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December 14 2010

Reefer Leaks

Julian-Assange-WikiLeaks.jpgI just read a letter from Michael Moore called "Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange" and it strikes me as so accurate and important, that I feel compelled to add my two cents worth, and try to make sure more people understand his point of view. This topic is at the crux of the "War on Drugs" and may be a small step for mankind, towards truth in "why marijuana is illegal?" and a better understanding "what caused the prohibition of cannabis?".

Please don't confuse me for being a big fan of Michael Moore's, although I've enjoyed some of his work and agree with some of his ideas, I am a huge fan of his courage, for speaking his mind and saying things in public that make conservatives cringe. Michael Moore is an American patriot, in the truest sense of the word because he's put his own country ahead of his own personal security. This man is doing the world a great service by raking the muck that no-one else wants to smell, let alone touch.

This entire story reminds me of one of my favorite Ziggy Marley songs:

Be Free :
The system's got too much control,
and they don't wanna let it go
I'm a prisoner fighting to be free,
I'm breaking out of captivity

Be free, be free
to be free

Little by little, I'm losing control
as little by little my rights erode
I stop the deputy, now you know
mama don't try, you see I got to go

( Chorus )

The government's got too much control,
now is there some place that we can roll
the politics of fear and oppression is everywhere now
the law is closing in, just take what you can bring

( Chorus )

The system's got too much control,
now is there some place that we can roll
I'm a prisoner fighting to be free, the law is closing in
just take what we can bring

I'm no authority on what was released in Wiki Leaks and I'm not convinced that Julian Assange had (or has) altruistic motivations but I heard the statements from his former partner, who claims that he's carrying on with a new format called OpenLeaks.org, which will be a private membership site where news groups and the general public will be able to gain access to archives of data but in the future there won't be a massive out-pour of dirt. So to me, it seems that something really good is coming from this info-war, as it was nick-named by John Perry Barlow:

"The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops," Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow said in a tweet reposted by WikiLeaks to its 300,000-odd followers.

Now there's someone I'm a huge fan of (ie. JPB of EFF), in many ways he's my hero and inspiration. In the year 1999 JPB agreed to become an adviser on my advisory board for Rock-n-Roll.com when I was the CEO, but only under the condition that our business be completely and 100% open source - it took me a few years to fully understand what he meant by that term (I thought, at first, he was referring to the software) and even longer to realize the significance of open source. Think about how much better the world would be if we all lived in complete open source? Would total open source end all war, including the war on drugs? Truth will set us free.
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That Dirty White Flake

cocaine_debate.jpgI never wanted to publish the word cocaine on this blog and always avoided writing about the dirty white flake but how could a modern-day story be told, honestly, and have pertinent details be omitted? How would I be able to honestly tell the story of the people I've met and the places I've been if I omitted the details about the substances they were abusing? Does that make me a bad person, or for that matter them? Would I be guilty just by association? Could Hollywood portray a story about a bachelor party, for example, without the characters carving-out lines on a mirror. How about the stereo type of the party-girl in the bathroom at the nightclub? Popular culture is filled with references to the white powder and how many movies have featured the inner-city black dude who rises and falls as the purveyor of the stinky rock? The reason these stories have been told over and over is because our culture is completely saturated with cocaine, if we were using cancer as a comparison we'd be diagnosed at level 4 and talking about the term metastasis, meaning that it's beyond malignant and moved to other parts of the body.

The worst drugs are as bad as anybody's told you. It's just a dumb trip, which I can't condemn people if they get into it, because one gets into it for one's own personal, social, emotional reasons. It's something to be avoided if one can help it. ~ John Lennon

In the past few years I've traveled to major cities on 3 continents and seen pretty much the same signs in all of them - crack-blight. The other day I saw a photo of a pregnant woman from my city, Sao Paulo, smoking crack in an area of the city called Cracklandia - see what I mean about metastasis? The poor people here can afford to smoke the rock in the ghetto but have no shoes, what's with that? Now I know I once stated that I didn't want this blog to turn into a drug war rant but last night I watched the John Lennon documentary and couldn't stop thinking about his efforts to change the way we think about peace, he definitely made a difference, even though it wasn't overnight. I think John would have loved the Internet because it enables people to work on causes in an intellectual, peaceful way, which shouldn't be entirely offensive to the masses, or attract radicals. Therefore I'm going to suggest we give peace a chance and try a new method of dealing with drug abuse, since war doesn't seem to work....

One thing I believe is that cannabis can be used to solve addiction problems, of all kinds, from all substances. The magical green herb can be especially effective to combat the dirty white flake. It's shameful how little is being spent to study this method, and yet lot's of people know it to be true. It's even more shameful how much money is spent on addiction treatment in comparison to how much is spent on eradication or law enforcement. So I guess I've had my little rant and in case you're wondering why the expression "dirty?" it's because of all the blood stains.

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