WEED on National Geographic Magazine !

WEED right there on the cover of my National Geographic Magazine. And the article was in a 'positive light' no less, even though initially I got the wrong idea with the blood red letters ~ 'W E E D' ~ which is like icing on the surprise, 'Reefer Madness' got spent fast like a joint of dry Mex, but to some this discovery may damn near be bong breaking. Oh my the magazine they grew-up with has even gone to pot. And here it comes ....."what is the message they are sending to the children! Next that damn leaf will be on 'Boys Life' and the boys and girl scouts will start sponsoring grow lessons. Did you hear that there is a strain called, 'Girl Scout Cookies! Oh my."

It is a very nice article, but when I was going through the 28 pages I had to check twice to see if I wasn't really looking at a 'weed mag' like 'High Times' or more like 'Treat Yourself ' not the National Geographic my grand mother bought me. Maybe that's why they had few bud shots and stoners and stayed more with the medical side of the burning bush than the recreational side.

There was just one bud shot, one shot of people smoking, one babe a vaping, and one large photo of a child getting a 'dropper' from her mother.  There are two grow shots, one bud tenders shot, one shot of a bunch of cash on the floor and two pistols and one shot of a dispensary worker behind jars of nugs, but there is one photo of two brothers that caught my eye and my interest that I have to include it here. I never knew that addicts were able to use Cannabis to remedy their addiction.

God, look at us!

God, look at us!  Our lands, oceans and rivers, once teaming with life that once nourished our bodies and souls are polluted to the point of no return. Jesus, now we have to farm fish! Our air isn't fit to breath and the greenery that had once rejuvenate our oxygen supply is continually being compromised for the need of fossil fuel. Because of this treatment to our home, our Earth, we are sicker than ever. We can't deny it any longer; we are truly reaping what we have sown for ourselves and future generations.

We are in our God's image. Whatever your beliefs are, or non-beliefs are, makes no difference, we get back how we have treated our fellow man, plants and animals, and we have gotten back how we have treated our Earth home. It makes no difference as to what corner of the Earth you call home or the name of your 'good book' you read or the church you attend if you attend any, we all are
one and depend on this symbiosis we have with Earth, for our survival. Always have, always will.

Our creator has many names but they, He, She or It or All That Is, would not and did not create this Earth with us, and all that are our neighbors on it, for this sickness and this devastation. For this unhappiness and ill-treatment of the Earth and of each other. Our 'throw-away-buy-new' mentality has brought us to this point of stagnation and evil.

"Synthetic drugs and foods are for synthetic people and animals. Ever meet any?"-JRH

Everything we will ever need is here on Earth and everything we will ever need is within us. Our bodies, like our dear Earth, are a well tuned organic instrument. We are not synthetic. We are not man made chemicals. And no-matter how hard we try to change this fact or how big our ego or 'our' government gets, we, with the Earth, are not created in man's image, but, dear one, the other way around.

And with the help of the internet we are able to communicate with others from around our great Earth home. We are able to learn and understand from others and their mistake and make a difference. No longer can big business and big government hide their mistakes from us. Now we all can keep tabs on them and when one person finds out something beneficial or something wrong they can instantly alert others with only a click of a button or a click of a 'mouse.'

Yes, it is a small world after all, and thank goodness, or thank God-ness for it. Our life and well-being depends on it. We certainly are what we eat, what we breath and what we are exposed to. Our children depend on our decisions we make today. We surly reap what we have sown.

Here is an excerpt from a book that has become my bible. And don't worry there is no killing in it. No genocide or ethnic cleansing in it. The only bad in it is how we've treated our Earth and our selves in the name of profit. We have certainly committed blasphemous acts against our God. Our Earth. Ourselves.

The Secret Life of Plants
Chapter 15
page 240

In the early nineteenth century an American of English descent named Nichols cleared hundreds of acres of rich virgin land in South Carolina, on which he grew crops of cotton, tobacco, and corn so abundant that with the revenue he built a big house and educated a large Family. Not once in his lifetime did he add anything to the soil.  When it became depleted and his crops dwindled, he cleared more land and continued his exploitation of the land.  When there was no more land to be cleared the family fortunes declined.

