Thursday, June 14, 2018

Marijuana Kills People

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 with and be more likely to shoot than they would be otherwise.  Government needs to finance research on this  possibility.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

How Mark Felt and Leon Jaworski Helped the Commies


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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Roseanne's Tweet Isn't Racist


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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Ultimate John Kennedy Assassination Theory [Updated]

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. 

[A few hours after posting on this subject I thought of a major reason why many of us believe Oswald might have been working for someone else instead of acting on his own.  I'll add it as a post script.]

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 the 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.

P.S.  We get our beliefs about subjects such as killers from related historical events and from fiction events in television shows and movies.   The assassination of John Kennedy didn't fit the pattern of other  presidential assassinations and assassination attempts.  Presidents Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield and William McKinley were all killed at short range.  President Ronald Reagan was shot at short range.  Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to shoot President Gerald Ford at close range.   The Puerto Ricans  who attempted to shoot their way into President Harry Truman's residence wanted to get close enough to kill him.

The assassination of Kennedy fits the pattern of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King who was shot by paid killer James Earl Ray from concealment at a distance with  a rifle.   Oswald shot Kennedy from concealment at a distance with  a rifle.  On television and in movies professional killers. generally fire at their intended victims from concealment at a distance with a rifle

Typical presidential assassins seem to want people to know what they have done. John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln in front of people attending a play.   Professional killers usually want to get away with their crimes so they try to avoid being identified

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Ultimate John Kennedy Assassination Theory


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.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Is the United States a Democracy or a Police State?

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,

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes Is an Extremely Bad Idea

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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