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Yesterday at 12:10 pm the WSDA Industrial Hemp Coordinator, Emily Febles, was served with a lawsuit filed against both the WSDA and herself…


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Yesterday at 12:10 pm the WSDA Industrial Hemp Coordinator, Emily Febles, was served with a lawsuit filed against both the WSDA and the herself, both individually, and in her capacity at the WSDA.

The lawsuit filed by John Worthington is comprehensive and exposes what clearly appears to be an effort to set up a hemp seed monopoly in Washington State. While licenses to grow under the WSDA Hemp Pilot Program were not legally available until May 15,

and neither were seed acquisition forms, partners Cory Sharp and Shane Palmer apparently found a way to entice Emily Febles into applying for multiple DEA permits to bring in thousands of pounds of seed, for them and their friends, on April 5th, 2017….40 days before anyone else in Washington could even legally apply for a license.

When requests from prospective hemp farmers over where to get viable hemp seed were received by Febles, they were told to contact Cory Sharp….and that he already had seed. And she should know…she had it imported for him, without so much as a license application.

There were 8 or more “special farmers” that got their seed in using Cory’s special connection with the Febles. On all but two of these people, the WSDA did not have anything more that a name on these people….no application, no license, not even a phone number or an address!

We’ll be back in Thurston County Superior Court at 9am on Friday, May 26th. The Assistant Attorney General defending the WSDA & Emily Febles it Mark Culkin. To this day, Culkin has not even bothered to file an answer to the lawsuit and it is now, according to court rules, to late for him to even file a response or to bring evidence in this case. But this is Thurston County and those Judges protect the state at all costs, so we really need your support in court this Friday morning!

HELP US fight corruption in Washington State by showing you care enough to show up!


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COURT UPDATE….


Yesterday’s court hearing on John Worthington’s injunction against the Washington State Department of Agriculture & WSDA Hemp Project Coordinator, Emily Febles, left the dozen or so supporters in the courtroom dumbfounded.

Judge Murphy had everyone in the courtroom confused when she called Worthington and Asst. AG Mark Calkins to come forward and speak to her before any of the cases were called.

She stated that the case was not noted on her calendar and was not in her computer. Worthington told the judge that he has absolutely filed it, noted it for yesterday, and that AG Calkin had been served. At that point Calkin clearly stated to the Judge that that he had NOT been served.

This despite the fact that the AG was in Court, and wouldn’t have know to be there unless he was served, AND that the person that had served the AG’s office was there in the courtroom as well. John didn’t have the stamped copy with him at the hearing, but as you can see from the attachment here, the AG’s office even time-stamped the copy of complaint when they were served. Yes, the assistant AG perjured himself to buy himself another week.

To make a short story even shorter, it was obvious to everyone there watching this circus that the fix was in. Had the state been the complainant, and not the defendant, Judge Murphy, would have moved forward with the hearing since both parties were there. But since the State was the defendant, Judge Murphy kicked the can down the road another week.

This action would give the WSDA, Hemplogic and Joy Beckerman another week to plant the seed that was illegally brought in imported by the WSDA on behalf of 9 or more “special” farmers associated with Hemplogic.

They have announced now that they will plant this illegal seed next Wednesday, May 31st. If they plant this seed on Wednesday, they will only be increasing the amount of the damages due Worthington and future complainants. As of yesterday, the WSDA still hadn’t issued a single hemp growing permits so it’s unclear if they will go forward with planting on Wednesday, without any licenses. The other possibility would be that they will exacerbate the damages further by ‘miraculously’ issuing licenses to the co-conspirators in a nick of time on Tuesday, the day before their $200 a head hemp planting & self-promotion day. But giving them a license now, won’t solve their legal issues, it will actually just make it worse for them.

So it’s back to court, AGAIN, next Friday. I really want to thank everyone who showed up yesterday….we were ready with four video camera ready to roll. I hope we have bigger crowd next Friday, June 2nd.


How Kentucky’s Members Of Congress Are Responding To The CBO’s Health Bill Score


Originally published on May 25, 2017 10:08 am

The Republican legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion. But that would come at the expense of 23 million people who would not be able to afford health insurance over the next decade.

That’s according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released Wednesday.

In Kentucky, almost half a million people gained health insurance via the law — most of them through the state’s expansion of Medicaid to people making around $15,000.

What would the House GOP bill do?

The American Health Care Act would do away with subsidies for those who purchased health insurance plans via state-based and federal exchanges, and allow states to let insurers to once again deny insurance to people who are already sick or have had a lapse in coverage.

People without a health problem would be able to buy insurance based on their health. As a result, insurance for sick people would become even more expensive. The House Republican bill would also put in place tax credits for health insurance premiums based on age.

“If you start to make changes to make premiums more affordable, you get back to the original outline of the ACA,” said Sara Collins, vice president of health care coverage and access at research group The Commonwealth Fund.

One in six people in the U.S. would live in an area where there are no insurers left or premiums would be so high that it would be unaffordable, according to the CBO report.

What about the 10 Essential Health Benefits?

States could also apply to do away with the 10 essential health benefits that people are now required to have covered. That includes mental health treatment, maternity coverage, prescription drugs and doctor’s visits. Kentucky would likely be one of those states, as Gov. Matt Bevin has already asked to make some benefits in Medicaid harder to get.

That would result in premium decreases because insurance companies could pay for less. But since insurance companies would be able to charge based on age and health status, premiums wouldn’t decrease by much for older, sicker people.

What does this mean for Congress’ repeal and replace effort?

Because such a large number of people would become uninsured, the Senate will likely not use much of what the House version had. What might be similar is doing away with the Medicaid expansion program. But that will likely be a gradual tapering off, according to Mark Alderman, a Democratic campaign strategist.

As for the House bill: “It’s going absolutely nowhere,” according to Alderman. House Republicans have said as much.

What does this mean for Kentucky legislators who voted for the AHCA?

The Democratic Party in Kentucky will likely use Republican yes votes as ammunition during the next campaign season.

“This is about politics for my Republican colleagues, but it has life-or-death consequences for far too many Americans,” said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville. Yarmuth is also ranking member of the House Budget Committee.

While Republicans might say that a reduction of national debt is the responsible thing to do, it’s important to look at where that reduction comes from. Part is rolling back Medicaid expansion – that would save money.

But the bill also does away with a tax on people making more than $200,000 a year that helps pay for the expansion.

Fourth District U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican who voted against the AHCA, had no comment. Three other Republicans from Kentucky — Reps. Andy Barr, James Comer, Brett Guthrie — did not respond to a request for comment.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, a Republican who represents Kentucky’s 5th District, focused his comments on the CBO’s prediction that the bill would lower the deficit.

“As predicted, the CBO score confirms that the American Health Care Act moves the nation toward a more affordable health care system that lowers health insurance premiums and reduces the federal deficit by $119 billion,” Rogers said. “However, there is still work to do as the bill moves on to the U.S. Senate.”

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Kentucky public schools, marijuana/hashish use and possession was the number one law violation committed by students on school property in 2015-16.


What’s the No. 1 law violation in Kentucky’s public schools?

By Valarie Honeycutt Spears

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com

In Fayette County and all Kentucky public schools, marijuana/hashish use and possession was the number one law violation committed by students on school property in 2015-16.

In Kentucky, that accounted for 26.45 percent of all law violations. The Kentucky Center for School Safety on May 1 released its 2015-16 School Safety Data Report examining law violations committed by students at Kentucky’s public schools.

The number of marijuana/hashish violations in Fayette County nearly doubled from 2013 to 2016, from 73 to 136. The number of fourth-degree assaults increased as well, from 39 to 73. A person is guilty of assault in the fourth-degree when they “intentionally or wantonly” cause physical injury to another person.

“Clearly, there are children and families in crisis here in Fayette County,” said Fayette County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall. She said the school district has been working with several community agencies on a plan to help families before problems occur at school.

“The issues of marijuana possession and distribution do not start in our schools, but we are committed to working with our entire community to find solutions,” Deffendall said.

Kentucky Center for School Safety Executive Director Jon Akers said he thinks marijuana use is increasing because laws have relaxed in other states.

“There’s this feeling that’s waving across our country right now that marijuana is going to be legalized,” said Akers. But he said that’s no reason for underage students to feel entitled to use it on campus.

Deffendall said parents should regularly check jackets, backpacks and pockets for “contraband” and encourage positive student activities and friends. Akers said parents also need to check their kid’s bedroom, their phones and supervise them online on a regular basis.

Akers said if a student is using marijuana or another illegal drugs, the student should see a substance abuse counselor “not just for one quick visit but for a significant amount of time until the underlying problem is discovered.” If mental health intervention doesn’t work, Akers said the court system can provide additional help.

Deffendall said that this past school year, the district instituted tip lines in high schools to encourage anonymous reporting and promote safety.

“While we believe that any increase is unacceptable,” she said. “It is important to remember that this data comes during a time of tremendous growth in our school district, when we are enrolling record numbers of students. Our schools are filled with amazing students accomplishing great things and the number of students who committed these violations represent less than .5 percent of our total student population.”

Statewide, the report shows that less than one percent of the 655,475 public school students in Kentucky committed a law violation at a school in 2015-16.

Other findings in the report included:

▪ Third-degree physical assault, which is assault by a student on a school employee, had dropped from 18 in 2013-14 to 11 in 15-16.

▪ Alcohol use and possession decreased considerably, 26.19 percent, in the 2015-16 report. This violation had increased by 46.8 percent in the previous report.

▪ The largest number of law violations in Kentucky occurs with ninth graders. This key transition year is also reported as troublesome in studies of retention, failed subjects and attendance.

▪ Violations involving a firearm, handgun, or rifle were rare in the 2015-16 school year.

▪ Violations for terroristic threatening may be under-reported. Kentucky Center for School Safety officials are frequently consulted about anonymous threats that have been uncovered. Some anonymous threats that require school administrators to investigate are not captured in the current data.

Akers, in the report, said that school safety is as important as student achievement. “Teachers and students cannot be expected to perform at higher levels when they feel unsafe at school,” he said.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears

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Bevin: Kentucky breaks record for business investments


By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky.

Kentucky’s economic development campaign has produced nearly $5.8 billion in pledged business investments so far this year, already surpassing the state’s record for a full year, Gov. Matt Bevin said Friday.

Those investments — promised by existing businesses and companies locating to Kentucky — are expected to create about 9,500 jobs, the governor said.

