Monthly Archives: October 2013

Government Monopolies Favor the Ultra Elite

Unsuspected by Ordinary People, Economic Ultra-Elites Command the Base Institutions that Regulate Our Fundamental Living Conditions

They Are Far Above Conventional Distinctions of “Right” and “Left”—They Grant Ruling Privileges to the Group that can Demonstrate the Ability to Deliver What They Require.

O-CareIf The “Conservatives” Had A More Coherent, Political Gangster Force–As They Did in 2000–The Ruling Elite Would Have Supported “Conservatism”.

The function of a quasi-governmental cartel/monopoly is not to benefit consumers.
It is to enforce economy of scale, raise prices and discourage competition to benefit elites.

Suppose we heard an unknown man spoken of by many men. Suppose we were puzzled to hear that some men said he was too tall and some too short; some objected to his fatness, some lamented his leanness; some thought him too dark, and some too fair. One explanation … would be that he might be an odd shape. But there is another explanation. He might be the right shape. – G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (1908), Chapter 6, “The Paradoxes of ChristianityThe popular philosopher, G.K. Chesterton first considered that the Catholic religion might be true, when he heard contradictory claims made about the Church.

In the current civil crisis over Obamacare, at least 3 contradictory sets of facts can help us to clear the smoke away from the mirrors, to triangulate to the truth and see what’s really going on.

1) Hillary was the most popular, but Obama became president.

2) Biomedical Technology is one of the last healthy export manufacturing sectors of the economy, but it will be taxed to death.

3) We were told that Obamacare would stick it to Big Insurance and Pharma, but now it’s admitted that they have the the best seats at the table.

How do we cut through the fog of media propaganda and arrive at a reasonable semblance of the truth? We can look at a similar example from another time we know more about, where the bodies are buried and who put them there.

In the 1930s, someone heard Adolph Hitler being screamed at behind closed doors by the head of the German Central Bank [Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht]. Who could get away with screaming at Hitler and live?

Someone fronting from a group so powerful, it could have ordered that Hitler be made into Hoffaburger. It turns out that when Hitler first assumed power, he went with hat in hand to make his case to the heads of German industry that his gangster militias could deliver labor peace.

(Not that the Big Boys were exactly helpless – their corporate army was called Der Totenkopf, the “Death’s Head” – the SS. Their corporate heirs are the people who put out RU-486 chemical abortion. [IG Farben > Hoechst > Roussel Uclaf])

Hillary and Barack’s Very Special Date Night 6/6/08
Bilderberg meets to decide US presidential election 3/31/12
Bilderberg Kingmaker Kissinger ‘Jokes’ About President Hillary Clinton At Elite Gathering 5/2/13

A roughly similar set of events may have been behind Obamacare. Fast forward to the 2007-2008 American Presidential race. Hillary Clinton was winning, then without any plausible explanation, Barack Obama was suddenly ahead. It happened in a way that made Hillary supporters cry foul.

Behind the scenes, it may have happened that Hill and Barry attended a command performance in front of the Big Boys who run things. It was found that Hillary carried too much political baggage, she tried but failed in 1993 to deliver Hillarycare, so, suddenly, Barack Obama is the man in command, with the most agile political gangster force and an effective, ready-made, prince-charming cover story.

THE whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have the two great types—the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called balance or mutual check, in our Constitution. — G.K. Chesterton: ‘The Blunders of Our Parties,’ Illustrated London News, April 19, 1924

Our politicians cry about insuring everyone and keeping jobs at home. But the most obvious solution, open insurance markets among the 50 states, won’t be allowed. And Biomedical Devices, one of the most healthy sectors of the export economy, will get a stake through the heart.

What’s the group that’s so powerful that they can ruin the country to unanimous hosannas from the media? The same one that was able singlehandedly to defeat both the Trial Lawyers and the Doctors with one hand tied behind its back: Big Insurance.

