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This piece describes Robert Downey Jr's journey through his darker years, to his first return to acting with his appearance in Elton John's 2001 music video “I Want Love,” his 1992 acclaimed performance in “Chaplin” and finally Downey's hugely successful starring role in “The Iron Man” (2008). This article also documents the crucial parts that both Elton John and England's Sam Taylor-Wood played in Downey's recovery.
Robert Downey’s saga easily can lead one to think: “Isn’t this a great country, or what?”
The narrative is accompanied here by five videos (including two music videos).
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/robert-downey-jr-iron-man-thrilled-to-be-back-from-the-dark-side/This piece describes Robert Downey Jr's journey through his darker years, to his... more
Fight benzo. http://youtu.be/NLp6PLC9sEw
Even though Illinois has done more for freedom than any state -- one of our presidents freed the slaves, and one of our generals made that stick -- we’re ranked #45 overall for freedom, and dead last for personal freedoms. We’ve been at the bottom of that list since 2007. The reasons? It’s hard to get high and/or carry a gun around here. Illinois also has harsh asset forfeiture laws, which put the burden of proof on property owners and grant 90 percent of proceeds from seized property to law enforcement.
From the study:
In the personal freedom dimension, Illinois has the sixth harshest gun control laws in the country, though these were improved by the McDonald v. Chicago decision striking down local gun bans. The state’s victimless crimes arrest rates are very high. In 2010, arrests for victimless crimes (excluding minors) made up over 1.5 percent of the state’s population; the vast majority of these were for drugs.
However, that figure is actually an improvement on 2008. Illinois’s marijuana laws are more restrictive than Georgia’s, which is surprising for a left-leaning state. Its asset forfeiture laws are also among the worst in the nation. On the plus side, Illinois’s home school regulations were effectively as minimal as Idaho’s—a case of benign neglect, it seems. The state’s marriage freedom score will improve in the next version of the index since civil unions were legalized in 2011.
The freest state, according to the study, is North Dakota, which has low taxes and loose gun laws. The state whose residents enjoy the most personal freedom is Alaska, which allows possession of small amounts of marijuana and concealed carrying of firearms, and has few restrictions on home schooling.
New Hampshire’s motto is “Live Free or Die” (and indeed, New Hampshire ranked #4 in the survey). Illinois’s could be “The State Knows Best.”
Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Illinois-Ranked-Last-In-Personal-Freedoms-201065781.html#ixzz2PeBbidGMEven though Illinois has done more for freedom than any state -- one of our presidents... more
ALL NEW!!! Writer-director Sally El Hosaini's new movie, 'My Brother The Devil,' opens today in L.A. It is getting rave reviews and has deservedly won major film festival awards around the world. Get the story behind the film in my interview with El Hosaini and star James Floyd! And please share this link! Thank you. http://www.mrmedia.com/2013/04/my-brother-the-devil-will-shock-and-excite-the-hell-out-of-you-2013-video-interview/#.UV82fYIW9MoALL NEW!!! Writer-director Sally El Hosaini's new movie, 'My Brother The... more
A new study suggests alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack
MOST people would agree that some drugs are worse than others: heroin is probably considered to be more dangerous than marijuana, for instance. Because governments formulate criminal and social policies based upon classifications of harm, a new study published by the Lancet on November 1st makes interesting reading. Researchers led by Professor David Nutt, a former chief drugs adviser to the British government, asked drug-harm experts to rank 20 drugs (legal and illegal) on 16 measures of harm to the user and to wider society, such as damage to health, drug dependency, economic costs and crime. Alcohol is the most harmful drug in Britain, scoring 72 out of a possible 100, far more damaging than heroin (55) or crack cocaine (54). It is the most harmful to others by a wide margin, and is ranked fourth behind heroin, crack, and methamphetamine (crystal meth) for harm to the individual. The authors point out that the model's weightings, though based on judgment, were analysed and found to be stable as large changes would be needed to change the overall rankings.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/11/drugs_cause_most_harmA new study suggests alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack MOST people would... more
America's Longest War is a Reason Foundation film about the extraordinary costs of the US government's 40-year war on drugs. AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR will be released in 2013.
