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Monday, April 30, 2018

Legal Marijuana On The Michigan Ballot for 2018


A Michigan ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana received enough valid signatures to qualify for a vote in November.

When the required number of ballot signatures was certified by the State Board of Canvassers, the 4-0 decision of the board was met by cheers from supporters of the initiative who were present, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Rick Thompson, a board member of the Michigan National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), put this ballot initiative in perspective as a matter of the State of Michigan safeguarding its own sovereignty and protecting its own citizens from an intrusive federal policy:

"The people of Michigan deserve this. They earned it. We've faced many trials and tribulations. We've had so many stop and go signs from the federal government. That's why states have to take the reins on the issue and really be the crucibles of democracy that they've always been intended to be."

Indeed the last time Washington passed a law to enforce a national policy on an intoxicating substance, it passed an entire constitutional amendment to do so legally:

Amendment XVIII Section 1

After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

In United State jurisprudence, could there be a more forceful legal precedent than the states and U.S. Congress agreeing together that a Constitutional amendment (of which there have been only 17 since the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791) was necessary for the federal government to pass a law prohibiting an intoxicating substance?

That's what so astounding about the Controlled Substances Acts of the 1970s, which outlawed a number of drugs, including marijuana.

It is incredible how long they have remained in place given so forceful a historical legal precedent showing the United States understood that such policies are outside the scope of its constitutionally authorized federal powers.

That the "War on Drugs" could wreak such destructive havoc for decades with this legal millstone around its neck will surely be viewed with astonished interest by future historians and sociologists.

If approved by Michigan voters this November, the ballot proposition would legalize the possession and commercial retail sale of 2.5 ounces of marijuana for recreational consumption, while licensing and regulating marijuana businesses and imposing taxes.

Michigan's very accurate state motto is: "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice," which means: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." It's hard to imagine very many things that would make Michigan a more pleasant peninsula, but marijuana legalization advocates there believe joining 30 other states that have legalized marijuana might just be one of them.

Jeffrey Hank, executive director of MI Legalize, says:

"With polls showing nearly 60 percent of Michigan voters supporting legalization, it’s clear that the public is way ahead of the politicians on this issue. The people are tired of the failed policies of the past and understand that creating reasonable, responsible regulations is the way forward to tens of thousands of new jobs and opportunities in Michigan."

John Truscott, spokesman for the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said:

"We expected this.

Now, we'll be out and about talking to people and educating them about the issues."

He may want to pass around this list of:
60 Reasons to Legalize Marijuana.


(This article first appeared on the Independent Voter Network.)


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Libertarian Movies #007: Man on the Moon


Not a libertarian film, but a film for libertarians who want a master lesson in trolling from the man who invented it.



"You're insane lol. But you might also be brilliant"


Buy or Rent It.


"Are You Man Enough?" Alec Baldwin Glengarry Glen Ross Always Be Closing Speech



"I'd wish you good luck but you wouldn't know what to do with it if you got it."

Rush -Tom Sawyer



A modern day warrior
Mean, mean stride
Today's Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride

Though his mind is not for rent
Don't put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day's events
The river

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his skies are wide

Today's Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the space he invades
He gets by on you

No, his mind is not for rent
To any God or government
Always hopeful yet discontent
He knows changes aren't permanent
But change is

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the witness, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his eyes are wide

Exit the warrior
Today's Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the energy you trade!
He gets right on to the friction of the...
Day!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

William Tyndale


From Wikipedia:

William Tyndale (c. 1494 – c. 6 October 1536) was an English scholar who became a leading figure in the Protestant Reformation in the years leading up to his execution. He is well known for his translation of the Bible into English. He was influenced by the work of Desiderius Erasmus, who made the Greek New Testament available in Europe, and by Martin Luther.

A number of partial translations had been made from the seventh century onward, but the spread of Wycliffe's Bible in the late 14th century led to the death penalty for anyone found in unlicensed possession of Scripture in English, although translations were available in all other major European languages.

Tyndale's translation was the first English Bible to draw directly from Hebrew and Greek texts, the first English translation to use Jehovah as God's name as preferred by English Protestant Reformers, the first English translation to take advantage of the printing press, and first of the new English Bibles of the Reformation. It was taken to be a direct challenge to the hegemony of both the Roman Catholic Church and the laws of England maintaining the church's position...

Eventually, Tyndale was betrayed by Henry Phillips to the imperial authorities, seized in Antwerp in 1535, and held in the castle of Vilvoorde (Filford) near Brussels. He was tried on a charge of heresy in 1536 and was condemned to be burned to death, despite Thomas Cromwell's intercession on his behalf. Tyndale "was strangled to death while tied at the stake, and then his dead body was burned". His final words, spoken "at the stake with a fervent zeal, and a loud voice", were reported as "Lord! Open the King of England's eyes."

