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Patrick Stewart

Cannabis Festivals 2017-2018 | Man, I'm hungry. | Everfest. And: Trump's Health Care Plan Could Exacerbate Opioid Epidemic, But Medical Marijuana Could Help. [27][28]. And: Former premiers and Australian police chiefs call for drug decriminalisation.
Florida inmate in for cocaine possession boiled to death for 2 hours in prison shower. Guards who did it not charged. A nurse said his body temperature was too high to register with a thermometer. [29][30]. Patrick Stewart Reveals He Uses Marijuana Daily To Help With Arthritis Symptoms. And: NPR: Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment. And: European Union Parliament to vote on call for probe into Duterte's drug war. [31][32]. And: Philippine VP Robredo: She says bullets can't stop illegal drug use. [33].
Philippines Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Middle of Brutal Drug War that has killed 7000.

Life expectancy versus health expenditure over time. 1970-2014

Life expectancy versus health expenditure over time.

'Democracy Demands Dissent': Philippine Vice President Condemns Duterte's Drug War in Q&A With TIME. [34]. 17,000 more people annually could die in 2018 if Trumpcare becomes law. 14 million more people uninsured in 2018. 24 million in 2026. 29,000 more dead annually in 2026. And: Pennsylvania. Auditor General: If it were legalized, taxing marijuana could yield $200 million annually for state. And: CTV News Channel: 'Quite traumatized': Jodie Emery. After her arrest in Canada [35]. And: Infamous "F*ck it, I Quit" Reporter (while in Alaska) Launches Her Online Weed Show in Los Angeles.
Single-Payer for California. Great healthcare for half the cost of Trumpcare. When he was an independent (before he lost his mind), Trump supported Single-Payer. Canada: Show health card, get free care. and The $0 Alternative To Trumpcare. See chart below. USA versus top ten healthiest nations. Vancouver's top doctor to Trudeau: Decriminalize all illicit drugs, now. Using Portugal's model. [36][37]. End drug war with universal healthcare. List of countries with universal health care.

USA versus top ten healthiest countries 2

 Wikipedia country lists: Life expectancy. And: Total health expenditure per capita.

Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau

Trump and Trudeau.
Canada is great.

Israel decriminalizes. [38]. Houston decriminalizes. Quinnipiac poll: 71% oppose enforcing federal marijuana laws in states where the drug is legal. And: Severely Epileptic Child Granted Cannabis Oil in Ireland, Setting Precedent: Almost Homeless in LA. And: Medical marijuana given green light in South Africa: report. And: First Marijuana Testing for Vets with PTSD Underway in Phoenix; Volunteers Wanted. And: New Study: Cigarettes Tied To Increased Stroke Risk But Not Marijuana. And: Canada. Human rights board orders insurer to pay medical marijuana costs in precedent-setting case [39]. Cannabis is safer and cheaper. And: Canada grows closer to legalizing pot. [40].

Bernie Sanders wins CNN healthcare debate with Ted Cruz. Canada passes US in middle-class wealth. Median after-tax middle-class income in Canada is higher. [41]. Canadians pay so much less for far better healthcare.
Country Life expectancy Infant mortality rate Healthcare cost per person
(2). (US dollars. PPP)
Murder rate
per 100,000
Canada 82.2 years.(2) 4.9 per 1000 births. $4,608 in 2015 1.5
USA 79.3 years.(2) 6.5 per 1000 births. $9,451 in 2015 3.9

No deductibles on basic Canadian health care, and co-pays are extremely low or non-existent.

Top 10% of earners receive 50% of all income.
Top 10% of US population receive 50% of all income
Single-Payer Healthcare. [42]. Higher life expectancy at half the cost. And: Save $1.6 trillion out of $3.2 trillion spent on US healthcare in 2015. How?: Canadian single-payer healthcare, and Portuguese drug decriminalization and treatment. And: Save more via less incarceration. And: Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland. Vs. USA. [43]. And: No personal medical debt in single-payer countries. And: Canada has higher minimum wage.
Poverty in old age by country

USA near bottom. [1][2][3]. Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act will kill more than 43,000 people annually, and 30 million will lose their healthcare coverage. Physicians for a National Health Program. Washington Post article..

USA. The highest drug prices in the world

Source. Bernie Sanders.

A Trump Fan Cheering Obamacare Repeal Just Found Out He’s On Obamacare. Hilarity Ensues. And: 15 charts that show how Obamacare works now — and how Republicans would overhaul it. And: Bernie Sanders: Americans pay highest prices for pharmaceutical drugs in the world. And: Canada has universal health care, and higher minimum wage than the US.
Republican America? The US federal minimum wage hit its peak purchasing power nearly 50 years ago. And: Feds refuse to stop taxing the canceled student debt of severely disabled people.
Percentage of Young Americans Living With Parents Rises to 75-Year High. And: The Student Debt Crisis Is Driving Elderly People Into Poverty. And: Republican governor Kasich quietly bans Cleveland voters from raising minimum wage in their city. And: Working full time at state minimum wage is not enough for a one-bedroom apartment in any state. Click states
For the first time more Australians support legalizing pot than oppose. And: DEA Slapped in Face: American Epilepsy Society Accepts Marijuana Extract Obliterates Seizures in Epileptic Children. And: Big Pharma Shaking in Their Boots as 80% of Cannabis Users Give Up Prescription Pills for Pot. And: Branford, Connecticut. America’s oldest hospice to study medical marijuana.
Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2017-18 ballot issues: marijuana and minimum wage.

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Ducklings in pink pussyhats

Women keep marching on: Marijuana and gender equity: Cannabis industry is a magnet for women executives. And: 'America Is Full Of Hypocrites': Marijuana Lifer John Knock Speaks Out.

