Just because we don't agree doesn't mean either one of us is right or wrong.
If we try your method first and it fails, then it's time to try a different method.
Education the natural process of life.
Always strive to get an education and never rely on what others consider to be an acceptable education for any aspect of your life.
A herb is a plant that is valued for flavor, scent, or other qualities.
Herbs are used in cooking, as medicines, and for spiritual purposes.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Diversified SubContracting

This my blogger based website for my independent contracting service. Unfortunately I am unable to honor the warranty plans of the satellite companies that I can service.  

I am looking to possibly expand my services to include the installations of security camera systems.

Diversified SubContracting

Politics, Science, and Popular Culture

I found this article, I have to admit I haven't read it all. Kind of glanced through it roughly.
What I did catch in the bits and pieces was enough to share on Facebook. I'll include a snapshot of my comments below. 

Marinol vs. Marijuana: Politics, Science, and Popular Culture | Braatah, Inc.

For all those who are against the legalization of cannabis and your sitting there drinking a cool alcoholic beverage. Remember the next time a drunk driver kills or injures another person, you need to be in court standing next to that driver and as far as I'm concerned be judged right along side the drunk. It doesn't take a lot of common sense or intelligence to see that alcohol is the wrong choice of recreation for some of the people. I find it difficult to believe or trust anyone who claims cannabis is wrong for all the people, when they use threats of fines and incarcerations in an attempt to intimidate people to accept their opinion as the only opinion and the right opinion.

The Making of a Complicated Life.

It's a shame that...

That's how it starts, then I wonder WTH is wrong with our society. It would seem that some people have a habit of making other people lives more complicated than it already is.

I may be wrong but, I think my comment is easy to understand. Jose Guerena is the victim of the outdated and failed prohibition policies we have in place. Would this have made the news or be this controversial if he did have drugs?
How can anyone claim this as being a justified death regardless of the questionable drug laws?

In my opinion it's a lack of respect to define our ability to be a respectable citizen based on what we possesses to consume in the privacy of our own homes under our own freewill.

My concept of a respectable citizen should be defined by how they treat the people of their community and by whether they can accept and admit responsibility for their mistakes.

Everyone is entitle to mistakes, it's the ability to learn from ones mistakes that make people better. This holds true for both an individual and a group.

The old adage is:
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Now the problem with that is some people keep trying the same thing the same way over and over and over. The failure rate will always be 100%. Excuse me, that isn't what it means. It means we need to rethink the problem and find a competent and practical solution to the problem. Ignoring this means to me that we the superior intelligent beings aren't as superior as we think we are. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Mixed Reactions

Let's look at what is causing this for me.

Then let's add this from Facebook if you can read the comments, Medical marijuana legalization underway in Arkansas.

Now, being in the so-called bible belt as so many claim. I have a problem with those who keep trying to impose upon me their concept of what a Christian is.

First, if as they claim to believe God created all living things including the plants. It is my belief that by eradicating the cannabis and hemp plant we are saying God is an idiot who had no clue as to what he was doing. And therefore have placed ourselves above God and creation, that doesn't set well with me. This is the same as lying to yourself about the trust you have in God. So, why should I actually trust these people?

Second, God created us to be individually different. It is said he will provide for us what we need to survive. This does not mean he will provide for everyone in the same way. His provisions include the plants and animals we need to sustain life, the mind to discover and learn new things. This is why some claim us to be the superior intelligence on this world. Well if we are, why is it we are being led to ignore the knowledge and information of past generations?

Third, of all people who should be fighting for the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis and hemp, it should be the very same people who claim to believe in and trust God for providing us with such a beneficial plant. The uses of these plants have been tested through out history and time. They have provided us with a source of nutrition, fiber for clothing and paper, a source of fuel, and as medicine for a fairly large number of health problems. How can we continue to overlook the possibilities?

Forth, we have people who claim to use cannabis as a sacramental part of their religion. There are some who state these people only use it as an excuse to get high. I haven't made my mind up on that thought, but I am not doubting it either. There have been cases of people who have proven to use the name of God for their own personal gains, this also doesn't set well with me. Yet, there is evidence that ties the use of cannabis to ceremonies of long extinct people. Should we just ignore this? Who really has the final say as to an individuals religious beliefs?

