Using Australia Stats,
American Medical Association Study
Finds Pot Really Works for Patients.
(May 20, 2023) Here's the article from www.marijuanamoment.org.
Roger Billing's 1977
Fire Control for Hydrogen Powered Vehicles.
The fire control problems of various types of existing vehicles, such as battery-electric, conventional gasoline powered vehicles with conventional fuel tanks, as well as those fire control problems of conventional hydrogen powered internal combustion engine or fuel-cell electric vehicles, are contrasted with the following hydrogen storage category: hydrogen gas stored in iron alloy hydride powder.
In the mid-late 1970's, Roger Billings of Provo, Utah, used an alloy of iron (iron alloy metal hydride powder stored in conventional low pressure welded steel tanks) when he stored hydrogen on most of his latter day vehicles in use in Provo, Utah, in the mid-late 1970's. His earlier vehicles had used conventional hydrogen storage tanks (steel tanks at medium pressure). Billings had publicly worked with hydrogen powered vehicles of all sorts beginning in his teen years in the late 1960's continuing into the late 1970's.
The City of Provo, Utah, operated one of Billing's hydrogen powered vehicles, a Winnebago bus, for public transit for a few years. This was all reported in the mainstream media, such as in Popular Science magazine.
This is similar to how BMW still does it today. But BMW uses conventional medium pressure steel hydrogen storage tanks.
Billings speculated that he would like to discover perhaps a titantium alloy hydride that might work better due to lower weight. Billings eventually branched out into microcomputer businesses, and his hydrogen fame faded from the public view. But for a while (late 1960's to late 1970's), Roger Billings was known world-wide as an expert in hydrogen fueled vehicles using internal combustion engines.
Roger Billing's metal hydride powder stored in conventional steel tanks was proven and tested to be very safe over a few years of public usage, in terms of potential fire issues caused by highway crashes. Billings did not crash test his hydrogen storage system, but rather tested his storage tanks by firing incendiary bullets from rifles at such targets. He could not intentionally produce a fire or explosion under any circumstances.
The same test of gasoline stored in conventional steel tanks, or gaseous hydrogen stored at medium pressure in conventional steel tanks, both produced extreme explosions and fires when incendiary bullets were fired at such targets.
There are many hydrides available. Which one is best? U. S. Government's DOE metal hydride section. But what about other hydrides? A hydride is a compound that can store protons, aka "hydrogen ions".
Roger Billings also produced and published his own magazine, "Hydrogen Progress", for a few years in the late 1970's, perhaps earlier.
Is Teaching Photosynthesis Still Legal After
the Paris Accords Were Signed?
(July 2, 2022) I was taught in school that animals and humans (and internal combustion engines) exhale or create carbon dioxide, which is inhaled by plants which then using sunlight and water, create oxygen and sugars in a process called photosynthesis. (Carbon monoxide eventually becomes carbon dioxide.)
Is it still legal to teach photosynthesis now after the Paris Accords were signed recently?
In other words, we were taught that there is this symbiotic relationship between the animal kingdom, and the plant kingdom, and to some extent between modern industry and modern civilization and the plant kingdom. In other words, we were taught in school that some of the pollution created in modern civilization, such as carbon dioxide, is used up by the plants on planet earth in a constructive way.
Is photosynthesis the new heresy? Is it still legal to teach photosynthesis in school?
Opium is Legal in the U.S.
if You're Not Addicted To It.
(March 3, 2023) The authorities in U. S. states, and the DEA, know who is using legal opium when the user is not addicted to it, and the opium is obtained legally from doctors and pharmacies. But most of those addicted to opium are no longer able to obtain it in a regulated legal manner.
Does this make sense to turn over all the opium addicts to the "Underground Empire" where no regulation or record keeping occurs????
I don't think it really matters what form of opium is being used. In other words, the addict uses whatever form of opium they can find, regardless of which form they actually prefer. To argue about such details is a total waste of time and humanity.
As I said, I'm not very knowledgeable about this issue, and I have received only one injection of "pain killer" in my entire life, but I was not told it was morphine. I discovered it was morphine when the invoice arrived in the mail.
First responders, doctors, and nurses all seem to be too ashamed to mention opiates by name, preferring to call them "pain killer" instead.
What Began for Adults in 2004 at Large Colorado
Universities, May Have Now Occurred for Younger Folks There.
(Jan. 17, 2023, further modified Feb. 18, 2023) Politics: large U.S. universities were actually the instigators, not the victims, of the current wave of pot law reform for adults. Why should such temples of rational thought, not be in the forefront of positive change? It actually makes perfect sense. Let's hear it for rational thinking! But what ultimately became a success for adult legalization by 2012 left teens and young adults still criminals, in terms of marijuana legalization.
The current and continuing wave of pot legalization actually began after two college students in Colorado died from alcohol overdose in 2004: among other deaths caused by alcohol that year around the USA. One death was at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and one death was at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Students were being pressured to drink alcohol rather than use pot. The rules against pot were much more harsh than the rules against alcohol. Those rules at CSU and U. of CO were equalized via some form of campus referendum, guided by an organization named, "Safer Choice" in 2004. Here is an early document written back in 2005 about the goals of Safer Choice as that organization was plannning to try to reform pot laws in the City of Denver for adults. But student aged persons were still forbidden from using weed and alcohol both in 2004. The penalties for each were merely equalized.
So after the Safer Choice founders graduated, their next project was to legalize pot in Denver for regular adult citizens like themselves, which was accomplished in Nov. 2005. I believe they obtained some of their funds for this from the MPP Foundation which was mostly funded by the late Peter Lewis, the founder of the Progressive Insurance Company. This electoral victory was a surprise for them.
As far as college aged, or even high school aged students using weed without penalty, politics had its limitations then, as it still does now. But we can be flexible and sane about it.
The Cannabis Section of the Collegian student newspaper at CSU seems to have officially begun on June 21, 2021. So, it now appears that some form of decriminalization for young adults may have occurred at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The Collegian newspaper, from Colorado State University.)
If asked, enter an appropriate over 21 birthdate in order to read the "cannabis section" of the CSU newspaper, click here.
I started writing this item without knowing about the current situation at CSU concerning weed. I didn't see any mention of pot at Boulder's The Daily Camera, the Univ. of Colorado paper. That paper published in Boulder used to accept tons of advertising from medical pot dispensaries. I don't know their current policy.
Whatever the case, Colorado still has a soft spot in its heart for weed. As far as decriminalizing weed for older teens and young adults, I don't know who to give credit to.
STEVE WOZNIAK SHOULD'VE SAID:
"A. I. Actually Means 'STUPID'"
In reference to this CNBC article from Feb. 10, 2023: click here.
Also, I apologize for using the abbreviation, "A. I.", since it also adds another layer to the illusion that computers are actually smart.
There's not a single computer programmer out there who believes that computers are actually smart. Programmers (aka, "coders") work very hard everyday to create the ILLUSION that computers are smart.
But sorry Steve, in the year 2023, computers are still merely programmable machines. Steve Wozniak knows that to be a fact.
Perhaps Silicon Valley is too close to Hollywood for mental clarity to prevail there on this issue.
"Hal" was only a character created for the movie 2001 A Space Odyssy.
But the Mad Magazine parody of that movie was entitled, 201 Minutes of Space Idiocy, and should also be remembered before we all loose our minds.
(Feb. 5, 2023) Resignations, Impeachments & Removals In Our Political System Are
Historically Extremely Rare.
No President or V.P. has ever been successfully removed from office in the USA.
One thing which is very apparent today is that a huge number of media people today seem to be totally unaware that in the USA, we have always had a basically very stable system. In other words, when someone gets elected, they generally serve out their full term. It really isn't normal for politcians in the USA to resign or get impeached/removed from office.
Our system is not similar to any parliamentary system, where office holders are always being shuffled around, in and out of office.
Fact: there has never been a President, nor a Vice President, of the USA removed from office after being impeached. What is the point of impeaching anyone if the removal from office does not actually take place?
On the other hand, I now feel that it might have been better if Trump had actually been removed from office, since an actual vicious and violent, even deadly, insurrection was in process that he did not strongly attempt to stop. In other words, he did not do his duty to protect the U.S. from violent, somewhat armed, attack, which all presidents swear to do under oath.
But I, before viewing the Jan. 6 Committee findings, also called for him not to be removed from office. So I screwed up (before knowing the facts) as well. But he was elected by the people of the USA.
But many of our elected officials of both parties, and unelected officials already knew that the "Trump gang" had gone way over the line in terms of attacking the Capital of the U.S.
It would've been very painful and a unique historical act to actually remove the President of the U.S. from office. Nixon was not removed from office by the impeachment process. He uniquely resigned from office, but was almost impeached. But what if Nixon had been impeached and not removed from office, like Trump, Clinton, and Andrew Johnson?
But this constant chirping that this or that politician should be impeached and removed from office, is not really normal behavior in the USA. We generally elect people to serve out their full term. That's just how it is here. If the will of the people to elect this or that politician is always under constant threat, we have an unstable system, an unAmerican banana-republic system, if you ask me.
If Trump ultimately gets away with it, we have also just become an unstable banana republic.
President Ronald Reagan Discusses His Personal Experiences
With American Communism as a Form of Organized Crime, and Also Gives a
General Overview of the Government's War on Organized Crime in 1986.
(Posted here Jan. 29, 2023) CLICK HERE to read the original article from Jan. 12, 1986.
This article appeared shortly before the Iran-Contra affair, which drenched Reagan in allegations and the appearance of extreme corruption, including government involvement in illicit drug and weapons trafficking (the contras in Nicarauga, and the fundamentalist regime in Iran buying weapons from the U.S.).
The "Most Important Place" in the USA Was Once Considered
the Perfect Place to Move the U.S. Capital TO!
And that place PROPOSED to move the U.S. Capital to, was very near Metropolis, IL, which is very close to Paducah, KY, and Smithland, KY, and very near Cairo, IL.
And why in God's name are these places so darned important?
- The Tennessee River flows into the Ohio River in Paducah, KY.
- The Cumberland River flows into the Ohio River in Smithland, KY.
- The Ohio River flows into the Mississippi River in Cairo, IL.
- All these places could be considered the "crossroads of the United States during the reign of the river boat as the chief way to travel", and are all very near to Metropolis, IL, which was part of an area extending into Kentucky, which bi-state area was PROPOSED around 1850 as a new and perfect place to put a new, better, Western Capital of the United States, to take over from Washington, D.C.
For those spoiled by the smoothness and comfort of river boat travel, and considering how difficult and rough it actually was to travel to D. C. in those early days as the U. S. extended westward, the idea might have actually caught on.
But about the time the idea was floated, the train took over as the most widely used way to travel.
I have always been curious as to just where the various "big rivers" actually meet up near each other. For those going to or from the far West, the Missouri River near St. Louis would be an important junction with the Mississippi, and is quite close to Metropolis, as would the place where the Illinois River to go to and from Chicago, where that river meets the Mississippi River, and where it meets Lake Michigan via canal are important points. There, in Chicago located on Lake Michigan, one could easily travel across the Great Lakes eastward until reaching the Erie Canal, which eventually leads to New York City via the Hudson River, etc. (Thanks to Google Maps.)
(Jan. 16, 2023) The Solution: "Seed to Sale Regulation."
The Problem: A World Wide Bottomless Pit of Hell, that Should be Called "Noveau-Slavery"
What should've been reported: the dwindling market for
outdoor grown pot is creating misery for some. Most of these
farms should've continued growing food crops!
Fact: the market for outdoor grown weed in the USA and world has been slowly collapsing since the early-mid 1980's, when indoor growing began to become more and more popular. This was clearly reported by High Times and other sources.
In many U.S. states, Americans can now grow their own pot, legally.
Yellow-Journalism/ultra-myopic example: the following well written, but somewhat ultra-myopic article, could've been written about any agricultural product, or even non-agricultural products, produced anywhere in the world by "illegal" migrant workers.
Any industry in any country that uses illegal migrant workers could be the subject matter.
The overall U. S. marijuana market situation is what was left out of the article linked to above. The main issue is the polar opposite scenario between mostly indoor grown dispensary sold "state-legal" marijuana, which has a growing market, versus the gray area out-door grown marijuana grown in legal-pot states, which has a dwindling market. Fact: nearly all the "state-legal" pot being sold around the USA is indoor grown. The article linked to above strangely concentrates on outdoor grown weed in California and Oregon, legal pot states, which is rarely found for sale in licensed dispensaries.
I speculate that nearly 100% of the outdoor grown weed as described in the article linked to above, is being marketed illegally in states where marijuana is still illegal. In other words, the outdoor grown weed which is the subject matter of the article linked to above is mainly competing with weed imported illegally from Mexico, which is also a "dwindling market" scenario. Since the mid-1980's, indoor grown weed has been gradually taking over the market all over the USA and world.
I've never heard of any legal marijuana dispensaries in any states using any illegal migrant workers in their operations, including growing, processing or selling indoor grown weed. This is the largest distortion in the article linked to above. That problem of using migrant "illegal" immigrants is nearly 100% confined to those attempting to grow "gray area" outdoor grown weed using traditional outdoor farming techniques.
Why is indoor grown weed so popular? For one thing, it's available for sale 12 months out of the year, while outdoor grown weed is only harvested in the fall. Therefore, the outdoor grown crop must be stored and allocated for sale over the entire year. Indoor grown weed is generally more potent, more flavorful. and more "fresh" and pristine in appearance than outdoor grown weed. But there are environmental reasons to favor outdoor grown marijuana.
Farmers thinking about growing legal weed outdoors should think twice. It's probably better to stick with growing food. Food prices are soaring while outdoor weed prices are collapsing.
Maybe I'm wrong. But it appears that indoor grown weed is still far more popular than outdoor grown, regardless. It is very hard to fight market conditions. And many avoid the market by growing their own at home.
Seed to sale legal marijuana states: note that most if not all U. S. state-legal pot situations were envisioned and constructed legally to preclude what is described in the article linked to above. That's why I refer to outdoor grown weed as described in that article as being "gray-area".
I have seen and bought very small amounts of very high quality out-door grown weed in two different state-legal dispensaries where I live, but this weed was not available very often, only for a few months starting in the Fall.
I estimate that 99 percent of the state-legal pot being sold today in legal-pot states is indoor grown.
NOTE: the term "gray area" may be inaccurate when referring to any untaxed marijuana beyond the amount a person may be able to grow non-commercially and legally at home. "Illegal" might be a more accurate adjective. But the article linked to above refers to some of the pot farms described in the article as being "licensed". I don't know what license they are referring to.
Legalization of Drugs Should Return Control
to the Drug User.
The legalization of marijuana increasingly in more and more of the USA is proceeding smoothly, in my opinion. I believe the main reason for this success is that we have obliterated a very damaging fallacy that has always dominated the "drug war": that drugs make decisions. This fallacy is the very heart of the drug war.
Everywhere in the USA where pot was legalized, the authorities have implored everyone who uses marijuana to be careful, don't drive if impaired, and be responsible. And it seems to be working. All of those using pot know that they must stay responsible. If they screw up, they will be blamed rather than marijuana being indicted.
Legalization has returned control to the human, and taken control away from the weed itself, which, in the first place, never really made sense.
The main assumption of the drug war is that drugs are taking over our lives, and we have to blame everything on the drugs. That attitude doesn't really work very well.
Another thing is that after state legalization of pot occurs, we are seeing a gradual reduction in pot usage in legal pot states after about two years. Most people already knew that pot wasn't addicting, such as the authors of the Shafer Commission report from 1972. Also, the percentage of people who want pot to remain legal increases after pot becomes legal, so there is no tendency for any states to re-criminalize marijuana.
But now the proof is in the pudding. "Take it or leave it" policy works better than prohibition.
But I also think that using pot may actually be beneficial to society, so we have to come up with ways to convince people to use pot more often, rather than not.
Elon Musk's Self Driving Car or Taxi vs. Mass Transit.
Since buses have steering wheels, I like that better than trains.
The main problem with mass transit is that the point of origin of the trip, and the destination point are rarely located near the place where you get on and off the mass transit system. In other words, the train or bus rarely goes door to door in terms of where you're actually leaving from, and where you're actually arriving.
While the automobile can be used precisely point to point, saving time and money.
When you add the time and trouble of taxis, rental cars, and/or local mass transit added to the time required for the train or plane, it might've been a lot quicker to use the automobile (plus google maps) for the entire trip in many cases.
Most of the time for the case of Houston to Dallas, using the train, rental cars or taxis at both ends, the train doesn't work compared to using one's own car for the entire trip.
For longer trips, the train or plane works fine since the total time saved using the plane or train plus rental cars or taxis, works out fine.
Elon Musk seems to be nearly the only person on the planet who understands the limitations and absurdity of mass transit versus the (nearly) self-driving car, or self driving taxi, for most trips.
Heat Pumps Don't Work at All Below Freezing.
To Work Properly, Heat Pumps Require Global Warming!
Most Environmentalists Probably Live in Coastal Areas.
The main drawback of relying upon a heat pump system for winter heating in really cold places, is that when temperatures drop below freezing, the heat pump simply doesn't heat anymore. This is when such a properly designed heating system switches automatically to a backup heating source such as electric resistance heating, natural gas, or propane when temperatures drop below freezing.
Just when you need it most, the heat pump leaves you cold.
For those living in really cold places like the U. S. midwest, this makes the entire scenario quite complicated, and increases the costs of buying and maintaining the HVAC system, and explains why most home owners in the colder regions of the U.S. opt for natural gas heating alone, if available.
Without global warming, the heat pump option is quite limited. Considering that the coastal regions are the fastest warming areas due to climate change, the heat pump is very popular in those coastal areas since the oceans are warming faster than the interior areas.
As I said before, most environmentalists probably live in coastal areas, so they are very much in favor of heat pumps for heating. Without heat, heat pumps don't work.
As the perma-frost melts, expect heat pumps to become more popular in warming coastal Alaska, etc.
When White People Were Enslaved by the "Barbary Pirates",
Who Were Then Defeated by the USA and Allies 1794 - 1815.
Why Is This Nearly Totally Forgotten?
NOTE: although Morocco was a close ally and friend of the USA from the very beginning of our country, this was not the case with other Muslim countries along the coast of N. Africa, the so-called "Barbary States", named after the "Berber race" which dominates this area. Note that before the Muslim religion existed, King Herod of Israel was of Berber descent, and was chosen by the Romans to rule Israel when Jesus Christ was alive as a human on earth from the year 0 A.D.
The U. S. Government under Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, was threatened with bankruptcy, domination, and slavery by the Barbary Pirates.
The U. S. Navy was re-created by Presidents George Washington and later, John Adams, along with the U. S. Congress and Senate beginning in 1794 mainly in response to attacks in the Mediterranean Sea on U. S. merchant ships, and the enslavement of their crews and passengers, by the so-called "Barbary Pirates". These civilians were freed only when ransom or tribute was paid for their release. Later, some U. S. Navy and Marines sent to rescue those civilians were also captured and kept enslaved unless ransom was paid. If the ransom was not paid, the captives were subject to being sold into a more permanent slavery. (The first act to build the ships and create the new U. S. Navy was signed by President Washington, but the need ended when diplomacy and tribute improved relations with the pirate state. Then when things deteriorated, again, the act to establish the new U. S. Navy was later signed by President Adams after those ships were built. The need for the Navy fluctuated as diplomatic relations changed with the pirate state.)
The ultimate victory by the brand new and tiny reconstituted U. S. Navy with European allies over these forces was not a sure thing, and I wish to point out that if the USA and allies had lost this war, it is conceivable that the U. S. as an independent country might have collapsed, and President Jefferson and/or President Madison could've been sold into slavery in North Africa, along with hundreds of U. S. Marines and U. S. Navy personnel. Logistically this seems impossible today, but such things had gone on in white-man Europe for hundreds of years.
Rescuing presumably white U. S. civilians captured and enslaved in N. Africa was the goal of this war waged by the U. S. Navy and U. S. Marines with allies for a few decades before, during and just after the much larger War of 1812.
Until the Napoleonic Wars were over, the general population of continental Europe and Britain who were often immigrating to the new USA were not necessarily considered free people before reaching the USA, often being captured in coastal areas all over Europe and Britain, and sold into slavery in Northern Africa, just as white U. S. citizens were occasionally so treated.
Black people were not the only people sometimes enslaved around the world before abolition finally prevailed in Europe and the Americas.
How come we don't know about this already? I think the general population of the USA does not wish to remember the wars with the Barbary Pirates and "white European and American slavery". The whole world was a very difficult place in which to live until modern times. Just traveling around the world was very dangerous until the modern era, but coastal areas were also very vulnerable and dangerous due to pirate raids and kidnappings.