Hemp Industries Association Sues DEA Over Illegal Attempt to Regulate Hemp Foods as Schedule I Drugs. And: Will Trump Crush the Modest Progress in Fighting Mass Incarceration? Momentum at state level. [44][45][46].

New UN chief António Guterres was Prime Minister of Portugal when it decriminalized drugs [47][48][49]. And: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (Democrat) Pardons 192 for Marijuana Convictions. And: On average, states with medical marijuana laws see dips in fatal car crashes.

Search of Saturday Night Live's Youtube channel for Alec Baldwin's Trump skits.

2017 Facebook events. See: 2017 Global Marijuana March and 420.

Drug wars, mass incarceration, and ground wars of patriarchal Republican Christian fundamentalism, Islamic jihadi fundamentalism, Jewish settler fundamentalism, Iranian nuclear fundamentalism, and North Korean communist fundamentalism. More incompetent Republican "Axis of Evil" wars of control and distraction? As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Trump World: Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world.

And: Marijuana, made in Italy: Inside the military police cannabis lab. And: Israel moves to decriminalize marijuana use [50]. And: Germany expands medical cannabis legalization. Insurance will pay for it. [51][52][53][54][55]. And: People in the US and Canada spent over $53 billion on marijuana in 2016. And: Mass incarceration doesn't do much to fight crime. But it costs an absurd $182 billion a year. And: Imagine That! Police Solve Far More Murders After they Stop Arresting Cannabis Users.

Trump’s death panel: He already violated health care promises by appointing Tom Price.

First Marijuana Bill Already Introduced In New US Congress. And: Georgia (country). Constitutional Court decides prison is too harsh punishment for marijuana use. [56]. And: Mexico Begins Importing Medical Marijuana As Views on Therapeutic Cannabis Evolve. And: The Taboo of Marijuana in Mexico May Be Fading Away.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is a Drug War Dinosaur. [57]. And: More than 1,100 law school professors nationwide oppose Sessions’s nomination as attorney general. And: MSNBC Guest: Upcoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is a ‘KKK Sympathizer’. And: Sessions: KKK "was O.K. until I found out they smoked pot." [58]. And: Sessions Racism Accusations: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know. [59]. See: Race, ethnicity, and drug war. And: US News & World Report. Activists Roll Joint, Offer Free Pot at Jeff Sessions Office as Threats Swirl to Legalization Framework. [60]. Viral video.

Professor says Obama Trump could grant blanket “amnesty to all first time nonviolent drug offenders in prison who have good records and would not even be in prison now if they were convicted under current law.” [61] Federal prisoners only.

Republican Tennessee state representative Andy Holt insults people defending medical cannabis. [62]. And: Idaho teen football player walks free after sodomizing black disabled teammate with wire hanger. And: The Racial Achievement Gap is Directly Tied to Mass Incarceration of Black Parents According to New Study. Drug laws in particular. See: Alternatives to Republican-led mass incarceration.

Massachusetts legalizes on Dec. 15, 2016. What you can and can't do. And: Toddler back home after becoming first legal medical cannabis user in Ireland. And: Mexico’s Senate Passes Medical Cannabis Bill in Landslide Vote.

The Growing Movement for Marijuana Amnesty.
James Taylor cancels Philippines concert over Rodrigo Duterte's drug war killings.
2016-18 ballot issues. Register to vote. Facebook GMM.2. Congressional Scorecard. And: Presidents alone can not reschedule marijuana. And: Obama commuted sentences of 153 people, and handed out 78 pardons.

Donald Trump - Rodrigo Duterte

Trump - Duterte

Philippines: Trump's pal Duterte Threatens to Burn Down UN Building, Calls 3 Out of 5 Americans 'Idiots'. [63][64]. Duterte confirms he personally killed three men. [65]

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte admits to killing people and abusing drugs. [66].

Philippines. ‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’. New York Times. And: Philippines president Duterte: Trump Endorsed Deadly War on Drugs as ‘The Right Way’. And in the USA: He got life without parole for pot. And he was just denied clemency. [67]. See: Life for Pot.

U.S. health-care spending grew 5.8 percent in 2015. Costs $9,990 per person. And: Canadian single payer healthcare is one half of U.S. cost per person. 2. 3. And: No medical debt in countries with single-payer. And: Millions of Americans find drug savings in Canada. And: US life expectancy declines for first time in 20 years. BBC. Dec. 8, 2016. Many still uninsured. And: Cannabis is safer and cheaper.

DEA writes illegal rule banning interstate sales of non-psychoactive CBD. [68][69].

Jonathan Swift. All government without the consent of the governed

Jonathan Swift

Will Republicans start another 'law-and-order' mass incarceration binge?

Clinton beat Trump by Over 2.8 Million Votes. 48.2% to 46.1%.. Final tabulation. And: Democrats gained seats in House and Senate. And: Trump whines. And: Politifact: 70% of Trump's statements are false or mostly false. And: Electoral College To Screw Democrats For 2nd Time In 16 Years. And: Chuck Schumer Is All In On Bernie Sanders’ Democratic Party.
Presidents (and governors) have too much power. Johnson: Vietnam War, Warren Commission. Nixon: War on Drugs. Reagan: Mandatory minimum sentencing and mass incarceration. -- Video. Bush 1: More mass incarceration.
Denver 2017 April 20 Colorado

Denver 420 rally

Republican governors trying to block marijuana laws passed by voters. In contrast: California green wave: Legalized marijuana setting thousands of defendants free.

The Official Denver 420 Rally 2017 [70].

Quezon City, Philippines. 2016 Nov 13 crowd

Quezon City, Philippines. Nov 13, 2016. Medical cannabis march.

