January 19, 2017

All that wealth…squandered

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 12:21 pm

After having returned back home to Berkeley last week, I assumed that I was finally finished with writing about Mexico City — but apparently not.

One of the top images from there that still keeps popping into my brain, one that I apparently brought back home in my luggage, is a flashback to Mexico City’s glorious main cathedral — and that image still haunts me. From floor to ceiling, it seemed like the whole place was garishly covered with gold. Gold. Gold everywhere you looked. So now I feel compelled to write about that.

All that wealth in just one single church. Enough gold to keep me and all of my friends in riches for the rest of our lives.

But the wealth in just this one cathedral represents only a minuscule fraction of the fabulous tons and tons of gold that Spain extracted from Latin America a few centuries ago — so much gold. Scrooge McDuck woulda gone nuts.

But what actually happened to all that gold? Did it make Spain rich? Sure, for a while. Spain used to be the richest nation on earth. But then wars were declared and squabbling began and this and that happened — and then suddenly all that wealth was gone, just gone.

Which reminds me of the vast wealth of another nation — ours. America also used to be the richest nation on earth. Not any more. First Franklin Roosevelt died and the Dulles brothers and Richard Nixon schemed their evil schemes to steal what they could from the New Deal.

And what ever happened to all that gold in Fort Knox — let alone all that gold in the Social Security slush fund. And then 9-11 happened, the most evil scheme of them all — and eleven trillion dollars in “war” blood-money suddenly began disappearing down this or that rat hole too.

And now America, like Spain, is no longer the richest nation in the world. What the freak happened? This and that.

Mexico City still has its grand gold-encrusted cathedral to remind us tourists of what the power and glory of the old Spanish empire used to look like. But we Americans don’t even have something like that left to remind us — except perhaps the glaring monument of our gigantic national debt.


January 16, 2017

OMG: The churches of Mexico City

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:47 pm

Just how effective is the power of prayer? For many of us who are poor and helpless, prayer is the only WMD that we can get our hands on.

Prayer is our AK-47, our Uzi, our nuclear missile, our Glock. It is the only defense that we have against the slings and arrows that are constantly aimed at our hearts by those more rich and powerful and brutal than we are.

In Mexico City, the Sacred Heart of Jesus has become our bunker, our NORAD, our Marine Corps and even our numbered bank account in the Caymans.

But are we — the victims, the vulnerable, the unprotected, the powerless — are we actually being armored and protected by prayer or is it just wistful thinking because we have nothing else? Who knows.

Are the poor and defenseless in places like Yemen, Ferguson, Honduras, Tibet, Syria, Ukraine, Standing Rock, Afghanistan, Gaza and Libya actually being protected by their prayers to Yahweh, Allah, God, Buddha, Shiva, the Great Spirit, etc.?

Will my own heartfelt and constant prayers for world peace ever be answered? Who the freak knows? They haven’t been so far. However, realistically, do we who are the meek and wretched of the earth really have any other choice?

And here in Mexico City, like everywhere else, the defenses of we the defenseless are limited too — and yet here in both the grand cathedrals and the humble churches by the side of the road, the defenseless grandmothers and beggars and disabled and working stiffs and vulnerable salt of the earth all continue to pray.

PS: Here’s another thing that we clearly need to pray about: America’s government!

According to The Saker, a trustworthy political blog site, there is currently a huge clash of Titans going on far above our heads — as the neo-con Deep State struggles to discredit, impeach, assassinate and/or eliminate (wait for it!) Donald J. Trump. Any way that they can. Apparently those guys really really really hate The Donald — even more than the Left in America hates him. And that’s saying a lot.

With regard to the phony intelligence document recently leaked by John McCain, The Saker warns us that, “After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump… This is a political coup d’etat.”

But. “If a coup is staged against Trump and some wannabe President à la Hillary or McCain gives the order to the National Guard or even the US Army to put down a local insurrection, we could see what we saw in Russia in 1991: a categorical refusal of the security services to shoot at their own people. That is the biggest and ultimate danger for the Neocons: the risk that if they give the order to crack down on the population, the police, security and military services might simply refuse to take action.”

PPS: Let us also pray that the police, security services and National Guard in North Dakota finally refuse to take action against the brave Standing Rock protesters too.

And also let us pray for the soggy and cold protesters on the much-raided “Poor Tour” in my hometown of Berkeley, CA. They are protesting the criminalization of being homeless in America and need all the help they can get. You don’t have to go thousands of miles away to find something to pray for these days.


