INTRODUCTION:

Welcome to BobKat's Lair ®

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A lair is a home; A castle; A burrow; A haven; a place where one should feel safe. To ensure our safety especially in one's lair, we have laws. And some laws cause more harm than good!

This is a good place. There's lots to see and do. It's apolitical while providing non-partisan news about politics, which we can't escape.

Check out my aquarium and feed the fish; check out my post(s), my favorite media list and the many links to websites that promote what I feel is important.

Time for the awakening...

That is what my goal is here... to present topics which highlight the plight of people. Why, 2000 years after Caesar Augustus, are we still a people being hurt? With all our advancements in technology, medicine, communications, why are we a people still being hurt? Human nature hasn't changed much, but that doesn't mean it isn't time now for that to happen, and it is undoubtedly happening - hard to see however. This blog is part of that change and a witness to it.

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May 30, 2015

MENTAL HEALTH, MARIJUANA, MORALITY AND MORTICIANS...

I should have, would have done a lot of things differently if I had my life to live over again. I don't. None of us do.

I'm certain now that I would have become a mortician.



As everyone knows, being a mortician means there's no shortages. You're never out of a job and I would imagine it's peaceful work.

Peaceful is good.

Mental health: I've seen therapists since HS. Seriously on my own around age 20. I learned one hard lesson however - that many people with mental health issues never seek treatment. As my mother once said, "Only sick people seek help for a mental illness".



The old ways believed mental illness was the exception to the norm. Mental illness is not like a bug or disease. Something dreadful must have triggered it, and most people would avoid and shun the person. They were locked up in asylums. Called crazy. Insane. 

For a normal person today to admit to a mental health issues is like asking them to accept and admit they are seriously flawed! How sad, that is not the truth.


Although the masters of mental health: Jung and Sigmund Freud...



Mental health is scary stuff... going nuts! The fact is in the mid-70's mental health treatment saw a renaissance. Self-help books numbered in the thousands and people in there 20's and 30's devoured them... many also took advantage of the new wave of therapists. This was not true of those who were older, who still saw mental health as a shameful condition.

I find today that the majority of people still have a hard time discussing mental health when compared to the flu or common cold. Still I'm optimistic... For all those who do see a therapist, seek medical help, discover herbs that help, this comic makes me laugh:





This one doesn't... 




How insane is it that that there is a naturally grown plants that has so many therapeutic and medical uses, and it's still damned today by namely, our federal government, as the most dangerous, useless and addictive drug on the planet. Presidential hopefuls for the most part thrive on anti-marijuana campaigns. Despite nearly a hundred years of modern experience and 10,000 years of empirical history proving marijuana is not the dangerous, gateway drug it's still proclaimed to be, by marijuana prohibitionists, exactly what it's not. It's like parents who refuse to vaccinate their children... with a mountain of scientific proof it's safe and effective. 

The most likely antagonist is mental comparisons of marijuana to alcohol, tobacco and hard drugs. Marijuana scientifically, mentally and medicinally is in it's own class. It does not make one drunk; it does not increase a high with more doses. It is not physically addictive like tobacco. People commonly accept months or years without marijuana, many times detrimentally, but there is no "cold turkey". It's simply hard times without. No withdrawal.

As for any link to hard drugs... the link is obvious... it's generally bought on the black-market. Anything goes up for sale there.


May 23, 2015

420/720 - THE DIFFERENCE IS EXTRAORDINARY!




720 represents the time in the morning that Monday through Friday I must leave for work. 7:20AM.

420, oddly enough, many people don't know the meaning of it. But we'll get to that in a few minutes.

720 to many means - these days - killing themselves slowly at the job. I'm talking about a job where likely there are too many managers, too few workers. Many companies downsized around the great recession created by Wall Street around 2008. These companies created more upper level positions to "manage" workers and made the number of workers less. More for less... yet this was at the expense of promotions to manager. As if managers can satisfy clients, as it takes workers to do the job managers delegate.

The result is a dysfunctional, silent epidemic of disgruntled employees trying to do their job while being micro-managed by too many dysfunctional managers. Managers believe they're being screwed by workers, as clients are complaining of poor service. With fewer workers, and more disgruntled managers and CEO's it becomes a vicious circle. No one is happy!

The solution is obvious... downsize the number of managers and/or increase the size of the work-force.

Solutions... such an easy word to speak...

420... the bane of government leaders... but ironically so similar to 720.

Managers again with different titles. Now called governors, senators, representatives... our government.



Representatives to ensure the continuation of the "Greatest Democracy" on Earth, ever, by human beings.



And yet there's an easily cured cancer that has undercut this democracy. It has wreaked havoc on a subculture that goes back a 10,000 years. 420 is marijuana...

And although the problem is easily cured, the terms are unacceptable to "the managers".