“We are just getting warmed up,” the Republican governor said as he touted his administration’s pro-business record at an event in front of the state Capitol.

Kentucky’s previous yearly record for business investment was $5.1 billion in 2015, the final year of former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s tenure.

This year’s record-setting pace in business investments in Kentucky has been fueled by three separate billion-dollar announcements.

Toyota said it would spend $1.3 billion to retool its Georgetown plant that produces its flagship Camry sedan and supports more than 8,000 jobs. Online retailer Amazon said it would spend $1.4 billion to build a worldwide cargo hub in northern Kentucky.

Most recently, Braidy Industries Inc. announced plans to build a $1.3 billion aluminum plant in eastern Kentucky. The company promised to hire 550 people and pay them nearly twice the average household income in an area devastated by the loss of coal and manufacturing jobs.

State officials, in return, have pledged tens of millions dollars in incentives. The companies have to meet job-creation and investment targets to receive the tax incentives.

Those incentives and others come as the state is struggling to plug a massive shortfall in the pension system. State officials say the companies only get most of that money if they meet the targets, thereby generating more state tax revenue.

“By and large, the amount of incentives that we’ve used has certainly not been extraordinary or any different than how we’ve attracted businesses in the past,” state Economic Development Secretary Terry Gill said Friday.

State Democratic Party Chairwoman Sannie Overly said Bevin’s announcement touting record-breaking investments was based “more on speculation than reality.”

“He’s basing that on announced estimates that have not happened yet, and may never happen,” Overly, a state representative, said in a release.

“This entire announcement is a sham because this money has not been spent in Kentucky,” she added.

Bevin also used the event to tout the state’s new right-to-work law, calling it a key driving force in economic development efforts.

The law, passed by the state’s GOP-led legislature this year, bans labor unions from collecting mandatory dues from employees they represent in collective bargaining

Bevin lambasted labor groups that a day earlier filed a lawsuit asking a judge to temporarily block the right-to-work law while the suit proceeds. The Kentucky State AFL-CIO and Teamsters Local 89 claim the law violates the state’s Constitution.

“Anybody who would want to interrupt this momentum for political gain, shame on them,” Bevin said.

State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan said Thursday that lawsuit aims to prevent wages from eroding as a result of “this misnamed, discriminatory and punitive legislation.”

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Oakland-Based Startup Develops Marijuana ‘Breathalyzer’ to Sell to Police Departments


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When the governor of Vermont vetoed a marijuana legalization bill this week, he said he was especially worried about stoned driving. He wants to hear more about an “impairment testing mechanism” to detect it.

The problem is that no such mechanism exists. There is no Breathalyzer for pot.

Urine and hair tests can detect whether a person has used marijuana or other drugs within the last few days or weeks, but they can’t tell when a person is stoned at any one moment.

A couple of startups are racing to change that.

Oakland-based Hound Labs and Cannabix Technologies of Vancouver, British Columbia, are developing small handheld devices with tubes that people can blow into, just like the roadside tests that detect drunken drivers.

Hound Labs announced on Tuesday that it has raised $8.1 million from the venture capital company Benchmark, which funded Uber and Tinder, and has started clinical trials in conjunction with the University of California, San Francisco.

The Hound device is designed to detect both marijuana and alcohol in human breath. Dr. Michael Lynn, the CEO, said his company is planning to sell it by the end of the year.

“We tested on so many people now that we’re quite confident,” he told CNNMoney.

He said his company’s device will cost $600 to $800 and will be sold to police departments — and employers, too. In the eight states where recreational pot is legal, companies might not care whether their workers smoked weed the night before, but would definitely care if they are driving trucks or school buses while stoned.

Lynn, an emergency room doctor, said the device uses chemistry to pick up THC molecules in the breath, which are detectable for about two hours.

In Canada, which is moving to legalize recreational marijuana next year, Cannabix Technologies is working on a similar device to detect THC molecules.

Kal Malhi, the company president, hopes to start selling it in about a year and half, for $1,000 to $1,500. Testing began in March.

“We know it works,” said Dr. Bruce Goldberger, a forensic toxicologist and science adviser to the company.

Unlike an alcohol Breathalyzer, which estimates the amount of alcohol in the blood to determine a degree of drunkenness, both pot devices simply give a yes or no on the presence of THC.

Police don’t have a roadside drug testing tool like this. Goldberger said police in other countries sometimes use saliva swabs that can detect drugs, but those haven’t caught on in the United States.

Bob Griffiths, a retired officer and the director of police standards and training for the Alaska Department of Public Safety, said saliva testing technology “has not proven reliable.” This is why it was never adopted in Alaska, where recreational marijuana sales became legal in October.

Griffiths said Alaska police currently conduct field sobriety tests that he described as “fairly rudimentary,” and that the marijuana Breathalyzer “shows promise.” But it still has to be tested by the police, and approved by the courts for use as evidence.

He said the technology is important because it could detect drug impairment in drivers who are not drunk.

“I’ve arrested people who had zero-zero alcohol but they could barely stand up,” he said. “I would say that recreational marijuana, whether legal or not, has always been a problem with impairment with drivers in Alaska.”

