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Marijuana Kills People

June 14, 2018

When a mass shooting occurs, some people act as if the guns themselves are responsible rather than the people who use them, Other people respond with the statement: “Guns don’t kill people. People do.” The statement is true because guns cannot independently affect the operation of the human brain.

The brain is a complex system controlled by the interaction of various chemicals. People use marijuana because it is one of the chemicals .that can affect the operation of the brain. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to marijuana. In addition to creating the sensation of feeling “high”, marijuana can cause behavior that kills.

Marijuana has two ways of killing people. Marijuana reduces the brain’s ability to detect and respond appropriately to danger such as when driving a car. Sometimes the marijuana user dies from a traffic accident. Sometime the person who dies was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Marijuana is associated with homicidal behavior. Marijuana violence often involves firearms. Some of this violence is due to marijuana’s tendency to induce paranoia in some people. Marijuana heightens the sense of fear as it does the other senses.

The sense of smell can play a role in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]. Police officers who have had a bad experience with drug dealers or marijuana users could become overly fearful if they smell marijuana on someone they are dealing and be more likely to shoot than they would be otherwise. Government needs to finance research on this possibility.

How Mark Felt and Leon Jaworski Helped the Commies

June 7, 2018

I don’t believe FBI Associate Director Mark Felt  and  Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski  deliberately set out to give “aid and comfort” to America’s communist enemies, but they couldn’t have done more to help the Soviet bloc countries if they had been leaders of American communists.   Their misuse of their  positions to undermine President Richard Nixon weakened the presidency and thus the ability of the United States to compete with the Soviet Bloc.

They took advantage of a botched CIA “black bag” operation to destroy Richard Nixon in spite of the fact that the United States was leading democratic nations in a long term conflict with an alliance of communist dictatorships.   The burglary fit a pattern of CIA/FBI operations later investigated by  Frank Church’s Senate Committee.  Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin in their book Silent Coup state that someone convinced  White House Counsel John Dean he should have CIA personnel investigate a claim about an acquaintance of his by breaking into the Democratic party headuarters.

The details about Watergate are not important.  What is important is that it was oneof many operations carried out by government agecies that included the bugging of Dr Martin Luther King .    The misuse of the incident to force Nixon out of office was a disaster for the United States that created opportunities for the Soviet Union and its allies   The Democratic Republic of Vietnam took advantage of the weakened United States  presidency to launch an invasion of South Vietnam that one or two B-52 raids could have ended.   The weakness of the United States  allowed Iranian students to take over the American embassy and the Soviet Union to invade Afghanistan.

The strength of the United States depends upon the strength of its president.    Leon Jaworski’s over throw of Nixon was a disaster for the United States in domestic policy as well as in foreign policy. The country had economic troubles for a decade after the overthrow of  the Nixon administration.

Roseanne’s Tweet Isn’t Racist

June 7, 2018

Slandering apes by comparing them to politicians isn’t racist because comparisons can involve both black and white politicians. The practice isn’t new.

Who does the following rant describe? ”This guy is weird! This guy’s, like, an ape. He’s got ape arms! He’s got, like, ape-awkward arms. This guy’s, like, an ape-awkward guy! This guyyy! Is an ape;”

No, it’s not President Barack Obama. He was a president, but he wasn’t a Democrat.

No, it’s not President George W Bush. Many people nicknamed Bush with variations of the word “Chimpy”, but this president lived in a different century and had a long lanky build..

Well would you believe “the Illinois Ape [The Original Gorilla The Orangutan in the White House]” was none other than President “Ape” Lincoln. I mean Abe Lincoln

Valerie Jarrette would be in good company if Roseanne had compared her to an ape, However, Roseanne didn’t say Jarrette was an ape. Roseanne tweeted “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

Johnny Carson occasionally observed that if a comic had to explain a line it wouldn’t get a laugh. Comics rarely analyze situation. They make observations based on a superficial view or use an idea that comes from their subconscious. Sometimes they will get a laugh and other times they may lay an egg.

