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Fire Tending Meditation: a way to focus attention

April 6, 2018

When at the Rainbow Gathering in Utah 2014 I was given the opportunity to focus my attention. Here is what happened…

While at the Welcome Home Kitchen, the Fire Tender wanted to go to another kitchen and trade a cooler filled with coffee for pizza. He asked if someone would watch the fire while he was gone. SOMEONE had to be there… I volunteered. I Said “I’ll be here. I’ll be the responsable adult. I can do that, I have done that.”

he said “Great” and Left with the cooler filled with coffee.

So I took over and made sure we didn’t burn down the forest. I also collected wood, placed it carefully on the fire arranging the logs so that they would burn without causing a lot of smoke AND I invited arriving people to help themselves to a cup of coffe or clean drinking water… and to take a break and relax around the fire.

This is a classic way to focus attention as the placement of logs on the fire is very similar to Zen Gardening with sand…

So, during this time… I asked for a Really Big Idea… I had attended Rainbow Gatherings before and I wanted each visit to be different. It’s pointless and boring to keep on repeating experiences… so, this time I wanted to get a really big Idea…

and here it is: A SolarFire powered Desalinization Machine. Use a driftwood fire to power a steam engine. Use the force from the steam engine to drive a water pump. Pump seawater thru a pipe in the fire and into a long black pipe with a reflector that focuses sunlight on the pipe. When the water boils, it expands in volume… at the end of the pipe, steam will be billowing out with a great deal of force. Use that force to drive an electricity generating turbine. Collect the steam and let it turn back into a liquid… The result is Pure H20, NaCl and Electricity… all valuable and sellable.

Clean safe drinking water is a big problem. We could use the collected steam for drinking, bathing, livestock, gardens… AND making Ice for a really great Scotch on the Rocks.

To make this pracital, the location of the machine would need to be near a big pile of driftwood. On Agate Beach in California, I have seen a pile of driftwood that covers the entire beach for about a half a mile… In other locations, use watever resource is available. For Example: In Saudi Arabia it would make more sense to burn oil or gas…

So, during my meditation I Got my really big idea…

Later, the fire tender returned and his mission to get pizza was successful.

Much later I was sitting by the fire and another Rainbow Gatherer approached… He said mockingly: “Have you been sitting in that same spot for two days?” Which was true, I did spend a couple of days at the Welcome Home Tent.

I replied: “No, I also worked as the fire tender… That gave me an opportunity to Focus My Attention… [said slowly] Focus… My… Attention… ”

The fire tender was listening and he nodded with understanding… Later we ended up hanging out together and he was a fine fellow… He was also very interested in being in the Cleanup Crew… I assume he got paid a lot in valuable stuff left behind.

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Long ago I was playing the drums with some Buddhists at an anti-war protest march… I asked them why we were playing such an odd rhythm… They said that it requires that you Focus Your Attention… It’s true… That experience was quite different than bang out a 4/4 on the big bass drum… I also did that at the same protest, our goal was to get George Bush the Father to remember that we didn’t LIKE his war… and there were people playing the drums 24 hours a day in Lafayette Park to remind him… His only choices were to listen or flee…

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Vote Against All Republicrimes. Old White Men Should Retire. 2018 is OUR YEAR!

March 5, 2018

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Why not have congress represent the people? Instead of Old White Men that have accepted bribes from the NRA and Wall Street, Why not have Latinos, Blacks, Asians, Whites and Women?

Majority Rule is an EXCELLENT Idea… Most people prefer it to Corporate Rule.

Beyond Counterculture Book…

March 5, 2018

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Mateel is between the Lost Coast and the Avenue of the Giants.

The Watershed is formed by the Matole River and the Eel River.

 Highway 101 North from San Francisco… take a left at Fernbridge, drive over the bridge… to Victorian Ferndale. Drive down main street and make a Right at Ocean Drive (at the Big Hotel )… Left on Wildcat Ave (sign points to Capetown Petrolia)… drive over the mountain to the pacific ocean…. Where cattle graze on the beach…

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Beyond Counterculture is the History of the Hippies who fled The Haight Ashbury District of San Francisco and Moved to Southern Humboldt County to Earn their living farming Cannabis. Originally a Doctoral thesis.

Between the Eel and Matole Rivers, Garberville and the Lost Coast.

Mateel is a Sunny and Warm.

Once PALCO logged the area, the land was really cheap. Perfect for growing Marijuana Outdoors. This location is Not on Google Streetview.

Beyond Counterculture: The Community of Mateel

Paperback – June, 1990 by Jentri Anders.

