News You Can Use: January, 2014

The Good

Mary Jane Juggernaut Keeps on Rollin’: On January 1, Colorado became the first place anywhere in the world to allow legal marijuana sales to anybody over 21 for any purpose. This thing is happening and it’s bigger than anyone imagined. Nebraska’s neighboring state has taken a giant leap. Actually, possession and use of marijuana by anyone over 21 was legal in Colorado as far back as December 10, 2012. It’s just that the operation of unfettered retail sales wasn’t legal until this month. There is a sea change upon us. Restaurants in Denver are now offering marijuana “pairing suggestions” on the menu, pairing grass varieties with particular dishes. If the legalized sale and use of the “noble herb,” as John Kay once sang, goes as expected, avoiding giant pitfalls, we could see the end of civic funds wasted by enforcing antiquated laws, racially imbalanced drug arrests, outrageous incarcerations, associated drug violence while enjoying higher tax revenues, a burgeoning recreational economy. The Denver Post has even created the position of “marijuana news editor” and offers an email newsletter, The Cannabist. It will be a struggle to keep up with the fast moving landscape of legalized marijuana. Meanwhile, news from New Hampshire fit into the good and bad categories. The state House voted to legalize pot across the board by approving a bill sponsored by a Republican. But the state’s female, Democrat governor promises to veto any such legalization. Wow. Republican pro-dope and Democrat anti. Is the world upside down? Of course, look at the pic of the gov on our website. She’s wound tighter than a ten-dollar watch. Note: Heartland Healing does not recommend the use of drugs or alcohol but does suggest learning about herbal and other natural medicines.

Facebook Use Dwindles Facebook use by the most important, trend-setting demographic, 18-to-34 year olds, has plummeted. 34-to-49 year olds, too. Facebook is becoming Geezerville. The anti-social, social media experiment is going extinct. Media reports agree that it’s reached the end of its product life cycle.

China Rejects American Corn How can that be good news? Easy. The corn that China rejected was genetically modified frankenfood from American farmers. GMO corn has no place in our food system. Most of the world agrees and when a country like China rejects over a billion pounds of GMO corn, US farmers should take note. GMO crops are a bad deal for people, the planet and our economy. Ironic that China, with one of the world’s most questionable records for food safety is teaching us a little lesson. China is just one of many, many countries that regularly reject American food crops. Let’s wise up.

Bitcoin, baby, Bitcoin. Tired of walking around with governments and banks keeping their hands in your pockets? Bitcoin may be the answer. Most everyone has heard of the virtual internet-based currency that operates outside the control of banks and super-economies. Remember Napster, the peer-to-peer network that exchanged music outside the control of record labels and commerce? It changed how we receive and share music. But it failed because the record labels and the evil Recording Industry Association of America (yeah, the same guys who issued the gold and platinum records on my walls,) controlled the raw material Napster traded in: recorded music by big names. But with bitcoin, the raw material is fiat currency. No bank or country has a corner on something that is imaginary in the first place and has no basis in actual fiscal reality like gold. The open source code that created bitcoin is brilliant and as a currency, it has greater stability than that created by any government. Its legitimacy is now a matter of fact. Businesses as prestigious as overstock.com and even NBA franchises accept the new money. If you bought one bitcoin at its $100 value in June of 2013, it would be worth $843 today. Hold on to your pocket book. We’re in for a ride.

The Bad and The Ugly

Drug Testing at School Creighton Prep will drug-test students. Making decisions and learning from mistakes is a vital part of adolescence. Prep ignores the individuality of each young man for the sake of control, stifling the ability to grow. Critical thinking, taking responsibility for one’s decisions were valued lessons once learned at Prep. That the administration is proceeding under the false flag of promoting “health” is doubly disturbing. Erosion of personal development mentioned above, invasion of privacy, continued absconding of parental responsibilities by educational institutions and the violation of medical privacy are obvious. The Jesuit Order has a deep-rooted reputation for espousing independent, free thinking ideals, earned across centuries of leadership in educating young men. It is significant that for the first time in its history, Creighton Prep is no longer presided over by a member of the Jesuit Order. By the evidence, I must conclude that Creighton Prep no longer offers what was once known as a “Jesuit education.” Research shows such testing policies are ineffective anyway so Prep gets the Ugly News Award.

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Be well.

Heartland Healing is a New Age polemic describing alternatives to conventional methods of healing the body, mind and planet. It is provided as information and entertainment, certainly not medical advice. It is not an endorsement of any particular therapy, either by the writer or The Reader. Visit HeartlandHealing.com for more information.

posted at 06:44 pm
on Friday, January 17th, 2014

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