Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

ghostsinthemachine

ghostsinthemachine's Journal
ghostsinthemachine's Journal
March 18, 2016

The EPA. Flint. How much of this is EPA's fault?

Lots of talk today with Republicans who think the EPA is the problem here and in the othe4 cases of lead poisoning via water. So tell me wise DU.

March 18, 2016

7 Facts About Drugs and Addiction That Will Make You Question Everything You Know

There’s no subject in our culture where the conversation is dominated by myths and misconceptions so much as drugs. We are frightened to talk about it. We are tempted to fall back on stock-phrases and mental spasms — Just Say No, and all its more modern twists.

I have always been sympathetic to more compassionate drug policies, and I thought of myself as pretty enlightened. But when I spent over three years researching my book Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, I was startled to discover — time and again — that I too had fallen for a shelf-load of myths.

Here are seven facts I learned along the way that startled me — and I think force us to think differently about the drug war we have been waging now for one hundred and one years.

Fact One: 85 percent to 90 percent of people who use even heroin, crack or meth don’t become addicted.

If you go into a crowded bar tonight and look around you, you might see some alcoholics (who need our love and support) — but we all know they’re a small minority.

But this isn’t true of most other drugs, is it? We all know that most people who use heroin or crack or meth become addicts.

This question has been carefully studied by leading social scientists — and it turns out this belief is a myth. As I learned from Professor Carl Hart at Columbia University, it turns out 85-90 percent of people who use any drug do not become addicted.

Even the UN Office of Drug Control — the main drug war body in the world — admitted that 90 percent of all currently banned drug use doesn’t harm the user — although they’ve pulled the link from their site.

More here."7 Facts About Drugs That Will Make You Question Everything You Know" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/7-facts-about-drugs-that-will-make-you-question-everything_b_9484744.html

March 16, 2016

I think my therapist needs a rescue dog .

WHADDAYAMEAN I AM TOO LOUD?

March 16, 2016

Dear Nancy Pelosi, Julia Brownley is NOT the only Congressperson from CA


in danger of losing their seat. (Just got an email from Nancy with the subject line saying that Julia Brownley was the only congressperson in danger in CA)



Ami Bera, right here in my district (CA 7th) is also in grave danger of losing his seat. Major union endorsing Republicans! This is a generally a republican district and Bera just barely squeaked through last election. He is in grave danger due to his perceived support of the TTP. (Which is somewhat unfair)

The local paper has done some reporting on his troubles here... http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article64881542.html
March 16, 2016

Dear Nancy Pelosi, Julia Brownley is NOT the only Congressperson from CA

in danger of losing their seat. (Just got an email from Nancy with the subject line saying that Julia Brownley was the only congressperson in danger in CA)



Ami Bera, right here in my district (CA 7th) is also in grave danger of losing his seat. Major union endorsing Republicans! This is a generally a republican district and Bera just barely squeaked through last election. He is in grave danger due to his perceived support of the TTP. (Which is somewhat unfair)

The local paper has done some reporting on his troubles here... http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article64881542.html

March 16, 2016

Veep nominations.. who do ya think will be the Veep noms?

Assuming that Hillary and T are the nominees.

I am thinking Hillary will pick Julian Castro. Or perhaps Joaquin Castro (twin brothers). Rising stars, big state. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article24774469.html

As for that other guy, I have no idea.

March 16, 2016

Who didn't see this coming? Trump wavers on paying legal fees....

Donald Trump wavers on paying legal fees for violent supporters

(CNN)Donald Trump seemed to walk back his promise to pay the legal fees of supporters who are charged for violence at his rallies when pressed on the subject by ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday.

"By paying those (legal) fees, wouldn't you be rewarding and encouraging violence?" asked host George Stephanopoulos.
Violence continues at Donald Trump rallies

"No, no I didn't say that. I haven't looked at it yet, and nobody's asked me to pay for fees, and somebody asked me a question and I haven't even seen it, so I never said I was going to pay for fees," the Republican front-runner said, at first denying what he has said both during a campaign rally and on Sunday during an interview.


At a rally in February, Trump told his supporters about protesters: "Knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. OK? Just knock the hell -- I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise."

And in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday, Trump said he had directed his staff to "look into" paying the legal fees of a supporter who sucker punched a protester at a rally last Wednesday in North Carolina.

More here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/15/politics/donald-trump-legal-fees-supporters/index.html

March 16, 2016

People for Change rally April 6, Sacramento state capitol (anti fracking, pro environment)

“People for Change”
(Lobby Day)
April 6, 2016 (Wednesday)
10:00am - 4:00pm
Capitol, Sacramento
North Steps of the California State

On April 6, 2016 a statewide event will be held in Sacramento at the State Capital Building. Help spread the word and bring your friends and family to make this the largest event yet. Join us for a memorable day with featured speakers and musicians.

This event is to unite organizations that oppose geoengineering, GMOs, fracking, vaccines, war, smart meters… to let our legislators know that we demand that they represent the people of California; not the corporations.

Some of the guest speakers include:

Deborah Whitman – President of EV (Our Toxic World)
Jennifer Martin – Author/Educator (Staying Healthy In A Toxic World)
Michael J. Murphy – Film Producer (Why/What In The World Are They Spraying)
Bob McFarland – California Grange (GMO/Seed Legislation)
Jessica Denning – Label GMOs
Eric Windheim – EMF Solutions (Smart Meters/Cell Towers)
Brandy Vaughan – Learn the Risk (Vaccines)
(Many More)
Live music by:
Kate Willens
Youtube:


Barclay Neumann

There will be an opportunity to collaborate with other groups and distribute literature to assembly members and senators.

If your organization would like to have a booth at this event, contact Deborah Whitman at (916) 595-7197. For more information about the “People for Change” Lobby Day, please visit:

Link to the Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/184877161891810/



Deborah J. Whitman, President
Environmental Voices
March 15, 2016

Russia suddenly leaving Syria

Source: CNN

Russia suddenly leaving Syria
http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/15/world/russia-syria-withdrawal/index.html

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/15/world/russia-syria-withdrawal/index.html



Hmm. I was sure that Russia was in it all the way, like in Ukraine, a war they could not lose.Wonder what the play is here for Putin?
March 15, 2016

Bob Dylan, Trump prophecy?

Now the rovin’ gambler he was very bored
He was tryin’ to create a next world war
He found a promoter who nearly fell off the floor
He said I never engaged in this kind of thing before
But yes I think it can be very easily done
We’ll just put some bleachers out in the sun
And have it on Highway 61

Profile Information

Member since: Thu Feb 5, 2015, 09:32 PM
Number of posts: 3,569
Latest Discussions»ghostsinthemachine's Journal