Quezon City, Philippines. Nov. 13, 2016 march for medical cannabis [71]. And: Insurers are beginning to cover medical cannabis. And: United Kingdom Could Be Forced to Consider Marijuana Legalization [72]. And: Alec Baldwin Responds to Donald Trump's 'SNL' Criticism. And: Donald Trump Prepares. Hilarious Cold Open. SNL - Saturday Night Live.

Canada legalization takes big step with federal report now complete. And: Obama Says Marijuana Should Be Regulated Like Cigarettes, Alcohol. And: Trump adds another marijuana opponent to his Cabinet.

Republicans in Congress Won’t Let Veterans Access Medical Marijuana After All. [73][74].

Austin Texas 2016 Nov 11 veterans, medical marijuana marchers

Austin, Texas. Nov 11, 2016. Veterans Day. Medical marijuana.

New Attorney General. Republican 'Drug War Dinosaur' Jeff Sessions. Existential Threat to Cannabis Reform.2. Most Americans want legalized recreational marijuana, a higher minimum wage(2)(3), and an end to mass incarceration. All blocked mainly by Republican politicians in state and federal legislatures.

Surprise! Voter turnout in 2016 likely higher than 2012. And: Denver, Colorado legalizes cannabis in cafes and other venues. And: Texas activists call for expanding medical use law. And: Will Team Trump turn back cannabis reform? [75][76][77][78][79][80]. And: Michael Moore predicted the Trump win. "5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win."

Bernie on the election and the future. And: Sanders Supporters Say 'I Told You So'. And: Bernie's empire strikes back. Taking back the Democratic Party state by state for 2018 midterm elections. And: Poll taken just before election shows Bernie crushing Trump.

Map shows states that legalized pot on Election Day. And: 4 States Raise Minimum Wage; 7 Loosen Marijuana Laws. And: 28 Legal Medical Pot States & DC. [81]. And: Clickable NORML map. [82].

States that have legalized.
Map of states that have legalized marijuana
Marijuana and 2016 US election

2016 election.

US map 2. Early voting states are green and blue

See clickable map. And: enter address.

2016 marijuana map of USA before election

2016 vote. Predictions.

Vote cannabis

Cannabis is safer.

Well, At Least Marijuana Won Big On Election Night. California, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine legalize recreational pot.

Maine Passes Revolutionary Voting System That Helps Third Parties. And: Insane Early Voting Lines Were a Direct Result of Republican Voter Suppression And: The Real Voter Fraud. Fewer polling places, long lines, millions of disenfranchised not allowed to vote, fewer early voting days, or none. [83][84][85].

Associated Press: Under Clinton's healthcare plan 9 million more people would be covered. Trump's plan would lose 20 million. And: >> Still true.>> Some Republicans and businesses are for Single-Payer. And: Inside big pharma's fight to block recreational marijuana. And: Republican Doctors Less Likely to Recommend Medical Marijuana. And: Government Health Plans Spent Over $1 Billion on EpiPens Over 5 Years. And: Senate bill: Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act. Much cheaper under Single Payer. And: Bernie Sanders video on importing drugs from Canada.

Only Bernie Sanders Can Save the Democratic Party Now. And: Clinton lost. Bernie could have won. And: Shades Of 2000? Clinton Surpasses Trump In Popular Vote. 2. And: PolitiFact: 70% of Trump's statements are false or mostly false. [86].

Would Bernie Sanders have defeated Donald Trump? And: Team Bernie: We Told You So. And: Sanders Statement on Trump.

Australia legalized medical marijuana cultivation as of October 30, 2016. See: video. And: Obama releases 98 more drug-war prisoners. A single-year record. And: 72 more released after that.

Current medical marijuana states, with map. And: Map of all U.S. marijuana laws by state. Upcoming votes. And: Clickable MPP map. And: Clickable NORML map. See: Poll timelines. And: 13 states allow registering the same day as voting, despite also having registration deadlines.Details.2. And: Early voting map.

Arkansas Poll Results Show Medical Marijuana A Tight Ballot Issue. And: Momentum Builds as More Artists Come Out in Support of Prop 64 Legalization in California. And: Bernie Sanders (Prop 64 supporter) Goes 'All In' for Hillary Clinton With an Eye Toward Post-Election Goals.

Google your question, and see specific info for your state or address. Google: Vote early. And: Google: Where do I vote? And: Google: Am I registered to vote?

Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Jay Z, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, and Pharrell Williams get out the vote for Hillary.

Rick Steves Counters Reefer Madness Prohibitionist Republican Governor Paul LePage in Maine. 2. And: Rick Steves on similarities between 1930s Germany and today. 2. And: After the 2016 election marijuana could be legal for recreational or medical use in 29 states.
Make America Grope Again

Running list. [4].

Trump and Putin

Trump-Putin 2016

Arkansas may become the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana. [87]. And: 2016 may be a watershed moment for legalization. [88].

Trump for workers? Running list of workers and businesses stiffed by Trump. 2. And: Remember How Republicans Like Trump Said Minimum Wage Increases Hurt The Economy And Cost Jobs? They're wrong. Trump video: "I would not raise the minimum wage." Flip flops. And: List of minimum wages by country. 2.. And: Maine Republican: Don’t Raise Minimum Wage, Because Workers Will Just Spend It On Drugs.

Wages, weed and wind divide Vermont candidates. And: Turkey legalizes cannabis production in 19 provinces. [89].

Running List Of Women Accusing Trump Of Sexual Assault. 2.3.

Legalization Brings Massive Drop In Arrests, No Increase In Youth Use Or Traffic Fatalities. And: East Lansing, Michigan OKs pot smoking, possession of small quantities. And: Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes combined.

Robert De Niro Unloads On Donald Trump With (Almost) Every Insult Under The Sun. 2. Trump Denied Ever Sexually Abusing Anyone. Plenty Of Women Say Otherwise.

