...people of the Reggae!
Anyone that knows this man, would never say anything negative about him. He was positive and so full of life, a man who had just been married and with an extraordinary resume of activism! Makes you really question if this was really a suicide? Not a chance! I had the honor to be a friend and a humanitarian with Rick during my HSU days leading up to the 100th monkey and after. I was right there with him organizing with many others for this most remarkable experience for the betterment of our country, that continued on the dedicated work of the global anti nuclear movement at the Nevada Nuclear Test site. Then, in 1996, the United Nations General Assembly led by the overwhelming support by almost every country, except for 8 member states, adopted the UN Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty(CTBT).
Rick Springer was a tremendous being that gave a lot of service to the bettering of our communities and country. To start he helped bring attention to the plight of indigenous people, namely the Shoshone people, the violation by the US government of the Ruby Treaty. In addition, it was his vision, with the support of other strong leaders throughout this country and abroad, that led to the gathering of thousands of people to the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, under the name of a famous book by Ken Keyes titled "The 100th Monkey" (which Rick introduced to me). This Nonviolent campaign started in Las Vegas where we camped out for a few days, which led into a big protest at the DOE, first (ironically they had an office that happened to cross our path by pure circumstance), and then onward for a 5 day, 65 mile mass walk to the Nevada Nuclear Test Site. Upon arrival and with the permission of The Shoshone Tribe to be on their land, was one of, if not, the first solar powered stage with dozens of well respected international speakers, (a few renowned activists from Kazakhstan who supported us and pleaded, that the two superpowers, the US and USSR, would sign a treaty banning nuclear testing), and musical artists namely Sha Na Na (who were in Las Vegas at the time and just showed up to play in support), X, Mary's Danish, and Michelle Shocked to name a few, followed by a direct anti- nuclear testing nonviolent action at the Nevada Test site in conjunction with Earth Day 1992.
If you knew the significance of a golden eagle statue being given to Ronald Reagan by the National Association of Broadcasters, you might think differently. The golden eagle is a sacred symbol in native american culture and many tribes refer to the eagle as an earthly incarnation of the great Thunderbird spirit, along with the hypocrisy of genocide and violations to the Indigenous Peoples. At that very time people were also gathered at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site to try and stop the US DOE from exploding another nuclear bomb on our own soil. People's lives were endangered and this in my opinion should've been covered by the news media. But, as is for the most part, was censored like everything else. The fact that this country has detonated or bombed our own nation with more than 1000 nuclear warheads in the name of testing is excessive and senseless. During the Ronald Reagan administration many were. During this time as well, people were duped as was I as a young kid. We were told that Russia had more advanced and more nuclear warheads in their arsenal than us, the USA, (only later on was the truth revealed), and that Russia was an imminent threat (over exaggerated). As a kid, it was frightening to undergo nuclear drills in school much like an earthquake drill where you get under your desk.
My question is "If you know one bomb works what is the point of testing more?" So some people can earn a living and others can get rich? Can't we find some more useful way to use taxpayer money and create jobs that benefit the people of this country. In addition, all the atrocities associated with nuclear testing, that to this day, the effects of, still plague our nation. Whether the military in the 50s and 60s who were exposed to the heavy radiation, along with the tourists who would travel to Las Vegas for an atomic haircut or atomic beverage and watch nuclear bombs being detonated, the result has been the suffering of many people. To this day, the effects of nuclear testing in Mercury Nevada curse many communities surrounding the area leading up into parts of Utah and down into CA.
RIP Rick, thank you for all of your service. If you read this far than read the "100th Monkey" by Ken Keyes and Rick's book, to learn and be empowered some much more, as I have been.
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@Djromero. Jeff Joseph was not convicted by a jury, he also was never convicted of or even charged with sales to a minor. It was all bs to try to and make the public against medicinal marijuana. What Jeff was convicted of and he never even plead guilty to was 2 counts of marijuana sales, and 2 counts of money laundering. On these charges he did not even enter a plea of guilty, he plead no contest. Of course he was selling marijuana, he operated a marijuana dispensary. And in the state of California this is and was legal, he broke no law there. And on the money laundering it was because he accepted cash as a payment for the marijuana. Jeff did nothing wrong, the DEA wanted to shut down Californias medicinal marijuana stores and Jeff was one of the unfortunate ones who the feds used to scare people. And if you say oh well if he wasnt guilty he should not have plead no contest, he should ha e went to trial. Well its easy to say that when the feds are not threatening you with fifteen years if you lose. He had to plead no contest the feds dont lose they have too much money so he took the deal. Jeff Joseph was a good man who after seeing the benefits that medical marijuana provided his dying father decided he wanted to try to bring some relief to other sick people who needed relief. So to me this sums the whole situation up perfectly it goes like this: Alice realized the court room; with the icons of a justice system – a judge, jury, witnesses – was really a sham that mocks a legitimate legal process. To confirm her realization the King said after the meaningless secret poetry evidence, that it was “the most important piece of evidence” and “Let the jury consider their verdict.” The Queen retorts “No, no! Sentence first; verdict afterwards.”
Jeff never ran a rogue marijuana store. Jeff is my cousin and he had a medical marijuana collective in culver city that was legal. He is just one of the many that the federal government harassed about the whole medicinal marijuana thing. He never sold marijuana to anyone who was not legally allowed to have it. Here is an interview with him after the DEA raided his legal business and shot his dog. Jeff Joseph - Organica Medical Cannabis Collective. http://youtu.be/AtYK2qKsHRg
This is awefull! It is never okay to kill one species to "help" another! Humans have no right to decide who lives and who dies! I can't believe the usfws is supporting the slaughter of barred owls!
Great Job,Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau and to all who helped with the project.
Steve cools a punk bitch n local justice is a lame n i wish derick m
Payment plan for Mr Moneybags? Wow, times must be REALLY tough.
I hope I'm wrong and we see major changes in campus administration instead of the usual appointment of women to high ranking positions for their commitment to the status quo....for 75% of her male predecessor's compensation.
anyone asociated with a store knows Shoplifting like the poor is always with us--
And yet, the city attorney was comfortable circulating it?
If you fail to pursue this, it will become even more difficult to be taken seriously the next time Eureka circumvents the law, usually around election time.
An unharnessed driver can completely lose control quickly, and in the case of a rollover, people bounce around violently inside the vehicle and ejection is so often the outcome — invariably resulting in death. There is no excuse for driving without seatbelts.
Government is ruthless and relentless. It is a savage beast that will keep coming at you until you get tired of fighting it. Now go pay your taxes and feed the beast, keep on picking between sockpuppets that support and enable the beast.
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Jul 31, 2014
vol XXV issue 31
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