Later in the 19th century, the coastal kidnapping theme was still popular in English literature, but presented in a totally different environment and situation: such as the popular book, Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson, that has nothing to do with Muslim pirates, but rather trouble with an evil uncle.
Funny how recent Scottish history earlier in the 19th century was so quickly forgotten by the masses. They wanted to forget it, I suppose.
A Myth about the Federal Reserve of 2008-2022.
(Nov. 23, 2022) When the concepts of "funny money" and the Federal Reserve come up these days, why is it always necessary for financial market writers to bring in some myths?
Myth number 1: "QT", or "quantitative tightening" is a new tool, only used recently by the Fed. QT raises interest rates.
Myth number 2: "QE" or "quantitative easing" is a new tool, only used recently by the Fed. QE lowers interest rates.
The truth: the Fed. has pretty much always done exactly the same thing: buying or selling U. S. Treasury securities in the "open market" in order to raise or lower interest rates. QE means Fed. buying securities; QT means Fed. selling securities, or allowing securities to roll off (securities maturing).
This "open market" the Fed. uses would be the same market as the Federal Funds market, which is the same market nearly all banks use with each other and the U. S. Treasury, to buy or sell Treasury securities. Fed. Funds market also means when banks loan each other their reserves overnight or longer, using their Federal Reserve accounts. (Some small banks use larger banks rather than the Fed. itself in order to do various things that all banks do.)
The only nearly unique thing about the Fed. is that only the Fed. can create bank reserves out of thin air. Well, maybe the U. S. Treasury can also do that by minting coins. But the U. S. Treasury doesn't do much coinage in large amounts, but they could theoretically. (Actually, the real economy of the entire world also affects interest rates all over the world.)
The only new thing (which also isn't really new) is that the Fed. has been buying and selling mortgage backed securities along with Treasury securities lately. They may also sometimes buy and sell some corporate bonds when necessary such as when they propped up some money market funds back in Fall 2008.
In 1913, soon after Congress created the Fed., the Fed. of 1913 and 1914 initially bought and sold privately issued securities called "acceptances". Within about a year and the onset of World War I, they began trading in U. S. Treasuries. Note that this word used as such may be disappearing from English language dictionaries. Here is proof of what I'm writing here from Encyclopedia Brittanica: click here for "acceptance" definition in the (old?) finanical world.
I don't claim to know everything about the Fed., but I do know that the Fed. has been involved in QE and QT since the beginning. Giving something a new name doesn't make something new.
Another tool the Fed. uses is "repurchase agreements", and "reverse repurchase agreements" in the open market. That one I don't really understand, so the name has confused me, also.
I think a repurchase agreement is similar to a C.D., but used by banks with each other and the Fed. Note that only the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is involved in purchasing or selling repurchase agreements. The New York Fed is also said to be the only place where the Fed itself is involved with any open market bond operations.
Discount window: this is nominally where a troubled member bank of the Federal Reserve may go to obtain emergency help. But this also sends a signal to the Fed and other regulatory agencies that the bank is about to fail, possibly triggering the FDIC to take over and shut the bank down and pay the depositors. Therefore, most banks in trouble seek emergency funds from the Fed. Funds market rather than the discount window.
The funny truth is that the creator of funny money, the Fed, is really like a Santa Claus of financial markets. You have to believe in Santa Claus to enjoy Christmas to some extent.
Putin is Trying to Exterminate the Europeans.
And most Russians are also obviously Europeans.
Nuclear Energy and
the U. S. Conservationist/Green Movement.
(Oct. 22, 2022) Traditionally, the environmentalist/conservationist movements have mostly not been in favor of nuclear energy. For example, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace are all still very opposed to it. I agree with them, totally.
Major nuclear commercial power plant disasters have occurred about once every 14 years here on planet earth, so far in recorded history. The three that come to mind are:
- 1979: the Three Mile Island meltdown, in Pennsylvania during the one term of President Jimmy Carter, who personally traveled to the plant and went inside it before everything was yet known about the meltdown. Although one reactor melted down, the accident was nearly completely contained within the containment vessel mostly (the large concrete spherical dome that U. S. reactors must have in place), but some radioactive "pollution" is believed to have escaped the dome. No evacuations. The reactor that malfunctioned could not be repaired and was permanently dismantled which took about 15 years. No known injuries or deaths.
- 1986: the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine. A fairly large area around and including the plant including the entire cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat are more or less permanently evacuated due to being polluted with high levels of radioactivity. About 335,000 people were permanently evacuated immediately after the disaster. Today, about 1000 people have returned. The power plant site itself is still highly radioactive, and still requires a very expensive containment structure, added after the disaster at enormous cost, to be maintained and repaired. This is still an ongoing disaster. Most people who have studied the disaster would agree that perhaps hundreds of people died, including first responders and second responders (Chernobyl Liquidators). Accident caused by accidental steam "explosion" of one reactor which then melted down and was not repairable.
- 2011: the Fukushima Daichi dissster in Japan. Still an ongoing disaster. An area about the size of a few counties was permanently evacuated consisting of about 154,000 people. One confirmed death, 16 injuries. The plant site itself is still highly radioactive due to at least three total reactor meltdowns following the huge earthquake.
In all of modern world history, I am not aware of any required evacuations ever conducted due to break downs of fossil fuel powered power plants.
The media and stupid government are both pretending today that the "green movement" is now suddenly in favor of nuclear energy. That is a lie as far as I can see in my investigation of websites of the Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club.
The only relevant question is whose county should be destroyed next.
Note that drilling for water or oil anywhere near the sites of a nuclear disaster will yield radioactive material for hundreds and hundreds of years into the future. The topsoil may be usable in maybe 100 years, but not the water or oil being drilled for.
I wish I owned my own geiger counter. We all need our own geiger counters with those in D. C. planning on more nuclear plants.
What is a "Dirty Bomb"?
(Oct. 23, 2022) Dictionary definition: dirty bomb, a nuclear weapon improvised from radioactive nuclear waste material and conventional explosives.
In my opinion, nuclear waste or contamination itself is the primary component of a dirty bomb. The conventional explosives are optional, and are used to disperse the radioactive material.
A malfunctioning nuclear reactor of any type could also be called an accidental "dirty bomb" if radioactive material capable of harming living creatures is released into the environment.
Who Won? (Oct. 18, 2022)
Who doesn't want to know the outcome?
Are we referring to the "outcome" of an election? Or is it a football game or a basketball game?
In every case, does it benefit anyone to rig or obscure the true outcome? That would be crazy. We all want to know who actually won. It was good, however, that many audits were conducted after Trump made his claims. But we shouldn't need an audit every time we have an election, Perhaps, once every 10 years or so?
But these additional audits from the Trump era all revealed in the end that luckily, Biden and Harris actually won, after all. Sorry Donald.
No one sane wants to muddle the outcome of the election. We all want to know who won. The idea that a democratic-republican-libertarian-independent society like the USA that uses representaive democracy as our ruling system, would allow their democracy to be corrupted by anyone is insane, to some extent. (But we should audit our election systems at regular and/or random intervals.)
I'm sorry for Trump but glad for Biden that Trump actually lost in 2020, but that's what appears to be the outcome of the election. None of Trump's audits have revealed anything significantly wrong with our system.
Let's thank Trump for helping us audit our election systems repeatedly, and then move on.
But let's NOT thank Trump for the riots that happened on Jan. 6th, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
(((In a previous posting of this item, I mentioned a gambling match along with sports games along with democratic elections. Comparing democracy with gambling was totally inappropriate. The two are not similar or comparable. There is nothing random about democracy.
Gambling is a random selection process, and should not be compared to democracy. I apologize for that error.)))
(Sept 20, 2022) Japan PM calls
for UN reforms to address Russian aggression
We have to remember why the United Nations was created. We should thank Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and anyone else who agrees with him on this issue, for trying to improve the United Nations Security Council.
(Sept. 19, 2022) Latest News About Rep. Liz Cheney.
The Only Right Direction for "Class" is Upward,
as Jefferson and Madison Predicted.
(Sept. 19, 2022) Since everyone capitalizes everyones' names now, first names and last names both, the noun "royalty" is just a regular noun in the USA these days and should not be capitalized. We take royalty for granted here, perhaps too much so. But Queen Elizabeth is a name, so it should be capitalized just as much as "John Smith" is treated.
This idea that the Queen (queen?) and other "peers" are superhumans apart from regular people, is strange and incorrect, and highlights the huge gap in wealth and privilege between the upper and lower classes that used to dominate the world. This rigid class structured society is part of the obsolete slave/master relationship. The people are right to protest peacefully against inequality and slavery. But let's try not to be too much like angry and destructive peasants.
That was the problem with the Jan. 6 chaos. Jefferson and Madison were turning over in their graves in horror as the peasants revolted and attacked the Capital.
Better to build everyone into upper class citizens, which is what the USA was all about according to Jefferson and Madison and the other founding fathers of the USA. (Founding Fathers?)
What I mean is that expanding the ranks of the peasants is not what the USA was all about.
So QE awarding prizes in the expanded meritocracy of royal qualities is OK with me. But I capitalize my own name and hers also, and I don't think she went to a doctor and dentist any different than the ones I go to.
But the special things and qualities that we attribute historically to royalty such as Queen Elizabeth should not be forgotten and lost in the rubble of destructive class warfare.
Otherwise, our advanced and improved society has degenerated back into class warfare, upper and lower attacking each other.
THE WAR IS OVER!!!!!
Confederates Surrender in Virginia, Elsewhere!
Also, Britain Quits India - Pakistan
(Sept. 17, 2022) This is unexpected news for some of the people of the USA who have not yet heard the good news from April 9, 1865. Repeatedly, over the past few years, I have been hearing of "Confederates", here and there. So I thought I would forward this "old-news" about Lee's surrender in Virginia many years ago. There are no more "Confederates".
So many believe also that the British Empire is still expanding. That is also not correct. The number of colonies has shrunk until it's not really an "empire" any longer. Britain quit India on August 14, 1947, and Pakistan on August 15, 1947.
Just thought you might want to have the latest news.
For the most part, elected parliaments, the House of Commons usually and the Prime Ministers, are pretty much running things these days, though Royal assent in many cases is still sought and respected. (Not in the USA though.) And it's been like that for over 200 years. In the U.K., the House of Lords recently lost nearly all their legislative powers, and judicial powers. Legislation is completely enacted without their involvement now, but they can delay legislation or acts of the House of Commons.
Here's the Wikipedia item about "Royal assent" and related issues around the world.
Note that in Canada, there is no House of Lords. There is a Senate of Canada instead that is still in power. Canadian Senators are generally in office for their entire lives, but are not "peers". Then there are also the Canadian provincial legislatures or parliaments, some of which are bicameral, some are unicameral.
Although the British Empire has evolved mostly into independent countries now, the percentage of English speaking people on Earth has about doubled since 1947. Since 1947, English culture, language, and influence have probably been expanding more than during the actual colonial period. QE's meritocracy probably was part of that expansion of English language culture and influence. But so was the influence of the USA and other English speaking countries since WWII and before.
Biden Also Boosted the Constitutional Way.
Media Condemns Biden's Primetime Speech
Thursday Night for PRAISING "Mainstream Republicans."
Video: Biden's Full Speech.
(Sept. 1, 2022) Sure, Biden basically condemned the unconstitutional and illegal attacks on the U.S. Capital, illegal acts funded and committed by MAGA Trump Republicans, but described that attack on the USA as being totally apart from "mainstream Republicans".
The degree to which Trump Republicans are a wreck in progress, was Biden's main point. But he repeatedly praised the other Republicans who don't support Trump, or his zany and destructive ideas and actions.
The Republican Party will continue to split apart until the Trump criminal gang is finally put down for good. I'm afraid the criminal aspect has gone too far to be ignored for what it really is.
How many of them have already been indicted and/or pleaded guilty to crimes? This criminality is splitting the Republican Party.
Here's an article written in response to Biden's speech, but which ignores the praise Biden heaped on mainstream Republicans who don't support Trump: click here.
The lie that Trump is still the leader of the Republican Party is still being reported, but I think after the midterm elecitons, it will be clear that Trump is hurting, not helping the Republican Party.
Official Website of Jan. 6 Committee
Everyone Should See the New Footage
from the Jan. 6 (Bipartisan) Committee
Latest Summaries of News from Jan. 6, 2021, Attack on U. S. Capital.
NOTE: before the 23rd Amendment was ratified on March 29, 1961, the District of Columbia residents did not take part in the presidential election of the USA.
The Jan.6, 2021
Electoral Vote Count
"Special Joint Session" of the
U.S. House of Representatives, and the
U. S. Senate, Was Trump's Last Chance
to Remain in Office for a Second Term as POTUS.
For 2024, the "Safe Harbor Date" will be Dec. 10,
the election on Nov. 5.
(Aug. 29, 2022) Safe harbor date definition: the date by which each of the 50 U. S. states plus the District of Columbia, must have finished counting the popular votes for the presidential election, which determines which electors are elected. This date is not absolute, but serves as a marker to indicate that time has bascially run out for the popular vote count to be completed. Six days later, in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the electors just selected by the popular vote in each state, travel to their state capital to cast their electoral votes with the state governor, who will certify the results and send the results to Washington, D.C. to be officially counted by the Joint Session of the U. S. House of Representatives, and U. S. Senate on Jan. 6 of the next year. This happens in all the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, independently.
Question: when is the "safe harbor date" for the electoral vote count in all the individual and separate states and District of Columbia?
Answer: six days before the electoral vote count date in all the separate states and District of Columbia.
Question: what is the date of the electoral vote count in all the separate states and District of Columbia?
Answer: on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the November General Election of Electors.
NOTE: although officially and finally re-counted by a Joint Session of the U. S. Senate, and the U. S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 of the next year after the General Election that selected the electors, the electoral votes are officially counted in each state and District of Columbia on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the November General Election of Electors.
I suppose it's not that shocking how courteously Trump has been treated so far. Has Trump himself been civil?
No one can claim that Trump has been mistreated. No one in all of U. S. history has been treated as well as Trump since Jan. 6, 2021. After all, he was actually President of the United States for four years.
I suppose that it's not really a miracle that Trump is not in jail.
I also think that Trump would have legal recourse to sue some of his lawyers who have perhaps recommended that he continue to pursue further appeals or recounts of the outcome of the 2020 elections. Our current system of electing the President and Vice President apparently do not have any further options of appeal or recount, beyond what Trump has already attempted.
Just as Trump himself was elected POTUS in 2016, Joe Biden and Kamela Harris were also thus elected in 2020.
There is already provision for replacement of an elected POTUS or VPOTUS should an elected candidate and/or running mate die or resign from office, or who get impeached and are successfully removed from office. But the legal chaos being created by Trump over the past few years is really inappropriate and not likely to accomplish anything other than legal bills that have to be paid.
So far, Justices in numerous states have decided unanimously against granting Trump access to appeal at higher and higher courts, such as at the SCOTUS. There seems to be no jurisdiction initially other than at the state level anyway, or directly to both U. S. legislative houses during the Joint Session of Jan. 6.
The Electoral Vote Count system is easy for anyone, even a regular citizen, to learn about in advance, and has worked pretty well since 1789 without any major changes other than those spelled out in the 12th Amendment and related federal laws.
The above paragraphs and some of those that follow are based mostly on the procedures gleaned from my reading about the Bush/Gore presidential contest of 2000. Gore and his allies in Congress and the Senate did not attempt any appeal on Jan. 6, 2001, Gore having conceded on Dec. 13, 2000, after the U. S. Supreme Court decided in favor of Bush.
Here's an account of what actually happened in 2000/2001 with Bush vs. Gore. In all the other 49 states, there was no serious problem in counting the votes cast by the voters, and awarding electoral votes; only in Florida. This article does back up quietly my claim that "the clock ran out by the safe-harbor deadline in December", which is really what occurred. The current Wikipedia article does a better job of getting that point across. Only for the presidential election are there such time constrained procedures in place.
The founding fathers did not want a presidential election system that would be subject to never ending appeals and recounts. They wanted a very predictable system of having known winners well before a set inauguration day, no matter what!
Final note: the term, "electoral vote count date", is what was missing in a lot of articles about the electoral college "safe harbor date", which is calculated always as being 6 days before the electoral vote count date (or "electoral college meeting date".)
The elected chief executive and backup are thus mandated to unify the USA into one nation.
Was Trump Neglectful as Commmander in Chief, and Did Not Perform
his Constitutionally Mandated Duties to Protect the USA from
Attack, or If Attacked, to Defend the USA from the Attackers?
To Say that Trump Conspired with the Attackers is
a Bit of Stretch, if you ask me.
Maybe I'm Wrong.
(Jan. 17, 2021) Even if Trump were actually just defrauded of an election, which I don't believe occurred, regardless, he exhausted the legal options to contest the election, none of which attempts were illegal at an early point. So, he had no legal right to neglect his duties as President of the United States. The USA was just attacked, and was not defended by the Commander-in-Chief. Instead of a nuclear power, a bunch of guys with hand-guns, a few bombs. Or maybe there were independent groups or individuals attacking at the same time?
(Aug. 20, 21, 2022) I have to say that the preponderance of evidence I have seen indicates nearly full complicity by Trump and his organizations in fomenting and persuading his "gang" to attack the Capital of the United States on Jan. 6, 2021. His organization paid many or most of the rioters to be there. There's evidence now that Trump and his cohorts pretty much knew riots would occur. He could've called if off weeks, days, or hours before it happened.
Repeatedly, his closest confidants such as his own daughter, for example, tried to persuade him to call off the rioters on Jan. 6, 2021, but he refused to do so to any great extent. In a luke-warm manner, he nominally called off the rioters while simultaneously expressing strong gratitude to them well into the horrible event. This was a bone-chilling experience to know about from the Jan. 6 Committee testimony in the media.
He's an amateur first-time politician who was actually elected POTUS the first time he ever ran for any office, but unfortunately among many other flaws, he doesn't know how to concede political defeat, nor does he want to learn that necessary lesson. This big psychological problem for him is much harder on our country than on Trump, however.
Nor does he know enough about being President to have even been able to have deliberately committed many of "his" crimes being talked about in the media lately. In other words, Trump bungled accidentally into most or all of the "crimiinal" errors he committed. Therefore, actually prosecuting him would be a messy and chaotic embarrassment for all concerned since there was no intention on his part to commit a crime, in most cases I'm sure.
But to say that Trump was more loyal to the Republican Party and himself, than to the USA is the greatest understatement in U. S. history.
I feel really sorry for the Attorney General who has already warned the entire USA that the DOJ are not going to indict the former President for anything, if at all possible.
What Actually Occurred on Jan. 6, 2021?
Trump's Guilt or Innocence.
(August 20, 21, 28, 2022) I have personally been shocked to the core since the Jan. 6 Committe Hearings began to air. I didn't know how violent the riots and how large the attack on the Capital had actually been. Also, this riot was not really largely "discovered" by any regular media, it appears.
It is so bizarre that anyone would pretend that nothing much occurred on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. But there are still voices in the media expressing that precise delusion.
Or maybe the mainstream media was mostly absent from the riots on Jan. 6, and did not know what happened?
But I did already suspect that the President at the time, had neglected to protect the United States from the attackers. This dereliction of his duties as President means that I was wrong about not impeaching Trump before his term ended. I really did not, at the time, want Trump to be impeached, either before or after leaving office. I never suspected that he might have won in 2020. But I did not yet know the extent to which the Jan. 6 riot had been a really serious and destructive riot until well after Trump reluctantly left office.
The Jan. 6 Committee also does not yet have much of any smartphone video that back up their side of the argument. Instead, as far as I can see they're mostly using high quality footage from that documentary making journalist from England! Thank you England!
Even if Trump were innocent of inciting the riot at the Capital on Jan. 6, 2021, which is not true, he still failed to protect the United States from a serious attack in progress. That I knew well before the Committee aired their first video material from that English documentary maker.
He should've been impeached before his term ended, regardless, by those who already knew the facts, but who did not yet have the media material, video evidence to prove their accusations against Trump were true.
Was there really a riot on Jan. 6? The media mostly initially reported on Jan. 6 that the riots (or protests) were quite minor, and were just the usual politics. That's how it was actually spun in much of the media.
I was part of the deceived group of Americans on Jan 6, 2021, who wanted the Democrats' accusations that a serious riot had occurred, to not actually be true.
One could argue that the electoral college was probably designed into the system to prevent this sort of thing (Trump getting elected) from occurring in the first place. It's really a tragedy for the USA that Hillary didn't win in 2016.
There were those who hoped the whole thing (the riots) would just disappear into oblivion. The official White House history section will have to be carefully written. Thanks to national good luck and a lot of help from his friends, his accomplishments were significant, but he nearly refused to leave office. In American history, that sort of screw up at the end is not just rare, it's actually unique in U. S. history.
