Monday, March 28, 2011

Mainstream Marijuana: Religious Use of Marijuana Today

Everyday there are hundreds of marijuana related arrests across the United States, many of them claiming fictitious religious use. Many of these are just fakes making a claim on behalf of the first amendment to the Constitution which states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In realitiy though, is there any actual use of marijuana in mainstream religion today? We did the research and have found out.


Lets start in the first story in the first book of the Torah, Adam and Eve. God said to Adam and Eve that they may eat of any plant in the Garden of Eden, except for the tree in the center - the Tree of Life. Of course, it also says the Garden of Eden was located between the Tigris and Euphretes rivers, later known as Babylonia. It is widely known that the Babylonians used Marijuana in religious practice, so therefore it must grow naturally in this area. Since Marijuana grows natually in the area of the Garden of Eden, does that not make it either the Tree of Life or religiously accepted in Judaism? Even with one example, lets move on to make a stronger point.

In Exodus 30:22-33 it describes in the Torah the ingredients to use in the jewish Holy Annointing Oil, listing one ingrediant as Kaneh-Bosem which translates to fregrent cane. There is an ongoing arguemnt over whether this ingrediant was Cannabis or Calamus, both of which are fregrant and cane-like. The point where the arguement seems to fall apart at though, is that Calamus grows is wetlands, differing greatly from the dry climate of Israel. It is also claimed that Kaneh-Bosem is where the word Cannabis actually came from.

At this point we were still curious to see what the people of the Jewish faith had to say about all of this. We went to Rabbi Jo David or who would not confirm the above information but did give a personal statement on marijuana use, "I support the use of medical marijuana, I discourage the use of all mind altering substances, including alcoholic beverages, for the sake of just getting "high."  I think there's a big difference between the use of marijuana by adults (ok if they really want to do this) and by teens (not a good idea because they really can't handle the fall out.)  I think that marijuana should be decriminalized but controlled like alcohol and tobacco."


Most Muslim scholars will agree that Marijuana as a drug is absolutly haraam (forbidden), but throughout history there have been examples of its use in Islam. One such story is of Haydar, the Persian leader of Sufism, was said to have eaten cannabis and it helped him preach, and so he suggested other monks try it. Other stories include tribes in Mauritania incorporating it into their prayer, and many more. Many of these stories would be called heretical by most muslim scholars, but it may be possible that marijuana is not even haraam is Islam. Some scholars have stated that khamr (which in practice bans the use of cannabis), actually meant fermented drink and is therefore talking about alcohol, which has always been known as a poison. This would make cannabis, which is neither a drink or fermented, technically legal in Islam.

At this point, we did not know if cannabis was haraam or halal, so again we turned to a cleric. Here we turned to the Mufti at Darulfatwa, the highest Islamic body in Australia. The Mufti discredited the stories that we had, again saying that these were from false paths of Islam and that khamr is regarded to mean "intoxicant." Though the Mufti did say that in mainstream Islam marijuana is haraam, he did make one statement on medical marijuana, "The only case where drugs are allowed is in the medical field through a professional doctor."
Let it be known that Islam also sees the original Torah (in Islam it is call the Tawrat) as a holy book, therefore if cannabis is used in Judaism it would also be used in Islam.


It is widely known that cannabis is used in many rituals in Islam, and is the only religion that widely and openly permits its use. Marijuana is considered in Hinduism to be a gift from Shiva, or even an extract from his body. Some hindus smoke the marijuana and release the smoke onto pictures or statues of shiva, and some Yogi's smoke it to aid in sadhana. It is most widely used in the form of Bhang in a drink, smoked in clay pipes, or by smoking plain resin. Because of its widespread use in Hindusim, marijuana is legal to sell in a government shop in India.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Finding Business Contacts

Its getting harder and harder now days to get ahold of companies, even if they are in you own industry. It seems you have to jump through hoops to even find out how to get ahold of some companies, many times because their either secretive or just have horrible web designers and marketing staff. In my own experience, its the times you need the contact info the quickest that it seems to disappear. In reality, there are several ways to get ahold of these companies, whether it takes willpower or not.