The beginning of the Gospel of John
from Tyndale's 1525 translation
of the New Testament.

Flowducer - Journey to Foreverland Mixtape (Shamanic Downtempo)



Flowducer, an artist pursuing his musical career in Berlin, delivers an incredible mix tape with a lot of passion.

Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale



Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event "Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus."

The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Our mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

Watch the whole program:

PayPal CoFounder Says Bitcoin Is A Scam!

Let's dig a little deeper...

Click or tap the pic to get the full size image, you're going to want to read that short Wikipedia excerpt:


Oh.

Article on Recode.

Timeline of PayPal

Hat tip Cointelegraph

And Yaakov Markel

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Donald Trump Does Not Get Credit For This, North Korea Does




Dude I'm seeing libertarians everywhere with at best a very superficial understanding of what's happening in Korea falling all over themselves to give Donald Trump props for what appears to be the imminent end of the Korean War.

Are you kidding me?

This is like typical political partisans who watch cable news media and read TIME magazine and interpret all of history in terms of who's POTUS. Economy up– "POTUS is doing a great job!" Economy down– "it's the POTUS's fault!" Democrat beats a Republican in a special election in a small Republican state after multiple women accuse him of molesting them? "Americans are already tired of the new Republican POTUS!" Insanity.


This is the most idiotic possible way to try to understand any political or historical event. It is for the sheep. For the unquestioning masses who believe that the Matrix of televised electoral and political drama is reality. It is not. The POTUS is a television character to keep you entertained, a lightning rod that draws your attention away from the systemic workings of U.S. military-monetary hegemony. Even your hatred for the POTUS helps serve the system. It's evil genius level design.

Want to know the real reason this is happening now?

Could it be any more obvious?

Especially to libertarians?

This historic moment is happening because the North Korean regime and scientists/engineers were so impressively successful in their nuclear and missile programs. They created working nuclear bombs and the ability to deploy them with devastating consequences to the American population so fast they surprised everyone including Donald Trump and the U.S. intelligence agencies he was getting his information from.

Now that North Korea has proven it can fire a nuke and hit One Microsoft Way, it can actually sit down at the negotiating table to peace talks from a position of strength, instead of accepting whatever terms are offered by the satellite state of the world's one remaining military superpower, which has conducted annual practice invasions of North Korea for years.





And actually did once unleash fire and fury like the world has never seen on the North Koreans civilian population, murdering over a million North Koreans in a carpet bombing campaign that dropped more ordnance on Korean apartment buildings and neighborhoods than the U.S. dropped on the entire Pacific Theater against Japan in World War II.

North Korea lost 20 percent of its population to war in three years.

For a sense of scale, that's how much of Poland's prewar population was exterminated by Nazi Germany. Or just imagine one in five people you know dead in three years.

"The Forgotten War"
America forgot all about what the U.S. did in North Korea.
And I'll take your money all day if you wanna bet me that the U.S.
will ever admit what it did was a crime against humanity and apologize.

When a stunned U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
visited North Korea in 1952, he confessed,
"I had seen the war-battered cities of Europe,
but I had not seen devastation until I had seen Korea.”

And you think the U.S. gave Rosa Parks a hard time in the 50s.

And that's why Donald Trump gets no credit for this. The damn fool kept putting pressure on the latest nation to join the nuclear community, a nation that is completely justifiably paranoid and mistrustful of the world. We are all very lucky that this liberal television entertainment personality from New York City with no sense of history didn't tweet us right into a nuclear catastrophe.

By the book he's done everything exactly the wrong way. And we're just lucky it didn't turn out worse because of Trump.

The reason peace is about to break out in Korea is because North Korea exercised its right to bear arms to protect itself from the U.S. government, something that should be understandable to a majority of Americans who don't trust their own government further than they can keep them in the scope of an assault rifle.

(Consider this a TITUS, Vol #012.)



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Hunter S. Thompson's America



The people who did this uh Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were uh good people.

STORMY AND TRUMP



Now this is comedy.

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Hat tip: Joe Rogan

Stephen Lynch - Little Tiny Moustache



This one goes out to Count Dankula.

Nena ‎- 99 Luftballons



Feeling this song this week.

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy



Here's a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy
Don't worry, be happy now

Word of the Day: Precession

pre·ces·sion - the slow movement of the axis of a spinning body around another axis due to a torque (such as gravitational influence) acting to change the direction of the first axis. It is seen in the circle slowly traced out by the pole of a spinning gyroscope.

