Pseudo-Scientific Anti-Cannabis Propaganda, or Fact?

The following debate originally took place upon the Facebook wall of an ex-acquaintance…

2011-02-08 - Pseudo-Scientific Anti-Cannabis Propaganda, or Fact

Madeline F.: Pot, the “safe” drug thought to be innocuous, proved to be linked in study to early psychosis:

Cannabis May Influence Onset of Psychosis:

Daniel Sz.: Speaking from personal experience, I became floridly and acutely psychotic immediately after the last time I smoked it, which was about four years ago. I had smoked it about a dozen times prior to that over the previous few years with no ill effect. The last time, however, landed me in the hospital. I have been hospitalized for psychotic episodes five times since then–including recently. I will never know to what extent it was the cannabis I smoked that caused it, or to what extent it was the Abilify I had taken for OCD and the Adderall I had taken for ADD. My stance on this is that yes, cannabis is bad for some people. But banning it makes about as much sense as banning sugar because it is harmful for diabetics. (And I am also a diabetic.) Those are me two cents’ worth.

Madeline F.: I think it would be a good idea to limit pot, sugar and fast foods in this country, especially to certain populations. Obesity and diabetes are becoming epidemics in this country and bankrupting our health care system. In many cases diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, cardiac and other health problems are preventable and reversible by living a healthy lifestyle. People waste food stamps on junk food and cigarettes, and there is proposed legislation which may restrict peoples’ access to these items who use food stamps. I hope it goes through because this country is having a health care crisis with younger and younger populations suffering from preventable diseases. As far as cannabis goes, my view is that its use should be medical only. Who knows if smoking it may have triggered your epigenetic tendency to psychosis. Mightn’t you have been better off if you’d never found out, or had a few more years before your first episode?

Rayn: If you read the content of this article carefully, you will notice that cannabis is only linked with early psychosis among those individuals who WILL suffer from psychosis in life, NOT among those who will not. This places the title of this article completely at odds with the information contained within. On its own, the title appears to push the fear-mongering pseudo-science of Voodoo Pharmacology, as if cannabis use CAUSES or leads to psychosis. And, since only two words (“among psychotics”) by the article-writer would have prevented such confusion, and yet, were not added, I’m inclined to believe that it was done intentionally. Also, there is no indication in this article as to whether those in the studies were taking medication, and what those medicines were. Without a prescription-drug-free “control group” to work with, all results mentioned in this article could just as easily be the result of interaction between cannabis and anti-psychotic drugs. Whether this is true or not, good studies don’t even leave room for such interpretations. There is also no mention about whether there was a control group that was NOT using casual stimulants, such as coffee or tobacco, which have been known to increase psychosis in some… You would think that this study’s researchers, or the article’s author, (whoever is responsible for the lack of full info on the study) would be much more thorough than this on a topic so controversial… Sad, really, what passes for journalism these days! I will save this article in the same folder that I keep all of my “WMDs in Iraq” articles!

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Discussing Egypt’s Revolution

The following debate originally took place upon my Facebook wall…

Egyptians take to the streets

Egyptians take to the streets

Rayn: While the TRUTH behind Egypt’s Revolution WILL NOT BE TELEVISED… for days, Al Jazeera has been providing THE best coverage of the scene on the ground in Egypt, so far.

Live: Al Jazeera English Covers Egypt’s Revolution:

Madeline F.: It has been great coverage, and it is amazing watching the people fighting to attain Democracy in their country.

Rayn: Indeed, it is great and amazing. I have been watching this live feed since yesterday.

In all truth, “democracy” is what the Egyptians have right now, as democracy is, in fact, MOB RULE! If the people of Egypt are to secure LONG-TERM FREEDOM for themselves – the PEOPLE should work to at least establish a REAL “REPUBLIC” for their NATION – one which will protect all NATURAL HUMAN RIGHTS, regardless of the will of the majority (who often abandon freedom in times of war and adversity), and regardless of the will of those power-hungry political or military “leaders” who seek to elevate themselves at the expense of the people. Anything else is simply “counterfeit wisdom, creating the illusion of freedom.”

Rayn40 Percent Of Egyptians Live On 2 Dollars A Day Or Less And The Global Elite Like It That Way:

Screw our diluted, detached American definition of “FREEDOM,” and to the garbage pile with our failed “DEMOCRACY.” These IDEAS are MEANINGLESS without TRUTH and JUSTICE, which represent the FIRST and LAST of the SEVEN PILLARS of the HOUSE OF WISDOM. These two beacons of light are the ONLY REAL CORNERSTONES of a “FREE” society, and the ONLY REAL PROTECTION against the HOUSE OF BONDAGE! Without them, “FREEDOM” is lawlessness, and “DEMOCRACY” is majority-ruled oppression! Here is wisdom!

