No, I would not like a plastic bag…

While eating dinner with Natalie the other night, I was asked the all too classic question when it came time to leave,  “Would you like a plastic bag?”.  An innocent enough question, but one that has dire consequences for our planet and future.  Let’s start at the beginning shall we?
A plastic bag is made of Polyethylene, derived from fossil fuels.  Each year over 60 million tons are produced.  Every day Americans use 270 million plastic bags, leading to over 100 billion a year.  Though incredibly convenient, they are only made to be used a few times at most.  After carrying your item home, you simply toss the bag.  The trash man picks it up on Tuesday morning, and all is good.  Right?….
Very wrong, Polyethylene is not biodegradable.  Meaning it takes several hundred years to compost.  Several hundred years… Each time you buy something trivial and toss the bag once home, that very bag will be around longer than your children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children.  That is highly immoral and should be illegal. 
Fossil fuels are made up of FOSSILS.  Fossils are made up of carbon that was once a living creature.  Fossil fuels are made up of the bodies and spirits of creatures who lived long long ago.  We are in effect offering the essence of our ancestors on the alter of commercialism.  Our black ceremony is changing the environment.  Warming it up and altering the chemical structure through pollutants.  Life will be forced to adapt to this new environment in unthinkable ways.  It appears we are setting the stage for a second Age of the Lizards, whether homegrown or extra terrestrial.
So what do we do?  Our culture is so dependent on fossil fuels that it is a neurotic addiction.  One great step would be a bacteria or nanotech that turns waste plastic into energy.  It is still carbon, on a molecular level it should be able to be converted back to its original state.  Daniel Burd, a 16 year old Canadian recently discovered that Sphingomonas, a type of bacteria, can degrade over 40% of the weight of plastic bags in less than three months.  Another great step would be to follow the lead of South Africa and totally ban them with a large fine or jail time.  San Fransisco has recently done this, but with a paltry $200 fine.  Another step would be to consume less store bought junk.  A great way to tell what to buy is ask “How close does this item look to the way it was grown?”.  If it has been super processed and no longer looks anything like what it is made from, chances are it took a lot of fuel to produce and is wrapped in plastic.
Ultimately, doing without plastic bags is a change that would be noticeable at first, but manageable.  It would clean up our oceans and rivers, and free up crucial fuel resources that will help in the coming “Great Change”.  But most importantly, it would prevent future generations from having to deal with massive environmental devastation and looking back on us like barbarians.  So next time someone asks just say “No, I would not like a plastic bag….”

The Greatest Revenge is Success

There’s blood in the water, and the sharks are circling. Why is it that when you mess up in this world, there is always someone there to make money? Why is it that when you are sick, there is always someone there to make money? Why is it that when God touches your heart, there is always someone there to make money? Our worlds belief structure creates a self perpetuating vicious cycle of greed and fear. Everyone alive has had a moment where they were down, whether physically or spiritually. Its what you do when you are down that this is all about. Most people break when they are down. They give up, succumb to control, and admit defeat. They allow their lives and energy to be leached off of by the vampires who set this whole system up. Most people become bitter, dwelling on what could have been, or stewing with envy and rage at someone who threw them off course. They forget that light kills Vampires… To have someone tell you about climbing a mountain is one thing, but to climb the mountain yourself, that is a whole other story. Tribulation brings understanding, and understanding brings true compassion. And The Compassionate ONE is what this world is starving for. The Compassionate ONE drives the sharks and vampires away with the power of thought, voice, and action. The power of inner light. Cry not for yourself, cry for the millions oppressed worldwide. Sing the Song of Their Liberty! Take the fear and greed of the vampires and sharks and let it fire up your will to succeed! For the Greatest Revenge is Success!

