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."
People met in Victoria Park around 4:20, at 4:30 they marched from Victoria Park to Central Park.
Tom Shapiro from the Sask Marijuana Party talked about the prohibition laws in Canada and how our government is ignoring scientific evidence and lying to the public. Jim Elliott from the Council Of Canadians, which is a Canadian sovereignity group, talked about trade agreements like The Security And Prosperity Partnership and how they put control over our legal system into foreign hands.
We had a sign and banner contest with lots of participants, prizes included a vaporizer from Head2Head novelties and "Weedhustler: The Board Game" provided to us for free by Doin' Deez Gamez Inc. We tried to have a lot of musical variety, but it's based on who shows up so we had a rapper who only did a 4 minute set and then we had 2 actual bands, both metal, The Archaeus and Bloodrich.
During Bloodrich's set, an elderly woman walked into the stage area and started attacking the band while they were playing. She was screaming for us to get out of her neighborhood. I kind of knew something like that would happen, and I tried to avoid it but I was trapped in this position. City Hall decided to stop issuing park use permits for Victoria Park, but didn't tell us until the last minute. We got one for Central Park and arranged to have a march from Vic to Central, which is only 3 blocks. But Victoria Park is surrounded by businesses, which are closed by the time the bands start, so it's never been a problem.
Central is surrounded by apartment buildings and a senior citizen's highrise. I told city hall it would be a problem, that we always had metal bands at our events because that's who plays for free, but they insisted.
Drums weren't even miked, p.a. was only for vocals, so everything was kept at the drum's level, literally as quiet as metal can be. So, yes, it was very loud.
We didn't get shut down. Police told us there were complaints but that we could keep it up until 10 if we wanted because we had our permit in order and we were in the right, but I tapered it off and ended it early, around 8:30, because the crowd was thinning out anyway, and to avoid pissing off the local community any more than I already was.
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.