Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Zen Pooh

"Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering."
— A.A. Milne

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

You Are a Star

"Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics. You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded. Because the elements, the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. And the only way they could get into your body is if the stars were kind enough to explode [...]". —Lawrence Krauss

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Certified Organic Foods

To be certified organic in the U.S., agricultural products must meet certain standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which include production practices, treatment, and even transportation of organic products. For example, they must be grown in safe soil and have no bioengineered genes, and they cannot have been treated with chemical additives, growth hormones, antibiotics, or sewage-sludge based fertilizers. They must also be kept separate from non-organic agricultural products.

100% Organic
These are foods that are completely organic or made with 100 percent organic ingredients. This is what most consumers expect when they think organic, but not always what they get. These foods are legally permitted to use the USDA's certified organic seal (pictured left) because they have met all criteria set forth by the USDA.
Organic foods are those that contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients, with the remaining 5 percent of ingredients limited to those that appear on the USDA's National List of Allowable and Prohibited Materials (find more information about that list here.) Organic items are also legally allowed to display the USDA seal.

Made With Organic Ingredients
Foods with a “made with organic ingredients” label must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients, but are not fully organic and cannot legally display the USDA organic seal. It’s common, however, for packaging on these foods to list specific organic ingredients on the front of the package; e.g., “made with organic corn"—an advertising technique that can be confusing to consumers.

Contains Organic Ingredients
These are food items that contain less than 70 percent organic ingredients. They do not display the USDA seal but may list specific organic ingredients on the information panel of the package. However, these products cannot advertise their organic ingredients to consumers like "made with organic ingredients" items can.Source

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Holographic Universe

Today nearly everyone is familiar with holograms, three-dimensional images projected into space with the aid of a laser. Now, two of the world's most eminent thinkers -- University of London physicists David Bohm, a former protege of Einstein's and one of the world's most respected quantum physicists, and Stanford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram, one of the architects of our modern understanding of the brain -- believe that the universe itself may be a giant hologram, quite literally a kind of image or construct created, at least in part, by the human mind. This remarkable new way of looking at the universe explains now only many of the unsolved puzzles of physics, but also such mysterious occurrences as telepathy, out-of-body and near death experiences, "lucid" dreams, and even religious and mystical experiences such as feelings of cosmic unity and miraculous healings.

Favorite quotes: 

"Just as every portion of a hologram contains the image of the
whole, every portion of the universe enfolds the whole".

"If a piece of holographic film containing the image of an apple
is cut in half and then illuminated by a laser, each half will still be
found to contain the entire image of the apple!"

"Unlike normal photographs, every small fragment of a piece of holographic film contains all the information recorded in the whole".

"If it was possible for every portion of a piece of holographic film to contain all the information
necessary to create a whole image, then it seemed equally possible for every part of the brain to contain all of the information necessary to recall a whole memory".

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rawesome Raided for Unpasturized Milk

"If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson.

Via Huffington Post "This week, Rawesome, a legal food club in Venice, California, was illegally shut down by a Multi-agency armed unit and over thousands of dollars worth of fresh food and produce destroyed. The SWAT style, helmet wearing, gun carrying enforcement agents came rushing in as if they were seizing heroin or dealing with gangsters"

Via Natural News "An astonishing two-thirds of all fresh chicken meat sold in grocery stores today is contaminated with salmonella".Processed meats are laced with cancer-causing sodium nitrite. everything from soups to salad dressings is "enhanced" with the chemical excitotoxin known as MSG which promotes obesity. Milk fats are artificial modified through the process of homogenization, which makes them dangerous for human health. The FDA says nothing about all this. Instead, the agency wants you to believe that the real danger in the food supply is found exclusively in raw dairy products which contain no additives or synthetic chemicals, by the way".

Via Forbes "Obviously spending this much time and this many resources to bust people selling dairy products is silly. Making arrests, rather than simply issuing a fine for non-compliance, is silly. And yes, the fundamental issue here is the silliness of requiring permits – or making outright bans – to sell raw milk in the first place. Permits typically don’t make us any safer, and can serve crowd out competition. In this case, big dairy farms are crowding out smaller competitors".

Rawesome Raid on Colbert Report

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Drugs ordered by their overall harm scores

How to Get High Without Drugs

Douglas talks about the thesis of his 1995 book "Stoned Free: How to Get High Without Drugs". This audio excerpted from Open Source Reality - a November 29, 2008 interview podcast.

