Utilizing the Vehicles of Power and Control

A little less than two weeks ago, President Obama announced a virtual “townhall” meeting to take place on Wednesday, April 20th at 1:45pm PDT; 4:45pm EDT.  And the floodgates for questions, comments and wide-ranging debates about our government flew wide open.

The focus of the meeting, according to the Facebook page where it is being hosted, will be the following:

President Obama will connect with Americans across the country to discuss the tough choices we must all make in order to put our economy on a more responsible fiscal path, while still investing in areas like innovation that will help our economy grow and make America more competitive.

Once cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs picked up wind of this pow-wow about growing the economy to take place on 4/20, many took it as an indication that our President might just have a clue after all.  Leading to an overwhelming response from all sorts of people throughout the country and beyond.  An impressive show of force which leaves this particular cannabis crusader in awe of how far we have come in the two short years since Obama took office.

While I by no means credit the president alone with bringing the drug policy reform movement to its presently powerful position, it is important to keep in mind that it was his administration’s infamous memo from October of 2009 which really kicked drug policy reform into high gear — by giving investors (seemingly false) assurances that the feds would look the other way for legitimate, state-approved use of the herb.

At the time this happened, myself and many others attempted to point out the glaring contradiction and hypocrisy engendered by this insidious approach to “honesty” and transparency in government.  Yes, the memorandum was made public from day one; but given the failures of our drug prohibition and lessons we’ve learned from alcohol (proven to be a far more dangerous, addictive and destructive drug), it’s sheer existence makes no sense whatsoever.

Think about it:  the (stated) subject of the memo is the use of ‘marijuana’ as medicine in states where it is presently legal.  Yet, in the body of the memo it is clearly stated that our federal government recognizes absolutely NO medical usage of the plant.  A statement provided, according to the document itself, as proof that the plant still fits the strict requirements of its present “schedule I” classification.

In any sane world, newspapers from all over the place would zero in on the obvious reality that they are using reverse logic in order to maintain the status quo.  But instead we live here in America, where nothing seems to make any sense anymore.  Least of all our ‘watchdog’ media..

As luck would have it, the media of the 21st century is belonging more and more to us measly “consumers” every day.  Such is the nature of evolution.

In other news, Google CEO Larry Page seems to have an awful lot of people wondering what he’s up to these days.  As he attempts to position himself and the internet behemoth to ride the next technology trend, or who knows what else, I keep wondering if he’s going to be a major player in today’s unprecedented (yet still growing exponentially) “gold rush” — medical cannabis, industrial hemp and all related industries.

For those unfamiliar with who the heck Larry Page is in the first place, he was one of the original founders of Google — the one who’s current wealth is estimated to be $19.8 Billion dollars..  He originally helped run the company with co-founder Sergey Brin, but stepped down “when they hired Eric Schmidt as Chairman and CEO of Google.”

His Wikipedia entry goes on:  “In January 2011 Google announced that Page would replace Schmidt as CEO in April the same year.[18] Both Page and Brin earn an annual compensation of one dollar. On April 4, 2011, Page officially became the chief executive officer of Google, while Schmidt stepped down to become executive chairman.”

Given his unique position from which to view our viciously capitalistic society, it’s no real wonder why so many people are wondering what’s on his mind.  Here’s the example that got me wondering as well:  An Open Letter Seeking Insight Into Google’s CEO Larry Page.

Living in one of the growing number of states which have passed laws protecting the cultivation of industrial hemp, it is my great privilege to presently be developing a small business that will (among other things) provide a facility for the processing of raw hemp material into food and other finished goods.  Anyone interested in this venture is encouraged to leave a comment and/or contact me via gonzo0013@gmail.com.

Below are just a few of the reasons why cannabis seems like such a promising investment:

Hemp technologies lead to sustainable industry, prosperity and a far healthier future

“Harmless hemp fibre forms car’s body: Laws that outlaw the growing of hemp fibre -marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin -on U.S. soil are standing in the way of a new generation of organic fibres that are lighter and stronger than steel, yet cost less to produce. Calgary-based Motive Industries has developed a prototype lightweight threedoor hatchback with 25-30 per cent better economy than a comparably sized car made from steel. Hemp grows like a weed, pardon the pun, even on marginal soil, and is cheap to produce, says Motive president Nathan Armstrong. With its prototype nearly complete, Motive plans to have its electric-powered Kestrel car on Canadian roads by next year. Question is, will they be allowed into the United States?”

Read more at:  http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Shift+listen+Green+colour+nerds/4606382/story.html#ixzz1Jknv5mbp

While this plant is kept illegal for reasons that are childish at best, most of us are getting our protein from meats that a recent study has shown are contaminated with “Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that can cause serious illnesses in humans…The results showed that 47 percent of the samples were contaminated with S. aureus, and that 52 percent of the bacteria were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics…”

read more at:  http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/651982.html

Talk Back: Drug-resistant staph in meat and consumer responsibility — where’s the line?

“..A new study bolsters the theory that some antibiotic resistance stems from the drugs’ use in agriculture. If the meat industry is trying to respond to Americans’ insatiable demand for cheap meat, and no doubt it is, perhaps the  responsibility should be shared.

What should consumers do?

Here’s the solution I found over a year ago and have been enjoying immensely ever since:

Living Harvest’s Tempt line of Hemp milk, ice cream and other products made primarily from hemp seeds — which, among many other health benefits, offer the following:

“Hemp seeds are also one of the plant kingdom’s best sources of easily digestible, high-quality protein. Protein helps build and repair tissue and build lean muscle mass. Unlike soy, hemp does not contain enzyme inhibitors and phytates, so the nutrients in hemp can be easily absorbed by the body.”


And here is a solution I think our President ought to be considering very seriously, which comes surprisingly enough from a recent article penned by one Oliver Stone:

Don’t betray us, Barack — end the empire

“..There are many ways in which Obama can begin overseeing the end of the American empire and the insane militarism that undergirds it. He has been urged to do so by none other than Mikhail Gorbachev, who has pressed Obama to stiffen his spine and pursue bold initiatives. “America needs perestroika right now,” Gorba­chev said, “because the problems he has to deal with are not easy ones.”

The former Soviet leader’s solutions included restructuring the economy to eliminate the kind of unregulated free-market policies that caused the current global economic downturn and perpetuate the unconscionable gap between the world’s rich and poor.

But, Gorbachev warned, the US can no longer dictate to the rest of the world: “Everyone is used to America as the shepherd that tells everyone what to do. But this period has already ended.” He has condemned the Clinton and Bush administrations’ dangerous militarisation of international politics and urged the US to withdraw from Afghanistan…”


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