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February 27, 2017

What if every car in the world stopped running today?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:29 pm

What would happen if every single car in the world suddenly stopped running? What would you do? You’d have to walk to the nearest farm for your produce. Or start growing it yourself in your own back yard. “I could probably do the farming gig okay, but what about stuff like iPhones and toilet paper?” you might ask. “Where could we get that?” Living without toilet paper might become our next greatest fear — but at least we’d have clean air.

What would happen if the Federal Reserve was suddenly eliminated? All those dollar bills that say “Federal Reserve” on them in big block letters would suddenly become obsolete. But at least we wouldn’t have trillions of dollars in digital pretend-money zooming around cyberspace and then crash-landing into the world’s largest banks instead of into our own pockets where they belong.

Immigrants are now and always have been the fresh lifeblood of America’s work force. The Prez should be banning the Federal Reserve instead of immigrants.

What if no one could procreate any more, starting with the very next time that anyone had sex? Yikes! No more babies? That would be hard. The innocence and joy of a baby is the best gift in the world. But at least the children we still have now would be cherished, there wouldn’t be so many throw-away children any more and we would think twice before dropping bombs on babies in the Middle East and starving all those little kids in Africa. Perhaps we would actually start treasuring the children we have now — more carefully than gold. https://www.thenation.com/article/whats-killing-americas-black-infants/

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/02/nearly-1-4-million-children-at-imminent-risk-of-death

What if there suddenly wasn’t any government any more? Apparently President Trump is picking his new cabinet based almost solely on the criteria that each Secretary he picks positively hates the agency or department that he or she is now in control of? No more schools, post offices, affordable housing, paper money, infrastructure, workers’ rights, national parks, justice, healthcare, whatever. Good luck with that one. http://youtube-dwl.tk/video/18-reasons-why-not-to-impeach-trump/WYZ0wAaUGRA

What if, suddenly, there are no more worries about climate change — because it has already arrived and human beings are already dying by the millions? I have a friend in Alaska. She said, “Winter in Alaska isn’t any fun any more. All the snow is melted and we only have slush.” Really? All of it has melted? In Alaska, formerly known as America’s icebox? “Well, there isn’t a whole lot of it left.” And it’s clearly going to go downhill from there. http://www.globalresearch.ca/as-climate-disruption-advances-un-warns-the-future-is-happening-now/5523661

And what if, suddenly, there isn’t any more [so-called] war? No more nuclear weapons, drones, tanks, sarin gas, napalm, ICBMs, F-16s, assault rifles, DU blasters or cluster bombs for us to spend our money on. “Jane, now you are just being silly. The weapons industry is the only industry we’ve got left these days. Think of all those people without jobs!”

“Hey, maybe they could grow vegetables? Work in a toilet-paper factory?” That would be nice.

PS: Here are some URL links with regard to why we need to stop all of America’s “wars” and also stop all that shrill propaganda we constantly get bombarded with, trying to drive us into so-called wars like we were just so many cattle that could be prodded into their pens and slaughterhouses. For instance, who knew that an ISIS propaganda film, “The White Helmets,” would win an Oscar? https://consortiumnews.com/2017/02/24/syrian-war-propaganda-at-the-oscars/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/24/lock-up-england-in-jail-or-an-insane-asylum/

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/02/syria-a-confused-trump-strategy-lets-erdogan-u-turn-again.html#more

http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-a-real-war-on-terrorism-would-look-and-why-the-us-isnt-fighting-one/5575674

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February 19, 2017

Gambling on the darkness after Trump

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

I’m still here in Las Vegas, covered in neon and surrounded by false hopes. But still and all, riding up and down The Strip in the front seat of the Deuce bus at night is magical, almost like Christmas; there are that many colored lights.