Unique in a really bad way in U. S. history, OK?
In world history, Trump is not so rare.
The Riot and Breach of Security
at the U. S. Capital on Jan. 6, 2021,
Is Not a Crime Whose Effect on the Nation
Will Simply Go Away After Even 100 Years!
There Were Also Civil Crimes in Process That Day.
1:54PM Jan. 6, 2021: JUST BEFORE THE RIOT IN THE CAPITAL BUILDING, A LEGAL(?) AND CIVIL (?) ATTEMPT WAS ALREADY UNDERWAY: The Jan. 6, 2021, Trump plot to overturn or ignore the electoral college count had both civil and violent aspects to it.
One possibly legal and constitutional part to the Trump plot was to have various Senators and Representatives during the Joint Session counting process object legally to the electoral vote count from a number of states, about 6, on Jan. 6, 2021.
When that happens, the Joint Session splits back into the Senate and House again, and the members of those two chambers debate for up to 2 hours concerning the objections. On Jan. 6, 2021, the first such apparently legal interruption was made concerning the Arizona electoral votes, by Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. But the debates that ensued concerning Arizona's electoral vote count did not result in a decision to reject the submitted electoral votes. Note that this unsuccessful, but possibly legal, attempt was beginning just before the Capital was stormed by rioters. This debate concernng the submitted AZ electoral votes was very likely postponed until later that night when the Joint Session resumed after the riots inside the Capital building had been suppressed.
Or were those objections made in bad faith by Cruz and Gosar? Were their objections based upon fabrications or imaginations with no real data to support it, like all the other Trumpster twists and turns so far?
NOTE: here is an article about Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn. from Jan. 6, 2021, that proves that the discussions about Arizona's electoral vote count objections were just starting for Senators and Representatives (two separate discussions as per the 12th Amendment) just when the rioters broke into the U. S. Capital: CLICK HERE.
The following Politico article by Quint Forgey (in the next paragraph) was filed at about 1:54 P.M. also, but does not mention any riots in the capital which were to occur about 10 or 15 minutes later:
1:54PM Jan. 6, 2021: Here's an article about Rep. Gosar and Sen. Cruz's attempts to try and help Trump get elected legally (???) in the House of Representatives on Jan. 6, 2021. For that to have happened, no candidates for President would have received a majority of the electoral votes, thus throwing the election into the House as per the 12th Amendment. In other words, Congress would have to have rejected at least the submitted Arizona electoral votes. But that didn't happen with any of the states' electoral votes on Jan. 6, and Pence would have had nothing to do with that process if it had occurred, other than presiding over the Joint Session following the 12th Amendment rules.
TRUMP and his supporters even attacked themselves on Jan. 6! So one route that Trump and some Republicans were following on Jan. 6 did not involve riots or Pence's participation using any unconventional methodology. Note that the riots actually interfered with this civil attempt by Gosar and Cruz to peacefully overturn the election. The riots also interfered with all the other states' submitted electoral votes being officially tallied with objections made and debated under civil rules. Ironic!!!
John Quincy Adams was elected President by way of the House of Representatives/12th Amendment. The first step necessary for this method to work was for no candidate for President to have received a majority of the electoral votes for President. But can that be plotted deliberately?
There was probably no "plot" by Adam's supporters to overthrow the election of Andrew Jackson in 1824, but Jackson did repeatedly refer to this occurence as having been a "corrupt bargain" committed by Sen. Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, and various Senators and Representatives plotting against Jackson, who had received a majority of the popular vote.
Note that traditionally during inauguration year Jan. 6 counting Joint Sessions, the objections to the individual state electoral vote totals have pretty much historically always been symbolic or rhetorical, with no real efforts made to overturn the known electoral college tally, which was already public knowledge by mid-December of the previous election year. The fact that these state tallies have already been public knowledge for weeks means any surprises on Jan. 6 are inherently very suspicious, by nature. The state courts were where the legal attacks on electoral votes should've already occurred, as in Florida in 2000 with Bush/Gore.
I do find it surprising that only twice in U. S. history has the electoral college failed to give us a majority win for either President or Vice President, tossing the election of Pres. John Quincy Adams into the House in 1824, and the election of V.P. Richard Mentor Johnson into the Senate in 1836.
The riots and Trump's harsh treatment of Pence are currently the main focus of the Jan. 6 Committee. But other more civil methods of revolution were also in process on Jan. 6 that may have been just as sinister and dangerous.
Has D.C. Always Pretty Much Been a "Civil" Sort of Place?
The investigation by the Jan. 6 Committee is essential for having a normal reaction to the riot, which has not yet occurred.
Perhaps the only other example of uncivil behavior in the U. S. Capital. I personally know of just once in history when a U. S. Congressman physically attacked a U. S. Senator in the U. S. Capital, not long before the Civil War broke out. Just once that occcurred in all of U.S. history. as far as I know.
Fake claims of electoral fraud are unconstitutional.
(July 15, 2022) There's Probably Greatly Increased Confidence
Now in U. S. Presidential Elections Due to Many Additional
Audits Prompted by Trump's Attacks.
But this will not help Trump return to power.
Fake Claims of Electoral Fraud, Are Unconstitutional!
(June 20, 2022) Without evidence, the fake claims of electoral fraud continue, day and night. This is not right. The courts should not be clogged up with fake claims of any sort. (But courts at every level may be trying to keep the two party system alive.)
There's nothing in the U. S Constitution that allows any candidates for office in our nation to assume any election which that candidate will take part in, to be a fraud, without demonstrable evidence that backs up that claim of fraud. I am not aware of any such evidence yet presented that backs up the constant claim of electoral fraud on the part of Democrats (and Republicans and others as well?) from Trump's supporters, and other Trump-Republicans. Just as with a football game, everyone taking part has agreed in advance to follow the rules, and respect the outcome of the elections. Pro-Trump Republicans are doing the exact opposite, and wasting everyone's time and energy with this bad-faith and probably unconstitutional attitude.
I do think that I read somewhere that one of Trump's claims of fraud was found to have had merit. I just tried to find that one case, but I couldn't find it using google.com.
If there is one, the media should report that one claim in context, and then move forward with meaningful information to report. Otherwise, the media has become mostly involved in useless garbage rather than meaningful content.
The Truth About California
Emissions Standards for New Cars.
NOTE: The State of California had "pollution control devices" required as early as 1961. I think the requirement for the installation of pollution control devices was initially based upon where the vehicle would be used, so the requirement was for vehicles used in heavily polluted Los Angeles and Orange Counties, probably at first. I wish I had more details.
(Aug. 27, 2022) THERE IS NO DETAILED, DECADE BY DECADE, HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA VEHICLE EMISSIONS POLITICAL ARGUMENTS, THAT I CAN FIND ONLINE! The truth is that California has moved forward three steps repeatedly, and then backward two steps, repeatedly, over and over again, decade after decade.
As I recall, well before President Trump attempted to force California to not enact stricter emissions standards than the federal ones, California, on its own had back-tracked repeatedly on its own when push came to shove on this issue in terms of enacting nearly impossible to meet, extremely strict standards.
Although I assume that California currently has emissions standards in place on Aug. 27, 2022, which are stricter than Federal standards, and are the strictest in the nation, those standards are not as strict as the standards actually proposed in California before the argument with the Trump administration had even begun.
The extremely strict standards for gas powered cars proposed in the past were never enacted in the past, as political pressure in California resulted in repeated back-tracking due to the expected extreme economic pain it might cause.
Or, those proposed standards might have been impossible to meet for gas (and diesel?) cars and small trucks. Since they never tried to actually enact them, we don't know if they were too strict or not.
Now that they're just banning gas (and diesel?) small vehicles altogether, I guess we don't need to remember all those failed attempts?
But I predict that the same thing will happen again with the total ban on gas powered new cars there: it's a bridge too far for tne economy to handle. Instead, they'll bring out those "extremely strict standards" for gas and diesel that were never enacted in the past, and finally enact them.
But those really extreme standards too may fail to be enacted due to the extreme difficulty for gas and diesel powered cars to actually meet those extreme standards.
Problem is, there is no history online of these attempts.
There are tons and tons of items about Trump vs. California during the past 5 years. But this argument was already going on in California before Trump came along.
Doesn't anyone remember the past anymore?
Inflationarians Have Invaded the USA.
There was once a time in the USA when all things buyable were "cheaper by the dozen". Costco and Walmart (Sam's Club) are living examples of this idea.
"More for the money", used to be the American motto especially during the 20th century where technology and the industrial age came to full fruition.
Even with apparent inflation, there were also times when value was increasing as quality and price increased. In other words, as more features were added to various widgits, the price increased less quickly than the value increased. Or revolutionary changes occurred that increased value, such as the invention of air conditioning for cars, which occurred after A/C for buildings. The original Apple computer did not play much music or answer the phone, that I have ever heard about.
Now the computer has nearly completely taken over, but ejecting the computer from parts of our lives might bring about a new simplicity (or newfound simplicity) where a computer is not needed for that part of life.
Some people today are obsessed with still buying LP records for playing music, etc., using Edison's original technology.
The Fed. has not had to act drastically for a long time in U. S. financial history as interest rates across the board have decreased naturally since about 1980. Some say we're at the end of that cycle. This was a natural cycle created by new technology mostly. Now it's slamming into a brick wall, perhaps.
I hope Jerome Powell and company can help bring those "good times" back, and prove Jack Dorsey was not totally correct. Free markets and price competition are also part of the U. S. economic system.
The environmental movement was winnning the green war when it was allied with the capitalistic system, such as in Texas, still the main adopter of wind energy in the USA. That was how the "green" movement was progressing around the world mostly before the totalitarians tried to take it over and punish the world. Wind and solar were ramping up very quickly, and still are, due to low prices for those types of power.
But inflation now is occurring due to mainly, a lack of workers.
The politicians haven't figured it out; how to obtain more workers. Perhaps the prisons in the U. S. can be largely emptied. Perhaps the wrong people are being jailed in many cases. This is a THEORY.
How to Stay Cool and Also Save the Environment
by Using Zero Amounts of New Refrigerants
in Your Air Conditioning Systems.
NOT USING YOUR A/C or HEAT PUMP EVERY
MONTH IS THE CAUSE OF REFRIGERANT GAS LOSS!
FREE AIR CONDITIONING.
At the moment, the "green movement" doesn't want you to have an air conditioner, but they want you to buy a heat pump! Well, air conditioners and heat pumps are the same thing. Just call your HVAC people and ask them. A heat pump is a type of air conditioner, but a heat pump is rigged to move heat in both directions. An air conditioner moves heat out of your house. A heat pump in heating mode moves heat into your house, but in the summer, the heat pump is also an air conditioner and moves heat out of your house. But the technology for heat pumps and air conditioners is exactly the same. They both use the same "evil" refrigerants that the "green" movement wants to ban. I'm not kidding! Makes no sense at all to attack air conditioning and to promote heat pumps. It's insane.
There are parts of the USA where it is illegal for a landlord to not provide a working air conditioning system, swamp cooler system, or other cooling system to those renting out properties, since that might be lethal to someone. Air conditioning or other cooling systems are considered an essential service in some U. S. states.
How to not lose air conditioning coolant: coolant leaks from air conditioning and heat pump systems are said to be damaging to the environment. This leakage of coolant gases can be virtually eliminated by making sure the seals that prevent leakage are working. How do we accomplish that? Run the air conditioning system or heat pump system at least 2 to 5 minutes every month, even in the winter and also during the summer, fall and spring! This lubricates the mechanical seals that hold the coolant inside the system. If we don't run the A/C or heat pump often enough, the seals dry up and the coolant leaks out.
Summary: use your heat pumps and/or air conditioners 12 months per year for at least 5 minutes per month to prevent leakage and loss of coolant gases which is bad for the environment. Do that for your house, car, truck, and RV heat pump and a/c also! Make sure the "compressor" is running during the 5 minute session by turning the thermostat full up or full down. In other words, if you're running the A/C in the winter, make sure the compressor kicks in. In you're running the heat pump in the summer, you have it in A/C mode anyway, so it's running already when you run the heat pump in A/C mode. That's what you want. You want to run the heat pump as an air conditioner in the summer to keep the coolant from leaking out.
NOT using your air conditioners or heat pumps for longer than 30 days is what causes the seals or gaskets in the compressor to dry out, and for refrigerant gases to leak out and damage the environment, and cause expensive recharging of the refrigerant gases that have to be replaced. So to be a good environmentalist, use your heat pump or A/C compressor every month to keep the gaskets from leaking due to non-use.
Dehumidification A/C Mode when Defrosting the Windshield of your vehicle: when the windshield fogs up, we can't see. This occurs usually in humid conditions. The default mode in vehicles of all types is to use the engine heat when defrosting. Also, the air conditioning system helps out when defrosting by helping dehumidify the air also. You may have to push the A/C compressor button to "on" for some vehicles when defrosting as this helps the process of defrosting, depending on weather and humidity conditions. Try defrosting with and without air conditioning. Some vehicles such as those made by GM and Ford switch on the A/C automatically when defrosting the windshield and side windows. Using the A/C when defrosting also exercises the A/C system, and therefore helps prevent leaks of refrigerant gases.
In general, all vehicles and equipment deteriorate in many ways when not used since the moving parts, the engine, transmission, differential, and other moving parts need to be self-lubricated as well. Letting a car, RV, or truck sit without being used for a long time (more than 2 - 4 weeks) can eventually cause much damage. Some experts recommend vehicles be operated/exercised once per week for about 45 minutes or more. When you run the vehicle, cycle through the gears, and run the various systems. Apply the brakes, operate the turn signals. Run the windshield wipers and washer, for example, even if it's not raining. Vehicles and systems need exercise just like people and animals.
If you don't believe me, go ask a qualified service tech.
Free Air Conditioning: someone once told me that about 6 feet down all over the world, the temperature is about fifty degrees F. Pipes can be buried under the ground at least 6 feet under to obtain free cooling. Houses with basements are cooler than those without basements. If the inhabitants stay in the basement most of the time, there is no need for air conditioning. Houses without active A/C systems could be built mostly underground.
Down further, it gets hotter and hotter.
(Yes, there are things in vehicles and houses that deteriorate under usage, regardless. RV's have many such parts in both categories. But in general, a nice short run of 30 to 45 minutes a month (or more) should be sufficient to keep any vehicle in better working condition without over-usage. Water condensation in the oil must be evaporated by heat. That takes about 30 to 45 minutes of running the engine, minimum. It takes time for the transmission oil to heat up. This takes at least a half hour or more. If you're not willing to do these necessary things, then get rid of the vehicle or equipment.)
Rep. Liz Cheney Herself,
Has Not Even Mentioned,
Running for President as an Independent.
(Aug. 23, 2022) Only the media has mentioned Cheney running as an independent.
The media hopes she runs as an independent, since that's the easiest way to fade into obscurity, the very last thing Liz wants to do.
Have you ever even heard of Ross Perot?
Just as many Americans left the USA
to Avoid Serving in the Vietnam War,
the Same is Happening in Russia in 2022.
(Aug. 20, 2022) Americans left the USA by the thousands to avoid getting drafted, and serving in the Vietnam War. Many moved to Canada, and many to Europe. President Jimmy Carter officially pardoned most of these U. S. citizens in the late 1970's so that they could return to the USA without going to jail.
Many Russians leaving Russia, mostly younger ones, to avoid serving in Ukraine war. Or click here.
Possible Russian Sabatoge
at Wikipedia Regarding Mercedes-Benz Group, AG
versus NAZI Europe during WWII, and
THE USA and NATO (Germany, Italy, etc.) in 2022, etc.
(Aug. 20, 2022) At the moment at Wikipedia. there is a very negative, really anti-German article written about Mercedes-Benz Group AG, formerly Daimler-Benz AG.
I suspect that some Russian influenced assets are trying to create trouble for NATO, Germany, Italy, and the USA and Israel, who are all allies really in the year 2022. (NOTE: Israel is not part of NATO or Europe in 2022, but is very close to Europe and the USA. Israel has officially stated that they would prefer someday to be part of Europe, as they are practically part of Europe now in 2022. Turkey is actually nearly part of Europe in 2022.)
But in reality, the German armed forces joined NATO upon its creation in 1955, and are a major part of NATO in the year 2022, just as Italy joined NATO in 1949. Both Italy and Germany were major parts of the Hitlerian Fascist Axis powers of World War II, although Italy largely left Hitler's orb in 1943 during the U. S. and Allies' invasion and defeat of Mussolini during WWII.
I have personally met German military persons (NATO), and I know that they are totally loyal to the USA, nearly as much as Americans are generally loyal to the USA.
Even if there are some pro-Nazi Germans still alive in the year 2022, there are very few left.
The current Wikipedia article about Mercedes-Benz Group AG is not a pro-German or pro-American item. It implies that Mercedes-Benz Group AG should be treated as a Nazi asset in the year 2022. This is ridiculous. It is as ridiculous as attacking Toyota as being an asset of Imperial Japan from World War II in the year 2022. Absurd. Toyota is as guilty or as innocent as Mercedes. The Wikipedia article about Toyota does not have any sabatoge that I can see.
Everyone should know that Wikipedia articles can be edited by anyone. ANYONE. Wikipedia articles are as accessible as social media websites.
It's so strange to hear that Mercedes Benz today is sometimes more associated with the Nazi death camps, than with automobile safety features. I find this so absurd. Compared to the big three, I had always considered Mercedes to be a saintly car manufacturer who tried to keep their customers alive, especially beginning in the late 1950's to about 1965 period. "Detroit" was much more safety conscious for their cars beginning about 1965, soon after Nader's book made such a huge splash, Unsafe at Any Speed. I believe that Mercedes was singled out by Nader himself as being a very safe, well built line of cars. Note that Mercedes Benz automobiles were not considered to have been built to be so safe until after World War II. This era probably began around 1959 or so.
The Israeli Mercedes Connection in 2022. Here is a Link to Mercedes Benz of Tel Aviv. Another such link to a Mercedes Benz development center in Israel, a branch of Mercedes-Benz Group AG in Israel.
NOTE: the name of the main football (soccer) team in Amsterdam, Holland, (The Netherlands) is informally called, "The Jews."
It's also very unfortunate that Hitler came from Germany, as anti-semitism was actually much too common all over the world before World War II. The entire world is responsible to some extent for World War II and anti-semitism.
Is Israel part of Europe? Click here.
Does Israel and Europe want Israel to actually be part of Europe someday?
Income Tax Was a Bad Idea.
Sales Tax, and Excise Tax, Work Much Better.
I'm not in favor of anyone cheating on their income tax.
But I really think having a Federal sales tax, and various Federal excise taxes, would work much better. We already have some Fed. excise taxes, but not very many.
Reasons the income tax was, and still is, a bad idea:
- - hurts the economy in unpredictable ways by reducing the amount of money citizens possess that otherwise would be available to spend or invest.
- - is universally hated. There are some, however, who want to pay more income tax.
- - therefore, it gives the government a bad reputation. Bad relations between citizens and the government is not a desirable situation for anyone.
- - is basically communist in nature in that there is more punishment for those who are more successful financially, which is the worst characteristic of communism. A flat rate income tax would be more fair and would not punish success.
However, in an emergency situation, maybe we need the income tax? Or does it hurt the economy? The Covid-19 pandemic created some unusual expenses for our nation that have bloated our national debt. But I would reduce taxes ASAP when the debt is paid down.
Since there were virtually no homeless in the USA until the 1980's, we are already in an emergency.
The Enormous Gorilla Sitting
in the Corner that No One Noticed.
Imagine if about 40 to 70 percent of all the energy produced in the entire world by large power plants of all sorts, nuclear, coal, and natural gas alike, are spewing out heat directly into the environment every day and every night. Yet, hardly anyone notices this massive waste heat loss of up to 2/3 of all energy being produced in the world.
Repeat: up to 2/3 of all energy produced on our planet is currently wasted into the environment around the power plants that produce it. The remaining 1/3 to 3/5 left over is the grid energy we all utilize from the power companies.
So what do environmentalists actually focus on? CARBON DIOXIDE and other forms of carbon, such as hydrocarbons from petroleum! The environmental movement doesn't care enough about the direct heating produced by waste heat from power plants, the up to 2/3 loss mentioned above. Instead they ignore traditional knowledge of photo-synthesis, and focus on carbon dioxide (and other carbon containing wastes) as the enemy.
The oxygen which keeps us alive is actually created by the plant kingdom which metabolizes carbon dioxide in a process called photosynthesis. This is third grade science.
Why the myopia and blindness concerning waste heat losses from virtually all power plants?
It has to be the secret fact that the establishment is planning on building hundreds of new nuclear power plants in the next few decades. At best, these new nuclear plants would probably waste about 40% or more of the energy produced as waste heat. But the media is not often reporting their plans for your life in constant danger from nuclear disaster.