January 15, 2017

Books, Songs and Movies

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 3:45 pm



Jack London’s book “The Road” preceded “on the Road” by half a century.

So when the San Francisco Bay Area political activist known affectionately as “Lord Gottschalk” suggested a bus tour of Hempistan we figured it was it was a diabolical plan to substitute pot for acid and plagiarize “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” by Tom Wolfe.

What would have happened if Hunter S. Thompson had ever been invited to do a ride-along on Willie Nelson’s tour bus?

Doing a series of reports about a state of the union tour of the newly legalized marijuana sanitary states would be great fun but where would the funding for the adventure be found?

Who didn’t love the old film “Wild Boys on the Road”?

Tom Wolfe and friends weren’t the first group of nomads to race around the USA on a bus looking for fun and kicks.

Publicity makes the difference between a world famous book and an obscure example of a picaresque book about a traveling family such as “It isn’t a Bus” by Martha French Patterson and Sally Patterson Tubach.

How can Marijuana News attract a superstar writer to observe, analyze and comment on an attempt to out do Jack London, Jack Kerouac or Charles Kuralt?

What about Che’s book “Motorcycle Diaries”?

If the subsidized road trip isn’t feasible a pay as you go alternative plan seems required.

If the clandestine joy of pot smoking has been rendered extinct in many states what would a columnist errant do for content, while roaming about? We could ask the hippies about the best road movies of all time and perhaps inspire an “On the Road” film festival in flyover country.

What rambling rebel doesn’t have a favorite road song? (The Publisher wonders if that includes “100 bottles of beer on the wall”?)

What are the top twenty-five tunes praising white line fever?

A large number of books extol the Don Quixote quest in a motorcar since  “Wind in the Willows” was published.

Perhaps The Rolling Stoned bus tour could be a “Consumer’s Guide to the top Cannabis Dispensaries in the USA.” project?

Did the internet destroy underground newspapers or could a website today imitate online what the Berkeley Barb did during the Viet Nam war era?

Would the search for column topics make for a good cable TV program?

Tune in again next time.

In the meantime try watching the movie “Grand Theft Parson’s” for a very obscure top notch road flick.

Have a hassle free week.

To be continued.

January 8, 2017

There’s Green in them thar Hills!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 4:50 pm



Attending college in the early Sixties, it was very disconcerting to realize that the good guys lied extensively about the reasons for sending American troops to South Viet Nam.

The story of the magic bullet in the Warren Commission Report caused additional skepticism to become a personality trait.

Pop culture in the Sixties (50 years ago) delivered propaganda about the use of marijuana that was misleading. So what if Uncle Sam was lying to us again ?

Years  of cranking out political commentary should have inspired us to be Uberskeptical about “Official” government policies of all sorts.

But when a reliable source told this columnist that pot was a highly effective means for treating PTSD, we were shocked to think that some American politicians who had promised young men and women the best medical treatment in existence if they got wounded fighting against the commies in SE Asia were denying vets relief from PTSD.

The continued disparaging attitude for prescribing “wacky tobacky” to relieve PTSD seems quite hypocritical.

Trend spotters of all stripes can clearly see that 2017 will be a period when the voters attitude about marijuana changes rapidly and extensively. This chance to write for an online website devoted to covering the change as it happens is irresistible.

For Squares, realizing that the politicians were dishonest about the medicinal effects of pot might be a traumatic revelation.

Perhaps the gullible voters have become addicted to the politician’s prevarications?  Yah, think?

On Wednesday, January 5, we heard a report on KCBS News Radio that some researchers were restarting attempts to study the therapeutic effects of psychedelic compounds such as LSD. Similar research was brought to a screaming halt in the late Sixties from government interference with lies that LSD mutated people and drove them crazy.

Or gave them the insight to discover genetic fingerprinting and earn a Nobel Prize.

As fake news becomes more abundant in main stream media, it seems logical to think that alternative media will become more popular. Hence the chance to do the keystrokes necessary for a weekly column in 2017 has the aura of a golden opportunity.

Chronicling our efforts to separate the Pot Truth from the Anti-Hemp Propaganda  should be of interest to both old Hippies and Squares settling into retirement.

Are the fans of “Reefer Madness” really monsters like the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” or are they just free spirits who want to expose the truth?

Please come back week after week to follow our efforts to be a Don Quixote on a Truth Quest as the year of the Pot Revolution plays out.

Did building 7 just fall down all by itself?

Have an alt-med type week and chill for the inauguration.

Mexico City: Better than 11 trillion dollars!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:02 pm

I have been totally surprised by the sheer awesomeness of Mexico City — from a tourist’s point of view. It’s got monuments and museums and antiquities that will knock your socks off. Friendly people. Great transportation. And everything is cheap, cheap, cheap, cheap. How can they do that? Easy. Mexico didn’t just spend 11 trillion dollars on weapons of mass destruction like America has.

Sure, this country has drug-war problems up in the north, in Sinaloa and Juarez. But that doesn’t seem to affect Mexico City. And if America would just eliminate its so-called “War on Drugs” and make marijuana completely legal and cocaine and heroin as legal as Oxycontin, the Mexican drug wars would be over in a heartbeat. Believe it.

Here’s me, basically a little old lady, walking the streets of downtown Mexico City after dark and being perfectly safe. And the people are awesomely helpful and friendly. Can we say any of that about most American cities? What do you think?

“But, Jane,” you might ask, “exactly what are your favorite things to see?” Crap, don’t even get me started. There’s so much stuff! The main cathedral is almost garish in its elaborate gold-leaf attempts to show off Spanish colonial power and wealth. And in the plaza outside, some Aztec shaman guy did a ritual on me that was guaranteed to give me “power and respect”. Will let you know how that one turns out.

The Museum of the Revolution is awesome! That’s how they do it down here — bandoleers and trains and Villa and Zapata. Father Hidalgo and Benito Juarez. America’s sleazy Deep State would have had to watch its back.

Then there’s Frieda Kahlu. Her museum is truly inspiring. She lived with so much physical pain that it drove her to become a great artist. And even while almost on her deathbed, she still managed to attend a rally in protest of America having just brutally and illegally seized democratic Honduras (not for the first time either — or for the last).

And all that beauty and glory of Chapultepec Palace? The Mexican branch of my familia took me there. Those rulers lived high on the hog, as my mother used to say. But where are they now? Having spent all their money on wars of aggression and weapons of mass destruction, they had nothing left for upkeep of the palace. The retro-colonial equivalent of 11 trillion dollars, all poured down the rat hole of conquest, greed and craziness. Sound familiar? Mexico’s deja vu equivalent of America’s current money-pit debacles in Afghanistan, Iraq, Honduras, Syria, Libya, Palestine, Africa, Haiti, Ukraine, Ferguson, Standing Rock, Berkeley (see footnote), the South China Sea, Sinaloa, etc. But I digress.

The bottom line is that it’s sunny and warm and wonderful down here in Mexico City, the people are friendly, the tourist attractions are some of the best in the world and the food is really good — and cheap too. What’s not to like? So buy your plane ticket right now and get your booty on down here. Yes, I am talking to you.

Footnote: According to activist Mike Lee, Berkeley’s “Poor Tour” tent city, one that protests homelessness in America by trying to make it more visible, recently got raided by the City police. At the cost to the City of approximately $30,000 per raid and after at least five of these brutal raids that I know of, that’s $150,000 spent by the City to harass these protesters. That wasted money could have purchased at least ten “tiny homes” for Berkeley’s homeless.

Berkeley has approximately 1,000 homeless residents right now. America has approximately two million — and the number is growing. You may be next.


January 4, 2017

Privatization: A fancy new term for “Carpetbagger”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 11:02 am

I’m currently down here in Mexico City. It is a fabulous paradise for tourists and yet I seem to have the entire city practically all to myself. There are almost no American tourists clogging up all the awesome churches, museums, ruins, monuments and plazas down here. Plus there are no drug wars down in Mexico City either. Those rumors are false. It’s just me, having the time of my life.

Hell, Mexico City is hecka lot safer than Washington DC.

I’m not sure if the newspapers down here lie to their readers as much as the Washington Post lies to us. Can’t really tell. My Spanish isn’t all that good. “Tacos” and “enchiladas” are just about the extent of my vocabulary.

And speaking of vocabulary, I just went to the beautifully-ornate and regal central post office building down here and, no, Mexico hasn’t “privatized” it yet — unlike in America where our post offices have generally been sold off cheaply to the lowest bidder, as have our banks, our national parks, our military, our schools and God knows what all else. Even our religions have been “privatized”.

So I looked up the meaning of “privatization” in the dictionary and the word “carpetbagger” instantly leapt off the page.

It doesn’t take an expert on linguistics to predict that when the RepubliDems get done with their carpetbagging in Washington, within the next ten years or so America will have nothing left to sell or steal. But, hey, you can always go visit Mexico City.

PS: I just started reading “The Devil’s Chessboard,” a biography of CIA spymaster Allen Dulles. It is a horror story. “Don’t open that door! Don’t shower alone!” The man was as evil is Hitler — and twice as sketchy.

Now I’m gonna have nightmares for a month. So much for light vacation reading. The only good thing about this book is that it mentions my hero Peter Dale Scott in the preface as one of its sources.

And all those lies and screams and chain saws and slashings and horrors started by Allen Dulles during the Eisenhower administration still continue to this day — in places like Afghanistan, Honduras, Ukraine, Washington DC, Syria and, yes, even in Sinaloa.


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December 31, 2016

Travel Advisory: Houston is all hat, no cattle

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 12:42 pm

Don’t you just hate it when they name American airports after Republican carpetbaggers?

As far as I’m concerned you can name every airport in the whole freaking world after JFK. But to name an airport after John Foster Dulles? Really? The man was a scallywag and a traitor — not a shining example to set for our children at all.

Then there’s the Ronald Reagan airport. Huh? That man was personally responsible for the murder of 400,000 Mayans and the looting of our national treasury too. What? America’s gonna have a Charles Manson airport next? Or one named after Bernie Madoff?

The other day I flew into the George Bush International Airport in Houston — and that’s a part of my life that I can never get back. Bush Senior or Bush Junior? It doesn’t matter which one. Both of them sold America out to Wall Street and War Street. Both of them claimed to be Christians and yet murdered their way through the Middle East in a manner that would have embarrassed Attila the Hun. I wouldn’t name an airport after their dog.

So I get to my motel room in Houston and try to get some sleep before my flight out the next day. No luck there at all. But what can I expect from a town that names its airport after George Bush. Perhaps it was the ghosts of all those American soldiers who died violently in all those useless and bloody Bush wars-for-profit that kept me awake.

So I tried counting sheep. Took a homeopathic remedy for sleeplessness. Walked around the block in my bunny slippers at 2:00 am. Listened to classical music. Took another hot bath. Recited the Pledge of Allegiance backwards. Read the Gideon Bible. Drank herbal tea. Nothing. Still wide awake.

And, yes, I did catch my flight out the next morning — but with zero hours of sleep. Houston had utterly defeated me. All hat, no cattle? All sheep, no sleep.

But I’m warning you, Houston. You’ve defeated me once — but I’ll be back! And please change the name of your airport while I’m gone.

PS: According to Google, Canada has a 15-billion-dollar arms sale deal with Saudi Arabia in the works, Britain is all excited and pleased about a 3.3-billion-euro arms sale deal with Saudi Arabia — and the USA just sold $1.5 billion dollars in arms to Saudi Arabia too.

And meanwhile you and I try to be polite, be kind to our neighbors, never break the law — and worry about spending just ten dollars to take the kids out to McDonalds for dinner. But if we truly want to live in a peaceful world and be financially secure too, how can we possibly compete with the kind of bucks that the military-industrial complex churns out in “fake news” propaganda alone?

Our only hope is knowing that our possession of the moral high ground is priceless.


December 25, 2016

Away in a Manger: Homelessness on Christmas Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 12:05 pm

With their ragged tents resembling a scene out of some church Nativity grotto, Berkeley’s small band of protesters against American homelessness struggle on — like the Ghost of Occupy Past.

After having had all their tents, blankets, porta-potties, heaters, flashlights and library books stolen in yet another police raid last week and then after their leaders were released from the ER, the cold and weary protesters have regrouped on yet another wet and windswept median strip here.—Becky-O-Malley

I visited the Poor Tour’s latest site at 10:00 pm on Christmas Eve. The camp reminded me of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. I brought one of their wise men a blanket. It was the least I could do.

Like King Herod’s empire in the Middle East, homelessness in America is currently growing faster than a little drummer boy. “Do you see what I see?” America, the so-called Land of Plenty, the self-avowed Christian heartland, should be ashamed.

PS: Homelessness all over the world needs to be stopped as well. Every child everywhere needs food and shelter — even Baby Jesus. America’s war machine also needs to stop supplying bombs that are landing on children in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq — and even Bethlehem itself.

PPS: You can donate to the “Poor Tour” here:

PPPS: I leave for Mexico City today. Our slums could be like their slums in the blink of an eye if Corporate America has its way.

tent 2

December 21, 2016

More lies uncovered in Aleppo & Idlib

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 6:53 pm

Holy sheep dookie! A whole new freaking lot of lies are currently being exposed in East Aleppo. Don’t believe anything you read in Avaaz!

Of course all that official hard-line balderdash — claiming that the US never armed al Qaeda and ISIS — is always out there floating around somewhere. But, sorry, guys. It ain’t necessarily so.

According to Global Research, “The respected military journal Jane’s Defence Weekly in its article ‘US arms shipment to Syrian rebels detailed’ stated that the US supplies the ‘Syrian opposition’ [aka ISIS] with weapons and ammunition from Eastern Europe, and noted that these facts were almost officially recognized by the US Senate.” Make no mistake. There are no “moderate rebels” in Syria, only al Qaeda and ISIS. And US taxpayers arm and fund them.

And here’s a few more exposed lies discovered by a Syrian friend of mine too:

“Day after day, they are discovering piles and piles of food, heating gasoline, medical equipment and weapons in east Aleppo that are enough for hundreds of thousands to stay alive for years, all of it coming from Turkey, Qatar, the US, and Saudi. Yet, they were stocking them and leave the civilians to starve, to keep the lies on the Syrian government and blame it for all the starving of the people.

“These piles of wheat might be enough to feed all Syria! And this is a short clip from Reuters, however I didn’t find the original source.”

And here’s what my friend from IDLIB just told me as well: “The situation there keeps getting worse. The hospital was bombed last week [and not by the Russians or Syrians, duh]. They had to move it to another place. Now with the Aleppo situation… Things got complicated, then the terrorists agreed to let some of the civilians in my town out… In return for letting terrorists out of Aleppo city.

“Let’s just pray for the better…but my hopes are fading… To be honest it seems like we are sacrificed and forgotten in Idlib. They [meaning NATO, the US, Turkey, Israel and the Saudis more than likely -- the usual suspects in the Middle East] evacuated 15,000 (terrorists+ families) from Aleppo… It was supposed to be an equal treatment… But they only managed to get about 4,000 out in return.”

Never trust the word of a terrorist — or the mainstream media either.


December 17, 2016

2016′s biggest losers: America & ISIS

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 4:38 pm

If you thought that Putin and Russia would be this year’s biggest losers, then you would be wrong. 2016′s biggest losers are you and me.

We lost trillions of dollars to war contractors who spent most of that money on caviar and call girls, fashion statements and Ferraris. That makes us losers.

And it was you and me who lost the 2016 presidential election. Wall Street and War Street won that one hands down. The bankers are now Stronger Together than ever — and we obviously made war mongers Great Again.

We lost our homes, our jobs, our schools and our chances for a college education.

We lost our grandchildren’s chances to avoid living in a dangerously-polluted world and/or inside of a cardboard box.

But most of all, in 2016 we lost the truth.

As the American war machine’s investment in ISIS began to go south and it began to see its stock plummet as Syria’s Assad fought back, suddenly the mainstream media began to crank out Fake News even faster than ever. Inevitably their stock in false propaganda began to soar in direct inverse proportion to the America/ISIS/al Qaeda coalition’s loses in real life.

As America/ISIS began to lose more and more face in Syria, then more and more lies came pouring out over our heads — such as the so-called “Massacre in Aleppo”. Really? Do these war-hogs have any shame at all? Apparently not. And you and I have become 2016′s biggest losers in 2016 because the MSM has clearly beheaded The Truth.

PS: I went to hear journalist Eva Bartlett speak recently. She had just got back from Aleppo. Not from Beirut. Not from the Beltway. Not from the offices of the New York Times. From Aleppo itself. And with her own eyes she saw the grisly work of the ISIS/al Qaeda terrorists who have been funded and weaponized by the usual suspects — America, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, etc. It was refreshing to hear the truth for a change. Thank you Eva.


The Big Five: Autism, Alzheimer, Androgyny, ADHD & Anxiety

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 4:33 pm

Disclaimer: The following article is not intended in any way to step on the toes of Big Pharma. I’m simply not that courageous — or that wealthy.