Nichols' son, grown to manhood looked at the poverty-stricken acreage and just moved west to Tennesse, where he cleared two thousand acres of virgin land, like his father he planted cotton, corn and tobacco. When his own son was grown to manhood, the land was once again so depleted from having living things taken from it and none returned that he moved on to Horse Creek in Marengo County, Alabama, there to purchase another two thousand acres of fertile soil and raise and family of twelve children on the proceeds, the town became Nicholsville; Nichols became the owner of a sawmillm a general store, and gristmill.  This man's son also grew up to see devastation where his father had grown rich. He decided to move further west and settled in Parkdale, Arkansas, where he bought one thousand acres of good land on the bayou.

Four moves in four generations. Multiplied by thousands, this is the story of how Americans raised food on a continent which was there for the taking.  The great- grandson of the original Nichols, together with thousands of other farmers, inaugurated a new era. After World War I he began my farming his new acreage, instead of just mining it, adopting the new government-recommended  artigicial fertilizers. For a time his cotton crops prospered, but soon he noticed that his pest population was much worse than it had bee.  When the bottom fell out of the cotton market his son Joe decided that medicine, not farming, was to be his career.

At the age of thirty-seven Joe Nichols was a full-fledged physician and surgeon in Atlanta, Texas, when he suffered a massive heart attack which nearly killed him.  He was so frightened that for weeks he gave up his practice to consider his situation.  All  All he had been taught in medical school, pluss opinions of his colleagues, suggested his prognosis was extremely doubtful.  There was no answer for his affliction beyond nitroglycerin pills, which alleviated his chest pains but caused equally pain headaches.  With nothing better to do than to leaf through the ads of a farming magazine, Nichols came across the line, "People who eat narural food grown in fertile soil don't get heart disease."

"Pure quackery! Quackery of the worst sore," said Nichols of the magazine, which was Organic Gardening and Farming. He through the magazine away but the line nagged at him. At the local library the librarians were helpful in bringing Nichols  books on nutrition. He also scoured the medical liturature , but could find no answer to what constituted natural food.

Now, more than thirty years later, Joe Nichols' thousands-acre farm near Atlanta, Texas, is one of the showplaces of the state; he has never again been afflicted with a heart attack. He ascribes both success to the advice which he took from Sir Albert Howard's book Agicultural Testament and Sir Robert Mc- Carrison"s Nutritional and Natural Health. On his farm, not another ounce of chemical fertilizer went into the land, nothing but natural compost.

Nichols realized that all his life he had been eating "junk food," food produced from poisoned land, food that had led straight to a massive heart attack. He remains convinced that the answer to metabolic disease, whether it was heart trouble, cancer, or diabetes, was indeed natural, poison-free food grown on organic fertile soil.

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How to be a Street Photographer

JR 'hittin the streets' in Scotland
These days it's sure a lot easier to be a photographer than when I started in the late sixties. And that goes for being a street photographer as well.

With digital replacing film, (still brings tears to my eyes) and a camera and/or video on every cell phone (smart or not) anybody can't help but being a photographer. And put this 'anybody' on the street and be at the right place on time, they will have a chance to shoot something worthwhile, memorable and meaningful. And with an automatic camera they can't loose. Point and shoot and, "hey I'm a street photographer."

It seems like a sacrilege to me, it's just too damn simple. Photographers these days just haven't paid the price as far as I'm concerned. Haven't had to worry about what the picture looks like and had to wait till they've developed it or had somebody else do it to find out. Haven't had those moments when you find out the whole roll is ruined because they had the wrong settings, no film in the camera or left the lens cap on. Haven't had those moments when they find out the developer or fixer was weak and they have to shoot over, if they are lucky. Hell, you probably took a picture of somebody on the street already or you're doing it right now as we 'speak' as it were. Or you've taken some photo's of 'cracks' or 'strange people' at Wal-Mart or somewhere, then posted it on Facebook.     
                                                                                                                                                                                                        JR 'hittin the streets' in Scotland

