If only President Obama had pledged to get to the bottom of these rumors early in his presidency, closed Guantanamo and prosecuted all of those responsible for torture to the fullest extent of the law (and sent them to the Hague.) We would have our reputation back already, and he would have retained the loyalty and optimism of the young people who supported him here, and the international community as well, all of whom believed it truly was a "new day." Instead we have a muddled, too late to do anything report. Perhaps all is not lost, but think what we might have had.
Well, we may be about a half century late. But, as is said. 'better late than never.'
I was waiting for that response, Attu...sorry, it is indeed a crime, but it is not the same as a murder, rape, kidnapping, etc. (i.e., serious felonies involving actual threat to life). There must be a distinction in the law, and when you remove the emotional element, being late on child support does not rise to the level of public threat that an armed criminal poses.
I was diagnosed with ADD (not ADHD) in the late 70s. I was just under 7, so I don't remember the details of what went into the diagnosis. What I do remember is that it involved a lot of tests, visits to psychologist's office, and a 9-page report written by a team of 4 psychologists. I remember getting tired of making the trips to doctor's offices for the various tests required for the diagnosis. Now all it takes is a 6-point questionnaire that asks questions that most people these days would reply "yes" to. If they would go back to diagnosing the condition they way they did when I was a kid, everyone would be much better off. Everyone, that is, except for the many interests that benefit, or think they benefit, from the system the way it is now.
Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I used a variety of psychedelics one of which was psilocybin in the original package, mushrooms. It is the only drug among them that I would still take if it were legalized. Mellow in effect, it enhanced my creativity to a remarkable degree. Unlike the others, it left no unpleasant "hangover"; rather, it left a clean and pleasant sense of well-being and self-awareness.As a cautious analytical type, I read every research report available on the drugs I took before trying them, avoiding those drugs with provable bad effects. Along with the valuable information I obtained, I learned that the US government was lying to the public about the dangers of psilocybin and other hallucinogenic drugs. That governmental mind-set obviously continues to this day which explains why Grob exercises the caution he does.Since the US government is impeding the advance of both science and personal freedom, it's up to the citizenry to force change. Learn all you can about the subject, then organize and apply meaningful pressure to those who stand in the way of progress. If they resist, remove them from office. Grob and his colleagues need all the help they can get in finding the way to a rational society. The sooner the better.
in memory of Tomas Young, http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/the_last_letter_20130318-- Young died, Bush/Cheney retired with seemingly clear consciences... -- and now the torture report, where's the accountability -- we should prosecute -- or at least suspend all retirement payments to Bush/Cheney...
Was the US obligated to remove those weapons?
It is Pogo all over again. We have seen the enemy, it is us! As of late there has been an increasing number of articles and discussion about the fact that overpopulation is the thing that will eventually destroy us. Unless we collectively remove our heads from our butts it may end up being natures way of ridding this planet of the most invasive and destructive species. Us!
Goethe said: “feeling is everything,” and RC's poem falls into that category, full of good and admirable feelings. On the other hand, the racism, sexism, militarism, rape, and violence evident in America are also matters of feeling. Let’s try to move to rational argument and judgment—a bit late for the Enlightenment and Thomas Paine, maybe, but better late than never.