But the towering Trump building here, rather like Trump’s foreign policy, is pretty much in darkness at this point. Why is that? Some say that it is because he forgot to apply for a casino license. I should wander over there tomorrow and find out. Investigative reporting at its best. https://consortiumnews.com/2017/02/11/deciphering-trumps-opaque-foreign-policy/

Many of the things that President Trump is doing right now are also foolhardy, forgetful and half-baked. Many of the things that he is doing right now are also divisive, dangerous and even downright un-Christian and mean. However, he is doing one important thing right — he is going after the CIA. https://www.thenation.com/article/kremlin-baiting-president-trump-without-facts-must-stop/

You remember the CIA, don’t you? The folks who gave us the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam debacle, the tortured nightmares of African and Latin American dictatorships one after another and that tragic mess in the Middle East http://www.globalresearch.ca/thank-you-for-supporting-al-qaeda-cia-honors-major-terrorist-financier-for-successful-cooperation/5574445

I wouldn’t put it past the CIA to have had a hand in creating 9-11 either but still can’t prove it — at this point. http://punklawyer.com/2017/02/16/has-it-happened-here/

So. Trump stands up to the CIA. Gotta give him snaps for that. But going against the CIA is now (and always has been) a big fat no-no inside the Beltway, and so Trump will have to pay for his mistake — hopefully not with his life. Hopefully his sudden retirement will not involve plutonium or shoes made out of cement. http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/17/rogue-elephant-rising-the-cia-as-kingslayer/

And then suddenly Trump will be gone. Just like that. And then the American media will be all cheering at the top of its lungs — gambling on the mistaken idea that what comes after Trump will be better than him. That the CIA and the Deep State will suddenly start being kind to both us peons and to American democracy once Trump is gone. http://mondoweiss.net/2017/02/interferes-politics-scandal/

But, as they say in Las Vegas, that will be one sucker bet.

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February 14, 2017

We are ALL living under the Oroville Dam…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:28 pm

We are all living within miles of Fukushima’s deadly radiation right now. http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/41928-fukushima-still-getting-worse-after-six-years-of-meltdowns

We are all victims of those crazy Beltway war-mongers’ Shock and Awe.

We all have our homes built right under the Oroville Dam http://bradblog.com/?p=12030

We all live within view of the next huge DAPL oil spill.

We all drink the same lead-poisoned water as the children of Flint, Michigan.

We all live where the Land’s never free and only the Homeless are brave.

PS: I am in Las Vegas right now, staying at CircusCircus, eating street tacos, happily playing the nickel slots — and have actually won $20.25. But there are certain gambles with our human environment that I am just not willing to take.

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February 10, 2017

Let’s attack Saudi Arabia’s oil (too)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:11 pm

Author’s note: I am being ironic here and perhaps even downright satirical — if you haven’t guessed already. Actually, I think that killing other human beings is ghoulish, sadistic, counterproductive and only one step short of cannibalism. But lying about it is even worse.

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If it was true that what America wants and needs most right now is access to more oil, then let’s stop farting around and head straight to the Mother Lode of oil itself — Saudi Arabia.

Why the freak are we wasting our time squabbling over dribs and drabs of Black Gold by attacking those poor sweet unarmed Sioux Indians at Standing Rock? That makes no sense at all when we could be attacking Saudi Arabia, the queen bee of Black Gold herself.

Why are we turning our good neighbor Canada into a tar-sands-pit wasteland while trying to get at their Fool’s Gold — instead of just seizing Arabia’s oil?

Why did we just squander eleven trillion dollars ($11,000,000,000,000) on attacking Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, trying to purse-snatch their oil — when Saudi Arabia has giant Gucci bags full of the stuff just lying around?

Why are we trying to attack Iran and Russia for their oil? Those two countries produce lots of oil, sure, but they are also big countries too — and big countries always fight back. Shouldn’t we be trying to steal the Saudis’ oily lunch money instead?