Now on to the individual differences of people.
As I have mentioned before we are all equally and individually different from one another. Each one of us has different beliefs and opinions, desires and needs, and also science (being the educational tool that it is) has taught us that we also react individually different to what we consume. Read my Peanut Theory for a little more of my thoughts on this subject.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Yea, I Read Cop Blogs

The title says it all, I follow the blogs of a few cop who catch my interest some of them have discontinued their blog. I think this might have to do with the police department politics, their protecting their butts from becoming a scapegoat of a brown-noser.

Not all cops are bad people, there are those who make the good cops look bad. The cops job is to enforce laws made by over educated elected officials, who don't have any respect for the people who pay their salaries.

COP in the days of old was the word of respect, at least that's how I understood it. It meant constable on patrol. These constables protected the people from acts of violence, They didn't arrest some one by what they possessed to consume, but for how they treated other individuals.

This is the link to Beat and Release I read his blog and he has an interesting take on Pima County's excessive use of deadly force done earlier this month. This cop's perspective brings to questions concerning the damages and death that result from our prohibition policies.


"A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
-- Abraham Lincoln, December 8, 1840

"Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use."
-- President Jimmy Carter, August 2, 1977

Contradictions of a Nation

Here are some pictures to question the concept of the greatest nation in the world. Most of these can be solved with basic common sense and getting the priorities of our broken justice system in proper order.

First we are number 1.

Second we are not number 1.

I didn't design these pictures, I found them while surfing the net. I have a good idea that they are right on the mark.

Educating Myself in the Field of Computer Technology

Ok, as I have mentioned before I'm not a big fan of Microsoft computer software, so I use Linux Open Source software. I have been recycling and refurbishing older computers for a few years trying to learn my way around the hardware aspect of it. Now, I think I'm ready to tackle some of the software side of it. I have been dabbling in it a little, not enough to crash a computer.

Here is the link to my desktop screenshots, after I figured out that I could do that little deal. Who ever came up with the screenshot software is much appreciated. It helps me record the different versions of Linux I have tried. I pretty much have everything to my liking on the desktop now, as to what I like a setup to look like. The only thing I'm changing now is the backgrounds.

My latest recycle project is now fully loaded with the software I enjoy using, my mail clients, web browsers and media software, everything is set-up.
I may install the Google Gadgets software to see if I might like them, will let you know how that works and take some more pictures of them. There are a few more packages I'm wanting to try out though. My next project is learning to transfer all my web browser bookmarks to this desktop. While I was at it these couple of days, I also changed my blog site a little, background and style.

For those of you who might be interested this is Linux Mint it's became my preferred distribution of Linux. I am especially fond of the XFCE version, but I have almost all the current versions on file. I have Google Desktop installed on Konqueror it's a file manager/web browser in one, and I also have Kontact for my email/office client. Most of the KDE software I have is used for work related emails and web searches. I do enjoy the ability to mix and match from different desktop environments of Linux.

I haven't learned to use terminal to install my preferred software, so I am  using the synaptic package manager and the software manager. Most of the Linux distribution have some form of installing packages this way.

Rehab Report

Federal Report: Most In Pot Rehab Were Forced Into It - Toke of the Town

I found this to be an interesting read. So, I shared it on Facebook.

Wall Fisher on Facebook

  • When you consider the amount of damages, the number of deaths, the health problems and social issues that are the side effects of alcohol, over the counter, and prescription drugs approved as the only legal products for all the people. It doesn't take a lot of common sense or intelligence to see those products aren't the right product for some of the people.
    Surprise, surprise. Most people who go to drug rehab programs for marijuana don't want to be there, and were in fact forced to either attend the dreary, pointless sessions or to go to jail.

