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Harrell Guy Graham

What does Whole Foods have in common with Safeway and Walmart groceries?

It sells excitotoxins such as glutamate (MSG, monosodium glutamate) that is hidden using many different ‘trick’ words under ‘ingredients’. “Excitotoxicity is the pathological process by which nerve cells are damaged or killed by excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters such as glutamate…by glutamatergic storm”. (Wikipedia)

Everyone has heard about headaches as a result of ingesting MSG, but it turns out MSG is far more dangerous than just the occasional headache. Glutamate has a central role in obesity, heart disease, cancer, autism, neurodegenerative diseases, infertility, diabetes, depression and other mood & learning disorders—all of which have reached epidemic proportions. This is because the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain is glutamate (in very tiny, precisely controlled amounts!) and pouring large quantities of MSG into the body causes havoc by overwhelming and exciting the nerve cells to death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lets food companies hide MSG under all sorts of disguised words so most of us are eating this stuff at every meal without being aware of it.

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The Quack who wrote, “The Quack Behind the MSG Scare”

By Harrell Guy Graham

MSG Molecular Structure

Every age has its minions who try and protect the status quo. And the 21st Century has a lot of status quo that is begging (and paying!) for these minions to arise and act as propagandists and apologists. The article titled “The Quack Behind the MSG Scare is Still Stoking Fear for Profit”, by Ian Birnbaum, is misinformed. The actual quack is the author himself, but of course he doesn’t understand that. The article was published on the theoutline.com which disseminates propaganda beneficial to the food, drug and chemical companies.

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Napalm: Not Your Ordinary Jelly

by Harrell Graham

The 60’s burned certain images into our consciousness. One of them is what napalm does to human
skin.
Napalm:
I bet the current generation doesn’t even know what this stuff is:
gasoline mixed with petroleum jelly so that when it is dropped on
you, burning, it sticks, all gooey-like—burning, with no way to
wipe the jelly fire off causing exquisite pain. If we had been
dropping it on Nazis in a real war that would have been okay with me.
But we were dropping it on civilians in their grass hut villages.

What
is it, exactly, about

fire bombing civilians

that
the American military is so infatuated with?
The US Napalmed Vietnamese Children

It
was an actual war strategy of the Second World War, too: outfit the
latest flying fortresses with incendiary bombs and drop them on
dozens of cities—yes, setting entire cities on fire–in both
Germany and Japan, killing primarily–or only–civilians. These
weren’t ‘mistakes’, or ‘accidents’ but carefully planned
attacks on men, women and children who were not, by any stretch of
the imagination, soldiers.

If
you require more understanding of these sorry episodes in American
history then I suggest you rent the movie, “The
Fog of War

in which Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara lays bare these
sickening acts of cowardice disguised as ‘battle’. McNamara
cries in front of the camera as he remembers what he was a part of
.

Maybe
there
is
still hope for humanity

if
a proponent of burning civilians can realize the mistakes he’s
made.

I
couldn’t understand why some were so angry with those of us in the
60’s and 70’s who just simply didn’t want to pour gasoline
jelly on rice farmers and their families. They called us cowards
for refusing to fight in Vietnam but, truly, it was they who were
cowards for not having the courage to stand up and say “No” to a
bullshit war. Secretary of Defense McNamarra all but admits this as
his singular failure as an American: his inability to say “No”
when it really mattered
.

There
are rules for war that are agreed to in international law. Number one
among them is: no deliberate targeting of civilians. If the United
States of America continues to deliberately target civilians then it,
too, will go the way of other great powers who have faded into
history because they turned against humanity by not adhering to the
rules of war. (Read the excellent book, “The
Lessons of Terror”,

for a greater historical understanding of how using terror to fight
terror is ultimately self-defeating.)

Few
things would give me greater pleasure than to find a Hitler in my
crosshairs while I squeezed the trigger. In that case, happiness
would truly be a warm gun, as John Lennon said. But murdering
civilians should not be on the agenda of anyone claiming to represent
what is good about the United States of America.

So
I’m waiting for the day when another kind of Vietnam memorial is
erected, one that pays homage to the hundreds of thousands of
American citizens who rallied to stop the war in Vietnam, to bring
the troops home, to end that terrible, wasteful, murderous chapter in
American history. How many lives did the Vietnam protesters save by
shortening the war? Yes, erect a wall to them
so that we may go there rejoicing in the power of the human spirit to
defy a war machine run amock.