Gaza, Venezuela and Nigeria also have oil, I’ll give you that. But we also have a huge excuse for making an attack on Saudi oil our main priority: Most of the 9-11hijackers came from there. And everyone knows that it was Saudis who armed and trained al Qaeda. So why did we bother to attack Afghanistan who hardly has any oil at all when Saudi Arabia actually owns the Black Pearl — and is a naughty pirate as well.

Bush 1 and Bush 2 made up lies about Saddam Hussein in order to attack Iraq. Obama made up lies about Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al Assad in order to attack Libya and Syria. Hell, Trump wouldn’t even have to make up any lies at all about the House of Saud in order to attack Arabia. After all, the Saudis really are despots, really do sponsor ISIS and al Qaeda, really are an absolute Mecca for terrorism. Surely Trump would be up for banning that. https://www.sott.net/article/340726-Interview-with-Flemish-priest-in-Syria-Putin-and-Assad-saved-my-life

“Okay, Jane, you’ve convinced me,” you might say, “but then how do we go about doing it?” Simple. Just cut off the Saudis’ endless supply of weapons. Let them build their own F-16 Falcons. Easy-peasy. Patriotic even. And then the Superbowl of oil will be ours!

PS: Speaking of Yemen, a friend of mine who has family in Yemen just told me that the Saudis have murdered approximately 550,000 Yemenis in the last year, mostly civilians, lots of women and children. And even Donald Trump got into the act by authorizing a SEAL raid in Yemen that resulted in the slaughter of an 8-year-old Yemeni-American girl there. Congrats, President Trump. You are now a war criminal too. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-commando-idUSKBN15G5RX

But the Yemenis, in a token attempt to defend themselves, just hit Riyadh, the Saudi capital, with a ballistic missile. If tiny little Yemen can attack the Saudis, then why can’t we too? After all, that’s our oil under Saudi Arabia, right? http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/02/05/breaking-yemeni-missile-strikes-saudi-capital-city-riyadh/

PPS: Speaking of Big Dogs and Big Oil, it might be time for America to stop trying to have a pissing contest with Russia, Iran and China. Bound to turn out badly for us. For instance, America’s neo-Nazi lapdogs in Ukraine just fired a ballistic missile right into the downtown of the Russia-allied Ukrainian city of Donetsk — and now the Russian Bear is kind of angry about that.

It appears that America actually thinks that it is a house-broken pit bull — but it’s not. It’s more like a bed-wetting cockapoo if you ask me. It would be far better for America to take on the Saudi chihuahua in this dogfight rather than the Russian Bear. A cockapoo would be much more likely to win against a chihuahua. http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/ukronazis-used-ballistic-missile-strike-center-donetsk/ri18833

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February 6, 2017

Trump vs. the Deep State: Battle of the dinosaurs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:49 pm

According to journalist Yanatab Zunger, Donald Trump currently appears to be targeting the CIA and its other Deep State cronies for extinction — while at the same time hiring his own security team to protect himself. Ah, if only President Kennedy had engineered this kind of power-grab/self-protection combination when he was first elected, he would still be alive today and we would live in a whole different (and far better) world. https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/trial-balloon-for-a-coup-e024990891d5#.dg9vu3e70

Make no mistake, Trump is no friend of democracy like JFK obviously was, and I am totally appalled by many of Trump’s policies and buddies. With regard to Trump’s plans to cut MediCare, Social Security and various government food and housing programs, these cuts basically amount to the financial genocide of America’s elderly — the very same white male demographic that The Donald has sworn to protect. And the buddies he has chosen to guide him appear to be totally committed to ecological genocide of the entire human race as well.