It’s now openly acknowledged that the group in charge of what became Obamacare, from the bitter beginning was lead by Big Insurance and Pharma, both touted in “the free press” as bad boys who would receive their just punishment, in the circus leading up to the vote on the bill that couldn’t be read – “read it after you pass it”, 6 times longer than the Bible.

Big Insurance and Pharma have the seats of honor at this robbers’ banquet. Harry Reid is in charge of the waiters, Nancy Pelosi runs the kitchen – and Barack Obama supplies the bouncers.

It remains to be seen, however, whether or not Big Insurance can pay the bill, now that it’s due.

“…they were either politicians or reporters, which, of course, comes to the same thing.” – Ford Madox Ford, “The Good SoldierA century ago, politicians and newspapers claimed that the establishment of the Federal Reserve would protect the little man, stabilize the economy and banking, and shield us from depressions and crashes. We now know that was just bait & switch, the Federal Reserve was never intended to do any such thing. The newspapers of that time led people around by the nose, feeding them anything their ultra-elite owners wanted.

Of course, we’re so much better informed now, there’s no way such a charade could be pulled off today!

Bankers Rule the World

They decide who governs and how, who serves on courts, what laws are enacted, and whether or not wars are waged.—Bankers Rule the World: The Network of Global Corporate ControlWall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy

What Government Schools Can Teach Us About Government Healthcare

Billionaires Cash in on Obamacare

GOP seeks coverage choices in health law they hate

Creature from Jeckyll Island

Thomas DiBacco: The Federal Reserve’s woeful century

The Nuclear Option: Wilson and Obama–100 Years Apart but so Alike

SEIU-Related Health startup cashes in on Obamacare loophole

The White House Is Bribing Health Insurance Companies

The Federal Reserve cartel: The Eight Families

Who Rules America?

«Obama and the Democrats pushed Obamacare by attacking insurance companies and painting Obamacare opponents as shills for the insurers. This was dishonest populist posturing. The insurance companies were partners in Obamacare….» —When Obamacare loses in court, insurance companies lose, too by Timothy P. Carney July 22, 2014, The Washington Examiner

High School Graduation rates Among Children of Same-Sex Households

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As It Turns Out, It Does Make a Difference

By Douglas Mainwaring
October 20, 2013
http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/10/as_it_turns_out_it_does_make_a_difference.html

One key element in the national discussion about same sex-marriage has been its effect on children.  Gay marriage proponents have insisted that scientific studies lead to the irrefutable conclusion that children raised by same-sex couples do just as well as those raised in homes with a mom and a dad.

That assertion is now being challenged by a vast new scientific study, conducted by Douglas W. Allen of Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.

Utilizing a 20% sample of the 2006 Canada census, the study, “High School Graduation rates Among Children of Same-Sex Households,” found that children living with gay and lesbian families in 2006 were about 65% as likely to graduate compared to children living in homes headed by married heterosexual couples.

The previous body of research, consisting of about fifty studies, and heavily relied on by same-sex marriage activists, the media, and even Supreme Court jurists, suffers from serious drawbacks.

This new research calls into question the reliability of those studies and their conclusions.  In his analysis of his study’s findings, Professor Allen notes:

The literature on child development in same-sex households is lacking on several grounds.

The research is characterized by levels of advocacy, policy endorsement, and awareness of political consequences, that is disproportionate with the strength and substance of the preliminary empirical findings.

Almost all of the literature on same-sex parenting (which almost always means lesbian parenting) is based on some combination of weak empirical designs, small biased convenience samples, ”snowballing,” [i.e., the practice of asking individuals within a study to recruit their friends and associates to join the study] and low powered tests.

Many of the past studies which served to justify the ruling by California Supreme Court Justice Vaughn Walker in overturning California’s Prop. 8, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in his Windsor decision, were seriously flawed, leading to false, no longer substantive conclusions, like this one:

Children raised by gay or lesbian parents are as likely as children raised by heterosexual parents to be healthy, successful and well-adjusted. The research supporting this conclusion is accepted beyond serious debate in the field of developmental psychology. (Justice Vaughn Walker, section 70, Perry v. Schwarzenegger)

Walker’s conclusion no longer resonates as valid.

