Is it time to cancel the fakest social justice movement on earth?

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First things first. Of course all lives matter, and at face value that’s a noble sentiment. But the problem with the people who are saying it is this: They don’t really mean it at all.

Because if all lives mattered, they would be the most ON FIRE social justice warriors on the planet. Why? Because human lives are being degraded left and right, but instead of confronting this, these clowns are using a tired trope to completely ignore reality.

Take the children locked in cages along the U.S. border with Mexico by ICE officers. Don’t those lives, young innocent children’s lives, matter? Yet all we get is silence from the ALM crowd. How about the hundreds of homeless people on American streets confined to living in abasement and squalor at a standard below even the poorest of the poor in most third world countries. …


In the time of Corona Virus, your food should be your front line defense.

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The Corona Virus is no joke folks. But while there is no known cure for the pandemic, there are lots of studies out there on the anti-viral properties of many common foods. Many of you might be surprised to learn just how powerful some of these ingredients really are. Here are three simple foods that you probably already have right in your home kitchen, all with scientifically proven anti-viral powers to boost your immune system and help keep you safe and healthy in this trying time.

Green Tea


To Stop the Destruction of the Amazon, We Need Real Systemic Change

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As a freelance journalist that’s been covering the Amazon for years, the best thing about this horror show of fire and destruction that's been playing out over the last couple of months is to see the world finally paying attention to the fate of the greatest eco-system on earth.

I believe we can stop the ecocide, but we need to be seeing through the Matrix here. …


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Photo: Times of San Diego

I have been a full-time freelance writer for over ten years. While I have bylines in everything from mainstream outlets like USA Today and Vice to niche publications like High Times and Parabola Magazine, used to write an environmental column for Paste Magazine, and am currently writing a full-length guide book to my favorite country in the world (Colombia,) one of the keys to my success (survival really) has been the ability to pick up side gigs for extra cash on the fly through writer’s marketplace type sites.

Yesterday, I received an email entitled “Notification to California Based Writers” from Scripted.com, one of the biggest content writers’ platforms out there. I would say that some years (and I have been with them for at least 5 or 6 years) they contributed to upwards of 30 percent of my income. This was usually when I was in need and in between gigs, and definitely saved my ass a number of times. …


Research shows low cannabinoid levels in the brain are linked to mental health problems like depression and anxiety.

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Depression is the leading cause of disability across the globe according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with 350 million people around the world currently suffering from the disorder. But game-changing studies are revealing that cannabis, nature’s most potent medicinal plant, could also be the answer to what is the defining health crisis of our time.

“Depression has been part of my life for almost as long as I can remember, going back to first grade.” Says Maggie Volpo, mother, author and dedicated medical marijuana activist who overcame depression with cannabis after years of finding no real relief from therapy or pharmaceuticals. …


Originally published on Invisible People

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Last year, UN Human Rights Rapporteur Leilani Farha visited the San Francisco Bay Area. Her mission was to observe and report on the conditions of homeless people there. What did she find? Well, not only did she declare the homeless situation in the USA a violation of basic human rights and place the conditions on par with the slums of third world countries like Mexico, Delhi and Belgrade, but she noticed a level of cruelty toward the homeless “that I don’t think I’ve seen,” in her own words.

As a freelance journalist who has spent most of the last decade in Latin America, I can tell you it’s true. I have seen worse poverty in the USA than anywhere else in the world. Straight up. I know that’s hard for many Americans to believe. So, don’t just take my word for it. …


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When all things are perceived as infinite and holy, what motive can we have for covetousness, for drearier forms of pleasure? — Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception

Native to the Andean mountain range of South America, huachuma (Echinopsis pachanoi) is also known as San Pedro (Saint Peter) because it is said to be the key that opens the gates of heaven. With its potential to catalyze deep healing at many levels, both for individuals and societies, it is a “teacher plant” that has much to offer those looking for a profound entheogenic experience.

Huachuma is a tall columnar cactus related to Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) and contains the same psychoactive hallucinogenic ingredient (mescaline). Peyote is widely used by various tribes in Northern Mexico as well as the Native American Church in the United States to produce a visionary state where profound introspection takes place. While Huachuma has been off the radar for many people — even within the plant medicine world — the fact that Peyote cactus is endangered and hard to come by is opening up a new opportunity for Huachuma to play a key role in conscious evolution as a powerful psychedelic natural medicine. …


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Originally published in Paste Magazine

The idea that capitalism will save the world and that poverty, not greed, is actually to blame for deforestation and other ecological disasters is nothing new, but I always dismissed it as more free market nutjob nonsense. When I recently saw the well-respected environmental outlet Grist.org towing that blood encrusted old line however, I knew this issue could no longer be ignored.

This column is supposed to be about solutions, but if we are confused about the problem we can’t even begin to get into solutions. And Grist is very confused.

In a widely promoted eight-part series benevolently titled “Solving Poverty: Putting People First,” writer Nathanael Johnson pretends to “tackle” the “big issues” behind poverty and environmental destruction with one of the most shameless capitalism green-washing campaigns I have ever seen. Not only does he fail to mention the real cause of both, which is corporate greed, he actually tries to make the whack argument that poor people themselves are the real cause of the environmental crisis and only more industry can solve the problem. …


Originally Published on Prohbtd.com

by Ocean Malandra

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As the mighty cannabis plant sweeps the world in its unstoppable wave of legalization, can a New World counterpart — the power-packed coca leaf that is widely prohibited as the source of cocaine — become the next miracle medicine to shake off its bad rep and step forward to heal the world? A brand-new study says hell yes!

Though the coca leaf has long-documented use in Andean culture as both a superfood and a medicine, a high-quality clinical study hasn’t been done on the plant since 1975, when renowned ethnobotanist Dr. …


From a prodigal past to a fantastic future, cannabis is shaping human life in profound ways.

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Originally published on Massroots.com

We now know that the reason that cannabis is so miraculously able to address so many different human ailments and provide so many useful applications as hemp is because it actually evolved with us over time in a process called co-evolution. …

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Ocean Malandra

Solution-based environmental journalism. Plant medicine. Social Justice. Salsa music. Bogota to San Francisco.

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