Artist: Douglas Rushkoff
Title: How To Get High Without Drugs
Year: 2009
Length: 4:18 minutes (3.94 MB)
Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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Our Amazing Brain

Brain of a Fruit Fly

Using technology affectionately dubbed "Brainbow," scientists can color-code individual neurons inside the tiny brain of a fruit fly.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Opening Chakras

Seven Chakras
          1. Root (red)
          2. Sacral (orange)
          3. Naval (yellow)
          4. Heart (green)
          5. Throat (blue)
          6. Third Eye (indigo)
          7. Crown (violet)

In yogic thought, the body contains seven energy centers, called chakras (literally "wheels"), that store energy, or the life force, prana. Westerners would interpret the chakras as nerve centers, but they are much more than this. They are centers of psy-chospiritual energy that don't precisely correspond to any tangible physical structure. Source

  • Root (Saturn) chakra. Located just above the anus at the base of the spine, this involves elimination and the sense of smell. This is where the kundalini lies. When awakened through yoga, this energy travels up the spine through all the chakras.

  • Sacral (Jupiter) chakra. Located on the spine near the genitals, this involves water, sexuality, passion, the creation of life, and taste.

  • Naval (Mars) chakra. Located on the spine behind the navel, this is associated with digestion or "gastric fire," your sense of self, and your actions.

  • Heart (Venus) chakra. Located behind the heart, this is the center of your compassion and emotions.

  • Throat (Mercury) chakra. Located in the throat, this is the center for communication.

  • Third Eye (Sun) chakra. Located in the middle of the brow, this is also known as the third eye, or center of unclouded perception.

  • Crown (Thousand Petaled Lotus) chakra. Located at the crown of the skull, this is the center of self-realization, perspective, unity, and enlightenment.

All chakras must be activated or awakened for true enlightenment, which is not an easy process. Awakening your chakras—releasing the energy that flows through your spine—can take years, perhaps lifetimes! It's hard work to lighten up (or to achieve enlightenment). Source

1) Mudras:
These chakra meditations use mudras, which are special hand positions, to open chakras. The mudras have the power to send more energy to particular chakras.

To enhance the effect, sounds are chanted. These sounds are from Sanskrit letters. When chanted, they cause a resonation in your body that you can feel at the chakra they are meant for. Mantras help stimulate the chakras by soothing your mind and awakening your senses.Source

Om is a common mantra because it's designed to invoke a universal perspective: You see your body/mind in relation to its place in the big picture. In Sanskrit, Om is spelled "aum," and each letter is a sacred symbol:
a represents the self in the material world.
u represents the psychic realm.
m represents indwelling spiritual light.
Chanting Om unifies your perceptions so you can sense yourself as an integral part of the universe. Gradually, the chant helps you shed everything that separates you from the universe —all your negativity, illusions, and misperceptions of yourself and the world.

For pronunciation, keep in mind that:
the "A" is pronounced as in "ah,"
the "M" is pronounced as "mng."

Do a meditation for 7 - 10 breaths. Chant the sound several times each breath and concentrate on the area of the chakra. Source

Root Chakra
Sound: LAM

Sound: VAM




Third Eye
Sound: OM or AUM

Sound: NG
2) Brainwave Entrainment:

Brain Waves
Sine wave generators are used to create two separate frequency waves which are introduced to each ear independently. The brain reacts by creating a third tone which is the difference between the two. The brain instantly reacts to these frequencies causing a Shift In Consciousness.
Binaural beats need to be listened to with stereo headphones because each ear receives tones of a slightly different frequency resulting in the brain perceiving a beating tone as if the two tones were mixed naturally in the brain.

Monaural Beats
Monaural beats also use two tones, but they can be listened to via speakers (although headphones are recommended) because with monaural beats, the two tones mix before they reach the ear.

Monaural beats are easier on the brain than binaural beats and it is said that monaural beats have a stronger effect on the brain. It takes less time for the brain to adjust to the tones and thus you can get results fairly quickly.

When listening to monaural beats, one needs to take care to have a quiet environment so background noise does not interfere with the tones and disrupts the entrainment process. Source

Isochronic Tones
Isochronic tones are the most powerful method of auditory brainwave entrainment.