The first and most simple is whois servers. There is several times a week I go to the whois server of a company I'm trying to do an article on to scan for usable contact info. To break this down in an understandable way, companies register their websites with the companies actual business info, while it may be hidden on their site it is still stamped on their server registry information. Most often I use which is both simple and provides the most info. With its different tabs I can see the sites old info and even the contact info that is in contact forms.

Sometimes there are downfalls to this plan, because companies will hide their server info. The next way is press releases. Big companies hate being contacted by virtual nobodies, but absolutely love being in the media, so they send out press releases. The problem with that plan for them is that often times press releases are required to contain media contact info... which can be used to contact the company as well. For this, I search google for something along the lines of " 12345 inc. press release." This is usually a media contact, but leaves a usable address and a contact that can transfer your message.

At this point if you can still not get ahold of the company you're attempting to contact, it is either not meant to be or you could just ask a friend or colleague that has worked with the company (which you have hopefully already tried). With this info, you should be able to get alot more business done with the companies you want to work with. Please don't use this to go off and contact lil wayne or anybody, he probably has his hidden. Enjoy and go do some business!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Reason for Aristide's Return: Revealed

Just a few days ago, the staff from Overworld Magazine contacted the Haitian Lavalas Party through their website to interview them about the return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, as he was not giving a reason on his return. A man named Jacob was the spokesperson that replied to our message, and gave a very clear insight to the views on Aristide as well as his reason for returning.

When asked directly why Aristide is returning, the Lavalas Party member known as Jacob directly answered, "We know for a fact that his soul was always connected with plight and need of the masses, he has medical reasons which dictate a warmer climate  in addition, his desires to help the Haitian people post-seismic." There is both the claim of health reasons for his return as well as attempting to help the Haitian people after their disastrous earth quake.

From there we wanted to know a little bit more on their thoughts of Aristide, to see why they had hoped he was returning. Their answers seem not only admirable of him, but even to the point of worship. "We believe that the return of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti is the return to life. The triumph of light over darkness, the answer to the prayers of the masses whom for the past 7 years have only ask for his return in their quest to live in dignity in spite of their misery," Jacob told me. He continued on to tell of all the things Aristide did to reform the country, even calling him the best President in the past 50 years. This conversation led on to the fact that he is returning just before the Presidential elections, on which he commented, "President Aristide he is a citizen who still has the right to participate in the dealings of his own country, what he decide to do with it in the future is not known now and for the people to decide."

All of this points to the Lavalas Party hoping to pitch Jean Bertrand Aristide against other Presidential candidates, though it is not clear whether this is his intentions or not. The present question is whether his return really is of health reasons, or if it is truly him reaching out to the earth quake victims. It seems that we will have to wait until Thursday, the predicted day of his return, to see his intentions as well as the response of all the Haitian People.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Initial Candidates for President 2012

As candidates are getting warmed up for Presidential bids in Iowa, and with Primaries only a year away its starting into that season we know as election season. We have interviewed four candidates seeking office in 2012 both as part of major parties or as independents, we feel America should hear the voice off all candidates to make a more informed decision on who we choose out of the many running. We now give you the Overworld Magazine Early Presidential Preview:

Joe Schriner - Iindependent

Tax/budget:  We proposed a "simplified progressive tax" that goes up commensurate with income.  Filing would be done on an easy, one-page form.  To make it a more democratic process, the taxpayer could designate where 25% of their tax money would go (military, environmental programs, social programs...).  We also propose a National Sales Tax on "luxury items" to help spend down our current astronomical ($13.7 trillion) Federal Deficit.  In tandem, we'd work to dramatically decrease the Federal Government in scope and waste.  Read:  "Tighten our belts."  Note:  After the Vietnam War (and the debt it incurred), the government instituted a 5% "Victory Tax" on all annual net incomes of $624, or more, until the debt was paid off.  We'd propose the same thing, obviously allowing for inflation in regard to current net incomes.