Origin
late 16th century (as a term in astronomy, referring to the precession of the equinoxes): from late Latin praecessio(n-), from praecedere ‘go before’ (see precede).

"Abstraction today is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor survives it. Henceforth, it is the map that precedes the territory - PRECESSION OF SIMULACRA - it is the map that engenders the territory and if we were to revive the fable today, it would be the territory whose shreds are slowly rotting across the map. It is the real, and not the map, whose vestiges subsist here and there, in the deserts which are no longer those of the Empire, but our own.

The desert of the real itself."

-Jean Baudrillard,
Simulacra and Simulation



Look Whose Stock Tumbled The Day Peace Broke Out In Korea


Look at all that blood money running from peace.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Roberto Lara: Argentina - The Guitar of the Pampas



Excellent finger work Roberto!

But most importantly...

Excellent heart work ;-)

Beautiful

Those Evil Heartless Libertarian Koch Brothers

Those evil heartless libertarian Kochs. Against the Iraq War that Hillary Clinton voted for. Pro gay marriage before she was. And even spending their money right now to lobby Congress to protect immigrants from deportation. Heartless heartless libertarians.

North and South Korea's Presidents Touch Their Penises Together In Show of Peace


I'm no scientist, but that's swordfighting if I've ever seen it.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Why Aren't Prices Worse?


Here's a graph of the Adjusted Monetary Base, the sum of circulating currency and deposits in banks.

That's quite an event wouldn't you say?

But there isn't some Zimbabwe-style price holocaust happening either. Why not?



Short answer:

The Singularity Is Near

Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits



The music for "Sultans of Swing" was composed by Mark Knopfler on a National Steel guitar in an open tuning, though Knopfler did not think very highly of it at first. As he remembered, "I thought it was dull, but as soon as I bought my first Strat in 1977, the whole thing changed, though the lyrics remained the same. It just came alive as soon as I played it on that ’61 Strat which remained my main guitar for many years and was basically the only thing I played on the first album and the new chord changes just presented themselves and fell into place." [Wikipedia]

Quantic - 5th Exotic (Full Album)



Tracklist:
00:00 01. Introduction
00:43 02. The 5th Exotic
04:51 03. Snakes in the Grass
10:03 04. Infinite Regression
13:24 05. Life in the Rain
19:57 06. Long Road Ahead
23:45 07. Common Knowledge
29:58 08. The Picture Inside
34:11 09. Through These Eyes
39:32 10. Time is the Enemy
43:12 11. In the Key of Blue
50:05 12. Meaning

This is the debut album from multi talented musician and producer Quantic. Having just turned 21 years old at the time of completion, this album was a positive indication of things to follow. Like the Bonobo album ‘Animal Magic’, this entire album was recorded in the writers’ bedroom - showing that DIY culture is strong and healthy in the UK and that good creative music can successfully be made and released to an appreciative audience without unnecessary hype. 'The 5th Exotic’ combines a variety of influences from jazz to soul to funk to hip hop.

Top 100 Libertarian Movies #006 - Troy


This cinematic masterpiece is an idealized portrayal of what happens when entire nations are forced to participate in the personal flaws and follies of kings. Perfect balance of archetypes. Very beautifully done. Great mythic hero story too. Will stir something within you by the time the movie is done.


Buy or Rent It


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The Humble Libertarian Gift Shop #003 Manoj Bhargava, Creator of The 5-Hour Energy Drink



In his own words.

12 Count 5-Hour Energy Assortment Pack $26

Bitcoin: How Does it Work? Roger Ver Interview with Dave Rubin



Roger Ver (Bitcoin Investor) joins Dave to discuss Bitcoin 101. Bitcoin is digital money used for secure and instant transfer of value anywhere in the world. It is not controlled or issued by any bank or government - instead it is an open network which is managed by its users.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

J.S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Classical Guitar (Full Album)



If it ain't Baroque.... ya don't fix it.

Kanye West - Stronger



"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." -Friedrich Nietzsche

Kanye West - Jesus Walks



The only thing that I pray is that me feet don't fail me now

Jordan Peterson LoFi Hip Hop Mix



Socklips:
Clean your room...and chill.

OE Beats:
I wonder if Jordan Peterson could have possibly ever imagined, even in his wildest dreams, that he'd be the hottest Lo-Fi artist of 2018. #LobsterLofi

Zucc Wishes He Were As Cool As Bill Gates



It depends on the size of the chair

Paganini - The 37 Guitar Sonatas (Full Album)



"Niccolò Paganini (27 October 1782 – 27 May 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1 are among the best known of his compositions, and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers."

