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29 July 2005
Face it, America is NOT a democracy
If two stolen presidential elections didn't convince you that democracy was dead in the Dis-United States of Amerika, then you might want to take a closer look at the CAFTA vote in Congress that was taken in the dark of the night when few people would be watching.
Even if the Fascist Republican leaders hadn't broken the rules of order by extending the vote until the wee small hours of the morning, the back door corporate deals that were made to purchase the votes of the fence-sitters should wake you up. The viewers of one of the right-wing financial prognosticators on national TV were against CAFTA by an overwhelming 96%! . . . And that is how the financial conservatives felt. True progressives were 100% against this new corporate give-away to the friends of the criminal enterprise that has taken over the White House.
Yet our "representatives" in Congress ignored the people they are supposed to represent so they could continue their looting of our nation's treasure and jobs. There is no semblance of democracy left at the national level. (In fact, 97% of those same conservative TV viewers, when polled, said they didn't think their elected representatives in Washington were actually representing their interests.
Face it, the USA is not a democracy, it is a corporatocracy. Big corporations own the government and they own you and me as well. Most of us are either wage-slaves or living in poverty. It's the real Golden Rule in action, you know, They have the gold and They make the rules. . . . Maybe it is time for a really big change. Maybe it is time to actually give democracy a try in this country.
Perhaps an interesting test of democracy here would be to actually have direct election of the president and get rid of the anachronistic Electoral College. Of course, all of the voting machines would have to use Open Source software and have a complete paper trail, but that is all possible by 2008. How could such a small step make things any worse than they already are?
posted by Lorenzo 2:29 PM
27 July 2005
Something to think about
Contrary to what superstitious people believe, humans weren’t put on the Earth, we evolved out of it. So it seems to me that one of the more important questions we should be asking is why our species has evolved. If we can answer that question to the satisfaction of most of us here today, then perhaps the answer to the question, "Why am I here?" can be approached in a more intelligent manner.
posted by Lorenzo 2:52 PM
20 July 2005
A Question for our Benevolent Dictator
I notice that you are going around the country shooting off your big mouth about the Anti-PATRIOT ACT, as if you actually understand any of those big words you are reading. But on the outside chance that there is still a shred of intelligence left in you, perhaps you can think about this and maybe give us a speech or two about it. Was the act of Karl Rove in exposing the identity of a CIA agent the act of a patriot?
posted by Lorenzo 7:39 AM
12 July 2005
BIG Coincidence between London & 9-11 attacks
Did you know that the U.S. Air Force was running drills involving hijacked aircraft as the 9/11 plot actually unfolded!
Now wasn't that a neat coincidence? Somehow the hijackers must have been tipped off about these war games. Just think about what an incredible diversion it must have been to the people who could have done something about the attacks of 9-11. At the very least the second attack on New York and the attack on the Pentagon could possibly have been averted if the people responsible for monitoring such events hadn’t been "playing a game" about a terrorist attack.
Now flash forward to the recent attacks on London. Once again, by nothing more than a freak coincidence we are told, A consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th.
How marvelously convenient, wouldn't you say? Unless I miss my guess, whomever is behind these attacks must have inside information about military exercises that can act as a shield.
posted by Lorenzo 2:28 PM
10 July 2005
Confessions of a Dope Dealer
That title really gets your attention, doesn't it :-)? . . . Well, that's the title of a hilarious one-man show put on by my friend, the great Sheldoni. If you are lucky enough to be in San Francisco or New York you will be able to catch a show yet this summer. He'll be at the Climate Theater (285 9th Street) in San Francisco through July 31st. From Ausust 12th through the 28th you can catch a performance at The New York International Fringe Festival. . . . click the link above for details and ticket information.
Some of you may remember Sheldon's performance at Mind States IV when he had us all on the floor laughing. And now, the great Sheldoni tells me that this already excellent show has gone through a major upgrade. I can't wait to catch the current edition myself.
For those who don't already know Sheldon, here is a little of what he has to say about himslef:
People ask me why I do a show about my life of dope dealing, "Isn't that a bust?"
"Look around," I say, "is there any more of a bust than the DARE program? Is there any more of a bust than the total head in the sand attitude our country takes toward the overwhelming tide of drug use? Someone has to take the responsibility to go out and deal with things realistically, who better than a guy that started dealing in high school and rode the tide through UCLA, CAL, Humboldt County and Grateful Dead Tour?"
So come take a ride through my mind, heading right down the pipe, complete with disembodied voices, screaming FX, Pink Floyd, the Dead, my parents, talking nitrous tanks, revelations, delusions, and all the accoutrements one might expect as any bright eyed American enters the world of adventure and intrigue that dope dealing entails. They tell me I'm pretty funny, but I'm hoping to live up to my book review in TRIP Magazine, "The most eloquent examination of the wonders and dangers of drug use that I have ever read."
BTW, Sheldon's shows are sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance - Just Say Know!
posted by Lorenzo 3:33 PM
08 July 2005
John Perry Barlow Speaks Out
The following is a brief excerpt from John Perry Barlow's essay, "Liberty and LSD" in Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics:
There are probably twenty-five million Americans who have taken LSD, and who would, if hard pressed in private, also tell you that it profoundly changed their lives, and not necessarily for the worse.
I will readily grant that some of these are hopeless crystal worshipers or psychedelic derelicts creeping around the Oregon woods. But far more of them are successful members of society, CEOs, politicians, Buddhist meditation teachers, ministers, and community leaders.
This is true, Whether we want it to be or not.
But the fact that so few among these millions dare utter this truth is, in a supposedly free country, a symptom of collective mental illness.
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Wouldn't it be nice if about 20 million of those former acid heads went to a rave with their children? The world would change in a single weekend if that happened.
posted by Lorenzo 11:58 AM
07 July 2005
Terence McKenna on Buddhism and Psychedelics
In an interview in Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, Terence McKenna was asked, "You don't see any contradiction in being a Buddhist and exploring psychedelics?" And McKenna replied:
No, I would almost say, how can you be a serious Buddhist if you're not exploring psychedelics? Then you're sort of an armchair Buddhist, a Buddhist from theory, a Buddhist from practice, but it's sort of training wheels practice. I mean, the real thing is, take the old boat out and give it a spin.
On a day like today, being a psychedelic Buddhist may be the only thing that pulls you through. . . . Peace, love, & light to the Tribe in the UK.
posted by Lorenzo 12:07 PM