Foreign policy:  Foreign aid currently accounts for approximately 4% of the Federal Budget.  Our belief is that this should, at least, quadruple.  Some one-sixth of the world's people don't have access to clean drinking water and 24,000 people starve to death, every day (U.N. figure).  President Eisenhower, in his farewell address said:  "Every gun that is made, every war shipped launched, every rocket fired... signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed..."  I would be on the same page, cutting back significantly on military, and NASA, spending, while redistributing some of this money to foreign aid.  We, as a nation, have the potential to relieve so much more human suffering worldwide.  And should.

Energy:  Our administration would take the stance that global warming is real and an imminent threat (based on a wide, and growing, body of scientific evidence).  Given that, we would work exhaustively to inspire curbing carbon dioxide emissions.  Conservation is key.  In the wake of the recent Copenhagen Accords, which yielded no concrete emissions targets or dates, our administration would work to at least go along with the spirit of the Kyoto Protocol.  To that end, we would ask Americans (both in the business and residential sectors) to cut back considerably on energy use, while we dramatically ramped up the development of alternative energy technology (solar, wind, wave, geothermal...).   And as a model for society, I recently told the Amarillo (TX) Globe News that we would turn the White House into a "Kyoto Protocol Home Zone."  There would be no air-conditioning, the thermostat would be dialed back in the winter, we'd dry clothes on a line (wouldn't that add some color to the White House lawn), we'd install a small wind turbine to compliment to the solar panels now on the White House roof...  Running as "concerned Midwestern parents," my wife Liz and I don't want to leave a world of climate chaos for our children.  What responsible parent would.
Alma Mater:  Bowling Green State University in Ohio

Gun Control:  We intentionally moved into the inner city of Cleveland several years ago for social justice reasons.  While at a neighborhood Rec. Center one day with my kids, a boy from the neighborhood came stumbling into the gym, and collapsed.  Blood everywhere.  The boy had been shot in the leg, having been caught in the crossfire between two gangs...  Statistics show there are now 100,000 shootings a year in this country.  America has become, well, a war zone.  We would, indeed, lobby for more gun control measures.  In tandem, we would work exhaustively to curb societal factors (poverty, domestic violence, drug addiction...) that are often precipitating factors in gun violence.

Health Care:  At the front end, we'd stress: prevention.  Our focus in this area would be on educating about nutrition, exercise, stress management...  What's more, in Athens, Georgia we met with Dr. Jonathan Davis.  Dr. Davis said as much as 33% of health care expenditure in the country would go away if people, in essence, toughed out certain illnesses and physical injuries, like they did in the "old days."  That is, things like minor sprains, the flu, common colds...  Dr. Davis said we have become addicted, of sorts, to 'better living by chemistry' and have become adverse to feeling uncomfortable, even for a little while.  Added to this, he said doctors these days are afraid of discouraging anyone from coming in, no matter how benign the symptoms seem to be,  because of the increasingly litigious nature of our society.  In this respect, we'd lobby for more protection for doctors.  Coupled with all this, we'd propose a Regional Health Care System, funded by local taxes and comprised of small, privately owned local hospitals, doctor's practices, and so on.  To supplement this, we'd propose Community Pharmacies, like the one we researched in Monroe, Louisiana.  The pharmacy gets donations of samples from local doctors, left over medication from nursing homes after a resident has died, donations of over the counter medicines and local donations of money.  As a result, if, say, a senior comes up short for medication, the pharmacy is there to help.  And in addition to this, we looked at the Marillac Clinic Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado.  This two story complex provides a full spectrum of medical services (including operations) on a minimal sliding fee scale because of all the volunteer doctors, nurses and citizenry doing intake work, janitorial work, landscaping...  A Community Pharmacy and a Marillac Clinic could work in every county in the country and provide a tremendous safety net for those in need.