Marijuana on ballot in 2016. And: Register and VOTE! And: Cannabis Festivals 2016-2017 help change public opinion for the better; even that of Republicans.

Trump tax plan good for the rich, explodes US debt. And: It would significantly raise taxes on middle class. 234. And: 3.5 million jobs would disappear under his plan. Clinton plan creates 3.2 million jobs.

Minimum wage on the ballot - Ballotpedia. And: These states will vote on increasing the minimum wage. And: Supporters Hope Minimum-Wage Votes Will Push Democratic Turnout.

Great video. Lives are being destroyed by the war on drugs. Democrat Gavin Newsom. And: Gary Johnson Is a Moron (And If You Vote For Him, You Are Too). And: Gary Johnson opposes the federal minimum wage. As governor he vetoed an increase. And: Colorado. Vote “yes": Opposition to minimum-wage increase is stuck in the past. And: Recreational Marijuana Polls Suggest Legalization in 5 States. And: Arizona Doctors And Nurses Say Vote ‘Yes’ On Prop. 205. And: Actress Susan Sarandon Urges Voters To Support Arizona Legalization.

Marijuana legalization is leading in every state where it’s on the ballot this November. [90][91]. And: Spain. Like Barcelona, Bilbao is Regulating and Normalizing Cannabis Social Clubs.

Duterte says he is part of a death squad 2
Philippine madman.
1942. Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine. Nazi mass murder

1942. Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine. Nazi mass murder.

NPR transcript of 1st debate, + fact checks.2. Video. And: Hilarious Saturday Night Live debate with Alec Baldwin as Trump. 2. SNL video.

A first for USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Trump is 'unfit for the presidency'. "been on so many sides of so many issues ... 124 shifts by Trump on 20 major issues."

Presidents have too much power. Johnson: Vietnam War, Warren Commission. Nixon: War on Drugs. Reagan: Mandatory minimum sentencing and mass incarceration. -- Video. Bush 1: More mass incarceration.

Philippine President Duterte: Hitler killed millions of Jews, I will kill millions of drug addicts. 2. 3. And: 75 years ago: 33,771 Jews slaughtered at Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine. Early Nazi mass murder.

Clinton, Sanders promote tuition-free college in joint New Hampshire appearance. 2.

2016 Early Voting Underway! And: 34 states have no-excuse early voting programs. And: Maine voters may legalize marijuana in November. Social clubs too. See poll. And: Montana will vote to overturn severe Republican medical cannabis restrictions. And: Republicans block bipartisan federal sentencing reform (nonviolent offenders).

Google: "How to register to vote". Online, by mail, or in person. Register. 2.

Dr. Bronner’s donates over $600,000 to marijuana legalization efforts in five states. [92].

America's mass incarceration

See charts

The racism of drug war and all aspects of the criminal justice system.
Make America Great. Like Canada with single-payer healthcare . And Portugal with harm reduction and drug decriminalization . And Australia with a $15 dollar minimum wage. And Barcelona's private marijuana clubs. And: PBS’ Rick Steves will lend ‘European Perspective’ to 2016 legalization vote in Massachusetts.
Nashville passes marijuana decriminalization measure. And: Marijuana Strains Developed By Merle Haggard to Hit the Market. 2.3.

Mass incarceration could be costing the United States over $1 trillion a year. [93]. See Alternatives. See costs.

9 States Have Marijuana Initiatives On November Ballots.

Clueless Republican Governor of Arizona still claims alcohol is safer than marijuana. And: Fentanyl Maker Donates Big to Campaign Opposing Arizona Pot Legalization. [94]. And: Prop 205 Poll: Half want to see marijuana legalized in Arizona. 50% for, 40% against.

Polls. Clinton versus Trump
HuffPost Polls, Charts [95].

Arizona Prop 205 for marijuana legalization. 2016 vote

War on Drugs. Iwo Jima. By Molly Crabapple

New York Times article and video on epic fail of drug war. [5][6][7][8]

Vote Republican! America needs the Freedom of continued Mass Incarceration, a low federal minimum wage, more income inequality, and Schedule 1 cannabis.

American Legion Calls for Marijuana Rescheduling. Vets want Republicans to return protection for VA doctors recommending cannabis. In VA funding bill. [96]

Alternatives to Republican mass incarceration. - Denver votes on marijuana in cafes, etc.. And: Unprecedented number of states vote on marijuana.

44% of Black women (and 32% of Black men), but only 12% of White women (and 6% of White men), have a family member imprisoned [97]. Prisons and taxes keep the poor in line:

Trump’s tax plan penalizes single parents. And: House GOP’s ‘Better Way’ Tax Plan A Much Better Way For Richest 1 Percent.

Obama alone can not reschedule marijuana. Neither will this Republican Congress.
Census Data 'Starkly Illustrates' the Time for Single Payer Is Now. The failure of private health insurance. Canadian single-payer healthcare and Portuguese decriminalization.

Amendment 70. Colorado. Why small business owners support raising the minimum wage. And: Banning Canadians from U.S. for life for smoking pot 'ludicrous,' says Goodale. And: Narcan Prices Are Skyrocketing, and Republican Big Pharma Is Ecstatic.

Duterte says he is part of a death squad 2
Philippine madman.

Philippines President calls Obama a "son of a whore" concerning 2,400 drug user killings 2.. Duterte says he is no American puppet.

Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2016. HB180
Cannabis is safer. See Philippine petition.
Duterte enacts emergency powers by declaring 'state of lawlessness' in Philippines. And: Refuses to meet UN chief during Southeast Asian Nations meeting.

