Maryjane, Ganja, Weed, Smoke.

Maryjane, Ganja, Weed, Smoke.   Why is Sessions intent on making it a criminal matter?  The answer is rather simple really.  Money.  Follow the money.

Huffington Post “States together spent somewhere around $3.6 billion enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010, according to a new study by the American Civil Liberties Union, entitled “The War On Marijuana In Black and White.” That’s the authors’ “best estimate,” though approximations using different methodologies put the cost as high as $6 billion and as low as $1.2 billion.”

Enforcement means jail time, probably in a private prison.  The New Yorker,  In September of 2016 we were talking about phasing out private prisons.

Sessions holding includes funds that invest in private prisons along with other things.  But the man is a politician, and the Miami New times reports that the Boca Raton GEO group stands to make Millions if DOJ Feds crack down in states where the smoke is legal, for medical or recreational use.  The article goes on to say, “both Sessions and the Trump campaign have clear ties to GEO and its main competitor, CoreCivic (formerly known as the Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA), it's impossible not to view the directive as a gift to some of the most heinous corporate profiteers in America.”

Follow the $$$$

Beware. A.I. may already be running the world.

Ai based chatbots have been used to engineer unsuspecting people into giving away vital information. Robocalls are just the tip of the iceberg.  Ai text bots can be used to convince us that  those despicable -fill in he blank- people are out to -destroy- our way of life.  Computers monitoring the twitter-verse and Social media can pick up on trends and by reposting and cross posting reinforce the meme that their owners want us to absorb.  Unfortunately, some people will believe every word they read because it confirms their belief that they are not responsible for their own misfortune.  “It’s THEM.  It’s not -My- fault.”  Once they come to believe that, it’s easy to believe in False Flags and the Illuminati. These are the facts that give credence to the idea that someone influenced our last presidential election.  It is possible and records show that bot farms were responsible for much of the social traffic leading up to November 2016.

But it goes further.   It sounds like science fiction,  scientists put data into a computer and the  machine predicts what a society will do, who will be elected, which nation will grow more powerful and which will fade away.  It does sound like science fiction because one of the deans of science fiction, Isaac Asimov, wrote a classic series based on science being able to predict a society’s future with mathematical models.  ( With the rise of AI it looks more and more like it may have already happened.

But that’s not the end.  If you know something about algebra you know that moving elements around allows you to find the missing part.  For example; if you see the problem 2+? = 4  You know the answer is ? = 2.  You may feel it’s something everyone knows but what you could have done to find the answer is turn the question around to read 4-2 = ?  Computer programs can be manipulated in the same way.  Ai, the program, can learn by observation, that a set of things  causes a specific result, a sort of “If this thing and those things then this result.” Simple manipulation, no more complex than turning the question 2+? = 4  around, leads to; “For this result, given these conditions, do that.”  It isn’t something that will always work on one person, but given enough people, and repetition, it will work more often than it fails.  

The idea may be one of the most closely guarded secrets in the world of politics. Collecting data from Google search statistics, social media posts, web traffic, web comments, and the correlating that data to political outcomes is the first step.  If November 2016 showed us anything, it was that manipulating that data with a few inexpensive ad campaigns and a few computers running a bot net that fed back the messages that fit the narrative could and did have an immense impact on America. That idea that political outcomes could be reliably predicted from social media has been weaponized into a tool for dividing, and ultimately destroying our democracy. 

How is it that the media, gets redirected from the stories that should be the top of the news to those scandalous stories that seem to pop up just in time to take eyeballs and minds away from issues that will effect us all for the next few years. How did they get so good at distraction?  Think about this.  The possibility of passing tax bill was not in the best of shape and it was going down to the idea that the GOP was going to blast The ACA by removing the personal mandate that requires everyone to have insurance.   The tax bill robs medicare. Protestors are blocking halls of government, screaming at republican politicians, and the bill is less popular than the President.  What suddenly became a topper?  Net Neutrality.   Almost as if someone, somewhere, knew that the distraction would be enough.  

How is is that stories that push the political spectrum further and further to the conservative, to the point where conspiracy nuts and racists appear on mainstream new programs,  are even aired?  It is almost as if someone understood that a story would swamp the concern of average people and push the important stories off the air.  Once or twice could be coincidence but it has happened over and over and over again since January 20, 2017.   

Lies that would have driven Ronald Regan from office, are accepted and, in some quarters believed.  Behavior that did have people in the streets in huge numbers faded away behind the tragic deaths of service men and their loved one’s shoddy treatment by their Commander in Chief.  Almost as if someone knew, almost.

2016 Olympics Sabotaged by Qatar?

Doha, the capital city of Qatar, was eliminated from the running for the 2016 Olympics in June 2008.  In June of 2008 Oil was running $151 / barrel and dropped to $46 over the next 7 months as production from other Opec members climbed. In October of 2009 Rio was selected for the site of the games. Oil prices were $78 per barrel and climbed as high as $119 in April of 2011.  In August of 2014, about the time the bills for construction would be coming due, the price dropped again. Over the next seven months it slid to $49 / barrel.  This slide meant that Brazil’s economy descended into recession.  The Olympics are horribly expensive for any country to host.  Because Brazil’s economy is so closely tied to the price of oil and gas, there wasn’t enough money to pay the bills.  

National finance is a complex web of relationships but clear indications of national economic health can be seen in currency exchange rates. In July of 2008 the US Dollar was worth 1.5 Brazilian Reals. in April of 2011 the Real began to decline.  By April of 2014 the rate was 2.2 to one.  In simple terms, anything purchase with US Dollars doubled in cost. In January of this year it was nearly four Reals per US Dollar. 

Could Qatar’s failure to gain the first Arab olympics have been enough motivation for Opec to increase production and crush Brazil’s economy?  I think it may have been an unintended consequence that was welcomed by the royal family of Qatar.

When you look at the numbers it is interesting to note that the net result of falling prices verses income to the Arab countries was not that large.  The price of a barrel of crude fell. The income per barrel fell, but increased production appears to have offset that in the Arab countries.  Brazil is different because they could not easily match the production rates of the Arab members.  Brazil was striving to build its internal ability to service its oil industry. Corruption in the programs to build the oil infrastructure that would have protected Brazil from large oil price fluctuations further crippled their economy.  The Real fell against the Dollar and the result is algae in the pools.