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My Friend, Arthur: Formerly the Planet’s Biggest Dope Trafficker

9 Mar

My Friend, Arthur: Formerly the Planet’s Biggest Dope Trafficker

By Nate Thayer

Arthur Tonzone was, in his arguably misguided youth, the biggest  international drug trafficker  on earth. He also, I feel I have confidently confirmed, a great fucking guy. Arthur contacted me a couple weeks ago and said we had, sorta, crossed paths a few years back. “I know who you are,” he wrote me out of the blue. “We know many of the same people.”At the time he was smuggling 5 tons of marijuana from Cambodia to the U.S., a career path which had allowed him to intimately get to know a good portion of the planet from Jamaica to Thailand to Cambodia.

It didn’t, as these things tend to do, follow a happy script from there forward. Like many of our youthful choices, his story included a less than happy interval, but not ending.

Arthur was arrested and thrown in one of the worst hell holes on earth—T-3 political prison in Phnom Penh. He was only released into the custody of U.S. federal agents who took him back to the U.S. and to federal penitentiary, where he had the unfortunate, or perhaps enlightening, experience, where he then spent a far from pleasant further chunk of time.

He obviously recovered from his legal unpleasantness, because he wrote a book about all this.

Arthur is pissed off, for perfectly good reason. So he did what free people do when they are free—he objected.

His book, “Herb Trader”, which Arthur sent me by mail last week, is a riveting tale of his life. It is brutally honest, it is tragic, it is inspiring, and, as far as I can tell, spot on correct.

Arthur was a dope trafficker. Arthur is a very good man. I am glad to count him amongst my newer friends, despite the fact he claims we crossed paths while he was smuggling dope and I was tracking Pol Pot in the jungles of Cambodia:

Here is a portion of our correspondence this morning: Continue reading

Thayer Targeted by Dangerous, Volatile Social Media Campaign in Case of Mistaken Identity

5 Dec
Sarah Noble Accuses Thayer of 'Making me Cry'. Crisis Spirals Towards Disaster

Sarah Noble Accuses Thayer of ‘Making me Cry’. Crisis Spirals Towards Disaster

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“Nate Thayer” Sparks Near Tragic Incident Over Mistaken identity

Known Protagonist Katie Lovell Fits Profile of Security Threat

Known Protagonist Katie Lovell Fits Profile of Security Threat

Thayer Targeted by Dangerous, Volatile Social Media Campaign in Case of Mistaken Identity: Narrowly Misses Clear and Present Danger of Irate Gang

I was alarmed to see I had received a tweet this evening from one Kalie Lovell ‏@its_klove who tweeted “Remembering that nate thayer called me a bitch today #almostcried #youarethebitch #rude”

To which one Sarah Noble chimed in another Tweet: “@narahsoble @its_klove he made me cry once haha “

Miss Lovell’s tweet was “liked” and retweeted by 9 other separate, nubile looking, young attractive in that surly- gum snapping-rolling-one’s- eyes-sorta-way, lasses.

My mind raced at the entirely credible plausibility of some hazy misconduct of mine being responsible for the organized public campaign by this small army of enraged and unpredictable antagonists, of which the plausibility was only exceeded by the corollary I had completely forgotten the incident.

This would have been consistent with the fact that such prior transgressions were committed during self induced conditions of impaired memory which previously and some would argue frequently contributed to my having failed to recall my actions for a period of a number of hours. This process of reconstructing events usually began the next morning, and accelerated exceedingly slowly as the next day progressed.

After a cursory bit of sleuthing, I discovered the aggrieved young Miss Lovell is a 15 year old high school student at R.W. Traip Academy, Class of 2014 in Kittery, Maine. Which would make her both about 15 years old and a female, a volatile and unpredictable of crossed circumstances virtually guaranteed combustible at considerably less of a spark than being called a “bitch”.

Among her very long list of other teenage Facebook friends one surly looking “Nate Thayer” of  approximately the same age as his frightingly profiled antagonist and her posse, are from the same town, and apparently students at a nearby other high school.

I am confident that is sufficient evidence that my already unmanageable list of persons to whom I must supplicate myself making amends for past boorish behavior remains crested at its current already altogether distracting and daunting number.

I am very pleased that bullet missed me.

 

 

 

 

New Edition Of ‘Bible Of Psychiatry’ Combines Witch Doctor Hocus Pocus With Boneheaded, Unsupported Diseases in the Service of For-Profit Dope Dealers Industry

4 Dec

Please Stop Telling Me How I am Given Permission to Fuck, What I should Like When I do, With Whom to do so with, How Often I should Enjoy It, and Injecting Your Religious Fairy Tales as a Guidebook. And Quit selling your Soul to be in the Service of the Legal Dope Dealers While Telling me What Makes me Insane. And Please Stop Stigmatizing Children by Telling them Something is Wrong With Them. And while you are at it, fight to end the stigma against the very real serious mental illnesses and figure out a way to make affordable treatment for them possible

New Edition Of ‘Bible Of Psychiatry’ Combines Witch Doctor Hocus Pocus With Boneheaded, Unsupported Diseases in the Service of For-Profit Dope Dealers Industry

By Nate Thayer

Revisions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the Bible of psychiatry put out by the American Psychiatric Association, were released today. Thank God they didn’t have these in my youth. I would still be incarcerated. It is the 5th revision of the DSM.

The revision, announced Saturday, has been more than a decade in the making and included input from more than 1,500 experts in all walks of medicine in 39 countries. The changes to the DSM  are updates to “what we consider psychopathology” said a spokesman for what are officially recognized diseases.

Let me make clear, the stigmatization, lack of medical insurance and therefore treatment and resulting unspeakable suffering that goes untreated for the mentally ill is despicable and criminal.
Let me also make clear that many of these boneheads leading the medical profession on mental illness simply have no idea what they talking about, injecting social mores as the basis of defining illness, far too many in the pocket of the billion dollar dope dealing industry, who just happen to have done the research to create a medication for something they then pay politicians to newly define as a disease, so they can reap billions from the equally despicable insurance industry, drugging with chemicals many of which have horrific side effects, and basing this from little more than hocus pocus.
And these people are stigmatizing children and the different instead of celebrating them.

And far too often blaming the real sufferers for their very real mental illnesses as being their own fault.
In effect too often telling the wrong people how they can think and how they can fuck or they are officially diseased.  And ignoring the real suffers while they work in the paid service as pimps and they are in the service of the drug companies who them make billions out of drugging far too many with new concoctions they just happen to have ready to treat these new diseases.

To which these private for profit legal dope dealers get reimbursed from insurance companies, who use the DSM as THE guideline.
The fourth and previous edition has been in effect since 1994. The Third Edition came out in the 1970’s.

Those ones brought us a host of now discredited ‘diseases’ and a generation of legally doped up children and relegated the lives of thr truly suffering to cockamamie theories and unnafforbale treatments, most of which there is precious little data to show that they are effective, why, or what the often more debilitation side effects are.

And in this DSM edition, for instance, dyslexia was not dropped from the manual, as was the expectation. Dyslexia is a disease for those who have been diagnosed with an inability to read and write with sufficient acumen.

As I was diagnosed with that at age 12, obviously, given my career choice and modicum of success, I take exception with some pretty strong personal research.
Sorta like my 9th grade English teacher giving me a failed grade for using the word “and” to begin a proper and acceptable sentence. And to whom I say:“And fuck you.”
Which brings me to the next category in the APA unimpressive history of attaching pathos to sexual predilections.
On the plus side one leading contender for new diseases that got cut from the team is “hypersexual disorder,” otherwise known as sex addiction. If you have that, you are still not technically insane.

That is depending on HOW much you like to Fuck, how you prefer to do so, and with whom and in what manner.
One APA doctor explained that if one  really, really, like sex A LOT it is a “symptom of other disorders, such as personality disorders.” “Hypersexual disorder” now comes under the rubric in the new DSM manual under the a new category for  “behavioral addictions.”
Also, “gender identity disorder” is now “gender dysphoria,” which means “emotional distress over one’s gender.”