And
yet even another
memorial

would be in order: not just for the antiwar protesters but also one
for the

millions
of Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian civilians killed in the war
.

As
if the only casualties or heroes deserving a memorial were the
American kids sent by their blood-thirsty parents and elected
officials to die in the muck of Vietnam.

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The
Revolution Will Not Be Televised

by Harrell Graham

The
sheer magnitude of the isolation of suburbia and the nuclear
family—rows upon rows of cookie-cutter homes housing families
uprooted from the extended families and close knit communities of not
so long ago. Not so long ago you could walk outside your home and
see your family and friends and a bustling activity of people outside
talking and interacting in what was once real communities. Now all
the suburban landscape offered was row upon row of houses holding
people who didn’t even know the names of their neighbors. People
whose sole occupation after coming home from school or work was
staring, mesmerized, at a glowing screen.

How
very strange, to be living amidst people without knowing them. For
millions of years we lived among family and friends, in communities
where we shared existence, shared food, helped each other, laughed,
cried and died with each other. Go to Thailand, for example, and
see how happy a place can be when people are not stoned on computers,
TV’s, Prozac, caffeine and where so much of life and
interaction—community—takes place outside.

But
now we were sold the personal automobile which enabled us to
transport ourselves home from far-away, meaningless jobs, driving
home inside vehicles which accentuated our aloneness, and, with
garage door openers allowed us to drive those vehicular boxes right
inside our housing boxes, all without having to acknowledge or
interact with–or often even see–our neighbors.

This
was a prescription for madness, depression, loneliness, spiritual
emptiness and exhaustion. (See the excellent book, “The
Geography of Nowhere” about how the automobile killed mass transit
and created suburbia which killed true communities.) But it also was
a potential gold mine for the drug companies. All those depressed
and spiritually hungry people are going to need a message in a
bottle, a mothers little helper, a pick me up, a-bring-me-down, a
smoother of bumps, a tonic, an elixir, a mood ‘elevator’ (what
goes up must come down).

The
revolution will not be televised, because there will be no
revolution. Everyone is too happy and placid to question or to fight
or to take a stand on an important issue.

Take
your pill, sit back, relax, and enjoy your drug-induced passivity.
Chill out, man.

The
revolution will not be televised.

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War on Terror is Very Big Business

So
what is it about the ‘war on terror’—a phrase just as idiotic
as the ‘war on drugs’—what is it about our newfound war that
has a funny smell to it? It is this: history proves that when great
powers employ the murderous, illegal tactics of the terrorists that
those great powers eventually lose legitimacy and therefore lose
their power, and fade or crumble.

In
our anger, vehemence and warrior spirit there is always the
temptation to ‘do as the terrorists do’: engaging in torture;
deliberately killing innocent civilians. These are the dangers of
fighting terrorists: that we become terrorists ourselves. History
is full of the ashes of great powers who lost their legitimacy
through exactly these ways.

And
our new enemy—terrorists—is a profitable one.

The
Washington Post did an expose on the mega-industries that have sprung
up around the so-called ‘war-on-terror’. Like shouting ‘fire’
in a crowded theatre, Big Brother has learned that shouting
‘terrorist’ causes the American people to let go of their
critical faculties and open their wallets no matter how ridiculous
the amount. And the amounts in the so-called ‘war on terror’ are
truly gargantuan—in the hundreds of billions of dollars with much
of it going to over-complicated, unnecessary agencies, companies,
fiefdoms, and technology all of which duplicates what the others are
doing without even knowing what the others are doing–all of which
has done little more than confuse and confound any chance at a
coherent, thoughtful approach to dealing with failed states and
terrorists.

a
few essential facts from the articles:

“…in a series of three
articles totalling some thirteen thousand words, the paper explored
the immense national-security industry created since 9/11—a
bureaucratic behemoth, substantially privatized but awash in public
money, that “has become so large, so unwieldy, and so secretive”
that it “amounts to an alternative geography of the United States,
a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough
oversight.”

*” Some 1,271
government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs
related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in
about 10,000 locations across the United States.

*” An estimated
854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in
Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.

*” In Washington and
the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret
intelligence work are under construction or have been built since
September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three
Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings—about 17 million square feet
of space.

* “Many security and
intelligence agencies do the same work, creating redundancy and
waste. For example, 51 federal organizations and military commands,
operating in 15 U.S. cities, track the flow of money to and from
terrorist networks.

* “Analysts who make
sense of documents and conversations obtained by foreign and domestic
spying share their judgment by publishing 50,000 intelligence reports
each year—a volume so large that many are routinely ignored.