      • Wall Fisher Why should people believe or trust anyone who claims marijuana is wrong for all the people? Especially when they are use threats of fines and/or incarcerations in an attempt to intimidate people to accept their opinion as the right opinion. There is no information available that I know of proving it's wrong for everyone, only that like all the other products it affects people differently.
      • Thomas Farrell I always looked at it like this:
        The government prohibiting/criminalizing marijuana is the equivalent of saying that God screwed up when he created Earth. To quote the late, great Bill Hicks:

        "Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn't the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit...unnatural?"
      • Wall Fisher My thoughts exactly.
      • Wall Fisher
        Science is a great educational tool, it teaches us a lot. Take for instance it has taught us that the extinction of one species affects the very livelihood of all species. This may not be an immediate affect that is noticeable at first, but... none the less we know about this. Now, the government in their infinite wisdom is essentially spending billions on eradication of cannabis and feral hemp. This is an attempt to force a species into extinction. Never mind that we know and understand the consequences of this action, We will have to later on attempt to find a quick chemical fix to counteract this ignorance, more than likely it will be after I'm long gone though.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Little Rock DJ Arrested for DWI

Here's a local DJ Tommy Smith arrested for DWI and few other charges. These are the stories from 2 of our local stations where I read the news. Yes, I read news. I can't sit in front of a television and watch commercials for alcohol and prescription drugs. Both of those products are involved in this story.

Now I have comments on both sites concerning my thoughts of this.
First thought: Would he be receiving this attention if he was to have a choice in the recreational products he consumed?
Second thought: Why would anyone continue to use a product if they knew it would control their life, instead of them controlling the product?
Third thought: This is proof that everything the government approves and claims to be the only legal options isn't the right option for everyone.

The legal options vs the right options.
Our government is made up of people, people make mistakes. Not all of them are good though. By claiming the legal options are the only acceptable options for all the people our legislators who we pay have essentially obligated themselves into the position of accepting responsibility for those damages and deaths associated with they claim to be right.

Another Rescue and Recycle

Well the other day I rescued a couple of computers from being trashed out. I ended up with the Dell 2400 which I am presently writing this blog on. It's replacing the Enterprise server that I recycled last. BTW, there's nothing wrong with the server it still works but it doesn't have the speed like this one. The other is a Compaq I couldn't get it to run, I suspect the motherboard is shot. I was able to use the dvd rw from it. I put it in this Dell.

Here's the screenshot of it. Yes, I like steampunk themed backgrounds. My daughter really liked this one. It's steampunked medieval Naval Air warcraft.

As always I install Linux on my recycles, my preferred distribution is Linux Mint. This is Mint 9 XFCE,  it has long term support until 2013 and has became a favorite of mine. I did the install last night with whatever upgrades that were available. This morning I started adding all my preferred software, Seamonkey Internet suite by Mozilla, rekong a KDE web browser, Konqueror another KDE web browser plus file manager, VLC media player, Chromium Browser, Picasa 3 for my pictures and a few other programs.
After the install it was time to set my browsers up, I have different browser for different persona's. Seamonkey is my preferred it's the one I use for my rants and raves here and on Facebook, and the mail/news client is awesome.
My Firefox web browser is for my family oriented Facebook, while rekonq is used for my independent contracting service. 
Plus I also installed a preloaded hard-drive that has Mint 10 on it, for a dual boot system. This HDD included my favorite XFCE desktop environment and was in my Enterprise server. I did this so I had a copy of my saved pictures and files to access.

I tried to get my wife to take this one, she's been complaining about how slow hers is. Ste in her ways I guess. The most difficult part of recycling is deciding what I am going to do with one when I'm done. All my recycles are older computers that the ram max out at 2 gig or lower.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

3 Reports of Interest Involving the Marijuana Policies

Schafer Commission Report
This report was commissioned By then president R. Nixon questioning the marijuana laws. The recommendation was to decriminalize for personal use. As you already know or have witnessed our illustrious leaders tend to ignore any information that goes against their idea of moral obligations and responsibility. What bothers me is that this cost the taxpayers money, and the continued waste of taxpayers money on this prohibition policy due to ignoring this report has failed.
The Effects of Portugal Drug Decriminalization
Now, here is an example of a country that changed their perspective on the drug laws. You can download the white paper copy of this in a pdf format to read at your own leisure. I do believe this is proof enough to say we are wrong in going about our drug problem in the USA.  

Removal of cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I threw this in because it's also good informative reading on the subject of reclassifying cannabis.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Year of Energy Disaster

A Year of Energy Disaster - Grow It In The Sun

I've looked at the damages of the new and improved energy sources. And I have to say that our ancestors were a whole lot smarter than people want to give them credit for.