Drug prohibition has failed. Drug usage rates have not declined, and illegal drugs are more available—and cheaper—than ever before. At the same time, the costs of the drug war are staggering. More than $1 trillion taxpayer dollars have been spent. More than 50,000 SWAT raids occur each year. Hundreds of thousands of non-violent drug offenders are wasting their lives away in prison at our expense. And more than 60,000 people have been murdered in Mexico over the past six years.
AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR provides a brief history of drug prohibition, beginning with Nixon's declaration of war in 1971 and ending with Obama's broken promise to allow states to determine their own medical marijuana policies. AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR chronicles how, over the past 40 years, the drug war has escalated from a small domestic program mostly focused on treatment to the multi-billion dollar international war it is today.
There are many victims of the drug war, and AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR tells some of their stories.
In 2001, Cory Maye, a black man in Mississippi, shot and killed an intruder while protecting his 18-month old daughter. The intruder turned out to be a white police officer conducting a raid, and Maye was sent to prison for murder. Maye was ultimately released in the Summer of 2011.
Jose Guerena is a retired Marine who served two tours in Iraq. In the Spring of 2011, Guerena heard people breaking into his Arizona home, told his wife and son to hide in the closet, and grabbed his military weapon. Police broke in the door and fired 71 bullets, hitting Guerena 22 times. Guerena bled to death alone, inside his home. The police found nothing incriminating inside the house.
In 1991, Robert Moss and his wife had a one-year old and a baby on the way when Moss was convicted of conspiracy to violate marijuana laws. Because of federal sentencing guidelines passed in the mid-80s, Moss was sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison. Moss returned to his family in Seattle in the Fall of 2011.
Sandra Rodriguez is a reporter at El Diario, a newspaper in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Over the past few years, Rodriguez has been a first-hand witness to an astounding escalation in drug war related violence and the executions of two of her colleagues. Neither case has been solved, but that's no surprise. Fewer than 3% of the murders in Juarez are investigated.
In 2012, Aaron Sandusky, a medical marijuana dispensary owner in California, was found guilty of conspiracy to violate federal marijuana laws. Sandusky is now serving 10 years in federal prison.
AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR features interviews with foamier New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, Huffington Post investigative reporter Radley Balko, Alice Huffman of the NAACP, Alison Holcomb of the ACLU, Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, author John Gibler, El Diario de Juarez reporter Sandra Rodriguez Nieto, UTEP professor Tony Payan, El Paso city representative Suzie Byrd, federal public defender Guy Iversen, former cop Neill Franklin, Judge James P. Gray and former DEA Administrator Robert Bonner.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok48ebjgOPMAmerica's Longest War is a Reason Foundation film about the extraordinary costs... more
El Paso men busted with marijuana in ice cream truck
DECATUR, Ga. — A man who claims a police officer planted drugs on him will have the charges dismissed one day before his case was set to go to trial.
But the DeKalb County Solicitor General's Office said the dismissal has nothing to do with a surveillance video Alphonzo Eleby said proves the officer set him up.
Eleby said his nightmare began in July 2012 at the Chevron gas station on North Hairston Road.
He said he stopped to speak to someone who was sitting in a black SUV when an officer said he smelled marijuana and arrested the driver on charges of marijuana possession with intent to distribute.
"I was searched twice," Eleby said. He said no drugs were found on him and he was told to sit down.
An officer stood guard over him for several minutes and Eleby said he never moved.
His attorney said surveillance video from the location shows the officer call the officer guarding Eleby over to the SUV he had been searching.
As she searches the vehicle, Zenobia Waters said the video shows the officer circle back to her client and toss marijuana next to him. She said the officer then picks the drugs up and repositions them.