Like monaural beats, the pattern of interference that produces the beat is created outside of the brain so there is no requirement of using headphones to listen to them (although it is recommended). Isochronic tones consist of entirely separate pulses of a tone and differ from monaural beats that only have sine wave pulses.

The reason why isochronic tones are so powerful is that they increase the speed of the pulses and use equal intensity tones meaning they get the desired result much faster than monaural or binaural beats. Source

3) Yoga:

Prana Arch
In this pose, the front of your body opens, releasing tension in your chest, neck, and abdomen. This pose is particularly effective for releasing thechakras in the chest and throat. Breathing deeply through this pose encourages the flow of pranathrough the chakras.

1. Stand in the mountain pose with your arms hanging loosely at your sides.

2. Inhale as you look up and just slightly behind you. At the same time, lift your hands, palms facing forward, away from your body and out to the sides, as if preparing to give someone a big hug.

3. Contract your buttocks muscles to support your lower back. Don't lean back farther than is comfortable. Breathe deeply several times. Then on an exhale, lower your arms and head, coming back into the mountain pose.
Open Pose
This pose is great for opening the chakras in the lower half of the torso. It is also excellent for relaxation and meditation.

1. Lie down on the floor on your back with a pillow under your head.

2. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together, letting your knees drop to the floor. If this is uncomfortable, or if the back over-arches, place a pillow under each knee.

3. Bring your palms together in front of your heart, in namaste. Breathe deeply several times, focusing on releasing your lower chakras. Feel theprana flowing through them.

4. If this pose brings strong feelings or emotions to the surface, let them come, feel them, then when you are ready, let them go. Keep breathing and relaxing until you feel calm, energized, and ready to move on.

Chakras do more than store energy. Each chakra controls a different system of your body as well as a different realm of your emotions. When a chakra becomes blocked, you could suffer from health problems—physical or emotional—in that area. For example, a sore throat or an inability to adequately communicate your feelings could signal a blocked Mercury chakra. Indigestion or an inability to act on your feelings could mean a blocked Mars chakra. Source

4) Meditation:
By focusing the attention in any one of the chakras, the lower overtones of the concentration of consciousness in that location activates that chakra and increases the energy flow in it, making possible a conscious entry into the superphysical planes of energy. Meditation on the first three chakras, namely the Muladora Chakra, the Sacral Chakra and the Solar Plexus Chakra is not recommended because this can arouse lower emotions and sexual passions. This can allow entry to undesirable astral influences and cause psychological unbalance. It is better to work with the Heart Center, the Agna Chakra, and the Sahasraram Chakra because these are the most directly related to the unfoldment of superconsciousness; and when awakened, will automatically develop the lower chakras by changing the glandular balance of the body and by circulating new pranic forces through the energy channels or nodies of the etheric body as well as purifying and strengthening the astral and mental bodies. The hormones which the pituitary gland secretes, regulates the other glands in the body including the thymus gland, the thyroid gland, the adrenal gland and the sex glands as well as other glands. Once the pituitary gland is fully activated by the development of the Agna Chakra, all other glands are brought into proper chemical balance, thus helping to properly develop and raise the vibratory rate of all the lower chakras. Source

5) Psychedelics:
Interestingly, addictive drugs like alcohol, caffeine, or amphetamine stimulate only the lower chakras. To access higher planes we can try psychedelics like LSD, psilocybin, mescaline - or use the relatively risk-free classics like meditation or yoga. Source


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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics was discovered in 1925 by Werner Heisenberg. Quantum Mechanics a mathematical theory that can describe the behavior of objects that are roughly 10,000,000,000 times smaller than a typical human being. Source

What the Bleep Do We Know?!