Defenders say it is akin to removing homosexuality as a mental illness in the diagnostic manual, which happened in the 3rd Edition of the DSM by these same people. Which means being Gay WAS a disease according to this stellar cabal of clueless boneheads when I reached puberty.
Other major changes in the new APA DSM-5 included:
•    Binge-eating disorder is now an official diagnosis. A psychiatrist who is a critic of the new DSM says this:”Excessive eating 13 times in three months is no longer just a manifestation of gluttony and the easy availability of really great tasting food.”  But the APA says the change “better represents the symptoms and behaviors of people with this condition.”
•    Children with persistent irritability and frequent tantrums (three or more a week for over a year) will receive a diagnosis of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. The APA says this addresses concerns about the over-diagnosis of ADHD.  ADHD was a disease created out of –I don’t know just out Poof! In 1994. Now tens of millions of children are force fed by legal dope dealers for a disease that really is a compendium of symptoms otherwise known as childhood for most diagnosed. And now the APA is backing off that one. Critics say it will do the opposite, equating temper tantrums with mental disorders.
•    Skin picking will be a new disorder related to obsessive-compulsive disorders.
•    Hoarding is a new disorder that will describe “people with persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.”
•    Grief used to be considered normal in people with symptoms of depression lasting less than two months after the death of a loved one. Now such people may receive a diagnosis of depressive disorder. “This reflects the recognition that bereavement is a severe psychosocial stressor that can precipitate a major depressive episode beginning soon after the loss of a loved one,” the APA says. Critics say now “pills and superficial medical rituals” will replace “the deep consolations of family, friends, religion, and the resiliency that comes with time and the acceptance of the limitations of life.”
•    Substance-use disorder now combines the old categories of substance abuse and substance dependence. Critics say that now anyone who really really overdoes it once, is now in the same medical category as life time addicts.
The DSM affects millions of children and adults worldwide, is a major revenue force for drug companies, medical practitioners, and insurance companies, and is the guidebook for who gets treatment paid for and how schools decide to categorize children as special needs children.
Equating ‘problem children’ with diseased children is a common theme of critics, such as making recurrent temper tantrums into “disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.”Defenders say that it will address the problem of the increase of diagnosing tens of millions of children with Bipolar Disorder which was, you guessed it, was created by these same folks and made a disease in 1994. That diagnosis is now generally accepted to have been far too broadly applied, placing millions of children on serious medications , many with harsh side effects. Other say that making bad temper tantrums a disease with cut back on over diagnozise of Attention Deficit Disorder. Which was also created by these same folks as a disease in 1994.
Others say it will stigmatize kids with temper tantrums. The logic is that “too many kids (are) being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with powerful psychiatric drugs for the wrong illness.” Said one APA doctor in defending the new diseases: “We don’t know what these kids need. We suspect it’s something different than kids with true bipolar.”
The age cutoff for symptoms of  “the inattentive form of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)” has been increased to 14.

Binge-eating disorder has been promoted from a condition “needing further study” to a recognized medical condition, allowing medical insurance reimbursement.
A new disease called “disruptive mood dysregulation disorder,” which is “persistent irritability and frequent episodes of behavior outbursts three or more times a week for more than a year.”
While designed to cut back on diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder (which only became a disease in 1994, again by this cabal of charlatans), skeptics are concerned it just “medicalizes temper tantrums.”

“This is much more extreme than a tantrum,” offered one doctor. “There are definitely those kids where the tantrums and irritability are very chronic and very severe. A lot of kids who were captured by a bipolar diagnosis may be captured by this.”

Also there is the new diseases of “excoriation (skin-picking) disorder” and “hoarding disorder” which are now diseases under  “obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.”

Grief is now also a new disease on the block, explaining “bereavement is a severe psychosocial stressor that can precipitate a major depressive episode,” according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Something called “psychotic risk syndrome,” also was dropped from the final document, as was

Also, joining the fray is excessive “Internet gaming” which has been upgraded to medical conditions requiring “further research”, the precursor category to a full fledge recognized disease.

Mental Illness is far too pervasive, serious, stigmatized, untreated, and unaffordable to be left in the hands of these modern day witch doctors whom are in the employee of the very scum of unregulated capitalism.

Plus, stay the  fuck out of my bedroom. Let’s start with that.

As Sappy an Appreciation of Thanksgiving That Will Ever be Offered from a Grateful if a Bit Loopy American Citizen

22 Nov

As Sappy an Appreciation of Thanksgiving That Will Ever be Offered from a Grateful if a Bit Loopy American Citizen

Like most history, the American holiday of Thanksgiving has a whole catalog of competing theories, each with valid evidence driven data, as to its political and religious origins, what it actually celebrates, and its relationship with ethnic genocide of Native Americans.