Full Story: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/charges-dropped-against-man-claiming-officers-plan/nWjcZ/DECATUR, Ga. — A man who claims a police officer planted drugs on him will have... more
BBC documentary reveals harrowing corruption among Afghan officers
Throws doubt on police's ability to secure nation after Coalition withdrawal
Mother of soldier killed in Sangin asks: 'Was it worth it?'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284302/On-Afghan-police-sell-weapons-Taliban-addicted-drugs-kidnap-rape-young-boys.html#ixzz2LxjpHe5I
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9/11 was staged
Not one person from Afghanistan was involved
Hardly any opium came out of there before we invaded
Now over 90% of the heroin worldwide comes from AfghanistanBBC documentary reveals harrowing corruption among Afghan officers Throws doubt on... more
Dating drug dealers, harassing ex-boyfriends with naked pictures, and pointing guns at pet dogs: these were just a few of the offences committed recently by serving FBI agents, according to internal documents.
...more at link...
Of course they're dating drug dealers b/c they're drug dealers themselves. The CIA brings in the drugs and the FBI deals it internally, all while they're staging fake terror plots and patting themselves on the back when they foil their own staged events. The agency is corrupt and the agents are criminals, which is more evidence of our decadent and declining empire.Dating drug dealers, harassing ex-boyfriends with naked pictures, and pointing guns at... more
Forbes | February 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM
By Maseena Ziegler, Forbes
Dani Johnson made a meager living as a cocktail waitress in Hawaii, and was living out of her car with just two dollars and three cents to her name and $37,000 in debt. Haunted by a childhood filled with brutal and systematic physical and sexual abuse, she attempted suicide following a cocaine binge – but in that moment, ironically, her life changed forever.
Today Dani Johnson is a multi-millionaire many times over, runs five companies and spends her time jetting around the world, giving back through her various charities.
How she went on to make her first million despite a tortured past and despite being homeless, is the stuff of entrepreneurial legend.
Her story suggests, as Dr. Phil would put it, “It doesn’t matter what your mama did; it doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do. Nobody but you is responsible for your life. You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself.”
This is Dani Johnson’s story.
It was Christmas Eve, 1990.
“I was stoned out of my mind for two months – sleeping with eight different guys. I got to eat only by dating all these people. I realized that I had become worse than the family I grew up in and that was devastating. My mom and dad were drug addicts and I had never seen my parents sober. My childhood was filled with threats and getting beaten daily; week in, week out. My whole life was filled with horror and terror and lies and I vowed that I would never be like my family. And there I was doing cocaine…”
She hated cocaine ‘with a passion’ and recalls that when coke was introduced into the home by her parents when she was a teenager, the violence had intensified and the emotional instability was ‘horrifying’. “They would say one thing and then another thing after 15 minutes.”
That Christmas Eve, she joined other waitresses at the beach on a drink and drug binge.
“I was sweating as I was constantly dancing. I see the coke and I leaned down and I did a line. I remember waking up at 10 the next morning on my beach mat and I am asking everyone for coke. I was walking around saying, ‘Where do I get more of that stuff?’
That day, I would have given my body – I would have become a prostitute for coke and that’s how low I became. I hated everything about myself. I knew my future would never be good. I was suicidal from the age of six. My life was not worth living. There was no chance to turn it into anything better. I was disgusting. I hated how my parents raised us. My life was filled with broken promises and lies and people stealing and people beating me and people hating me and me hating myself even more…”
Fueled by the after-effects of the drug, in an almost catatonic state that morning, Dani decided she was going to end it all. “I started walking towards the ocean and dived underneath the wave.”
A few more moments under, and her life would have ended there – not an unsurprising demise given her circumstances, the coroner and police chief would have quietly concluded.
But as it happened, in that instant, her life changed forever.
‘Almost a Miracle’
“I heard a voice say, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’’
It felt almost like a miracle to her.
“The feeling of coke left instantly – I wasn’t wanting it anymore. I rolled up my beach mat, turned around and hiked a mile that I needed to in order to get back to my car. I drove 45 minutes to the beach where I was living. And the whole time I was driving, it was as if the left side of my mind was saying, ‘This is not what is intended for your life, you shouldn’t be drinking. There is more to life,’ and the right side was saying, ‘You’re a failure, you’re a loser, you’re filthy; worse than your parents. Drive this car into the ocean.’ This was like a war inside my mind with these voices and I was literally in a trance.
And I have no idea why I chose to listen to that first voice.”
So Dani began to ask herself: What can I do? What do I need to do to get myself out this situation?