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Things I Remember Growing Up in Los Gatos – Hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains

March 4, 2018

I remember hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains behind The Novitiate. I often went with my dog, Prince, a toy collie on that trail that went all the way to Lexington Reservoir. I caught a terrible cases of poison oak by petting the dog. However, one time made me immune forever. I collected sprouted buckeyes and planted them in the backyard of our home on Bruce Ave and one of them grew up to be a giant tree. For years we collected the buckeye seeds and burned them in our fireplace. They POP at random times and that’s fun when watching a fire. I also walked trails up and down Los Gatos creek from Campbell percolation ponds to Vasona to Lexington. It was fun to swim at Vasona. We would dive in from the dam and swim until the park Ranger approached in his boat. It was illegal to swim there and so we had to keep an eye out for the law. Another good swimming hole was the Almaden Reservoir. That one was supposed to be so polluted with Mercury that it was dangerous to swim there… However, Both of my parents and I swam there with no ill effects… Go Figure…

My dad lived in Los Gatos as a Jr. High School and High School Student and Mom was from Willow Glen [near San Jose]. Dad moved to Los Gatos to cure his Tuberculosis at the Top of the Hill Sanitarium off Kennedy Road. When I went to my Dad’s Funeral at the Unitarian Church on Blossom hill Road I could see the “Top of the Hill” from the deck outback… I felt comforted in being able to see the beginning and the end of his Los Gatos residency.

In 1976 I went with my wife to Wine Tasting at the Novitiate. They were a major supplier of wine used in Communion Services. I remember that they had a cave used for aging the red wines that had a crack in the ceiling caused by the 1906 earthquake. They used giant redwood barrels that absorbed the wine and the outside was wet. The air in that cave could make you drunk from breathing the alcohol. Los Gatos is famous for Almaden Wine and Saratoga has Paul Masson. One of my in-laws worked at Paul Masson and another worked at Sebastiani. When we went wine tasting at Sebastiani they brought out the “good stuff”, wines that were for family, not sold to the general public. Yes, it really was good quality. Especially the brandy.

We had really High Quality Public Schools in Los Gatos. In Elementary School at Daves Ave we were taught the “New Math”. I don’t actually remember how that was different than the “Old Math” but at least they were trying to help us learn. We studied the Spanish Language all through school. I didn’t really get good at it until I was an Adult working at Radio Shack on Branham Lane. It’s a comissioned salesman job and many of my customers spoke Spanish as their primary language. Yes, I got good when my Paycheck depended on it. Hector Sianez was the store manager and people from all over the Bay Area would drive to our store because we had the advantage of being Bi-Lingual.
We were taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math at LGHS. A college prep curriculum… After I graduated from LGHS I went to Chico State for two years and the West Valley JC (an outstanding school to learn Electronics Drafting). One class at West Valley was scale model building. I took blueprints of a cabin my Dad was having built at North Shore Lake Tahoe and built an accurate scale model. I still have that model because Dad liked it and made sure it never got accidentally damaged.

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I have experienced Cannabis Psychosis. I saw things that were not there but I believed that they really existed.

March 2, 2018

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I experienced events that did not happen. That made it difficult to make smart decisions. Californians ought to be aware that it is possible to smoke too much dope. It took my smoking about a pound of Oregon Legal over a 7 month period for me to experience Psychosis. Yes, it’s FUN to see some things, Like a cat about the size of a German Shepard Dog. Meow! However…

I stopped smoking when I went on a driving vacation and didn’t want to be in possession of an illegal substance while camping out in my van. I remained stoned for about a month due to having so much THC in my system. It was a great trip and I saw many beautiful parks and deserts in Southern California and Nevada. We were driving over “The Grapevine” and the highway patrol created a rolling roadblock to slow down the traffic. They actually forced us all to stop completely by driving back and forth across all the lanes of the freeway… I thought the CHP Car was dancing. Quite an interesting event to observe amplified by my THC enhanced brain… The combination of my being retired from work, having money in the bank and the Legalization of Marijuana in Oregon allowed me to simply take too much. Oregon was 100 miles from home and I bought an ounce a week… The stores rate and price their weed by quantity of THC per gram. I tended to buy the strongest stuff available… I went to the hospital to have an infected blister on my foot treated and they tested my blood and urine… I still tested positive for THC after not smoking for a month.