However. Trump, like Kennedy before him, also seems to be calling out the Deep State’s right to rule America (and the world) with an iron hand. Good luck with that one, President Trump. Let’s just hope you don’t go the way of others who have also tried this in the past. Patrice Lumumba, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy immediately come to mind. http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/10/book-review-devils-chessboard-david-talbot

The so-called Deep State, AKA the military-industrial complex and/or Wall Street and War Street, is a political dinosaur whose time has come — and gone. These days, “People everywhere just want to be free,” to paraphrase an old-school New Jersey rock band. But this particular Deep State dinosaur seems at first glance to be the T-Rex of them all, impossible to defeat even though its extinction has already been written in the sand. http://time.com/4657648/charles-koch-donald-trump/

So who better to take out a mean dinosaur than another mean dinosaur? Enter the Trump political machine. Battle to the death here folks. But no matter if Trump loses and ends up in the tar pits of Vegas or if the Deep State loses and ends up buried in the swamps of Washington DC, hopefully democracy will be the ultimate winner. http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2017/01/why-im-going-to-las-vegas-on-valentines.html

PS: The reptilian part of the human brain still seems to be the boss of most human mental operations these days. Even after almost a million disastrous years of this kind of thinking, since even before caveman times, many of us still function mainly from the depths of our reptile cortex — and still believe that full-spectrum dominance will solve any problem. But as St. Valentine constantly reminds us, love is a much sharper tool.

But Trump and the Deep State aren’t the only ones who still think like dinosaurs. There is also the Pentagon, ISIS, the Israeli/Saudi alliance, the para-military police up at Standing Rock, serial killers, child abusers, Klan members, banksters, gang-bangers and other hooligans of all types. The list goes on and on. However, like the T-Rex and the brontosaurus before them, these outdated reptiles are also doomed to extinction.

But, sadly, if these gross dinosaurs with expired sell-by dates who now run our show don’t “get their minds right” immediately, the rest of us evolving types who try very hard to live in the image of MLK, JFK, Gandhi and even Buddha and Jesus — we also are gonna be doomed, right along with the reptiles of Wall Street and War Street.

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February 1, 2017

Why I’m going to Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 7:02 pm

Unfortunately, that old TV hype isn’t true. What goes on in Vegas does not stay in Vegas after all.

For years now we all had assumed that the capital of America was in Washington DC. We were wrong. It turns out that the capital of America might actually be Las Vegas. Ha! You thought I would say Moscow? Wrong again.

So now I intend to put on my big-girl political-blogger hat and to go visit the real seat of power in America — which turns out to be, of all places, the Venetian casino. And while I’ll only be staying at CircusCircus because it’s cheaper and more fun, the Venetian will be right down the street. And the Venetian is owned by Sheldon Adelson, the man who donated approximately 75 million dollars to the Trump campaign.

According to Casino.org, “Las Vegas Sands billionaire Sheldon Adelson dumped millions into super PACs supporting the Trump movement. The Venetian and Palazzo owner spent $25 million on Trump ads in the final week alone, following the FBI’s announcement that it was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and is rumored to have poured upwards of $75 million in total into Trump’s GOP campaign”. https://www.casino.org/news/president-elect-donald-trump-las-vegas-ties-gambling-legislation-impact

And Adelson allegedly also spends billions of dollars supporting Israeli neo-colonialists in the Middle East, trying to convince everyone here that Israel is just a sweet little democracy and not the war-monger/Gestapo/Mafioso that it actually is — as well as the being the main force in the first place, along with AIPAC, the CIA, Bush, Clinton and Obama, behind creating all those desperate refugees that Trump is now banning. https://www.rt.com/shows/on-contact/370655-israel-tests-secret-weapons/

For instance, in “The Devil’s Chessboard,” (which should be required reading in every single high school history class in America), David Talbot states that many prominent Nazi war criminals ended up working in Allen Dulles’ CIA. Some of these Nazi creeps were highly active in creating and carrying out the Final Solution — and yet where was the Mossad to bring them to justice? Hand in glove with Dulles, the devil himself. These Nazi war criminals not only never paid for their ghastly misdeeds but also ended up working in Washington, side by side with the Mossad. http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/gehlen.htm

So. What self-respecting freelance journalist/war correspondent/political blogger wouldn’t want to go to Las Vegas to write about all this crap? And especially on Valentine’s Day — because it appears that our nation’s heart is there already. https://www.rt.com/shows/on-contact/370655-israel-tests-secret-weapons/

PS: Another reason I want to go to Las Vegas is that it may be the last time I have any cash. Lean green. Moola. Any of that stuff. And not just me personally either — all of us. Under marching orders from America, India has just become an almost-cashless society. Most of its small-denomination folding moola is now worth crap. Millions are effected, mainly the poor, because none of the large denominations have been recalled.