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Time to Contact our Representatives about Samuel Girod


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It’s time to start sending letters, emails, calls to the 8 elected representatives below (9 if you count Melania). Here’s the plan in two steps:

STEP 1: Have your letter and social media post handy in a text doc. You can copy and paste from the examples below or click here to download samples, then edit as you like.

STEP 2: Open each person’s website/social media, copy and paste your note, and send. Click here to jump to the addresses.

I tweeted, facebooked and emailed everyone in less than 20 minutes!

WHY

At the very least, our elected representatives must know that PLENTY of people care about an Amish KY farmer being railroaded into prison by an out of control federal agency.

Sam is 56, so even a paltry 20 years (of the 68 possible) could be a life sentence. And the feds might be able to take his farm if the judge makes the fine big enough.

All this over an innocent labeling infraction. Read the entire story here.

STEP 1: WHAT to Say

Examples below — it’s best to put in your own words so that every letter does not sound exactly the same. But if you don’t have time for that, copy and paste! Click here to download samples, then edit as you like.


TWEETS The following tweet is exactly the right # of characters. If you edit, make sure it’s no longer.

Did you know the FDA is jailing a KY Amish farmer for life over a label? He needs YOUR help now! #freeamishsam bit.ly/fda-sam


SHORT EMAIL or FACEBOOK POST

Did you know the FDA is jailing a KY Amish farmer for life over an innocent labeling infraction? He needs YOUR help now! Read the story at KyFreePress.com (bit.ly/fda-sam) Please let me know what you will do to keep this insanity from happening to other innocent Americans, and that you will do everything in your power to help secure a Presidential pardon for Samual Girod. We are ALL at risk! #freeamishsam #thefreedomcoalition


LONG EMAIL/LETTER

Dear ___________,

Ky Amish farmer Samuel Girod has been railroaded by the FDA into prison over an innocent labeling infraction on an all-natural salve that his family has made for 20 years with no complaints and no victims. He’s facing up to 68 years and $3M in fines.

Sam is currently in prison awaiting sentencing on June 30th, 2017. He is 56yo, has lived his whole life without electricity, the salve business has supported his family of 12 children and 25 grandchildren for 2 decades. Again, no complaints, no victims.

The FDA is the perfect example of a runaway federal bureaucracy making laws, then using them to bully innocent Americans. The FDA spent 16 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to harass the Girods, destroying their quiet Amish farm life, then convicting Sam of the most outrageous charges!

What happened to Samuel Girod can happen to any small business owner in America. Details here: http://www.kyfreepress.com/2017/03/updated-sam-girod-v-fda/

We Americans are ALL at risk from the FDA and other over-reaching federal agencies! If you doubt that, check out thefreedomcoalition.com. There are literally thousands of innocent Americans in U.S. prisons for breaking a law made up out of thin air by an agency bureaucrat.

Please let me know what you will do to keep this insanity from happening to other innocent Americans.

Finally, and most importantly today, I am counting on you to resolve this outrageous injustice and do your part to secure a Presidential pardon for Samuel Girod.

#freeamishsam

Sincerely, (your name and title)

For Trump’s letter, make sure to ask for a presidential pardon directly: “…injustice and sign a Presidential pardon for Samuel Girod.”


STEP 2: WHO + Addresses

Be nice in your missives, please. We don’t know why politicians are silent, but they must have a reason. Let’s assume it’s valid. Keep in mind that Sam needs friends in high places. Let’s not alienate the very people who can help him.

TO EMAIL: Go to each website and use their form, all contact info below:

  • KY Congressman Thomas Massie — He’s at least been sympathetic to the issue. You can only email him if you live in his district. Mailing and phone are at the bottom of the page. Phone & Mail, Email | Facebook | Twitter

HOW Often?

Once a week. There are over 26,000 of us, that’s a big weekly voice! If we make contact only once, it will have minimal impact. We are aiming for BIG CONTACT so let’s do this weekly!!! Don’t worry, I’ll remind you.

Tips for Efficiency

Ain’t nobody got time for dis! Here’s how I made it as efficient as possible.

  1. Open your handy doc with your missives for easy copy and paste
  2. TWEETS — took me just 2 minutes to do them all! Open all the twitter pages at once (right click on each Twitter link above and “open link in new tab”). There is a “Tweet to Person” link under the profile pix (see Matt’s screenshot below). Click that, paste the tweet in the window, hit Tweet, close the tab, next. Tweet your representatives!
  3. FACEBOOK: either go to each person’s FB page (right click and open in a new tab) and make a comment on an existing post (any post, it doesn’t matter, pick one you like). OR do a post on YOUR timeline and “tag” everyone. All tags and instructions are on the word doc above. (I did a single post and tagged everyone, it took less than a minute!)
  4. EMAIL: Open all the email pages (right click and open in new tab), then copy and paste each letter one after the other. This part took me 13 minutes total.

For those of you who don’t live in Kentucky, you might take a few extra seconds and email your state reps. Tell them to “Rein in the federal agencies. Do not let this happen in our state!”


Please share your letters/tweets in the comments so others can see them and get ideas for their missives — thank you!!!
#freeamishsam #thefreedomcoalition

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Medical marijuana patient wins employment discrimination suit in Rhode Island


 

This April 15, 2017 file photo shows marijuana plants on display at a medical marijuana provider in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

 

By Andrew Blake – The Washington Times – Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Rhode Island fabrics company violated the state’s medical marijuana law when it refused to hire a card-carrying patient who couldn’t pass a drug test, a state Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.