I started smoking marijuana in 1969 at age 14. I’ve smoked off and on my whole life. However I realized that I had to quit smoking while I was studying computer science at Humboldt State University. I believe that it would have been impossible to do my homework while stoned… So I quit for 4 years… In Arcata, the geographic center of illegal marijuana farming in Northern California. Marijuana is not addictive like tobacco is but it still has risks associated with it. One risk to be aware of is being arrested for driving a car while stoned.

I did a scientific study of playing chess while stoned on various drugs. I owned a chess computer that would allow me to play at different skill levels. I concluded that I played at a higher level when I drank coffee and a lower level on Marijuana and alcohol. On LSD I refused play at all as the entire test seemed absurd.

Cannabis does have entertainment value. Rock concerts are more enjoyable while stoned. One time I went to an Allman Brothers concert during a time when there was no marijuana available and the music seemed too loud and the guitar solos were pointless and too long. Sex is more pleasurable when stoned. Food tastes better. In general, all experiences are more fun. Reading a Science Fiction Book while stoned is astonishing as every page has a mind blowing revelation or plat twist. Of course, the author intentionally designed the book to twist your mind. Mission Accomplished!

Marijuana is not addictive in the sense that it does not cause pain when a person stopped using it like tobacco does. However, given a choice, I prefer to be stoned all day every day. Smoking at dawn and taking another puff whenever I feel like the effects are wearing off. During my 7 month smoke-a-thon with Oregon Legal I lost about 100 pounds of weight. Strange effect. I believe that the weight loss happened because during the first hour after smoking, I felt queasy and did not feel like eating. Since I was smoking at least once an hour, I did not experience the munchies. After I went to the mental hospital I stopped smoking marijuana and have gained all that weight back and more. Deep Sigh…

During the time I was smoking marijuana heavily, the number of visitors to my blog went up dramatically. Google provides statistics about how popular my words of wisdom are. I was writing what I call “Absurdist Fiction” and posting a lot of travel photographs/descriptions. I also figured out how to “GAME” the Google Search Engine Algorithm… My Blog uses keywords describing my posts individually.  For Example: If I write a post about Traveling to Oregon, I write a dozen words that describe that blog post. I found a way to copy and paste ALL of those keywords into a single blog post. Therefore the content of that blog post would rate high on almost any Google Search.
That technique no longer works as Google probably fixed the search algorithm to ignore that “Hack”.
Anyway, I believed that the reason my blogs popularity had increased dramatically was that I was writing better when stoned. Just like The Beatles became Super Popular when the started recording records like Sargent Pepper… Yes, it’s true that I came up with more and better ideas while stoned.
BUT… the vast majority of my increase in visits was due to that one trick I played on Google.

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After I got out of the mental hospital I quit smoking marijuana and have not had any great ideas since. SO, I have been writing my Autobiography instead. Typing what I did in the past instead of creating the future. By the way, I’m really glad that Marijuana has become legal in California because freedom of choice is great. It’s not the right drug for me but the last thing anyone needs is going to jail. We ought to legalize Marijuana Nationwide! Reduce spending on Law Enforcement while increasing VOLUNTARY taxes… AND… Release all the Cannabis Prisoners.

 

Links to other blog posts…

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Ezekiel’s Wheel – Cosmic Art by Greg Vanderlaan – Free Clip Art for you to use – Pirate at will!

February 16, 2018
The wingdings say Ezekiel’s Wheel
Fire Wheel burning in the Air
Bubble UP Economics – Raise the minimum Wage
Free Clip Art for you to enjoy… Pirate at will…

Let’s make GUNS ILLEGAL. 17 high school kids murdered by gun in Florida…

February 16, 2018

The NRA is an Evil force in the USA. They support selling guns to mentally ill people. As a matter of fact, Trump signed a bill into law that makes it easier for Mentally Ill People to buy guns. Just Crazy! The Law is Insane!

Write your Representatives in Congress and ask them to take action to prevent mass murder…
#DumpTrump

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Bernie Sanders calls for Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide. An Idea Whose Time Has Come. Please Sign Petition.