“As a cocktail waitress, I was not making enough, so I had to figure out my options.”
She needed $4,500 to be able to afford an apartment but with a small income derived mostly from tips coupled with the island’s high rents, it would take her four months to save enough money.
“I didn’t want to be homeless for another four months. Rent in Hawaii was outrageously expensive and I couldn’t afford plane tickets back to California. I knew no one. I was terrified I would be raped or beaten or kidnapped because there wasn’t any shelter. I was a kid who, between the ages of three to 16, was abused and molested. The emotions were still there. You try to push this back but when you’re homeless, it is at the forefront of your mind all the time and it was terrifying to me.”
That night she fell asleep in her car without any answers but the following day, the proverbial light bulb went off.
“I get this idea. Everything I ever owned was in the backseat of my car. And there was this weight loss program I had purchased long before I was homeless, lying in the back seat. I had used it for a week. I never paid attention to it before. And it just caught the corner of my eye in the sun. It was warped from the humidity. But it was as if this device was talking to me. I picked it up and it was as if this thing was saying, ‘I’m your answer.’ And my first thought was, ‘No, I’m not going to peddle a weight loss program! No way I’m going to do this!’
As if it was beneath me. As if it was sinking to a new depth. And you know, sometimes you have that feeling that you need to do something you don’t want to do?
I turned the box around, saw the manufacturer’s details and called them from the payphone.
I started asking them the question: What is it going to take to carry the product in Hawaii? As it turned out, it would require me to have licensing – and money, that I didn’t have.”
And this is when Dani – given her very scant means – decided to get resourceful.
“I handwrote a flyer [for the weight loss program] but I needed a phone number to advertise so people could contact me – and I didn’t have one. So I picked up the Yellow Pages in the phone booth. You know cocktail waitresses always have coins! So I looked through the Yellow Pages and called a small telecommunications company. And I chatted with this guy for some time, trying to build a relationship. I asked him what the cost of their voice mail service was.
He said to me, ‘Don’t drive all the way to pay for this. Send me a check for $15. Here’s your new number…!’
Dani, of course, was elated – down to her last quarter for that week, she got the break she needed.
“I put up the flyer at the Post Office where everyone in this town went to, and three hours later, not thinking I would get any messages – it was filled with 25 messages. I didn’t know what to do with them!
Long story short, I ended up with 40 checks, totaling $4,000 dollars from people I didn’t even know – that first month!
I called up the manufacturer with an order but they wanted a physical address to send the product and I didn’t have one. So I talked the local liquor store into letting me use their address.”
Dani made a quarter of a million dollars that first year just by selling the weight loss program, was a millionaire by the second year and went on to open up 18 weight loss centers around the country. She sold the business in 1996 – a multi-millionaire.
http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/finance/2013/02/14/how-one-woman-went-from-homeless-to-millionaire-in-less-than-two-years/?cid=hero_mediaForbes | February 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM By Maseena Ziegler, Forbes Dani Johnson... more
Snapshot Series — PGA Tour Targets Golf Legend Vijay Singh For Using The Banned Substance Deer Antler Spray.Ouch!
Thieves in Washington state have found a new way to support their drug habit.
http://www.examiner.com/article/thieves-chop-down-100-year-old-trees-washington-state-to-support-drug-habitThieves in Washington state have found a new way to support their drug habit.... more
A bitterly violent war against Mexican Drug Cartels wages on across the U.S. border. Tens of thousands are being murdered, and over a million are being forced to flee their homes. U.S. laws and policy play a major role in the conflict's violence. This video is about understanding the complexities of the war and why it is happening.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OAfEq80YlWU#!A bitterly violent war against Mexican Drug Cartels wages on across the U.S. border.... more
On January 25, 1945, the first human fluoridation experiment experiment was conducted on all the residents of Grand Rapids Michigan without their informed consent. Sodium fluoride was added to their water supply to discover if it really reduced tooth decay. Health effects were never even looked for.
Fluoridation is nothing to Celebrate
New York – Sixty-eight years ago while experimental trials were still underway, public water supplies were dosed with fluoride chemicals promising to safely reduce tooth decay, put dentists out of business and save millions of dollars on dental care. Current science tells us none of that came to pass; but fluoridation is still celebrated as if it did, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).
