place is at the price of death, destruction, and misery in many places around the globe, as we try to maintain the appearance of prosperity, prop up a declining empire, and subvert those nations that do not want to join. Who we elect as leaders goes a long way towards making that goal.
The US Dollar is well on its way to being replaced as the currency everybody in the world wanted or needed, at one time. It was the mechanism that allowed the U.S. to be king of the hill for the last 70 years. There is going to be substantial hardship as the Dollar loses what little value it has. Unemployment, the credit crisis, bankruptcies, re-alignment of the financial markets, the ever increasing income gap, and the general decline in our way of life. While the upper income group is quite happy with their way of life, their desperation is increasing. Usually resulting in more loss of liberty for most of the population as power tries to quell the uprising. It is quite possible if we go back to ‘normal’ we will forever lose the opportunity to peacefully reset our society for the better. We can reverse most of the destructive policies that have been put in place if we elect people with the vision to do so.
A positive change will not happen by rotating through the same 50 year old broken parties that got us to this point. Demand better. Demand choices. When was the last time we saw a real choice of leaders and parties to vote for? The 2 party system has made sure inconvenient voices are pushed out of the debate. They no longer have to answer the important questions about how our society functions and what that means for the future. They don’t have to worry about real promises they have to keep. They are fine with the way things are. You should not be.
Let’s take this ‘opportunity’ to make a drastic change. The old ideas have run their course, and here we are. We are in for some hard times, let’s make it worth it by building something better. Something that works for the majority of the people in it, and by extension every other member of this planet that looks to us for leadership and stability, we have neither at this point. We can do better with the power we currently have as a country. That power just needs redirection under the guidance of those that are willing to put people before profit. Remember to vote, but don’t make yourself sick doing it. Our voting system … well, another time.
A wake-up slap to those that think this country is, or was, anywhere near as great as we are led to believe, by the largest and most well funded propaganda machine on the planet, the U.S. Government, and their enablers.
I still hold hope that we can make even small strides forward despite the power and money amassed against us, but not betting anything on it. To be fair, we are certainly not the only player. We have, however, had more than sufficient opportunity to set humanity on a course that we could be proud to pass to the next generation.
We have the power, wealth, and talent to move in a positive direction. Yet, we have chosen to divide our world into the powerful and the powerless. While the talent that is required to accomplish such a feat is awe inspiring, it’s certainly disheartening. Allow those at top to get more and more, and those at the bottom to get less and less, while keeping those in the middle occupied by consumerism and irrelevant battles, as they choose ( subconsciously or otherwise ) which side they are on. While disaster capitalism and greed ( if they can be separated ) are international, this country has been a prime mover of so many negative actions over the last 200 years. Actions to slow progress and hasten a future that most would not look forward to, even if they had the will to speculate that far ahead. There is little evidence that we are getting smarter in ways that would allow us to make a more peaceful and sustainable world. Unfortunately, evidence for the opposite is in great abundance.
I would advise small doses of the videos below, as they may be counter to what you are being fed by our leadership, those that speak for them, and those that may have a selective and skewed outlook on what being a great country entails. Yes, they are depressing. Just not as depressing as letting the destructive ideas continue unabated.
The first by Chris Hedges warns that we are not only killing each other in the short term and killing our system, but also have set in motion our eventual destruction by killing our habitat. The second one by Aron Ra adds that we are indeed killing our liberty based society by what we allow our leadership to do in our name. The third, from Atheist Edge, how unlikely it is that god(s) will save us, based on past performance. Have a good cry, then stop participating in the destruction.
I see legalization of industrial hemp ( Cannabis Ruderalis ) has worked its way from underneath the thumb of the WOD ( War Of/On Drugs ).
What should be happening with the elimination of laws restricting hemp, is just that. Reverse all restriction to growing it and, most importantly, a Federal Register apology for including Ruderalis ( if not Cannabis as a whole ) in the expensive, destructive, and ineffective WOD.
Not only are they not admitting that for decades they had no reason to stop the American farmers from growing it, but are going to expand on the government control bureaucracy by building a system to protect us from that which we do not need protection. While we do need time spent on protecting us from the various entities that have no problem polluting our air, water, and food.
Poll after poll shows that the public has little problem making even the psychoactive variety of Cannabis legal ( Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica – POT ), the low THC version should be of no concern. Meanwhile they are spending all this time to counter laws around something that should have never been made illegal. Wasting time on addressing hemp like it’s some plant that is a danger to us all.