Prohibition is a truly a multi faceted jewel of feces

For as long as there has been recorded history, people have had the liberty to experiment with their minds and bodies. Indigenous cultures worldwide revealed the Shaman, and the lessons and wisdom that he brought back from the medicine quest. Some people speculate the apes that ate psychedelic mushrooms and with that deep insight developed math and religion, evolved into modern humans. It is only in today’s context of mind control and oppression that “drugs” are stereotyped as “wrong” or even “evil”. Mind expanding substances are not looked kindly upon by someone attempting to control your mind.
What is a drug? Any substance that when taken into the body, alters bodily function. There are good drugs, bad drugs, legal drugs, illegal drugs, all natural drugs, processed drugs, street drugs, government sanctioned drugs, soft drugs, hard drugs, drug gumbo, drug soup…. And the ever looming WAR ON DRUGS. Or more correctly, The War on (SOME) Drugs, drugs that actually heal both the mind and spirit. Because that is what is happening. Pharmaceutical companies are feeding millions of people “Drugs” that are ultimately lead to both addiction and disease. I’ll write that line again. The “Drugs” coming out of pharmacies are doing far more damage to both the human body and the world then drugs that are illegal. Prohibition of drugs also does more damage to our culture and world then legalization. It was during Alcohol Prohibition that the Mob gained a strong foothold in the United States. And it is this current prohibition of “(some) Drugs” that has allowed pharmaceutical companies to grab a foothold on peoples hearts and minds, and now their DNA.
Prohibition is a truly a multi faceted jewel of feces. On one face, making “(some) drugs” illegal, pushes the market for them underground. At the same time both creating and funding a massive black market, and depriving the economy of money. On another face, spending Hundreds of Billions of dollars each year to surveil, arrest, prosecute, house, and rehabilitate (some) drug users, also leaches money from our faltering economy, and hurts our families and culture. Prohibition is a “Gateway” mentality. By making marijuana illegal, it allows people interested in trying only marijuana to have access to other hard/street drugs.
People have always used “drugs”. Drug users are not criminals.
End The War on (some) Drugs!
Set the captives free!

HAPPY 420!!


Thanks for the love and support!

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Much love to Radical Russ and NORML!

Big thanks to Radical Russ, Cannabis Karri, and NORML for the interview on April 10Th’s Daily Audio Stash. And for including us in the Weekend Music Stash. It was Carlos’ 27TH birthday and everything went great. The conversation danced around the absurdity of the War on (some) Drugs. Allow me to recap: Over 800,000 arrests each year for marijuana. Over 700,000 of those are for possession only. 5 states spend more money on corrections then education. 60% of prisoners are incarcerated for drugs. 3 strikes law means 3 felonies = natural life!!! 5000 years of recorded cannabis use and not 1 recorded overdose. Global Warming, resource wars, pharmaceutical companies shoving pills down our throats, Its time to legalize cannabis for medical, recreation, and industry. END THE WAR ON (some) DRUGS!! Set the Captives Free! Cannabem liberemus! Hear them both: April 10Th’s Daily Audio Stash Weekend Music Stash

April 10ths Daily Audio Stash Blog Post

Microsoft creates ‘instant backing band’ for singers

Whether you’re a frustrated songwriter or a shower-time crooner, you may long to hear your lyrics put to music. New software from Microsoft promises to provide just that – instant musical accompaniment to singing.

The software, called MySong, was developed by Dan Morris and Sumit Basu at Microsoft’s research lab in Redmond, Washington, US, and Ian Simon at the University of Washington in Seattle.

“The idea is to let a creative but musically untrained individual get a taste of song writing and music creation,” Morris told New Scientist. “There was nothing out there that could take a sung vocal melody as an input and then generate appropriate chords to accompany it.” (Watch a video of the process here.)

Their software does two things: it generates a file containing the sequence of sung notes – a process known as “pitch tracking” – then uses that sequence to work out a suitable musical backdrop – a technique called “chord probability computation”.

Hear an example of vocal input, MySong’s automatically generated chords and a full musical arrangement after passing the arrangement through a program called Band-in-a-Box.

‘Elevator music’

Since people rarely sing at precise frequencies, MySong compares a sung melody to the 12 standard musical notes. It then feeds an approximate sequence of notes to the system’s chord probability computation algorithm. This algorithm has been trained, through analysis of 300 rock, pop, country and jazz songs, to recognise fragments of melody and chords that work well together, as well as chords that compliment each another.

