Often, our lovely guardians of personal lifestyle, the DEA and the Justice Department, will use their extensive experience with science-y stuff to proclaim that there are ‘no known medical benefits of cannabis’, and recently certain hack doctors with cushy board positions have somehow tried to make the same proclamation. Around here, at least, these blatant lies are repeated verbatim and without question by the local media; which for the most part is happy to simply play the role of announcer of corporate and political propaganda. As nothing pisses me off, and I really mean nothing, more than bad science, I would like to give you all these different studies on the effects of the cannabinoid CBD and the compounds related to the metabolization thereof on nerve cells, including the brain.
The gist of all this seems to be that one of the cannabinoids other than THC has a relationship with its receptors that enhances nerve cell regeneration and fosters a natural sort of biofeedback in the nerve cells. This latter effect being at least partially responsible for the ability of cannabis to reduce inflammation. I am on the bus and not really interested in hunting it down, but there is also very legitimate research that indicates some cannabinoids most likely have the ability to slow, and in some case even stop, the mytosis of certain cancer cells. Now, I am unaware if this is the case, but for a substantial amount of time the research on the medicinal value of cannabis in the US was strictly limited to finding a chemical alternative, such as Marinol. Consequently, most research is done overseas, or by rogue doctors in the US (God bless ’em) and generally ignored by the American medical ‘industry’, which is controlled in entirety by the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. When you add to this the amount of influence that both of those latter two industries have on politics, and it is fairly easy to see why so many of our elected officials, doctors, and law enforcers remain ‘mystified’ about the medical benefits of cannabis. The best way around this system has been clear for years, and is the legalization of cannabis. So, come on, let’s just do that already and get on with our lives, which may actually be prolonged with some casual cannabis use.
The reason it is difficult to solve the unemployment problem in this country is that the problem is systemic in nature. That is to say that rather than being the result of a simple coincidence, ‘the recession’, our unemployment issues arise from a number of institutionalized processes which have been in place for quite some time now. Consequently, simply addressing unemployment the way that we currently do is not productive in terms of solving the actual problem; in fact I believe that it in its current incarnation it may in fact be counterproductive. Instead, we need to come up with a plan for dealing with unemployment by correcting the faults in our system that create a steadily growing population of unemployed adults. Continue reading
Due in large part to the propaganda efforts of the United States government, and the blind loyalty of the American press, smoking marijuana has long had the stigmata of promoting a life of wasteful laziness and intellectual devolution. This, perhaps more than the generally worthless prohibition, has created a sort of proverbial closet for the more intellectual members of the Cannabis Enthusiast Community, or users of other government-prohibited substances. To come out as a ‘user’ can lead to the branding of any of your work as simply the product of a ‘drug-addled’ mind, particularly anything that breaks with convention. Consequently, a surprisingly large percentage of the world’s scientists remain quiet about not only their own personal marijuana use but, more importantly, the fact that it isn’t just useless hippies and college kids that smoke pot. Continue reading
First off, I will get this out of the way now: I love me some William S. Burroughs, I think he was one of America’s greatest literary geniuses. While Ginsberg and the rest of the Beats sought to open people’s minds, Burroughs literary works aimed to blow them apart. His more expirimental works would push, or downright annihilate, every conceivable boundary in the literary world. While on the surface appearing to be some of the most obtuse and abstract works in the English language, closer reading reveals some of the most insightful and in depth commentary on the human condition ever committed to page. Continue reading
The unfortunate thing about the charges now filed in the very-much-a-homicide case in Florida is that at this point, it will come across that the State is acting to appease the justifiably enraged black community instead of simply doing what it should have done initially. The fact of the matter should remain that regardless of race or ethnicity, and outside of his own home, no conflict between an armed adult citizen with a car and an unarmed 17 year old on foot, should end in the death of the teenager. At any point in the process, Zimmerman could have just done what the cops told him to and left the kid alone and the whole thing would have stopped then and there. Instead, even if Treyvon did accost George Zimmerman, it seems to me like a totally reasonable reaction to essentially being stalked like prey, as he would be by any murderer or sex pervert. If I noticed a suspicious ass motherfucker following me for a while while muttering into his phone and whatnot, first I would try to lose him, to see if he was really following me, and then I would fucking accost him for following me. That seems like the reasonable course of action to me. Following some teenager, against the urging of the cops, through a residential neighborhood in your car, and then getting out of your car to stalk him some more, and then in an ensuing conflict shooting and killing him? That is in no way a reasonable course of action, what that is is essentially premeditated homicide. The fact that it wasn’t considered as such by the law until now is both a sham and a tragedy; and the amount of racism that it has exposed in certain members of the media is appalling. Now, however, we can move on. Bearing in mind of course that Geraldo said that being black and wearing a hoodie was basically like riding a motorcycle without a helmet, only more dangerous; and that Tucker Carlson is the most racist of all ‘respected journalists’.
I think that it is beyond time to speak frankly about the state of education funding in this country. The declining status of the United States in education rankings on a global scale is a trend that is entering its third decade. Why, though, is this such an issue. Why is it that in a nation with so much capital, that what should be a foremost taxation priority, is perpetually underfunded to the point of unceasing layoffs and budget cuts? Continue reading
On May 1, in Denver and across the globe, labor organizations and other progressive advocacy groups are calling a General Strike, a day of no work to call attention to some of the problems plaguing our country. Here are ten reasons for a person to participate.
1. You object to the global exploitation of the working class at the hands of the ownership class.
2. You object to the thoroughly un-American taxation without representation that is forced upon 90 percent of American society as the remaining 10 percent (or less, based off financial contribututions it is more like .05 percent) control all successful federal policy.
3. You want American to not only treat its workers fairly, but to only do business with countries that treat their workers fairly; thereby bringing competition back to the US economy, and not at the expense of the working class.
4. You want elected officials who are willing to be reasonable and work together for the best interests of the country, not simply accommodate the interests of their highest bidders.
5. You want the United States to join the 1st world and offer a reasonable public health care option, to reduce overall costs through competition and to better the health of the overall population. Healthy workers are more productive workers.
6. You do not want a government that uses the money of its citizens and future citizens to wage war against the wishes of its citizenry and build an imperialistic military presence across the globe.
7. You do not want a government that, during the midst of a nearly unprecedented economic an crisis, chooses to spend its efforts legislating reproductive rights.
8. You do not want a government that, during this same crisis, would spend its resources taking medicine away from sick people, medicine they are allowed by state law to posess.
9. You are one of millions of Americans working for a wage that can barely be considered live-sustaining, in a job with little to no benefits, and little to no upward mobility.
10. Last, but not least, you can strike and march because you are a human being and want to improve conditions everywhere for not only yourself, but also your fellow man.