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March 17, 2017

A Film Festival for Potheads?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 11:45 pm

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In 1968, Dragnet, the Tv series featuring the adventures of fictional cop  Sgt. Joe Friday, in the episode titled “The Big High”, one of the characters predicted that someday marijuana would become legal.

 

The 1957 move “The Sweet Smell of Success”, used a frame-up marijuana arrest as a way for a character to ruin a young musician’s life.

 

In the sixties how many hippies got stoned before seeing the re-released movie “Fantasia”?

 

Since pot was vilified in the thirties and forties, marijuana became a quick, easy way for film script writers to establish that a character was a criminal and deserved a long prison term.

 

Government lies about the war in South Viet Nam made young people suspicious about the assertion that pot was a very dangerous, illegal drug.

 

“Reefer Madness” was such heavy handed propaganda that it became a cult favorite.

 

The film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” contains one segment that is an exaggeration of inept government anti-pot policy.

 

Folks who believe that a life sentence for possession of one joint was excessive punishment should hold a film festival featuring  pot in the plot.

 

Obviously the movie “Reefer Madness” would deserve a place of honor in any book that would try to have a definitive list of Hollywood’s attempts to propagandize the public’s perception about hemp, grass or weed.

 

This columnist is suggesting that awards expressing disdain and disapproval of the squares perception of reality should be established and they should be called “Clydes” (named after Clint Eastwood’s pet orangutang in the film “Any Which Way but Loose).

 

The first one should be given this week to Jeff Sessions for his philosophy regarding both the medical and recreational use of marijuana.

 

Could Sessions have inadvertently played into the hands of the people who never wanted the sixties to end?

 

We will try to hand out a Clyde each week. Your suggestions have been helpful so keep them coming!

 

What’s next? Pot pills for freaked out pups?

 

To be continued…

 

March 12, 2017

Pot Puffers Hall of Fame

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob Patterson @ 3:19 pm

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If (not when) a Hall of Fame for tokens is established, Ross Rebagliati deserves a place on the list of the first ten smokers to be inducted.

 

For Rebagliati won a Gold Medal for his snowboarding performance at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan, but it was taken away from him when it was learned that he had tested positive for traces of THC.

 

When it was learned that marijuana was not listed as a banned drug, the medal was returned to him and pot was added to the list of forbidden substances for the competitors.

 

If that escapade doesn’t get Rebagliati on the list of the first 10 inductees, then it will be interesting to see what anyone could possibly have done to be more qualified.

 

Started his own brand of pot, Ross Gold, in 2013.

 

As marijuana becomes more and more acceptable the need and opportunity for a hall of fame will become more apparent and the columnist will chronicle the history of this inevitable tourist attraction as it unfolds.

 

In future columns we will profile other famous pot smokers and explain why they might deserve to be included in the Pot Hall of Fame.

 

Who should be among the first ten smokers to be inducted?

 

Here are a few suggestions:

 

Sgt. Sunshine, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Cheech and Chong, actor Robert Mitchum and Willie Nelson.

 

Readers are invited to add their suggestions in the comments section and explain why the person deserves consideration.

 

’Til next time, puff, puff, pass …

March 11, 2017

A writer’s life: Spying on one’s own mind

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 10:29 pm

On March 16, I’m going to give a short talk at a writers’ convention in, wait for it, Hawaii! Yay! Never been there before. Am quite looking forward to it. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2017/

In order to warm up for this big event, I’d like to talk here about what happens to me when I write. It’s a subliminal process. I try to keep my conscious brain very quiet so that I can spy on the secret workings of my subconscious mind, back there where all the good stuff is lurking in the shadows, swamps, recesses and mountain-tops of my own mental reservoir.

There are several ways to spy on one’s brain. Meditation, long walks, dreams. It doesn’t take waterboarding or the NSA to figure this stuff out. Just try to shut up and listen.

Another way to find out what’s going on backstage in my mind is to actually physically write down words on paper. Who the freak knows what will actually come out of my brain if I do that? Certainly not me.

In her book Wild Mind, Natalie Goldberg suggests writing ten minutes a day — starting each paragraph with “I remember…” I can do her one better than that. Buy a 10.4×8-inch wide-ruled spiral notebook and write two pages a day, starting each paragraph with “I predict…” And then finish off each paragraph with what you think about your new prediction.

You can think big, such as “I predict that ten years from now Americans will feel as foolish and embarrassed about hating Russia as they now feel foolish and embarrassed about their tainted love affair with Senator Joseph McCarthy back in the 1950s”.

What do I think about that prediction? “If Americans actually do come to their senses in just ten short years, I will be very surprised. There is no indication at all so far in the last fifty years that Americans are anything but gullible dupes for any kind of propaganda that is shoved in their faces.”

Or I might write, “I predict that, in the future, Americans will finally realize that they’ve been suckered into ‘wars’ on Syria, Libya, Palestine, Yemen, Ukraine, etc. just like they were suckered into the ‘wars’ on Vietnam and Iraq.”

