A pall had descended upon the entire Basin. Overnight, residents had become pod people, partners in murder, and I became their common enemy, the one “who knew too much.” It was sick, sociopathic, and reminded me of accounts that tell of villages in old Europe that went mad, murderous and insane from ergot fungus that grew on their wheat. Except this time, the insane ingredients were murder, corruption, race and religion.
The next day, I went back to the store where I knew Mr. Orange worked. I was ignored by everyone, even the employees who, in the past, had been talkative and friendly. I asked what the man’s name was and I was given the same answer by everyone, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” In other markets, I would get the same cold shoulder. I would not get change, or get the wrong change. My discounts were not applied. I would be double charged for the same items. I became a faceless object, something to be stepped around, ignored and gotten rid of, as if I was the killer.
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First posted: September 23, 2013
My name is Tom Loret. I live in 29 Palms, California. I am 66 years old. I have a BA in anthropology which has made me a life-long social observer and an MFA in studio arts. I have lived my life as an artist and writer. The following story is just one more instance.
I moved to this area of southern California in 1995. A canyon fire north of Los Angeles had devastated my home and neighborhood. So I put my belongings in the back of my pickup truck and took a cabin out in the Joshua Tree mesa. It was on the property of a meditation teacher I had met and visited in the recent past. Once here, I established an immediate rapport with the environment and decided to rent a place of my own.
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By JACK HEALY, New York Times, FEB. 20, 2014
DENVER — For Colorado’s new flock of recreational marijuana growers and sellers, Thursday was Tax Day — their first deadline to hand over the taxes they had collected during their inaugural month of sales. And as store owners stuffed cash into lockboxes and made the nervous trek to government offices, new budget numbers predicted that those marijuana taxes could add more than $100 million a year to state coffers, far more than earlier estimates.
The figures offered one of the first glimpses into how the bustling market for recreational marijuana was beginning to reshape government bottom lines — an important question as marijuana advocates push to expand legalization beyond Colorado and Washington State into states including Arizona, Alaska and Oregon.
In Colorado, where recreational sales began on Jan. 1 with hourlong waits, a budget proposal from Gov. John W. Hickenlooper estimated that the state’s marijuana industry could reach $1 billion in sales in the next fiscal year, with recreational sales making up about $610 million of that business. Continue reading “Colorado Expects to Reap Tax Bonanza From Legal Marijuana Sales” »
Seven Ways to Know the War is On:
1. Against extending unemployment benefits.
2. Against raising the minimum wage.
3. Against extending medicaid benefits to working poor.
4. Reduction of Food Stamps.
5. No investment in education or jobs training.
6. No investment in rebuilding infrastructure.
7. Continual attack on unions.