Quantum mechanics incorporates four classes of phenomena for which classical physics cannot account:
  • The quantization of certain physical properties
  • Wave–particle duality
  • The uncertainty principle
  • Quantum entanglement
The Quantization of Certain Physical Properties
Electrons traveling around a nucleus couldn't have arbitrarily small or arbitrarily large amounts of energy, they could only have multiples of a standard "quantum" of energy. Source

Wave–Particle Duality
Scientists interpret quantum mechanics to mean that a tiny piece of material like a photon or electron is both a particle and a wave.  It can be either, depending on how one looks at it or what kind of an experiment one is doing.  In fact, it might be more accurate to say that photons and electrons are neither a particle or a wave -- they're undefined up until the very moment someone looks at them or performs an experiment, thus forcing them to be either a particle or a wave. Source

 The Uncertainty Principle
A theory by Werner Heisenberg called the Uncertainty Principle.  It states that if a researcher wants to measure the speed and position of a particle, he can't do both very accurately.  If he measures the speed carefully, then he can't measure the position nearly as well. Source

Quantum Entanglement 
This is a clip from the What the Bleep to We Know video above explaining entanglement.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Psychedelic Thinking and the Dawn of Homo Cyber

Lorenzo Hagerty presented Psychedelic Thinking and the Dawn of Homo Cyber at Mind States II held at The International House in Berkeley, California on May 27, 2001. Lorenzo discusses entheospace which he defines as "that sense of place you have at those special moments when, during an exploration of your inner landscape, you discover an entire universe. If you are technically inclined, you can think of entheospace as an operating environment in which many forms of consciousness exist and interact".

"The reason we see so few adult psychedelic thinkers today is that the first step in restoring our cosmic identity is to ask a very difficult question. That question is, “Why do you believe what you believe?” 
     -Lorenzo Hagerty

Text read at

Audio listen at the Psychedelic Salon podcast from iTunes

If you enjoy the audio or text from Lorenzo Hagerty, check out the Psychedelic Salon podcast in iTunes, his website, Lorenzo Hagerty's blog, and his latest book The Genesis Generation (which is free as an ebook or audiobook).

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Why are Cannabis and Hemp Illegal?

Hemp was found to have an abundance of extraordinary uses, such as the manufacturing of textiles, rope, paper, clothing, boat sails, animal bedding, garden mulch, fuel, and an assortment of building materials. But it wasn't just versatile, it was usually much stronger and more durable than its counterparts. Hemp was widely used throughout the American Colonies and States after King James I - the same of the Bible bearing his name - ordered the Colonies in 1611 to begin widely producing it to help bolster the English economy. Source

In the United States, the plant was well known from the early 1600′s, but did not reach public awareness as a recreational drug until the early 1900′s.

America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law “ordering” all farmers to grow Indian hempseed. There were several other “must grow” laws over the next 200 years (you could be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767), and during most of that time, hemp was legal tender (you could even pay your taxes with hemp) Hemp was such a critical crop for a number of purposes (including essential war requirements – rope, etc.) that the government went out of its way to encourage growth.

However, one of the first state laws outlawing marijuana may have been influenced, not just by Mexicans using the drug, but, oddly enough, because of Mormons using it. Mormons who traveled to Mexico in 1910 came back to Salt Lake City with marijuana. The church’s reaction to this may have contributed to the state’s marijuana law.

During this time, the United States was also dealing with alcohol prohibition, which lasted from 1919 to 1933. Alcohol prohibition was extremely visible and debated at all levels, while drug laws were passed without the general public’s knowledge. National alcohol prohibition happened through the mechanism of an amendment to the constitution.
Earlier (1914), the Harrison Act was passed, which provided federal tax penalties for opiates and cocaine.
The federal approach is important. It was considered at the time that the federal government did not have the constitutional power to outlaw alcohol or drugs. It is because of this that alcohol prohibition required a constitutional amendment.
At that time in our country’s history, the judiciary regularly placed the tenth amendment in the path of congressional regulation of “local” affairs, and direct regulation of medical practice was considered beyond congressional power under the commerce clause (since then, both provisions have been weakened so far as to have almost no meaning).
Since drugs could not be outlawed at the federal level, the decision was made to use federal taxes as a way around the restriction. In the Harrison Act, legal uses of opiates and cocaine were taxed (supposedly as a revenue need by the federal government, which is the only way it would hold up in the courts), and those who didn’t follow the law found themselves in trouble with the treasury department.
In 1930, a new division in the Treasury Department was established — the Federal Bureau of Narcotics — and Harry J. Anslinger was named director. This, if anything, marked the beginning of the all-out war against marijuana. Source.
Hemp Facts                                                                                                                  
  • Refusing to grow hemp in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries was against the law. You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769; Hemp in Colonial Virginia, G. M. Herdon.
  • Hemp called 'Billion Dollar Crop.' It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars; Popular Mechanics, Feb., 1938.
  • The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
  • The first crop grown in many states was hemp. 1850 was a peak year for Kentucky producing 40,000 tons. Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th Century; State Archives.
  • George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers grew hemp; Washington and Jefferson Diaries. Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China to France then to America.
  • Hemp cultivation and production do not harm the environment. The USDA Bulletin #404 concluded that hemp produces 4 times as much pulp with at least 4 to 7 times less pollution. From Popular Mechanics, Feb 1938.
  • In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees need to be cut down. Government studies report that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. Plans were in the works to implement such programs; Department of Agriculture
  • The last commercial hemp fields were planted in Wisconsin in 1957.
  • Read more fact here...