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

60 Reasons To Legalize Marijuana


1. Liberty - Well a good place to start is so that we can live out our own American values of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness by respecting every individual's liberty to make their own choices about their own body, their own time, and their own money.

2. Conservatism - Conservatives have been complaining about "the nanny state" and "big government run amok" for decades now, so here's a chance to curtail the excesses of government overreach, something very well in line with purported conservative values.

3. Liberalism - Liberals have been vocal supporters of each individual's right to make their own choices about their own bodies for decades now as well, so this is a chance to bring reality in line with rhetoric and let people be responsible for their own bodies.

4. Libertarianism - If you don't like marijuana, just don't use it. That's a lot more simple of a solution than waging an entire war on it.

5. Consistency - Then there's the fact that alcohol and nicotine, which are both also intoxicating substances, are legal in the United States despite the overwhelming empirical reality that they are both incredibly, incredibly destructive to health and life.

6. Not Toxic Nor Fatal - In fact according to the NIH, tobacco is the first leading preventable cause of death in America and alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death. And according to the DEA marijuana has killed exactly zero people ever in the history of the world. (Page 75 of the 2017 DEA report Drugs of Abuse)

7. Not Addictive - Not only is marijuana impossible to overdose on, unlike alcohol, according to former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana responsible for the characteristic high is not even addictive like alcohol, tobacco, or even caffeine. While consumers can become tolerant to THC (the effects of the drug diminish over repeated consumption without a "tolerance break" of a few days), it does not cause dependence (the need for the substance to avoid going through an uncomfortable or painful withdrawal) like alcohol and tobacco.

8. Does Not Cause Violence - Another quote by Joycelyn Elders from the same interview: "Nobody says that marijuana causes violence. As we know alcohol can cause much more aggressiveness. You aren’t as likely to hurt someone from using marijuana as you are from using alcohol."

9. Not A "Gateway Drug" - "Marijuana is not a 'gateway' drug that predicts or eventually leads to substance abuse, suggests a 12-year University of Pittsburgh study." [Source]

10. Your Lungs - In a rigorous twenty year study of over 5,000 men and women published in 2012 by the American Medical Association, researchers at two American universities found that casual marijuana use (defined as smoking up to a joint a week for twenty years or even a joint a day for seven years) not only doesn’t harm lung function, but "was associated with increases in lung air flow rates and increases in lung capacity." Seriously.

11. Cancer - From Cancer.org: "More recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer."

12. Chemo - Same source: "A number of small studies of smoked marijuana found that it can be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy. Smoked marijuana has also helped improve food intake in HIV patients in studies. Studies have long shown that people who took marijuana extracts in clinical trials tended to need less pain medicine."

13.Opiates - Legalizing marijuana provides a safer alternative to highly addictive prescription painkillers that are killing so many Americans today it has become a major public health crisis.

14. Epilepsy - CBD, one of the cannabinoids in marijuana, has been scientifically demonstrated to help treat and reduce the severity of a very terrible form of treatment resistant epilepsy that tragically mostly affects small children.

15. Alzheimer's - Marijuana and products made from it have been used to help Alzheimer's patients gain weight and ease some of the agitated behavior that patients experience. Scientists have also found it slows the progress of protein deposits in the brain that scientists suspect may be part of what causes Alzheimer's.

16. Arthritis - One study found that patients treated with marijuana derivatives had less arthritis pain and slept better. Several other studies have found that marijuana may help reduce inflammation.

17. Chronic Pain - Marijuana consumption has been shown to have a substantial analgesic effect.

18. Crohn's Disease - Researchers have found that smoking marijuana provided relief for people suffering from ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It lowered their pain, improved diarrhea symptoms, and helped patients gain weight.

19. Glaucoma - Scientists have found THC can lower pressure on the optic nerve while preserving nerve health, helping treat one of the leading causes of blindness.

20. Creativity - Researchers believe marijuana increases creativity and novel ideas by enhancing divergent thinking and the mental connection of seemingly disparate ideas.

21. Happiness - A 2017 survey study of California and Colorado residents found marijuana consumers are markedly more financially successful and satisfied with their lives than abstainers.

22. Sanjay Gupta - CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been calling for legalization since 2013: "I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have 'no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.' They didn't have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn't have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works."

23. The California Medical Association - Thousands of other doctors believe marijuana should be legalized and studied. According to the California Medical Association: "As physicians, we need to have a better understanding about the benefits and risks of medicinal cannabis so that we can provide the best care possible to our patients."