Christine Callaghan sued Darlington Fabrics Corp. for compensatory and punitive damages in 2014 after the company said her medical marijuana usage precluded it from offering her a paid internship position while she pursued a master’s degree at the University of Rhode Island. Ms. Callaghan promised not to bring weed into the workplace or arrive for work stoned, but Darlington said her failure to pass a pre-employment drug test prohibited her hiring, according to court filings.

In a 32-page ruling Tuesday, Associate Justice Richard A. Licht said Darlington broke the state’s Hawkins-Slater Medical Marijuana Act by rejecting Ms. Callaghan because she legally uses pot to treat migraine headaches in accodance with state law.

“Employment is neither a right nor a privilege in the legal sense,” Judge Licht ruled, but protection under the law is, he added.

While employers aren’t required to accommodate the medical use of cannabis in the workplace under Hawkins-Slater, the ruling noted, the law specifies that “no school, employer or landlord may refuse to reenroll, employ or lease to or otherwise penalize, a person solely for his or her status as a cardholder.”

Darlington had argued that it rejected Ms. Callaghan not because her status as a medical marijuana cardholder but her inability to pass a drug test. The judge called his claim “incredulous” in Tuesday’s ruling and took aim at its interpretation of the state’s medical marijuana law.

“This argument is not convincing,” he wrote, adding: “…it is absurd to think that the General Assembly wished to extend less protection to those suffering with debilitating conditions and who are the focus of the [act].”

“The recreational user could cease smoking long enough to pass the drug test and get hired… allowing him or her to smoke recreationally to his or her heart’s content,” he continued. “The medical user, however, would not be able to cease for long enough to pass the drug test, even though his or her use is necessary…”

More than 17,000 Rhode Islanders are currently members of the state’s medical marijuana program, the Providence Journal reported. While most of those individuals are patients who use marijuana to treat covered medical conditions, that number also includes people categorized as official “caregivers,” the newspaper reported.

“This decision sends a strong message that people with disabilities simply cannot be denied equal employment opportunities because of the medication they take,” Carly Beauvais Iafrate, a volunteer American Civil Liberties Union attorney and Ms. Callaghan’s legal counsel, said in a statement after Tuesday’s ruling.

Darlington plans to appeal the ruling before the state Supreme Court, defense attorney Meghan Siket told the Journal. Neither the company nor its lawyer was immediately available to comment Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

Medical marijuana laws are currently on the books in 29 states and Washington, D.C., including Rhode Island, notwithstanding the federal government’s prohibition on pot.

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What will New Orleans do with the Confederate statues?


NEW ORLEANS — Now that New Orleans has removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy, what should it do with them?

The city will receive proposals from groups that want to take three of the monuments — the last is tied up in legal issues — and display them. Plans are also being made to fill the spaces they leave behind. The city wants to finish the work during its tricentennial year in 2018.

Across the world, cities have wrestled with what statues should be allowed to stand watch over parks and buildings. Here’s a look at what other places have done:

AFRICA

Monuments to colonial rule have been removed in many countries, though some remain. There is debate over whether to erase symbols of an era of white domination or preserve them as cautionary reminders of the past.

Statues of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes, who died in 1902, were uprooted in Zimbabwean cities after independence from white minority rule in 1980, though his grave remains intact.

In 2015, students defaced a statue of him at South Africa’s University of Cape Town, which removed the monument. Last year, the University of Oxford in Britain, which allocates scholarships named after Rhodes, said it would not take down a statue of its benefactor despite protests by some students.

BALTICS

In Lithuania, the war in Ukraine prompted calls for the removal of all symbols of Soviet occupation, including statues of Red Army soldiers on a bridge in the capital Vilnius; they were removed in 2015.

Meanwhile, statues of Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin and other Soviet leaders ended up at Grutas Park, a quirky theme park popularly known as Stalin’s World dotted with relics of the country’s communist past.

In Estonia, a monument honoring Red Army WW2 soldiers became a source of riots in 2007 and a diplomatic standoff with Russia when the government debated dismantling or relocating it away from a prominent position in the capital Tallinn.

GERMANY

After World War II, the Allies occupied Germany and introduced a program of “Denazification” to purge society of remnants of Nazi ideology and power. It focused on people deeply involved with the Nazi regime, but also Nazi symbols like the swastika.

Flags were torn down, statues of Hitler destroyed and Nazi-era place names changed. Thus Berlin’s “Adolf Hitler Platz” reverted to “Reichskanzlerplatz,” or “German Chancellor Square,” after the war; today it’s “Theodor Heuss Platz,” after Germany’s first postwar president. U.S. military engineers blew up a massive swastika that towered over the Nazi parade grounds in Nuremberg.

IRAQ

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The toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad in 2003 was one of the most famous moments of the U.S.-led invasion, but thousands of other Saddam-era statues and monuments were removed or modified as well including many removed by U.S. forces where they stationed.

In 2007, a government committee was tasked with reviewing what was left to remove them, starting with the crossed-sword archways Saddam commissioned to commemorate his victory over Iran. But the work was quickly halted after denunciations from artists and Sunni politicians. The government only removed hundreds of Iranian soldiers’ helmets.