Because there is no single “correct” chord accompaniment for any vocal melody, MySong produces a variety of chord sequence and possible accompaniments. To move between different accompaniments, a user slides an on-screen bar for “happy factor” and “jazz factor”.

“I suspect musicians will argue that this is another step towards homogenised elevator music for all,” says Peter Bentley, a computer scientist at University College London, whose team has previously coaxed computers into improvising jazz melodies. “But I see a big market for this, whether it’s liked by musicians or not.”

Cellphone version?

Researcher and composer Tod Machover of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is also impressed with the system. “Interacting with a music creation system by using our own singing voice is the most interesting aspect to this software,” he says.

“The voice is our most intuitive and intimate interface and it’s one that has been curiously under-exploited in interactive systems,” Machover adds.

For MySong to be useful to untrained singers, however, Machover reckons it will need to be very forgiving for those who are “not be perfectly in-tune or accurate”.

Microsoft has yet to decide when or how it to market the technology. “There is nothing computationally demanding about MySong,” says Morris. “It could even run on a cellphone.”

MySong was demonstrated at the annual Computer Human Interaction meeting in Florence, Italy, this week.


Big Thanks to NewScientistTech for the story.  Although the video is marketed lame, the concept is groundbreaking!  Combine software like this with Melodyne Direct Note Access and music has changed forever!  Musical revenue will totally shift to live shows.  Making music will become so common, so long tailish, that playing an actual instrument will become highly specialized.  With tools like Photoshop, Melodyne DNA, MySong, Facebook, Garageband, and a host of others, people growing up in today’s hyper computerized world will be some of the most creative and most productive of all Time.  THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR!

Documentary on THE WAR ON DRUGS



NORML podcast on my birthday!! :)

NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) has a daily podcast, entitled Daily Audio Stash.  Hosted by Radical Russ, it is the most popular podcast of its type and content in the world.  Carlos from The Omega Project will be interviewed tomorrow Thur. April 10Th.  The show airs online at 4:20 east-coast 1:20 west-coast time.  Big Thanks to Allen St Pierre for the support and wisdom!  Not enough praise can be given to NORML, HIGHTIMES, and WAMM.  3 great organizations pushing herb awareness into the mainstream consciousness.  This Thur. April 10Th is Carlos’ 27Th birthday so please join us on NORMLs Daily Audio Stash.


Pearls of Wisdom from Harry Anslinger #2

The profound depth of our The USA’s original Drug Czar-  Harry Anslinger, your wisdom survives you, your legacy is rich.

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”

“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”

“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

“A gang of boys tear the clothes from two school girls and rape [them]…. A sixteen-year-old kills his entire family of five in Florida, a man in Minnesota puts a bullet through the head of a stranger… in Colorado husband tries to shoot his wife… and then kills himself. Every one of these crimes had been proceeded [sic] by the smoking of one or more marijuana ‘reefers.'”

“How many murders, suicides, robberies, criminal assaults, holdups, burglaries and deeds of maniacal insanity it causes each year, especially among the young, can only be conjectured… No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a joyous reveller in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer…”

“If the hideous monster Frankenstein came face to face with the monster of marijuana he would drop dead of fright.”

“[Marijuana is taken by] musicians. And I’m not speaking about good musicians, but the jazz type…”

Want to know the real facts in the War on Drugs?  Is Marijuana Safe?  Are more African Americans going to jail per capita?  Is Marijuana a “Gateway Drug”?  Drug War Facts is a website loaded with info on America’s lost War On Drugs.  For as long as there has been recorded history humans have had the right to experiment with their own mind and bodies.  “An estimated 35,041,000 Americans aged 12 or over (14.4% of the US population aged 12 and over) used an illicit drug during the previous year.”  People use drugs!  They always have and they always will.  The War on Drugs has only brought violence into what has always existed.  Why do we continue to imprison people worldwide in this senseless and outdated struggle!?

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