Our ancestors used nature to provide power, animals to pull wagons for hauling our products, pulling plows for a less laboring farm work, and to carry our lazy butts when we were tired of walking. Animals were even used to move water to and for the people.

We learned to use wind to move water for farming, and it moved ships across the oceans of our world. We have discovered ways to harness the wind to produce the electricity for the products of convenience in our homes.

Solar power has also gain a position of being a reliable source of energy, we can trap it to heat water and homes, produce power for homes.

With the available options we still act like we need to build other solutions, some of them I blame on what I call the medieval mindset of the greedy. This mindset is in my opinion is helping to destroy the world I fondly claim to be home.

Now, I'm not saying it's wrong to explore other possibilities, I'm saying it's wrong to claim these possibilities as the right solution. We can't keep overlooking the damages and deaths associated with the present suppliers of energy.

We can manufacture fuel for our vehicles from plant matter, these same plant matter can also produce a more durable and environmentally friendly plastics. Both of these are produced with crude oil. This crude oil is used in a wide variety of products we consume. In other words we have most of our eggs in one basket, and some of them are cracked.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The side effects of quick chemical fixes.

Juvenile arthritis causing pain for some Arkansas kids | todaysthv.com

I recently read this on the site and below are my thoughts of it.

I am a firm believer that a lot of these health issues like this are directly related to the combination of chemicals we consume in our foods, and children are first affected by these chemicals in the womb and they continually affected with more chemicals as they get older. We have been raised to consider chemical science as being the acceptable way to promote health and well being. But at the same time we are also being taught to overlook the damages and deaths that are the result of these quick chemical fixes as I called them. The promotion of progress shouldn't ignore these damages. It should include the use of basic common sense, the knowledge and information that the generations of people before us have discovered. New and improved doesn't always mean that something is better or right for everyone.

Now, I may be wrong in thinking this, but considering the number of times this has been proven to be true. I have yet to find any evidence proving me wrong on this.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Industrial Hemp USDA yearbook of 1913

Industrial Hemp from USDA Agriculture Yearbook of 1913

The first time I read this was a hardback original. I now look for these yearbooks at flea markets and used book stores in hope of finding another copy. These books are full of knowledge and information that needs to be keep available. Our ancestors were smart to keep a written history for the future generations.

Our Criminal Element

Colorado Court Dismisses Charges Against Medical Marijuana Doctor | THE Weed Blog

After reading this article I have to question the morals of the officers who we depend on to uphold our laws.
If the average citizen acquire and used a false identity for their own financial gain, they would be charged with fraud and punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Yet, when police do this to gain evidence against a suspect, it is an overlooked crime that is considered necessary for them to protect the public.
Here we have an officer of the law, faking an illness with falsified identification that is recognised under Colorado State as a legitimate reason to a recommendation for Medical Marijuana use.

Reckless endangerment.


Reckless endangerment: A person commits the crime of reckless endangerment if the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. “Reckless” conduct is conduct that exhibits a culpable disregard of foreseeable consequences to others from the act or omission involved. The accused need not intentionally cause a resulting harm or know that his conduct is substantially certain to cause that result. The ultimate question is whether, under all the circumstances, the accused’s conduct was of that heedless nature that made it actually or imminently dangerous to the rights or safety of others.

This is what is happening with the present prohibition policies. Here are some examples of it:

Twice convicted killer arrested for 3rd murder

How $31 of pot gave mom a 10 year prison sentence

Fourth marijuana conviction gets a life sentence

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Dilemas of Policy

Does anyone else...

This is question that I am sure there are reasonable solutions too:

First I don't condone the use of cocaine or crystal meth, these 2 products have proven to be the most dangerous and deadly illicit drugs on the streets. Even the manufacturing of them can be an explosive experience for some. Usually they don't survive to tell their story. I'll not deny it, I have tried both. To be honest I wasn't impressed with the effects they had on me, nor do I care to experience them again. I still can't seem to understand why anyone in their right frame of mind would want to put that poison in their body willingly.