Another monument built by Saddam to commemorate Iraqis killed in the Iran-Iraq War was turned into a museum honoring the overwhelmingly Shiite and Kurdish victims of Saddam’s Sunni-dominated regime.

RUSSIA

Hundreds of Soviet-era monuments were taken down in Moscow and St. Petersburg as the Soviet Union crumbled in 1991.

The removal of one, a statue to Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Soviet secret service, in front of jubilant crowds on Aug. 21, 1991, was perceived as a symbolic break with Russia’s totalitarian past.

The Dzerzhinsky monument and other Soviet landmark statues were taken to Muzeon, a park in central Moscow, while authorities were largely undecided about what to do with the busts and statues of Lenin, Dzerzhinsky and other Communist Party functionaries.

The Dzerzhinsky statue still stands in an alley at Muzeon while busts and smaller monuments are piled in a heap contained by a link fence.

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In Praise of Hemp


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by Jim Prues / September 29th, 2010

Hemp use predates the Agrarian Age, as hemp fibers have been found in pottery in China and Taiwan dating to 7,000 years ago. The classical Greek historian Herodotus (ca. 480 BC) reported that the inhabitants of Scythia would often inhale the vapours of hemp smoke, both as ritual and for their own pleasurable recreation. So presumably the Scythians were the first recorded stoners.

 

In Europe, hemp growing and production became quite popular during the Medieval Age, having disseminated in that direction along with much of the technology of the Arabic Golden Age in Northern Africa. In Europe hemp seeds were used for food and oils, the leaves for teas and the stalks for fibres, including rope, clothes, sails and paper. Estimates put the number of Europeans actively involved in hemp growing and production in the 15th and 16th century at well over 50%.

Hemp has a strong historical influence on every continent, with varied cultural and religious traditions. Many African spiritual practices involve consuming hemp smoke to enhance awareness and generate visions like the Dagga ‘cults’.

The Spaniards brought hemp to the Western Hemisphere and cultivated it in Chile starting about 1545. However, in May 1607, “hempe” was among the crops Gabriel Archer observed being cultivated by the natives at the main Powhatan village, where Richmond, Virginia is now  situated; and in 1613, 

Samuell Argall reported wild hemp “better than that in England” growing along the shores of the upper Potomac. As early as 1619, the first Virginia House of Burgesses passed an Act requiring all planters in Virginia to sow “both English and Indian” hemp on their plantations. The Puritans are first known to have cultivated hemp in New England in 1645.

In more modern times, hemp was a popular crop in antibellum Kentucky and other southern states. It was commonly used for a variety of products, most notably the paper on which the U.S. Constitution was written. Several of our founding fathers were hemp farmers.

All this changed with William Randoph Hearst, who began demonizing hemp in order to leverage his great tracks of forest for paper production instead of needing to buy hemp from other farmers. His effort to demonize the plant was also instigated by his racism, as many hispanics and blacks used hemp for recreation. The word, marijuana, is the hispanic term for that form of hemp which has psychoactive ingredients.

There are several varieties of hemp, most of which have very little THC [tetra-hydro-cannabanoid], the mind-effecting component. For most of U.S. history, the distinction was well-understood and laws reflected that awareness. Like so many with the power of media, however, Mr. Hearst did his best to cloud that distinction, as he was against hemp in any form. Indeed, industrial hemp was referred to as ‘ditchweed’, while hemp for medicinal or recreations purposes has come to be known as marijuana.

An analogy would be poppies, where you have the breadseed poppy seeds that can be found on bread or rolls, in contrast to the opium poppies grown to create morphine and heroin.

As reference, the timber and lumber industries, textile and petro-chemical industries are the most influential in keeping hemp illegal. As usual, we can follow the money. Then for pot there’s the pharmaceutical industry, the alcohol lobby and all those anti-drug agencies with self-preservation interests. We learn much from understanding these connections.

With this background, let’s consider how hemp might again play a pivotal role in our culture.

Assuming access to air and water, our most regular needs are for food and energy. In the World4 culture, these needs, at least for the industrialized world, are met through global corporations like ADM, Monsanto, BP and Exxon. And of course, hemp is illegal to grow in much of the industrialized world and particularly the United States.

But as noted above, hemp is easily grown with little required in the way of fertilizer or pesticides. As such, hemp typifies a sustainably-oriented plant. Corn, by comparison, requires heavy doses of fertilizer, especially nitrogen, and requires a good deal of pesticide use, with Roundup often used to kill weeds, and genetically modified corn seed that is resistant to the effects of Roundup. With the vast expanses of corn grown in this country, it should be no surprise that the runoff from these chemicals has created a huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. And let us not forget that our tax dollars subsidize these efforts through farm and energy subsidies.

With hemp, we have a low-impact, high-yield crop that can be used for a variety of uses. The stalks and fiber can used for composites that can be a wood substitute in an array of products. They can also be processed to create ethanol. They can be burned as a carbon-neutral resource, since the carbon they release is but the carbon the plant ingested during it’s life. Durable, light-weight, and strong, it’s difficult to imagine all the uses for industrial hemp were we to focus on designing and building hemp-based products.

With hemp oil we have another energy-rich resource, which can be used in cooking, as lamp oil and as a medicinal, as its high concentration of essential fatty acids is great for the skin and overall health.