“The Planet of the Apes” is a series of movies based on a science fiction story set in earth’s distant future. Apes have displaced complacent humans as the most intelligent species. If Roseanne is making a negative comment about Jarrette then obviously Jarrette would be one of the “dumb” humans rather than one of the intelligent apes.

I realize that those who support the old southern one drop rule consider Jarrette black, but her DNA is more European than African. The people of the Middle East are white. The Europeans originated in the Middle East. For example, the Aryans are Indo-Iranians.

Roseanne’s combining of the Muslim brotherhood with “The Planet of the Apes is interesting because the Muslim culture is attempting to displace the European culture like apes displaced humans.

The Ultimate John Kennedy Assassination Theory

May 28, 2018

For decades the debate over who killed President John F. Kennedy has involved one group who claims Lee Harvey Oswald did it and another blaming the CIA. They continue to ignore the possibility both claims are correct. The CIA is a spy organization. Some of its agents masquerade as supporters of the enemy so they can get inside enemy organizations.

Oswald could easily have been such a covert agent. If so he would have been a logical choice to kill Kennedy. The CIA might have hoped Oswald’s apparent support for Cuban President Fidel Castro would cause public opinion to demand retaliation against Castro. Oswald might have planned “to give into” expected intensive interrogation and say the Cuban government had told him to shoot Kennedy.

I don’t have any information that Oswald was or wasn’t associated with the CIA. Of course the CIA would never admit if he was with the CIA. His previous flirtations with Russia and Cuba might have been efforts to gain information for the CIA. The communists lack of interest in him could have indicated they were suspicious of his motives.

I have always been troubled by fact that someone with Oswald’s background was allowed to be where he was on that fateful day. The previous school year I had done a research paper on the Secret Service. My research indicated that the Secret Service would normally have prevented someone like Oswald from being in a building along the motorcade route.

One fact that wasn’t known to the public at the time was that one of the last actions taken by the CIA’s predecessor, the OSS, was the killing of General George Patton.

I have no interest in pursuing this theory further I’ll leave that decision up to those who are more familiar with the incident than I am.

Is the United States a Democracy or a Police State?

May 27, 2018

In a democracy elected officials control the police.. In a police state, the police can tell elected officials what to do. In a democracy elected officials can fire police leaders. In a police state police leaders cannot be fired by the officials the people have elected to supposedly run the government.

‘In a police state Gestapo like police may terrorize political figures by invading their homes in the middle of the night like Robert Mueller did to .Paul J. Manafort. In a police state KGB like police may plant spies in political organizations like the Department of Justice did to Donald Trump.

Those who talk about the rule of law sometimes forget the most important of our laws are devoted to preventing misuse of the police powers to harass and intimidate political figures. One of the most important of these protections is the requirement that those making accusations be identified so the accused can challenge the charges. The accused may know that the accuser is likely to lie. Basing an investigation of a political candidate on an anonymous source violates the spirit if not the letter of this constitutional protection.

The most important of our laws is the United States Constitution. Article 2 of the United States Constitution states: ” The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”

The Constitution does not allow sharing of power with the Attorney General, the FBI Director or any other law enforcement official. Article 2 prohibits any law enforcement official from interrogating a president or trying to indict one. Such an action would be equivalent to an attempt to overthrow the government. Allowing the sharing of power would take away the people’s power to control law enforcement,

Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes Is an Extremely Bad Idea

April 4, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to gradually reduce nicotine levels in tobacco to discourage smoking is an extremely bad idea which won’t help anyone and could hurt some. Smoking may appear unattractive to non-smokers, but smokers may be doing what is best for someone with their genetic brain structure.

I have never had any connection to the tobacco industry. I have never smoked, owned any tobacco company assets or worked in a facility that sold tobacco products. People I cared about have died from medical conditions associated with tobacco use.