Now, I do know and understand people are not going to agree with this idea as a suitable solution to this ongoing problem. But, Portugal seems to have found a way to curb the abuse of these products, I suggest we consider something similar but with a little more physician based control. After all, who would you rather be deciding if you have an addiction. They are already in position and giving medications that are responsible for a lot of peoples addiction.

Now first for this to work properly we need a way to monitor the distribution of these drugs, to verify people aren't cutting the products with poisons that are fatal to the end user. Then  there's the age of consent we don't want children to be addicts, nor do we need children being born as addicts. This is one of my primary concerns, it's one thing for an adult to use. But to abuse the life of a child is irresponsible parenting. That's why we need a physician based system of checks and balances.

Ok, the next step is to take advantage of the existing distribution system. To do this is some what the lesser of two evils. If the drug cartels want to continue sending their manufactured products to the USA they pay a tariff. Anyone caught smuggling will loss their product and be turned around, sent home their names and pictures uploaded to a data base for future identification of suspected smugglers. Their products forfeited to be auctioned to a licensed and monitored distributor. This is absurd right. No think about it I read the illegal drug trade is estimated be $411 billion world wide, we spend an estimated $26 billion on enforcing prohibition laws then add the small fortune used in prosecuting and incarcerations. I'm willing to bet we spend less than 10% of what these drug cartels world wide gross profits. There isn't any way our government can even get close to stopping the drug traffic.

So we have a tariff on drugs that enter the country. Which will cover the cost of the infrastructure of the inspectors who are already in place, plus generate some extra revenue for our wasteful government to use on paying off our countries deficit. 
We have an approved safe distribution network of licensed and regulated Americans, who tax these products. Which can go towards an affordable healthcare plan for everyone.
And we are not spending money on failed prohibition policies or on prosecution and incarceration of the citizens, this money can be reallocated to other uses. Preferably raises for our first responders(EMT, fire personnel, and police) and military personnel. These people deserve to be paid better than they are in most cities and towns. More room in the prison system for the violent criminals, who show no remorse for the taking a life.

Like I said I don't condone the use of these products, I would not recommend them to my worst enemy. I will suggest they first visit rehab clinics and talk to people who have discovered they needed help fighting their addiction. If a person has the courage to admit to themselves their drug of choice is causing them problems and they ask me to help break the habit, I have a moral obligation to assist them if possible and to respect them for their courage.

Fact is we have a problem, and fighting it with prohibition is a failure. We need to take advantage of the drug problem and turn the abuse around. Use the abuse against itself. I see this as a win/win solution.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother Nature Striking Back

Memphis residents prepare for rising river - CBS News

As with all the natural disasters of the last 20+ years. I take them as a sign for the people to shape up, to treat the Earth as if it is an individual living being. Some may argue that is a bullshit idea or religion. But don't expect me to rush around and try to save their precious butts when we have no where else to go. We haven't advanced enough to be ready to evacuate this planet any time in the near future.

I have been told that the Earth can't like or dislike what we do to it. Well, every action has an opposite and equal reaction that is a proven fact. So, if the Earth can't like or dislike, how come these natural disasters are more frequent and dangerous? Are we just so smart that we're stupid enough to not pay attention to what's happening to the world we call home?

We have what is commonly referred to as Fracking, the use of hydrolic jacks to hammer the natural gases of the crevices of the rocks. Just out of curiosity, how many of you people are willing to stand there and be hammered on for days at a time? How long would you live if some one stuck needles in your arm and pumped out your blood at a steady slow pace, faster then you can replenish it?

Then I read this. I see this as pure profiteering, there are those who are addicted to greed. Their greed has placed us in a position of being dependent on oil for various products that could and should be of a more environmentally friendly process. In other words they also are addicted to oil and petroleum based products. Well, look around those products have proven to be not as healthy for us or our world as we were led to believe. These products are endangering the future generations. I for one am not wanting to or willing to try keeping up with the Jones, the Jones of this world aren't very practical. Nor do they seem to have the ability to use basic common sense and intelligence. I prefer reliable, sturdy long lasting environmentally friendly products, especially if they are biodegradable.

