Category: Off Topic

Cliteracy

The most radical assertion Sanjay Gupta, MD, made in his recent CNN report on medical marijuana was that the American people had been “systematically misled” on the subject. In what other ways have we been “systematically misled” by the powers that be and the culture they have imposed on us? Sophia Wallace, a bold artist based in Brooklyn, NY, is exposing a deception as fundamental as reefer madness: systematic miseducation about the clitoris —the female sex organ. You can see Wallace discussing the subject here.  We hope to run some her material in the upcoming O’Shaughnessy’s.  Every February, in connection with...

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Syria for Potheads

By Fred Gardner   August 28, 2013     “Our” government is lying about Syria in the same blatant way that they’re lying about marijuana. The split within the Obama Administration gave us hope for a while, but the war hawks —like the DEA— seem to have triumphed again. Why must the U.S. rush to inflict what mild-mannered Wolf Blitzer called “a punishing attack” on Syria?  Bashar al-Assad, MD, is an Oxford-trained opthalmologist who presided over a functioning secular state. His government has successfully defended itself against a swarm of rebel militias —one al-qaeda, one led by a warrior known to...

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Three Fables by Aesop

• An Old Man with a load of firewood on his back trudged along the road. He had come far and had a long way to go. Suddenly overcome by tiredness, he put down his load and sighed aloud for death. Suddenly, Death was there beside him, asking why he had been called. “Would you be so kind,” said the Old Man, “to carry this bundle for me.”   • A Fly fell into the cook pot. As he was about to drown in the stew, he said to himself “Well, I’ve eaten, I’ve drunk, and I’ve had my bath. Let death come, I’m ready for him.”   • A Man and a Lion were traveling down the road together and each was boasting to the other of his great strength.  At a turn in the road they came upon a statue of a man wrestling with a lion. The man was clearly getting the better of the struggle. “You can see,” said the Man, that men are indeed stronger than lions.” “I can see, replied his companion,” that this statue was not carved by a...

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The Band Played On

The late Randy Shilts wrote a great book about the AIDS epidemic, And the Band Played On. The other day I scored the sheet music at a garage sale (50 cents). Although I knew the famous first line of the chorus, I was surprised to read the rest of the lyric: Casey would waltz with the Strawberry Blond  and the Band played on. He’d glide cross the floor with the girl he ador’d and the Band played on But his head was so loaded it nearly exploded The poor girl would shake with alarm He’d never leave the girl...

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The Tragedy of Kayo and Kamala

By Fred Gardner  April 5, 2013 California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris is in the news again. (Physical beauty can be a mixed blessing.) This piece, entitled “Othello at 850 Bryant,” ran in the Anderson Valley Advertiser after Harris had been elected District Attorney of San Francisco in November, 2003. She defeated DA Terence Hallinan, who was seeking a third term. The Committee on Jobs, mentioned in the lead, represents the city’s corporate elite. Kamala Harris, 39, is ambitious, smart, and tough enough to direct the cops; she could be a worthy successor to America’s most progressive DA. But Kamala...

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