In these modern times in America, there appears to be five relatively new, common and major changes in the way that many of our human brains function. In alphabetical order, they are ADHD, Alzheimers, androgyny, anxiety and autism.

“But Jane,” you might say, “there really hasn’t been any real increase in these five types of human brain function. Science has simply gotten better at detecting and recording them.” That could be true. Take for instance the brain-pattern change in Americans that we now call ADHD. I’m sure we’ve always had hyperactive kids. It’s just that now we medicate them instead of letting them run loose on the farm.

And I also hear that Isaac Newton was autistic — as were Michelangelo, DaVinci and many other geniuses in the past that were never diagnosed back in the day.

As for Alzheimers, they used to just call it “senile dementia,” right? And in the days of Oscar Wilde, androgyny was always kept in the shadows (or else in the jails). And back in my grandmother’s day, anxiety was also kept in the closet — or else quietly referred to as a “nervous breakdown”.

So maybe there hasn’t been a major increase in autism, anxiety, Alzheimers, ADHD and androgyny after all — and the highly-intensified use of various new brands of medications and vaccines and GMOs and food processings and pollutions really do have nothing to do with any of this stuff.

It just seems that way.

Me and Christmas lights

December 13, 2016

The Israelis & Saudis: Unruly children

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 8:47 pm

It’s really a shame that America’s two closest allies in the Middle East right now are constantly acting like spoiled brats and unruly children, shamelessly fighting over oil and land like some out-of-control two-year-olds fighting over birthday cake at a party.

It’s unseemly. And annoying.

Both the Saudis’ and Israelis’ constant rude and puerile behavior makes me want to grab them both by the scruff of their necks and give each of them a lengthy time out. “Stop hitting Yemen,” I want to scream at them. “Stop trying to poke Palestine in the eye!” Leave poor Iraq alone and stop trying to dunk Iran’s head in the punch bowl.

And as I watch these unruly Israeli and Saudi mini-me bullies throw birthday cake all over the yard, it also makes me want to grab their clueless parents in Washington DC by the scruff and send them off to a positive parenting class. “Either get your children under control or go home and let the rest of us enjoy our cake in peace!” I want to scream at Mr. and Mrs. Beltway.

Don’t you just hate parents whose kids are bullies and brats and are allowed to run around unsupervised and out of control? But then why should I not be surprised — when these unruly children’s parents are truly unpleasant people and brats and bullies as well.

“Hey. You. Keep your hands off of Syria, Ukraine and Libya!” I also want to yell at the mom and the dad. “Set a good example for your kids. For Christ’s sake, behave yourselves!”

Saudis and Israelis? Little monsters! None of us in our right minds will ever want to invite them to our parties again — or invite their unruly parents either.

PS: Wanna know what else that these unruly parents are up to? Trying to start World War 3 against China as well as Russia. But guess what? This is a really, truly bad idea.

According to journalist John Pilger, “In 2014, under the rubric of ‘information dominance’ – the jargon for media manipulation, or fake news, on which the Pentagon spends more than $4 billion – the Obama administration launched a propaganda campaign that cast China, the world’s greatest trading nation, as a threat to ‘freedom of navigation’….

“There is a demented quality about this war mongering,” Pilger continues. “It is as if the ‘American Century’ — proclaimed in 1941 by the American imperialist Henry Luce, owner of Time magazine — has ended without notice and no one has had the courage to tell the emperor to take his guns and go home.”

And yet no one has the courage to tell these troublemakers that the party is over either — for the Saudis, for the Israelis, for the American war machine and, more than likely, for the entire human race as well.


December 10, 2016

Berkeley’s “Poor Tour”: Homeless for the holidays

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 11:54 am

In Berkeley right now, there is a group of protesters who have organized an action to protest against homelessness in America. They call themselves “The Poor Tour,” and their actions to protect the homeless are the equivalent of Standing Rock’s action to protect our water. The protesters are also trying to make the dire situation of homelessness here in Berkeley visible to the rest of our nation — and the police are forcefully trying to shut them down.

According to one organizer, Mike Zint, “Police have raided our action at least four times already. They illegally seize and destroy our belongings. The police don’t do that to the tweaker camps here but they do it to us. Why? It is because we are protesting that we are being constantly hammered.”

And, surprisingly, Zint also told me that many of the homeless in Berkeley are UC students. “But how can that be?” you might ask. Easy. According to Zint, students here have to pay $1,800 a month just to rent a 10 x 15 dorm room — which they also must share.