Income inequality is slowing the global economy. And: Want to Reduce Crime and Mass Incarceration? Raise Wages. And: Minimum wage splits candidates along party lines. And: Republican Chris Christie Vetoes New Jersey Minimum Wage Hike. See Minimum Wages by Country. And: Overzealous Prosecutors Are Losing Elections. And: Obama Administration Continues Pulling Away From Private Prison Companies. And: Pennsylvania Poll Shows Why Democrats Are On The Verge Of Senate Takeover.

A Lot Of People Are Dying At This Understaffed Texas Jail. And: How the Money Bail System Perpetuates America’s Mass Incarceration Problem. And: Justice Department blasts ‘unconstitutional’ fixed bail schedules. Many innocent people in jail.
Obama to meet Philippines President Duterte, raise issue of 1,900 drug war killings. CNN.
Philippines: 5-year-old girl killed in drug war. Human Rights Watch. CNN. And: National police chief tells drug users to kill drug dealers and burn down their homes. See: info

Oregon has first legal pot display in a state fair in the US. And: USDA approves organic hemp certification. [100].

EpiPens cost just several dollars to make. Customers pay more than $600. [101]. Canada's Single Payer healthcare helps remove some of the monopoly profit.

A Day in the New Life of an Injured, Marijuana-Smoking Army Veteran. Time. And: Republican governor Hutchinson of Arkansas opposes legalizing medical marijuana. And: 5 Olympians Who Smoke Weed & Win Gold. More THC allowed in blood tests.

1,800 dead since May 10, 2016 in the Philippines’ War on Drugs. Time. 2.3. Lists.

Philippines President Duterte threatens to leave UN over criticism of his brutal drug war, and death squad killings of alleged drug users or dealers. [102][103].

Republican Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world. See: more:
Replace Obamacare with Single-Payer Healthcare. Higher life expectancy at half the cost. Canada passes US in middle-class wealth. Median after-tax middle-class income in Canada is higher. [104]. Why? Canadians pay so much less for far better healthcare.
Country Life expectancy Infant mortality rate Healthcare cost per person
(2). (US dollars. PPP)
Murder rate
per 100,000
Canada 82.2 years.(2) 4.9 per 1000 births. $4,608 in 2015 1.5
USA 79.3 years.(2) 6.5 per 1000 births. $9,451 in 2015 3.9
Save $1.6 trillion out of $3.2 trillion spent on US healthcare in 2015. How?: Canadian single-payer healthcare, and Portuguese drug decriminalization and treatment. And: Save more via less incarceration. And: Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland. Vs. USA. [105]. And: No personal medical debt in single-payer countries. And: Canada has higher minimum wage.

Single Payer. Developed world paying half of what USA spends on healthcare. And: Kentucky's Republican governor wants to eliminate health insurance for over 400,000. Like the rest of the Republican South. In contrast: Patients can grow their own medical pot in Canada under new rules. [106][107]. And: Marijuana Growers' Fair Opens in Oregon. First time at a state fair.

The VA: Another reason for single payer. Physicians for a National Health Program. And: New Jersey veterans fight to use medical marijuana for PTSD.
If you think this is safe and this is dangerous
Cannabis is safer.

Sanders Says DOJ Ban on Private Prisons Doesn't Go Far Enough. And: DEA Stops Calling Marijuana One Of The 'Most Dangerous Drugs'.

Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech 1: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass, whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."
Reagonomics. Give rich people money

Nation’s first memorial to commemorate victims of lynching and mass incarceration. [108]. Republican state senator opposes "more race talk". And: Republican Chris Christie Vetoes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Again. But 5 other states have it. And: 86% of eligible Coloradans are registered to vote. Text voter registration, too.

Sanders Condemns Obscene Levels of Inequality Documented in New CBO Report. And: Judge rules in favor of minimum wage. And: Baltimore votes for $15 minimum wage by 2022. And: Trumponomics: Off-The-Shelf, Warmed-Over Trickle-Down Policies. Newsweek. And: 5 States Voting on Recreational Marijuana This Election.. 2..3.4.. - Register, VOTE!

Happy cannabis. Alcohol black eye
Cannabis is safer.

As legalization spreads, marijuana use overtaking tobacco. 2. And: Big alcohol is working to undermine legalization. 2.

Duterte’s Brutal Drug War Skyrockets Killings In The Philippines.

Richard Branson asks President Duterte to stop murderous Philippine drug war. [109][110]. And: Washington Post editorial board: Death squads in the Philippines. And: PHOTOS. Dead bodies and hellish prisons on Philippines police graveyard shift. [111]. Duterte wants martial law.

Obama frees 214 inmates (67 in for life), almost all for nonviolent drug offenses. 2. And: Obama's approval rating is near its highest point ever.

Bodies pile up in Philippine drug war. AFP. See maps, charts, lists of dead. And: Jennelyn Olaires hugs murdered partner Michael Siaron, 30, killed by presidential Philippines death squad in July 2016. Hundreds of alleged drug users killed with approval of President Duterte. [112]. See: Kill List. And: "Olaires insists that he was just a pedicab driver and had no ties to the drug trade." - CNN. Wikipedia: Philippine Drug War. And: Rodrigo Duterte.

Jennelyn Olaires hugs murdered partner Michael Siaron, 30, killed by presidential Philippines death squad in July 2016
Drug war death squads of Philippine President Duterte

Says President Duterte. CNN.

At least 704 people have been killed since May 10, when Duterte’s election win became clear. And: Choirgirl, 22, killed with a bullet to the head during Duterte's 'state-sponsored butchery'. And: Human Rights Watch: Duterte’s drug war packs jails to ‘breaking point’. And: Philippines President Vows ‘No Mercy’ In Drug War; Estimates 100,000 Will Be Killed. And: Seeks even more Presidential power, though public opinion turning against giving it to him.