On a personal level I don’t understand how people can enjoy smoking, but then smokers might not understand why I like jalapeno slices in my breakfast eggs.

Unlike anti-tobacco fanatics I understand that differences in our brain genes can cause us to march to the beats of different drummers. One of the most important differences involves the Dopamine Receptor gene DR4 which some call the risk taker gene because those with a certain form of the gene are more prone to risk taking. Those with the risk taker form of the gene need a greater level of excitement possibly because they have more receptors for the neurotransmitter dopamine.

The risk taker gene is essential in hunter / warrior societies because male members of the society must be willing to face danger to feed and protect other members of the society. The risk taker gene may also affect decisions to move to another country or to the American frontier. .

The people who attempt to discourage young people from smoking don’t recognize that their publicity campaign may actually be encouraging young risk takers to try smoking. Potentially dangerous activities appeal to those with the risk taker gene because doing something dangerous is exciting. Surviving doing something dangerous provides a feeling of accomplishment. Telling young risk takers that smoking is dangerous makes smoking an attractive activity.

Those with the risk taker gene are prone to alcoholism and drug addiction indicating they may need a chemical stimulation for their DR4 receptors. Fortunately there is another chemical that can provide this stimulation. Nicotine can provide an alternate chemical for at least some of those with the risk taker gene without the dangerous side effects of alcohol or drugs. Users of alcohol or drugs can lose control of their behavior Smokers retain control over their behavior.

The conventional view is that nicotine independently causes people to become addicted to it. The reality might be more complicated. Some people may have a need for special chemicals that have a certain impact on their well being. We all are “addicted to” some chemicals such as vitamins. It might be that people with the risk taker gene have more specialized needs.

This post is too short to provide definitive answers, but it could provide a guide for additional research into the possibility that for those with the risk taker gene smoking might be a beneficial activity. The potential heath threat is less than the threat posed by a high fat diet or drinking and driving. Smokers generally live long enough to retire Incidentally, I recently saw an ad indicating some lawyers believe that many lung cancers blamed on smoking might actually be the result of asbestos exposure.

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Firing of Corrupt FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Long Overdue

March 19, 2018

2015 Hillary Clinton ally Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe helped finance the unsuccessful state senate campaign of Andrew McCabe’s wife.   After the election  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe took over an investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of official emails  and not surprisingly decided that Clinton hadn’t done anything illegal.   McCabe also  pushed the stupid anti- Russia witch hunt which is actually helping Russia by discrediting American presidential elections

 

Is Robert Mueller Doing What President Putin Wants Done?

February 7, 2018

Is Robert Mueller Doing What President Putin Wants Done?

I’ve never given any serious consideration to the ridiculous claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin coordinated actions with Donald Trump’s organization to help Trump win the election. The scenario that proponents of this fantasy describe sounds too much like a possible plot for a Leslie Nielsen or Don Adams comedy spy movie.

Putin was with the KGB. There is no way he would have conducted such an amateurish operation if he had wanted to help Donald Trump win. He would not have had anyone who could have been identified as being associated with the Russian government contact the Trump campaign to coordinate activities.

I doubt that Putin would have wanted a strong willed leader like Trump running the United State. However, Putin might have had Russians contact members of Trump’s organization in the hopes stupid Americans would misinterpret the actions as involving Russian assistance to Trump and then possibly try to oust Trump.

Putin is likely aware of how much the assault on President Richard Nixon benefited the old Soviet Union. The removal of Nixon weakened the United States and created opportunities for the Soviet Union and its allies. North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam and the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Iraniian students overthrew the U.S. backed Shah of Iran and invaded the American embassy The Soviet Union then was able to develop a relationship with the former U. S. ally.

If what Putin would likely call the “American secret police” overthrows Trump, Putin could claim the action means the United States presidential elections are a farce He would say if Americans don’t vote or someone the secret police approve of the secret police will remove him.”