What I want? Reverse and otherwise nullify the laws on Ruderalis. Admit that you were incredibly wrong. Apologize for the immense harm you have done to the people of this country, especially the farmers, and move on. It is ditch weed, if people want to ingest it, let them. Tax it as you would any other farm commodity. No committees, boards, or agencies beyond what is already in place for any other agricultural commodity. While your actually making progress, raise the allowable THC in industrial hemp to at least 1%. Apologize to the rest of the world while your being honest, the United States played no small part in getting the revenue generator we know as the WOD going internationally.
Move on to eliminating the prohibition on Indica and Sativa, and let people use what they want. Despite the Shafer Commission recommendation in the early 1970’s that these substances pose no substantial threat, this demonized plant has thrown hundreds of thousands of people into our seriously broken legal system. We don’t even have to include the people that have suffered under prohibition for maladies that have been proven to be helped by Cannabis, to reach an incredible number.
Treat it like beer. You can grow it, you just have to get a license if you want to sell it, and you can’t provide it to minors. Simple.
They act as though this is some new narcotic that has been discovered in the last decade or two. That we really need to be cautious and do more research, even though we have decades and decades of excellent science to look at. Of course, they need to tax us so we know it’s a privilege, and because they can, and we will pay it. The research is done. Just because lawmakers have kept their head up .. er uh in the sand about Cannabis for 70 years doesn’t mean everybody else has. Now, they have had to pull their collectives heads out because the smell of BS is getting so strong that even they notice it. Do they apologize for lying to us for all those years ( or just plain intentional ignorance ), and just legalize it. No, they need to keep the rouse going and use our tax dollars to form panels and commissions to regulate and tax, because, well you know, this is dangerous stuff and since your forcing us to actually represent the people, we need to build a bureaucracy to steal your tax dollars and control you. Not to mention the incredible lucrative drug war, that without Cannabis, would cost a fraction of what it does now, and likely be twice as effective with regard to the drugs that actually ruin lives and kill people. Let’s talk about the hundreds of thousands that die from prescription drugs every year. But it is likely to turn into “If you can’t follow the new rules, we will need more tax dollars to track down those lawbreakers.”. Welcome back WOD.
Then there is Cannabis as medicine. A complicated program created under the guise of allowing those very sick people to use what mankind has used for 1000’s of years. We will give you some sort of access. But, in most cases, only after you have exhausted your body and your wallet on conventional drugs. ( aka protection to Big Pharma ). There is nothing compassionate about the Compassionate Use program.
Every lawmaker for the last 70 years should be ashamed that this has gone on so long. The level of pain and suffering for lack of cheap, non-toxic, and gentle medicine is atrocious. Drop your heads in shame and go find another job if you’re not willing to do this one.
If it weren’t for the people that could have their life and health improved by cannabis, I would advise people to refuse to be manipulated as another revenue source and tell our ‘leaders’ that we will take no less than complete legalization. If not, I’m sure the black market will continue to find a solution where our leaders cannot. The social costs and the blood that are results of the black market doing its thing, will be on our leaders hands. Part of nullifying the laws against Cannabis would be let all prisoners out of jail for convictions that are no longer relevant. Remove the crimes from their record and apologize.
This is so much nonsense. But we will begrudgingly accept it because we will do anything to get our scraps. Be controlled and taxed because we are too powerless to stand up and claim enough is enough.
An interesting article from American Empire Exposed ( https://empireexposed.blogspot.com/ ). As there is quite a bit of evidence being provided that most if not all our leaders and our fine government run international clandestine agency(s) were and still are the biggest drug dealers in the world. Quite the interesting read. Have fun. But don’t come crying to me, you can vote.
Want to completely change the direction of this country, ultimately in a positive way? Look into Sept 11th 2001. Instead of banking on the hope and change from one election cycle to the next, do something foundational. Expose the theater we are operating under. We may actually get back control of our country. It is unlikely to happen without exposing this theater. It would not be easy or painless, which is why most people don’t want to know the truth. It is easier to operate as an actor forced to participate. When we have this many things that don’t add up, it should bring into doubt everything we know about this event. Then we can look at every other event with the proper perspective. Play it several times. If you feel sick, it means you paid attention. Yes, there are many more videos and it is the proverbial rabbit hole.
Watch here http://www.conspiracydocumentaries.com/911conspiracy/incontrovertible/ or one of your favorite video sites.
In response to the Letter To The Editor from the 3/9/17 edition of Midlothian Mirror. IMO anyone who uses the slang ‘marijuana’ for a serious conversation on cannabis has bought into the drug war nonsense regarding this particular substance. It was a derogatory term used to demonize the plant and, more importantly, anyone that used it. Any serious discussion on this topic should use the term cannabis.