February 11, 2018

Sisters and Brothers -I am writing you about an issue of grave consequence that affects the lives of millions of Americans and greatly impacts our democracy – namely the continued federal prohibition on marijuana and the need for reform of our criminal justice system.
As you know, a number of states (including my state of Vermont) have decriminalized or legalized the possession, use and sale of marijuana in recent years. Under the Obama Administration, the Justice Department took no action against these states or the people in those states. However, the Trump Administration has taken a very different stance with Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatening to prosecute. That would be a huge mistake and move us in exactly the wrong direction.
Here’s why:
Millions of Americans have had their lives impacted by the federal prohibition on marijuana – arrests, convictions and even jail time. Even when people don’t go to jail, the criminal record they receive makes it harder for them to find a job, get housing or go to college. Is this a widespread problem? It sure is. In 2016 alone, over half a million people were arrested for marijuana possession.
These harmful impacts are felt far more acutely in communities of color and poor communities because enforcement of marijuana laws is much stricter there than in more affluent, white communities. Incredibly, African Americans are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana even though marijuana usage rates are basically the same across racial lines.
Of course, marijuana prohibition is part of a larger failed war on drugs that has led to the great national crisis of mass incarceration. Some 1.5 million people were arrested for a drug related offense in 2016 – over 80 percent of which were for possession alone. We need to stop criminalizing addiction. We need to stop criminalizing recreational marijuana use.
The criminal justice system is not the answer to drug abuse. Addiction is a health problem and we should start treating it that way. While communities all across the country lack adequate resources for treatment or prevention, we are spending approximately $50 billion a year on the war on drugs. That’s absurd. We need to get our priorities right.
And that starts with making our voices heard:
Sign my petition if you agree it is long past time for the government to end its failed war on drugs and instead invest in programs that focus on treatment and prevention of drug abuse. This is an important issue that impacts almost everyone and we should all make our voices heard.
This so-called war on drugs has led us to have over 2 million people in prison – disproportionately poor and from communities of color. Our incarceration rate is the highest in the world – higher even than authoritarian countries like China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
Further, what is not often discussed is how the war on drugs and mass incarceration is impacting the essence of our democracy. People with felony convictions cannot vote in many states. Today, for that reason alone, over 6 million Americans are denied access to the ballot.
Uneven enforcement and the fact that people of color receive longer sentences for the same offenses than white defendants means more felony convictions in those communities. And that means – surprise, surprise – fewer voters.
In other words, the war on drugs is robbing those minority and lower income communities of their political power. In Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee over 20 percent of voting age African Americans are disenfranchised because of felony convictions. It’s not too hard to figure out what’s going on here. The communities most impacted by these policies are systematically stripped of their ability in our democratic system to politically fight back.
Why hasn’t something been done to fix this problem? You know the reason. The sad truth is that some politicians benefit from people not being able to vote. All too often these are the same politicians who are trying to disenfranchise voters in other ways, such as restrictive voter ID laws or extreme gerrymandering.
This has got to change.
We need the highest voter turnout in the world, not the highest incarceration rate. We need to provide treatment for people with substance abuse problems, not lock them up.
As a first step, we need to remove marijuana from Category 1 of the federal Controlled Substances Act where it is currently ranked alongside drugs like heroin. In fact, marijuana is classified more harshly than cocaine. That doesn’t make any sense.
Let’s have states decide the issue of marijuana for themselves like they do with alcohol. More and more states are moving in the direction of decriminalization. Let them make those decisions without federal interference.
Let’s invest in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
Let’s reform our criminal laws and take other steps to dismantle mass incarceration. Among other steps forward we need to ban private prisons and create new federal policing standards.
Let’s restore the voting rights of all Americans.
If you share my goal of making these important reforms please sign this petition:
Sign my petition if you agree it is long past time for the government to end its failed war on drugs and instead invest in programs that focus on treatment and prevention of drug abuse. This is an important issue that impacts almost everyone and we should all make our voices heard.
In Solidarity, Bernie Sanders

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I OPPOSE Trump’s Military Parade and his Nuclear Missile Upgrade. Total Waste of Taxpayer Dollars…

February 7, 2018

Upgrading our Nukes makes it more likely that he will use them. Causing global extinction of humans.  A parade will wreck Pennsylvania Ave. It seems like the type of parade they have in the Soviet Union… Just like everything else in Trump’s Presidency he LOVES the USSR. Wishes he was a Dick-Tater… https://gvan42.blogspot.com/

Red-State Democrats Think Legal Marijuana Can Help Them Win seats in Congress

With sky-high approval rates, pot is an issue challengers say will cure the Democratic malaise in Trump country.

Dan Canon for Indiana Congressional Seat.
https://canonforindiana.com/

Amy McGrath for Kentucky Congressional Seat
https://www.amymcgrathforcongress.com/

Great Movie: “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore. explains Global Warming

This movie calls for action to save life as we know it on planet Earth. As we saw last year, Global Warming caused Three Hurricanes in the USA, Tornados and VAST wildfires in California.

Soon the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast will be uninhabitable as it will get blasted by hurricanes every year… No matter how many times Trump’ EPA declares that Global Warming is a hoax, the damage is real. Trump is lying when he says “Clean Coal”.

