A tiny step in the right direction for Columbia

Perhaps it is not a giant leap, but a tiny – yet important – step for Columbia:

‘The Colombian House of Representatives Wednesday passed the first draft of a bill that seeks to legalize illicit crops.’

‘Representative Hugo Velasquez Jaramillo, who proposed the bill, explained that although the cultivation of plants would be legal under the new legislation, the processing and trafficking of drugs would remain subject to criminal sentencing.’

It would be unreasonable to expect Columbia to go further than this – for now.  The fear of US reaction to even this must be felt…

But, letting the highly destructive US-led prohibitionism dictate the drug policy of many countries has only had disastrous consequences.

Not only is prohibitionism anti-freedom (in a very real sense, it claims greater property right over the citizen’s own body for The State than the citizen’s own claim to self-ownership), it enriches and strengthens organized crime.  In some countries, this undermines governance to such a degree that civil liberties cannot be exercised at all!

Obviously, it is in no-one’s interest (except, of course, the organized crime groups and the ever-more-militarized police forces which grow to combat them) to continue with drug prohibition:  the evidence is there for all to see.  Still, I doubt that most people are willing to look…

But, let’s not spoil the moment:  Columbia has taken a step in the right direction.  Let’s hope more countries follow – and that this is just a small step in a long march towards eventually abolishing all drug laws!


A bully is a bully is a bully…

How can anyone regard this man as ‘electable’?!?!?

Amid reports of how, as a teen, Mitt Romney had his friends hold a younger student down while he (Mitt) cut off his (the younger boy’s) long hair, Romney says he’s sorry, he didn’t know  the younger boy was gay….

The incident was told to the newspaper independently by five students, one who said that Romney, the son of then-Michigan governor George Romney, had it out for a younger boy because of his long bleached-blond hair.’

He didn’t know the boy was gay?!?!?

What kind of an apology is that?!?!?

So, it would have been all right to get a gang together and assault younger students, as long as they were not gay?

If you are the type of person who would do this – to anyone – you are exhibiting some seriously psychopathic behaviour.  When you couple this with his documented animal cruelty, there should be no doubt that this man is not fit for public office of any kind!

Are the Republicans actively trying to get Obama re-elected?

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The Church of Kopimism

Belief in the moral goodness of file-sharing is now protected, just like any other religious creed, as the Missionary Church of Kopimism becomes an officially recognized religion.

In Sweden – for starters.  From their website:

* All knowledge to all
* The search for knowledge is sacred
* The circulation of knowledge is sacred
* The act of copying is sacred.

(Though not recognized as an official religion in Canada, their Canadian site is here.)

Please,  share the video of the first Kopimist wedding:

As big business and big government continue to merge into one corrupt pile of steaming dung, freedom of speech will continue be curbed by commercial laws as much as by any others:  it is now that we must recognize that the very concept that ‘ideas’ – in any form – may be ‘owned’ is outrageous,  immoral and indefensible.  It is precisely in order to protect our freedom of speech that we must fight against any attempt to limit the freedom to spread ideas and information freely.

We do not make up our minds about ‘things’ based on facts – we can only make up our own minds up based on the facts we know – on the information available to us.  Without free, unfiltered access to informtion and ideas – all ideas – we are robbed of the very capacity to think freely.

Though I generally see religions (theistic or not) as intrinsically evil, I hope this new religion will be a useful tool in this war!