Even where, when, and for what reason it is a holiday is popularly mythologized to fit the pre-determined ideological narratives of whomever is forwarding whatever.

In fact, it was not a national holiday initiated by Europeans pilgrims. It first became a national holiday celebrated tomorrow during the U.S. civil war in 1863—200 years later.

And today, it is a phenomena mostly associated with encouraging consumer spending–the starting day for its more jet fuelled, seemingly endlessly hyped sister holiday of enforced Capitalist excess, guilt tripping the masses into spending into debt—Christmas. The day after Thanksgiving is a national shopping orgy, the busiest consumer purchasing day of the year.

That said, for most everyone, in reality it is a day for Americans to relax and do whatever they coose with whomever they choose to share that with. It is a time to fraternize with loved ones, eat in excess, watch excessively promoted sporting contests where extra large people beat each other up as the modern equivalent of Roman gladiators, and celebrate the too often unrecognized good fortunes Americans have been bequeathed in abundance.

We really don’t think about that whole uncomfortable matter of modern histories most successful ethnic genocide, where about 95% of the Native American population was exterminated as Europeans took control of North America.

And really, no ones history is not marked with egregious behavior.

I, for one, feel lucky and proud to be an American, and give thanks for that, despite my countries numerous faults, challenges, and wholesale mistakes. Mainly because I can bleat as loudly and often  and uninformed and randomly as I choose in objection, have the political rights and protection to not be shot doing so, and actually have an effect on policy. I could only wish such a system on the rest of the planet.

The First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving was given by the Continental Congress in 1777 from its temporary location in York, Pennsylvania, while the British occupied the national capital at Philadelphia. Samuel Adams drafted the final version:

“ FOR AS MUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased, in so great a Measure, to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with most signal success: It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these UNITED STATES to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole: To inspire our Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE: That it may please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase: To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth “in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost. And it is further recommended, That servile Labor, and such Recreation, as, though at other Times innocent, may be unbecoming the Purpose of this Appointment, be omitted on so solemn an Occasion.”

George Washington, who led the American Revolutionary War, proclaimed a Thanksgiving in December 1777 as a victory celebration honoring the defeat of the British at Saratoga.

Then on September 24, 1789, the first House of Representatives voted to recommend the First Amendment of the newly drafted Constitution to the states for ratification. The next day, a New Jersey Congressman proposed that the House and Senate jointly request of President Washington to proclaim a day of thanksgiving for “the many signal favors of Almighty God”.

The fellow from Jersey said that he “could not think of letting the session pass over without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining, with one voice, in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings he had poured down upon them.”

In the first year that there was an American President in 1789, after we ousted our Imperial master, some guy named George in London, who as Imperialists go, wasn’t all that bad a guy, George Washington created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America:

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interposition of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.”–George Washington.

George Washington again proclaimed a Thanksgiving in 1795. President John Adams declared Thanksgivings in 1798 and 1799. No Thanksgiving proclamations were issued by the third president, Thomas Jefferson, but James Madison renewed the tradition in 1814 after the War of 1812 when the British got uppity and sacked Washington D.C., burning down the White House. Madison also declared the holiday twice in 1815.

However none of these holidays were celebrated for the bounty of a fall agricultural harvest, or were they held this time of year. They were more connected to religious and political celebrations or commemorations.

It wasn’t until the middle of the civil war which split the countries and caused horrific suffering and uncountable dead and wounded in the mid 19th century that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863.

That document reads: “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.” Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863.

It has only been since 1863, Thanksgiving has been observed annually as a national holiday in the United States.

I suspect that historical narrative will be far from the minds focused later today on televised football, and the stomachs filled to excess with the extraordinary bounty of not just food, but clothing, shelter from the elements, a durable absence of violence as a means of disputes over public policy, and endless opportunity accessible to every citizen regardless of how much money, guns, or political power one possesses. These taken for granted luxuries remain elusive to and the objective of far too much of the planet as the remarkable American political experiment continues, it’s latter chapters far from being written.

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