My thoughts about that? The Nazi Holocaust only murdered six million Jews. The American/British/French/Israeli/Saudi neo-colonial Holocaust has already slaughtered seven million Muslims. But then who’s counting dead Muslims? Certainly not any of us American suckers. https://forums.t-nation.com/t/the-muslim-holocaust/162262

Or how about this one? “I predict that Americans are really going to miss unions after they’re gone.” No, that’s just wistful thinking. Americans will be too busy working three jobs and scrambling to keep out of the poorhouse to think philosophical thoughts like that. https://soundcloud.com/user-887995524-149532189/democrats-fight-trump-the-man-but-not-his-austerity-and-militarism

PS: The last time I did a whole bunch of spying on my own mind, I ended up writing a book. “Visions of a Lost and Future World”. So if I can do it, then so can you. https://www.amazon.com/Visions-Lost-Future-World-Stillwater/dp/1532803850/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

PPS: My life is going along really well right now. I’m speaking at a book conference, just had the principal role in a student film at the California College of the Arts, have a car that is still running, my Social Security pension keeps me going and am in good health thanks to Medicare. And the greedy idiots in the beltway are, as usual, busy trying to screw up my good life in any way that they can.

We haven’t had anyone who knew what they were doing in Washington since the CIA had John Kennedy assassinated — with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter. Bush, Reagan, Eisenhower, both Clintons, Obama, Bush 2, Congress and even the freaking Supreme Court have done every single thing that they possibly can to destroy our economy and get us into World War 3. And now Trump is also trying to screw up my world by bombing babies in Syria and Yemen and giving Wall Street a free lunch. http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/us-drone-strikes-have-gone-up-432-since-trump-took-office

And what the freak was a Navy SEAL doing in Yemen anyway? Besides helping those mean Saudi bullies steal poor defenseless Yemen’s oil?

Doesn’t anybody inside the Beltway know how to do anything right? Doesn’t any one of those jackasses know that America is all about me — and those salt-of-the-earth types like me — and not about them. Apparently not.

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March 5, 2017

Gorsuch: Choosing between God & Trump is gonna be hard

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:11 pm

The Berkeley-Albany Bar Association has done it again! At its latest monthly lunchtime meeting, BABA served us up the perfect guest speaker — and the perfect rubber chicken as well. What more can you possibly ask for. Our speaker clearly laid it out to us, just exactly what President Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee is up to. “Neil Gorsuch is a positivist,” the guest speaker said.

“But what the freak is a positivist?” you might ask. Our speaker was about to tell us — and in more detail than we ever would want to know if we in any way plan to look forward to the next decade with hope. T.M.I.

“Positivism is an outdated English legal philosophy, tracing its roots back to John Austin, who thought that law was just a command of the sovereign. There was no connection between law and morality, as Austin would have it; law should be value-free. The sovereign ordered something and the courts enforced it.” Period. “Positivism imagines that the law represents an order that must be carried out.” https://media2.mofo.com/documents/170203-gorsuch-positivist.pdf

And then our speaker went on to tell us more about Gorsuch specifically. Apparently, not much compassion or morality or consideration of expert opinions or even the law itself is involved in Gorsuch’s thought processes. It’s more like if whoever Gorsuch considers to be the top dog tells him to jump, Gorsuch will just say, “How high?” And currently, that top dog appears to be The Donald.

But apparently there is one exception to Gorsuch’s blind allegiance to Trump. According to the speaker at BABA, “There is, in Judge Gorsuch’s reported decisions, a tendency to blur the constitutional lines between church and state.” So. What if God tells him to do something and Trump says not to do it. Who will Gorsuch choose to be his OG? God or Trump?

And, also, what would happen if God contacts Grosuch on His hotline from heaven — and Gorsuch gets a bad connection or misinterprets the call? What if God sez, “I am pro-life,” and Gorsuch doesn’t even realize that what God is saying has nothing to do with abortions. God is simply stating that He is for the rights of women, freedom for all, a fair living wage for the meek and that He is also anti-war — but Gorsuch has simply gotten confused. http://www.salon.com/2017/ 03/01/the-supreme-court-just- delivered-a-major-victory-for- gerrymandering-opponents/

Or suppose God thinks that most American “wars” are crimes against humanity, that giving welfare to corporations (but not to the poor) is an Abomination and that the Clintons, the Bushes, Obama and Trump are all going to Hell for killing millions in the Middle East. Will Gorsuch then dutifully show up at the Pearly Gates and plead President Trump’s case regarding why the Prez shouldn’t be joining that huge bunch of panderers to Wall Street and War Street who are already in Hell? http://sayed7asan.blogspot.fr/2017/02/hassan-nasrallah-chaos-in-middle-east.html

But no matter what the real story actually is, apparently Gorsuch truly believes that his hotline to God is well-connected. But what if Gorsuch is actually right and not just some crank hearing voices in his tinfoil hat? In that case, anyone who actually knows what God is thinking is gonna be a really handy person to have on the Supreme Court, right? Until, of course, the day arrives when Gorsuch has to chose between God and Trump.

Or, even worse, what if Gorsuch chooses God over Trump and then discovers that Nietzsche was right?

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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.

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