DuPont had just gotten a patent in the wood paper pulp industry, and was working on another for nylon and rayon. Had hemp remained legal, DuPont would most likely not have achieved its current standing as the world's second largest chemical company.Source

In 1937, Dupont patented the processes to make plastics from oil and coal. Dupont's Annual Report urged stockholders to invest in its new petrochemical division. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane, celluloid, methanol, nylon, rayon, Dacron, etc., could now be made from oil. Natural hemp industrialization would have ruined over 80% of Dupont's business.

William Randolph Hearst
According to W.A. Swanberg’s extensive biography Citizen Hearst, the Hearst chain was actually the nation’s largest purchaser of newsprint — and when the price rose from $40 a ton to over $50 in the late 1930s, he fell so deep in debt to Canadian paper producers and banks that he had to sell his prized art collection to avert foreclosure. It therefore seems that it would have been in Hearst’s interest to promote cheap hemp paper substitutes, had that been a viable alternative. Source

William Randolph Hearst's empire of newspapers began publishing what is known as "Yellow journalism", demonizing the cannabis plant and putting emphasis on connections between cannabis and violent crime. Source

Andrew Mellon
Andrew Mellon (of Mellon Bank) was Mr. DuPont's financier. The only two times the DuPont company ever borrowed money from Mellon Bank, Andrew Mellon just happened to be Secretary of the Treasury at the time.Source

They argue that with the invention of the decorticator hemp became a very cheap substitute for the paper pulp that was used in the newspaper industry. They also believe that Hearst felt that this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings. Mellon was Secretary of the Treasury and the wealthiest man in America and had invested heavily in nylon, DuPont's new synthetic fiber, and considered its success to depend on its replacement of the traditional resource, hemp. According to other researchers there were other things than hemp more important for DuPont in the mid-1930s: to finish the product (nylon) before its German competitors, to start plants for nylon with much larger capacity, etc. Source

Harry J. Anslinger

(May 20, 1892 – November 14, 1975) 

Writing for The American Magazine, the best examples were contained in his "Gore File", a collection of quotes from police reports, by later opponents described as police-blotter-type narratives of heinous cases, most with no substantiation, linking graphically depicted offenses with the drug. Anslinger sometimes used the very brief and concise language in many police reports when he wrote about drug crimes.

Harry Anslinger was Mellon's nephew-in-law, and was the drug czar at the time. When Congress formed the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) in 1930 - a department of The Secretary of the Treasury - Mellon made him head of the department, a position he held for 31 years until John F. Kennedy finally canned him because he was so crooked and rotten. When the FBN's budget was cut by $200,000, Anslinger decided to introduce a new drug "menace," and tried to get Congress to pass the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, which would require tax stamps on all marijuana transaction (though he planned not to actually issue any of these stamps). Source

Hearst and DuPont, scared by the prospect of hemp’s resurrection as a competitor for their products, schemed to eliminate the plant.
Hemp Became Illegal
On April 14, 1937, the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law or the bill that outlawed hemp was directly brought to the House Ways and Means Committee. This committee is the only one that can introduce a bill to the House floor without it being debated by other committees. In September of 1937, hemp became illegal. Congress banned hemp because it was said to be the most violence-causing drug known. Anslinger, head of the Drug Commission for 31 years, promoted the idea that marihuana made users act extremely violent.

United States
In 1968 the United States Department of the Treasury subsidiary the Bureau of Narcotics and the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare subsidiary the Bureau of Drug Abuse Control merged to create the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs as a United States Department of Justice subsidiary.

