Cannabis: Religious Reverence Throughout History – Part 1/2

Openhearted Rebel

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

If you still think cannabis is a dangerous drug with no medicinal or spiritual benefits, read ahead and try to keep an open mind toward a misunderstood plant that’s been revered throughout history and was only outlawed in the past century.

Millions of people who’ve been healed by the cannabis plant are taking a stand for it and in doing so, igniting a revolution more powerful than its suppressors can handle.

We know it can heal the mind, body and spirit if used with proper intention, and we’re willing to defend it against those who know little about it beyond what the government and biased media outlets tell them.

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Dear Hillary: How Very Dare You!

Social Justice For All

HillaryLet me be as candid and transparent as possible: I was a very strong supporter of Bernie Sanders, and until the past four weeks, held out great hope that he would become our next President. Over the course of the past month, I have had to do a great deal of reflecting and ask myself where does this seemingly irrational antipathy for Hillary Clinton come from? Why have I participated in it? After doing some research and looking hard at systemic misogyny, I have had to confront myself with the truth that I bought into a narrative about Hillary Clinton that has been produced, packaged, and perpetuated by mostly the GOP with the help of many democrats and independents.

This narrative is a 30-year-old vilification of a woman who is bright, independent, wealthy, and powerful — a woman who asks for what she wants and needs. How very dare you…

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After Trump Attacks Family Of Fallen Soldier, His Mother Issues A Heartbreaking Response

right on

The Fifth Column

After Trump Attacks Family Of Fallen Soldier, His Mother Issues A Heartbreaking Response“Running for President is not an entitlement to disrespect Gold Star families and [a] Gold Star mother.”  ~ Mrs. Khan

Apparently Trump’s disgusting criticism of this family was a bridge too far…(ks)


The mother at the center of Donald Trump’s attack on the family of a slain purple heart recipient responded to the Republican presidential candidate.

In an interview with ABC News, Trump claimed that Ghazala Khan did not speak as her husband Khizr Khan spoke at the 2016 Democratic Convention because of their Islamic faith.

Trump said, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

In his appearance, Mr. Khan discussed that his family emigrated to the United States and spoke about how his son served with distinction in the military, losing his life in…

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The Spiritual Socialist

I have said before that I consider myself a Socialist and a Christian. I think both Socialists and Christians might have a few objections with my views on both subjects though. Christians because my beliefs about what A christian is and what the Bible is about are apparently totally the opposite of theirs, Socialists because most Socialists are “political Democratic Socialists” instead of “Spiritual Socialists”

The first group of Socialists, the political or democratic socialists believe that socialism could be used as a political ideology much like Democracy and Communism forgetting that Communism is what you get when Socialism becomes political.

In fact, there is not much difference between a spiritual socialist and a Christian. Unlike our political counterpart we do not care about the rich being rich and getting richer. Unlike our political counterpart we do understand and agree that a ceo will make more than a line worker. We do not want or even need to take from the top. What spiritual Socialism is about is making sure the bottom of the list has a standard of life that is acceptable. A life in which everyone can go to a doctor, hospital or dentist without having to work 10 years to pay of that visit, a life in which a mother can go to a supermarket and buy food and baby stuff without having to wonder how to pay for the electricity bill while working 3 jobs.

A spiritual Socialist doesn’t care you have a $3.000.000 home, he does however want that those without a home get a place to sleep, a meal to eat and where possible work to pass the time and pay back to the community. This is not something that is just in the hands of politics, none of these things are. They are in our hands, they are about working together, about having empathy, compassion. It is about creating a better life for yourself by creating a better life for someone else. It is about respect and honoring the world around you, about treating everybody fair and with the same light.

That there are rich people is fine and there will always be “poor” people but with all our resources, with all our “peaceful” religions that ALL say to help our brothers and sisters that are in a lesser place then we are. With all this for us to use to our benefit we should be able to achieve that.Even while the rich are getting richer. It is not them that are the problem (in this case) but the general perception we have given to “rich” and “poor”. If the “poor” (what is  that 90% of the population? (everyone with an income less than say $150K?) stops blaming the rich and starts doing what Christianity, Islam and Judaism tell them to do then at least in countries like the USA and the Netherlands, Germany, the UK etc it will be possible to have an acceptable standard of life for everyone.

Don’t sit on your ass waiting for a politician to fix our problems, get out get involved, help your neighbor and brother or sister

Regardless who ou follow or if you are an evolutionist, in the end we ALL have the same ancestor, be it Adam and Eve or a Caveman. We are all family, we are all Brothers and Sisters, we are all ONE.

That is what Spiritual Socialism is about

A young man

One morning a young man was riding his bike to town when he was stopped by 2 soldiers. That morning terrorists had blown up a train and since the young man looked a lot like those that were suspected of the attack the young man was arrested and taken for interrogation.

Although the young man tried to convince the military he had nothing to do with the attack they figured that since the young man had the same religion, came from the same culture and was obviously in the area when the attack happened they kept him locked up for further investigation.