The better choice would be to utilize geothermal energy, which poses no threats whatsoever, and is available in unlimited amounts, and which creates no waste heat at all. If we drill deep enough, geothermal is available everywhere on the planet.
THE SUPREME COURT SAID:
The Presidential Train is Leaving on Time.
Don't Miss the Train!
(Aug. 13, 2022) Since 1789, the U. S. Presidential Train has left the station by inauguration day. The "safe harbor rule" is that the Presidential election is decided, the electoral votes in each state and District of Columbia are all counted, by the "safe harbor" date for that election. The safe harbor date is around mid-December of the election year. The Supreme Court decided in 2000 that catching the train on time took priority over re-counting the votes. In Florida in the year 2000 elections, the vote re-counters in South Florida were not able to finish their re-count requested by Gore by the safe harbor date, so the Florida results already tabulated were accepted by the U. S. Supreme Court, thus giving the election to George W. Bush.
There is, so far in U. S. history and tradition, no possible legal way to overturn the election after the safe harbor date, is what the Supreme Court decided in 2000. But, if those results from all the states and District of Columbia do not give a majority win to any candidate as per the 12th Amendment, the election is decided in Washington, D.C., in the House for the President, and/or in the Senate for the Vice President, both on Jan. 6 after the election.
But the entire nation should know the electoral college vote count outcome by mid-December (the exact date is calculated by a well known formula). So on Jan. 6, if Congress is going to decide, everyone would know that already by mid-December, but would not yet know the results of what Congress will decide as per the 12th Amendment. Congress has had to act only twice in U. S. history to select the President or Vice President (one time for each).
I find it really impressive that the civil system of U. S. government continued even during the Civil War, and even the actual Confederates were reluctant to create chaos in Washington, D.C., when able to do so. When able to do so, they didn't even try to disturb civil Washington, D.C. In fact, all around the USA during the actual Civil War, mostly civil life continued as partisans from both sides were able to sneak around in the territory controlled by the other side, usually.
These are the rules of the U. S. Presidential election, the only national election in the USA. The U. S. Senate and House are currently debating a new improved Electoral Count Act right now. Here is a recent article about that.
The rules are easily known in advance. Don't take part if you're not going to follow the rules. The Presidential election in the USA is not a backward looking system. It looks forward and keeps to a very rigid schedule that cannot be altered or bypassed. The states and District of Columbia have always counted their votes, really. The train will leave the station on time, everytime, and has done so since 1789.
Very few, if any, other countries have had such tightly scheduled Top-Official elections without chaos throughout history, as the USA. I don't think any other countries meet our standards in terms of putting someone in office by a pre-scheduled inauguration date, as ours. We all learned something in 2000 although the press really didn't elaborate or explain much of what happened, I don't think. I recently read up on it on Wikipedia.
Bush was not my choice then, but I accepted the results.
NOTE: before the 23rd Amendment was ratified on March 29, 1961, the District of Columbia residents did not take part in the presidential election of the USA.
(Aug. 13, 2022) Here's a recent article about the unions in 2022: click here.
Back in the late 1990's, most of the large grocery store chains in the S.E. United States unionized. For example, Winn Dixie was one of them. I don't even recall the names of the other ones.
A few years later, all of them had filed for bankruptcy. Now days, the largest grocery store chains in the S. E. USA are all non-union: Publix, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, to name three of the largest in the year 2022.
Joe Biden is dreaming about unions and speaking about unions that mostly don't exist, or are losing more members than gaining them.
Why DOJ RAIDED TRUMP'S HOME.
(Aug. 13, 2022) The U. S. Justice Department requested that former President Trump return the classified documents in his possession to them. Or to President Biden. (Not sure which.) He refused to do so. So his home was raided when Trump was absent, and the DOJ obtained the missing material.
It's that simple.
Question: why did Trump refuse to return the missing classified documents that are not his property?
War of 1812: Congress and Pres. Madison Kept
Government Fully Functional Even as Most Gov. Buildings
Burned Down in Evacuated Washington, D.C.
The new capital had only been occupied and used for about 10-15 years when the War of 1812 broke out, so it was not difficult for Congress and the other branches to relocate elsewhere in the emergency situation. Note that before Washington, seven cities had been Capitals of the United States: (from google.com)
- Baltimore, Maryland. ...
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania. ...
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...
- Princeton, New Jersey. ...
- Annapolis, Maryland. ...
- Trenton, New Jersey. ...
- New York City, New York
It can be argued that where ever Congress and/or the President resides, is "the Capital". It could be argued that Air Force One is the Capital of the U.S. when the President is using it. It could be argued that where ever the Congress is physically meeting, is the Capital. The Secret Service projects maximum securty where ever the President is physically located, since that is the Capital of the United States, even if he is in a foreign country.
If There Was No Slavery,
There Would Be No Need for Abolitionists.
We have to remember that abolition mostly ended when slavery mostly ended: in 1865 in the USA. But slavery still exists to a small degree in the USA.
So the idea that Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and scores of others were abolitionists in the era of legal slavery, is not really that difficult to imagine.
We also have to realize that the entire world, more or less, was practicing slavery around the year 1750.
We also have to realize that slavery is still "enabled" in the USA as a punishment for Federal crimes, according to the 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.
Where Robots Can't Really Help You, Yet:
(April 30, 2022) The Gamble with Nuclear Energy.
Note that the use of robotics to aid workers at nuclear disaster sites, or in cleaning up old nuclear plants, are still in the developmental stages! The robots are not yet ready. (I believe that in this field, the Japanese have made the most progress in using robots at the Fukushima disaster site. But this is still an experiment, not a successful one as of yet. FACT: humans wearing protective "space suits" still have to do the most dangerous jobs at old nuclear power plants, or nuclear disaster sites.)
There are many weaknesses and fatal flaws with nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is an excellent form of Russian roulette, plain and simple.
To refer to old nuclear power plants as "dirty bombs" is not an exaggeration. It's an accurate description.
Old worn out nuclear power plants are contaminated with radiation. To work safely on an old nuclear plant requires that the workers must wear protective suits, similar to what astronauts wear when going into outer space. This "space-suit" like clothing shields the workers from the deadly radiation from the contaminated structure of the old plant. You can't just recycle the main parts of an old worn-out nuclear plant; it has to be stored at a nuclear waste facility for perhaps thousands of years.
Nuclear power plants tend to destroy themselves at a rate much faster than most other man-made mechanical devices, and therefore do not last as long, and cannot be repaired or re-conditioned easily to the extent that conventional power plants can be. Nuclear radiation is destructive to all unshielded computer circuits, unshielded electrical and electronic circuits, and all nearby unshielded physical/mechanical structures. Ultimately, it is nearly impossible to protect the internal and required infrastructure of the nuclear plant itself, from itself. The cost and difficulty of repairing or re-using and/or cleaning up worn out nuclear plants is prohibitively expensive, compared to conventional or alternative power plants or sources.
SURPRISE!!! So robots generally cannot be used to aid those who work on old contaminated nuclear power plants, or at nuclear disaster sites, although the Japanese alone have made some progress in this field at the Fukushima disaster site in very recent times. The high radiation levels generally shut down or destroy the computer circuits in the robots. Here is a very recent article this subject: click here. I believe that the use of robotics to aid workers at contaminated nuclear sites is still an unfinished, developmental, project.
No matter the precautions taken, it appears that nuclear energy is a huge and foolish gamble for humanity. I don't understand why gambling toward a suicidal demise in a reckless way is so popular. We have manifest proof that no matter the precautions taken, something will eventually go wrong sooner than later, and wreck havoc with nuclear power plants, no matter what. Murphy seems to be right. Something will always go wrong, eventually.
Click here to see Murphy's Law.
But there are safer methods of power generation available. Fossil fuels are very predictable and much safer than nuclear, and fossil fuels can be phased out. Nuclear energy cannot be phased out. It has to be stopped all at once. To phase out nuclear energy requires a bureaucracy larger than the nuclear energy industry.
Nuclear energy requires a vast, autocratic, and mysterious infrastructure involving mega-government powers and presumptions. Nuclear waste and old nuclear plant parts, are difficult to get rid of or recycle due to being radioactive. Nuclear waste is forever. The idea of deregulation of nuclear energy sends shivers down the spines of both libertarians and mega-government whacks both. There can never be deregulation of nuclear power. Nuclear power = big government forever and ever, Amen. Those who worship big government, worship nuclear power. Period.
These days the media is acting as if nuclear power is as common and safe as a refrigerator humming along in the background. Just wait until the next Alaska sized earthquake. The 1964 Alaska earthquake.
Nuclear energy is insane. The biggest enemies of nuclear energy are the experts who work in the industry, or who used to.
It's funny how so many journalists have PREDICTED, that the robots will soon be able to do the difficult and dangerous jobs at old nuclear plants, or nuclear disaster sites. But that's just a PREDICTION. They're still working on the robots, but the robots keep breaking down in the contaminated environment. We're talking about VLSI (very large scale integration) computer circuits being bombarded by radioactive neutrons and other particles!
Can Nominees to the Supreme Court Deceive Senators,
Congress-People, and the General Public, About Topics During
the Confirmation Hearings, or After Joining the Court?
(July 2, 2022) Sneaking onto the Supreme Court through deception, does not seem kosher to me. I was also deceived.
But a JSCOTUS should be allowed to change their minds about any particular topic, but in such cases, they should be required to inform the general public, and the other branches if they change their minds about any particular topics upon which they were questioned during confirmation, and why. I don't think deception and sneakiness should be part of their ways as justices, or as people. If they behave like that, they should be impeached, in my opinion. They were questioned during confirmation hearings about certain topics for good reasons.
On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution
Confirmed and Guaranteed the Reality of Female Sovereignty as U. S. Citizens.
My View on Abortion Rights:
(June 24, 2022 approx. 11:00PM)
When abortion or miscarriage is illegal, I feel that pregnant women are being enslaved by both arbitrary third parties, and by related persons like husbands, when the pregnant women aren't ready or willing to give birth to a child, for any reason. For some pregnant women, the "third parties" can be anyone, literally, as long as they aren't female.
This is similar to the situation in Afghanistan and other places where women are prohibited from even leaving their homes without having an excort.
If you say that pregnancy always means the woman already expressed her desire to become pregnant by getting pregnant in the first place, there are plenty of examples of pregnant women who did not even know they were pregnant until labor pains started.
I feel like the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution guaranteed women full sovereignty as citizens and as human beings both. In that sense, the right to abortion began at least with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, or before, in my opinion.
I wish the female citizens of the United States good luck and success in overturning the mistaken anti-abortion policies that are manifesting around the USA at the moment.
Perhaps better sex education could help women avoid unwanted pregnancies altogether; but giving women full rights as U. S. citizens should obliterate anti-abortion judgements and laws that offend female sovereignty.
Women are not cattle owned by third parties. Criminalizing miscarriage is cruel and unusual punishment - the same for criminalizing abortion. I say leave it up to any and all women whether to bring to term, or not, any and all pregnancies. Anything else is slavery to third parties; third parties who have no right to dictate to any woman what occurs with her own body.
Historically, women have always ultimately exercised sovereignty to have abortions when needed. To erect governmental powers to thwart this basic human freedom will tear the USA apart.
The U. S. Government Had Probably Been Freeing
Smuggled "Contraband" Slaves Since Even Before 1808.
The numbers freed were very small. But technically, the international slave trade to the U. S. became illegal in 1808. But even before 1808, if slaves were smuggled into the U. S. without the import tax or duty having been paid, the Navy and/or Revenue Marine Corp could seize contraband slaves and fine the smugglers. I don't know what happened to such contraband slaves seized by the U.S. Government. The Amistad Case was a rare event. I can't find much online about this topic.
One problem is that until the smuggling ships reached U. S. waters or ports, no smuggling had yet taken place. So the smugglers had to be caught red-handed close to shore. In international waters, the smugglers could claim they were heading to Cuba or somewhere else. This is probably how they avoided being convicted in court if caught in the act before reaching port or U. S. waters: lying under oath.
Again, I find the whole issue very embarrassing and shameful in retrospect.
But abolitionists were given some hope by the Amistad Case.
Is Teaching Photosynthesis Still Legal After
the Paris Accords Were Signed?
(July 2, 2022) I was taught in school that animals and humans (and internal combustion engines) exhale or create carbon dioxide, which is inhaled by plants which then using sunlight and water, create oxygen and sugars in a process called photosynthesis.
Is it still legal to teach photosynthesis now after the Paris Accords were signed recently?
In other words, we were taught that there is this symbiotic relationship between the animal kingdom, and the plant kingdom, and to some extent between modern industry and modern civilization and the plant kingdom. In other words, we were taught in school that some of the pollution created in modern civilization, such as carbon dioxide, is used up by the plants on planet earth in a constructive way.
Is photosynthesis the new heresy? Is it still legal to teach photosynthesis in school?
(Sept. 3, 1783 - July 4, 2022) WHICH IS GREATER?
The Total Span of Freedom in America so far,
The Total Span of Slavery in America, so far.
(July 4, 2022) It's been 239 years since the USA was born, as an internationally recognized new country with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on Sept. 3, 1783. Since it wasn't clear that the country called, "the USA" would succeed, I'm not using 1776 as the starting date for the USA.
Note that Jefferson and all of his fellow founders were all born into a world nearly dominated by pirates and slavery on the high seas, and on every continent of the world. There were some voices of abolition then, including Thomas Jefferson himself who inherited his wealth and many slaves.
But it was much easier and cheaper to seek land in the western USA than to buy land already owned by people like Jefferson in the Eastern U.S.A. In other words, there wasn't much of a market for used plantations in Virginia. And Jefferson was in debt his entire life, so he experienced a type of slavery in his own life.
Chattel slavery in the USA lasted only 82 years: from 1783 until 1865. This number will never increase in size.
Freedom from slavery in the USA has lasted so far from 1865 until 2022: nearly 157 years. This number will always be increasing, if we can guard our nation from the enemies of Democracy and Freedom.
I hope more Americans begin to appreciate their freedoms rather than criticizing those forward looking Founders like Thomas Jefferson who did greatly appreciate the freedoms that Americans were fighting for 1776-1781, although some were still enslaved in the USA for another 82 years.
Jefferson may have owned slaves, but he also owned the vast freedom that he could value in his own mind, and many others will value that Freedom that Jefferson enjoyed and lived in his own life.
Dealing with Mild Peripheral Pain
Eventually Became Dealing With Constant Pain;
How to Stop Most Any Pain Dead in
Its Tracks in 30 seconds or less.
Do Most People Even Know about Our Bodies'
Own Built-In Pain Killer System?
THEY SHOULD KNOW BEFORE USING PAIN KILLER!
Characteristics of mild peripheral pain:
- Mild enough to initially ignore, and push aside just out of our mainstream conscious awareness.
- Eventually becomes a nagging and constant pain in the neck.
This morning I had such a pain. It was actually in my neck area. I ignored it for an hour or so. But it eventually became a nagging and constant pain. Eventually, it really began to bother me. I could no longer ignore it.
HOW I MADE IT DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY:
- I decided to follow my own advice. I stared it down. I concentrated on it. I felt the pain fully. I did NOT peripheralize it any longer. I did NOT push it aside and try to ignore it.
- On the contrary, I stared it squarely directly in the eye.
- I concentrated on feeling this pain.
- Guess what? Within 30 seconds or so, it disappeared completely.
I can imagine that I might have obtained some pain killer, but I had heard that "staring down" a pain, concentrating on feeling the pain, makes it go away altogether. I suppose doing that activates our own endorphin system.
If we ignore the pain, or peripheralize it, it hangs around. Like a stray dog, better to stare it down so that it runs away from us altogether. If we ignore the stray dog, it follows us home. So stare it down, and it runs away, never to be seen again.
NOTE: if we stare down a pain, concentrate on it, and it gets worse - time to go to urgent care or an emergency room.
(May 5, 2022) The Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster in Pennsylvania.
I quickly glanced at the Wikipedia article on Three Mile Island a few years ago, and did not comprehend the details there. I feel shame that the USA would even consider covering up this disaster that should be more well known than it is.
Unit 2 at Three Mile Island had a partial melt down, and was permanently damaged beyond repair, and has been decommissioned at enormous cost. It took about 15 years to clean it up. I don't think we've been informed of all the details, such as who paid for the clean up.
While building new nuclear plants, the U. S. nuclear industry/government coalition states, "We are not building any more new nuclear power plants."
The Three Mile Island accident should be listed along with Chernobyl and Fukushima. But the containment vesssel at Three Mile Island worked properly, and prevented the release of most radiation, unlike the accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl. Chernobyl did not have a containment vessel; the ones at Fukushima were damaged by the earthquake and explosions.
The proximity to the ocean is probably what made Fukushima less catastrophic. Ocean water moderates atomic fission and radiation.
(April 15, 2022) Rape is Enslavement of the Victim, Can Be Fatal to the
Victim and the Perpetrator, and Is the Theft of Something Valuable.
Also, rape was usually considered a capital crime in most or all of the "old south". People were routinely hung for rape. I also noticed using google search that the State of Virginia records that convicted rapists in that state consisted nearly equally of whites and blacks. (Google search for "rape, capital crime")
I don't know when rape was no longer a capital crime, punishable by death. But, probably the reason this changed was since some of the accused and convicted were probably falsely accused.
In daily life in the U.S. and in the world, a large number of apparent rapists are murd... killed, for whatever reasons. (This item is about what happened with former U.S. Army soldier Sgt. T. J. W.)
I use the word "killed" rather than "murdered" since the killing of a person about to become a rapist implies the killer personally resented the crime of rape about to be committed. I don't think that was the case described above that occurred in Iowa.
A law officer or citizen who kills someone in the line of duty does so out of a sense of duty to uphold the law, which is not about committing a murder, but rather about upholding the law that protects human life. In this case, the life of the rape victim is being protected from a major enslavement: becoming a rape victim. By preventing a rape from occurring, the law of the land is being upheld. To call that process "murder" is not correct English.
Perhaps because the rape had gone too far, and had perhaps actually occurred, the killer of the alleged rapist may have been too late to prevent it; hence, the prison sentence for "murder". This is pure speculation. If he killed the rapist before the rape occurred, then no rape occurred. A rape was prevented instead.
If he had actually prevented the rape, then the near-victim might have testified in his favor, preventing the sentence of "murder" from sticking. This is pure speculation. I am proposing that the convicted murderer should have pleaded "not-guilty". I don't actually know what happened in court, or if there was a trial or not.
So did a rape not occur due to the killer killing the person who attempted to rape someone? Or did the killer kill the rapist after that crime was already committed? I don't know, actually.
Perhaps if non-lethal force had been used to prevent a rape, things would've turned out better for all concerned. I don't know all the facts in this case.
What Does Pot Do To Humans?
Stoned on Pot,
He Won the
Congressional Medal of Honor
in 1970 in Vietnam.
Marijuana with sufficient THC activates the endo-cannabinoid system. This basically causes the human body to tend to stop being in the fight or flight response mode, or emergency alarm mode, and to enter a mode that tends to restore health, or biological homeostasis. This would be the mode that doctors used to advise us to adopt when sick: get plenty of rest and call me in the morning.
Homeostasis means restoration of balance and rest within the body, rather than an emergency, or alarmed mode.
So using pot would tend to make us less upset or alarmed. It would help people sleep and relax. If already rested, it would help us enjoy the moment, and to worry less. All these things would tend to be good for our general health. This is probably why pot helps so many ailments.
Does this mean that pot users are unable to respond properly in emergencies? No. Pot users are as able as anyone to respond to emergencies since the body can easily over-ride the "relaxing" effect of pot in an emergency.
To give just one example, Sergeant Peter Lemon was able to fight off the enemy in Vietnam while under the influence of marijuana along with his fellow soldiers, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Or click here.
NOTE: the endocannabinoid system was not discovered by science until 1988-1992. Also, note that usage of psychoactive cannabis does not seem to attenuate the body's own internal endocannabinoid production, those cannabinoids produced internally by the human body. So using pot simply increases the body's overall cannabinoids. Note using opiods does decrease the human body's own internal production of endo-morphine, otherwise known as endorphin. So biological dependency to marijuana does not occur, though some people appear to be addicted to it.
I personally think this apparent addiction to pot is totally psychological in nature, and can easily be adjusted by giving the "pot addict" total choice to use pot. I believe that when we try to impose our will on a marijuana user to stop using it, a battle of wills is created that turns into a tug-of-war game between people.
I would advise to let the pot user use pot all they want until they realize that they don't really want it so much, or can't afford it. Then they simply curtail their use naturally, rather than fighting with those trying to control their life.
In other words, let the pot user win the tug-of-war game, and let them learn the life lesson on their own that over-usage of pot is not very enjoyable anyway.
