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just saw a nice message somewhere about how it is such a good medicine that

people take it for the side effects alone.

Side effects may include laughter, tears, creative
ideas, music, dancing, innumerable insights, urges
to eat something delicious, and may cause you to
sleep soundly through the night.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Sat Jan 25, 2014, 02:23 PM (0 replies)

NORML petition for amendment to NM constitution

please consider signing!
Gov. Martinez is not crazy about the idea.


New Mexico: Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana Prefiled

Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque Democrat) has prefiled a constitutional amendment proposal to legalize the adult use of marijuana in New Mexico. If approved by members of both the House and Senate, the amendment would go before state voters in the general election this November. If approved by voters, new regulations governing marijuana would go into effect in 2015.

“The whole point would be that it would be a step toward a more rational approach to a use of the substance, much as we do with alcohol now,” Senator Ortiz y Pino stated. “his is basically an opportunity for the public to decide if they want to do it,” Ortiz y Pino said . “…If they don’t (vote for it) we go back to the drawing board.”

Please take a moment of your time to enter your zip code below and contact your elected officials and urge them to support this important proposal.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Jan 8, 2014, 04:18 PM (1 replies)

because of the way you, and other like minded woobashers, communicate in these threads.

You come across as smug, arrogant, closed minded,
judgmental, with a distinct lack of warmth or humility.

There seems also to be a distinct lack of creative curiosity,
or wonder.

These points lead me to question whether there is even
any live scientific intelligence therein, or simply dogmatic
programming with a touch of egomania.

This is my impression: seriously ineffective communication.
Indifference to whether understanding is being advanced;
rather only that one feels superior.

If you care about people understanding what you want
them to know, then learn to communicate in a way
that is not insulting, demeaning, condescending in
tone. Practice respect, because you are dealing
with human beings.

My impressions are opinion only, not science based or
peer reviewed, nor intended as a personal attack.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Sun Jan 5, 2014, 02:34 PM (1 replies)

this video, I think, is powerful -- NY kids talking about school and testing


edit I think this has been posted before on DU but not everybody sees everything and it is worth seeing. Gave me hope for the future of education. Sane kids talking to a mayor who (hopefully) listens to kids.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Mon Dec 30, 2013, 01:03 PM (1 replies)

An insulting, disrespectful tone will derail effective communication.

If communication here in these threads is not effective, we
are not informing each other, we are not learning from one
another, we are not inspiring, collaborating, organizing or

The key is effectiveness. If you (or anybody) talks to me
as if I am an idiot, I am less likely to listen or read your
point of view.

I think we each have a responsibility to make our own
communications as clear and nonviolent as possible,
remembering always that every human on the planet
needs kindness, especially the mean ones.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Sun Dec 29, 2013, 11:28 AM (1 replies)

* Third Vatican Council * YOWZA * so sad to edit and report this is satire oops.



The Third Vatican Council concluded today with Pope Francis announcing that Catholicism is now a “modern and reasonable religion, which has undergone evolutionary changes. The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God as well, and redeems his own soul, becoming an active participant in the redemption of humanity.”

“Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God” Pope Francis declared.

In a speech that shocked many, the Pope claimed “All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there? In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children. Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.”

In a announcement that shocked many people, Pope Francis warned that “those who seek to deny a home to the migrant, to the African and the Muslim, risk their membership in the church. We will consider excommunication for those whose souls willingly dwell in the darkness and evil of intolerance and racism. Satan himself is a metaphor or a personification, for the collective evils of mankind. Today, these evils manifest foremost as racism, intolerance, religious persecution and bigotries of all kinds.”

Posted by Voice for Peace | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 06:38 PM (29 replies)

Kitten vs Lizards

Posted by Voice for Peace | Sun Dec 22, 2013, 06:05 AM (2 replies)

more dog shaming :)


Posted by Voice for Peace | Tue Dec 17, 2013, 05:00 PM (11 replies)

This stuck in my mind and is bothering me. Damn you Megyn Kelly!! Just kidding, my own fault

for watching.

What struck me in particular -- I almost NEVER watch
Fox news, except here in clips, or on the Daily Show --
is how she puffs up like a rooster when she speaks of the
"Powerful Fox News"

vs the hair-on-fire-race-baiters
(like Jimmy Kimmel et al.. oooh comedians)

Powerful Fox News
all puffed up
what is that?
Do they ALL say that about Fox?
Powerful Fox News

and oh... they are all "BIG TARGETS" AAAGH :hair on fire:

and by the way, race is still a big volatile issue in this
country hellooo Megyn anybody home? You are way too
mean and shiny for your own good.

phew that's better
Posted by Voice for Peace | Sat Dec 14, 2013, 01:17 PM (2 replies)

Rick Perry in negotiations to accept Medicaid expansion - Turning Texas Blue

much much more at link

Edit, so as not to mess with your brains, this is satire.
I just found out. I thought it was true.
So funny.


This morning it is being reported that Texas Governor Rick Perry has agreed to enter into negotiations with the majority Republican legislature concerning ACA Medicaid expansion. Previously Perry had publicly turned down any thought of accepting any provisions in the ACA which has become better known as Obamacare.

But many Republican State legislators in Texas are receiving requests from constituents wanting to take advantage of this opportunity. One Republican legislator who would not go on the record told me there is a lot of anxiety in the chamber as members watch other states taking advantage of the ACA Medicaid expansion.
He went on to say, “ What are we going to do come 2014, what am I going to tell my constituents, that you can’t have insurance because I am a principled man, that is BS, and I’ll tell you I am not the only Republican in this chamber who feels this way.

We can’t ride on coattails no more, and this Abbot a lot of us are not fans of his, and Wendy Davis has lit a fire in the suburbs with women voters. We are in for a hell of a fight in this state. The Republicans in Washington might not see it, but hell, every time I walk out my office door I have to pass by these Turning Texas Blue volunteers registering folks and selling them on the idea of Medicaid expansion.”
Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:59 PM (4 replies)
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