The term ‘medical’ or ‘medicinal’ when used in regards to cannabis relies on the reams of information by decades of serious research that this plant does, without a doubt, have medicinal qualities. Anyone advocating for keeping cannabis on the list of Schedule I drugs has either not availed themselves of the data or simply has no interest in doing so. Spend some time educating yourself by looking at more than a dozen well produced cannabis documentaries. While the FDA decides what is officially medicine, plants have been used for thousands of years to treat issues and the FDA, by ignoring, suppressing, and/or misrepresenting the data for decades, has only reinforced the idea that the government does things based on politics and money. The FDA and the DEA have lied and obfuscated for so long, nobody takes them seriously unless they have to. NIDA is tasked with getting information out about drug abuse and it’s effects, they have no reason to dedicate resources otherwise, especially if the drug is Schedule I. I trust organizations like IMPACT are making a difference in the area of education regarding serious drugs, but if you are trying to put cannabis in the same category as heroin, meth, and the long list of dangerous approved and unapproved drugs, you are being disingenuous, at best. Be careful to what organizations you hitch your wagon, people may get the idea that your efforts are based on the same non-reality. Cannabis has incredible medical value even if you choose to ignore it.
Only in the last decade or two has our government allowed access to cannabis by the hundreds of reputable scientists that would really like to study it. In the past if you wanted to study cannabis for its usefulness in medicine, your request would be denied. The only people who were allowed to research it were those that were just looking for results to support how bad it was. Can’t blame NIDA any more than the other government entities who view cannabis through the narrow ‘drug abuse’ lens. Thankfully other countries had more respect for science, regardless of where it leads.
There are numerous ways to get the benefit of cannabis, ingesting the smoke is only one. But for some, that is the most effective way. These are usually people in need and smoke is the least of their problems. There are quite a few substance delivery methods that could be classified as harmful, but not compared to other battles they are waging. Hospitals are your best chance of getting a life threatening infection, but people still think the positive outweighs the negative.
With all due respect to Mr Capra, coffee has been shown to be more addictive than cannabis. We are continuing to have this conversation because there is sufficient evidence on the benefits of cannabis and the government is still stuck on Reefer Madness. Why are we still having the conversation about cannabis being a schedule I drug?
I will go with the science that healthy people under the age of 21 (since we don’t seem to have a problem with a serious health hazard like alcohol being allowed at that age ) would be harmed by cannabis use. The exception is if cannabis use improves their life by mitigating a worse affliction. Yes, these cases exist. If someone is thinking about using cannabis, they should look into the good and the bad. I would offer the same advice to anyone about the food they eat, considering the negative health effects of the various government approved chemicals used on our food. ( ex – glyphosate, among many).
When our government uses terms like reckless and irresponsible to describe using the best science to help the sick and mitigate harm, something other than the best for humanity is driving that mindset. It’s been 40 years since President Nixon commissioned the Shafer Report and we are still having this conversation. I wonder who is being protected here? Perhaps a conflict of interest? We won’t even venture into why hemp is illegal, but they are tied together. If you have not looked into the history of cannabis and hemp prohibition, you should. Hint, it’s about money and power, not health.
I wanted to get my opinion out regarding the annexing efforts of the City of Midlothian ( henceforth referred to as ‘The Gang’ ). Believe it or not, many people object to this group swooping in and claiming rights over private property. If I had wanted to live in the city, I would have chosen to do so. I realize there are many people that buy property in the country as an investment and annexation usually increases the value of that investment. I am not one of those people. Neither are most of my neighbors.
It’s only a matter of time and money that keep any city from consuming available land. Creating ETJ areas was a recognition of that voracity. The Gang is not special in that regard, they just happen to be the gang in power in this area. I had nothing against this particular gang before they descended on residents like an out of control HOA. While you might think you have something to offer for the increase in taxes, we see it as a move down, not up.
Between the direct city tax and the subsequent increase in property value, my taxes have increased by 30%. The only thing I get for my money is the promise of better fire and police service ( I hope I don’t test that ). We could have increased the staff for the county and had the same promise, but we decided we didn’t want to pay the money. We call that freedom of choice. The county did an excellent job of maintaining the streets. If they didn’t, we band together and allocate more money.
The gang just repaved the streets of a recently annexed neighborhood. I don’t know why. There were no holes, barely even a crack. I’m guessing it was to give them something to point to, claim we are getting something for our money, and make us feel better about the takeover. Nice job, but it doesn’t. Wonder how many streets that have been in the city a while really needed that work?
Perhaps, in the future, the gang can gobble up all the rural space first, saving most of it to preserve the country atmosphere and give farms and open areas someplace to be safe while providing necessary land use protection. Instead of waiting for areas to develop and then moving in to claim control. There would be far less unhappy people in the community. Those coming here would not have to worry about moving when the gang comes calling. But, I realize it is way too sensible for the laws to work that way and they appear to be on the side of the gangs, so we won’t see change from them.
