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Bob Marley “Jammin” One Love Peace Concert

Thank You Bob Marley!

The 507 Effect – Obamanation

It’s official, Obama is the new President Elect and we are witnessing a historic event.  This is the kind of man that will one day be put onto our money.  There are a lot of lofty words to be thrown around on this occasion, and I will leave that to the pundits.  But even with my innate distrust of our politicians, I am still struck by the depth of this moment.  Can you feel it?  The torch has passed to a new generation.  Of course, he must now tread through the Bush minefield, but that will come later, for now let me appreciate this changing of the guard.  I know that getting out of Iraq is going to be a bitch that is gonna take years, I know that the economy has tanked, I know that the earth’s ecology is changing.  I even know that the ability of one man to change it, especially one man who is beholden to corporate interests, is very minimal.  But I also know that America has taken a great fall in our standing of the world.  As a nation we were caricturized by Bush, ignorant, mean, greedy.  Now, we truly have a fresh slate and the world may see us as a nation changing for the better, growing up and becoming mature.  Rascism is by no means over, but this is a milestone in terms of who has his or her finger on “the button”.  This is an Obamanation.

The 507 Effect – Finally! Election Day!


Finally!  It’s election day!  And we shall soon know who it is we’ll despise in a couple of years.  As I posted earlier this week, I won’t be voting this year.  The way I see it, by not voting, I am reserving my right to bitch and complain about the failures of whoever is elected.  Because let’s get one thing straight here folks.  Whoever is elected is going to be a failure in our eyes.  Only to the super elite 1% of this planet will this next president seem like a champion.  Why do I say that?  Because the last 8 years have set us back so far that no matter who “wins” today, they will be bound to a course that was set before they took command of the oval office.  A course that try as they may, they can not alter.
The corporate cronies have robbed America blind.  Bush & the boys have fucked every single institution that made America a great nation.  To some it seems like the mistakes of an idiot administration, mistakes that could be righted by an Obama Administration.  But these tragedies of the last 8 years were not mistakes.  Each great tragedy, 9-11, Afghanistan, Iraq, New Orleans, the stock market, all of these tragedies led to a decrease in civil rights and a slight shift toward a Fascist police state.  If you asked someone who was alive in the the 60s civil right movement what they thought of today, they would say that we have moved backward just as much as we have moved forward.
“Moved back as much as we’ve moved forward?! But a ‘black’ man might be president!” you might be saying.  But that doesn’t really matter, that is just window dressing for the tourists.  The truth is that civil rights for people of all races and sexes have been scaled back by the bush administration.  And if there are any more environmental, military, economic, or terrorist disasters, we stand on the brink of total police state, no matter who the president is, Obama or McCain.
So I won’t be voting, because the outcome of this election was decided long ago.  But if you must go out and vote, for God’s sake vote for the “black” guy!

The 507 Effect -10/28/08- McCain or Obama?

Only 7 days left until the election and everyone is gearing up for the big push.  Everyone except for me of course.  Call me cynical but I have decided not to vote this election.  In fact, I haven’t voted since the 2004 Presidential Election.  I voted for Kerry of course.  The war in Iraq had just begun to flounder and I honestly believed that we could elect George Bush out of the White House.  I tried my hardest to forget the 2000 Presidential Election Fiasco that ended in the most important election in the land being stolen by Bush’s Cronies.  I genuinely believed that we could agree as a nation that George Bush was an ill prepared imbecile and that his policies were paradigm shifting in a really bad way, and that we could cast votes as a mature democracy and show the rest of the world what we do to imbecile leaders in America.  But lo and behold I was wrong.  And George Bush (Skull) beat John Kerry (Bones).
John Kerry promptly disappeared into post election obscurity.  Can anyone out there that isn’t on Kerry’s staff tell me 1 single Bush defying thing he has done since 2004.  Nothing worth mentioning.  Meanwhile Bush & the Boys have invaded 2 countries, shredded the constitution, scaled down civil rights, bankrupt the economy, screwed the earths ecology, ruined our standing in the world community, and endangered future generations.  This is beyond argument or disagreement.  This is truly unethical and unacceptable.  But we let them get away with it.  We let it slide.
And now we find ourselves on the brink of a truly historic election.  In one corner, the first “black” man in history is nominated by his party for President.  He is fresh, worldly.  He is non baby boomer.  He represents “change”.  In the other corner, the oldest man to ever run for the office.  “White” to the core of course.  Beholden to big interest, owned by lobbyist, and downright creepy.  So of course the young people are gonna vote for Obama.  I mean let’s face it, Bush has fucked up the country!  Up, down, left, right, we have even been fucked sideways.  He even fucked our grandchildren, and they aren’t even born yet!  No one that is my age and is half aware wants America to continue down the current path she is on.  The end of overtime, slipping standards of living, constant “security” state, lowered standing worldwide, failing dollar, dishonest politicians, widening gap between rich and poor, crashing ecosystems, things are looking rough.  And having Socialism (the recent nationalization of wall st.) & Fascism (Corporate owned government) creep into our political system in an atmosphere of “Fear & Terror” and you have the ingredients for a police state.  We can already see clearly how 9-11 has lead to a decrease in civil rights that have in no way made the world safer from terrorism.
So this election really is historic.  Both candidates are running on platforms of “Change”.  If I may gentleman, the Multi-verse in in a constant state of flux, and change is always constant.  But that being said, what kind of change do these men mean.  John McCain’s “Change” can best be described as non change.  Things will still change of course because that is the way of Creation, but they will continue down the path of the Bush Administration.  There will be scandals and cronies.  Nothing new.  Our country will go to the shitter the same way Russia did after the end of the Cold War.  Our security infrastructure will crumble appropriately, there will be a small scale nuclear accident or attack, and we will go into a long. bleak, police state future.  But what will happen if Obama is elected?  Well, our current economic woes can tell us the answer to that.  It was the final turd of the Bush White House, the collapse of the US Economy.  If Obama is elected, then the “Change” that he ran on will be thwarted.  There will be such a recession that any good he might genuinely hope to accomplish will be promptly killed.
And the most deafening silence in the room is the lack of discussion on technology.  We mention the economy and jobs, but no high tech, as if the future of these things did not depend upon us leading the world in tech.  We mention global warming but no high tech, as if in the next 30 – 50 years there would be no new options for dealing with carbon problems.  We mention the military but no high tech, as if our preeminence in the world wasn’t directly tied to our Superior “Smart” weapons.  And most of all we don’t hear any talk about a singularity.  The Singularity is the point in the next 50 years or so at which the exponential growth of information based technology will surpass our ability to deal with it.  Most people in the general public don’t know or understand “The Singularity”.  And most of those who do understand dismiss it as fantasy.  But like it or not technology is going to change our world in fundamental ways in the next 50 years.  And the leaders who are in control now will have a great hand in deciding the direction of this explosion.  That is one of the reasons that the Bush Years have been so bad.  because they amplify exponentially into the future, causing great harm.  But who will be in control of a post singularity world?  Will it be McCain’s backers?  Will it be Obama’s backers?
So “how, with all this at stake, could I choose to not vote?” you might ask.  Because I have learned that the system is rigged.  It was set up generations ago by families with wealth beyond our imagination.  They stole everything from the rest of us and enslaved us, setting up a system of greed and war instead of love and abundance and the Kingship of this planet which was our birthright.  And neither Obama nor McCain has any interest in truly freeing the prisoners, neither one of those men really care about the sick and homeless.  The senseless war on drugs will continue, and so will the evil war on terror.  Both men sit snugly next to each other in some-one’s hand, cards to be played at the appropriate moment.  Both men dangle in unison from Marionette’s strings, dancing to the bidding of their Puppeteer.