Paul Connett, PhD, FAN Executive Director says, "The fluoridation experiment has been an abject failure. Public health officials have abandoned their duty to protect health and have forfeited their integrity by ignoring growing science showing fluoride has the potential to harm health.”
Here’s some of what’s occurred since 1945:
1.) Dental expenditures have grown, along with the number of dental professionals, dental schools, and industry profits.
2) Even with 73.9% of the U.S. population receiving fluoridated water, the incidence and severity of children's primary tooth decay recently increased (CDC).
3) Fluoride overexposure is a new and growing epidemic afflicting up to 60% of US adolescents with dental fluorosis (white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth). Early fluoridationists expected that no more than 10% of children would develop mild fluorosis. CDC reports that Black and Mexican-American children suffer significantly higher rates of the more severe forms of dental fluorosis.
4) An expert panel reviewed fluoride’s toxicology for the National Research Council and released a landmark report in 2006. The panel found that the maximum contaminant level for fluoride permitted in drinking water is not protective of human health and that infants, children, and several other subsets of the U.S. population are being over-exposed. The panel noted the following adverse effects from this overexposure: broken bones, pre-clinical skeletal fluorosis which manifests as arthritic-type pain, and severe dental fluorosis.
5) Thirty-six studies report an association between fluoride and reduced IQ in children - some at levels considered safe in the US. Early fluoridationists didn’t consider fluoride/brain effects.
6) Fluoride has been found in the pineal gland of elderly cadavers at significantly high levels (up to 21,000 parts per million). The pineal is an endocrine gland located between the two hemispheres of the brain.
7) U.S. formula-fed infants receive up to 250 times more fluoride than breast-fed infants. This is a significant exposure that public health officials refuse to discuss.
When fluoridation began, fluoride was believed to be an essential nutrient for healthy teeth; but current science proves it is neither. Fluoride is a drug with side effects. The FDA classifies fluoride supplements as unapproved drugs and reports “this drug has not been found by FDA to be safe and effective,” because no safety experiments were ever performed.
Even fluoride varnish, containing 26,600 ppm fluoride, was never safety-tested but is applied to teeth of babies as young as 6-months-old which “leads to a significant increase in urine fluoride.”
“There is no scientifically-valid reason to ingest fluoride. Fluoridation must end.” says Connett.On January 25, 1945, the first human fluoridation experiment experiment was conducted... more
In 1954 CIA Director Allen Dulles rescued BP by launching Operation Ajax against Iran’s democratically-elected Mohamed Mossadegh. That same year Dulles came to the aid of United Fruit Company in Guatemala, where nationalist Jacobo Arbenz was elected President on a platform promising land reform. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/01/14/chiquita-cocaine-zionist-death-squads/In 1954 CIA Director Allen Dulles rescued BP by launching Operation Ajax against... more
Gunfire erupted on Thursday at a California high school in inland Kern County in a shooting in which two people were injured, county officials said, and media reports indicated the assailant had been arrested.
A Kern County sheriff's dispatcher confirmed the shooting at Taft Union High School but gave no other details, and the county fire chief said two people had been wounded, including one who was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The other refused treatment.
The shooting comes on the heels of a December rampage at a Connecticut elementary school in which a gunman killed 20 children and six teachers in an attack that shocked the nation and has fueled a heated national debate over gun control.
In California, an ABC affiliate reported that sheriff's deputies were going room-by-room to secure the school in the city of Taft, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It said the shooter had been apprehended by police.
The station, 23ABC News, reported that some people had called the station from inside the school, where they were hiding in closets. It said parents were being urged to pick up their children from the school football field.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-california-school-shooting-20130110,0,6293844.storyTAFT, Calif.— Gunfire erupted on Thursday at a California high school in inland... more
This video I made a few months ago and needs to reach more people who are on the fence on pot prohibition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tykf4437YTg&list=UUtaJYbVMhiMGxyIyCCecKTw&index=5This video I made a few months ago and needs to reach more people who are on the fence... more