The property owners that oppose this hostile takeover, including myself, will simply deal with it and mount whatever peaceful protest we see fit and then move on. Pay the extra money and deal with the burdensome laws, precisely as if all of the sudden an HOA had descended on the neighborhood like a gang of thugs. “Welcome, isn’t our vision for your property grand.”
It is a shame that the gang is willing to build this city by taking the rights of property owners, and grow a population of residents that are not intentional and voluntary members of your city. When city leadership wonder why more people don’t take the time and energy to get involved in building a progressive city, remember the percentage of residents you dragged into your city against their will. What kind of participation can you expect from residents that were victims of a hostile takeover? Is it possible that the cities have so little to offer county residents that they have to force people to join? The long term rewards for having a population that wants to be in the city and a population that sees the government spending more of their tax dollars actually improving the city, has got to be immense. When people want to be in the city they are likely to contribute to making the city a great place. Those unwilling participants are likely to be a neutral influence, at best.
When an issue of ‘Midlothian Matters’ comes out, much space is dedicated to how the area has grown and how many families are now in the city. I realize the intended purpose is to show what a great job our leadership is doing. I suspect many are impressed and just as many are not. They dare not give figures about what percentage of that growth was by force. Just how many people in the city do not want to be there? That has got to have a negative effect on the atmosphere of the community. I do understand some of the politics. People get elected and the easiest way to show something was done is to highlight how the population has grown, with the assurance being that the growth was based on people that wanted to be here and not forced in against their will.
The first annexation meeting was was right after Columbus Day. Now that we have a more accurate detailing of history that shows us exactly the sort of ‘might makes right’ Columbus used to ‘discover’ this country out from under the original owners. I see not much has changed. They figured out how to do it without the violence. At least until someone doesn’t pay. Yea, progress.
It has been mentioned that meetings with the City Council regarding annexation are required by law and I suspect that’s the only reason they happen. I don’t believe that the gang really cares whether we want to join the city or not. They have might on their side and there appears to be little we can do about it. These meetings are a formality and I suspect if it were up to most city councils, a registered letter would be notice enough, and the rest, a legal formality. Perhaps some dispensing with that in favor of ‘notice by first tax bill’.
They could not even take the initiative to send a welcome letter, explain new services, or at least try to defend the takeover. Nope, not a peep. I know they have my address. Perhaps I’m just another mark. I suppose for some residents, the less they get reminded of their involuntary inclusion in the gang, the better.
If Midlothian can’t expand they might end up like Highland Park, oh no. Land-locked on all sides and forced to spend their tax dollars on improvements on what they have. Quality instead of quantity. Imagine that a population clamoring to become a part of the city, instead of the city clamoring to gobble up unwilling populations. What a concept.
The argument that people who use city provided infrastructure and services should pay for them is spurious at best. Should the residents of Midlothian proper be expected to pay when they visit places like Waxahachie, Cedar Hill, or even other states. How about when city residents come to the country to mooch our once open spaces, long ago fresh air, and past peaceful countryside. Of course not. We pay a fee for living in the US and communities get their cut (ideally) so we don’t have to pay a fee as we drive from one taxing entity to another. I’m sorry that the city does not charge a large enough fee to non-city residents for the use of their facilities, talk to the accountants. Besides, when Wal-Mart came in, Midlothian began to look like any other appendage of a metropolitan area.
So, how about voluntary annexation. If the city has enough to offer, people will want to join. If someone wants to be part of the city, get 90% percent of the area to agree and petition the city. Work on building the finest city around and people will want to live there. It can continue to spend it’s time getting bigger, with the associated legal wrangling and ill will, or become better and more attractive. The demand to be part of the city will drive up the price of houses and old houses will be replaced by new. Property values will rise and revenue will increase. ETJ’s should protect unincorporated areas from unenlightened neighboring cities from getting too close and those of us that like being outside of the city’s sphere of influence can live happily. Residents of the city will more likely be there because they chose to. Midlothian benefits from having a healthy rural community. Its healthy because it’s happy. Not to mention their taxes going to improve the city services instead of financing growth. Just because you have the space to plop cookie cutter houses, does not mean you should. The old saying, ‘Cut down the forest and then name the streets after the trees’.
It’s a incredible shame the gang will gobble up all the rural spaces that give this town it’s uniqueness. Like an unchecked herd that consumes all without regard to what it is losing. I think the future will see cities becoming more and more responsible for their own well being. Farmers cannot afford city property and we need farms. Let’s work it out. The city needs to make sure there are Land Trusts that preserve the farming community. It just makes good sense for a community to make sure it has resources that are close to home.
We can be a progressive community that attracts residents, not one that relies on forcing people to either join the gang or move.