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WAMMFEST 2008!

Join us for the best Grass Roots political party in town!  Music – Politik – Poetry – Games – and fun for the family!  Everyone is Welcome!
Noon to 5pm
Saturday September 27th 2008
San Lorenzo Park
Duck Island
Santa Cruz, CA
Suggested donation: $4.20

Valerie Leveroni Corral
Mike Corral
The Sensory Tinge
The Rubber Souls
Michael O.
Robert Holdrige
The Mojo Navigators

for more info: WAMM.org

Council OKs smoking pot in WAMM tent – From The Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ – Medical marijuana patients will once again be allowed to smoke dope in San Lorenzo Park this Saturday, after city leaders temporarily lifted a smoking ban to allow for a festival celebrating the medicinal herb.

The decision came after testimony from more than 20 patients who reasoned and pleaded with the Santa Cruz City Council to allow them to inhale their medication while partaking in Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana’s annual WAMMfest. Some accused council members of growing old and more conservative, while others said Santa Cruz was losing both its compassion and its weirdness.

“Do not Carmel-ize Santa Cruz,” said Valerie Corral, co-founder of WAMM.

The catch, however, is that the ban was not lifted for the entire park. Instead, those with a medical marijuana identification card only will be allowed to smoke inside a tent designated for that purpose.

“I think it’s good. I think it’s a good compromise,” said WAMM co-founder Mike Corral.

The arrangement is not much different from previous years, where a tent was provided for medical marijuana patients but recreational tokers still smoked up on the lawn.

However, Sean Wharton, a WAMM patient who will double as a security guard at the festival, said he will speak with anyone this year who lights up on the grass.

“I would really like this to happen in the way it has in the past, and I will look for people smoking outside the smoking tent,” Wharton said.

Council members approved the proposal on a 5-1 vote, with Councilwoman Lynn Robinson voting against the measure and Mayor Ryan Coonerty absent.

Robinson said she does not like making exceptions to rules that the city requires everyone else to follow.

“The onus is on the organizers to work within our parameters and not ask our staff to look the other way,” Robinson said.

The issue arose two weeks ago after WAMM requested an exception to the city’s ban on smoking in San Lorenzo Park so its 200 patients could attend WAMMfest and breathe in their drug of choice.

With Councilman Tony Madrigal sick, the City Council split the vote 3-3. All council members voiced their support for medical marijuana, but not all were crazy about granting an exception to city rules for a festival celebrating drugs that are illegal without a prescription, fearing it could draw recreational tokers.

The tie vote pushed the issue onto Tuesday’s agenda, but with Coonerty scheduled to be away, many assumed the vote would split again and no smoking would be allowed. Ed Porter, Cynthia Mathews and Robinson all had voted against lifting the ban.

Porter ended up proposing the compromise that lifted the smoking ban only in the patient tent.

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Thanks to Genevieve Bookwalter & The Santa Cruz Sentinel for this article which I have printed at length.

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