Because the sample base for the Allen study was extremely large, data for gay and lesbian couple households could be examined separately.  The research is revealing, offering new insights.  Among them, children of gay parents are estimated to be 69% as likely to graduate compared to children from opposite-sex married homes.  Children in lesbian households are 60% as likely to graduate from high school.

Perhaps most startling are the findings regarding the gender of the children and their graduation outcomes, which vary wildly based on whether they were raised in gay vs. lesbian households.  Daughters raised by gay men are only 15% as likely to graduate, while daughters of lesbian parents are 45% as likely to graduate.  Interestingly, sons of lesbian parents are 76% as likely to graduate, while boys raised by gay men are 61% more likely to graduate than those raised by lesbians.

A 2012 study published by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus was universally condemned by the LGBT activists and many in the media, presumably because it challenged the conventional wisdom founded on previous research.  When “How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships?” was published, a national campaign to discredit Regnerus’s work immediately ensued.  With the publication of this new research, Regnerus’s work is vindicated, if not proven prescient.

The Allen study demands a re-examination of the conventional wisdom that has propelled the national debate about same-sex marriage and its impact on children.

We have been too hasty to declare ourselves “on the right side of history” when it comes to enacting same-sex marriage.  Is it good for kids — as so many have asserted — that we have recent court rulings and ballot initiatives decided based on a very small array of weak research, leading to refutable, unscientific conclusions?

When it comes to assessing the reliability of past studies, it must be noted that researchers have studied only those community members who are convenient to study.  Many studies recruited through LGBT events, bookstore and newspaper advertisements, word of mouth, networking, and youth groups.  A common method of recruitment was to use a combination of the above methods to form a sample base, and then recruit friends of the base.  Still other studies failed to even mention how their samples were arrived at.  Each different procedure has a different and unknown source of bias.

Both the U.S. census and the Canada census show that children living with same-sex parents perform more poorly in school when compared to children from married opposite-sex families.  This study suggests that more research is required to discover why.

It also demands that we immediately slow down the freight train of same-sex marriage legislation and judicial decisions barreling across our nation.  No matter how entitled gays and lesbians feel to co-opt the institution of marriage and pursue “equality,” the needs and rights of our children must come first.

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Just a Coincidence?

Any one of these ‘coincidences’ when taken singularly appear to not mean much, but when taken as a whole, a computer would blow a main circuit if you asked it to calculate the odds that they have occurred by chance alone. Sit back, get a favorite beverage, and then read and ponder the Obama- related ‘coincidences’ … then super-impose the bigger picture of most recent events i.e. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal and the NSA revelations … then pray to God for our country.

Obama just happened to know 60′s far-left radical revolutionary William (Bill) Ayers, whose father just happened to be Thomas Ayers, who just happened to be a close friend of Obama’s communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, who just happened to work at the communist- sympathizing Chicago Defender with Vernon Jarrett, who just happened to later become the father-in-law of Iranian-born leftist Valerie Jarrett, who Obama just happened to choose as his closest White House advisor, and who just happened to have been CEO of Habitat Company, which just happened to manage public housing in Chicago, which just happened to get millions of dollars from the Illinois state legislature, and which just happened not to properly maintain the housing which eventually just happened to require demolition.

Valerie Jarrett also just happened to work for the city of Chicago, and just happened to hire Michelle LaVaughan Robinson (later Mrs. Obama), who just happened to have worked at the Sidley Austin law firm, where former fugitive from the FBI Bernardine Dohrn also just happened to work, and where Barack Obama just happened to get a summer job.