The issue at stake appears to come down to one of "public safety". The purpose of a good government, as is true for managers of a company, is to ensure that employees have a safe environment in which to work and produce. The goal of government is to ensure that citizens are free and happy, productive and healthy. That the Constitution lives and represents the People.

Yet, during my entire life, marijuana has not only been illegal, it's also been the priority focus of those that "serve and protect" us. Our federal government still insists marijuana belongs in the Schedule 1 category, meaning it is one very dangerous plant without medical use and extremely addictive. Yet 23 states have legalized use as medicine, and 3 states and several cities have outright legalized use.

Recent news was about a man convicted of growing/cultivating marijuana... in prison, father is on his deathbed. When the man requests leave to visit his father the state judge says no. There's the case of the child who revealed in DARE, that his mother uses licensed marijuana for a health reason - the state took the child away from his mother. The list is extremely long... and in my opinion, based upon my experiences from the past 60 years, it's a form of genocide.Infringement into and destruction of a whole culture.

The problem is again one of management and having the ability to see the light. No one is protected by laws that create an unsafe and unproductive environment. Marijuana prohibition is no different and under the circumstances - those based on sound, scientific studies, and many generations of empirical evidence, prove that marijuana prohibition is the crime, not the use of 420 itself.

To read more about 420, click here for a Wikipedia link: History of 420

The whole purpose of my blog is to Stop the Hurt... not rant and rave... to that end I simply say it like it is. The resolution is simple... but few of the managers want to implement the cure. Sad.





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April 21, 2015

Missed 420 by 1 Day... so what's New With That?

I celebrated 420 on FB... had hopes that day.

Ran out in fact and use it to treat my PTSD. Bummer :(

Well what we should know as Americans. A Federal Judge in CA ruled against our Constitutional right to use cannabis. The judge stated that Congress has a right to pass laws that are meant to protect public health and safety. The laws don't need to be validated by science, rational or based upon lucid experience in general.  The judge further stated that "experts disagree".

So let's put this into perspective.

Congress could pas a law tomorrow making it a serious crime to fart, even in your own home. They could claim it's a public health and safety issue. Experts would disagree. farting would become a federal offense,  the penalties steep. Trafficking likely would stay low, unless you farted at the border ... that would constitute interstate transfer of a dangerous fart.

Okay, enough with the farts...

When do experts not disagree? Seriously, that's rare. Isn't there a point at which the obvious facts become quite apparent and reasonable?

People are not jumping out of buildings in WA, CO and AK, not to forget several cities where cannabis is legal. You might read where crime has escalted, the truth is easy to find and the opposite is true.

Truth: people are experiencing medical relief from symptoms previously unsuccessful with chemical/pharmaceutical drugs.Several prominent doctors have come in support of cannabis.

Fallacy: marijuana makes one drunk. Marijuana is not alcohol. Period. There is no comparison, except one is safer - proven by many peer-reviewed studies.

Based on the can of beer I have it would appear alcohol is safer as the logo states: "...fit for the camp,Lake, BBQ,mountain, hike, picnic, beach, cooler, backpack, ... golf course..."

Really??

Only thing missing is car or truck.

So society and the federal gov't want to support that it's okay to bring alcohol to all these places but not marijuana? Experts do disagree... true... but there becomes a propensity of information, studies and personal experience where certain crimes are deemed obsolete.

I hope you'll agree the time is now.


March 29, 2015

RELATIONSHIPS... ARE THEY SO SIMPLE?

People. Relationships.


Are they so simple that as I sit here alone, and wish not to be, that I am suffering from a most humiliating condition? I'll call it isolation syndrome.


I wish I had some pictures of myself... I was fortunate to be a good looking male, a magnet and I didn't know it. I have had many relationships in my life. I'm presently single and have been for about ten years.

Do I want to be single, outside of a relationship? No.

Am I adapting? Yes.

But it's not what I'd choose to be,


It's my currently living situation where I've stayed too long.

Are relationships simple? Yes and no.

I can attest to the sense that Love is Elusive... but it's not. What we lack is confidence and as a result we settle for what may not work. If for one night, one week, three years or more, we have a tendency to pretend, as in we don't really communicate.

We're under a lot of pressure in society to mate - for a lifetime. Many of us grow up believing love is elusive and believing who we get is what we get. Oh, it's complicated.

The other person is perfect in the beginning, and we feel in love. We feel that this is it, our only hope - not even a hope - rather a dream come true.


Reality sets in eventually. The real work isn't finding a mate... it finding the correct one, the good fit. Then it's working together. Both need be present.

Likewise... relationships need not be permanent. Heck, they often don't last for long. A year, three years, more... they end. It can make one cynical.

I'm simply reflecting on 40 years of good relationships, no matter how or when they ended. The sex was good, the relationship was good. I just didn't have it in myself to say yes to marriage. Not that this is required, just that even today a relationship outside of marriage is not commonly accepted.

The relationship is not what's difficult. It's communicating that is difficult.

Simply reflecting...