You can tell alot about a person by they're biggest inspirations and their favorite quotes. What are yours?   
       My favorite quote is Gandhi's quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world."  I am also Christian.  And my biggest inspirational paradigm is: The gospel message and how it applies to the year 2011, 2012, 2013...  In regard to our "...against all odds" campaign, I'd have to say one of my biggest inspirations is the movie: Hoosiers (which was actually based on a true story).

What are some original ideas of yours that have not been brought forward to make life and liberty easier for Americans?  

     One of the main reasons 'life and liberty' have become 'harder' for Americans, in my estimation, is that we have a corporate dominated society at this point.  Corporations have woven their tentacles into almost every aspect of our culture.  For instance, lobbyists are employed by such interests as banks, mortgage lenders, stockbrokers, big retailers...  In 2009, according to Time Magazine, $15 million was spent by these interests on lobbying in the Financial Reform Bill.  This, in turn, yielded $10 billion in lower taxes for these concerns.  $10 billion that could have been used to improve inner city schools, social programs, programs to help the environment...  Also, concerns like big defense contractors are vested in keeping the war machine going.  And in this, more and more young people are maimed, killed.  Other corporate concerns are interested in monopolistic practices, like Monsanto, to continue the wide scale use of harmful pesticides, herbicides and toxic, soil destroying artificial fertilizers.  At Oberlin College in Ohio, David Orr, who is the head of the Environmental Studies Program there, told me these harmful farm chemicals are creating chemical cocktails that are exploding into things like cancer in our systems.  I could go on with this, but the point stays consistent.  The bottom line for most big corporations is net profit, not the common good for the common person.  To combat all this, our administration would push for a "New Economy."  One where big corporate farms, big national corporations, big banks... would be labeled as monopolies and broken up.  Wall Street speculation would go away as well.  In their place, we would have a tremendously jacked down and simplified economy.  An economy with downtown revitalization and a resurgence of small "Mom and Pop" shops.  And we would provide debt free stimulus to community based projects to revive Main Street market economies.  There would be a shift to much more local production to local consumption.  There would also be a shift to a much more decentralized, organic agrarian based society, like in days of old.  These ideas, while relatively 'original' within the context of today's Geo-political world, is the essence of what was once the backbone of our country.  Note:  I also see abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, poverty, pollution, lack of health care and anything else that can end life prematurely, as tremendous affronts to 'life.' And I would work exhaustively on each of these.

Deonia (Dee) Neveu - Democrat

I graduated from  Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a BA in Psychology.

Regarding the Tax/Budget, Although I'm not a financial expert, and certainly I would look for a financial professional for the best guidance, and then there are some things that just make "common sense" across the board.  However, I do believe that there are "creative" ways to help the economy without only engaging in cutting out jobs and benefits and raising taxes, which seems to be what our Government always seems to do, but it really doesn't work.

On foreign policy, there is certainly a variety of foreign affairs and situations existing, and each case is unique, therefore there is a different answer regarding each foreign thought.  For one thing, America does need to protect its borders, as well as Americans overseas.

Energy, I believe that America should continue to improve on obtaining a clean environment, and a self-sufficient form of energy.  America is still working on this aspect of energy.  I'm no environmental scientist, and so I would be all ears to listening to what the American citizens also would think are good options.

Gun Control, just like the term says "control", I think that there should be tighter and safer regulation, so that guns don't get into the hands of the wrong person, and used for bad reasons.  Persons who are granted ownership of a gun should be responsible and held accountable for the use of their weapons.

Regarding Healthcare, my view is that we should have only fixed what needed fixing, instead of bringing on a whole new and total reform.  However, I will say that there are a few good things on the new Healthcare Bill that President Obama signed, but there certainly is a lot that I don't agree with on the Bill as well, and some of the provisions on the Bill don't have anything to do with Healthcare, but offer too much Government in parts not needed.

You asked about my inspirations and/or favorite quotes.  I'm inspired by many people.  I believe that having an open and flexible mind helps to lead to enlightenment and creative thought.  I also believe that Respect is very important at all times, and we should try to treat others as we wish to be treated.