On first day in office Philippines President Duterte Asks Civilians To Kill Drug Addicts. As mayor, he approved of death squads that killed 1000 people. Wanted to be first in gang rape of "beautiful" Australian missionary who died. Ambassadors condemn remarks. Duterte calls one a gay son of a bitch. 2.

Time magazine. Can Medical Marijuana Help End the Opioid Epidemic?

I do not do drugs. Republican Party starter kit
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2016 July 26 crowd and posters

Philadelphia during the Democrat Convention. 26 July 2016. Part of "the 'Great Wall of Love' with our LGBTQ friends to keep out the hate spewing bigots from the Westboro Baptist Church." [113].

Illinois reduces punishment for minor pot possession from jail to citation. 2. 3.

In a first, Oregon State Fair to feature marijuana plants. And: If You Are Succeeding in the Cannabis Industry, Thank an Activist.

When and how did the British monarchy lose actual power? One hopes U.S. presidents also become token figureheads without veto power. George Washington could have been a king, but refused. We need more democracy. The majority wants a higher federal minimum wage, legal cannabis, cheaper single-payer healthcare, more taxes on the rich, and less taxes on the middle class and poor. Republican obstructionism in Congress is responsible for the impoverishment of the middle class, and continued mass incarceration.

Debbie Wasserman crowns Queen Hillary King Trump

Marijuana rallies in decriminalized Philadelphia during Democrat Convention.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2016 July 25 crowd

Philadelphia. 25 July 2016. [9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16].

Medical marijuana has potential as Alzheimer's treatment, study says. And: Republicans block it?: Senate Bill Would End Massive Tax Breaks for Private Prisons. [114]. And: Legal medical pot nationwide would save Medicare $468 million. [115].

Virginia Governor Bypasses Court Ruling To Help 200,000 Ex-Felons Vote. Republicans block cannabis/drug felons from voting against drug wars.

Pot activists meet with cops to prep for Democrat Convention. And: Restorative justice. An alternative to mass incarceration. [116]. Versus $31,000 a year for prison. Florida: More high-THC medical marijuana available if 2016 ballot issue passes. And: Police head wants less limits on past marijuana use of police recruits.

Trump family would get $7 billion windfall from his plan to eliminate all estate taxes.
Minimum wage servers for Republican Party
Republican Party. Greed, ground wars, drug wars, and mass incarceration.

Michael Moore Thinks Donald Trump Will Win Presidential Election: Find Out Why! And: Italian Parliament To Consider Marijuana Legalization. [117]. And: Italian farmers are planting hemp to decontaminate polluted soil. And: Latin American Medical Cannabis Conference in Costa Rica – July 27-29. And: MP to move bill in Indian Parliament to legalize common recreational drugs like pot.

Republican platform opposes increase in federal minimum wage.
Internal squabbling over Trump's proposal for HUGE tax cuts for the rich.

Florida police shoot black man with his hands up as he tries to help autistic patient. And: Trump campaign channels Nixon "law-and-order" strategy (and war on drugs?). And: Politifact agrees that Nixon's drug war led to a massive increase in incarceration. See Wikipedia: War on drugs. See: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. And: Lancet: Mass imprisonment of drug users driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. And: Pot Vs. Pills: Can Marijuana Help Cure The Opiate Crisis?

Video describes how Portugal's decriminalization and harm reduction reconnects people. 2.. And: Times of London has called for Portugal's decriminalization. 2.

More current and former Canadian cops are using medical marijuana. Veterans too.

After Democrats back marijuana rescheduling, Republicans vote against medical pot. [118].

Incarceration rates of blacks whites Hispanics 1960 and 2010. Men

Incarceration gap widens between whites and blacks.

Canadian Single-Payer Healthcare and Portuguese Decriminalization. Saves trillions of dollars. Obama and Democrat platform want single payer (public option) healthcare 2. Republicans will expand the useless health insurance industry.

America's mass incarceration

Mass incarceration

Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the U.S. and the world. Georgia has around 8% of its adult population under correctional supervision (jail, prison, probation, parole). And: 2.
2010 U.S. incarceration by race and ethnicity

Above table: 2010 incarceration by race and ethnicity.

Kansas City Marijuana Reform Advocates Launch Decriminalization Ballot Initiative. [119].

Democratic Party platform on marijuana: "Because of conflicting laws concerning marijuana, both on the federal and state levels, we encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from its list as a Class 1 Federal Controlled Substance, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization." See: Full text.

Health care cost timeline by nation

Info: [17][18][19][20][21].

The Netherlands has a strange problem: Empty prisons. 2nd lowest incarceration rate in Europe.

4 states have minimum wage on the ballot in 2016.
12 states may Vote on Marijuana This November.
War on drugs cannon

GOP mass incarceration

Judge orders Illinois Republican flunkie to add PTSD to medical marijuana list. 2. And: Congress: Republicans Derail Efforts to Expand Cannabis Access to Veterans. 2.3. And: House Republicans blocked an effort to open up banking for marijuana businesses.

Elizabeth Warren & other Democrats ask DEA for immediate marijuana rescheduling. 2.

Tony Blair, like Republican Bush in the past, blasted by UK Chilcot Report on the Iraq War. [120] [121]. And: House Republicans Buy the Navy a $400 Million Pork Ship the Secretary of Defense does not want. And: New Mexico (Republican governor) Defrauds The Poor Out Of Food Stamps, Whistleblowers Say


The Republican War on Voting Is Working. [122]. Part of the War on the Poor, drug users, and the 99%. Historic discontent related to more than a decade of declining bottom-quartile wages. And: Income Inequality Is At The Highest Level In American History. "Incomes for the 99 percent have only recovered about 60 percent of what they lost. But the rich are doing great. ... They captured more than half of all the income growth in the country." Republican leaders are ecstatic.
Homicide rates of USA and Western nations 1950 - 2010
Top doctors group (AMA) declares gun deaths a 'public health crisis'.
Armed angel
Killed by firearms in USA 2001-2013

Survivors are fed up.

