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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's White House visit Tuesday was overshadowed by dramatic scenes of violence as his bodyguards clashed with protesters at the Turkish ambassador's residence in the U.S. capital shortly afterwards.

According to reports from witnesses, the brawl erupted when members of Erdoğan's security detail attacked protesters outside the residence who were carrying the flag of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party, which Turkey views as a terrorist group affiliated with banned Kurdish separatists in Turkey. Local media reported that Erdoğan was in the building at the time. read more


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It is a reporter's duty to seek out public officials and get their take on the important issues of the day, particularly something like healthcare, and particularly on the eve of an election. Anyone who is willing to take off his / her partisan blinders can hear the tape and understand quite readily that the reporter was not being physically or even verbally aggressive, and certainly was not posing a threat that justified the use of violence against him. To say otherwise is dishonest.

Gianforte, following the lead of his idol, Donald Trump, regularly demonizes the media as the enemy as part of a strategy to dupe his supporters into thinking any scrutiny of him is unfair. Like Trump, he repeats his cries of "fake news" over and over to protect himself should he ever get into a situation where his behavior is challenged by the media. He even had the audacity to blame his own behavior on a "liberal reporter" in his obviously dishonest media statement yesterday afternoon. So it's clear that Gianforte thinks reporters deserve to be assaulted.

We have the same kind of thing going on in Kentucky. A couple of days ago, Gov. Matt Bevin (guess which party) went on Facebook to launch yet another of his many anti-media tirades, calling the reporters who are questioning him "cicadas" who "make a lot of noise," and vowing he would never talk to either of the state's two major newspapers through the rest of his term. He told his followers not to buy the newspapers. By coincidence, Bevin is under scrutiny for, among other things, a pay-for-play situation in which he bought a fancy new house below market value from a man who is investing in Bevin's private business and who received a prominent board appointment from the governor.

Mushrooms are much more pleasant as far as psychedelics go. I might do them again after a 35 year absence in my life, but I doubt it.

#6 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-05-23 02:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'll grant you this - my experience with mushrooms was the coolest buzz I ever experienced, and I wouldn't hesitate to do them again. But acid, while it's true they do pose a big time commitment, was a fantastic journey. Fry your brain? Only if your brain has a serious issue already. A person with a relatively healthy sense of self-worth and and an open mind should be fine. I tripped balls a dozen times, and I always knew that the dazzling baubles of weirdness on the edges of my consciousness were simply being heightened by this new chemically enhanced pathway, and that it would all wear off in 12 hours. I never felt out of control in the least.

And I have to say this: It's much more than a buzz. There was a time when I thought, I want to get high; what have you got? But that was a brief time, which passed, thank goodness. And what I discovered with LSD was that, simply being high, or drunk, or whatever, was a brain-dulling waste of time. LSD was different. In the right setting, a nice dose of acid or psilocybin truly could free my mind from the confines of its physical container, and let me sort of rise above my limitations and see a logical structure to life, accept my place in the world, and give me a kind of peace. But not in a passive way that those who've never tried it might think. Beyond the sensory pleasure, I felt a sense of meaning. I felt more committed to a social responsibility afterward, and that stuck with me for many years.

This is why some psychiatric professionals are angling to dispense psychedelics to people facing the end of life. As long as you have someone with you that first nervous hour, anyone who's not suffering from psychosis should be able to not only cope just fine, they might actually grow from it.

Oh, and great story, DonnerBoy!

That's some crazy stuff. I posted a Vice story yesterday with the action shown from a different angle. www.drudge.com

There ought to be a way to prosecute the security thugs. From what I can see, they responded to chants with violence. In this country, protests are legal.

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