Bernardine Dohrn just happened to be married to William ( Bill ) Ayers, with whom she just happened to have hidden from the FBI at a San Francisco marina, along with Donald Warden, who just happened to change his name to Khalid al-Mansour, and Warden/al- Mansour just happened to be a mentor of Black Panther Party founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale and a close associate of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and al- Mansour just happened to be financial adviser to a Saudi Prince, who just happened to donate cash to Harvard, for which Obama just happened to get a critical letter of recommendation from Percy Sutton, who just happened to have been the attorney for Malcolm X, who just happened to know Kenyan politician Tom Mboya, who just happened to be a close friend of Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., who just happened to meet Malcolm X when he traveled to Kenya.

Obama, Sr. just happened to have his education at the University of Hawaii paid for by the Laubach Literacy Institute, which just happenedto have been supported by Elizabeth Mooney Kirk, who just happened to be a friend of Malcolm X, who just happened to have been associated with the Nation of Islam, which was later headed by Louis Farrakhan, who just happens to live very close to Obama’s Chicago mansion, which also just happens to be located very close to the residence of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who just happen to have been occasional baby-sitters for Malia and Natasha Obama, whose parents just happened to have no concern exposing their daughters to bomb-making communists. Isn’t that odd?

Then after attending Occidental College and Columbia University, where he just happened to have foreign Muslim roommates, Obama moved to Chicago to work for the Industrial Areas Foundation, an organization that just happened to have been founded by Marxist and radical agitator Saul, the Red, Alinsky, author of “Rules for Radicals”, who just happened to be the topic of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s thesis at Wellesley College, and Obama’s $25,000 salary at IAF just happened to be funded by a grant from the Woods Fund, which was founded by the Woods family, whose Sahara Coal company just happened to provide coal to Commonwealth Edison, whose CEO just happened to be Thomas Ayers, whose son William Ayers just happened to serve on the board of the Woods Fund, along with Obama.

Obama also worked on voter registration drives in Chicago in the 1980s and just happened to work with leftist political groups like the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and Socialist International (SI), through which Obama met Carl Davidson, who just happened to travel to Cuba during the Vietnam War to sabotage the U.S. war effort, and who just happened to be a former member of the SDS and a member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, which just happened to sponsor a 2002 anti- war rally at which Obama spoke, and which just happened to have been organized by Marilyn Katz, a former SDS activist and later public relations consultant who just happened to be a long-time friend of Obama’s political hatchet man, David Axelrod.

Obama joined Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), whose pastor was Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a fiery orator who just happened to preach Marxism and Black Liberation Theology and who delivered anti-white, anti-Jew, and anti-American sermons, which Obama just happened never to hear because he just happened to miss church only on the days when Wright was at his most enthusiastic, and Obama just happened never to notice that Oprah Winfrey left the church because it was too radical, and just happened never to notice that the church gave the vile anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan a lifetime achievement award.

Although no one had ever heard of him at the time, Obama just happened to receive an impossible-to-believe $125,000 advance to write a book about race relations, which he just happened to fail to write while using the cash to vacation in Bali with his wife Michelle, and despite his record of non-writing he just happened to receive a second advance, for $40,000, from another publisher, and he eventually completed a manuscript called “Dreams From My Father,” which just happened to strongly reflect the writing style of William Ayers, who just happened to trample on an American flag for the cover photograph of the popular Chicago magazine, which Obama just happened never to see even though it appeared on newsstands throughout the city.

Obama was hired by the law firm Miner, Banhill and Galland, which just happened to specialize in negotiating state government contracts to develop low-income housing, and which just happened to deal with now-imprisoned Tony Rezko and his firm Rezar, and with slumlord Valerie Jarrett, and the law firm Judson Miner just happened to have been a classmate of Bernardine Dohrn, wife of William Ayers.

In 1994 Obama represented ACORN and another plaintiff in a lawsuit against Citibank for denying mortgages to blacks (Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Federal Savings Bank), and the lawsuit just happened to result in banks being blackmailed into approving subprime loans for poor credit risks, a trend which just happened to spread nationwide, and which just happened to lead to the collapse of the housing bubble, which just happened to help Obama defeat John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.