Murder in Western nations. USA on top. See above 1950-2010 chart. Homicide rates of USA (top line), Australia, Canada, Spain (ESP), Great Britain, and the Netherlands. From: OECD "How Was Life?", page 147.

If Islam Is a Religion of Violence, So Is Christianity. Radical Christianists have promoted the drug war, and approved the killing of gays. Both historically in the Bible, and today. No religion is inherently peaceful or violent. 2.

More people killed by US domestic gunmen (1,516,863) since 1968 than in all wars fought by America (1,396,733). [123]. And: Mass Incarceration and high murder rate damage U.S. Global Peace Ranking. - U.S. News and World Report.. Incarceration rate of 693 per 100,000. [124].

Most firearm deaths in the USA are from handguns. [125][126]. Canada has a much lower rate of handgun ownership than the USA. See chart. And Canada has a much lower murder rate, and little mandatory sentencing. See: NRA's high murder rate, and mandatory sentencing And: A ten-round magazine is sufficient for semi-auto rifles in the real world. And: What a semi-auto rifle can do to the human body. And: Congress Refuses, So California Funds Its Own Gun Violence Research Center.

Solitary confinement

Tipping point? Ohio is 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. [127][128].

Maryland repealed mandatory minimum drug sentencing despite initial Republican opposition.

“We have an under-incarceration problem.” Republican Senator Cotton. Trillions of dollars.

What are the chances Democrats will gladly change all states to open primaries? Then ask what are the chances independents will gladly vote for Clinton in November.
Republican big spending: Ground wars, drug wars, and US healthcare costs and incarceration costs. See: Business people for Single-payer Healthcare. Fed up with uncontrollable costs of U.S. healthcare.
Democrats want independents to vote for them, but NOT in the primaries.
*Greg Palast: Many independent voters illegitimately stopped from voting in California [136]. Institutionally-rigged nature of many closed and semi-closed Democrat primaries. See: Wikipedia: Primary elections in the United States. See map. Click states.
Bernie wins the debate: 50-39% Sanders vs Trump. Clinton follows in Al Gore's footsteps. “No We Can’t” Hillary puts down the "Yes we can" independents who far outnumber Democrats.
SWAT and cannabis plant

Bill Maher And Bernie Sanders Take Down ‘Chicken’ Donald Trump. [141][142]. Presidents have too much power. Canada elects a prime minister who can be removed by a majority vote. In the USA Republicans and Democrats are often closed political cults. Wikipedia: Results of the Democratic presidential primaries, 2016. Many Democrat primaries lock out independents.

Health care cost timeline by nation

Info: [22][23][24][25][26].

Gallup poll: Majority in U.S. Support Single Payer Healthcare. As do doctors. [143]. And: Polling shows the majority of Americans agree with Bernie Sander's views: Single payer healthcare (which costs less per person), income inequality, progressive taxation (it does not increase total taxes; it assigns higher and lower tax rates depending on income), minimum wage, cannabis reform [144]. See Wikipedia: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita.

Canada's popular single-payer healthcare is not socialism. Like road building, it is done by private services. Saves trillions of dollars. See: Canadian healthcare and Portuguese decriminalization.

Sanders versus Trump poll trendline
Sanders versus Trump.
Polling trendline over time.
Women who smoke weed
Global Marijuana March animated

Women who smoke weed are smarter than those who don’t. And: Republicans block drug law reform unless their criminal friends allowed to thwart environmental and business regulation. And: E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors - BBC News. [145].

Canada has much lower murder, robbery, and sexual assault rates than the USA. Without the high household handgun ownership rate of the USA. And without US-style mass incarceration. And: At the UN Canada announced that cannabis legalization will occur in the spring of 2017.

Happy 4/20! NORML Unveils Our 2016 Congressional Scorecard. And: A or F? How Congress scores on marijuana. Grading based upon members' 2015 voting records.

"Of the 233 Democrats in Congress, 208 members (89.3 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher. Of the 302 Republicans in Congress, 102 members (33.8 percent) received a passing grade of a 'C' or higher."

Mexico proposes legal medical marijuana, and increasing legal recreational possession from 5 to 28 grams (1 ounce). [146][147][148][149]. And: White House to meet with cannabis activists.

Bernie can pay for 2 years of public college by making 16 the legal age of adulthood. Freeing up 2 years of average public high school costs of $12,000 a year. Plus room and board costs. [150].

Bernie Sanders Pulls Ahead Of Hillary Clinton In New Poll. Bernie wins in all national matchups.

Maryland Ends Mandatory Minimums For Drug Users, Lets Non-Violent Offenders Out Early. And: Medical Marijuana Legalized in Pennsylvania [153][154]. But also building prison. And: Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalize medical cannabis. [155] [156]. And: DEA could soon announce a major decision on rescheduling marijuana. And: Whoopi Goldberg founds medical marijuana company for women. And: Cancer patient shares graphic photos in call for pot to be legalized in Australia.

Vote for cannabis! US Republicans limit voting via longer lines, and fewer ballots and polling places. They limit or veto early voting, same day registration, and automatic registration. And: They block reform of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Trillions of dollars for the prison-industrial complex. And: Why Trump’s support for private prisons and mass incarceration should worry you.
America's mass incarceration

Republican system of inequality, endless drug war, and mass incarceration being crushed by independents from within and without. The Republican House of Representative continues to block veterans from using cannabis -- by denying prescription VA painkillers if they use cannabis. Idiotic and cruel, since cannabis is much safer. [157].

Nixon Aide Admitted Drug War Was Meant To Target Black People. Intense racial targeting associated with the drug war wasn’t an unintended side effect — it was the whole point. And GOP mass incarceration helps in enforcing income inequality.