It seems like the only place in the USA that will be safe to live in will be the Coast of Northern California, Oregon and Washington State.

We can save ourselves by simply using less electricity generated by coal, driving fewer miles or buying a high mileage car.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Inconvenient_Truth
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and… An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power …
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Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and Free All the Cannabis Prisoners. We could use the extra money to pay for healthcare for all.

August 10, 2017

The USA would receive a fortune in VOLUNTARY Taxes. If you don’t smoke you wouldn’t pay a cent. We could also cut Taxpayer expenses currently wasted on Incarceration and Law Enforcement. It’s a Win-Win situation. More money going into the Treasury and Less going out.  In addition, states that have legal medical marijuana have fewer deaths due to opioid addiction. Some people simply choose the safer drug… DUH…

Who could Possibly be in Favor of keeping Cannabis Illegal?
Corporations that are in the business of incarceration.

Law Enforcement makes money by arresting people, then warehousing them in jail. While ACTUAL crime is on the wane, cannabis arrests are easy and low risk. REAL criminals are often dangerous. Cannabis Criminals are Often Stoned… and easygoing…

and… all these people depend on Prohibition for their Paycheck…

Judges, lawyers, police, bail bondsmen, prison guards, construction workers that build prisons, social workers that talk to the families left behind, involuntary rehab clinics, fertilizer salesman, grow-light salesman, realtors that rent abandoned houses to be used as farms… There is a huge industry that will have sales reduced if Marijuana is legalized…

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Criminals depend on Marijuana being Illegal to Protect their Profits. With Legal Marijuana, the Mexican Mafia would be in deep trouble… Are they bribing Senators and Congressmen? We do not know because that money is in cash and not traceable…

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My Best Art – A Psychedelic Freakshow by Greg Vanderlaan… See More at: http://gvan42.blogspot.com/p/my-best-art.html

Futureworld2525: a silly science fiction story… an Ecoterrorist Time Trip. Read More at: http://gvan42.blogspot.com/p/prolog-you-are-under-arrest.html

Solar Desalinization Project – Makes Pure Water, Salt and Electricity. When the Steam cools, it falls from the sky as rain. Read More at: http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/07/solar-desalinization-project-makes-pure.html

Did you ever Notice Arcata, California? It’s Simply Wonderful. Experience the delight at: http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/06/did-you-ever-notice-arcata-california.html

How to fix the Waiting for Edge Chat error in the Farmville Game. DELETE COOKIES, RESTART GAME. and tips for playing Farmville. Get a Clue at: http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/06/how-to-fix-waiting-for-edge-chat-error.html

Be Aware of Propaganda: “The Bottom Line with Boris” and Trump TV “Real” News. They are lying to you. Read more at: http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/08/be-aware-of-propaganda-bottom-line-with.html

Now is the time to tell your Senators that you want to FIX Obamacare or start Single Payer Medicare for all. Read More at: http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/07/now-is-time-to-tell-your-senators-that.html

Our war in Afghanistan has increased the production of opium therefore increasing US deaths due to heroin overdoses. Read More at: http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/08/our-war-in-afghanistan-has-increased.html

How to hack a US Senator’s Contact via email form. That way you can express your opinion to Many Senators. Up to 100… Read More At: http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/07/how-to-hack-us-senators-contact-via.html

More of My Best Art – Trippy Potatoshop Images – Like Wow, Man…. It’s Cosmic… at: http://gvan42.blogspot.com/p/more-my-best-art.html

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Trump’s Place in History is Now Secure. He signed the Russian Sanctions Bill despite Putin’s Anger.
Great Job, Donald. Like JFK and going to the Moon or MLK and the “I Have a Dream Speech”, Donald Trump will forever be remembered for the Russian Sanctions Bill that punishes them for meddling with our Presidential election in 2016. http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/08/trumps-place-in-history-is-now-secure.html
“Make America Hate Again” – It’s ABSURD to Blame Immigrants for all our troubles….

