“The Culture High” (2014) is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen on the marijuana debate, connecting many of the disparate dots. I’m left with a sense of frustration–WHY is legalization taking so long? (Hint: special interests of the poli-crony-elite persuasion.) And a sense of hope–many in the film believe we will see global legalization (in some form) in our lifetimes. I’m also hopeful on a smaller scale because of today’s decriminalization of small amounts of MJ in NH (3/4oz, or a “Bradley,” in honor of the senator who reduced the amount from the standard 1oz). In the movie, they cover David Nutt’s firing for doing the science behind drugs and coming up with the following chart. Yes, you read that right. Alcohol is by far the most harmful drug. Yet, here in NH, the government peddles booze by the highway. The same government that is considering introducing KENO gambling to pay for full-day kindergarten. In case you don’t know it yet, the state thinks “bad things” can be “good” for you, as long as “they” run it on your behalf (and take the tax money). Don’t be fooled, folks. We MUST resist any form of MJ legalization that does not include a homegrown provision. The film also discuss how FACTS don’t matter to politicians. They simply want “evidence” to support the policies that are already in place. This is why it is so difficult to shift people in power’s perspectives–it’s hard admitting you were wrong. But it is the right thing to do. Which means…I will no longer tolerate ignorance by any NH politician, reporter, or state employee on this issue. If you utter the words “Gateway Drug,” expect to be ridiculed. If you support putting peaceful people in jail for MJ, expect to be ridiculed. YOU NO LONGER HAVE ANY EXCUSE FOR YOUR IGNORANCE. (If you don’t know where to start, watch “The Culture High,” it’s full of people like you, former cops, policymakers and politicians who have the DECENCY to admit they were duped and are now doing the right thing.) I was deeply saddened by yesterday’s news about Ross Ulbricht’s appeal being turned down, but ultimately, thanks to the Internet, the battle to free minds and to #FreeRoss continues to tilt in our favor. As Lyn said to me yesterday: We won’t stop the fight. I add: Never give up. Peaceful resistance will prevail. There are more of us, than them! Viva la EVOLution!
Since I was little, I have been interested in mountaineering, and Everest in particular–thanks Reader’s Digest, one of the few “international” news sources available in South Africa under sanctions. Louis and I hiked to Annapurna’s base camp in 2002 (world’s 10th highest peak), a spiritual journey for me, and I have a deep love for that part of the world.
The documentary SHERPA is definitely worth a watch. It’s like “Arab Spring” at the base of Everest, mixed with people power, passion, capitalism, danger, corrupt government, a simpler time/desires, and greed. It strikes me the lack of clear property rights is what is causing the problems.
Who wants to buy Everest with me (this is probably super insulting to Nepalis, sorry!), and let the Sherpas decide how many people and at what price should climb their god annually? It won’t be cheap… Going rate per climb season is $360 million in total, of which a third goes to the government, Sherpas (about 300-400) receive $5,000-ish each, and the rest, I assume, goes to the western expedition leaders. I say we can do better than that! (Pic is Mount Annapurna, and I took it.)
Who is watching The Red Road? It’s my new favorite show! Set in New Jersey, this drama is darker but somewhat reminiscent of The Sopranos. Let’s say: Gangsters without the smiles. And, when I say “gangsters,” I mean this second season original show is actually exploring, whether intentionally or not, ideas around a voluntary society.
Set in the fictional sovereign land of the Ramapo Mountain Indians and the town of Walpole, 25 miles outside Manhattan, Red Road explores a Shakespeareanly dark relationship between a troubled member of the Ramapo tribe and a sheriff struggling to keep his family together after a cover up on Indian land involving his recovering-alcoholic schizo wife.
It’s a modern day cowboy and Indian story, except the cowboy cops are as corrupt as the so-called, supposed “bad guys.” In fact, the best part of the story is there are no “good guys” and “bad guys,” there are only people, making decisions, good and bad. We all dance with the devil.
The voluntary themes explored so far include: private agreements, helping others without jailing them, jailing others without helping them, environmentalism, tribalism, trust, family, honor, corruption, betrayal, and love. Bonus points? The lead Ramapo character is played by Hawaiian Jason Momoa, the totes fuckable hottie from Game of Thrones, no other than the Dothraki King, “Khal Drogo,” BUT WAIT! it gets better, Lisa Bonet, from The Cosby Show and Angel Heart, is his love interest, and things are hot and steamy and conflicted, BUT WAIT, it gets EVEN better… they are married IRL!
Extra bonus points? The producers of the show were so concerned that Drago and Proudfoot’s energy would be too explosive for the screen, they end up not getting a lot of screen-screw time together, but… would I watch that sex tape? Let the market decide…