24. The Constitution - Congress is only legally allowed to pass laws within the scope of the specifically enumerated powers in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, and the 10th Amendment says: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

That's why there had to be an entire Constitutional amendment to allow Congress to prohibit intoxicating liquors with the subsequent Volstead Act. No amendment, no prohibition. There could not be a more clear historical-legal example showing why the Controlled Substances Act of the 1970s prohibiting marijuana and other drugs is definitely unconstitutional.

25. Bill Clinton - "When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale and never tried it again."



26. George W. Bush - George W. Bush has not been as forthcoming in interviews as Clinton was about his past marijuana consumption, but he admitted it to his biographer, Doug Wead (yes, it's pronounced "weed").

27. Barack Obama - "When I was a kid, I inhaled, frequently. That was the point." He was actually a total pothead in college and had a group of people he regularly consumed massive amounts of weed with called "the Choom gang." It didn't stop him from becoming POTUS, and tragically, continuing to wage Nixon and Reagan's ugly, harmful War on Drugs.



28. Thomas Jefferson - From High Times: "In addition to farming hemp, Jefferson was Ambassador to France during the hashish era there. At risk of imprisonment if caught, Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China known for their potency to America."

29. George Washington - - George Washington grew hemp for rope, fabric, and paper, but also wrote this in a letter: "Began to separate the male from female plants rather too late... Pulling up the (male) hemp. Was too late for the blossom hemp by three weeks or a month," indicating he may have smoked marijuana (some speculate to help with his chronic toothache) because the female plants have higher amounts of THC.

30. John Adams - Adams was a hemp enthusiast who also wrote in a column advocating for hemp production in the Boston Evening-Post in 1763: "we shall by and by want a world of Hemp more for our own consumshon."

31. John F. Kennedy - According to John F. Kennedy: A Biography, JFK consumed marijuana to ease his back pain. One excerpt reads: "On the evening of July 16, 1962, according to [Washington Post executive] Jim Truitt, Kennedy and Mary Meyer smoked marijuana together... The president smoked three of the six joints Mary brought to him. At first he felt no effects. Then he closed his eyes and refused a fourth joint. 'Suppose the Russians did something now,' he said."(!)

32. Rick Santorum - "I admitted back when I was running for the Senate that when I was in college I smoked pot, and that was something I did when I was in college, and it was something that I'm not proud of, but I did it."



33. Portugal - Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001. Ten years later drug consumption in the coastal European nation had actually decreased and drug abuse was down by half.

34. Compassion - That's because when drug abuse is treated as a health problem and not a crime problem, this more compassionate and reasonable approach gets better results. That's why the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recommends shifting drug policy to do exactly that.

35. Violent Crime - A 2010 study released by the prestigious nonprofit, RAND Corp., indicates that stricter drug policies might actually lead to an increase in crime. The study found "that when hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries were closed last year in Los Angeles crime rates rose in surrounding neighborhoods."

36. Organized Crime - Neill Franklin, the retired Baltimore narcotics cop who now leads Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), argues that "If we legalized and taxed drugs… we’d make society safer by bankrupting the cartels and gangs who control the currently illegal marketplace."

If we legalize the sale of marijuana, law-abiding corporations will sell it instead of criminals. You could buy a pack of marijuana cigarettes at the 7-Eleven down the street. Against their massive economies of scale and base of capital investments, the violent drug dealer on the sidewalk would be put out of business overnight and our cities and suburbs would start becoming a lot safer.

37. National Security - In 2012, the Mexican government updated its death toll figures from the war on drugs, "reporting that 47,515 people had been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderón began a military assault on criminal cartels in late 2006."

Critics of U.S. drug prohibition argue that the violence in Mexico is a direct result of U.S. prohibition measures, which create a black market for marijuana, a black market that Mexican criminal cartels have found lucrative, using their profits to purchase more weapons and engage in more criminal– often violent– activity. It’s becoming a national security issue.

38. Outlaws - To borrow a common argument from Second Amendment supporters: If you outlaw the sale of marijuana, only outlaws will profit from the sale of marijuana. And they will use those profits to fund other criminal activities and to protect the profits themselves, violently if necessary.

39. Harmless - Research emphatically shows marijuana consumption does not cause psychosis (disordered thinking leading to a break with reality).

40. Helpful - In fact CBD, one of the other psychoactive compounds in marijuana may even lessen psychotic symptoms in suffering patients, leading researchers to say it holds potential for use as an anti-psychotic.

41. Peaceful - Dozens of studies have shown that marijuana does not increase violent crime, and actually has a pacifying effect on people inclined to violence.

A review of the evidence in a National Academy of Sciences study on violence concluded, "The majority of the evidnece in experimental studies with animals and humans, as well as most data from chronic users, emphasizes that cannabis preparations (e.g., marihuana, hashish) or THC decrease aggressive and violent behavior."