“Some say that the homeless student population at Cal is as much as 10% of the enrollment, but I think it is more like 300 homeless students.” Want a better class of homeless folks besides the tweakers and drunks? A better class of homeless is definitely on its way!

“What I suggest,” continued Zint, “is to make a whole bunch of tiny homes available. Each one of these self-equipped mobile tiny homes costs only $16,500 apiece. They are like mini-RVs, they come with trailer hitches, are portable and cost less than even the cheapest new car. The City of Berkeley could set up an RV-park type of operation with utility hook-ups, and then students could rent them for only $300 a month.” Like the hook-ups at State parks.

“But what about you personally,” I asked Zint. “How is all this camping out in the cold and the wet affecting you yourself?” It’s probably not as cold here as it is in North Dakota and the police here don’t use rubber bullets yet — but still.

“I’m doing okay,” answered Zint, “but some of the rest of us aren’t.” I know that last week, during one of the heavy rainstorms (while the rest of us were snug and warm in our beds), one of the protesters, Mike Lee, almost died from pneumonia. Lee says that he got sick because the cops just keep chasing the “Poor Tour” and confiscating their blankets and tents.

“I’d love to be more articulate about my ides for ending homelessness and to consult with the new mayor about how to solve these drastic problems, but I can’t think on my feet while the cops keep chasing me and chasing me.”

“What about the Oakland warehouse fire disaster,” I asked Zint.

He answered with the simple truth. “Artists and musicians lived there because they couldn’t afford to live in other, more building-code-safe lofts and studios. The bottom line here is that people are going to look for any way to get out of the weather.”

I really enjoyed talking with members of the Poor Tour. And I respect what they are doing. But even though Mike Lee tells me that the protesters’ tents will get bedecked with Christmas lights very soon and that even a Christmas tree is in their near future, there really is no place like a real home for the holidays.

PS: Need I remind you once again that, by simply re-directing the hundreds of billions of American dollars going into war profiteers’ pockets, we could easily feed and house every single man, woman and child in America. No more poor folks sleeping in doorways. No more children raised in the backseats of cars. No more frozen dead bodies of our elderly found in cardboard boxes after winter storms. Not to mention the jobs this would create.

For instance, the British government just offered a journalist $17,000 a month to make up propaganda lies about not arming ISIS in Aleppo. And if the Brits are doing that kind of media manipulation, imagine what America’s War Street does to grind out its never-ending “fake news”. I wonder how much it pays the New York Times? And even Democracy Now for its fake news that ISIS butchers are merely “moderate rebels” peacefully hanging out in Aleppo?


December 9, 2016

The Oakland warehouse fire: Death comes at any minute

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:17 am

I just heard the tragic story of ten friends who were looking for something fun to do on a Friday night — after a long week at work. They began texting back and forth. “Hey what about going to that show at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland tonight,” texted one musically-inclined friend.

“Sounds good to me,” another friend texted back. “I hear it’s gonna be fun — plus I love that venue”.

“Count me in,” said the third friend. She lived in San Francisco and didn’t want to miss a chance to meet up with her friends from Oakland.

Then another member of this tight group of friends who had known each other since college said that she wanted to go too. “But I may be late. Can’t get away until 10 pm at the earliest. Dinner with neighbors.” Three more friends also committed to another fun evening at the legendary Ghost Ship. The interior of the old warehouse had been set up to look like some sort of fairyland — plus you could get really close to the shows.

But then things started to come up, you know how that goes, and pretty soon there were only three friends still committed to going to the Ghost Ship on that fateful Friday night — and one of them wouldn’t get there until almost midnight.

One friend got to the Ghost Ship just as the firefighters arrived. The other two friends have not been seen or heard from since.

How come two of these friends are now sadly gone from this mortal coil forever while the other eight are grieving with their whole heart and soul — but alive.

Moral here? Always follow your dreams. Why? Because Death is never very far behind you, always breathing down your neck. You never can tell when your last day on Earth will be.

Whether you were in that Ghost Ship in Oakland that just burned to the ground, or that Ghost Ship in Syria infested by ISIS ghouls armed with weapons made in the USA, or in that Ghost Ship on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC (and, no, it doesn’t matter if you are Donald “Wall Street” Clinton or Hillary “War Street” Trump) Or even if you are lucky enough to have access to those Ghost Ship bunkers that the Deep State owns under Wall Street — Death will always be breathing down your neck.