In 1996 Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate and joined the New Party, which just happened to promote Marxism, and Obama was supported by Dr. Quentin Yong, a socialist who just happened to support a government takeover of the health care system.

In late 1999 Obama purportedly engaged in homosexual activities and cocaine-snorting in the back of a limousine with a man named Larry Sinclair, who claims he was contacted in late 2007 by Donald Young, who just happened to be the gay choir director of Obama’s Chicago church and who shared information with Sinclair about Obama, and Young just happened to be murdered on December 23, 2007, just weeks after Larry Bland, another gay member of the church, just happened to be murdered, and both murders just happened to have never been solved. In 2008 Sinclair held a press conference to discuss his claims, and just happened to be arrested immediately after the event, based on a warrant issued by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who just happens to be the son of Joe Biden.

In 2003 Obama and his wife attended a dinner in honor of Rashid Khalidi, who just happened to be a former PLO operative, harsh critic of Israel, and advocate of Palestinian rights, and who Obama claims he does not know, even though the Obamas just happened to have dined more than once at the home of Khalidi and his wife, Mona, and just happened to have used them as occasional baby-sitters. Obama reportedly praised Khalidi at the decidedly anti-Semitic event, which William Ayers just happened to also attend, and the event Obama pretends he never attended was sponsored by the Arab American Action Network, to which Obama just happened to have funneled cash while serving on the board of the Woods Fund with William Ayers, and one speaker at the dinner remarked that if Palestinians cannot secure a return of their land, Israel will never see a day of peace, and entertainment at the dinner included a Muslim children’s dance whose performances just happened to include simulated beheadings with fake swords, and stomping on American, Israeli, and British flags, and Obama allegedly told the audience that Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine and there has been genocide against the Palestinian people by (the) Israelis, and the Los Angeles Times has a videotape of the event but just happens to refuse to make it public.

In the 2004 Illinois Democrat primary race for the U.S. Senate, front-runner Blair Hull just happened to be forced out of the race after David Axelrod just happened to manage to get Hull’s sealed divorce records unsealed, which just happened to enable Obama to win the primary, so he could face popular Republican Jack Ryan, whose sealed child custody records from his divorce just happened to become unsealed, forcing Ryan to withdraw from the race, which just happened to enable the unqualified Obama to waltz into the U.S. Senate, where, after a mere 143 days of work, he just happened to decide he was qualified to run for President of the United States.

Probably just one of those coincidences, right?

Math question ??? Just how many coincidences does it take to make one conspiracy?

Telling the Truth is So [square]

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/david-horowitz/the-threat-we-face-2/

The Threat We Face

David Horowitz
October 10, 2013

Below is a speech given by David Horowitz at the Kohler conference of the Bradley Foundation. It has been revised and edited for publication as an article.

I was born at the beginning of the Second World War into a family of high school teachers who were members of the Communist Party, and therefore were actually part of a vast conspiracy dedicated to the destruction of this country, although they would never have looked at it that way, and so-called liberals would be the first to deny it.

In those days, the schools were old fashioned enough that my parents did not use their classrooms to indoctrinate students as tens of thousands of university professors and even more K-12 teachers regularly do today. It is also an unhappy but hugely important fact that the conspiracy to which my parents belonged has steadily migrated into the heart of the Democratic Party until it now occupies the Oval Office in the person of our president, Barack Obama, and his closest advisors.