42. Chill - On the other hand, alcohol, which is legal in the United States, is well documented to increase violent incidents with aggressive people by lowering their inhibitions and impairing their judgment. A 2003 article from the journal, Addictive Behaviors noted that “alcohol is clearly the drug with the most evidence to support a direct intoxication-violence relationship,” and that “cannabis reduces likelihood of violence during intoxication.”

43. Compassion - Although there is little evidence that marijuana use increases the likelihood of criminal behavior, marijuana convictions are definitely likely to ruin lives and expose people to a life of crime behind bars. State laws differ, but in some places, possessing just one marijuana joint can be punishable by up to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine.

44. Racism - An ACLU report, which sorted marijuana arrests by race and county in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, revealed that black people are almost four times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than white people. So it's a violation of liberty that happens to a historically oppressed racial minority in marked disproportion to their numbers.

45. Football - The NFL prohibits players from consuming marijuana, but one former player says about half of all NFL players smoke marijuana. Needless to say, professional football is one of the most demanding and competitive activities in the world and its athletes are peak performance individuals. It's proof that marijuana doesn't decrease an individual's productivity or dull their skills.

46. Efficacy - One oft-cited study found that prohibition doesn't seem to have a deterrent effect on the insatiable demand for this highly valued plant: "Fear of arrest, fear of imprisonment, the cost of cannabis or its availability do not appear to exert much effect on the prevalence of cannabis use."

47. Weddings - A couple years back Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said, "If I’m at a wedding reception here and somebody has a drink or two, most people wouldn’t say they’re wasted. Most folks with marijuana wouldn’t be sitting around a wedding reception smoking marijuana." Wedding and chill. Great wedding idea, governor!

48. The Children - Nearly a decade after Portugal decriminalized all drugs a white paper by the Cato Institute reported that drug use by seventh through ninth graders fell from 14.1% to 10.6%; drug use in older teens also declined.

49. Savings - An ACLU study found that marijuana law enforcement cost states an estimated $3.6 billion in 2010.

50. Revenue - A report from New Frontier Data estimates the cannabis industry could generate $131.8 billion in federal tax revenue and add 1.1 million jobs by 2025 if it's legalized for adult use in all 50 states.

51. Popular Sovereignty - "Americans continue to warm to legalizing marijuana, with 64% now saying its use should be made legal. This is the highest level of public support Gallup has found for the proposal in nearly a half-century of measurement."

52. State Sovereignty - With 30 states having legalized marijuana for recreational or medicinal consumption, it's time for the federal government to back off drug policy and let states decide for themselves.

53. Reform - The War on Drugs is a staggering policy failure. Shockingly, in the United States, there is a drug arrest every 19 seconds, making for a total of 1.6 million drug arrests in 2010 alone. The FBI also reports that 81.9% of all drug-related arrests in 2010 were for simple possession, not drug dealing, and 45.8% of all drug-related arrests were for possession of marijuana. After this many decades, this many arrests, this many wasted dollars, and this many ill-effects of the War on Drugs, does any serious policy analyst, pundit, or politician actually claim that the world’s half-century experiment in drug prohibition has worked?

54. Focus - With all these resources and time spent on persecuting non-violent drug consumers, there is a tremendous opportunity cost for justice and speedy trials, including a notorious rape kit back log, prison overcrowding, and an overtaxed court system.

55. Enjoyment - Mayo Clinic reports, "Cannabis sativa is widely used recreationally (inhaled or taken by mouth) to achieve increased feelings of well-being."

56. Humanity - "It was terrible. It was the most frightening experience of my life. I thought it was a terrorist attack." -Leona Goldberg, an 82-year-old survivor of a drug raid on the wrong house. Leona was scared and confused when six policemen with riot shields and assault weapons charged into her Brooklyn apartment and ordered her husband, Martin, to the floor. Martin, a decorated World War II vet, was 84-years-old when the raid happened.

57. Sanity - According to investigative journalist and former Cato Policy analyst Radley Balko, "...the vast majority of paramilitary raids are executed against drug offenders, and many of those against marijuana offenders with no history of violence. Which means that far from defusing violent situations, most SWAT raids actually create them."

58. Prisons - The US has less than 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's prisoners. Half a million people were locked up for marijuana offenses in 2008. In 2016, there was a drug arrest every 20 seconds, feeding this prison overpopulation problem.

