I came to New York for the weekend, to see a few shows, and attend BroadwayCon, which, fortunately, is in the hotel where I’m staying, because I’m not going outside right now. Shows are closed, vehicles have been banned, transportation shut down.
We’ll see how fast this clears up and when I get home.
In the meantime, I understand pizza has been ordered and should be arriving soon for the couchmates. Enjoy.
If the blizzard here doesn’t subside by tomorrow, send coffee.
Read this gem.
Ok, I’ll stop spamming now 🙁
👎 Melvin Sembler’s Straight Inc Torturing Children
Torture is the calculated physical and psychological assault on the individual, a practice used to instill fear, punish or degrade, to dehumanize, or to obliterate the self. It is often said that anyone who has been tortured remains tortured, long after the physical wounds have healed. Torture is the deliberate infliction of severe pain by one human being against another, thus it leaves particular kinds of mental and psychological scars. This trauma is different from other traumas because torture is a violation committed in secret and in spite of official denial.
Collaterally Damaged Kids
â˜› New York Nine Year Old Girl With Dravet Syndrome Dies
Without Medical Marijuana
â˜› Marijuana Stops Child’s Severe Seizures
Killed by Prohibitionists Maggots and DAREn,
or is that redundant?
I grew up on the Suncoast of Florida. I knew a kid that got popped and went to Straight,inc in St.Pete.. He came back I would say 6 months later and he was sure wacked out. A complettly different person, and not in a good way. It was an evil place.
DdC: donâ€™t waste your anger on an evolutional flaw like Darin. Who wants to bet heâ€™s regressing and has gills and soon will be a single cell lump of ooze. Besides, with the Drug Warâ€™s cause and effects, heâ€™s a racist with total loyalty to Radical Islam. Thatâ€™s like Tomato free Tomato Juice made with 100% tomatoles tomatoes.
No anger Mouth, that’s what I do. Create ammo dumps of info to show they are liars and goofy looking. DAREn is a troll, they have no debate so they divert. The NPR trolls are fun too. Lots of GOPerverts to harass around the web. No worries. It complements the Big Sur Holy Bud.
Exposing frauds and liars is an American pastime. Other then when the GS Warriors are kicking SA Spurs ass. Watching Curry hit 3 triple pointers from half court. My latest part time job as self appointed unofficial Cannabist of the SF Giants and the GS Warriors. Sending back pain info to the coach as I’ve been doing for Giants players and announcers. Usually just an acknowledgement they received the info. Not any replies. But like all info, take it or leave it. Much better for the bodies system to get pissed off, than pissed on. DAREn is a fool who has no reasoning ability so he is made an example for newbies to see. Nothing much too see but it shows how desperate they are. Be well
Daren your article is already a reason why I thumbed you down, did it occur to you the War on Drugs which includes the War on Cannabis gave the rise of the Coercive Rehab Industry aka the Troubled Teen Industry, the War on Drugs gave birth to abusive programs like the Seed run by Art Baker in Florida now defunct, Straight Inc founded by Betty and Melvin Sembler and Joseph Zappala now Drug Free America Foundation which includes Global Drug Policy and rumors are that Melvin Sembler has been trying to restart Straight Inc under another name. Even there has been exposure that Robert DuPont when he was at the NIDA that he gave grants to the Seed and Straight Inc, what happened was both Straight Inc and the Seed were exposed as descendants of Synanon, Straight Inc’s survivors are obviously still traumatized and even suicides have happened, Kevin Sabet should be asked did he have anything to do with Straight Inc as well since Maia Szalavitz has caught Kevin Sabet lying
Straight Inc the legacy of abuse lives on, it never ended, at worst it became a international thing that got exported
worst it became a international thing that got exported
Was Class Warfare Built Into The Constitution
Giving The Rich A Veto?
Notes of the Secret Debates of the Federal Convention of 1787
In May 1983,
Straight, Inc was convicted of false imprisonment
In 1990, a jury awarded $721,000 in damages
due to mistreatment by Straight. In 1982
In May 2005
Mrs. Sembler was inducted as a special agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency
Melvin Sembler’s Straight Inc Torturing Children update
United States Ambassador to Italy
In office December 10, 2001 â€“ July 26, 2005
Italy Seeks To Bring in Tough Law on Drugs – 12/01/03
Italy’s centre-right government has approved a proposal making it an offence to possess and use even the smallest quantities of mild narcotics. The move could give Italy some of Europe’s most severe anti-drugs laws.
