‘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


Teacher and Reporter

Sacramento, CA

“Be All You Can Be”


Released on March 24th, 2014 through Friesen Press:  Be All You Can Be

Be All You Can Be cover

“There is something sad about a person who blindly sacrifices his life ‘for his country,’ for he is unaware of the real issues. If a person can grasp the truth about war, it can’t help but color his thinking on such issues as draft dodging. The name draft dodger suggests the evasion of a just debt or obligation. In reality, a draft dodger is either a person who rejects military service on religious or moral grounds—or plainly doesn’t want to allow himself to be killed. Any of those reasons should be good enough, and I don’t think that he should be persecuted or prosecuted.

A person who is willing to sacrifice his life ‘for his country’ is merely a dupe in the profit game of the military-industrial complex. A man who has the courage to stand up against such twisted idealism and refuse to be sacrificed for profiteers is no coward. My opinion of the draft dodger differs from the opinion of many of my peers, but then, my generation is probably one of the biggest collections of fools on record.”

— Major Ralph E. Hamilton, WW2 Veteran, 1976

Graham Hancock: “Ancient Mysteries”

Hancock discusses, among other ideas, the possibility that the ancients of remote antiquity understood and encoded into myth and architecture a process called the “precession of the equinoxes,” a subtle astronomical phenomenon that completes one cycle in about 26,000 years.  Ancient Mysteries Video










Pyramids at Giza, Egypt



The Real Matrix’s Hidden Truth

The Real Matrix’s Hidden Truth

By Peter J. Denney

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because no one will see it.”  -Mahatma Gandhi

“I would know the whole of the truth and make preparation for it.” –Patrick Henry

My neighbor, Frank, and I were chatting outside his house the other day. He’s become well aware of my passion for researching and writing on issues which are reported on television, and how I often offer “outside-the-box” perspectives on both past and current events. He has never taken me up on any of my challenges to check out my sources, and, most of the time, we simply agree to disagree.

We both agree, however, that the movie “The Matrix” is still one of the best “sy-fy” movies ever made. Frank has watched it several times. So, on this day, I decided to use this movie as a metaphor while we discussed our usual array of topics. Recently, he has come to suspect that something isn’t quite right, that maybe we are being mislead on some topics like the economy, for example. He’s begun to worry about his 401k…if it will be there for him and his family. “That’s the thorn in the back of your mind,” I replied, quoting the character Morpheus in the movie. I left him thinking that maybe he’s right to be suspicious…

Entire article here:

Money Supply Chart-Federal Reserve Bank from 1960 to 2010                                      

(good luck, all you economics whizzes)

Money Supply Chart

Darryl Jefferson speaks on being homeless in Sacramento

One morning, as my wife’s Buddhist group was engaged in its weekly food distribution to the houseless residents of north Sacramento, I decided to interview a few of those who were willing to talk. I didn’t have much luck until Darryl Jefferson rode by on a bike and asked him if he’d considered telling a little about his world.

Please listen to what Darryl has to say about homelessness and living on the street: