The adventures of Mary Jane on ICE

It’s now  firmly established that US agencies  have awarded themselves the power to shut down websites they don’t like, and which threaten the  financial well-being of the  world entertainment cartels, for whom they’re unofficial copyright enforcers.

Are they also unpaid? I doubt if we’ll ever find out whether or not some cleverly  surreptitious means has been found to recompense  them for their valiant efforts  for and on behalf of the corporate  entertainment industry complex,  with its many alphabetized ‘trade  associations and organizations, preeminent among which are  the RIAA  and MPAA, representing respectively, the  major record labels and Hollywood.

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They’re like evil octopuses  (octopi?)  with tentacles reaching into every nook and cranny, up to and including  our schools with the tacit approval  of our  local and national government administrations. judicial systems, and law enforcement agencies.

In the  name of the Great God Copyright they, in the US, and elsewhere they, and not  your elected representatives,  rule with rods of iron,  so it didn’t come as much of a surprise  when the news came that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wanted a US federal court to order the return of two domain names seized in the US government’s “fundamentally flawed” anti-copyright infringement campaign.

Central to the seizures was the entertainment cartel-inspired Combating Online  Infringement and Counterfeiting Act in the US Congress to “combat online infringement” and for “other purposes“.

Then came a statement from Mitch Bainwol, at  the time the principal US Big mouth-person for Vivendi Universal (France), Sony (Japan), EMI (Britain), and Warner Music’s (ostensibly US, but controlled by a Canadian billionaire) misnamed Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA).

“We congratulate Chairman Leahy and Senator Hatch for their leadership on this bill and to the Senate Judiciary Committee for its action today,”  he stated unctuously.

With the shut down of domain names of nine alleged ‘movie pirate’ sites, taxpayer funded copyright cops, acting for, and on behalf of, Hollywood and the Big 4 record labels, massively escalated their corporate-controlled attacks on P2P communities.

 Now for a brief digression …

Bainwol and the Big 4 were overjoyed by the appearance of COICA sponsored by the entertainment cartels’ Leahy and  Terminator Hatch;”  and so they should have been. It’d cost them and association owners  molto hard cash  and  many promises of ‘help’  in the future.

But let’s get back to those others.

“K2 Incense™ is a,  “unique and proprietary blend of natural botanicals, certain herbs and synthetic ingrediants (sic).

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“Together they form the ultimate mixture for enhanced meditation and other rituals. We recommend burning K2 Incense in a well ventilated area. You may be asking yourself what botanicals are in K2 Incense™?

“To a certain degree we keep it secret however some of the key ingrediants we will disclose including but not limited to Canavalia rosea, Ledum palustre, Leonurus sibiricus, Nelumbo nucifera and Clematis vitalba.”

That’s what it used to say on the  K2 webpage.   At least it did until  the US DHS   arrived on the scene . Now it  states  “this domain has been seized by the Department of Homeland Security,” neglecting to  mention under what authority, what act, or for what offense (s), precisely.

I couldn’t find anything which says  Ledum palustre, Leonurus sibiricus, Nelumbo nucifera and Clematis vitalba  are controlled substances.  and if the aim of the DHS/and its ICE teams  was/is to close down  sites dealing with  Mary Jane look-alikes, they failed dismally.

It doesn’t take rocket science  to find other webpages  extolling the virtues, of and selling online,  K2 and other ‘herbal smoke’ mixtures.

Obviously if you think about it, in combination  these arcane  mixtures are meant to mimic, if not duplicate at least, the effects of that sultry temptress,  Mary Jane. But if you want the real thing,  that too is relatively easy to come by, especially in BC.

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Whether or not THC  –– tetrahydrocannabinol –– the  psychoactive  ingredient in marijuana  is good for you or bad for you,  is an  open argument.  But there’s no question  it’s good for some people  with specific medical conditions, particularly those undergoing chemical treatment for cancer.

For them,  a toke a day keeps the nausea away  and acts as  an appetite enhancer, and although governments everywhere  are loosening up legislations restricting or banning  marijuana, as far as I’m aware,  it’s never been proven  that America has the right, or authority,  to unilaterally close down any website in  a foreign country  that it deems inappropriate on whatever grounds.

However, the Obama administration  seems to be under the impression  it can do whatever  it likes whenever it likes, wherever it likes, and it isn’t until the likes of  a Snowden or Manley  turn up  what it’s caught red-handed doing  all along what it’d  been accused of, but  strenuously denying,  for decades.

Stay tuned

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