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New Books!

Looking forward to some new reading material. I’ve been on a kick lately regarding worker’s rights, debt, psychology, and capitalism.

Will post later and add my thoughts!

Excuse the brevity; posted from my Android device.

The War on Drugs

It is my opinion that The War on Drugs is a joke and a waste of taxpayer money.

Many people may not realize that supporting the legislation of morality does little to help your neighbor.

Don’t take my word for it… read about the below example from Forbes.  It follows the decriminalization of drug use over a period of 10 years.  The results may surprise you – abuse is down by over 50%.

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Many of these innovative treatment procedures would not have emerged if addicts had continued to be arrested and locked up rather than treated by medical experts and psychologists. Currently 40,000 people in Portugal are being treated for drug abuse. This is a far cheaper, far more humane way to tackle the problem. Rather than locking up 100,000 criminals, the Portuguese are working to cure 40,000 patients and fine-tuning a whole new canon of drug treatment knowledge at the same time.

None of this is possible when waging a war.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/07/05/ten-years-after-decriminalization-drug-abuse-down-by-half-in-portugal/

How To Build a Community
  • Turn off your TV
  • Leave your house
  • Know your neighbors
  • Look up when you’re walking
  • Greet people
  • Sit on your stoop
  • Plant flowers
  • Use your library
  • Play together
  • Buy from local merchants
  • Share what you have
  • Help a lost dog
  • Take children to the park
  • Garden together
  • Support neighborhood schools
  • Fix it even if you didn’t break it
  • Have potlucks
  • Honor elders
  • Pick up litter
  • Read stories aloud
  • Dance in the street
  • Talk to the mail carrier
  • Listen to the birds
  • Put up a swing
  • Help carry something heavy
  • Barter for your goods
  • Start a tradition
  • Ask questions
  • Hire neighborhood young people for odd jobs
  • Organize a block party
  • Bake extra & share
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Open your shades
  • Sing together
  • Share your skills
  • Take back the night & turn up the music
  • Listen before you react to anger
  • Mediate a conflict
  • Seek to understand
  • Learn from new & uncomfortable angles
  • Know that no one is silent; though many are not heard
  • And this above all – help and take care of each other

“One love, one heart, one destiny.” ― Bob Marley

Facebook

Facebook truly is a wasteland of extreme vanity & corporate liberalism… no wonder I spend less and less time on there.