As an independent contractor I would rather to have steady work with a small steady profit any day of the week than the occasional work with high profit margins. It in my opinion makes good business sense. We are living in a society that has forgotten what customer loyalty is, our corporations show no respect for the customers who help them build up to where they are today. They have set quality control programs and safety guidelines, but also at the same time don't offer the employees any incentives to really care about those policies.

Mother Nature shouldn't be fooled with like we have been doing over the past 20-30 years. She doesn't tolerate the ignorance as well as people do. We can't make better people with the chemicals of convenience, the new and improved isn't always better or greater than the old and reliable ways. Nor do I believe that the advances in chemical science has the ability to solve all the problems the people of this world face. It is time for the individual people to be practical in their actions and decisions.

I have in the past questioned the concept of people as a species being the superior intelligence on this world, we have 1,000's of years worth of knowledge available to us, thanks mainly to the previous generations who lived before us. Yet we seem to have a habit of ignoring the knowledge of that past. The old adage those who ignore the past will relive it, has a special ring to it in my heart. The past tends to come back and haunt us.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Defining a respectable and responsible citizen.

The definition of one's citizenship in the United States Of America.
My idea of a respectable citizen has nothing to do with what they possess to consume in the privacy of their own home, but has everything to do with how they treat their fellow citizens. It is determined by whether I can trust them to be responsible for their actions and decisions.
I personally don't believe in consuming alcohol, over the counter or prescription drugs, and if I do take prescribed medicines it will only be in an emergency, during surgery, or as a last resort when the natural organic herbs and medicines fail to work. I also don't like the fact that the majority of the foods we consume has been raised with chemicals or have been genetically altered for the purpose of generating higher profits.
I say this because I believe the use of these products on a daily basis violates the laws of God and nature. We are after all an organic product of this world not a piece of machinery. Science by genetically altering our foods have theoretically proven that changing these products will also change the next generation, so who can actually say what damages or health problems we are causing the next generation of people? If through the foods we absorb today can stay in our system how would they react when combined in the womb? Do we know for sure these combinations of chemicals are not affecting the health of our children and possibly our grand-children?
So if for some reason somebody took it upon themselves to consume a man-made product such as alcohol, cocaine, or any number of mind altering products, that is their decision and their cross to bear. I do expect them to have the courtesy to be respective of others by using those products responsibly.
This is where I argue the concept of our government's claim of having a moral responsibility to protect us from ourselves. Morally just because I may not approve of the use of the manufacture products to alter one's state of mind, does not give me the right to treat people like they are scum of the earth. Just as our government may not approve of my use of natural organic herbs and medicines, does not in any way give them the right to treat me like a criminal.
Yes, our leaders have a moral responsibility to the people to protect us from ourselves to some degree, Morally this is to inform us of the dangers that may result from the products we consume, morally they have an obligation to make recommendations, morally hold us responsible for any and all damages and/or deaths that may occur if we choose not accept those recommendations. But morally they have no right to deny us the option to learn from our mistakes. And morally they have an obligation to the people to accept responsibility for the damages and deaths that result from what they claim to be the right choice and only choice for all the people.

I have been asked if I believe in God.

I have been asked if I believe in God, more than once.

My answer to this is and always will be:
I am a realist, disillusioned Baptist, and an ordained minister.

Some would argue my beliefs with me. But in my eyes God and the Earth we call home are the one and same. We can not live without each other. If you love God you have to love the Earth. If you abuse the Earth than you are abusing your love of God. They go hand in hand in my opinion. Our societies abuses of the Earth will be our downfall, there is no doubt in my mind to that fact. When we have depleted this world of it's blood we all die.

Our world is telling us to shape up or ship out. Don't believe me just look around you. My mother used to say she brought me into this world and she can take me out of the world. That saying is especially true with God. He gave us life and he has every right to take that life back at his discretion.

We as a society in general haven't shown the Earth or God the deserved respect, by abusing and ignoring the knowledge and information available. As a species we are influenced by greed. No other species on this planet is, they only use what is necessary to survive. We have on the other hand been led down a path that has neglected that concept. Apparently we have a problem with learning to co-exist with each other much less other species.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The link to the UN website.