PPS: And on a very much lighter note, I was shocked to discover that Disneyland has pretty much killed off “Small World”. You get into those little boats and are happily expecting peace-loving munchkins to be singing their cheerful, hopeful and timeless theme song — and instead they are now screeching out a canned version of “Jingle Bells”. Consumer Alert: Hardly worth standing in line for.


December 5, 2016

America divided: Red State, Blue State, Deep State…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 11:02 am

I’m still fondly remembering my trip to Disneyland last week, and how everyone there was completely unified by only one goal (or maybe two): To see how many rides they could go on in one day and how to have the most fun.

America should be so lucky as to be this united with regard to political goals as well. Politically, Americans are clearly divided along the lines of Red States and Blue States these days. But there is also a third state in American politics that’s never mentioned (except perhaps by those of us being described by the Washington Post as writing “fake news”). And the third state that I’m talking about here is the Deep State.

But what is different from past American presidential elections (or selections — in the case of George W. Bush) with regard to the 2016 presidential election is that for the first time since perhaps Truman the Deep State seems to be divided within itself too. Most of Wall Street and War Street appear to be Clinton cheerleaders — while the rest of Wall Street and War Street seem to want Trump.

“We like everything Trump’s doing,” they complain, “but he’s just doing it too soon! America isn’t quite ready for our brand of all-out fascism quite yet. They still need a few years to be programmed and trained.” Or else beat into submission. “Clinton has the kinder and gentler touch.”

Make up your mind, guys!

But when the Deep State finally does reach an agreement within its ranks, then the rest of us will get whoever it is that they finally decide on — not who us mere voters seem to want or not want.

Should they support the recount for Clinton, making sure that it goes her way? Or should they wholeheartedly embrace president-elect Trump? Or are they suffering from buyer’s remorse? Apparently so. “We do love Trump, but we just can’t seem to let go of Clinton either,” they mumble to themselves. It’s almost like being on “The Bachelor” — getting down to the last two girls but still not being able to decide which sweetheart is gonna actually get The Rose.

Make up your mind, guys.

Stop Wall Street and War Street from destroying our world. And while you’re at it, please buy my books!


December 4, 2016

“Billy, we blew it …”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 1:14 am

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We were sitting around with the boys by the stove in the general store trying to select the items to use this week in our weekly ‘omage to the “the three dot” journalism stile of column writing because there were so many possible items and the regular readers only have a limited time available to peruse this humble offering.

Here’s how the final choices go:

Joshua Sabatini in a story on page 6 of The San Francisco Examiner issue for November 30, 2016, with the headline “SF considers spending $7M  to block deportations”, informed readers that the funds would be taken from programs for the homeless and transportation.

When photos were published showing President Obama working in the Oval Office in his shirt sleeves, some Republicans objected strenuously because, they said, he was showing disrespect for the presidency. Now that Trump is selling Christmas tree ornaments and mugs that proclaim Let’s Make America Great Again, are voters going to say that huckster tactics help improve the world’s respect for the White House occupant?

Some ant-Trump liberal skeptics have started to fret that if Jeff Sessions become the Attorney General he will not be enthusiastic about recent moves made by voters in several states to legalize medicinal and/or recreational marijuana.

Is it true that an association of pot growers in Northern California plan to build a tourist attraction named “The Hemp Hall of Fame”?

What movies should be honored?  Reefer Madness, of course. Did the movie M*A*S*H have a pot smoking scene?

Is Fantasia the greatest stoner movie of all time?

When Mrs. Clinton, realized on election night, what the final result would be, did she say “Billy, we blew it.”?

If Rowan and Martin were still doing “Laugh In” would they have given a Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award to Jill Stein this week for her recent recount antics?

We were intrigued to hear this week Hunter S. Thompson’s family were implementing plans to enter the emerging legal pot trend  by cloning some products from the famous author’s private stash.

Are Berkeley-based cynics urging that the official theme song for Trump’s Inauguration should be Judy Collins’ “Send in the Clowns”?

Does the Democratic Party have a bullpen of liberal propagandists ready to participate in the gridlocked political partisan debate ?

WTF Dept.:  This Week – The World’s laziest Journalist has been asked to determine what is the value of a 1844 stamp from the American Letter Mail Co.?

Now the disk jockey will play “The Ballad of Easy Rider”, the theme from M*A*S*H and “The Green, Green Grass of Home”.

Have a chill out and get mellow kind of week!

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