The Federal Police force called ICE is stopping and questioning anyone who looks like an illegal alien. That means Latinos… Including people that were born in the USA. Including people who’s Great Great Great Grandfathers were born in the USA. http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/08/make-america-hate-again-blame.html


Legalize Marijuana Nationwide bill introduced in the US Senate. Honorable Cory Booker author. http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/08/legalize-marijuana-nationwide-bill.html

People will write anything if they are paid enough… Check out this pro-nuke article by a Fellow at The Heritage Foundation… Stephen Moore… http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/07/people-will-write-anything-if-they-are.html

A collection of my best art is on Google Image Search keyword “vandergreg”…
My webstore is at zazzle.com/gregvan… Here is a link to my art: http://tinyurl.com/ycqp4sck
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Anonymous Mask. Why not be different? Make your own and become a Nom Nom Nom Mouse instead. Here’s How. http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/07/anonymous-mask-why-not-be-different.html

Fracking causes water pollution and health danger for people. Split Estate is a great movie documentary. It shows the dirty side of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas, an energy source the industry touts as a clean alternative to fossil fuels.

EPA chief pushing governmentwide effort to question climate change science. As if we could just talk away global warming… The Trump administration is debating whether to launch a government wide effort to question the science of climate change, an effort that critics say is an attempt to undermine the long-established consensus human activity is fueling the Earth’s rising temperatures.
Learn Secret Communication at: *#%$@**^&*$%^%.com … http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/07/learn-secret-communication-at.html

Impeach Trump protests nationwide. It’s time for GenX and Millennials to run for public office. Save us Jenna Marbles! We the people have had enough of this buffoon. What is needed is some leadership from young people. The Baby Boom Generation has ruled long enough. It’s time for us to retire and enjoy some free time. http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/07/impeach-trump-protests-nationwide-its.html

‘Blue Cheese Gone Bad’ – Penicillium roqueforti – (fiction- not one word is true)… http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/07/blue-cheese-gone-bad-penicillium.html
Alternative words for Marijuana so you can post to Facebook without Homeland Security putting you on a list… 13, M, MJ, ganja, The Nice, The Kind, Bud, hemp, hashish, boo, weed, reefer, herb, tea, grass, joint, wacky tabaky and the ever popular… medicine. Know any others? Comment…

GV: pot, Acapulco gold, Maui wowie, Panama red, bhang, cannabis, doobie, dope, ganja, loco weed, maryjane, roach, sinsemilla and “The Mule” because it kicks you in the head…

Artshow – eye candy – feel free to pirate any image – Greg Vanderlaan http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/07/artshow-eye-candy-feel-free-to-pirate.html

Trump’s “base” is the 1% [the super rich]. They pretend that his “base” is uneducated white people but that’s a misdirection.

August 6, 2017

Like a magic act, they use misdirection to keep our attention focused on what they want us to see, not what they are really doing. Note that the Environmental Protection Agency has switched mission from Protecting the Environment to enabling corporations to increase profits by reducing expenditures for cleaning up pollution caused by their factories.


The Department of Education has switched mission also. It used to be about educating students but now it’s all about increasing profits for “Charter” Schools and reducing the quality of Public Schools through the concept of “School Choice”. Go Figure. That mission changed when Trump appointed a lobbyist as Secretary of Education. “Charter” Schools are often used to promote Christianity.

Legalize Marijuana Nationwide bill introduced in the US Senate. Honorable Cory Booker author.

August 5, 2017

The US Senate has an opportunity to Legalize Marijuana and Release all Cannabis Prisoners. This would increase tax dollars flowing into the US Treasury and reduce payments for incarceration. It’s a Win-Win bill for the American People. Does Legal Weed help with the Opioid Addiction Death crisis? Would there be less use of actually dangerous drugs like OxyContin and heroin if there was a safer alternative? Watch Senator Cory Booker as a valid candidate for President in 2020. He just might win!

“U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is proposing a far-reaching bill that would both legalize marijuana at the federal level and encourage states to legalize it locally through incentives.
The New Jersey Democrat’s bill, called the Marijuana Justice Act, has virtually no chance of passage in the Republican-controlled Congress and in a presidential administration that’s decidedly anti-marijuana. ”
http://www.politico.com/states/new-jersey/story/2017/08/01/booker-seeks-federal-marijuana-legalization-113716

“Sen. Cory Booker Wants to Make Marijuana Legal Across U.S.— Could That Curb Opioid Epidemic?” – “I’ve seen a lot of very compelling preliminary data that shows there is a drop in opioid overdoses in areas that have better access to marijuana,” Booker said in a phone interview with NBC News on Tuesday, adding that he looked forward to seeing more research.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/sen-cory-booker-wants-make-marijuana-legal-across-u-s-n788661

“Make America Hate Again” – It’s ABSURD to Blame Immigrants for all our troubles….