United States Ambassador to Australia
October 10, 1989 â€“ February 28, 1993
LOL. Kevin Sabet was like 5 when all that stuff went down. You do know that, right?
Laugh all you like, I don’t find it funny that the Prohibs have created a horror called the Coercive Rehab Industry and Troubled Teen Industry where abusive and being forced against their will is common and which has been exported on a global scale if you support the likes of Straight Inc, the Seed, Synanon and etc, you are no different to a abuser
Kevin Abraham Sabet-Sharghi still acts like 5. Only when he was 5 no one liked him. Not much change there either. You do know that right? Do you know that Kevin and his groupies gossip killed this kid?
â˜› New York Nine Year Old Girl With Dravet Syndrome
Dies Without Medical Marijuana
â˜› Marijuana Stops Child’s Severe Seizures
â˜› Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74
â˜› Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells,
Admits US National Cancer Institute
What the fuck is that message?
I find no LOL in the drug worriers only keeping drug worriers children suseptable to various diseases cannabis is protecting us from. The ECS is supplemented with cannabis or it is deficient. Causing larger fear centers that leads to blind allegiance to those deemed authoritah! Sheep. Willing to let little girls die for a prohibitionist profits. Dumb too.
That is the biggest load of crock I have ever read. I am saying this as a person who is also skeptical of the racial angle of the drug war (while the racial angle may be true in the US, not so much in most other countries – more to do with authoritarian puritans regardless of race with their heads shoved firmly up their assholes).
That article would make a good resume for a RAND applicant.
That’s not spam, that’s manure.
Intent is not prerequisite for racism. It is also very possible for people to be racist toward their own race. The fact that there are black police officers who participate in perpetuating and promoting racism against black people does not prove that their actions are not rooted in racism or even overtly racist.
Theories of “learned helplessness” and the “culture of poverty” have been used for awhile in examining marginalized groups in American society, and have been criticized because they can be used, as here, to make political and social arrangements appear to be the result of natural forces.
Dressing culture as nature is itself a classic gambit that appears in many forms, social Darwinism among them. This author seems genuinely confused, though, about where the interface lies. At first he seems focused on what he ominously calls “Blacks” in ways that suggest that innate difference–that is, natural and not cultural, historical, or political factors–leads “Blacks” to commit violent crime; because of political correctness, however, the state must use drug laws to be able to control “these people.”
But then it was my turn to be confused, because the same kinds of criminality are then attributed to the “White” “underclass” in Britain. The author activates the notion of “worldview” here, and says that such people do not share the values and assumptions of the good white folks in society.
You can’t have it both ways, though. If you think it’s a “culture” that leads to this “worldview” then you are, by definition, opposing it to the biological, the genetic, and the natural. The author ends up insinuating a very old prejudice–the idea that there are natively inferior strata of society that deserve their status and must be controlled–but he seems unsure whether he wants to be classist, racist, or both.
The narrative form of this text (“How I learned to stop worrying and love the War on Drugs”) helps disguise its logical leaps and intellectual ruts, inviting readers to unleash their latent suspicions of society’s dregs in defense of drug prohibition. It would not surprise to learn that pro-hibition groups are market-testing dog whistles with this stuff.
The dilemma of personal versus collective responsibility for the shape of society is an important issue, but this kind of text won’t much help us weigh things conscientiously when it suggests that we have to pick one or the other, that history and politics aren’t relevant, and that streetcorner violence, not structural violence, should get our focus.
Daren….I just read some of the comments on the article you posted…..looks like you’re in good company there with all the racists, tin-foil hat people and Trump supporters….
Wow. Just wow. To summarize the linked article: “I used to oppose the drug war because I thought it was racist. The drug war is racist, but now I’m a racist too so I’m cool with it.” Here’s the heart of it:
So there you have it — the drug war is in fact just a convenient pretext for locking up poor minorities. But, this author tells us, that’s actually a good thing because poor minorities are dangerous and violent. It’s just that prosecuting them for actual crimes would be too hard because of that pesky evidence requirement.
I have to say, seeing a prohibitionist be this honest about his true motivations is, well I guess “refreshing” isn’t exactly the right word. Let’s just say it was unexpected.
You’re posts have always been top-notch, Francis, but you haven’t been posting as much. Just a selfish complaint, because it’s always good to see a post from you–incisive and illuminating. Thank you.
Thanks very much for the kind words! Sorry I haven’t had as much time to post here lately. Just work and kids keeping me busy.
you thought it so good you’d post it twice? Poop twice flung remains poop.