After about two weeks the young man was told he would move to a special prison made with the special purpose to house suspected individuals like him. Interrogations in that prison were hard and forms of torture where not excluded. Although they could never prove anything the young man stayed in that prison for almost 3 years until it finally got closed and the young man set free to be with his family again

A story about a Muslim no doubt? The prison being Guantanamo? No doubt the terrorists where Isis or Al Qaida……

Actually no, the story above is that of an uncle of me. He was a Jewish young man of 23 years of age on April 12th 1942 when this happened to him. The prison was called an “Internierungslager” and was located near Berlin, it was closed when Germany was defeated.

When WWII happen the whole world was in shock, how could the German population have elected Hitler as leader, wasn’t his anti -Semitism and hate speech not obvious enough, where the Germans racists? Was it something in the water? Regardless.. the world came together and US, British, Polish, Canadian soldiers and many more fought and died side by side on the battlefields of Europe. When the horror was over we agreed on one thing, this can and must NEVER happen again.

Now in the USA however (but also in other countries) a man has risen who’s hate, disrespect and anti-social behavior are eerie resembling those of Hitler, He has the same rhetoric, uses the same “solutions” is in favor of abolishing the Venetian convention agreements and is setting up brother against brother and sister against sister..

Remember what we agreed upon, NEVER AGAIN.  If you want to honor those that fought and died for all our freedom you will not vote Trump

The more he talks the scarier he gets

good read, fully agree


Now that the Republican Party has officially nominated a bigoted, xenophobic, thin-skinned narcissist, it is imperative that America gives this candidate a full vetting. I have said multiple times that Donald Trump’s lack of veracity as a candidate is in his history and it is not hard to find.

He has made his fortune by exploiting people for money. His sales skills have allowed him to get his money, but he has often left others high and dry through multiple bankruptcies, failed businesses and getting out of deals before they went south. The number of lawsuits that he has  settled are significant as a result as well as the line of unpaid contractors.

The three Trump University class action lawsuits are a microcosm of why he is a poor candidate. He is charged with alleged misrepresentation and aggressive marketing to strong arm money from students and seminar attendees.

But, what…

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I am worrying

I am not an American so maybe I should not say what I want to say but hey, you know me, fat chance. I might hit some nerves, I might lose readers but I am worrying

Through the years have gathered many contacts from the USA, many of them I consider friends, a few I even consider good or close friends without ever having laid eye on them, they cover both sides of the political arena, come from all walks of life, have all kinds of religions (or a chosen lack thereof) and all colors of the rainbow (well, I might be exaggerating here a bit)

I also see what is happening in the world and in the USA, part of that I discussed in my last blog but there is something that is worrying me much more than that

trump and the current state of the Republican Party. As you might know I am socialist, I should cheer seeing this going on in the GOP but I am not, there is no day without night, no yin without a yang, no left without a right. It is the only way to have all people in a nation covered as having a representative in the government. Sadly the current GOP is not that voice.

The current GOP is divided and dividing. They have a muppet as Speaker, a denier as presumptive vice President and then there is Trump PLEASE don’t call him orange, that is an insult to us Dutch especially when said about someone with a German heritage (No not war related, soccer)

However, war related…. are y’all stupid? Haven’t they thought you about WWII in school? Have you seen what is happening around that NRC? I have seen media of people there with flags baring a Swastika… ARE YOU INSANE?? Mr trump wants “special ID” for muslims in America

He wants to build a wall? He wants mexico to pay for it?

He calls Clinton crooked, I will not judge on that. Some say this some say that, she is not prosecuted.Trump however is another story himself. He wants to make American Great again but failed 4 times to make a business great, he wants to bring jobs back but outsources them himself. He talks about lack of integrity from his opponents but uses Music that is already known not allowed to be used. Sung by an artist that is everything the GOP hates. Melania I can forgive, she is simply not cut out for this kind of pressure but mr “You are fired” ? … sad…. so sad

When GOP members protested that their votes simply got changed they where ignored. different voices simply got smothered, former presidential hopefuls got booed. One of his advisers even suggested Clinton should be executed for treason, repeatedly. Haven’t you learned from ISIS and NICE? or is that… meh… France

One “Leader” from ISIS said “attack them on their Holiday” and there was one nutcase that said….. sure.

The French foreign ministry said on Tuesday that victims came from 19 countries, Algeria, Germany, Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Estonia, the United States, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine

One nutcase….. and you know by now…. nut cases aplenty in the USA. The danger does not come from outside but from inside and I am 100% sure that if trump becomes President running a GOP the way it is now……… the shit WILL hit the fan.

You thought minorities where mad now? It will be nothing compared to what will unfold both nationally is internationally. All the progress that has been made will disappear as snow in the sun. Relations with the Middle East will go to an all time low, many allies will be very cautious when help is asked, radical Islam will grow (Drumpf is the perfect demon for them) Troops will be sent, Soldiers will die. that WILL happen, I guarantee.

However at home you alienated countless minorities. Black people, Muslims, The LGBT community and their allies, Latinos and sensible smart woman. Now you have to deal with a few idiots from within those communities but if Trump and the GOP get their way that will be considered (and more important feels as) oppression, single idiots become angry mobs, angry mobs become an angry majority as these groups will join forces. You might have a new civil war on your hands with trump

So call me over reactive, rambling, incoherent, ignorant or whatever you like, I only hope I never have to type “I told you so”

I am worrying