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Corrupt Government Monopoly on Civil Services Results in Firefighters Letting Home Burn Down

The following debate originally took place upon the Facebook wall of family…

2010-10-06 - Corrupt Government Monopoly on Civil Services Results in Firefighters Letting Home Burn Down

GenaireFirefighters Watch As Tennesee Home Burns To The Ground:

Raheem G.: nope… its called the free rider effect, we’re learning this in intro to pol. right now. the law requires people to pay the fee, but people dnt pay, thinkin that it will get taken care of anyway. they learned the hard way. they had the choice to pay they chose not too… their loss.

Raheem G.they were following orders man, give em a break.

Genaire: So if you are behind on luck due to this engineered economic crisis and are without a job it’s ok to just be homeless now?

Rayn: This whole unnecessary situation was created by the strangle-hold monopoly that our local governments maintain over almost all of our civil services nowadays. Too bad there isn’t a REAL FREE MARKET with REAL FREE CHOICE. If there was, some business savy person (or even one dedicated to helping others) would formulate healthy competition to the government-based solution, even by offering a DIFFERENT VERSION of the SAME SERVICE – perhaps a “PAY-PER-USE” version. And, if you think that forms of INDEPENDENCE from governmental oversight sounds impossible, then take a history lesson, because that is exactly how we lived BEFORE our government began ENCROACHING upon our FREEDOMS!

Honestly, with all of the economic issues America is facing right now, if the elected officials in this Tennesse town were intelligent, they would simply charge an INDIVIDUAL RATE to those not interested in subscribing to (or can’t afford) what is, by all technical definitions, a “fire insurance plan” for $75 a year. Why does the State’s SINGLE-OPTION MONOPOLY go UNQUESTIONED as somehow “good” or “necessary”? Choose to pay or get nothing? HOW EXACTLY IS THAT CHOICE!? Obviously, what is at work here is NOT CAPITALISM, but instead, TYRANNICAL STATE-SANCTIONED CORPORATISM (also known as FASCISM)!

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Celebrating Haitian History in the Face of Opposition

The following debate originally took place upon my Facebook wall…

Map of Haiti

Map of Haiti

Rayn: believes that “a nation of SHEEP shall be ruled by PIGS.”

Kenny C.: Haiti?

Kenny C.: or the PIGS that force the sheep to pay for the White-Devil haters?

Rayn: I’m sorry, Kenny, but I was talking about the country I live in.
But, what exactly are you referring to? I’m stumped.

Kenny C.: The Pigs are forcing the sheep to pay for the white-devil haters? its just a scam, people benefiting off a tragedy. an island does NOT need money they need supplies!

Sara: Who are the white-devil haters?

Kenny C.: oh come on… my thoughts and prayers go out to those victims and family’s of the victims of the Earthquake in Haiti.
HOWEVER, I feel that this “relief” effort is too familiar.
Hatian government=white devil haters.
and they are going to steal our money, and put it in their pockets!
and the victims and people that r suffering will continue to suffer. because hatian government is more corrupt then ours! and u know what happens when people see $$?

Kenny C.: we wanna send supplies, but bush says NO SUPPLIES SEND US CASH…Why? bush didn’t get enough cash from everything he did while he was president?
guess not…

Kenny C.: It is people like Bush that are the reason why Hatians call us White Devil.

Katherine C.: I know you meant that in a political sense but for a second I imagined actual sheep being led by pigs, lol

Rayn:  “White devil haters”? The Haitian government? And, the Haitians? I’ve never heard of such a thing before, Kenny.

These are some serious allegations. Where are you getting your information from?

The only recent “devil” talk I’ve heard in regards to Haiti is when psuedo-Reverend Pat “the Pig” Robertson accused the Haitian people of making a “pact with the devil” to rid themselves of the French. He claimed that, for this reason, “ever since, [the Haitian people] have been cursed by one thing after the other,” implying that the Haitian people deserved to suffer from this month’s devastating earthquake.
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Is Obama Just Another Warmonger, or Is He a Peace Candidate?

The following debate originally took place on my Facebook wall, upon my post, “Obama to Send At Least 30,000 More Troops to Afghanistan!“…

RaynObama to Send At Least 30,000 More Troops to Afghanistan!

As I said in my October article, entitled, “Barack Obama – America’s False Anti-War Candidate“:

If you were seduced into Obama’s illusion of “hope” and “change” and actually voted for him, under the false impression that he would actually END AMERICA’S WARS… it’s finally time to finally admit that YOU WERE NOT ”FOOLED” or “TRICKED” by this man. YOU JUST WEREN’T PAYING ATTENTION!!!!

Obama has been very busy working on all the promises he made, and all is going exactly according to planned!

Here are some of the statements Obama made when he was still just a candidate on the campaign trail, looking to secure YOUR vote:

Speaking from Afghanistan in a July 20, 2008 interview on “Face the Nation,” Obama said:

“It’s time for us to withdraw some of our combat troops out of Iraq, and deploy them here in Afghanistan, and I think we have to seize that opportunity. Now’s the time for us to do it.”



Before that, speaking on August 1, 2007 in an address to the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC, Obama stated the same exact agenda, taking it a step further:

“The first step must be getting off the wrong battlefield in Iraq, and taking the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”



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