August 5, 2017

The Federal Police force called ICE is stopping and questioning anyone who looks like an illegal alien. That means Latinos… Including people that were born in the USA. Including people who’s Great Great Great Grandfathers were born in the USA. Since California was settled by Europeans from Spain in the 1769 and most of the cities were named for Saints in the Catholic Church it seems absurd to blame all our troubles on Latinos. San Jose, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles are words from the Spanish Language. Viva Junipero Serra, the father of California. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun%C3%ADpero_Serra

The new bill designed to reduce the number of legal immigrants by half delights Trump supporters but is rejected by big business. Who will harvest the crops of California if we don’t have Mexicans do the work? Corporations that hire Mexicans are GLAD to have them here. Hungry? Eat some grapes… Caesar Chaves will look down upon you from Heaven and smile.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesar_Chavez

The plan to build a Wall to protect us from “those people over there” has a mega failure history. Consider the Great Wall of China. It was built to keep people on one side safe from people on the other side yet… There are Chinese people on BOTH SIDES now.

Consider the Berlin Wall… It didn’t work so good after all… Why not spend our time and money repairing our Infrastructure? Another “Promise Made, Promise Broken”. When will Trump accomplish anything? Anything at all? HUH?

Tax Cuts for ALL! It can be paid for by debt and letting our great grandchildren worry about the bill later.

August 5, 2017

That’s Trumps Plan. Coming soon to Congress: Raising the national debt ceiling and what they jokingly call “Tax Reform”. What that means is a vast tax cut for the 1% and a small tax cut for the 99%. It’s a Win-Win plan! Just like getting a brand new credit card, we can spend NOW NOW NOW and worry about paying back the loan later… Is it possible for the entire country to declare bankruptcy? That’s a great way to avoid paying your bills… Trump’s done it four (4) times!

Compulsive Hoarding of Money Syndrome CAN BE CURED.

August 5, 2017

While the historical solutions of the USA in 1776 and France in 1789 appear appealing on first glance, they would simply not work in a global economy of 2017. A 12 step program might be more efficient. Greed Freaks Anonymous can help the most absurdly addicted capitalists.

Trump Financial Crimes: $10 million dollar fine for Money Laundering at Casino. SOHO Tower & The Russians.

August 1, 2017

 

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is looking into Financial Crimes committed by Donald Trump and collusion with the Russians during the Hacking of the US Election of 2016.

FinCEN Fines Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort $10 Million for Significant and Long Standing Anti-Money Laundering Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today imposed a $10 million civil money penalty against Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort (Trump Taj Mahal), for willful and repeated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). In addition to the civil money penalty, the casino is required to conduct periodic external audits to examine its anti-money laundering (AML) BSA compliance program and provide those audit reports to FinCEN and the casino’s Board of Directors.

https://www.fincen.gov/news/news-releases/fincen-fines-trump-taj-mahal-casino-resort-10-million-significant-and-long

The Trump Taj Mahal casino broke anti-money laundering rules 106 times in its first year and a half of operation in the early 1990s, according to the IRS in a 1998 settlement agreement.
It’s a bit of forgotten history that’s buried in federal records held by an investigative unit of the Treasury Department, records that congressional committees investigating Trump’s ties to Russia have obtained access to, CNN has learned.

Financial-Crimes Monitor to Share Records in Trump-Russia ProbeSenate committee requested the data from Treasury’s FinCEN

Dirty money: Trump and the Kazakh connection FT probe finds evidence a Trump venture has links to alleged laundering network

A Financial Times investigation has found evidence that one Trump venture has multiple ties to an alleged international money laundering network. Title deeds, bank records and correspondence show that a Kazakh family accused of laundering hundreds of millions of stolen dollars bought luxury apartments in a Manhattan tower part-owned by Mr Trump and embarked on major business ventures with one of the tycoon’s partners.
https://www.ft.com/content/33285dfa-9231-11e6-8df8-d3778b55a923

Republicans FAIL Again on Healthcare. Repeal and Replace Obamacare FAIL. Repeal only FAIL.

July 26, 2017

Tomorrow we will see what is called “Bizarro World in 3D” repeal of Obamacare… The ‘resident continues to threaten Senators that refuse to obey him but they just don’t care. Czar Donald the Wimpy is a toothless tiger. A load roar but no actual danger.

We the People need to keep on calling our Senators and Congressmen and patiently explaining that we want Single Payer Medicare for all OR To fix the problems with Obamacare.

“Eat my Shorts” Donnie… AND… Your trashing of the Energy Department, the EPA and Education is bad for America and the people. NO NUKES!

Release all Cannabis Prisoners and use all the money currently wasted on incarceration expenses to fund schools.