The president, his chief operative Valerie Jarrett and his chief political strategist David Axelrod all came out of the same Communist left and the same radical new left as I did, and all have remained heart and soul a part of it. As someone who turned his back on that destructive movement, I can say with confidence that they have not. If a person belongs to an organization or is the supporter of an idea that they come to see as destructive or evil, the first thing they will want to do when they leave is to warn others against it, to warn them of the dangers it represents. If a person does not do this – that tells me that he or she hasn’t left the destructive movement or abandoned the pernicious idea but has just put another face on them. Instead of calling themselves communists or socialists they call themselves liberals and progressives. This camouflage is very old. I never once heard my parents and their party friends refer to themselves as Communists. They were progressives – and registered Democrats. Continue reading

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I Live in a Den of Hashashians

My Father's liquor measuring cup—jigger—was free standing like the one on the left, but egg-cup shaped like the one on the right, but with no gavel-like handle, and a stem between the 1/2 ounce and quarter ounce cups

My Father’s liquor measuring cup—jigger—was free standing like the one on the left, but egg-cup shaped like the one on the right, but with no gavel-like handle, and a stem between the 1 ounce and 1/2 ounce cups

A Non-User Sandwiched Between
Generations of Aficionados of Forbidden Substances

When I was growing up, we had a fine silver implement like the one described, with the cup sizes finely-inscribed just below the rim with die stamps. The metal was brass underneath the silver plating; all throughout my childhood, the silver was wearing away, so the yellowish appearance of the core metal was showing through. But you could flick the rim of the cup with your finger, and it would emit a bell-like tone.

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Sheila’s Children, about 1967: Catherine, James, Suzanne, Kenneth

I had it re-silvered, and gave it to my sister, Sheila. It was a strange experience, getting new silver plating: The silversmith I found in the phone directory, wouldn’t let me come to his shop, for fear of robbery. I had to meet him in an isolated, rural location. I only saw him twice: The first time, I left him the jigger and the cash, something like $40. He called when the work was complete. I met him at the same place, he handed me the jigger in a sealed, transparent zip-lock bag. It was glowing with a brightness I had never seen. I sent it by mail to Sheila. I never heard anything else about it. When I tried to find out about it from her kids, they said the house was razed after her death, because she was an ultra-severe hoarder, but no one had seen it.

My Dad was 21 when the Depression hit. He was 25 when Prohibition was repealed. I believe he was a subscriber to the glamor culture of a forbidden substance, rather similar to the current marijuana culture. Jack had a bar. The jigger was an heirloom from those days.

Jack Keevers about 30

Jack Keevers about 30

When World War II was getting ready to break out, Jack was a liquor clerk at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago. He told his boss that he should stock up on scotch because of the war; his suggestion was accepted and the move saved a lot of money for the hotel.

Jack later showed signs of problem drinking. We would see him in a mildly intoxicated state, sipping his high-ball, muttering-yelling at the television. At such times, he was drinking alone.

Later, when he drowned cleaning a swimming pool after having a heart attack, we had sad questions about whether or not he had been intoxicated at the time of his death.

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Elkhorn & Dry Creek, Rio Linda, CA

I had nightmares of getting “high”. No matter how long I remained “clean”, I couldn’t shake the fear of relapsing back into marijuana use. Finally came the day in the early 1990s, nearly fifteen years after I had last “used”, that I knew I was liberated.The last time I consumed marijuana was in the late 1970s, in the same back-back pool yard, lined with 6 foot high grape stake fence, where my father had died. I smoked it in an ordinary tobacco pipe, a cheap plastic one I had bought at a Thrifty Drug Store. After that time, through the grace of Christ’s Sacraments, I began to overcome what was an addiction for me.

I had nightmares of getting “high”. No matter how long I remained “clean”, I couldn’t shake the fear of relapsing back into marijuana use. Finally came the day in the early 1990s, nearly fifteen years after I had last “used”, that I knew I was liberated.

Snake Man's heated, humidity controlled cabinet was twice as wide and twice as deep as the one depicted here

Snake Man’s heated, humidity controlled cabinet was twice as wide and twice as deep as the one depicted here

I was at the house of Snake Man, a tall, slim, muscular, handsome young twenty-something, with long, blonde hair, down to the middle of his back, one of the most truly jovial personalities I have ever known. He was a bassist in a Christian band, self-described as a “Carnal Christian”. (He pointed out to me that Igor Stravinski’s Rite of Spring is diabolical; I had never suspected it and have never heard it from anyone else.)