You also asked, of any ideas I'd have to make life & liberty easier for Americans.  America (we, all of us) are going to need to work hard again, before peacefully relaxing to an "easy" America again.

Willie Carter - Democrat

Tax/budget:Taxes are a very necessary part of our nation's business, but they must be fair, and I will work as President to guarantee the best possible fair tax for the American people. Taxes and the budget work so hand in hand that it seems impossible to adjust one with out causing an adverse affect on the other, but I know that we can and should select the right priorities, focusing less on the needs abroad turning our resources to address the needs of the American people, building the infrastructure of our nation, a friendly business climate producing jobs with livable wages, together the whole nation looking for ways to change the climate that has caused high prices. As we increase the jobs across America we increase the taxable income base providing relief for our nation’s debt, also making wiser decision of where we spend the American dollar collect from the American taxpayer.

Foreign policy:I believe as did our first President, George Washington, that the less foreign influence the better for our nation in solving it own problems.

Energy:I believe that now is a very good time to look at the alternative sources of energy and how we can best implement them in our business and in our personal lives, as we become more dependent on a single source of energy the demand drives up the cost of producing that source of energy, the scientific community can be very helpful in helping our nation and it's people to make better choices of energy uses, and I will, if elected to be President commit to less dependence on energy sources outside of our nation.

Alma Mater:
Graduate from I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth, Texas, two years college at Tarrant County Junior College, two semesters at Golden West College, CA.
Gun Control/Heath Care views:I believe that every American citizen should have the right to bear arms, with strict enforcement of the law to insure that dangerous persons do not have access to those weapons. I believe that Health Care should be affordable not mandatory, which kills fair competition

Dr. Charles F. Tolbert Ed.D. - Citizen for a better America

Tax/budget: HR 25 30 % reduction of government

Foreign policy: Stop out sourcing reduce foreign aid

Energy: solar

Alma Mater: Nova SE University

Gun Control/Heath Care views: Gun control is not a major issue, health care review rewrite
You can tell alot about a person by they're biggest inspirations and their favorite quotes. What are yours? Bring God back to America

Mosheh Thezion - Republican

Put simply, Taxes should be lower, the debt should be paid off,
real money restored, the bankrupty ended, and only spend money
which is taken in, and can only invest with a new debt free tax
free investment system, to allow it to create as much currency as
needed to boost the economy, however its actual use is limited to
mining and energy, as the two main key components in maintaining
strong positive growth for our species.

Foreign policy:    
We can change our entire foreign policy by using the proposed global
solution plans I offer to make present strategies old world, and no
longer relevant.

Put simply, we need energy, we need a lot of it, and we absolutely
need it to be dirt cheap... seriously dirt cheap, not expensive to
meet some market goals for investors into solar energy and so forth,
and instead the governments role is to make sure the supply of energy
is always abundant and cheap, so as to make our industries grow, and
this would be done by building massive power plants of all kinds to
ensure the constant abundant supply needed to drive our future
literally, and our vehicles.  This would include solar, nuclear, all
of which would by to be established law, sold off to the free market
once they as assets have paid for their own construction, so while
there would be market price controls by developing supply, it always
gets moved into private hands and taxed during its useful lifetime.
(to be clear, mining sites run by the Federal government would never
be sold off, only energy production infrastructure built)

Alma Mater:
Self taught for the most part.

Gun Control :  
Self defence should be respected up to a certain point, and Id say that
point is about .50 cal, anything larger than that is just kind of
crazy. But these restrictions if any must be by amendment, and must be
repealable or changeable by public will over time.  We lost this
constitutional amendment process in 1933 /1938...  thats how they took
your guns. They gained the ability to take our guns, when they usurped the
constitution due to a claimed emergency, based only on fear... and
robbed us all of freedom in 1938..........
Heath Care views:        
I promote actual INSURANCE for all, instead of managed care.

You can tell a lot about a person by they're biggest inspirations and
their favorite quotes. What are yours?