Electrolysis of Water
into Pure Hydrogen and Pure Oxygen
Using Low Voltage DC POWER
is EXTREMELY EASY AND SIMPLE.
The electric circuit is very simple: click here.
(March 10, 2022) Old Records of the NORML Canada Website:
The very first NORML Canada website (early Feb. or late Jan. 1996) consisted of just one item, an early version of article1.html, and was the "front page" and entirety of the website. There was also posted at the top of this page, the phone number and email for Umberto Iorfida and NORML Canada in King City, Ontario.
NORML Canada (Feb. 1996-Sept. 2004):
RE: www.calyx.com/~normlca ('til Jan. 2000)
RE: www.calyx.net/~normlca ('til Jan. 2000)
RE: mojo.calyx.net/~normlca ('til Jan. 2000)
RE: www.iowatelecom.net/~sharkhaus (July 2002-March 2016)
RE: last copy of NORML Canada website as of Sept. 2004: click here or click here.
Personal Blog of Bill Carroll:
RE:www.nintharticle.com. (Jan. 2005-now.)
(March 10, 2022) I recently found a website (www.archive.org) that had been "mirroring" the NORML Canada website, or saving old versions of it, without my knowledge. That's how the web used to work. Anyone could copy a web page, or even entire websites, and save that on someone's hard drive, or saved at another website server, for future reference. This was called, "mirroring a website". It was very common in those days as websites disappeared and re-appeared on different servers, and "subbed" at different URL's.
The purpose of "mirroring" a website was to keep the 1st Amendment alive when conditions were adverse, or if a website just goes down permanently.
The people at archive.org, or third parties using www.archive.org, saved copies of the NORML Canada website on numerous occasions in the early 2000's.
However, I was not using the domain name, "NORML Canada", or anything like that, as I was just a volunteer worker. I did not feel that I had the authority to register the domain name, and I don't think Umberto Iorfida (President of NORML Canada) knew that much about the web in order to do that himself. I confess that I did not yet know how to register a domain name in those early days, either. (It's actually very easy.)
Therefore, we used free webspace provided by others for the NORML Canada website "subbed" at various URL's, such as www.calyx.com/~normlca, or mojo.calyx.net/~normlca, or www.calyx.net/~normlca. Later, it was website space at my own telephone number web account in Iowa, at www.iowatelecom.net/~sharkhaus. (I also paid for hosting webspace, for the NORML Canada website, at one or two small ISP's in the USA and in Canada during this period. This was the period (1996-2000) when ISP's were usually locally owned store-fronts, not associated with any large corporations or the telephone company. There were, however, a small number of very large nationwide dial-up ISP's such as AOL, but the access dial-up tel. numbers often required the use of a long distance phone call. I had an AOL account and email during the period 1996-2000.
Even as late as early 2005 when my own www.nintharticle.com website began, I did not have broadband access that often, having to use dial-up for uploads most of the time. Some of the large video files still at www.nintharticle.com today, were uploaded in very early 2005 using physical CD-ROM's at the Auburn University library. A month or two later around April or May 2005, I finally bought a laptop computer with built-in wifi connectivity for the first time, and then began the era of seeking free wifi internet access when traveling.)
The first versions of this website maintained by myself were at server space provided free of charge by Calyx Internet Service in New York City, by a guy named Nicholas Merrill from early 1996 until Jan. 30, 2000. According to a rumor I heard, Nick had also been the original web maintainer for NORML in Washington, D.C. before 1996. Carl Olsen of Iowa NORML fame might know more about this subject.
The main URL https://www.calyx.net still exists as a Virtual Private Network from Calyx Internet Service in NYC.
The NORML Canada website was taken down by myself from Jan. 30, 2000, until mid-July 2002. Shortly after that, I was informed that my boss had become Attorney John Conroy, the founder of NORML Canada who took over from Umberto Iorfida.
When I put the website back up in mid-July 2002, it was at the URL, as linked to by NORML in Washington, D.C., at "http://www.iowatelecom.net/~sharkhaus". In Iowa at home from about mid-Oct. 2001 until Jan. 2003, I had DSL "broadband" access using my own account with the local telephone company. Even though I owned an Apple laptop computer starting in 2002, my "Apple Titantium Laptop" did not have wifi built-in, nor did my ISP provide wifi connectivity at home.
The Wayback Machine: so put "http://www.iowatelecom.net/~sharkhaus" in the search field at archive.org for old archived websites, and you will find numerous copies of the original NORML Canada website, beginning quite late around mid-2002. This website had existed well before that. (I used a tape drive backup system for quite a few years in the early 2000's, so I was making copies of everything.)
If you search for www.calyx.net/~normlca, www.calyx.com/~normlca or mojo.calyx.net/~normlca at www.archive.com, you may receive a notice that archived copies may be available from Nick Merrill of Calyx Internet Services in NYC. I don't know actually.
I forgot! I actually forgot that I still had the official NORML Canada website which officially ended in Sept. 2004, still archived at www.iowatelecom.net/~sharkhaus. This archived website remained available until 2016! This was the URL that NORML.org in Washington, D.C. displayed at their website until soon after Sept. 2004. But the website remained at the Iowa Telecom server until 2016! (This information is available by looking at the time-line of www.iowatelecom.net/~sharkhaus using the "Wayback Machine" at www.archive.org.)
What occurred is that from Jan. 2003 until 2016, I "gave" my old Iowa telephone number to some friends, and with it, the free webspace being used as the NORML Canada website officially until Sept. 2004. During the period Sept. 2004 - March 2016, the old archived NORML Canada website remained available to the general public at the Iowa Telecom server. Only I had the password for this web account, although it was no longer my telephone account! For some reason, in 2016, my friends who were using my old tel. number decided to disconnect that number in order to get a new tel. account from another tel. company. So that's when I archived the old NORML Canada website only at www.nintharticle.com, though there was some overlap with the old NORML Canada website being at both servers (www.nintharticle.com and www.iowatelecom.net/~sharkhaus) for many years.
The War to End All Wars?
The Eleventh Emergency Special Session
of the United Nations General Assembly.
(FROM Wikipedia.org:) The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.
(March 5, 2022, modified April 17, 2022) It is a HISTORICAL FACT that the United Nations, and the League of Nations both, were created to prevent wars from ever occurring. It is totally pathetic that this ideal is not only forgotten these days in the year 2022, but denied altogether by media and politicians. This is a disgusting error being made daily by the world's media that disinforms the general public of the easily demonstrable truth. This error to not inform the public truthfully is not only embarrassing, but downright idiotic, and maybe criminal.
The fact that the United States as led by President Truman nearly totally disarmed immediately after World War II is further evidence in the faith the U. S. had in the ability of this new formal organization to keep the peace after 1945.
There is plenty of evidence available that many people associated with the formal founding of the United Nations after World War II, such as former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, to name just one, fully expected the U.N. to begin preventing wars from occurring starting in 1945.
After all, the victorious founders of the U.N. were called "The United Nations" well before 1945. They used that term during World War II, actually. There must've been this agreement among these five permanent members of the U. N. Security Council to plan on not having anymore wars when this "bitch of a war" finally comes to an end.
There is no historical evidence whatsoever than Britain and the United States were not planning on not having anymore wars, if possible, during the period 1945-1950. And remember that Churchill lost his parliamentary majority just before the end of World War II, similar to how F.D.R. died just before the end of World War II.
Churchill was defeated by a left-leaning new Prime Minister. This should give evidence that the problem that created the Korean War five years later had nothing to do with the left-right argument, that is always in process in any country at anytime.
The current "war crisis" isn't just about Ukraine and Russia, it's about any members of the United Nations. It could be argued that the entire world is now responding to the crisis concerning Russia's illegal use of force against Ukraine, ignoring Russia's own promises as enshrined in the original and amended United Nations Charter.
Note that Russia, as successor to the U.S.S.R., is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. But the Security Council failed, as usual, to act decicively in favor of peace, since the issue was again about Russian aggression.
Specifically, this recent failure was: "the Russian Federation's use of its veto power within the United Nations Security Council on 25 February, 2022, to defeat draft resolution S/2022/155 deploring the invasion and calling for the withdrawal of Russian troops." (Quoted from Wikipedia article about this subject.)
The result was that, according to U.N. rules, within 24 hours of that failure of the U.N. Security Council, the General Assembly convened the Eleventh Emergency Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in order to deal with the crisis internationally.
That special session on March 2, 2022, just issued: United Nations General Assembly Resolution ES-11/1.
I am curious as to what else the U. N. may or may not do to further the cause of civil government solving the Russian/Ukraine conflict?
In early 2022, Russia did not comply with the demands of the United Nations to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and is now reaping the consequences.
(Feb. 15, 2022) Take Inventory of Women's Rights
at the State Level Before
Getting Upset and Confused about the Expiration of
the ERA at the Federal Level.
(Feb. 19, 2022) The old proposed Federal ERA Amendment has expired before being ratified by a sufficient number of states, according to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
But state laws and state constitutions control corporations and most other things, so we need to first take inventory of women's rights in each state. The presumption that women do not have equal rights after the expiration of the proposed U. S. Constitutional amendment has expired, could be a confusing distraction from the actual reality.
Regarding the proposed U. S. Constitutional amendment, it makes sense to start all over again, and pass new Equal Rights Amendments or laws in each state at the state level as needed. Then all the states could ratify the new proposed ERA for the U. S. Constitution.
So step two would be for Congress to propose a new ERA for the states to ratify without an expiration date.
But after taking inventory, step one, it may turn out that the goal has already been reached in most of the states, at the state level, other than ratifying the new U. S. Constitutional amendment.
(Feb. 16, 2022) Why Biden May Have Decided to Appoint
a Black Woman to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The other day, I was reading about the subject of abortion, and found out somewhere (can't remember the source) that black women have the highest rates of abortion in the United States. Even hispanic women in the U. S. are twice as likely to seek abortions as white women, according to what I was reading on the internet a few days ago.
Therefore, since it isn't "kosher" for the President to ask potential appointees about their views on abortion rights, Biden may think this could be a way to put a likely pro-choice female justice on the U. S. Supreme Court.
Just a theory.
We do know that Biden is passionately pro-choice.
FAKE STAND IN THE
SCHOOL HOUSE DOOR
WAS A POLITICAL
(Jan. 11, 2022) When Gov. George Wallace
Received 90% of the Black Vote, Running
for Governor of Alabama.
He won again, but this was the last time he ran for office.
Obviously, blacks were encouraged to vote in 1982 in Alabama as they still are today, as far as I know.
Facts about Wallace the media never point out:
- Wallace may have appeared to stand in the way to pretend to be blocking the admission of black students at the Univ. of Alabama in June 1963, but the Federal courts had already ruled against continued racial segregation, and Pres. Kennedy had already taken control of the Alabama National Guard, and ordered them to use force if necessary to allow the black students to enter the campus and take part in their education there.
So it is much more accurate to report that "Wallace stood aside to allow racial desegregation." And that standing aside to allow the black students to attend the U. of Alabama occurred during his first term as Governor, not later.
- The same thing occurred in all the desegregation cases around the State of Alabama, and there was little if any resistance since most people there accepted the changes as being inevitable, and actually desirable in most respects.
- Why would stores and restaurants not wish to have more customers???? Segregation was expensive and difficult for businesses, and reduced the sales and satisfaction of black customers. Ending it was good for the economy of Alabama, and that state never looked back unless forced to do so.
- LBJ's "war on poverty" probably helped the economy of Alabama more than any other state, and Wallace had to know that.
Why does everyone want to believe that it's actually 1964 now? Wallace was the liberal Democrat running for Governor in 1958, when he lost to John Patterson. In 1982, Wallace was actually returning to his previous liberal beliefs. But this time, he won the election.
Today, we are in the year 2022, not 1964, or 1869.
(Jan 22, 2022) Australia: Drinking Small Amounts of
Alcohol Much More Damaging to Health than Previously Thought.
Very occasional binge drinking probably
safer than daily regular light usage of alcohol.
(Jan. 24, 2022) Biden and Psaki recently advised the people of the USA to drink some alcoholic beverages. I personally heard Psaki advise an audience to drink some alcohol, implying that using pot, which is actually SAFER, is "bad" and "still treated as illegal" under Biden.
Unlike pot, drinking alcohol adds a solvent into our body that causes all the bodily fluids to mix with each other, among other things. It wrecks the subtle interplay of how our DNA expresses itself, thwarting the daily regular healing processes in every nook and cranny of our bodies. It causes our sleep after drinking it to not give us any real rest. We wake up tired and unprepared instead.
Never mind. I won't go any further. But I will say that I was very surprised to learn that very occasional binge drinking is probably safer than regular daily light usage of alcohol.
Here's what they found out in Australia about the dangers of light regular alcohol use: click here.
Since very occasional binge drinking can be once per week, once per month, or twice or thrice per year, etc., it is hard to define compared to daily regular light usage of alcohol.
Personally, I haven't touched anything other than .5 percent (aka, alcohol free beer) since Halloween 2018.
Heineken now has a nice tasting alcohol free (.5 or less percent alcohol) beer, and Lagunitas now has a nice tasting "alcohol free" IPA (.05 or less percent alcohol) beer. I like the alcohol free Lagunitas IPA more than their regular IPA.
Solar Energy is Actually
Safe Nuclear Fusion Energy.
(The Sun is a Nuclear Fusion Reaction, 91 Million Miles Away.)
(Jan. 13, 2022) CLICK HERE for Winston Cone Optics
The most advanced solar thermal technology on earth.
This is Dr. Roland Winston's company.
- This company designs and builds CPC's, or "compound parabolic concentrator" style solar collectors, also known as "Winston Cone Optics" based solar technology. The "Winston Cone", or "CPC", is a sort-of "light funnel" that collects diffuse or parallel light and concentrates it. The Winston Cone solar collector is not a tracking collector. It has no moving parts. It does not have to be directly pointed at the sun, and it also works to some extent in cloudy weather. It can look like a cone (or a dish) or like a trough. The trough type would use a horizontal heat collecting pipe running through it.
- Dr. Roland Winston:
- Worked for many years as a nuclear physicist at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago.
- Discovered the "Winston Cone" while trying to measure extremely weak forms of energy.
- past head of the University of Chicago Department of Physics,
- a member of the founding faculty of the University of California Merced,
- and as of 2013, head of the California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute.
My knowledge about the CPC as related to solar energy began back in late 1975 or late 1976 when I read in Popular Science magazine about a solar heated building built for Abt Associates, the U. S.'s largest social science research firm, in Cambridge, MA. A company by the name of Great Natural Structures had just designed and built the solar office building, there, according to the article.
I called directory assistance and obtained the telephone number for GNS, and had a phone conversation with the architects/engineers who ran GNS, and was invited to travel up to Massachusetts in the Winter to look at the building.
From looking at Dr. Winston's company's website, I have come to the conclusion that I was wrong. I thought Winston Cone, or CPC style solar collectors were already being mass produced. Years ago, I did a google.com search for it, and saw a lot of results: many advanced solar collectors for sale from all over the world, some with evacuated tube (vacuum) insulated heat-receiver pipes.
From looking through the Winston Cone Optics website, it appears that Dr. Winston is still trying to get his ideas into production! I had no idea the world was so backward!
I'm glad I finally found Dr. Winston's website.
I've had a few conversations with people who sell solar collectors, and I mentioned "CPC" type collectors to them. They all seemed to know what I was talking about. But now I realize I was deceived, probably unintentionally.
(Nov. 18, 2021) An Extremely Short History
of the U. S. Congress,
Research and Development, and Capitalism
Fact: the age of telecommunications in the USA was largely fomented originally by U. S. government investments into Samuel F. B. Morse's telegraphy activities and experiments. It's also true that the U. S. Department of Defense was largely responsible for the internet, especially in the early days.
Even today in 2021, the DOD has some ultimate control over the internet, which most people are not aware of.
Note that the banking and investment sector around 1842 in the USA was greatly distressed due to the crash of 1837, that was caused by the extremist anti-bank machinations of the administrations of Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. So Morse was apparently forced to seek funding directly from Congresss since the private sector was so weak at the time. (Bank-runs: Jackson and Van Buren favored gold and silver money over paper money, and favored "money in the pocket or under the mattress" to "money in the bank". This conflict was not totally resolved until the early days of the "Great Depression", in early 1933, under F.D.R. Until deposit insurance was put in place, everyone would periodically panic, and yank all of their money out of their bank accounts, causing the bankruptcy of many banks. People who kept their money in the bank would also lose all of their savings when their bank went broke. Using gold and silver and paper money all as "legal-tender" does not create a stable banking system, unless a deposit insurance system is also implemented. But in that case, why use gold and silver at all? Since the F.D.I.C. was created, there have been very few bank failures in the USA.
It's also true that throughout U. S. history, paper money has always been much more popular than gold and silver for large amounts. Only during "panics" did gold and silver become more popular than paper money.
But when the bank panic was over and things returned to normal, people generally preferred paper money as it was easier to handle and less likely to be lost due to having a hole in the pocket. Contrary to popular belief, paper money in the form of Treasury Bills or Bonds from the U.S. Treasury was widely used as money throughout U. S. history as it paid interest to the holder. See U. S. Notes by John Jay Knox for more information about the history of paper money issued by the U. S. government throughout U. S. history. Note that private state banks also issued their own paper currency, redeemable in gold and silver coin, until the Civil War period. Generally, this paper money, or "bank notes" issued by private state banks was the main circulating medium in the USA then, although it was redeemed at all banks at a discount, except from the issuing bank where it was redeemed at face value. During the Civil War, the "national banks" began issuing bank notes when state banks stopped issuing such notes. The "Federal Reserve Notes" of today which began in 1913 are somewhat similar to the "national bank notes".
The "space race" between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., which was also a technological competition, also is given credit for stimulating a great deal of technical and economic progress for the U. S., and the entire world. The space race was largely connected to the U. S. military at first until NASA was formed.
Note that the Wright brothers went to the U. S. Army and Navy very early to seek investment and collaboration in the development of the earliest airplanes and airports.
Since these sorts of private/public investment activities were done openly, I don't think it should be called "corruption". Congress is a fairly large group, and represents the American people as a whole, who also benefitted greatly from this open collaboration.
Leading edge technological progress does not grow and blossom without various primary collaborations: academia, media, U. S. congress, state legislatures, and military. I feel like more, rather than less, open collaboration between these groups results in greater success and progress for everyone.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and allies should do their homework, and should be aware that an informed and collaborative Congress, operating openly, helps the USA as a whole become prosperous. AOC's recent moves to restrict the investment activities of members of Congress does not indicate much awareness of American history and free markets.
The U. S. Congress and state legislatures, in general, do not operate secretly.
The development of railroad companies was also an ongoing collaboration between the state and national governments and many private companies; but this was a transparent development process that everyone knew about who read the newspapers.
Senator Shaheen (N.H.) Says Revolution Will
Occur If Any New Illegality of Abortion Occurs.
(Nov. 30, 2021) It's as if only third parties, not the pregnant women themselves, would have any say concerning the pregnant women's own reproductive rights. Are women merely cattle, or surrogates for third parties when they become pregnant? Are pregnant women permanently enslaved, against their own wills, by becoming pregnant?
For "Polio", "Yellow Fever", and "Malaria",
and other diseases,
Sometimes Vaccinations are Required
in order to enter most countries
around the world.
Hey Ted Cruz, if requiring vaccinations is a sign of fascism and totalitarianism, then the world has already been under fascist control for maybe 77 years or so, already. But it was "the Allies", the future United Nations, that imposed the rule, not the fascists and Nazis.
Well before the covid-19 pandemic, in order to legally enter most countries around the world, one must be vaccinated for various diseases, and one must produce proof of having been vaccinated upon entering most countries. This is nothing new, but the diseases change from year to year, decade to decade.
I speculate that most people around the world who are "anti-vaxxers" are not "world travelers", and are not planning on becoming world travelers, since these people would not be allowed into most countries in the world today without proof of vaccination for things like polio, yellow fever, and malaria, at the moment.
I suppose we should add "covid-19" to the list.
Here is a recent list of required vaccinations by country: click here. List provided by the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
(Nov. 20, 2021) The White Inferiority Movement!
Fewer white males attending colleges.
In school, if we study, do our homework, and listen to what the teacher is saying, often times we receive an "A" grade for these superior efforts. We are consequently judged to be superior to those making B's, C's, D's and F's. This has little or nothing to do with our race or ethnicity.
However, white males lately are said to often be choosing to not even apply to go to college. So these guys are basically choosing to be judged as "F" students. This is not a good sign. These are not signs of white superiority.
In my opinion, everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity, should be superior, and should be trying to make all "A's" in school. To attack "white superiority" is the same as attacking "asian superiority", which is the same as attacking "black superiority".