59. Pat Robertson - Even the Moral Majority televangelist thinks marijuana should be legalized: "We’re locking up people that take a couple of puffs of marijuana and the next thing you know they’ve got ten years, they’ve got mandatory sentences, and these judges just say- they throw up their hands and say there’s nothing we can do, it’s mandatory sentences. We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes, and that’s one of them. I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, that kind of thing, it’s just, it’s costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people." If even Pat is ready to legalize, it's time.

60. The Flower - This short cartoon is one of the best arguments for legalizing marijuana ever made:




(This article originally appeared on The Independent Voter Network.)


Glass Hammer - Empty Space Revealer



Once back within a time of Ever
Seen sharply still as we believe
The line laughs softly hollow measure
The light reveals for now to see

Star voice changing feel call it out
Sounding round the bright sized time
We never saw again
Forgot between the real pulse
The breath of life attain

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Not turning form loose tale
Of awesome thunder turn around the scene
To passion shall not surely fail

Notice disqualify sound it out
Calling down the darkness dawn
We never saw again-
Forgot between the real pulse
The final bow!

Low large
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She Just Found Out...



That in 15 minutes she can save 15% or more on car insurance by switching to GEICO.

Trump Shithole Shake



Still the best Trump impression out there.

Flowducer - Indian Summer Mixtape



Good springtime music

The Flower



Great cartoon!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Jordan B. Peterson | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)



Professor and author Jordan Peterson joins Bill to discuss political correctness and free speech.

This Is The United States Vol #011 - Dick Cheney Go Fuck Yourself



"Are you getting alot of that, Mr. Vice President?"

Mark Zuckerberg Facetime's with Caitlyn Jenner



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Harry Nilsson - Best Friend



Makes me wanna watch Rob and Big again.

Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs



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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bill Hicks - Prohibiting Marijuana Is Like Saying God Made A Mistake



Revelations is Bill Hicks’ last special ever, taped in 1992, and features him at the height of his genius. Recorded at the Dominion Theatre in London, Bill Hicks opens our eyes and minds to the hypocrisy and ludicrousness of the world around us.

Owen Benjamin as Jimmy Fallon Interviewing Stalin



Spot on Jimmy Fallon impression.

Moby - We Are All Made of Stars



Nice, Moby.

No Quarter

It's Sunday.

Time to spend at least an hour this week and think about how to manifest our highest potential as individuals and as a society.

If you already know what you're aiming for, fire all your biggest guns, all at once.

Use up everything you've got to get closer to it as fast as you possibly can.

Don't hold back.

Give yourself no quarter.




If you don't know what you're aiming for... sometimes it helps to say the first thing that comes to mind.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Talking Heads - Heaven



Heaven is a place
A place where nothing
Nothing ever happens

This Is The United States Vol #010 - Barbara Bush Edition


The former First Lady made the following remark on national television shortly before the commencement of the invasion of Iraq:

"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? It’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"

Here I fact-checked it for you. It's real:

"The comment came about during a Good Morning America interview with the couple who were formerly President and First Lady, George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. The interview was conducted by Diane Sawyer in Houston scant hours before the couple’s son, President George W. Bush, delivered a televised ultimatum to Saddam Hussein to step down from power and leave Iraq or face U.S.-led military action. The chat with the senior Bushes aired the following morning, 18 March 2003."

The fact that she's mortal like every single other one of us who's ever lived doesn't change the fact that those words could have only come from a very ugly mind.


This Is The United States.


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The Gayest Lieutenant Governor Candidate Ever - Kerry McKennon



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You Don't Want No Part of This!



I think I kinda want it.

Levitated Dancer - Govinda



Beam of the lonely eve
Spirit of twilight
Come to thee

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DNC Sues Trump for Winning


The DNC must have been high when it filed a lawsuit on April 20th against the "Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump."

Well certainly the Trump campaign was part of a very open conspiracy to tilt the election to Donald Trump.

That's called an election campaign, amiright?

And what are they suing WikiLeaks for?

Engaging in journalism?

After all this talk from Democrats about Donald Trump's unprecedented hostility toward journalism and a free press?

DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement:

“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign."


Okay so if the DNC has any compelling evidence that Trump's campaign conspired with the military of a foreign government to win a U.S. election, why is it filing a lawsuit instead of calling the FBI?

(Biggest Scandal Since Watergate!!! Nothing.)

Perez continues:

"This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency."


Wait is he talking about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?


This is from the Washington Post in Feb 2015:

"The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration...


Rarely, if ever, has a potential commander in chief been so closely associated with an organization that has solicited financial support from foreign governments."


In yesterday's report about the DNC lawsuit against Trump, Wikileaks, and Russia, the Washington Post continues:

"The suit asserts that the Russian hacking campaign — combined with Trump associates’ contacts with Russia and the campaign’s public cheerleading of the hacks — amounted to an illegal conspiracy to interfere in the election and caused serious damage to the Democratic Party."