Hemp seed can be used as a food as well. The roasted seeds are crunchy, they can be used in soups and casseroles, mixed with cereals or other foods. They’re highly nutritious, have a good deal of protein and again, are positive-impact environmentally.

Hemp has remediation properties too. It absorbs heavy metals in the soil, reducing their toxicity and harmful environment effects. There are vast expanses of hemp in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear accident for just that reason.

Hemp can be grown successfully in nearly every state in these United States. One can imagine a culture where locally produced hemp provides a good portion of the energy, food and product needs for our communities. This methodology would provide employment in both production and processing of the plant. It would reduce the environmental damage caused by our overused, subsidized corn. [Corn syrup is a cheap, low grade sugar that’s in a ton of processed foods.] Re-integrating hemp into our culture is just good, common sense.

And then there’s marijuana. The heathen devil-weed [a term coined by Heart’s yellow press] was blamed for all sorts of bad behavior as part of the demonization process. But as usual, someone who smokes pot and acts badly likely acts badly anyway, with marijuana as the straw man. Marijuana reduces aggressive behavior, unlike alcohol. This slander against the singular most influential plant in human history is but one example of the dysfunctionality of our culture.

Weed does indeed have psychotropic properties of note. Being stoned has a curious effect on the mind. Most say it tends to enhance whatever we feeling or experiencing at the time, offering a heightened experience of music or games or food [the proverbial munchies]. It is often used as a mind-quieting agent as well, as the stream of thoughts so constant to most of us becomes less pressing in a marijuana state of mind. In our fear-ridden, highly-stressed culture that alone could be of great value.

It’s worth noting that marijuana has not been placed as the medical cause in a single death in this country. Compare that with alcohol, tobacco, or the host of concoctions the pharmaceutical industry markets to us constantly. Mary Jane is decidedly benign.

As a medicinal, hemp oil has the afore mentioned essential fatty acids that are very effective for skin issues like excema and when ingested enhances body health. Medical marijuana is much in the news these days, being legal in California and a handful of other states. It’s value in alleviating the worst effect of cancer treatments,  chronic back ache and other issues is well-documented. Imagine if our culture actually encouraged research on medical marijuana. Not likely when the legal drug cartel we call the pharmaceutical industry has so much influence in government.

Proposition 19 is a measure on the ballot in California this fall that makes hemp legal. It merits our support for all the reasons indicated in this writing. Perhaps with this ballot measure passing we can begin to reverse the foolishness that has withheld leveraging this marvelous plant for the last 100 years.

Perhaps one of the most beneficial characteristics of this renewable resource is that the hemp plant can be used in its entirety, and that a streamlined life-cycle assessment yields positive impacts on the environment throughout the growth, harvest, and production stages. The industrial hemp plant offers a wide variety of high performance applications through the many aspects of community design, and will help strengthen our local economy, return power back to our local agricultural industry, and restore the environment as it grows. – Scott Blossom

Well said, Mister Blossom. Perhaps this fall [in California Ballot Measure Prop 19] we’ll begin to see a return to sanity in our policies toward this marvelous and versatile plant. And wouldn’t it be just swell to see this happen in the wider context of a return to localism. Very World Five – dude.

Jim Prues is the founder of World 5.0, a new cultural operating system based on peace and love. He can be reached at jim@world5.org. Read other articles by Jim, or visit Jim’s website.

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Hey Sheree, I find this photo annoying or distasteful. Would you please take it down?


ShereeKrider, May 20, 2017

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President Lincoln did not issue the Emancipation Proclamation until January 1, 1863, more than one and a half years after the war started. His goal was initially to preserve the Union, and he only issued that proclamation when he felt doing so would promote that objective. One could argue that if the primary cause of the war was slavery then Lincoln’s first act would have been to free them. Historians have written many volumes on Lincoln’s timing and motivation, but one thing is clear: slavery was not his first priority. LINK

Jon Davis Msg

Although it is hard to read because the screenshot above is not very clear, the following is the message I received from a man named JonDavis on Facebook with whom I had absolutely no connection that I could find.  He also had no friends so I am assuming that he was some kind of troll.

You and Jon Davis aren’t connected on Facebook

11:07am

Hey Sheree, I find this photo annoying or distasteful.
Would you please take it down before I share it to every internet group that finds racism and monuments to slavery  distasteful. The fallout could cost you dearly.

 

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The following link was attached to the message which was a photo of a Statue of “Our Confederate Dead”, in Glasgow, Kentucky.

https://www.facebook.com/shereekrider/posts/10155481086732994

I love everyone.  I do not look at color, religion nor nationality when choosing friends or who to engage in conversation with.  I respect all peoples rights and would never intentionally hurt another person physically  or otherwise.  I care about everyone – yes, I care about the Confederate’s too.  That does not mean that I encourage nor agree with Slavery … the kind in the past OR the kind we live in right now OR the futuristic kind!  I believe in the freedom of humanity.  I believe in the right to live and let live.  I believe in the human rights of ALL people – worldwide.

Today, and for all of known history, that seems to be what the World is about…who gets to control the “Slaves” today?  How can we get the “Slaves” to follow us instead of “them”?  What kind of fucked up bullshit can we tell them that will bring them to “Our” side?  What will keep everybody up in arms and against each other because we all know that “a house divided always fails”! 