Beyond the numbing
numbers, the
Post
describes a vast archipelago of gleaming new office parks,
concentrated in the Washington suburbs but also scattered throughout
the country, protected by high fences and armed security guards,
bland-looking but inaccessible, and filled with command centers,
internal television networks, video walls, armored S.U.V.s, and inner
sanctums called SCIFs, short for “sensitive compartmented
information facilities.” How much of this—“the bling of
national security,” the
Post
calls it—is necessary or even useful may be doubted, but it is
undeniably expensive. Much of it is there because the taxpayer cash
to buy it is there—an unending, ever-growing, BP-worthy fiscal
blowout that, beginning just after 9/11 and continuing to this day,
flooded the agencies with “more money than they were capable of
responsibly spending,” the
Post
writes. “They’ve got the penis envy thing going,” a contractor
whose business specializes in building SCIFs says. “You can’t be
a big boy unless you’re a three-letter agency and you have a big
SCIF.”

https://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2010/08/02/100802taco_talk_hertzberg

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The Taliban is Not Hiding in my Kitchen, but MSG is!

The
Taliban is Not Hiding in my Kitchen, but MSG is

By Harrell Graham

Big
Pharma already had an array of drugs which could produce just about
any desired effect. Need to stay awake? No problem, we’ve got
drugs for that. Go to sleep? Take your pick. Need to lose weight?
Here, swallow these. We’ve also got drugs to help you urinate,
defecate, lower your blood pressure, raise your blood pressure.
Lower your cholesterol, raise your blood sugar, lower your blood
sugar, raise your insulin, lower your insulin. Raise your libido,
lower your chances of getting pregnant, increase your chances of
getting pregnant. Feeling sad and blue? Here, we’ve got an
arsenal of pills for you…take your pick: uppers, downers,
in-betweeners, mood-elevators, crazy reducers, erection inducers.

We
did mention, didn’t we, that we have pills to decrease your
appetite. Need to lose weight? Sure, we’ve got drugs for that.
But wait. There is one thing we’ve not yet mentioned. The close
observer will note that we
didn’t mention that we have a substance to make you eat more
.

If
monosodium glutamate (MSG) really is–according to Dr. Russell
Blaylock, MD– “like fertilizer for cancer” then why haven’t
we, the American people, been warned by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), which we pay with our hard-earned tax dollars,
to protect us from poison in our food?

 

The
research shows MSG not only makes us fat, it makes kids stupid, and
causes headaches, central nervous system damage, infertility, heart
disease, depression and cancer.  

‘Flavors’,
‘natural flavors’ ‘yeast extract’ & ‘hydrolyzed
protein’ are only a few of the names under which MSG is hidden. If
we can’t get angry over a government that knowingly allows this
noxious stuff to be hidden in much of our food, well, then something
is very, very wrong.

 

Righteous
anger is a good thing, if put to constructive use, and if ever there
were a time calling for constructive anger, this is one of those
times.  Our government has allowed the food companies to profit
from the money we hand over to them in the grocery stores for food
containing MSG that they knew would harm us in multiple ways. 
Yes, that’s right, you’re paying the food companies to give you
everything from headaches to cancer, and the MSG makes you stupid in
the process.  How elegant–a food additive that makes us
consumers stupid and depressed while it is killing us so we don’t
know or care enough to fight back.

  

And
how did the Christian Broadcasting Network News (CBN News)—not CNN,
NBC, ABC, CBS, New York Times, etc, etc—beat all other mass media
investigative journalists to the punch with their amazing video
expose? (see below)  Even books purporting to be critical
exposes of the American diet, such as “Fast Food Nation”, missed
the ‘MSG connection’.   

 

Yet
the information that CBN exposes has been known for a long time. 
Why has it taken so long to come out to a mass audience?  The
reason is because most newspapers, television and radio stations are
dependent on advertising dollars from corporations.  They stand
to lose millions in advertising revenue If they do truthful stories
about harmful products their corporate sponsors sell.  The
secretive MSG industry—which includes most food companies because
they put this poison (usually hidden) in their products–is in the
many billions of dollars, but apparently CBN isn’t beholden to any
of them because, I suppose, CBN doesn’t need their money.  I
laughed out loud as Pat Robertson picked up popular food products
containing MSG that he found in his kitchen, held them in front of
the camera, and said “These are all destined for the garbage can.” 
You won’t see that
on most news shows!

