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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Oh Cannabis: Welcome To 2019!


Welcome to 2019! It's hard to imagine. Sounds like a science fiction movie, eh? But for me each year has been the same, since ... oh, let's say 1984! 

Sadly, the news headlines nowadays daily reveal that our truly dystopian future is also a very real horror show. Very Orwellian. A totally perverse brave new world too. Hardly what I expected, as a baby boomer, back in the day. 

Still, this is the indisputable reality. The one by which we live and die, every day of our lives, in real time, while the hands of the clock tick tock off the seconds, minutes and hours of our daze.

My blog site's been up and running for over 7 years now. The counter top right of your screen shows that I hit the one million reader mark long ago. That was my original goal. A personal gold record of sorts. Some folks tally up points with online video games. This is how I amuse myself instead. 

Then one day I checked out Google Analytics. Wondering, when is a million hits, a million hits? What's a reader? Who's a bot? How many of you take but a quick look then leave. Or read my blogs all the way through?

I continued an extra half million hits for good measure. Then more and more. Still wondering if I've reached one million real readers yet? I might never know. It's near impossible to figure out!

Then again it doesn't really matter much really. I write. That's just what I do. 



My blogsite began in 2011 as a teacher free speech site. Focusing on current events, social justice, civil liberties, educational issues and my political activism, as a Toronto high school teacher and union rep. After I retired in 2013, it slowly morphed into a cannabis activism site along much similar lines, using my same skills set. But now I work for nobody but myself. I'm completely independent. The focus remains on a progressive mindset. On seeking a better way forward through developing some real alternative mindsets to the craziness, the mediocrity and the mundane in the world at large, as I see fit.

You'll also find travel blogs posted here because I love to travel a lot. Expand my horizons in many different ways. There's lots on music and entertainment because I was a radio programmer and DJ in another of my life lines too! Then there's the focus on media literacy and counter culture [with a capital "K"] issues. All of these are, as always, still a big part of my framework of reference here on the site.



These links are listed in my Teacher Free Speech Archive right on the top left of your screen; the good, the bad and the ugly. Including the story of the sell out of the Ontario teacher protest movement vis a vis the OECTA MOU of 2012. The successful Canadian civil disobedience struggle resulting with legalization in 2018. The ongoing going fight against Prohibition 2.0. And so it goes and on and on and on....

Over time, I've narrowed down my blog writing into two main features; Teacher Free Speech News and Views and Oh Cannabis. I also post single or two and three part features on different topics and initiatives that help forward my site's progressive agenda. But being retired now, I like to relax. I write less. Much more selectively. Only picking and choosing whatever interests and excites me. Really turns my crank. 

So what are my site plans for the year ahead? Well, I plan to stay the course, though not so rigorously. Let's just say, I've got my gold record. 1,560,261 hits is pretty good for a blog site. No matter what that really adds up to in the cyber sense, or lack thereof. 

This blog site helps me organize my life and times in a meaningful sense. Provides a creative and intellectual outlet. Employs the skills set I've tried to develop over the years. Keeps me active. Moving forward. It's also how I see our life and times. 

Whatever. Like I said, I write. That is what I do. Pretty much always have. Always will. 

Perhaps in some small way, for you the reader, it'll also prove helpful. Insightful. Encouraging others not to give up the good fight for a better world too. Hopefully, above and beyond the awful mess and mass confusion that we see swirling all around us. 

If not? Perhaps its the last of my youthful optimism. I don't want to ever give up hoping and fighting for a better world, like we did back in the day.

Love it or hate it! Take it or leave! But I hope you stick along for the ride .....

Indeed, 2019 promises to be very interesting year! But I ramble. Some blogging notes:




The Straight Goods: Teacher Free Speech News y Views!

Teacher Free Speech News y ViewsUnder the influence! Above the ignorance! I plan to continue these current event blogs as quarterly, ongoing posts, adding onto and developing them as need be. This year, the Trump shit storm south of our border is about to finally hit the fan! Big time! 

New year's finds the Dems about to take control of the House. Hold him accountable. Feet to the fire. Most every aspect of the Trump administration, even the Donald himself, will be under close scrutiny and investigation. Expect plenty of big surprises! Plus lotsa nasty, MAGA splatter! 

In Canadian politics, PM Trudeau's Neo Libs face the divided CPC Neo Cons during the fall federal election. Lots of important questions need to be asked. Many timely, critical issues raised. But don't hold your breath! Especially with Jagmet Sing's NDP all but MIA!

In Ontario, Premier Ford's majority government is headed to disastrously go off the rails. His honeymoon is over. But the political good fight to follow will make the Harris Year's look like a piece of cake. The OLP has been decimated. The NDP "opposition" just haplessly spinning it's wheels. Watch for Ford to soon ruthlessly target the province's teachers. Their contracts expire this year. It's pure red meat for the party faithful. Are the teacher unions up to the fight? This could be very painful. Devastating. The infighting too. OECTA Provincial in particular had better watch out, as they reap what they have sown. Remember -there's no more Liberal butt to kiss ....




Cannabis Activism: Oh Cannabis News y Views!

Oh Cannabis: In Canada, legalization aka Prohibition 2.0 is turning into one, huge, legal mess. It'll take years to make it's way through the courts. Get sorted out. Pardons? Impaired driving charges? Apartment and condo pot bans? Edibles? Recreational sales? Med pot rights? Expect many, seemingly endless, critical and mind boggling legal challenges to be launched, in the year ahead ...

Oh Cannabis will continue to champion medical and recreational cannabis rights as a civil liberty issue. Also to fight the corporate weed agenda. And seek constructive, counterculture alternatives for we small time, everyday folk, whom somehow always seem to get lost in the mix ....

Remember: Guest blogs are always welcome! Don't be shy if you too have something important to say!




Lots More @davidchiarelli

Also, my Twitter news service will continue to provide plenty of links on all of this and more, including any other issues that will invariably arise. Along with lots and lots of good stoner tunes, videos and movies too!

Stay tuned!

Pax/
Solidarity!

David C.

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