President Trump Should Fire Incompetent Mueller

December 6, 2017

Robert Mueller is supposed to be investigating Russian hackers who were spying on political emails during last year’s election, but reporters with the Associated Press are doing a better job than he is.

The AP reported last week that the Russian hacking group Fancy Bear was spying on more than just political emails and  FBI .leaders knew it.  The FBI failed to warn the vast majority of hackers’ targets that the Russians were reading their emails.   The FBI allowed the Russians to spy on the emails of   “the former head of cybersecurity for the U.S. Air Force. An ex-director at the National Security Council. A former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.”  Targets included a manager working on the stealth fighter program.

Meanwhile Mueller was getting Michael Flynn to admit he lied to the FBI about a legitimate meeting with the Russian ambassador that occurred after the election.   Having aides of the President-elect meet with foreign diplomats can prepare their government for any change in policy and help the incoming president avoid actions that might adversely affect relations between the countries.

The situation reminds me of an old Warner Brothers cartoon about a family of buzzards.  The mother sends her children out to bring back some fresh meat.   One brings back a horse.   Another brings a cow.  The younger one is shown flying along holding a bee in its talons and proudly singing: “‘I’m bringing home a baby bumble bee.   Won’t my mommy be so proud of me.”  Last week the AP brought back a whale and Robert Mueller brought back a baby bumble bee,

Mueller has spent millions on what would be called a dry hole in Texas oil country.   The  Associated Press has brought in a gusher.   The AP has discovered what may be the greatest act of espionage involving federal employees since the theft of atomic bomb secrets in the forties.

President Donald Trump should either replace Mueller’s team with people who have never worked for the Justice Department or drop the investigation

Do Roy Moore’s Accusers Have False Memories?

November 29, 2017

The human brain is an unreliable memory device.  It can forget events that happened and remember events that didn’t.

I don’t know  if the allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior by Ray Moore 40 years ago are true or not.   I do know that it is unlikely he would remember such casual affairs so many years in the past.  Many men would forget such affairs in weeks, if not days.   A young woman might consider an older man’s attention significant,  but to the older man the young woman is just another warm body who might be used and forgotten.

It is possible Moore doesn’t remember the incidents because they didn’t occur except in the brains of his accusers.  False memory can play a role in allegations of sexual abuse of young people.  Women and men sometimes falsely imagine they have had a  sexual relationship with someone that didn’t actually occur.   Talk show host David Letterman once had  a problem with a woman who thought she was his wife.   A  woman who was convinced she was married to singer Michael Jackson even challenged his will in court.

False memories in women can begin as sexual fantasies with “rape fantasies“.    Men sometimes misinterpret the concept as an indication that women want to be raped.    Such fantasies might be more accurately described as “action adventure” fantasies.    Males may fantasize about athletic achievements  or perhaps imagine themselves as someone like James Bond or Marshall  Matt Dillon.   Females seem less inclined to fantasize about being involved in sports or fighting evil doers which leaves contact with men as the potential subject of physical fantasies.

The accounts given by Moore’s accusers Leigh Corfman  .   and Beverly Young Nelson fit a pattern which could indicate they are fantasies.    The plots of each involve a dangerous encounter with an older man in which each accuser escapes without being raped.  Each is a damsel in distress who in effect rescues herself.

Memories can be affected by drug and alcohol abuse.    Leigh Corfman’s  use of drugs and   alcohol might have affected her memory of events from her youth to the extent that she might be  confusing
an old fantasy with an actual event.

Television  can also affect memories of past events.  Watching a program multiple times can lead to stronger memories of  an event depicted on the program regardless o whether the event is real or fictional.  Seeing a fictional event that is similar to an actual event or a fantasy event could result in the brain combining the events.  As I read Nelson account of what she believed happened to her I saw two brief images. One video segment  was a woman who seemed to be struggling.   The other was of a car leaving an area in a hurry.