Article 26:
  • (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
  • (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
  • (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children

This entitles me to an education, it does not give anyone the right to deny me an education, nor does it give anyone the right to deny me the ability to use the knowledge and information competently of said education.
No where does it say I am required to get approval from anyone on what I want to learn, neither does it require people to agree with how I use what I learn.

An Illegal Act of Love: Husband Sentenced For Growing Pot For Wife

An Illegal Act of Love: Husband Sentenced For Growing Pot For Wife - WJW

This is to me an example of our CSA going to the extreme. What a waste of taxpayers money if I ever saw one. He's 69 years old and by the time he finishes serving time he'll be 71. This is why so many people are disgruntled toward our politicians. They can't bring themselves to find a suitable solution to this issue. Just because they may not agree with people using it or approve of the people using it doesn't mean it's the wrong choice for everyone. In this case the man did what he could afford to do for his wife. So basically you are a criminal in this country if you can't afford the modern medicines we are required by law to accept as the legal options, or consider those options as acceptable.

The Earth As A Living Species

Some would call me crazy or even a lunatic for my belief that this planet we call home is an actual living being. As the true native Americans who roamed the USA before we came along and civilised them. I believe the earth has provided us with what is necessary to survive and can continue to provide for our future generations. But we have to be able to look at what the advances we have made has done to our little world. Listen to our world just as you would listen to your body when it tells you it's not working properly.

I also believe that everything has a place and purpose. The oil we suck out of the ground is the same as draining blood from your body, without blood you wouldn't survive for very long, and the earth won't survive much longer without the oil running through it's veins. We have a symbiotic relationship with this planet, I believe that this world won't survive without us as much we won't survive without this world. If we keep ignoring that than we have no right to be here in the first place.

For a species that claims to be of superior intelligence, we have proven to be a destructive lot who doesn't pay attention to or appreciate the world we live on and the wonders it has provided us. We have been taught to ignore the past, and over look the knowledge we have already discovered. In other words if it's not new and improved it's not acceptable or right. Our future generations are the ones who will suffer the consequences and pay for the mistakes of the policy makers who have proven their questionable concept of moral obligations and responsibilities.

Let's consider our founding fathers they knew and understood the need of a renewable and sustainable products. One of them faced certain death for smuggling hemp seeds out of China, he did this to provide for our new nation, to help our ancestors escape the tyranny of an unjust government. It is suspected that when our founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence they were under the influence of both alcohol and herb. Some even raised it as a cash crop. While our government not only accepted it as payment for taxes, but required farmers to produce hemp. We probably wouldn't be the nation of people we are today if it wasn't for this plant. By the way, both our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were wrote on paper made of hemp.

These hemp seeds provided the agricultural needs of this growing nation for over a hundred and fifty years, they provided the people with dependable sturdy clothing and paper (some of which still exists). Hemp was also used to manufacture fuel for the earliest vehicles of the industrial revolution. Henry Ford even developed a poly-fiber body for his vehicles and a biodegradable plastic of all natural fibers. I remember years ago of an article that had proven that ethanol was a cleaner burning fuel, which means it's healthier for the environment.

While there were studies that proved one acre of hemp can produce as much paper as 4 acres of wood pulp could. Levi Strauss manufactured durable work clothes out of hemp. We also have evidence available proving hemp is an excellent rotation crop for farmers to use in revitalising the soil for the next crop. There are old government publications that state hemp could be the billion dollar crop of the early 1900's. Now considering the amount of damage caused by ignoring this possibility we are in need of re-evaluating the concept of what progress is.  

Up until 1944 cannabis was listed in the pharmacology handbook as a source of medicine, I am not one to believe it's the cure all medicine as some would like to believe it is. I do believe that it does have some medicinal values that need to be explored. We have in the past been told the more natural and organic the product we consume the healthier will will be. I tend to believe this should also include the medicines. It is my opinion that the combination of chemicals we consume is directly responsible for some of the health problems we as a nation suffer from.

It seems that the only way for a person to be chemically free is to live on a deserted island or in uncharted land. What we do on this planet has an equal and opposite reaction. And I'm worried that our children and grandchildren won't get the chance to enjoy their right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

My week of Linux testing.

This week I had my Linux Mint software seem to lock-up on me in the latest computer I recently recycled. It wasn't as bad as I had expected, the cable from my hard drive needed replaced apparently it had a few breaks that took a while to raise their evil inconvenient ideas.