 

If
you care about your health and the health of those you love, please
take the time to click on the links below, then click on the ‘Play’
button.  (Each segment is not long.)  And, if you don’t
get angry after watching this series—after you learn how you have
been a lab rat of the highest profitability–well, maybe you need to
take a different kind of anger management class, or cut back on
Prozac.

 

Please
note that the ’60 Minutes’ show from 1991 was the first and last
expose done by any major media outlet. The producer of 60 Minutes
said that 60 Minutes had never experienced such heavy industry
pressure on any program during ’60 Minutes’ time on television.
After the 60 Minutes show twenty years ago there has been a deafening
silence from the media about this toxic chemical. No stories. None.
Nada. They don’t dare to jeopardize all their advertising revenue
from the food companies!

And
why do the food companies put this stuff in as many products as they
can?  Because it makes people eat more than they otherwise would
and thereby boosts the profits of those food companies.  Having
essentially no taste of its own MSG has, however, the startling
effect when mixed with food of stimulating the nerves and brain to
make it seem like something ‘exciting’ is happening in the
mouth.  It makes you eat more, faster.  Furthermore,
through damage to the hypothalamus and/or due to a lowering of
glucose levels, the resulting feeling of hunger also makes one eat
more food than is needed.

 

This
is a sad way to make an extra buck.  I mean, we would still buy
these food products without the MSG—we’re hungry, after all. 
But to deliberately poison us just so they can sell a few million
more cans of soup, protein bars, pizzas and sandwich meats?   It
is my sincere desire that enough people wake up and stop buying these
poisonous products thereby causing all the guilty fat-cat food
executives to at least lose their stock options.  Maybe they’ll
even have to go directly to jail without passing ‘Go’.  And
from their jail cells they can contemplate all the harm they’ve
done while wishing they had never sold their souls for a bigger stock
price.   

 

Because
if companies knowingly harm customers those companies are liable not
just for damages, but for treble
damages.  If you think the multi-billion dollar damage awards
were big in the tobacco lawsuits just wait till some heroic attorneys
take up the battle cry for MSG.  Hollywood, please start taking
notes now so you can prepare the sequel to “The Insider”, the
Russell Crowe/Al Pacino movie about tobacco.    

 

If
our government can’t protect us from basic assaults like greedy
food companies profiting from our painful demise, then what good is
that government?  The Taliban is not hiding inside my kitchen,
but MSG is.  This is what we pay our government to do—protect
us.  Okay United States Government, do the job we, the people,
elected you to do–protect
us

You can start by requiring the food companies to put on labels the
presence and amount of MSG rather than allowing them to hide it under
code words like “flavors” and “natural flavors”.  This
way we can at least have a choice in the matter.  Is that too
much to ask of the government which wants us to get all teary-eyed
every time we hear the lyrics “the home of the brave and land of
the free”?

 

See
https://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html

for
a complete list of hidden
sources of

MSG.

See
https://www.truthinlabeling.org/adversereactions.html
for a complete list of adverse
reactions

to MSG.

MSG,
aspartame are “like fertilizer for cancer”

(Interview with Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD)

 https://www.naturalnews.com/020550.html

Video
clips:

Part
1   The Hidden Dangers in Your Food

https://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/107253.aspx

 

Part
2   Your Brain’s Biggest Enemy

https://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/107774.aspx

 

Part
3   MSG, Cancer and Your Heart

https://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/110755.aspx

 

Part
4    Avoiding the MSG Threat

https://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/111557.aspx

’60
Minutes’ show from
1991
https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=599381265368100582

 

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We’re Losing the Drug War Because Prohibition Never Works

We’re Losing the Drug War Because Prohibition Never Works

By Hodding Carter III.

There is clearly no point in beating a dead horse, whether you are a
politician or a columnist, but sometimes you have to do it just the
same, if only for the record. So, for the record, here’s another
attempt to argue that a majority of the American people and their
elected representatives can be and are wrong about the way they have
chosen to wage the war against drugs. Prohibition can’t
work, won’t work and has never worked, but it can and does have
monumentally costly effects on the criminal justice system and on the
integrity of government at every level.

Experience should be the best teacher, and my experience with prohibition is a
little more recent than most Americans for whom the noble
experiment ended with repeal in 1933. In my home state of
Mississippi, it lasted for an additional 33 years, and for all those
years it was a truism that the drinkers had their liquor, the
preachers had their prohibition and the sheriffs made the money. Al
Capone would have been proud of the latitude that bootleggers were
able to buy with their payoffs of constables, deputies, police chiefs
and sheriffs across the state.