Posted this on many prohib sites and they hated it Straight Inc legacy of abuse continues
Happy snow day Pete.
Portugal 14 years on (no sign of sky falling yet,,,)
“In 2001, critics worried that drug addiction rates would skyrocket, but not only have they come down, heroin addiction rates have been cut in half.”
â€œFrom the you’ve-got-to-hear-it-to-believe-it department: Two young men transporting a load of weed from Las Vegas to Montana were arrested for marijuana trafficking after they called 911 on themselves.â€
My first reaction was, “what dumbs**ts,” but I’ve been quite high and paranoid before where it bordered their reaction. That said, I would never be that much of a dumbs**t, because I know my paranoid tendencies and would be guarding against them–but I still feel sorry for their paranoid asses.
Fear not! We are mounting a rescue effort. As soon as the details are worked out, the team will be dispatched. Don’t worry Pete, we’re coming to save you. Just as soon as we finish the pizza, we’ll work on a plan. Then, as soon as we iron out a few details, and figure out how to fit the couch into DdC’s microbus, your rescuers will be on the way. Just as soon as we can agree on which rations to stock (Cheeto’s or Funyuns?..we can’t get to consensus). 😉
I used to hitch hike to FL to get out of that white shit. We’ll take the Hotbox Huey Helicopter. Runs on Big Sur Holy Bud. Exhaust piped into the cabin. Room for the couch, Odwalla Juice Machine and a Kale and Rhubarb Chips dispenser. Hot tub warmed by recaptured fart methane and a filter trap on the compost toilet. Hemp battery with the body made of solar panels. If we can’t land there’s a drone shuttle for hard to reach places.
DC Dispensaries Get Sales Boost in Advance of Blizzard
Videos: The History of Cannabis
BURNING SHIVA u2b
Cannabis Historian Dr. Mike Aldrich
Chris Bennett talks to Dr. Mike Aldrich, who has been studying the history of Cannabis and Folklore for close to 50 years. Like a whimsical wizard of weedlore, Aldrich takes us on a fascinating and entertaining tour of cannabis culture and history in India, the Mid East, ancient Greece, Africa, China, ancient Scythia and more.
Hi Pete, don’t know if you are still holed up in a hotel room, but here is something to watch to pass a little time, just a look into the lives of a rasta family in the hills, I like what the mom has to say regarding herb, and how her daughters answer the question, “when was the first time you experienced ganga?”. You can see this family is well together, not hurt by anything in their lifestyle, maybe even a little more together as a family unit for it. https://www.facebook.com/18KaratReggae/videos/10153508892587869/?theater
Those on the couch can enjoy as well……
My daughter came home for a visit yesterday, because she is not certain when she will next have time off from her job, so we made the most of it, enjoying each other’s company. Last night we watched a rockumentary on Palladia about the Eagles (both parts). It was excellent — music, old clips, recent interviews, lots of interviews with other artists (Bob Seger, Jackson Browne among others) when they were young, and more recent. If you like the Eagles, even a little, you’ll probably enjoy it. I bet it’s available on Demand and other sources (Netflix, YouTube, etc.), since it is two years old (from 2013).
The theme song for the Superbowl is
Welcome to the Hotel California.
That ole Band in the Sky
is turning into an Orchestra…
Glenn Frey RIP
November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016
An Illustrated Tribute to David Bowie
January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016
â€œItâ€™s easier to fool people
than to convince them they have been fooledâ€
~ Mark Twain
its time to come to reality that the War on Drugs and War on Cannabis gave birth to the Coercive Rehab Industry like the Seed and Straight Inc and many spin off programs, tough love or emotional hurting just because of using Cannabis and etc is straight abuse and if anyone listened to Straight Inc the legacy of abuse continues, it is obvious the trauma is very real and some of the people who went through Straight Inc committed suicide
Parents Opposed to Pot run by Julie Anne Schauer expose themselves as racists
If its not them why the need to cover their tracks
Drivers who test positive to drugs may not be impaired: Protesters
UP TO 50 people joined a protest against drug driving testing held outside the Lismore office of local MP Thomas George today.
The drug-driving laws needed to be changed because penalties were disproportionate to the crime, according to Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone.
“People who get caught for possessing 15 grams or less of cannabis can get off with a caution,” he said.
But Mr Balderstone said people were losing their licence, and possibly their job, even if they had a trace of marijuana in their system and were not actually impaired in any way.