Nikola Tesla, Robert E. Howard, Jesus, Moses, Muhammad. Shaka Zulu,
Ghengis Khan, Tao, Buddha, Krishna etc...
(Romans 15:1)   We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of
the weak, and not to please ourselves.

What are some original ideas of yours that have not been brought
forward to make life and liberty easier for Americans?

How to restore real money, and end the 80 year old bankruptcy.
How to restore the constitution by ending the debt.
How to end all world poverty, by a similar method.

Dennis Knill - Republican
Eliminate the income tax - Implement a reasonable usage tax about 10 % on new items bought. 48% of the people in the U.S. don't pay any income tax now.  I will lower the corporate tax , to bring those companies back home, so our products will be made in the USA. again. And made to last !
 I will make sure that the budget is balanced every year , the way it's supposed to be.
Foreign policy: 
Eliminate the U.N. from the U.S.  We are not the planets police dept.

We have more energy right here at home than they have elsewhere in the world. We can eliminate Opec.

Alma Mater:  USA

Gun Control/Heath Care views: 
I believe in the second amendment, everybody except the criminals and the sick should be able to carry a gun where ever they go , no questions asked !  The crime rate would drop in half !
 I will repeal Obamacare  and have reasonable health care available  for who ever wants it.
 I will STOP , ALL frivolous spending, I will bring all of our troops home and send them to the Mexican border until the wall could be built. I will cut the government in half and make sure that it works for the people , not the special interest groups.

You can tell alot about a person by they're biggest inspirations and their favorite quotes. What are yours?  
The definition of insanity is; when you keep doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.*** Albert Einstein           Hence if we keep voting for the same old lying politicians, we will keep getting the same old $%&*(# ***  Dennis Knill

Monday, March 7, 2011

5 Things I Want to See a President Do

I've spent some time in the last few days thinking of some things I would personally like to see the President do that would make me say "wow... that's good." In all honesty, I don't think I have truly ever said that about a President, a Senator, or most other politicians for the mere fact that they all are on one side or another on every subject instead of coming up with creative ideas to solve problems... therefore I have done it for them. Here is my short list, though with time I could probably think of more.

1. Reduce sanctions against Cuba - This little country is poor, has it illegal to own new cars, and imports $10.86 Billion in goods from halfway around the world every year. In a speech in India President Obama stated that every $1 Billion in exports creates 5000 jobs here in the states... 50,000 jobs would be good, not to mention all the cars we need to sell. Cuba has been making reforms in jobs, civil rights, and humanitarianism in the last few years it's time to do a small part with a big benefit for us.

2. Health care for a select group- As a strong conservative, I disagree with national health care, but don't get me wrong... there are people I do believe the government should provide full health care for. Widows, Orphans, and Students. The widows and orphans part, that comes from the bible for obvious reason, and as for students, they are trying to better their lives and many are working extremely hard to pay their way through college. If their not working hard to pay their way through, chances are they have enough for health care.

3. Go through every cent of spending- The U.S. government needs to look through all of its spending to cut out every single program we don't need. EVERY program we don't need. If you add up every wasted $10,000 grant that looks so small compared to the deficit you could end up seeing millions staring back at you.

4. Mexico- I think everyone can agree we don't want drug traffickers getting across the border, its the workers that is the grey areas. My solution? Steel reinforced concrete road barriers and a line of steel spikes in the ground to prevent vehicles from illegally getting across. Workers will walk, we've seen that, but the druggies seem to like to drive their tons and tons of drugs over.

5. Help out Palestine without hurting Israel- This isn't EXACTLY a job for the US, but we can help. It seems that every government in the Middle East is yelling at Israel to give up land and food and rights to the Palestinians, but I don't see Egypt, Syria, or Lebanon doing any of this. If Egypt handed over land connected to the Gaza strip, Israel could finally feel it is not the only country giving anything up, not to mention the people in Gaza could finally have some space to move around. Next thing is Israel need to put a guarded Palestinian train line from the west Bank to Gaza. This way Palestinians could travel freely and Israel could be sure their not straying from the right path.