My opinion is that blacks, whites, asians, and mixed race people, and so forth should all be making "A's", and should all be superior people, if possible.
Let's stop flunking out - let's be superior!!!!!!
"Right to repair" rights go way beyond automobile repair issues. I heard about this mainly by listening to NPR.
(Oct. 26, 2021) The Right to Repair Everything....
In France, according to NPR and other sources, consumers and lawmakers are demanding and requiring that everything that can be purchased, to have "right to repair" rights for the owner, and for all consumer goods to be graded according to the degree to which the item can be repaired after it is purchased.
Yes, under the law in France a "repairability grade" will be required to be assigned to each consumer item.
It's about time. I hope the same thing occurs in the USA for everything that can be purchased by anyone here. Even garbage disposals.
Why should everyone be required to purchase new things when the old ones hang up or break??
Was Colin Powell a "Fall-Guy"
for the 2nd Iraq War?
When Was the Last Time
There Was a Shootout Over Alcohol
in the USA between suspects and the authorities?
(Oct. 6, 2021) Imagine, if you can, a shootout taking place over a few cases of beer between the police, and suspects in the USA. But this sort of thing still goes on if it's over a small amout of legal-marijuana, and people still get killed, even after state-legal pot laws were enacted. What a waste of human life!
Yesterday in pot-legal Tucson, Arizona, a DEA agent was gunned down and killed by a suspect on an Amtrak train parked at the Tucson Amtrak station. The marijuana and the suspects were just passing through town. The state of Arizona was luckily not involved in this useless mayhem and death, only Federal agents risked and lost one life, plus one suspect was killed.
Yet, re-legalizing alcohol in 1933 in terms of re-legalizing simple possession of alcohol for virtually all Americans in all parts of the USA, even in "dry" or prohibitionist jurisdictions, is what occurred to the betterment of the USA.
And I conjecture that most Americans assumed this is what they were voting for when marijuana was re-legalized in many states since 2012, and in Arizona in 2020. Did citizens of the USA vote for the continued chaos, death, and mayhem still taking place?
But no. Federal law for marijuana is currently interpreted in such a way that merely possessing and using small amounts of state-legal marijuana privately, either when traveling through or residing in areas where it's still prohibited, is still totally illegal, and people still shoot at each other over the mostly harmless substance, more harmless than alcohol.
Unless the proposed MORE act making its way through Congress is improved, many more DEA agents and other police, and U.S. citizens and visitors, will likely be shot and killed, for enforcing and living under Federal and state laws against otherwise "legal marijuana", unless Federal and state law is re-interpreted or changed for the better.
According to senior Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and others, this is really stupid and likely unconstitutional policy, and exemplifies faulty legal and moral reasoning, to risk and discard human life in such a cavalier manner over a mostly legal substance.
We should ask all of our elected Congress people to please amend and improve the proposed MORE Act currently making its way through the nation's Capital, to please add legalization of simple possession of state-legal pot in areas where it's otherwise still prohibited, in order to help prevent such tragedies from occuring again, that occurred at the Tucson Amtrak station on Oct. 5, 2021, taking one Federal agent's life, and one suspect's life, for absolutely no good reason.
Legalization of Medical Cannabis in Morocco.
(Sept. 14, 2021) Wikipedia article about cannabis in Morocco. On May 26 and June 16, 2021, a law was passed legalizing medical usage of cannabis in Morocco. Morocco, after Lebanon, is the second predominantly Muslim country to vote "yes" for some form of medical legalization of cannabis.
Note that Morocco and the United States have had close diplomatic relations since 1777, before the U.S. had even won the Revolution when George Washington established personal diplomatic relations with that country. Soon after the Revolution, Morocco and the U.S. signed treaties of friendship which are still in effect.
It is well known that legalization of cannabis in Morocco is very popular for the past 10 years or so. Here is an article that asks if the European Union is in harmony with this goal while discussing recent events in the Moroccan constitutional monarchist legislative sphere: click here.
The Silent Slaughter of the USA.
Sometimes the Acrobats Fall, but There's No Safety Net.
Most of this slaughter is accidental, yet self-inflicted!
Your Body Creates It's Own Internal Morphine.
It's Called "ENDORPHIN".
(June 26, 2021) Johnson and Johnson Leaves the Slaughterhouse Business.
GOOGLE CHROME OPIUM "SHAME" PROBLEM: CLICK HERE.
Slaughter by drug statistic: click here. Most of those slaughtered were victims of opiate overdose, but there are many other such dangerous drugs.
Death from various causes, mapped: click here.
(Aug. 16, 2021) The Drug Czar of the U.S., and the DEA, ought to be teaching the American people about the endorphin system of the human body. Your body doesn't need opiate medicines at all. Such pain killer chemicals are produced and regulated internally by our own bodies. Everyone should know this fact. Otherwise, we are programmed to do dangerous things with opiates.
Why opiates are not really necessary to fight pain. My One Experience with Opium (one shot of morphine after a leg fracture, waiting for the ambulance).
NOTE: when someone slaughters, it's usually not inflicted on a specific individual member of the species being slaughtered; it's indiscriminate killing, unlike murder or suicide, which are both inflicted on individuals, or an individual.
(update July 16, 2021) I heard on the radio today (NPR?), that accidental drug deaths in the USA have skyrocketed during the Covid-19 pandemic by about 30 percent! The death rate from drugs for the USA was already extremely high in the USA before the covid pandemic. Wall Street Journal article about this.
(The horrible stats pointed to below are from 2018 data.)
(July 6, 2021) Very few of these deaths from drugs were intentional, so this is a statistic that measures a type of accidental death. Yes, it's self inflicted if we ignore the doctor that gave us the prescription for the killer-drug, if the victim has a prescription. But these are generally not suicides.
But shouldn't the drug users take responsibility themselves, whether addicted or not? For 2020 stats from the CDC, they're now saying about 90,000 per year died from both licit and illicit drugs in the USA, and opium was the main one.
The statistic varies slightly from year to year. The USA was recently in first place in terms of "death by drug". For 2021, (using 2018 stats) we're apparently in second place. Ukraine is number one (using 2018 stats) at the moment. For women, we're still number one (the USA) in terms of death by drug.
Question: do most people in the USA really know the risks of using opiates and other drugs which can easily cause death if misused?
At least the experts still say that no one is dying from cannabis.
FACT: NPR Reported Taliban Taking Over Afghanistan Way Back in June.
Google News Search will show many such articles.
The Sleep Deficit Problem Caused by Alcohol,
Now Being Blamed on High Potency Pot.
But any amount of pot of any potency makes sleepy poeple feel their sleepiness.
The sleep deficit blame error.
I'm not a doctor, so the following is not written in proper medical language, and it's just my opinion.
One of the routine functions of the body's endo-cannabinoid system as activated by any pot usage is the regulation of the body's sleep need assessment process as well as other things such as "food need assessment". Therefore, any amount of marijuana with at least a modest amount of THC will create sleepiness if the body needs sleep.
The Error About to Occur: in Colorado, high-THC pot has been restricted lately. The real underlying problem is probably the use of alcohol, even moderately, by those who use pot, leading to pot being blamed for the sleep deficit problem which alcohol, even in small amounts, always creates. In Arizona, against the wishes of NORML, they are just on the verge of making that same mistake there.
High potency pot, and marijuana of any potency, is not the cause of the problems occuring. Being tired, needing sleep, is the problem. Tragically, I don't think restricting high potency pot and hashish will have any effect on the underlying problem since pot of any potency will create the awareness of being sleepy if the person really needs sleep. Coffee or tea might be better than pot for a person in that situation. Or taking a nap might help.
Further pot usage after the nap will not create sleepiness. This helps prove that the sleep deficit has actually been alleviated by "power-napping" after pot usage. Better to have already medicated the sleep deficit. That has been my experience over many years.
Small or large amounts of consumed alcohol always creates a sleep deficit. Alcohol, unlike pot, reduces REM sleep. (I believe that pot by itself increases REM sleep.)
For the well rested, pot can be a stimulant. Many use pot and work out. Many use pot and write music. But most performers say not to use it before performing live.
THEY MIX VIRTUALLY ALL ROCK MUSIC GENRES IN COLORADO.
My Move to Colorado in 2005,
and what I discovered about the "Rock Music Scene" there.
Question: were rock music genres originally created in the USA in order to separate culturally the high school students from the college students???? The drug war tends to do that, just as music genres tend to separate different age groups from each other. In other words, rigid music genre's tend to separate different age groups.
But does music really age?
NOTE: the last time I had been in Colorado was when passing through the state in 1977 on the way to California.
When I first entered the State of Colorado in November 2005, driving in from the east on I-70, as I got closer to Denver, I got tired of listening to my own CD or cassette tape mixes, so I switched on the radio. I don't recall what station I tuned in.
First of all, I generally like music from a wide range of eras, such as classic rock from the 1960's, 1970's, and dance-rock from the 1980's. I generally skip disco from the 1970's. I also like newer things from the 1980's and 1990's and after. In fact, I personally don't care what "genre" or era the song is from, as long as I like it.
My own mixes, my own CD's and tapes that I made myself, are quite mixed, so when I listen to the radio, I'm always changing stations when a song comes on that I don't like.
Stations around the USA generally are set up to play fairly narrow genres, so if a listener is sick of classic rock, they generally have to change stations to find something more contemporary.
So, after entering the State of Colorado in Nov. 2005, I turned on the car radio for a change. After a while, I noticed that the station I had found was playing a wide mix of rock music from different genres, different decades, just like my own mixes. This was different!
In fact, at first I thought I must be mistaken. Perhaps I had accidentally selected one of my own CD's or cassettes. But no, it was really the FM radio that I was listening to, and the radio station was actually playing a very wide variety of rock music from different eras, different genres, all mixed together! Except for college stations, this was very unusual.
Later, I found that this was normal in Colorado. I began to wonder how it came about that rock music had gotten so chopped up everywhere else, and arranged rigidly around different genres, when in fact, it was actually one large genre, just as country music is one large genre. I found out gradually that Colorado was very "rock music friendly", unlike most of the USA.
But everyone, I suppose, respects "classic rock" there, unlike in the rest of the USA.
I had been sort-of irritated for many years, having to make my own mixes. Was I unususal, or was Colorado more normal than the rest of the USA?
Later, I rented a storage unit in Fort Collins, Colorado, for all my excess junk I had taken out of storage back east before my move to Colorado. At the storage place, I heard a band playing rock music. I honed in on the music, and found the group playing in a storage unit, all their equipment being stored between practice sessions in the unit that had A/C power outlets, of course. I learned that in Colorado, rock bands are encouraged to practice at storage places, in general, rather than in garages located in residential neighborhoods.
Also, in the Netherlands in 1992, I had discovered that most towns in Holland have special places provided by the city where bands can practice and play music loudly without disturbing anyone in their homes.
I guess I had tracked down two "cool" places: Colorado and the Netherlands, both places where someone can light up a joint without getting arrested, and both places where rock genres are not so rigidly "enforced", and both places where the "wiser-hippies" were always welcome (or tolerated) to some extent.
There are Two Ways to Stop Inflation:
Throughout history, price inflation or deflation for desktop computers and peripherals has not been greatly associated with the monetary activities of the Federal Reserve. Instead, we have had continuous deflation due to the continous advancement of micro-computer technology since this era began around 1975 or so. This deflation in the cost of micro-computer technologies is generally taken for granted, and should be referred to as the "Henry Ford" method of price deflation, since Ford was known for steadily reducing the price of his Model T, year after year, by increasing production and reducing the costs of production. While supposedly paying the highest wages in "Detroit".
My impression is that Jerome Powell seems to often be of the mindset that encouraging open markets, easy credit, and competition is one of the ways to bring about lower prices in many areas of the U. S. economy. He seems to think that price inflation can moderate on its own, generally speaking.
In fact, raising bank interest rates could actually cause inflation by reducing the ability of new competition from entering the markets, if we would just give deflation caused by competition a chance to occur. There are other things that create inflation: labor unions, raising the minimum wage, rent control, etc., etc., etc.
But increasing the available number of rental units should also reduce the price of rent, etc.
Dutch Marijuana Policy.
Hard Drugs Kill; Soft-Drugs Don't.
The Dutch are famous world-wide for allowing "coffee-shops" to sell marijuana to adults, and allowing them to use it in the shops. The weed is technically not legal, but those possessing less than 5 grams are allowed to keep their "stash". This policy has generally been in effect since sometime around 1975, when Dutch judicial authorities in some areas of the country stopped shutting down the shops that were selling pot, and stopped prosecuting those who possessed it. But policy varies from province to province, town to town. Also, those possessing it were allowed to use marijuana inside the "coffee-shops", but not necessarily anywhere else. But today in 2021, the police sometimes still confiscate the cannabis inventory and money in the possession of any particular marijuana shop, but the shop remains open for business within hours or days of the "bust". (Sometimes shops are permanently shut down for various reasons.)
Some areas have marijuana cafes run by the local government, so those shops are not raided or fined.
This policy began in the era when the "hippies" were taking over the world - the period from about 1968 to about 1975. Many Americans, Canadians, British, and others from around the world had relocated to Holland due to their tolerance for the so-called "youth culture". Also, just as Canada allowed tens of thousands of Americans to move to Canada to avoid being drafted into the U. S. Army to fight in Vietnam, so did the Netherlands allow a fairly large number of those same people to relocate there to avoid the draft.
The Dutch frankly felt that the tremendous reduction in hard-drug deaths caused by encouraging soft-drug (cannabis) usage instead, was worth any small trouble caused by marijuana. And that trouble was generally being kept out of Dutch houses and apartments and off the streets. Note that the only "safe-place" to use cannabis was in the coffee-shops, not at home. (People nearby or in the same house can still call the cops if they detect someone using it even at home, and the pot user still has no defence if the police show up.)
Also note that any pot shops that sell any drug other than weed will be shut down as soon as possible, and there are no exceptions.
The Dutch accept that humans use drugs, either over the counter or by prescription. Without erroneously blaming pot for all the heroin deaths, which makes no sense, the Netherlands has one of the lowest death rates in the "free" world from hard drugs.
The Dutch also have a cultural habit of never accepting casual or recreational hard drug usage socially. Scorning hard drug users in terms of forcing them to use it privately generally keeps hard drug usage minimal.
This doesn't mean that there are no hard drug users in Holland, but Dutch society does not encourage hard drug usage except under a doctor's supervision as a legitimate medicine. And they still teach their people that hard drugs are very dangerous, and should not be used beyond the prescribed dosage due to the threat of accidental death!
The idea that hard drugs and soft drugs go together is not part of Dutch culture, and the stats back this up. Human decision making takes priority over any other tendencies there.
Dutch Definitons regarding cannabis and other illicit drugs:
Hard drug. Any illicit drugs, or "drugs of abuse", known to be addicting or dangerous other than cannabis such as opiates, cocaine, amphetimine, etc., etc.
Soft Drug. Various forms of cannabis, mostly for smoking. However, cannabis edibles are not very popular in Holland, but are occasionally available in coffee shops. From looking online, it appears that edibles may be becoming more popular there lately.
Medical Marijuana: the only really fully legal cannabis in Holland at the moment is for those using it with a doctor's prescription. For legal residents in Holland, there is also regulated access to medical cannabis from pharmacies using healthcare insurance to buy it, but I am not that familiar with their current policies or available products regarding medical use. Generally, medical marijuana in Holland is smoked. There were a number of medical marijuana coffee shops in Holland. Since edibles are apparently becoming more popular for "recreational" use in Holland, I would assume that medical usage of oils and edibles are also becoming more popular there.
Tobacco. Traditionally, weed and hashish were generally mixed with tobacco for smoking in pipes or in "joints" in Europe and in the Netherlands, but now tobacco smoking is supposedly not allowed in any Dutch catering establishments, such as pot coffee shops. There was also an obvious trend in Holland toward smoking pot without mixing it with tobacco. (North Americans visiting Holland generally did not use tobacco in their joints, even before tobacco was banned in all bars and cafes there, etc.)
NOTE: most people "get away" with using weed at home or in hotels, but there is no legal defence if anyone calls the police, assuming the police respond. Hotels may not allow it, even in smoking rooms.
If George Floyd Had Been in Eugene, Oregon,
He Would Still be Alive Today.
New First Responder System for Drug/Mental Health Issues Supported by Most Oregonians.
(updated July 23, 2021) New York City, Denver, Other Places Proving "Cahoots" Model Works.
(March 19, 2021) "Decrim." policy varies from state to state, place to place. There's "decrim." policy that is similar to prohibition ultimately, and there's "decrim." policy that is similar to Al Capone style semi-legality. I am in favor of decrim. policy which is ultimately prohibiting hard-drug usage, rather than profiting from addicts and addiction.
(NOTE: the change begins with 9-11 call center policy. People would still be calling 9-11 to get help. But the police would no longer be the First Responders.) CALL "CAHOOTS", DON'T CALL THE POLICE ON HARD-DRUG USERS! in my opnion, for hard drugs like opiates, the decrim. policy which promotes prohibition of hard drugs is the one which would save lives. I believe they're attempting to do this in Oregon. The idea is that if hard-drug users are less repressed by extreme-illegality of hard-drugs, the authorities can take constructive action without using the police, to actually help addicts return to normal, healthy, and productive life styles. The First Responders in this case would be unarmed "mental health experts", not armed police.
In other words, decrim. policies are enacted to prevent the drug users from becoming too furtive and secretive in their drug usage. This would allow everyone to successfully help the drug users to obtain help, such as housing, welfare, medical care, and so forth, including help with their use and possible addiction to life-threatening "hard-drugs".
Note that George Floyd would likely still be alive if "Cahoots" had been the First Responders in Minnesota.
Similarities Between the War on Marijuana Users
and the Jewish Holocaust.
(March 19, 2021)When I first met Umberto Iorfida, President of NORML Canada, by telephone in very late 1995, or very early 1996, he actually compared the U. S. led "war on marijuana users" with the Nazi holocaust perpertrated against the Jews. That war on the Jews started before World War II had begun, about the same time that the war on marijuana users was being ramped up by the U. S. government culminating with the "marihuana tax act" of 1937.
I know that this analogy isn't perfect. The truth is that the Germans as led by the Nazis actually embraced the hemp industry, just as the U. S. government relaxed their prohibition against hemp during World War II, both documented by Jack Herer in his famous book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes.
Please note that the real purpose of the marihuana tax act was to prohibit cannabis, not to actually tax it, as no substantial tax revenue was ever collected due to this tax act except perhaps during World War II, when hemp prohibition was relaxed.
I also wish to point out that even Jack Herer admitted in his book that it has never been proven that the DuPonts promoted cannabis prohibition behind the scenes in order to help them successfully promote Dupont's synthetic fibres such as nylon, which had just been invented.
This implies that the real purpose of the marihuana tax act was to attack those people of color who were largely the users of marijuana in those days, such as blacks and Mexicans (who probably didn't know about prescription cannabis medicine).
Note that in those days, the potency of cannabis (marijuana) was variable, unmeasured, and unknown!
(Even today in March 2021, I believe that the psycho-active potency of cannabis is still an unknown and mysterious quality that may or may not be related to THC content. For one thing, I have found for myself that outdoor grown weed has a greater "high" effect than indoor grown high-THC weed, although outdoor grown cannabis has much less THC than indoor grown.)
But Umberto Iorfida kept up his attack on pot prohibition using the holocaust analogy, for as long as I can recall.
Umberto resigned as President of NORML Canada around 2003, turning it back over to attorney John Conroy who had founded NORML Canada in the early 1970's.
World War II Economic Exchange Items: remember that nylon stocking from the USA, Zippo cigarette lighters, along with Hershey's chocolate bars, and American cigarettes, all became the prized and primary "black-market" items exchanged by everyone all over the entire world during World War II.
Science Sometimes Distorts Things:
Current NORML USA Driving and Marijuana Page.
Old NORML Canada driving and marihuana page.
Impairment: disconnected from the environment. Are pot users disconnected from their environment? Pot users are sometimes accused of being too much connected to their senses. Is this going to help or hurt driving ability? Shouldn't we be "in the senses" more when we're driving?
The notion that the correlation between highway accidents caused by marihuana usage would simultaneously increase after legalization of weed, also dis-includes (read the fine print) that alcohol remains the main cause of the increase in highway accidents, with or without the marihuana usage measured.
The percentage increase of driving accidents also increased due to the heating up of the local economy in areas dominated by "big tech" in the USA from about 2014 until the present. This is the wave of intense economic prosperity in most of the USA, and silicon valley and its satellites of "big tech" are at the head of this economic pack.