But as a first-rate series in the New York Times made clear early last
year, Mississippi’s prohibition-era corruption (and Chicago’s before
that) was penny ante stuff compared with what is happening in the
U.S. today. From Brooklyn police precincts to Miami’s police stations
to rural Georgia courthouses, big drug money is purchasing major
breakdowns in law enforcement. Sheriffs, other policemen and now
judges are being bought up by the gross. But that money, with the net
profits for the drug traffickers estimated at anywhere from $40
billion to $100 billion a year, is also buying up banks, legitimate
businesses and, to the south of us, entire governments. The latter
becomes an increasingly likely outcome in a number of cities and
states in this country as well. Cicero, Ill., during Prohibition is
an instructive case in point.

The money to be made from an illegal product that has about 23 million
current users in this country also explains why its sale is so
attractive on the mean streets of America’s big cities. A street
salesman can gross about $2,500 a day in Washington, which puts him
in the pay category of a local television anchor, and this in a
neighborhood of dead-end job chances.

Since the courts and jails are already swamped beyond capacity by the
arrests that are routinely made (44,000 drug dealers and users over a
two-year period in Washington alone, for instance) and since those
arrests barely skim the top of the pond, arguing that stricter
enforcement is the answer begs a larger question: Who is going to pay
the billions of dollars required to build the prisons, hire the
judges, train the policemen and employ the prosecutors needed for the
load already on hand, let alone the huge one yet to come if we ever
get serious about arresting dealers and users?

Much is made of the cost of drug addiction, and it should be, but the
current breakdown in the criminal justice system is not one of them.
That breakdown is the result of prohibition, not addiction. Drug
addiction, after all, does not come close to the far vaster problems
of alcohol and tobacco addiction (as former Surgeon General Koop
correctly noted, tobacco is at least as addictive as heroin). Hard
drugs are estimated to kill 4,000 people a year directly and several
tens of thousands a year indirectly. Alcohol kills at least 100,000 a
year, addicts millions more and costs the marketplace billions of
dollars. Tobacco kills over 300,000 a year, addicts tens of millions
and fouls the atmosphere as well. But neither alcohol nor tobacco
threaten to subvert our system of law and order, because they are
treated as personal and societal problems rather than as criminal
ones.

Indeed, every argument that is made for prohibiting the use of currently
illegal drugs can be made even more convincingly about tobacco and
alcohol. The effects on the unborn? Staggeringly direct. The effects
on adolescents? Alcoholism is the addiction of choice for young
Americans on a ratio of about 100 to one. Lethal effect? Tobacco’s
murderous results are not a matter of debate anywhere outside the
Tobacco Institute.

Which leaves the lingering and legitimate fear that legalization might
produce a surge in use. It probably would, although not nearly as
dramatic a one as opponents usually estimate. The fact is that
personal use of marijuana, whatever the local laws may say, has been
virtually decriminalized for some time now, but there has been a
stabilization or slight decline in use, rather than an increase, for
several years. Heroin addiction has held steady at about 500,000
people for some time, though the street price of heroin is far lower
now than it used to be. Use of cocaine in its old form also seems to
have stopped climbing and begun to drop off among young and old
alike, though there is an abundantly available supply.

That leaves crack cocaine, stalker of the inner city and terror of the
suburbs. Instant and addictive in effect, easy to use and relatively
cheap to buy, it is a personality-destroying substance that is a
clear menace to its users. But it is hard to imagine it being any
more accessible under legalization than it is in most cities today
under prohibition, while the financial incentives for promoting its
use would virtually disappear with legalization.

Proponents of legalization should not try to fuzz the issue, nonetheless.
Addiction levels might increase, at least temporarily, if legal
sanctions were removed. That happened after the repeal of
Prohibition, or so at least some studies have suggested. But while
that would be a personal disaster for the addicts and their families,
and would involve larger costs to society as a whole, those costs
would be minuscule compared with the costs of continued prohibition.

The young Capones of today own the inner cities and the wholesalers
behind these young retailers are rapidly buying up the larger system
which is supposed to control them. Prohibition gave us the Mafia and
organized crime on a scale that has been with us ever since. The new
prohibition is writing a new chapter on that old text. Hell-bent on
learning nothing from history, we are witnessing its repetition,
predictably enough, as tragedy.

Appeared in the Wall Street Journal Jul 13, 1989. Reprinted
with permission. Copyright Dow Jones & Company Inc.

