Packed, maskless rallies and marches are Covid super-spreader events. Though less young people are dying, they still spread Covid to others. More spread equals more deaths. See map of world vaccination rates by country. Many events are virtual online events.
31 Mar 2021: New York Becomes 15th State To Legalize Marijuana.. "Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Wednesday [March 31, 2021] ... The legislation automatically clears the records of those with past marijuana-related convictions ... State lawmakers passed the legislation mainly along party lines late Tuesday, [clueless Republicans opposed it]."
22 Jan 2021: Recreational marijuana sales kick off in Arizona.. "Recreational marijuana sales have started in Arizona, with many of the state's medical-marijuana dispensaries getting the OK on Friday [Jan 22, 2021] to open sales to anyone 21 or older. ... It is the fastest that any of the 15 states with recreational marijuana has gone from voter approval [Nov 3, 2020] to actual sales."
15 Jan 2021:Local Massachusetts Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Psychedelics Decriminalization Measure. "Oakland, Santa Cruz and Ann Arbor—have also decriminalized possession of plant-and fungi-based psychedelics. In Oregon, November’s election saw the passage of a historic initiative to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic purposes. ... Much of this reform progress can be traced back to Denver, which became the first city in the country to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in May 2019."
Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."
"By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries".
US federal minimum wage timeline below. Top line is adjusted for inflation. Middle class prosperity peaked under Truman and Roosevelt in the 1950s due to steep progressive taxation where the middle class paid less. And the minimum wage was increased. That also pushed up middle class wages.
10 Jul 2018: National (US) Pay Trends. "Since 2006, wages have risen 12.9 percent overall in the US. But when you factor in inflation, real wages' have actually fallen 9.3 percent. In other words, the income for a typical worker today buys them less than it did in 2006."
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
Overpopulation equals less greenspace, more stress, more pollution, less biodiversity, less rainforests, fewer parks, more noise, more carbon dioxide, more global warming, higher seas, more frequent hurricanes, more climate change, more drought, more climate refugees, less resources, more poverty.
Many clueless Republican leaders deny it all. They also block simple single-payer, public-option healthcare without deductibles, copays, and premiums. Something that seniors, and everybody else with health problems, needs in order to work part time as one is able. Healthcare completely separate from work and income level.
So dumbass politicians need to work on that instead of trying to incentivize more babies. And truly universal healthcare costs less since it encourages more preventive care, and doesn't need big wasteful health insurance bureaucracies. And politicians need to incentivize more hempcrete construction, so that carbon levels go down.
"The media in Guyana reporting that a Rastafarian group in Guyana staged a small demonstration near the country's Home Affairs Ministry on Thursday [May 6]. The rastas had earlier been prevented by police from marching through the streets of the capital, Georgetown."
The Guyana Rastafari Council says it will join a worldwide march next month to urge countries like Guyana, where the use of the ‘holy herb’ in small amounts is a crime, to change their laws. ... Vice President of the Guyana Rastafari Council, Ras Simeon, said that the use of certain amounts of marijuana should be allowed in Guyana, so that the Rastafarian community may have free use of its “holy herb”. He said that the current policies of Guyana regarding the issue are seen by the religious sect as “an infringement of ethnic rights”. “We have made a petition to Parliament for them to review the narcotics laws so that we, as Rastafarians, may be able to enjoy the sacramental use of the ‘holy herb,’ and so that the medical uses of marijuana can be administered freely to those who need it,” Simeon said. He added that Rastafarian communities worldwide will participate in a grand ‘Ganja March,’ from May 1 to May 8, to petition governments to decriminalise the use of up to one ounce of the drug. “We are a registered organisation and we deserve free access to the ‘holy herb’ to give us spiritual strengthening and to allow the free practice of our culture,” the vice president said.
Caribbean Rastafarians meet in Guyana. Caribbean Net News. August 18, 2008 article. "Chairman of the Council, Ras Simeon Sahele Selassie, called on all Rastafarians throughout Guyana and the Caribbean to attend and make the programme successful for the future development of the Rastafarian community in the Caribbean as a whole."