“If a man’s thoughts are not scattered, if his mind is not perplexed, if he has ceased to think of good and evil, then there is no fear for him while he is watchful.” – Buddha
(Edwin A. Burtt, ed., The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha. New York and Toronto: New American Library, 1955, 55.)
Written by Carey Wedler, The Anti Media, December 18, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/ojtwtkd
(TheAntiMedia) For decades, drug warriors have argued that if marijuana is legalized, it will lead to a sharp spike in adolescent use and addiction. As Republican Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland said recently,
“Relaxing [marijuana] laws clearly leads to more teenage drug use. It should be intuitively obvious to everyone that if you legalize marijuana for adults, more children will use marijuana because the message that it’s dangerous will be blunted.”
A 2014 Monitoring the Future study released this week, however, proves this tired talking point false. Conducted by the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, the study showed that teen alcohol and drug use was down across the board in 2014. Since the 90s, alcohol, marijuana, and cigarette use all decreased. Though teen marijuana use was up in the latter half of the 2000s, it has again begun to fall. Continue reading
Written by Darpan Kaur, The Master Shift, December 19, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/oelu8u7
Some time back a friend asked me to make a painting of Shiva and Shakti. As the painting unfurled, many mysteries of the universe unfolded for me. Maybe I had heard it before, maybe I had read it somewhere but sometimes it takes a thought to come from the depth of your being for you to really understand it.
Shakti is, of course, the mother goddess, the earth, the divine feminine, other indian goddesses are facets of her or she is a facet of them all. Shakti literally translates to energy or power. She is all that is and all that can be manifested.
The truly delightful thing is that Shakti or Power is feminine. Not something one would expect right? But the more I think about it, the more sense it makes. What is real power? – not the power to subjugate or to overpower or even to fight for the powerless. True power is in creation, isn’t it? True power is to be able create even as a big bang destroys…. Continue reading
Written by Christina Sarich, Natural Society, December 19, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/lae8dpb
Along with the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association), which is fronted by Monsanto, Dow, and other bioecth mega-companies, The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is trying to sue Vermont over the labeling law passed earlier this year requiring mandatory GMO disclosure on all food products. Some companies won’t be part of the bullying, though. Stonyfield Farm and Clover Stornetta Farms are two companies who have dropped out of the IDFA in protest of their corrupt actions. Continue reading
Written by Allan Badiner, Alternet, Waking Times , December 19, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/l5n6fgg
We’ve only discovered a fraction of medical marijuana’s potential for treatment.
There are now legal medical cannabis programs in 23 states plus Washington, DC, with pot fully legal for adults in two other states. Ironically, however, the actual healing power of the plant has barely been tapped. Smoking marijuana with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), or better, vaporizing it (using a device to bake the plant material and inhale the active ingredients), has an indisputably palliative effect and can be medically useful for pain relief, calming and appetite stimulation. Continue reading