All the research about driving and marihuana usage notes that actual measured real-life performance of just-pot-stoned drivers are always found to be at least equal to the performance of non-stoned controls. Also, the degree of impairment caused by weed usage is usually found to be insignificant in the big picture. Some studies have actually found that there's a very slight negative correlation between pot usage and highway accidents.
I invite anyone to research the subject yourself, but ignore the deceptive headlines. Those charged with highway accident culpability due to the per se' marijuana and driving prohibition laws in some places, should just plead "not guilty" if charged (assuming there was no impairment). Then hire some "expert witnesses" if you have to.
Beware of scape-goating. In terms of culpability, the tradition of blaming cannabis usage for impairment caused by simple fatigue or other factors, is unfortunate and misses the mark totally.
Since patients suffering from insomnia are generally greatly well medicated by medical marijuana usage, a better rested cross section of society tend to be regular users of cannabis, and people who are well rested are less likely to have vehicle accidents. Pot really improves sleep quality, and helps reduce insomnia, and the sleep deficit parameters measured indicate that pot, unlike alcohol, really does reduce the measured sleep-deficit.
There are other drugs which also improve measured driving performance, such as caffeine and other stimulants. But pot, which is not usually called a stimulant, helps highway safety by being one of the best OTC sleep aids when used regularly. Pot users are generally not falling asleep at the wheel since they slept well the night before.
The fact that there are very few pot-heads who are also insomniacs is the main point here (This would be just those pot-heads who also don't use alcohol). Those who use pot and alcohol together are the one group who delete or reduce the insomnia-cured group. Alcohol does not cure insomnia in the long-run, and when sleep-deficit parameters are measured.
In fact, it seems that alcohol usage alone creates sleep deficits.
The late Peter Lewis of automobile insurance fame (Progressive), was a great proponent of pot legalization. You can draw your own conclusions.
Positive Outcomes from Social Cannabis Usage:
I think, personally, that the positives of allowing social usage of weed are much more numerous than the negatives.
Here is a very short list of positives from social weed usage:
- 1 - pressure is put on social pot users to "edit" their own behavior in terms of usage such that coughing and other bothersome private behaviors, are minimalized, which results in users of weed taking control of their usage a bit more than if being used just in private.
- 2 - Such serious problems, and even deaths, of people "over-vaping" could be reduced in the social context.
- 3 - In Holland and Germany, there is the really ancient tradition of treating those with breathing "abnormalities" such as sneezing and coughing resulting from tobacco or pot usage, or from the weather, or from having a cold, to be SUDDENLY socially "blessed" by one's friends (or nearby strangers) who invoke a spiritual or health-related healing phenomenon when the words, "GESUNDHEIT!!!!!!!" are shouted at the afflicted party. "GESUNDHEIT" actually means "social and private well being" also. This is the same word in Dutch: "gezondheid".
To avoid that invocation of super-natural or health-related healing, one can also reduce their usage of the substances causing the sneezing or coughing. In Holland and Germany, unlike England and the USA, it's not considered polite or healthy to accidentally cough, spit, sneeze, grunt, moan, belch, or otherwise make any noises with the human respiratory system and voice that sounds anything accidentally like the German or Dutch languages. Such involuntary or accidental grunting snorting, sneezing, and coughing are better left to the small room known as the W.C. (water closet), where it's OK to sneeze and cough, grunt and moan, or curse in Dutch or German (privately), or otherwise make horrible bodily sounds in public.
Note that the only time in my entire life when I was asked to leave a Dutch marihuana coffee shop was once when I couldn't stop coughing once due to not controlling my usage of pot and/or hashish. It was a good lesson in social pot usage, and usage of pot in general upon latter day reflection.
FACT: Traffic Fatalities Dropped Substantially after legalization of marihuana & legalized medical: study.
NOTE: The above study does not attempt to establish causality for automobile accidents, except in terms of alcohol, but they speculate (incorrectly) that marihuana may cause accidents. However, the authors speculate that few legal weed users are driving since they would tend to use it only at home since there's no where else legal to use it.
Nothing could be further from the truth in reality. Most pot users in Colorado use weed and drive every day of their lives, though few use it in the car except perhaps when they can't use it in the house, perhaps.
In fact, on April 20 (4/20) every year the worst traffic jam imaginable occurs in the metro Denver area as thousands and thousands of tokers use their cars and trucks to head downtown for the 420 celebrations (unless they go somewhere else now), then they mostly all drive back home when it's over.
I've never seen a single aritcle about lots of accidents occurring every year on April 20th since that's not what happens when thousands and thousands of stoners hit the road all at once.
Believing in Pot Addiction
Is the First Step to Becoming an IDIOT, or MUCH WORSE!
In terms of understanding so-called "pot-addiction", we have to ask one important qustion: does medical science really know how so-called "pot addiction" biologically works, in terms of the internal chemicals and bodily physiological processes involved in creating the biological profile often diagnosed as "pot addiction", just as such biological profiles are well known for the "addictions" concerning alcohol, opiates, barbituarates, caffeine, and most others? Or is "pot addiction" really just a measure of insubordination in a totalitarian "drug-czar" controlled drug-using environment?
In other words, is "pot addiction" really a scientifically and medically accepted phenomenon outside psychiatry and law enforcement? Or are the words "marijuana addiction" a political label for an outcast group of "drug-war" victims of all races???
Does "pot addiction" have biological markers that any medical expert can spot after performing (anonymously) blood tests, other medical tests of the alleged addict's body, and so forth, with those test results alone being the authority in terms of the diagnosis of "marijuana-addiction"? If pot is really an "addiction" outside subjective/political character analysis, those test results alone outside politics would prove or disprove that "subject a" is or is not a physiologically addicted (dependent) subject due to cannabis injestion.
To be addicting, the alleged addicts' marijuana consumption allays the horrible withdrawal symptoms (from blood tests, or other anonymously performed medical tests with clear test results alone identifying the addiction condition) which promote or create his or her repeated usage of the addicting substance (cannabis with high THC content).
Or is cannabis "addiction" really not based upon well known biochemical behaviours of the human body as measured by scientifically validated medical test results and measures, outside the domain of political defamation and assassination of an outcast group of users of a certain substance?
Social usage changes behavior:
The only time in my entire life when I was ever asked to leave a "marihuana coffee shop" in the Netherlands, was once many years ago when I was unable to stop coughing when smoking some hashish or marihuana. When coughing, I just kept on smoking, regardless. Bad idea. It was a real lesson concerning "social" usage of weed.
If the legalization groups and politicians in the USA had successfully completed major reform efforts with the social usage issue first, rather than putting it last, I doubt that the USA would've had even one case of "vaping illness" here. The vaping illness problem is unheard of in the Netherlands as far as I know. But most pot users there are social users, so coughing is a no-no, so this changes behaviour to some extent. People still cough in Holland due to overconsumption, but not so much as in the usa where most use it alone.
Many or all of the victims of "vaping illness" in the USA could very well have died from simple choking. Being unable to breath properly is one of the symptoms. If we smoke or vape too much, the resultant coughing, wheezing, sneezing, and the resulting mucous, and breathing difficulties can have serious consequences.
Choking is the 4th largest cause of accidental death in the USA! Even if there were no marihuana in the USA, there would still be many deaths from accidental choking. If we choke on a glass of milk, should we blame the milk???
I feel the same way about weed. If someone chokes to death on a relatively harmless substance or material such as milk or cannabis, I don't find it useful that many are blaming the substance, and not the choking reflex itself.
If we stop using weed, the coughing, wheezing, sneezing, and mucous being created in our throats and lungs, will decrease naturally if we simply take control and responsibility for our actions, and cease the causes of our immediate problem.
In terms of the current so-called, "vaping crisis", the CDC in Atlanta did not blame the weed or THC since choking was the real cause of death, probably, in most of the cases of vaping illness. The Vitamin E acetate is mainly suspected of creating the adverse reactions in the lungs of the dead "victims".
The U.S. media seems to accept the bizarre situation whereby those who use weed excessively are not being asked to get control of themselves before they cough or choke to death from all the mucous created by their bodies responding to excessive marijuana usage. Just as with tobacco, we should be telling the users of weed that they, and they alone, are responsible for their own consumption habits and results.
Those who are "out of control" should be thrown out of the cafe, rather than being told they will always be addicts! The U.S. Government's own Shafer Commission stated nearly 50 years ago that weed usage does not create dependency, and is not addictive.
Note that a few years ago, there were "fake explanations" actually circulating in the media about a newly discovered mechanism (physiologial) for pot addiction. But this fake science all disappeared when real experts pointed out that they were 100% bullshit. They're gone for now.
But be aware that science does understand the "addiction mechanisim" for all the other so-called addicting drugs such as alcohol, barbiturates, tobacco, caffeine, and most others. At least I think they do. Where there is totalitarianism over human behaviour, there is also always a lot bullshit.
FIGHT TERRORISM, AVOID ALL HARD DRUGS.
DRUGS ARE NOT THE ANSWER!
Your body's internal morphine system: click here. Note that the endorphin system was not even discovered by modern science until 1973; yet, we have plenty of evidence well before 1973 that people didn't really need opiates to fight pain. My mom told me that when I was five years old. The Beatles in advocating for legal pot in 1967 implied that opiates were dangerous. High School comrades told me that opiates were dangerous in 1972. Dutch people lectured me about how "hard drugs" (such as, especially, opiates) were really dangerous starting in 1988 when I first visited Holland in order to use marijuana. I had already visited Holland before 1988 to attend a world peace conference, not to use marijuana.
Note that trained medical professionals have been prescribing opiates for thousands and thousands of years, so the era of knowing for sure that opiates aren't really necessary has essentially just occurred (1973). But when the Beatles called for pot legalization in 1967, six years before the discovery of the endorphin system, they were already speaking of the dangers of "hard drugs" such as Heroin and other opiates, and favored marijuana instead.
To my knowledge, the Beatles never advocated for legal opiates; they called for the legalization of marijuana (cannabis) in 1967, just before Brian Epstein, their manager at the time, died of an opiate overdose, and just before they met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. But even before Brian Epstein died of an overdose of opium, the Beatles had already learned, for the most part, that opiates were extremely dangerous.
I never asked for any morphine or opiates. But apparently morphine and other pain killers are legal in the USA, if you feel you need them. Circumstances taught me that it's probably not necessary for me to use opium.
After I fractured my right leg, someone had called 911. The first responders arrived eventually, and had asked me if I wanted some "pain killer", and I responded, "Why not?" I was lying on the ground just waiting for the first responders to arrive. Although both lower leg bones were broken, I was lucky that the fracture was not a compound fracture, so there was no bleeding. Due to traffic congestion, it had taken about 25 - 30 minutes for the paramedics to arrive, so I had plenty of time to evaluate and think about the amount of pain I was experiencing. This was my first and only fracture accident, and I was probably in a state of shock already (before the jab of morphine) which is similar to the effect of drugs. I felt dizzy before getting the jab, and found it hilarious how my foot was pointing in the wrong direction. It was funny to look at it.
Frankly, after receiving the injection of "pain killer" about 30 minutes after the accident, I finally noticed about a five to ten percent reduction in the pain, so the effect from "pain killer" was disappointingly minimal for me. I waited 30 minutes for virtually nothing. Pot has a huge effect on me, but opium would be a total waste of money.
I did not yet know that I had received a shot of morphine until the bill arrived about two months later: $15.00. (Those who are experts on the price of morphine can probably guess what year the accident occurred.)
Note that my tolerance to opioids was probably minimum since I had never chosen to use any opioids in my entire life. Therefore, I was probably already receiving effectively the maximum safe dosage. Any more would probably have killed me (I received one injection of morphine, whatever the standard dose is).
The first responders called for an ambulance, so again we waited. I did not ask for nor receive any more pain killer for the next few days spent in the hospital. I didn't need it, since I was already under the influence of pain killer. My endorphin system worked pretty well during the ordeal, and I never asked for any pain killer or sleeping pills, as I was able to sleep without any difficulty. I suppose the physical damage to my leg created severe fatigue.
I learned for myself that external pain killers are probably going to be a waste of time and money, and have very little effect. Morphine is legal in situations like this one. (OR morphine was legal in situations like that one.)
I find it odd that anyone would ask for something that really doesn't work very well compared to the human body's built in endorphin system. On the other hand, my injuries had been minor compared to what could've occurred.
Perhaps in the West, our doctors, nurses, first repsonders, and so forth "believe" too much in pain killers that really don't work very well.
The Chinese are right: PAIN KILLERS ARE USUALLY A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.
FACT: the Chinese communist revolution was primarily a war against opium and "the West". Mao had all the opium sellers shot by firing squad. This is common knowledge. Or maybe it's a lie. I don't know. I never lived in China. But I know they tried to eradicate opium in China under the communists.
The opium wars. I am referring here to the extreme humiliation of the Chinese by the British in relation to the opium wars, that created mass addiction to opium in China. The opium generally came from British controlled India. Some still see the Communist Revolution in China as still being a response to the British opium wars, that severely humiliated China, and may still humiliate them.
It's very ironic that the British had just abolished chattel slavery about the time that they enslaved the Chinese to opium.
So slavery to opium never really ended in the British Empire.
NOTE: if the war on opium in China was never really won, then the Communist Revolution there was a complete FAILURE, and the British are still controlling the minds of the Chinese by making them addicted to opium.
NOTE: this means that Hong Kong is both a symbol of British opium, and of Western control and domination of China.
However, at the dentist, I will probably always ask for anaesthesia.
I have always been afraid of opium. But what about all the other potentially fatal drugs out there?
NOTE: as a young person below the age of 6 years old, I once found a scary book in our house with drawings of an opium addict using some form of opium, which terrorized me at the time. I was told that the book was titled, "Confessions of an English Opium Eater", but I couldn't read yet. I could only see the drawings.
I never read much more than one or two paragraphs of the book, so I can't give you a book review.
However, don't make the deadly mistake of worrying about opiates while ignoring all the other potentially fatal drugs out there. There's a lot more of them that can kill in addition to opiates. The DEA has the list of all of them, I'm sure.
A licensed pharmacist once told me there were over 2,000 controlled substances which are legal in the USA, but I don't know how many of them can be fatal, perhaps all 2000 or so?
QUESTION: why did the first responders not mention that they were about to give me a shot of morphine? They said "pain killer" instead. They were obviously ashamed of even mentioning "opium" by name!
No one said the word "opium", even at the hospital!
THIS IS A SIGN OF MENTAL INSTABILITY, to be so ashamed of themselves as they work.
THE DARK AGES. History should record that the U.S. mainstream TV and radio media, for the most part, did not even cover the subject of marihuana legalization much at all until immediately after, but not before, the November 1996 California and Arizona elections, where medical marihuana was legalized in both places. The USA like some of our allies now, was a somewhat backward nation in 1996. But the main part of media was afraid to editorialize much, or speak out much against drug policy at the time within the USA. Sad. (There was NO substantial coverage leading up to the election, though, in terms of the subject of weed. There was still a near-total black-out until the election result period in Nov. 1996.)
CBS news and CNN (and perhaps others) sent reporters over to the Netherlands in Nov. 1996 where a lot of the pot-media were ensconced, and to California and Arizona, and covered the issue ONLY AFTER the election had occurred, but not much if any before. Except for neophyte internet and perhaps local TV news media coverage, there was nearly a total mainstream media blackout before that election-result period extending back many decades. The point here is that there was a near black-out before the election, but not for the results of the election when the near-black-out ENDED!!!!!!!!!!
In 1996, the new internet media was covering it, but not TV and radio; this was largely before much of any audio or TV media using the internet other than "print media".
Although Arizona went retrograde for a while after the will of the people was expressed in 1996, California progressed. But the period before 1996 was an almost unbelievable "dark ages" in terms of mainstream acceptance of weed legalization, and this attitude extended worldwide, other than European media coverage of the Dutch scene. However, at that time, no one in Europe was even discussing the issue of legalization; it was then and now also all about "decrim" on that side of the Atlantic.
This is probably one of the reasons the media today in the USA speak out so much about weed these days; an attempt to re-balance our embarrassing history.
Here's a new study from Harvard which debunks the mantra that marijuana causes men to grow female breasts, and causes their sperm count to decline, and their testicles to shrink.
American youth were actually taught that lie for many decades.
FACT: in terms of feeling the "stoned" effect from marihuana usage, some people's bodies apparently do not have the ability to do that. These people feel "nothing" from using marihuana. I don't know if they would beneift medically from it or not, depending on what ailment is being medicated. Perhaps their bodies' endocannabinoid systems were working better already.
The Truth: no one knows why this is. Also, some people who do not feel the "stoned" effect of marihuana initially, after a month or so of use, a switch permanently closes and the user may finally feel some change in awareness after usage.
Some medical usage of marihuana is not related to the "feeling stoned" effect, but I speculate that there are some medical benefits from "feeling stoned" for many.
From the so called "Shafer Commission" report, aka, "Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding, Part V, Implementing the Discouragement Policy, Total Prohibition, Part 2"
The fatal-flaw of the Shafer Commission was to not recommend full legality. In fact, they discouraged legalization, opening the door to the current era of decriminalization, corruption, and terrorism. Keith Stroup of NORML has repeatedly stated in the last few years that decriminalization has been a disaster.
The current era of corruption and terrorism began, more or less, around 1972 or so. Decrim. of marihuana also began about 1967 for the U.K., and about 1972 in Ann Arbor, MI. The first major terrorist event in the current epoch was probably the Munich Olympics attack in 1972 by the PLO.
Note that former PA Gov. Raymond Shafer was a member of both the 9-11 Commission, and "Nixon's marihuana commission" which is usually referred to as "the Shafer Commission".
I have copied part 2 of that section below:
2. Application of the Criminal Law Is Constitutionally Suspect
The preference for individual privacy reflected in the debate over the philosophical limitations on the criminal law is also manifested in our constitutional jurisprudence. Although no court, to our knowledge, has held that government may not prohibit private possession of marihuana, two overlapping constitutional traditions do have important public policy implications in this area.
The first revolves around the concept that in a free society, the legislature may act only for public purposes. The "police powers" of the states extend only to the "public health, safety and morals." In the period of our history when the people most feared interference with their rights by the government, it was generally accepted that this broad power had an inherent limitation. For example, early prohibitions of alcohol possession were declared unconstitutional on the basis of reasoning such as that employed by the Supreme Court of Kentucky in 1915 in the case of Commonwealth v. Campbell:
It is not within the competency of government to invade the privacy of the citizen's life and to regulate his conduct in matters in which alone is concerned, or to prohibit him any liberty the exercise which will not directly injure society. Noting that the defendant was "not charged with having the liquor in his possession for the purpose of selling it, or even giving it to another," and that "ownership and possession cannot be denied when that ownership and possession is not in itself injurious to the public," the Kentucky court concluded that: The right to use liquor for one's own comfort, if they use it without injury to the public, is one of the citizen's natural and inalienable rights. . . . We hold that the police power — vague and wide and undefined as it is — has limits. . . .
Even the perceived dangers of opium were not enough to convince some members of the judiciary that the government could prohibit possession. It is historically instructive to consider these words, penned in 1890, by Judge Scott in Ah Lim v Territory:
I make no question but that the habit of smoking opium may be repulsive and degrading. That its effect would be to shatter the nerves and destroy the intellect; and that it may tend to the increase of the pauperism and crime. But there is a vast difference between the commission of a single act, and a confirmed habit. There is a distinction to be recognized between the use and abuse of any article or substance. . . . If this act must be held valid it is hard to conceive of any legislative action affecting the personal conduct, or privileges of the individual citizen, that must not be upheld. . . . The prohibited act cannot affect the public in any way except through the primary personal injury to the individual, if it occasions him any injury. It looks like a new and extreme step under our government in the field of legislation, if it really was passed for any of the purposes upon which that character of legislation can be sustained, if at all.
As a matter of constitutional history, a second tradition, the application of specific provisions in the Bill of Rights, has generally replaced the notion of "inherent" limitations. The ultimate effect is virtually the same, however. The Fourth Amendment's proscription of "unreasonable searches and seizures" reflects a constitutional commitment to the value of individual privacy. The importance of the Fourth Amendment to the entire, constitutional scheme was eloquently described by Justice Brandeis in 1928 in the case of Olmstead v U.S.:
The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man's spiritual nature, of his feelings and his intellect. They knew that only a part of the pain, pleasure and satisfaction of life are to be found in material things. They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.