Traces of marijuana can be found in a person’s saliva days after it was consumed.
National Review article on the heroin crisis:
I thought that was Bill Buckley turning over in his grave last night.
Why the heck are prohibitionists so darn binary?
â€˜Heroin crisisâ€™ as opposed to â€˜painkiller prescription crisisâ€™ sounds much better for pharmaceutical industry public relations and their bottom line.
a crisis piled on crises… as the seated ones know the fundamental crisis is one of education. We (used loosely and generally, realizing there are exceptions) have truly become addicts – addicts to our ignorance and addicts to and of laziness.
We have surrendered (and it seems a largely western/Eurocentric tradition) our health to industry. Our food to industry. Our entertainment to industry… the knowledge is all here. We can have better health. We can have better education. We can have a much better natural environment… and we can have a much better system of trade and governance.
Of all our collective addictions I’ve recently come to feel that all the “it’s their fault” rhetoric flying today is the worst addiction we suffer. The strongest communities are those most civil. We have long passed the age where conquerors are relevant.
And to keep on theme, I think that the reason we have moved the great ship of state away from Prohibition II is that WE succeeded in having a civil dialogue. just as their is no stereotypical cannabist, there is no stereotypical anti-prohibitionist. THAT takes only a brain – and others to kick start the common sense lobe. Once running, a brain keen on learning can be an unstoppable driving wedge. Throw a bunch of those together and look out.
It’s funny because I’ve become pretty much a pessimist that humanity and this version of civilization can and will continue. But I still carry a spark of hope.
Cooperation is a wonderful thing and I do see a push towards more of that. While those who thrive on dividing communities are becoming more obvious in their jerk-ass-shittiness and face growing disregard for same.
I know I speak for many blue collar types that have labored physically for decades. Standing on concrete for thousands of hours is a basic cause of leg and back pain. We smash and bend and twist and thump our bodies for years… we gonna hurt. And managing those hurts is not felonious, it’s what we have to do. Pile a bunch of stress onto that existing aching framework and the pains are multiplied.
One of the great lessons for me from studying prohibition these many long years is the “heroin crisis.” Isn’t it odd that heroin assisted treatment works so well? Switzerland was such a bright light with their initiation of HAT. Suddenly a majority of druggies were regaining health, rejoining communities, reducing their crimes and *gasp* finding employment.
“Addiction” does not preclude normal living. That is the fault of Prohibition.
Nicely written, thumbs up.
Yes, education is the key.
Anti-heroin education and other types of so-called drug education in America usually involves condescending scare stories aimed at people deemed stupid. Science facts that educate are required if theyâ€™re to work, while making no a priori assumptions about an audienceâ€™s intellect.
Anti-science or anti-intellectual culture in the US often obstructs rationalist approaches. Also prevalent is a prevailing sadomoralist ethic that says enabling heroin addiction in any way, even if it saves the miserable lives of addicts, is verboten.
I linked the wrong article — meant to link this one:
This is another piece from a “conservative” or libertarian that has been making the rounds and was widely shared. It’s from some dude “rethinking” his position for legalizing drugs in light of the heroin deaths.
have any spare thumpers Guerney?
These requests allegedly began on May 20, 2015 after Green confiscated marijuana during a search warrant execution. He said Walker put the seized drugs in a drawer and asked Green to get him more.
“Sheriff Walker advised that it was not for himself but for his aunt that was dying of cancer and needed the marijuana to help her with her appetite,” the lawsuit alleges.
Green and Moody say Walker asked them multiple times for more marijuana after that. During this time, they alleged the sheriff tried getting marijuana during other law enforcement eradication but was having difficulty getting it.
The pair said they later contacted authorities, including the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, state attorney general’s office, and FBI. Their attorney, Jay Stover of Gadsden, said one of the cooperating agencies advised them to record some of their conversations.
Some of those recordings are below.
‘New Hampshire’ Episode 3: How The Heroin Crisis Is Bleeding Into The Primary
In the embedded video, there is ‘talk’ about the problem. There are even suggestions of removing the stigma of addiction.
Jeb Bush mentions drug courts (that’s just great! /snark).
But Ted Cruz? “We are finally going to build a wall”.
Just how much more clueless can you get?
Don’t underestimate the sycophants of prohibition. Their expansion of the limits of stupidity are already mind boggling beyond belief. If it’s humanly possible to be more clueless they’ll show us how it’s done.
hey! they must be smarter than the Bundy boys… a little bit maybe?
