Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Tuesday, June 7, 2005
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn
Hazy and hot

Wrote, revised, polished and sent an issue of Tapestry.

Wrote a press release for the contract extension for Charlotte. It’s out to PR web and another Freelance syndicator, and I’ll do a hard copy for local papers in the next day or so. Drafted a promo idea for the serials that I like, but may be too much work for my publisher to handle. I sent it off to her for her ideas on it. We’d probably have to add something saying participants have to be of legal age, since my content is definitely not for children, at least not for these serials. She likes the idea, so hopefully, we can put it into effect soon.

Finished Educating Alice by Alice Steinbach. It’s a lovely book. I look forward to reading her fiction.

Started City Dharma. There’s some good stuff in there. However, I have a problem with quite a few of what’s passed of as Theories of Roads to Enlightenment. Over and over and over again, it promotes passiveness and the pursuit of “detachment.”

You can’t be detached and be an artist.

Art comes from passion, from the depths of heart and soul. The difference between a piece of work created from deep emotion and a piece of work without it is astounding. And the work that touches, moves, and causes people to look at the world differently comes from passion, not detachment.

Go ahead and be enlightened, if you want. Walk the path of detachment. Smile and nod when someone takes your wallet and sticks a knife in you.

I’m going to live with passion and fight.

The ignorant are applauding the Supreme Court’s decision that people who are given marijuana by medical professionals can now be prosecuted on the Federal level, even if states allow it. Yes, the ignorant. It’s not about legality or the safety of pot at all. What this decision is about is protecting the large pharmaceutical companies who haven’t yet figured out how to profit from pot.

A drug is a drug is a drug. A prescription drug can kill you as easily as something you buy on the street – and WILL kill you, when it is misused. Notice I don’t say “if”. I say “when”. Every time we turn on the television, the majority of ads are for drugs. THE MAJORITY. They’re all over the radio, all over the magazines and newspapers. These companies are just as dangerous as the heroin pusher on the corner, but THEY have legal protection. They’re allowed to come into your HOUSE and encourage you and your family to take drugs.

It’s not at all about the safety of the consumer. This decision is ONLY about the profit for the drug companies. As soon as they figure out how to market pot, all restrictions will be lifted –provided they can still make their money.

Looks like the West Side Stadium vote failed. Good. It had to be unanimous and two out of three panelists abstained. The reason they abstained is because the majority of New Yorkers who spoke up to their representatives said that they would consider supporting the stadium once the Olympics were awarded to New York, but didn’t want to be stuck with it, should the Olympics be awarded elsewhere. They want it ONLY if the Olympics come to town and then it can be used for whatever afterwards, but don’t want millions and now billions of our money thrown at it simply for a football team. They’re wise to make that distinction, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The pro-Stadium people say that we won’t even be in contention without the guarantee of a stadium. They’re not listening, as usual, to the fact that people ARE willing to guarantee the stadium, BUT ONLY IF THE OLYMPICS come.

If another city gets the games, it will be blamed on not passing the stadium vote, when, in reality, the stadium would be approved should we get the games.

Managed to do a bit of work on the next Salt Marsh story.

I don’t do well in hot weather.

I’m going to try to get some work done before I have to catch my train.

For a free issue of any of the above serials, click the appropriate link and download.


At 2:52 PM, Blogger Debra Young said...

Per the marijuana issue--I agree with you 100%. If the pharmaceuticals--the greedy callous bastards--could financially screw the public as they do with all their other "new and improved" poisons, it would have been legal already. In the mean time, it's a threat; it gives people who need it a free (or at the least cheap) drug that works without killing them.

On a less tooth-gnashing note, looking forward to the next Salt Marsh story. d:)

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Ann said...

Isn't that marijuana decision totally sick?Are they going to arrest people dying of cancer and aids and make them use really safe drugs like Oxycontin instead? It's disgusting.


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