Snake Man had a python in a 6 foot high, heated and humidity controlled cabinet. We worked together at the then-world’s largest industrial bakers. He invited me to his house.

I had been there a few minutes, when another one of our colleagues, a guy who had hair like Phineas of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, came in and threw down a 4×6 inch flat, aluminum foil package onto the rough, wooden living room table.

“Whelp, I’ll be seeing you.”

“Wait a minute, where are you going. Why don’t you stay and have some of this?”

Phineas of R. Crumb's Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

Phineas of R. Crumb’s Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

“No thanks, I’ll be seeing you.”

I walked out. It was then I knew that I was free.

It had been a long journey. It had begun on the last day of the 1960s, December 31, 1969. My parents were out at a New Year’s Eve party. I was a psychologically shaky fifteen-year old, attracted by the drug culture of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (L.S.D.). Although no one had to force it on me, I was legally and psychologically incapable of informed consent.

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“I’ve sold my soul to the devil.” – John Lennon,
December 27, 1960

I was given marijuana stronger even that now used by the people around me. Cambodian, opiated cannabis indica, had the reputation of knocking out a grown man on a single “hit”. After four hits, I felt the drug coming over my body from the feet up. In a moment I was lying on my back in the middle of my parents’ living room floor, “dancing” on my back to the Beatles’ White Album.

My attraction to weed eventually contributed to my becoming homeless. Numerous attestations of the disadvantages of marijuana use can be found on this website. Let those who refuse to believe that there’s any cost to introducing a “natural” substance into one’s body, take their chances.

For myself, it is my desire to live apart from this scourge. I now have to walk into rooms with a thick haze of marijuana smoke. I have been so overexposed, I smell it in my blood when I am away from home.

Please, Lord, get me away from this.

Annie Lennox ‘disturbed and dismayed’ by ‘overtly sexualised’ pop performances

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/10358956/Annie-Lennox-disturbed-and-dismayed-by-overtly-sexualised-pop-performances.html

Singer Annie Lennox has criticised a “recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos”, and accused record companies of “peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment”.

Annie Lennox 'disturbed and dismayed' by 'overtly sexualised' pop performances

Rihanna and Miley Cyrus performing. Photo: REX FEATURES

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1:58PM BST 06 Oct 2013

The former Eurythmics singer’s attack comes as the row into the role of women in pop grows following a series of risque performances by stars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna.

“I have to say that I’m disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos,” Lennox wrote on her Facebook page.

“You know the ones I’m talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment.

“As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough.”

Yelling at Kids as bad or worse than Hitting

www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/Psychological-Abuse-Can-Scar-Children-Says-AAP.aspx

Psychological Abuse Can Scar Children, Says AAP

7/30/2012

For Release:  July 30, 2012

Although there may not be bruises or broken bones, psychological maltreatment can scar children for a lifetime and result in severe emotional distress, developmental problems and disruptive behavior. In an updated clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Psychological Maltreatment,” in the August 2012 issue of Pediatrics (published online July 30), the AAP describes how psychological maltreatment is one of the most common forms of child abuse, but also one of the most difficult to identify and prevent. Emotional or psychological abuse is a repeated pattern of behavior by a parent or caregiver that can be verbal or nonverbal, active or passive, intentional or unintentional, but is interpreted negatively by a child, and can result in developmental, social, emotional and academic problems. This form of mistreatment can occur in many types of families, but is more common in homes with multiple stresses, including family conflict, mental health issues, physical violence, depression or substance abuse. To date, not much is known about ways to intervene with parents who psychologically abuse their children, however it is hoped that health care providers can help to promote sensitive and attuned parenting using a range of approaches, such as educational strategies. If anyone suspects psychological or emotional abuse, they should contact child protective services for additional assessment and treatment.

- See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/Psychological-Abuse-Can-Scar-Children-Says-AAP.aspx#sthash.g4SElkNx.dpuf