Total arrests down in legal states, but blacks arrested for marijuana at twice the rate of peers. And: Trump and Cruz: Huge tax cuts for the rich paid for by tax increases on lower incomes.

2017 Global Marijuana March and 420

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Global Marijuana March animated May 6, 2017, Saturday, or thereabouts. And April 20 (4/20), or thereabouts. Rallies and marches overall change public opinion for the better! See: Cannabis polls.

2017 Facebook event pages for Global Marches and 420. - Some cities.
Main Facebook pages for organizing global marches.

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US states that have legalized
as of November 2016 election
Map of states that have legalized marijuana


Cannabis is safer

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See longer article: Cannabis is safer.

Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire 2

Obama on medical marijuana and drugs
Above quote is from Sanjay Gupta interview of Obama on April 15, 2015. Interview aired on CNN on April 19, 2015. [165][166][167].

U.S. incarceration timeline 4

Obama helped turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, and mass incarceration. See: US incarceration peaked in 2008.

Presidents can not reschedule it

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See main article: Presidents alone can not reschedule marijuana.

The president alone can not reschedule marijuana. [171] [172][173][174]. Since HHS (Health and Human Services) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) have again declined to reschedule or deschedule cannabis, then only Congress can do so. But Congress removed help for veterans: Republicans in Congress Won’t Let Veterans Access Medical Marijuana After All. [175][176]. And Congressional Republican committee leaders refuse hearings on CARERS bill to reschedule cannabis. See: Medical Marijuana Advocates Rally to Loosen Restrictions. By Alicia Ault. 23 Mar 2016. Medscape.

Drug-war mass incarceration

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America's mass incarceration
See: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. And: Drug War, mandatory minimum sentencing, handguns. And: US incarceration peaked in 2008. And: Number of marijuana prisoners in the USA. And: List of countries and U.S. states by incarceration rate.
See articles: Cannabis prisoners and Drug war cost charts, infographics..
The majority of people incarcerated in prisons and jails in the USA are in due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. Wikipedia: Drug-related crime. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. The USA has the highest incarceration rate of any nation b c (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). Compare incarceration rates worldwide. The cost of the U.S. drug war is at least 1.5 trillion dollars. Cannabis is safer! Share link.
Jail, jail deaths (2), and bail. A Lot Of People Are Dying At This Understaffed Texas Jail. And: How the Money Bail System Perpetuates America’s Mass Incarceration Problem. And: Justice Department blasts ‘unconstitutional’ fixed bail schedules. Many innocent people in jail. And: Many marijuana users in jail without bail money.
The mentally ill. Rundle Won't Charge Prison Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Schizophrenic Black Man to Death. Florida inmate in for cocaine possession. A nurse said his body temperature was too high to register with a thermometer. 23. Due to lack of single-payer universal healthcare the mentally ill end up incarcerated and untreated. It ends up costing far more (prison is costly) than treating them to begin with.

Green love

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The Global Marijuana March is the first Saturday in May. The first Saturday in May is also World Naked Gardening Day. (see Google search for it). But, be safe!

Republicans think they can spend an infinite amount of money (many trillions of dollars) on health-insurance-company-based healthcare, and have an infinite number of babies, to feed their appetite for endless ground wars, and for more inmates for more prisons for more drug war.
Population milestones
Green love
As with cannabis legalization Colorado leads the way.. More info. 2.3..
Colorado birth control

Single-Payer. Half the cost of Trumpcare

Portugal. Few die of overdose

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Source for chart below: Are any conservatives in the US for a single payer and a universal health care system, or can they not coexist? Chart is from comment around March 11, 2017 by Dan Munro, "author of Casino Healthcare and Forbes contributor".

Universal health coverage around the world
See main article: End drug war with universal healthcare.

End drug war with universal healthcare. And: Canada grows closer to legalizing pot. [177].

Canadian Single Payer: Show health card, get "free" care paid for by taxes. No deductibles on basic Canadian health care, and co-pays are extremely low or non-existent.

Portugal has decriminalized all drugs. Like Canada it has universal healthcare. See: Portugal. Cannabis-related links. See: Wikipedia: Drug policy of Portugal and Wikipedia: Health in Portugal. Nearly all of the European Union (EU) has universal healthcare.

The $0 Alternative To Trumpcare. See chart below. USA versus top ten healthiest nations.
Universal healthcare at half the cost of US healthcare.

USA versus top ten healthiest countries 2

 Wikipedia country lists: Life expectancy. And: Total health expenditure per capita.

Replace Obamacare with Single-Payer Healthcare. Higher life expectancy at half the cost.
Country Life expectancy Infant mortality rate Healthcare cost per person
(2). (US dollars. PPP)
Murder rate
per 100,000
Canada 82.2 years.(2) 4.9 per 1000 births. $4,608 in 2015 1.5
USA 79.3 years.(2) 6.5 per 1000 births. $9,451 in 2015 3.9
Save $1.6 trillion out of $3.2 trillion spent on US healthcare in 2015. How?: Canadian single-payer healthcare, and Portuguese drug decriminalization and treatment. And: Save more via less incarceration. And: Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland. Vs. USA. [178]. And: No personal medical debt in single-payer countries.

Canada passes US in middle-class wealth. Median after-tax middle-class income in Canada is higher. [179]. Why? Canadians pay so much less for far better healthcare. And: Canada has higher minimum wage.

"The country has 3 overdose deaths per million citizens, compared to the EU average of 17.3."

Portugal drug deaths

In 2014 the USA had 147 overdose deaths per million residents. [180] [181] [182] [183]

Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids, United States, 2000-2015

Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids, United States, 2000-2015. Deaths per 100,000 population. CDC source.

US charts:


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