Without money or access to ATMs or debit cards or even to banks, India’s poor are now expected to just quietly go away and die of starvation. The dice were definitely loaded on this one. Genocide by “war” isn’t fast enough? Now they gots financial genocide on the table too? http://thesaker.is/india-crime-of-the-century-financial-genocide/

And odds are that America will soon go the way of India and we too won’t be saving our ten-spots, twins or Benjamins under the mattress any more — so why not take them to Las Vegas while they’re still worth the paper they’re printed on.
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PPS: I got a really good deal on my trip to Vegas at http://cheaptickets.com. Just $175 plus tax for airfare from Oakland and four nights at CircusCircus. Except that Spirit Airlines only lets you take one item on board, 16x14x12 inches, without paying an additional fee. So it’s not gonna be okay if I lose my shirt in Vegas — because I won’t have packed any extras.

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January 26, 2017

Building affordable housing — Hobbit-style

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 8:38 pm

You don’t need to live in a five-bedroom big-box suburban McMansion in order to stay warm and dry in the winter. Just ask Bilbo Baggins.

Recently I attended a vigil in memory of a homeless woman who had frozen to death on the mean streets of Berkeley, CA. You wouldn’t expect something like that to happen here in Berkeley — but it did. Homeless people brought candles to the steps of City Hall in order to honor this poor woman’s memory. Someone also donated a portable space-heater to help keep the more fragile vigil-keepers warm. But in an ironic twist of fate, cops arrived and confiscated a space-heater at a vigil for a homeless person who had just frozen to death. But I digress.

With our federal government now threatening to shut down HUD subsidized housing in order to have more money to give to banksters, big oil and “war” profiteers, this sudden shift in the distribution of our tax dollars, away from the rest of us and into the pockets of the disgustingly-wealthy, could mean that approximately ten million Americans would be kicked off of HUD subsidy programs.

“Households that receive assistance comprise 9.8 million people, or roughly 3 percent of the U.S. population,” sez HUD. Imagine what it would be like if housing subsidies all suddenly disappeared? Hey, it could happen — and probably will.

If three out of every one hundred Americans suddenly found themselves on the mean streets of our country, the whole face of America the Beautiful would change overnight. https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/50782-lowincomehousing-onecolumn.pdf Suddenly there would be this swamp of homeless people around us. Cincinnati would look more like the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Seattle would look like some barrio in Mexico City. Atlanta would look like a scene out of “The Walking Dead”. And parts of Berkeley would look like a Hooverville shanty town left over from the 1930s Great Depression. Hell, all of America would look like that.

HUD subsidized housing serves as a disguise, a stage set, a prop — so that the world won’t know how poor so many Americans actually are. It’s a small price to pay. But I digress again. http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2007/01/hud-section-8-housing-revenge-of.html

What I really want to talk about is how Americans can solve this very-real housing crisis which has descended upon us like a giant black cloud, whether we have HUD subsidies or not. And I would then suggest that we solve this housing crisis by taking advice from the Hobbits. “Go small or go home!” Just sayin’.

Mike Lee, a member of the Berkeley Homeless Commission, suggests that we build lots of “tiny houses” — for a price as low as $16,000 each. http://www.forbes.com/pictures/emeg45jjkm/5-boulder-by-rocky-mountain-tiny-houses/#6c6bb4de19b9 My friend Jennifer suggests that we bring back the good old-fashioned trailer court. And I suggest that we get Frodo Baggins on the job. Problem solved.

