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The Occupied Nation show airs every Thursday Night at 7 pm on Activate Radio activatemedia.org

Occupied Nation has been broadcasting since 2012 on Occupy Boston Radio, and now on Activate Radio activatemedia.org. The show is centered around politics/social justice issues that affect people worldwide.   At the moment the show is being retooled! If you would like to be a part of the production of the show going forward, please contact me 🙂

Marijuana in Massachusetts: An Assault in Progress

By: Patrick Wilson

With Marijuana now legal in Massachusetts, Bob Deleo and cronies are spending the weekend trying to figure out how much corruption they can inject into the mix as well as jacking the tax rate to an unaffordable level.

I personally am still excited about the idea of the homegrow. I find myself wondering which of the communities that make up Boston will grow ‘Bostons Finest’. I’m wondering what unique environmental factors will make the marijuana grown in Massachusetts stand apart from the rest? With the socioeconomic and racial divides that exist and are expanding under our current state and municipal administrations I feel that communities like Newton, Wellesley and Cambridge may have an unfair advantage. I also believe that innovation will take place somehow to make it possible for Boston’s forgotten communities to grow something magical 🙂  I’m imagining something from Mattapan, Roxbury or Dorchester.

Unfortunately, Charlie Baker, Bob Deleo and Marty Walsh seem to be doing everything they can to delay and fix the system so that people of color and other marginalized groups have no access or seat at the table when it comes to marijuana in Massachusetts.

The good news is that right now, you do have a voice. You have an opportunity to speak up and demand that the consumers and patients are considered and put before huge corporate interests. Here’s what you can do today!

Please call your local state representatives and senators and tell them

1. don’t jack the tax

3. don’t touch homegrows

3. don’t allow city opt-out without voter approval

People can look up who their representatives and senators are at this link: http://www.wheredoivotema.com/

Binaural Beats: Any Science to it?

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By: Patrick Wilson

Both the body and the mind can take a beating in the lifestyle of an activist. If you’ve been involved with doing something to make the world a better place, you’ve undoubtedly learned to function on two hours sleep on a regular basis. You very likely have some level of PTSD in being confronted with human atrocities. Viruses like the cold or the flu seem to attack between projects. And when you finally get to a spot when you can sleep, you want to sleep for days. And yes, I think depression is a normal thing in the activist’s world.

There are three things that I like that can help both physically and mentally. Yoga, meditation, and marijuana each have positive health benefits that are proven. Marijuana has become legal to use in Massachusetts and yoga is amazing at easing some of the aches and pains that we get along the way. I think it’s interesting to learn of different ways to meditate. Some involve chanting in one of several old languages. Other methods involve bells or bowls that create audible tones that one can concentrate on.

Earlier this year I was looking for something relaxing to listen to that would help me be able to slow things to a point and then sleep. I tried the environmental ones, but I can open a window and get that. The chanting ones were good, but then I came across Binaural Beats. I’ll admit that the incredible claims made me skeptical enough to listen.

I never believed that listening to a different frequency in each ear would give me any feelings of euphoria, nor would it cure whatever ails me. My thought was just that one could experience a placebo effect with something like this, but nothing drastic. I did find it interesting and relaxing. The ones that I liked cleansed the 7 chakras with different frequencies. I live in a state that has legalized recreational and medical marijuana use. So for me the combination of an indica, the binaural beats, and some meditation led to a good nights sleep.

 

This video worked best for me, as far as being able to relax and slow down. You don’t have to really concentrate on anything, just listen. With the headphones on this allowed me to clear my mind of all that trump might have done on that day. Morning came too early as usual.

Look out for Pt. 2: Binaural Beats – The Science

ON 12152016

 

Occupied Nation Show 121516
Host: Patrick Wilson
Guest: Maya Shaffer

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