Although the Fourth Amendment is itself a procedural protection, the value of privacy which it crystallizes is often read in conjunction with other important values to set substantive limits on legislative power. The Supreme Court, in the case of Griswold vs. Connecticut, held in 1965 that Connecticut could not constitutionally prohibit the use of birth control devices by married persons. Although the Justices did not agree completely on the reasons for their decision, Justice Douglas stated in the opinion of the Court:
The present case, then, concerns a relationship lying within the zone of privacy created by several fundamental constitutional guarantees. And it concerns a law which, in forbidding the use of contraceptives rather than regulating their manufacture or sale, seeks to achieve its goals by means of having a maximum destructive impact upon that relationship. Such a law cannot stand in light of the familiar principle, so often applied by this Court, that a "governmental purpose to control or prevent activities constitutionally subject to state regulation may not be achieved by means which sweep unnecessarily broadly and thereby invade the area of protected freedom." (citation omitted) Would we allow the police to search the sacred precincts of marital bedrooms for telltale signs of the use of contraceptives? The very idea is repulsive to the notions of privacy surrounding the marriage relationship.
Four years later, the Supreme Court, in Stanley v. Georgia, held that even though obscenity is not "speech" protected by the First Amendment, a state cannot constitutionally make private possession of obscene material a crime. The Court's reasoning is revealed in the following language:
[The] right to receive information and ideas, regardless of their social worth, (citation omitted), is fundamental to our free society. Moreover, in the context of this case — a prosecution for mere possession of printed or filmed matter in the privacy of a person's own home — that right takes on an added dimension. For also fundamental is the right to be free, except in very limited circumstances, from unwanted governmental intrusions into one's privacy . . .
While the judiciary is the governmental institution most directly concerned with the protection of individual liberties, all policy-makers have a responsibility to consider our constitutional heritage when framing public policy. Regardless of whether or not the courts would overturn a prohibition of possession of marihuana for personal use in the home, we are necessarily influenced by the high place traditionally occupied by the value of privacy in our constitutional scheme. Accordingly, we believe that government must show a compelling reason to justify invasion of the home in order to prevent personal use of marihuana. We find little in marihuana's effects or in its social impact to support such a determination. Legislators enacting Prohibition did not find such a compelling reason 40 years ago; and we do not find the situation any more compelling for marihuana today.
"Decrim." Goes Awry in Ohio.
(April 22, 2016) DOMESTIC TERRORISM RAISES ITS UGLY HEAD.THE UNTOUCHABLES TOUCHED A LOT OF LIVES IN DECRIMINALIZED CHICAGO:
DOMESTIC TERRORISM COMMITTED BY AL CAPONE'S
GANG ON SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY, 1929.
Within the past few years, Keith Stroup of NORML (U.S.) has stated that decriminalization (of marihuana) has been a disaster. I know that this quote is not easy to find at www.norml.org, but the evidence is cleary visible in that no "decrim. states" have directly transitioned from "decrim." to full legality for adults, yet. Ironically, "decrim." was always seen in many areas as a way to create "defacto legalization".
Instead the drug war industry has tried to institutionalize the association between marihuana, other illicit drugs, and organized crime, even in areas which had already decriminalized the personal possession of small amounts of marihuana.
It's obvious that decriminalization policy and organized crime work hand in hand.
In many areas since the 1980's, decrim. has become a two-faced policy that can appear to be prohibition, or near legality, depending on the way it's implemented. Some people in decrim. states are routinely allowed to use and sell marihuana, some are not. It's all about political connections, I suppose. Something went wrong with this "crime-cell" operating in Ohio.
Disaster in Ohio, a decrim. state: recent mass murders were apparently committed in Ohio against family members involved in an illicit marihuana grow operation. Only small amounts of weed for personal usage are classified as a decriminalized offense in Ohio.
It is obvious that the perpertrator(s) of this horrible series of crimes in Ohio wished for their murderous acts to be associated with such similar acts committed by persons proud of being called, TERRORISTS.
What's the difference between organized crime and terrorism? Not much. The terrorists often kill themselves after killing their intended victims. Organized crime generally doesn't commit suicide. Charles Manson and his criminal gang were not terrorists, but rather a group aspiring to be like organized crime.
SHOUTING FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATRE; Mainstream Media Slanders Science and Truth: "SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA" FRAUD AND CHAOS.
(6 August 2015) High Times' recent report on the issue of synthetic marijuana.
Actual "synthetic marihuana" is called "marinol", or "dronabinol", and has been around for decades, but contains only THC, and is very expensive compared to natural cannabis. Marinol is considered safe and non addictive when used in practical doses, but is very difficult to manufacture, and will consequently likely never be competitive with the marihuana (cannabis) plant.
For years now, the media and businesses both have been erroneously calling various products "synthetic marihuana" which contain none of the ingredients of natural cannabis, not even THC.
There are probably various products being called "synthetic marihuana" that contain various active ingredients.
This fraud, distortion, and misinformation created by businesses and the news media makes no sense at all. The lies about "synthetic marijuana" are confusing the general public, slandering the companies which manufacture synthetic THC, slandering the people and companies who produce actual marihuana, slandering the scientists who discovered and first synthesized THC, and probably causing deaths and other injuries to the unsuspecting general public.
Here is a link to information about actual synthetic marihuana, not the fake stuff. Frankly, I've only met one person in my life who liked it.
Todd McCormick said kind words about prescription synthetic THC (aka, "Marinol") to me, and he has some real conditions that are aided by the medical marihuana and/or pure synthetic THC.
My April 16th, 2018 Letter to NORML
and the FDA Concerning International De-scheduling of Cannabis:
I am writing in to express my support in the reconsideration of the Schedule I designation of the cannabis plant under international conventions. To be more accurate, I join the large group of persons who feel that cannabis should be totally descheduled.
Schedule I is the most restrictive designation that exists for controlled substances and it is generally reserved for only the most dangerous drugs, such as heroin. Maintaining cannabis in this or even less severe designations, is improper and is in conflict with the available science.
Cannabis clearly does not share the ‘high’ abuse potential associated with other Schedule I substances like heroin, or even other legal substances like alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, or prescription opiates. According to a comprehensive review by the United States National Academy of Sciences, cannabis’ dependence liability is similar to that of caffeine (7 percent) or anxiolytics (9 percent), and is far lower than the dependence liability associated with other substances like alcohol (15 percent) and tobacco (32 percent).
My personal experience with cannabis and coffee, however, leads me to opine that coffee, tea, and other caffeine containing substances are much more dependency producing than cannabis for myself. Regular cannabis usage is often rationally chosen and undertaken by users such as myself, due to the alleviation of various common and pre-existent medical symptoms, later to be confused with alleged cannabis withdrawal symptoms. However, if the so-called withdrawal symptoms were already present in the lives of the future cannabis user before they began using cannabis, then these were not withdrawal symptoms since no cannabis was being used as of yet, when the medical symptoms were originally noted and communicated to doctors or other healthcare providers, as in my case.
For example, I had suffered for over 15 years from insomnia, and had tried many over-the-counter remedies and techniques for insomnia reduction, without success before I discovered cannabis worked for me; however, I never tried barbituates or other much more severe narcotics out of simple fear of the dangers of such things.
Furthermore, it is also apparent that cannabis possesses an acceptable and known safety profile compared to so many other more dangerous drugs. Unlike most therapeutics, cannabis possesses no known risk of lethal overdose. Further, the acute toxicity of cannabis is very low, and it is recognized that “there are no cases of fatal cannabis poisoning in the human medical literature.”
There exist numerous FDA-approved controlled trials assessing the safety and efficacy of cannabis in various patient populations. A scientific review of several of these trials concludes: “Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable. It is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking.”
Finally, it is illogical to opine that cannabis “has no currently accepted medical use in treatment.” Several countries – such as Canada, Jamaica, and the Netherlands – as well as over two-dozen US states recognize the therapeutic use of cannabis by statute. It is now estimated that over 1.2 million Americans are using cannabis as a legal medicine under state law.
Rather than continuing to keep cannabis misplaced in Schedule I, a better option would be to deschedule it – in other words, to remove it completely from the international drug conventions – so that nations may regulate its commercial production and retail sale in a manner similar to alcohol or tobacco. Numerous nations, like Canada and Uruguay, have already moved in this direction and I encourage regulators to give serious consideration to this policy change.
I also call your attention to the U.S. Government's own 1971 "Shafer Commission", also known as "the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse", which opined that recreational marijuana usage was essentially harmless and easy to control. In this study, there is no mention whatsoever of there being any withdrawal symptoms caused by regular recreational marijuana usage.
At this time in 1971, medical usage was virtually unmentioned altogether along with any withdrawal symptoms. I personally still feel that this U.S. Goverment commissioned study released in 1971 remains the best final word on the subject.
Please recall that marijuana in 1971 was never regularly available to anyone inside the USA.
In 1971, virtually no marijuana was being produced inside the USA nor Canada, and the supply from nearby foreign countries such as Mexico, Jamaica, and Columbia was often intermittent and sporadic, which constantly produced self-evident proof that lack of cannabis did not produce any serious discomfort or withdrawal symptoms for anyone who wished to use it everyday. From this well known historical fact, we can conclude that the term "withdrawal symptom" for cannabis only came into existence when medical usage became widespread quite recently, but this medical usage scenario also tends to confuse withdrawal symptoms for pre-existing medical symptoms; pre-existent to cannabis usage altogether.
Thank you for your careful consideration of this effort to return cannabis to a more common-sense regulatory scenario under local and state control, which would shift national and local drug control resources more to controlling truly deadly drugs such as barbituates and opiates.
THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT, BUT WAS NOT CLEARLY REALIZED UNTIL AFTER THE ABOVE LETTER WAS SENT TO NORML USA:
Note that in 1971, "marihuana" was very difficult to smuggle into the USA in large and profitable amounts without detection. It was then of much lower potency, and thus, much more bulky than the cannabis of 2018. The borders of the USA in 1969-1972, although more porous than today, were still being watched closely, and authorities actually succeeded in greatly reducing the flow of this "weed" into the USA in 1969 with "Project Intercept", and also later probably 1971-1972. We can conclude that supplies were successfully interrupted and unreliable, creating the perfect scenario to study alleged "withdrawal symptoms" just in time for the Shafer Commission. This report was officially released in 1972, but numerous reliable leaks to the news media in the Fall of 1971 were observed by everyone.
Making Cannabis Infused Cooking Oil Easily with Hashish:
NOTE: in Europe, they sometimes use the more pure expensive, fresh, and pure hashish for cooking, but it's hard to know how pure it is unless you know exactly how it was made. You might ask the seller of the hashish questions about that. The types made without solvent can also be used. In Holland, all hashish except the most expensive hashish, should probably not be used to put into oil, especially not hashish which has visible mold on it, such as some of the more cheaper types. (Just as blue cheese is blue due to some sort of mold or bacteria, there are lots of people who like this type of weed.) In the USA, there is no imported hashish to speak of, so most of it over here is probably OK unless otherwise it is known the hashish is unsuitable.
This method of making cannabis-infused cooking oil is much easier than most methods and takes about 5 to 10 minutes, total. What is needed is about 750 ml. of cooking oil, such as olive oil, and about 1 gram of shatter, wax, honey oil, or any other pure form of hashish. The hashish should be pure enough to put into edibles. I used some with measured THCA of 82.9 percent.
Needed items should all be clean and food-grade:
- spoon, fork, or tongs;
- about 750 ml. cooking oil such as olive oil,
- 1 gram of hashish,
- 1 heat-proof cooking pot, measuring cup, or container with pourable lip, large enough to hold all of the oil,
- 1 cooking pot with pourable lip large enough for all of the oil.
Put 1/2 of the oil (about 1 pint) into the clean cooking pot, then place over medium burner heat. The other approx. 1 pint of cold oil will be used soon to cool off the warmed up oil, so keep the cold oil in the original container, or pour it into the other cooking pot or heat-proof measuring cup or container.
Immediately place the 1 gram of hashish into the warming oil in the pot on the stove.
Begin to lightly stir the oil as it heats up on the stove. Watch as the hashish dissolves into the oil at about the temperature that the oil can no longer be comfortably touched with the human finger. This is at about 130 degrees F. or so. If there is suspicion that the oil or hash is not clean, then maybe the oil should now be heated up to the boiling point of water for long enough to kill bacateria, but this will destroy some of the active ingredients in the hashish also. If to be used for cooking, this will also be accomplished during the cooking process.
Or, as soon as the oil can no longer be touched comfortably, cut off the heat, but continue to stir the heated oil as the hashish dissolves.
If using honey oil packaged in small round plastic container with lid, first make sure the container itself is completely clean on the outside. Then place the opened plastic container, with the lid also if it has hash on it, into the warming oil being stirred, so that the warm to hot oil can dissolve the honey oil, leaving none in the container or on the lid. Do not try to pour or spoon out the honey-oil from small plastic containers. As soon as the honey oil is dissolved completely into the hot oil, remove the opened plastic container and lid from the cooking pot with a spoon, tongs, or fork.
When the hashish or honey-oil is completely dissolved into the hot oil, only then, pour the warm/hot oil back into the original container or into the other cooking pot or container with the cool oil. This will cool off the hot oil so that it can be used nearly immediately. Then carefully pour back into the original oil container.
Use like regular cooking oil in edibles of all sorts. The potency can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the amount of oil per gram of hashish. The above recipe makes oil with the approx. potency that 1 ml. of this oil contains slightly more than 1 mg. of THCA. One tablespoon contains slightly more than 15 mg. of THCA using wax of 82.9% THCA. content. (830 mg. of THC distributed into 750 ml. of cooking oil. This is slightly less than a quart.)
Amazingly, I randomly bought some brownie mix that uses 2/3 cup of oil to make 16 brownies. I've calculated that this oil just made contains about 175 mg. of THCA in 2/3 of a cup, which distributed into 16 brownies means each brownie has about 10.9 mg. of THC per serving, the maximum dosage allowed in one state from commercial edibles is 10 mg. of THC per serving. Oops. (This is not a law, but a regulation for commercial bakers of cannabis edibles in one U.S. state.)
Police to Ban Hashish in Amsterdam?
Dutch police afraid cannabis consumption will be reduced if dabbing catches on there.
At the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup, the cops in Amsterdam in projecting new policies from city hall, and presumably the mayor's office, issued an edict against "dabbing", and also, an edict against "sharing of cannabis" in the coffee shops.
First of all, what is "dabbing"?
Dabbing is a new way to consume or smoke the hashish-like and usually semi-liquid concentration of the active ingredients of marijuana called "honey-oil" (which contains no actual oil, though it seems to be oily in consistency) usually using an appliance called a "titantium nail". Other types of marijuana concentrates may also be "dabbed" or smoked with varying results in various ways, including traditional hashish pipes. Don't put oily substances in these new smoking devices.
In other words, it's essentially no different than smoking hashish, as opposed to the cruder version, marijuana itself. There were already 2 or 3 types of hashish already being smoked normally in pipes or mixed with weed or tobacco, and smoked like a joint, before "dabbing" was invented which is just a new method of smoking a more pure form of hashish, really. Nothing more.
Note that "honey-oil", and "hash-oil" are not the same thing. So called "hash-oil" contains added oil, usually cooking oil. "Honey-oil" and most other newer types of hashish and marijuana concentrates do not contain any actual added oil at all, though honey oil appears to be oily.
I really don't see what the fuss about dabbing is really all about once the facts are known, as hashish has been in use in Holland for decades. However, some of the titantium nail smoking devices look extreme and bizarre, which can hurt legalization efforts. Some "nails" are heated up using a LPG blow torch, while others are heated using electricity, either from the AC wall outlet, or from batteries.
The electric devices don't look that odd.
However, the LPG blow-torch heated nails, look extreme and possibly hazardous.
They also may be afraid that cannabis consumption activity in the marijuana coffee-shops will slump when dabbing catches on in Europe, as one "dab-puff" is very strong, reducing traditional hashish and marijuana consumption activities.
Medical marijuana users are also advocates of the titantium nail/honey-oil method of using marijuana and marijuana concentrates.
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Licit and Illicit Drugs; The Consumers Union Report
on Narcotics, Stimulants, Depressants, Inhalants, Hallucinogens,
and Marijuana - Including Caffeine, Nicotine, and Alcohol. [Paperback]
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(Book sent free of charge by NORML.org to all new members.)
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How to Secretly Smoke Weed in Your Apartment.
Many persons get in trouble smoking weed in their apartment. Although marijuana is legal in some areas for some people, landlords and neighbors can also be a problem if your smoking amounts to harrassment of neighbors. This is actually not necessary. It is actually very easy to avoid detection.
if you're in a larger apartment building (or hotel) with a central exhaust vent system, you can just smoke in the bathroom with the door closed where the vent is usually located.
You can also get some sandalwood incense which virtually eliminates magically the smell of cannabis almost instantly if burned after smoking in the same room. The air purifier called OZIUM has also been touted as a way to nearly eliminate cannabis smell, but sandalwood incense seems to work better if you ask me.
Make sure there's a good exhaust fan.
First of all, don't open all the windows wide. Instead, close them. Cut on the new or existing exhaust fan assuming it vents air reliably into the air outside your apartment; preferably on the roof if it's a townhouse style apartment. Many larger apartment buildings already have vents installed in all the bathrooms in all the units. Check to make sure the exhaust fan actually vents to the outside of the building. This can be difficult or easy. Some apartment buildings already have a huge exhaust fan system that pulls air through all the units up into a common air-exhaust system. In many cases, this vent is located in the bathroom or the kitchen. If it's an exhaust fan, you can tell if it's an exhaust fan by placing small sections of toilet paper over the grill to see if there's any suction.
If you find a fan or vent grill, and it's the type that does not vent air to the outside, it will not help anything. Some of these types have two separate grill sections separated by a blank-plastic-panel that does not have any grillwork or holes between the two grill sections, then it is probably the useless type. (There are other useless types as well. In a moment, we will test your exhaust fan.) This type of useless exhaust vent simply circulates air around inside the room it is installed in.
Duct-free recirculating exhaust fan is NOT OK for this scenario.
As you can see here, there's no way to really
tell what kind it is except through testing it.
To check what type of fan or vent you have, turn it on, or open it, and try to place short sections of dry toilet paper upon the different grill sections to see which way the air is blowing, and if there is enough suction to hold the paper without falling. This is just a suction test. The useless type will suck in air through one area or section, and blow it out through another area or section of the grill work of the exhaust fan.
TEST ONE. Assuming you have the proper type, once you THINK you have all the windows, doors, and other openings closed and the exhaust fan running, you can then go around and check to see how sealed up your apartment really is in terms of air flow. With the exhaust fan running, check this by barely opening any particular window to the outside air. Place your hand near the opening and check for air briskly flowing into the apartment through the barely opened window (less than 1/4 inch open). If the apartment is well sealed, when you open the window while the exhaust fan is running, air should be noticable as it flows in quickly.
If airflow is NOT noticable flowing into the apartment through the small opening, then you are NOT safe from detection.
If airflow is flowing strongly into the apartment through the small opening, then you are probably safe from detection.
DO NOT OPEN ANY MORE WINDOWS WHILE YOU SMOKE. The exhaust fan will suck the smell and smoke out of the apartment as long as you DO NOT open any other doors or windows other than that one which is barely opened. If you open one or two windows completely, or more, the exhaust fan is no longer "in control" of the air flow. We want a controlled flow of air into, and out of the apartment. We also want air flowing into the apartment through every possible crack in the entire apartment so that smoke does NOT flow out of the apartment through these outlets. The only outlet that should have cannabis smoke and odor coming out of it, should be the exhaust fan outlet.
These procedures and tests should keep you safe and secret except in one unfortunate scenario. Some exhaust fans have not been installed correctly, and vent into a large attic for numerous units where smells can easily migrate to other units through the attic. This is the most difficult situation to detect unless you actually can get into the attic to check the ductwork.
Note that if the exhaust air system, or exhaust fan system vents into the attic or other semi-enclosed crawl areas instead of the outside air, there could already be a mold problem in such an attic or crawl space. This is probably against most building codes as the building may already be rotting away!
In that case, move to a properly designed and built abode that is less prone to rot and trouble, and make sure you burn the sandalwood incense in the room where you just smoked.
Federal Judge in OK Rules in Favor
of 2nd Amendment Rights for Cannabis Users.
I wish to be clear that, in my opinion, the largest "gun problems" we have today are the stupid and inappriate usage of guns to settle arguments, to criminally coerce or abduct victims, or to express oneself emotionally. There are also so many mentally ill people who seem to feel threatened by others, in sundry ways, such as law enforcement personel, and consequently pull out their gun and shoot innocent persons for no apparent reason at all.
But I am in favor of 2nd Amendment rights in terms of self-defense planning, and how that aspect of gun ownership and safe gun storage in homes and businesses discourages criminals from preying on their victims in the first place.
I come from a state where the legal ownership and safe-storage of guns in homes and businesses is also a signal to law enforcement to knock before entering, and please obtain a warrant before entering the premises.
Having stated that, I am embarrassed and appalled at all the death and mayhem taking place in the USA caused by inappropriate and probably illegal gun usage.
(Feb. 7, 2023) Click Here to read article from High Times magazine.