July 23, 2017

Why keep people in jail for a plant that’s now legal? Why PAY $40,000 a year per prisoner for a law that was simply wrong? WTF? This is a Smart Approach to Marijuana.

release all cannabis prisoners

Feel Free to Copy and Paste this artwork into your own Blog or Facebook Page. The campaign for legalization is working due to the tireless efforts of people that use social media… Thanks for helping out… When will the kind herb be legal nationwide?

 

How I Meditate. It’s easy to do and It improves mental health… AND… It Accelerates Global Awakening!

July 22, 2017

I lie down and close my eyes. Then I focus my attention on my breathing. Slow deep breaths with a silent verbal statement during each breath.

For Example:

[Inhale] My mind is completely relaxed  [Exhale] … [Inhale] My body is completely relaxed [Exhale] …  [Inhale] I’m going deeper and deeper into a Hypnotic Trance [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] …  [Inhale] Make me a Channel of thy peace [Exhale] … [Inhale] Where there is Sickness may I bring Health [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] …  [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] …  [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] …

and then repeat the entire prayer again and again…

Sometimes I ask God What I should write on my Blog… Looking for divine inspiration for these words… seeking a little wisdom to share… Then I type my Ideas into the internet for people to read and share…

other times I ask God What should I do with my Art programs? Looking for basic concepts to express using Potatoshop?

Sometimes I fall asleep and have Colorful Dreams where I go visit an Art Gallery and see Imaginary Paintings…

It is possible to do this style of Meditation while walking. Focus your attention on your breathing, think positive uplifting thoughts and thank God for this wonderful world. Choose your own God to thank. [Inhale] thank you  [Exhale] [Inhale] thank you  [Exhale] [Inhale] thank you  [Exhale] [Inhale] thank you  [Exhale] [Inhale] thank you  [Exhale] Watch where you are going and observe the beautiful flowers and trees… they are your brothers and sisters… Observe the beautiful rivers, oceans and the morning dew on the trees… we are mostly water and it’s healing to view water… or swim… Some people find the Mantra “OM” is a powerful word. It rhymes with HOME but it’s a word in a language that’s not English. Ram Dass recommends Mantras written in Sanskrit but I find that they are confusing… He meditates by repeating “RAM” while paying attention to his breathing… That doesn’t work for me because RAM in English stands for Random Access Memory – a computer term or a Brand name of a TRUCK or a male sheep or goat… It doesn’t do me any good to focus my thoughts on a BIG TRUCK… SO, I choose my own Mantra… “Thank You” works for me.

If your current God turns out to be a disaster then fire that God and find a different one that works! There are over one million different Gods in Hinduism alone. and… there are Many different Religions or lack of Religions in practice in the world today. Do you worship Money? Is that working out? Do you currently worship Jesus or Allah? Well, those paths work just fine for many people but… if they are leading you to chronic unhappiness then simply stop doing that. Just Stop with the self inflicted punishment and choose something else. What about worshipping a plant or worshipping ALL plants and ALL animals? We are all one big happy family… Try dancing around a campfire at night while playing the drums… Might work!

 

Maybe we should become Allies with Russia. End the Cold War and learn how to do business together.

July 21, 2017

What if Trump’s right? What if all this anti-Russian panic is absurd? Why don’t we stop with all the fear and loathing an let Exxon Mobil drill for oil in Siberia? We had a good partnership in World War Two. Then there was decades of bizarre anti communist panic.

I heard that during the 1950s Senator Joe McCarthy and the House In American Activities Committee hassled folksingers like Pete Seeger about whether or not he was a member of the communist party. People in Hollywood had their careers ruined because the government was afraid that they would use the power of films to influence public opinion and allow Commie Ideas to brainwash the masses. Seems absurd now…

Then we fought wars in Korea, Vietnam and Nicaragua to prevent creeping Communism from taking over the World. Well, we found out that even the USSR and China didn’t like Communism. Not much danger of that economic system taking over… In the mean time, the USA lost over 50,000 lives and spent trillions of dollars fighting an enemy that was doomed to fail from within.

Why don’t we just learn to get along? Sure, their country has problems. For example: they kill newspaper reporters that criticize Putin and they let their “Mafia” steal all the “Worker’s Assets”. Yes, THEY have troubles but are they not our troubles but THEIRS? Shouldn’t we stop trying to “Improve” their government’s behavior by imposing Sanctions? Why can’t we be friends?

If we stopped believing the Cold War Brainwashing maybe everyone would be better off…

KNOWS-SMILE-HEART-gregvan-vandergreg

 

 


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