So after doing the necessary repairs and few more additions like hard drives, removing a zip drive and installing a floppy drive I had it up and running. One of the hard drives I installed was in another desktop it had some bad sectors in it, I decided to test it and installed a different distribution of Linux on it. This is Debian. I have tried this before and really liked it, at the time I wasn't use to working with Linux as much. After the install I was able to set everything up, with the different packages that I enjoy using. Unfortunately the hard drive did have a few bad sectors it was failing so I had it in the final stages when it crashed.

Luckily I have another drive to install in it's place. I'm not the least bit disappointed though.

Now my Compaq Presario also had it's drive die, which I had expected to happen. But I had already replaced it with a Dell Latitude with this as it's desktop . I have to have a laptop for work installing HughesNet Satellite.

I have a Gateway with this desktop on the most used hard drive of the two.

An example of irresponsible drug use, and why we need COMPETENT drug laws.

Girl, 5, hospitalized after ingesting PCP, Conn. cops arrest mother - Crimesider - CBS News

This is an example in my opinion as to why we need a controlled substance act. To protect those who can't protect themselves. The people who put their addiction to such dangerous and explosive mixtures above the welfare of their children is sickening, but so is treating non-violent marijuana users like criminals.

I say failed, because it fails to properly educate people and hold the people responsible for the damages and deaths that are caused by the products we are being told are the only legal options for everyone.

The CSA is a great idea, the problem is that it over steps the boundaries of common sense and intelligence. It ignores the fact that there are respectable and responsible people in this world. It also ignores that there are legal products that are more dangerous and deadly than some of the illegal products. The priorities of our drug laws are outrageously out of order.

It is disturbing when people can't control the products they choose to use. It's even more disturbing when you endanger the children and neighbors with the manufacturing of these toxic drugs. If it weren't for the violent behaviour that these home made drugs bring about. I wouldn't mind them to being decriminalised also, but since they tend to cause the users to inflict violence on others we shouldn't tolerate their abuse.

There is evidence of marijuana being successful in curbing the addictions to this type of drug. Now, just as it is a crime to drink alcohol and drive, I believe it should be a crime to smoke marijuana in public or while driving. I don't think it should be a crime to grow what you consume or possess marijuana if you use it in the privacy of your home. The law as it is presently enforced basically states that if you possess or use marijuana you are not a respectable or responsible citizen of the USA. Not everyone who uses marijuana abuses it.

Now even though I don't agree with or approve of the daily use of alcohol, over the counter and prescription drugs. I don't deny that they can be used responsibly, even though the evidence proves they are abused just as much, if not more than the illegal products.

Our government spend billions of dollars on this failed policy, plus no telling how much on persecuting, prosecuting and incarcerating non-violent marijuana users. This money would be better used in the educating and assisting the people who become addicted to the products they abuse.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Educational desires and wants.

I have thirst for learning more about computers, I have had the unpleasant experience of having my computer crash approximately 4-5 years ago. Once would have been fine, but after 3 times in less than 2 months is discouraging. I was using Windows XP. I was first introduced to Linux with a Knoppix live cd borrowed from my brother, who for some reason doesn't seem to like Linux. I'm guessing he likes to collect viruses and getting spammed.
Since I have switched I have had less problems and I'm not a gamer so I don't have a need to use Windows products, I still have the ability to use a variety of Microsoft online software if and when I need to.
I would like to build a home server and theater system eventually, so I have been collecting and reading the available information found online. Which happens to be quite extensive.

I found this picture of an individuals liar of computers, I want something like this but I don't want the clutter of his:

I like clean neat looking systems, this is an example of my clean desktop with minimum items on it.

Yes, I like steampunk themed desktops. Here is the album of my past desktops and different distributions that I have tried. Desktops of the past. Some of them aren't captioned at this time I will have to remedy that soon as I can recollect their software and what computers I had them on.
My preferred operating system.
The varieties available and the option to mix and match the different versions.  Here is the info on my present computer I'm using. I have since then made some changes in what software I use. My preferred browser.

This is my home page on Seamonkey.  With my add-ons and toolbars.