Richard Nixon
In 1973 President Richard Nixon's "Reorganization Plan Number Two" proposed the creation of a single federal agency to enforce federal drug laws and Congress accepted the proposal, as there was concern regarding the growing availability of drugs. As a result, on July 1, 1973, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) and the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (ODALE) merged together to create the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). On December 1, 1975, the Supreme Court ruled that it was "not cruel or unusual for Ohio to sentence someone to 20 years for having or selling cannabis.

Ronald Regan
During the Reagan Administration the Sentencing Reform Act provisions of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 created the Sentencing Commission, which established mandatory sentencing guidelines. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 reinstated mandatory prison sentences, including large scale cannabis distribution. Later an amendment created a three-strikes law, which created mandatory life sentences for repeat drug offenders and allowed the death penalty to be used against "drug kingpins. Source

Robert Randall
In 1978 Robert Randall sued the federal government for arresting him for using cannabis to treat his glaucoma. The judge ruled Randall needed cannabis for medical purposes and required the Food and Drug Administration set up a program to grow cannabis on a farm at the University of Mississippi and to distribute 300 cannabis cigarettes a month to Randall. In 1992 George H. W. Bush discontinued the program after Randall tried to make AIDS patients eligible for the program. Thirteen people were already enrolled and were allowed to continue receiving cannabis cigarettes; today the government still ships cannabis cigarettes to seven people. Irvin Rosenfeld, who became eligible to receive cannabis from the program in 1982 to treat rare bone tumors, urged the George W. Bush administration to reopen the program; however, he was unsuccessful.Source

Reefer Madness (1936)
Directed by Louis J. Gasnier 
Writing credits Lawrence Meade (story) 
Arthur Hoerl (screenplay)

Race & Culture Theory

In the United States, marijuana prohibition began partly as a throw-in on laws restricting opiates and cocaine to prescription-only use, and partly in Southern and Western states and cities where blacks and Mexican immigrants were smoking it. 

In the West and Southwest, anti-Mexican sentiment quickly came into play. California’s first marijuana arrests came in a Mexican neighborhood in Los Angeles in 1914, according to Gieringer, and the Los Angeles Times said "sinister legends of murder, suicide and disaster" surrounded the drug. The city of El Paso, Texas, outlawed reefer in 1915, two years after a Mexican thug, "allegedly crazed by habitual marijuana use," killed a cop. By the time Prohibition was repealed in 1933, 30 states had some form of pot law.

Leary v. United States
Leary v. United States, 395 U.S. 6 (1969), a U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with the constitutionality of Marijuana Tax Act. Timothy Leary, a professor and activist, was arrested for the possession of marijuana in violation of the Marijuana Tax Act. Leary challenged the act on the ground that the act required self-incrimination, which violated the Fifth Amendment. The unanimous opinion of the court was penned by Justice John Marshall Harlan II and declared the Marijuana Tax Act unconstitutional. Thus, Leary's conviction was overturned. However, Congress responded shortly after by passing the Controlled Substances Act to continue the prohibition of certain drugs in the United States. Source

Several U.S.-based advocate groups seek to modify the drug policy of the United States to decriminalize cannabis. These groups include Law Enforcement Against Prohibition,Students for Sensible Drug Policy, The Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, and Americans for Safe Access.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle's, The Power of Now, a guide to spiritual enlightenment is available as public domain here.

"Eckhart Tolle is emerging as one of today's most inspiring teachers. In The Power of Now, already a word-of-mouth bestseller in Canada, the author describes his transition from despair to self-realization soon after his 29th birthday. Tolle took another ten years to understand this transformation, during which time he evolved a philosophy that has parallels in Buddhism, relaxation techniques, and meditation theory but is also eminently practical. In The Power of Now he shows readers how to recognize themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living present, fully, and intensely, in the Now". Review link.

Laura Huxley: Recipes for Living and Loving-Your Favorite Flower

Listen here
Laura Huxley, who was married to philosopher Aldous Huxley, died at age 96 in 2007. She wrote many self help books including, Recipes for Living and Loving. This track is off an LP from 1973 where Laura guides a peaceful meditation, "Your favorite flower". She has a very strong Italian accent if you have never listened to her.

Below is an excerpt from Huxley's book, Recipes for Loving and Living. The excerpt is an exercise titled, Between Heaven and Earth, which is somewhat like a meditation or yoga. The exercise has the reader stand with their hands above their head and their knees slightly bend (as seen in the image) for an extended period of time—rooting heaven and earth.