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January 22, 2017

Golden Showers Rumors=Yellow Journalism

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 5:03 pm

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Statistically, the most common result for a person who has a sex-change operation is unknown and just might be suicide.

We have been advised that for some Smoke Signal columns we might want to touch on topics and issues that people could use to think about while they indulge in some cannabis smoking (Is it true as they were told in the sixties that pot smoking could cause men to grow breasts).

Sure, regular readers may want the latest hemp news (or maybe a snide reference to “Comrade Trump”).

But as a fellow who assumed he was fairly well informed about the surgical transformation procedure, we were astonished to learn we had some misperceptions.

Does Chelsea Manning know a real transsexual? Or will they get the “bum’s rush” to become “transgender”?

Hadn’t we been told the change was reversible? WRONG!

Hadn’t we assumed the process was so complete that the subjects were able to have children? WRONG!

In both cases that the concept that conception was possible was erroneous. (Do the twelve year old children know this in California where they do not need parental permission  to undergo a sex change? -Walter Burns)

Has fake news taken root in the sex-change community?  (Do the parents understand the sex change is more than a gender change?-Walter Burns)

Depression and suicide can often be the result for the individuals who have “bought” the bogus information. Do we have any real statistics?

Why in the age of debates about the use of restrooms doesn’t the mainstream media clear up the ignorance and promulgate the truth about sex-change surgery?

We will try in the next few weeks to fact check reports that Canada will be the first country to legalize marijuana.

Since recreational marijuana has been legalized in California – but smoking it on the streets is still forbidden – will there be a market for private clubs where toking up will be ok?

This year will be a time for extensive changes in pop culture and we will try to monitor the shifts as we see them occur.

Should 2017 be dubbed “The Year of Fake News”?

To be continued …

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. https://www.amazon.com/Visions-Lost-Future-World-Stillwater/dp/1532803850/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

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. https://www.amazon.com/Devils-Chessboard-Dulles-Americas-Government/dp/0062276174

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. https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/16/donald-trump-v-the-spooks/

And now America, like Spain, is no longer the richest nation in the world. What the freak happened? This and that. http://www.mintpressnews.com/genocide-in-yemen-media-complicit-in-us-saudi-war-crimes/224106/

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.

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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.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46202.htm

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. http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/12/standing-rock-police-militarized-emergency-management-assistance-compact-north-dakota

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. https://www.facebook.com/firsttheycameforthehomeless/

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January 15, 2017

Books, Songs and Movies

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

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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

 

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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. https://www.newcoldwar.org/whats-really-happening-syria-consumer-fraud-lawyers-mini-primer/

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. http://www.dailycal.org/2016/10/31/old-bum-mayor-guy-mike-lee-focuses-berkeley-housing-issues/

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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”. http://spnews.org/index.php/k2/item/269-reviewing-2016-unresolved-problems-american-individualism-in-crisis

So I looked up the meaning of “privatization” in the dictionary and the word “carpetbagger” instantly leapt off the page. http://www.nationofchange.org/2016/12/30/get-ready-assault-social-security-washington-2017/

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. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-devils-chessboard-allen-dulles-the-cia-and-the-rise-of-americas-secret-government/5484565

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. https://www.amazon.com/War-Conspiracy-JFK-Deep-Politics/dp/1626360952/ref=la_B001IGJXJO_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432267583&sr=1-2

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. https://consortiumnews.com/2015/10/27/checkmate-on-the-devils-chessboard/

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. http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/kingdom-saudi-arabia-ch-47f-chinook-cargo-helicopters

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? https://consortiumnews.com/2016/12/28/escalating-the-risky-fight-with-russia/

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

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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.
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2016-12-16/article/45238?headline=Are-the-Berkeley-raids-going-to-stop—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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFkmRp_G2uo

PPS: You can donate to the “Poor Tour” here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/medical-clinic-homeless-intentional-community#/

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.

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