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-an average primate, trying to get by.

Homeless in Sacramento: Shawn Hamilton Interviews Darryl Jefferson

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Poet Gary Snyder, ‘Circumambulation of Mt. Tamalpais, 2005 (photo credit: Swill Bucket (Dan R and Shawn Hamilton)

Gary Snyder, Beat Poet

While on this trip, when I arrived in the rendevous spot in Marin County, my car was overheated and a nice person stopped by to see if he could help. Later I realized this good samaritan was Peter Coyote

A Brief History of Fascism in the United States–by Shawn Hamilton

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German-American Bund summer camp, 1930s

German-American Bund summer camp, 1930s

Generally, we avoid using the word “fascism” in polite company, and until recently, a person pointing out parallels between Nazi Germany and the current United States would invite elevated eyelids along with the outworn charge of sounding like a “conspiracy theorist“. The current electoral cycle seems to be changing that, so I will trust that now is the right time to convey some ideas I’ve been marinating regarding fascism in my US Homeland. The ruling plutocrats are clearly ferrying the ship of State along that current, so if fascism is destined to be a part of our lives, perhaps we should quit pretending we can’t see the ugly elephant in the room and somehow respond to it.

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‘No Kratom Ban’ letter to Representative Matsui

27 September 2016

Dear Representative Matsui,

I use kratom for inoperable back pain and have been successfully using it to reduce need for synthetic opiates like hydrocodone. I was hoping to quit Norco completely, but my problem is pain, not addiction. Kratom seemed to be a safe, reasonable alternative–finally! So this imperious pronouncement by DEA represents a real setback.

I thought the authorities wanted people to reduce their use of narcotics. It’s a laudable goal, but this prohibition of kratom would have an effect counter to the one they intend. Certain states that have banned kratom, for example, already have shown an uptick use of heroin and other opioids. Please consider!

This move is short-sighted, unethical, certainly undemocratic, and just plain mean, frankly. I hope this is a trial balloon by DEA, but we need to pop it. Haven’t we learned anything from blanket prohibitions? Kratom has a history thousands of years old. It does NOT get you “high” as usually understood and is not very addictive as far as I can tell. It is in no way of the class of drugs typified by “bath salts.” At least permit study of this wonderful plant.

Please, let’s pursue a rational course and allow room for study and ‘sober’ reflection before creating a new class of instant criminals.

Shawn Hamilton

SEH

Teacher and Reporter

Sacramento, CA