Above all, never let them know the truth of our history.  That would fuck up “Our” plans for sure!  We have to keep “them” believing that we are working towards a better future for “them”. 

Control of our bodies and minds is the way they will accomplish this.  Remove all historical truth and replace with bullshit lies that all pass the “smell test”.  As long as it “seems” believable, and “We” are in charge, they will believe “us”.  That keeps “us” in control of everything and everybody.

When debating the 13th amendment, many in Congress were not thinking of slaves, but rather white labor, as Senator Henry Wilson said, “The same influences that go to keep down and crush down the rights of the poor black man bear down and oppress the poor white laboring man.”  LINK

I thought I would use this as the reason to say something about the situation and to get out the facts as I see them, that our history is being robbed from us before our very eyes.

New Orleans removes a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from its perch of 133 years

I don’t know who was behind the actual message.  Obviously it came from a fake profile.  I don’t know why they find it “distasteful”?  I don’t know why they would want to infringe upon my right to post a picture I took at a Courthouse in my hometown.  I really do not know why they felt the need to threaten me, although I feel it was just a ploy to see what my reaction would be.  So …here is my reaction:

For some number of years there has been an ongoing attempt to eradicate our history.  It would probably be best for those who are most  served by ignorance to erase, from the minds of men, the history that got us where we are today.

For purposes of this opinion I will only go back as far as the Civil War,  however, the cover-up goes much deeper than that – further than most people can comprehend…

The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot
believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been
introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a
philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.”

The Civil War was not fought in order to free the slaves as we have been taught in school.  The Civil War was a fight between the  agriculturalists and the industrialists.  The slaves needed to be freed so that industry could prevail – they needed workers.  Immediately upon end of the Civil War the Slaves went to work for the railroads and many other industrial jobs – as paid slaves or “convicts”,  in not too different of a situation than from what they had come, and in some cases worse.  However, they could officially call themselves free men because they weren’t slaves any longer, they were convicts.

 

The history of our servitude can be researched back throughout our history on Earth.  It is imperative that we remember what has happened in our past.  Our history can foretell our future.  Removing statues of the Confederate history of our Country is a very dangerous thing to do because it erases our memories of what happened in our past – things that need to be remembered so that we can avoid them again – and to remember the people,  ALL of them, who fought and died for a cause, doing what they thought was right – at the time – to protect their way of life and most importantly defending the very lives of their family and friends – People who were being murdered by an opposing force – be it right or wrong – which had encroached upon their lives. 

After the Civil War, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Constitutional amendments were passed with the intention of establishing equality under the law for newly freed slaves, or so the story goes. The fact of the matter is that slavery was – and still is – completely legal in the United States, only in a much different form. The institution of slavery, as we’ve come to understand it, actually underwent an evolution of sorts. Instead of having the direct enslavement of blacks with an entire apparatus used to keep slaves in their condition, certain elements of the state apparatus were piecemealed over time to enslave blacks, namely the legal and prison systems. Hence, the act of enslavement itself changed as black convicts were no longer slaves to individual masters, but rather they were enslaved to the companies which they were leased out to. To create this system, there not only had to be the involvement of the Southern judicial system and individual Northern and Southern elites, but also the involvement and reinstitution of slavery within a corporate context.

Lincoln was caught in the middle between the Northern industrialists and the Southern agriculturists, who both wanted to dominate Western expansion because of the wealth it offered. The industrialists knew that the agriculturists depended on slavery because cotton, upon which Southern wealth was based, was very labor intensive and required the inexpensive labor that slavery provided. They knew that if the Western lands were declared “free states” then the Southern agriculturists would be unable to compete, and would be forced to leave Western expansion, and its potential profits, to the Northern industrialists.  LINK

I invite you to take the time to read  “The Elkhorn Manifesto”, and learn a little bit more about our history than you were probably taught in school.  Don’t fall as ignorant prey to the Nazification of America.  Many people who were born after WWII were not taught anything about this information either in school nor in their households.  I just happen to be the child of a WWII Veteran, my family was older, and I was allowed to listen to everyone talk around the dinner table.  I remembered some of what I had heard and as I got older and had access to the internet I looked up things on “google” Laughing out loud and I started to learn things.  True enough, you have to be careful about where you get your information from, however, most truthful information does not come from ABC, NBC, CBS or Cable News Services.

Another important and informative piece of information is “Hemp:  The Invisible Prohibition Revealed”.

Fight for the Freedom from Prohibition of Your Freedom’s!

Fight for the fucking truth!  Preserve our history!  Embrace it, learn from it, please do not eradicate it!

New Orleans can take down General Lee if they want to, but I’m keeping my picture of “Our Confederate Dead” on my Facebook Profile and my Confederate Flag in my closet (no pun intended – it is ripped)…

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Above:  My Grandson playing in the yard with Grandpa and the family dogs, Gus and Sassy.

 

To clearly understand the circumstances which existed during the 1930s and 1940s, and are the subject of this booklet, it would be helpful to first put the hemp / petrochemical conflict into historical perspective. The events which took place in the years leading up to World War II were a continuation of a struggle between agricultural and industrial interests that began before the American Revolution, a struggle which has yet to be decided, even today. LINK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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