An illegal conspiracy to interfere in the election sounds a lot more like what the Democratic National Committee did to steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders and hand it to Clinton.

Although I guess it's not technically illegal.

Since the DNC won the lawsuit filed by Bernie Sanders supporters last year, by amazingly arguing that it has no obligation to keep any of its promises to its members; that the primary and nomination process is basically just for show; and that it would even have been technically legal to "go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way."

Maybe it was technically legal, but it was definitely a conspiracy, at this point confirmed by none other than life long Democratic Party operative and leader, and the interim DNC Chair at the time, Donna Brazile, in stunningly frank revelations last November.

And it was a massive breach of trust.

How anyone can go on being a Democrat after all we learned about the DNC in 2016 is beyond all comprehension.

Maybe the DNC should sue itself.

This article first appeared at The Independent Voter Network.



Joe Rogan: POTUS Is A Stupid Job



"It's a stupid job invented back when people used to write with feathers."

Yngwie Malmsteen Live with Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra

Ladies and Gentleman– YNGWIE MALMSTEEN!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Humble Libertarian Is On Steemit


Just had my application approved and posted my introduction post.

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Steemit is the social media platform that automatically pays its content creators in cryptocurrency, compensating creators based on the performance of their posts.

Biggest Scandal Since Watergate!


The mainstream and social media’s relentless appetite for “palace intrigue” stories about Washington bureaucrats and politicians warring with each other is absolute misery for all of us at this point. Stop doing this to us.

No one really wants this. Some people are just addicted to it. And I can’t understand why, because it’s just awful. It’s boring. It’s stupid. It’s always clickbait. It just sucks.

The mainstream media should definitely take some responsibility for this. Just because people are clicking on your headlines, doesn’t mean it’s good for them. Or for our society.

I know Milton Friedman or some heartless conservative economist at one point said corporations have only one responsibility, and that is to deliver profits back to their shareholders, but that seriously is a heartless point of view, so why are these supposedly liberal institutions of journalism heartlessly shaking a penny out of each of us each day by polluting the Internet with this garbage?

Since Donald Trump got elected, it’s been a relentless barrage of clickbait headlines making us think the biggest scandal since Watergate is about to be revealed, like we’re watching some riveting game of chess that might end in the spectacle of Donald Trump being impeached. But the media’s been teasing this possibility for too long and has cried wolf a few too many times.

Like months ago already.

Fans who feel like Game of Thrones drags on in places have no idea unless they’re also fans of partisan political media, which have got to be some of the seriously most disturbed people on planet earth.

How long do people actually spend reading these clickbait articles anymore?

You know the ones that suggest we might see someone close to Donald Trump get in big trouble for some crime?

The liberal mainstream media has been harping on about it with nothing to show for all the hype for over a year now.

Conservatives are responding in kind with hyped-up clickbait stories of their own, with the tantalizing possibility that Hillary Clinton, or even Barack Obama could go to prison after some earth-shattering memos and documents are published!

Do people actually click these and read all the way to the bottom?

I stopped clicking them months ago after I found I could barely get past the first paragraph of them anymore, with my crywolf B.S. detectors going off and my eyes glazing over. These stories are so tedious, and boring, and never anything as salacious as what they suggest.

It’s just clickbait tabloids masquerading as the institutions of journalism that use free speech to safeguard our society against tyranny, which is pretty reprehensible if you ask me.


(Just one more reason to cancel political parties. This article first appeared on The Independent Voter Network on March 6, 2018.)



This Is The United States Vol #009 - The U.S. Army's Main Battle Tank Is Also Saudi Arabia's

Liberals Want The U.S. to Regulate Civilian Firepower.

Here's What The U.S. Is Packing...



That robot salesman makes this unbearably creepy.

This is what power looks like.

Watch it shoot:



"The M1 Abrams is an American third-generation main battle tank named for General Creighton Abrams. Highly mobile, designed for modern armored ground warfare, the M1 is well armed and heavily armored. Notable features include the use of a powerful multifuel turbine engine, the adoption of sophisticated composite armor, and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment for crew safety. Weighing nearly 68 short tons (almost 62 metric tons), it is one of the heaviest main battle tanks in service.

The M1 Abrams entered U.S. service in 1980, ultimately replacing the M60 tank. The M1 is the main battle tank of the United States Army and Marine Corps, along with the armies of Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and Iraq." [Source]

If the United States supposedly exists to keep Americans safe, why the hell would it ever give tanks to foreign powers?





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