Update on Cannabis for Medical or Recreational use in New Zealand.
The traitors in Parliament have now been shown, the following parties in New Zealand have been caught advocating the Sativex only scheme, it all started with Marama Davidson and Peter Dunne
New Zealand First
These parties and some of the people representing them have been caught advocating or promoting the Sativex only scheme in New Zealand
this was also listed in Parliament NZ’s website:
Peter Dunne21 JANUARY, 2016
Backgrounder: Medical Cannabis in New Zealand
In light of recent and increasing commentary on the use, access to and funding of cannabis based medical products, attached is a fact sheet on the definition, current availability, status and authorisation process around the use of these products for therapeutic purposes. Further information can be found on the Ministry of healthâ€™s website at: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/medicines-control/medicinal-cannabis
Status of Medical Cannabis in New Zealand
Medical cannabis is a blanket term that has different meanings for different people, ranging from the raw plant through to pharmaceutical grade products.
A variety of claims have been made about the efficacy of cannabis in various forms for a range of medical conditions but there is limited robust evidence to support these claims.
The wide variety in interpretations of what constitutes medical cannabis can result in confusing and/or inaccurate messaging in the various fora it is reported in, including mainstream media and social media.
The Government acknowledges that there is a range of views held on what the legal status of cannabis, and cannabis products used for therapeutic purposes, should be.
The Governmentâ€™s position is that for cannabis to be used for medical purposes, the same criteria and testing processes as for any other medicine must be met.
It is up to treating physicians and specialists as to whether they feel the prescribing of any form of cannabis-based products is appropriate, and if so, to follow the processes set out by the Ministry of Health (and summarised below).
Pharmaceutical grade products
Pharmaceutical grade medical cannabis products can be prescribed in New Zealand subject to ministerial approval under regulation 22 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977.
Information on application processes can be found on the Ministry of Healthâ€™s website at http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/medicines-control/medicinal-cannabis
Currently the only pharmaceutical grade cannabis product available in New Zealand is SativexÂ® which is approved for use in multiple sclerosis but is also prescribed for â€œoff-labelâ€ uses such as chronic pain, neuropathic pain, cancer pain and intractable childhood epilepsy.
For pharmaceutical grade products approved for use, ministerial approval has for some years been delegated to Ministry of Health officials.
Applications must be from a specialist clinician in an appropriate speciality, or from a GP on the recommendation of an appropriate specialist, and are assessed against defined criteria.
Non-pharmaceutical grade products
For non-pharmaceutical grade products, for example the product Elixinol that was granted ministerial approval for prescribing to an individual in June 2015, ministerial approval is not delegated.
Applications must be made to the Ministry of Health and be from a specialist appropriate to the medical condition or the Chief Medical Officer of a DHB. Ministry clinicians and officials review applications and provide a recommendation to the Minister.
Only one application has been received as at 20 January 2016 and a review of its administration by specialists found it achieved no therapeutic effect.
Criteria have been developed to guide the Minister in case by case consideration of applications and include a severe or life threatening condition, evidence that all reasonable conventional treatments have been trialled and symptoms are still poorly controlled, evidence of risk/benefit analysis by a qualified clinical specialist, the patient is hospitalised when treatment is initiated and a Certificate of Analysis of the product is available. These criteria are for guidance only and are not binding on the Minister.
These criteria are in place because the use of non-pharmaceutical grade cannabis products is outside current Government policy. There is no evidence for the safety and efficacy of these products and the ad-hoc use of these products does not progress medical knowledge.
In short from the above paragraph in regards to New Zealand
Pure Cannabis is out of the question
Big Pharma will be allowed to manufacture Cannabis medicine in New Zealand
Any other people can get screwed for trying to manufacture Cannabis medicine
Thats the line from the New Zealand Parliament
Matt Frei produced an interesting program on Donald Trump on UK Channel 4.
Touched on Trump’s dealings with the mob in connection with his property speculation in the 80s. All he needs is Chris Christy as VP to ensure that the mob is well and truly running the country.
Because it was OT for more recent posts I’m dropping it here.
â˜º Was looking shaky for a while.
Mayor uses congressional Republicans
as excuse to prevent D.C. from enjoying legal weed
Ahead of vote on cannabis clubs, future of pot legalization in D.C. is shaky
‘His Guitar Was the Glue’
That Held Jefferson Airplane Together
~ Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir on Paul Kantner
Jefferson Airplaneâ€™s Paul Kantner dies at 74