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Woodstock Was Not Stoned on Starbucks

Taking a stroll down memory lane I watched the movie, “Woodstock
and also “Taking Woodstock” and “Across the Universe”,
all of which give a glimpse into the 60’s spirit. The thing that
strikes me more than anything else is the calmness of the people, all
three hundred thousand of them. And I can’t help but wonder if not
having a coffee craze then wasn’t part of the reason there were so
many ‘good vibes’ in the air. Caffeine is a Central Nervous
System (CNS) stimulant, causing the body to produce ‘fight or
flight’ neurotransmitters—basically making the body ready
for….action, for battle.

In the 60’s people walked slower and talked slower and, in general,
were more mellow. Now everyone seems in a hurry, talks fast, is
super ‘focused’ and hyper. Starbucks is the drug of choice now,
giving a speedy counterweight to the antidepressants being swallowed
daily. Just like the pot being sold today, today’s coffee is much
higher in its active ingredient. Which is one reason I won’t smoke
pot anymore, as the stuff today is so strong as to be able to sedate
an elephant.

But coffee is another matter. I’m a junkie, I confess. Any cosmic
consciousness I had coming out of the sixties hs been replace with
hyper alertness and a readiness for…action.

I was Cosmic Man. Now I’m Action Man, eyes alert, foot tapping,
mind hopping from one thing to the next.

How much is this super-caffeinated ‘lifestyle’ affecting the body
politic? There may be no way to quantify it precisely, but examining
the effects of caffeine on the CNS is helpful.

https://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR602089/DSECTION=side-effects

“Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance, but
unlike many other psychoactive substances it is legal and unregulated
in nearly all jurisdictions.” (Wikipedia)

Caffeine increases attentiveness and alertness but that begs the question:
what, exactly, do we have to be increasingly attentive and alert to
that requires us to risk so much by consuming a psychoactive drug in
ever-increasing amounts? What, exactly, are we ‘fighting and
flighting’ from?

Starbucks surely must rank high on the list of all time great drug pushers.
Starbucks sells its own drug—caffeine—and helps Big Pharma sell
billions more in drugs to calm us down from all the caffeine
Starbucks sells.

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Kiss a Lawyer, Kill Your Television

By Harrell Graham

So now where are we 40 years after the 60’s? Tired and retired, in a
world of giant corporations that transcend national boundaries, laws,
rules and regulations. The good news is this is still a country where you
can fight if you want to.
You won’t be shot or killed (well, probably not).

You can organize a demonstration, publish whatever you like, or hire a lawyer and fight
just about anything. You might not win, but at least the rules allow
you to fight without much of a chance of getting killed. I’ve
lived in a semi-third world country and that experience sobered me up
as to how blessed we are to still have some pieces of paper called
the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United
States, and the Bill of Rights. Because many other countries don’t
have those and could care less about a trifling thing called
‘rights’, or ‘freedoms’.

The “Patriot Act”? My patriot act is the Bill of Rights.

After living in a country overseas with little rule of law I returned to
the United States firmly committed to never telling another ‘lawyer
joke’. Upon de-planing I first kissed the ground, then the
Constitution and then a lawyer. At least in the United States, a
lawyer represents the ‘rule of law’ which is–if you’ve never
experienced its absence–a holy thing. Of course lawyers can be a
force for ill, but they can also be a force for good.

I urge any of you readers to send
your kids to live a year in a second or third world country

where there is little rule of law. Those countries won’t be hard to
find because they are everywhere. Your kids will return from that
experience a true patriot, full of clear-eyed understanding of the
specialness of what the ‘rule of law’ means.

We need this kind of awareness. Our country is screwed up in many ways,
but at least we have a structure which allows healthy debate and
other avenues for change.

Too bad so many are still hooked up to their television sets and
mainlining the passivity created by sitting in front of the glowing
alter-screen.

If you

Kill Your Television !

you will find something wonderful happens: your life will change for the better. No more
TalkingHeadsShopping ChannelMurdersandMayhem andDisastersYouCan’t DoAnythingAbout
and FootballBasketballBaseballWith CBS and NBC and FOX hurling their logos at you in an
ElectronicScreenExplosionslogos once every minute.

Nature abhors a vacuum, so if you create a vacuum by canceling your cable
subscription you will be forced to get up and do something else.
(Or, watch a movie from Netflix—no commercials to brainwash you!)

And, think of the savings: $600 per year times 30 years is $20,000.

Posted by: Harrell Graham
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