You're right on your way to be a street photographer, and to think you didn't even have an hour of lessons. Didn't even have to study the zone system. Didn't even have to study anything. Didn't even have to get up early and drudge through thigh deep snow to get to classes at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, like I did. It doesn't seem fair. But between you and me .... pssssss, over here by the deli on 42nd street, I think you guys are damn lucky. It's all 'spoon fed for ya, man. All ya gotta do is show the interest and look, then check-out Google for the answers. (should be called 'Lord Google')
You could do it all yourself, unless you really need to pay a profe$$or to tell you that you're a photographer now and am able to go out and do it yourself. There's a saying, "those who do, do, those who don't, teach." The internet can be your teacher and you wouldn't even have to sign up for any on-line courses. Keep the expenses down so you can purchase some good equipment, unless you want to use only your cell phone. That's a cool idea. Go with it. There are only your own doubts to hold you back.

I would venture to say that all photo journalists are street photographers. We are simply capturing a candid image that comes into view. The timing and pre-visualization is everything, but more the timing than anything else. When you get on to it and being comfortable with your camera and your surroundings is when the pre-visualization will kick in. It will become second nature. You'll know what to expect, then you will be able to judge and position yourself, and camera correctly. Like a sports photographer, you'll be able to look at a situation or play and tell what will 'most likely' happen next because it's happened before like that. And there's always the unexpected, and these times are what make street photography so enjoyable.

But if you can't handle surprises and aren't the type to 'go with the flow' or 'bloom where you're planted,' then studio photography may be more of your speed. Or if you want to make a living, these other branches of photography may be more conducive for your needs, and your checking account. Street Photography is something you have to love to do. Something you do in your spare time, like Vivian Maier was a full-time Nanny. On her days off she grabbed her camera and hit the streets. God love her.

The first two street photographers I heard about in school was Robert Frank and Diane Arbus. Later on I came across Weegee. All three were an inspiration to me. But all three are a bit 'gritty' for my digestion. 'Hard-core' or 'moody' or 'depressing' are other terms I get from their work. And Arbus killed herself, talk about being 'into' her work, her passion.

I have to warn you..... fellow photographer, before you run out to the street and stick a camera in somebody's face. There are people, not so many, that don't like to have their picture taken. Some for their religious reasons. Please be courteous and kind. If you get the feeling or catch some animosity or jealousy in the air either move on without the shot, or ask if they mind, or sneak one. Most people have told me that they don't mind. A few will ask for money before. And there was one that chased me down the street, but I think he just wanted my camera. Since then I covered the 'Nikon' or 'Canon' logo on my camera. And please don't hang-around someplace after you shoot a picture. Shoot and move on. Don't give anybody of bad intent time to figure you out or tell others about you or your location. That could be one of the main reasons I am most times shooting the backs of people for my picture book 'Backs Forward.'

Baltimore Md.  ~by JR Hager
Baltimore Md. ~by JR Hager

Save Your LIFE - Balance Your PH !

The human body is slightly alkaline so it is better for your health to partake of alkaline foods. When you eat too many acidic foods your body becomes unbalanced and can cause a whole collection of problems like weight gain, poor concentration, fatigue and depression, and that can lead to a host of serious medical conditions.

The human must maintain its own perfect pH level in order for its systems to function properly, and this includes keeping rogue cells from becoming metastatic disease, translating into cancerous tumors in multiple organs. Our ancestors didn’t eat in a way that upset this delicate balance in our bodies.
There is a repressed study out there that shows chemotherapy success is probably more to do with the drugs being alkaline than having any actual cancer killing properties.

It is proven that cancer thrives in acidic conditions, it is also proven that Sugar, refined processes white beads and pastas, and most processed foods create an acidic environment in our bodies. It may not change the situation of a patient who already has cancer, but what could it hurt to try? This is a great preventative measures to take for anyone who has a history of cancer in their family or because they have already beaten cancer themselves. The drug companies that manufacture cancer medications, and the scientists that work for them, are going to "myth bust" this information because if it is truth than they could potentially lose out on money. I would rather be safe than sorry. Maybe you should try using some critical thinking skills and read up on this issue from all stand points negative and positive before you draw any conclusions.

Acid and alkaline are chemical opposites. Whenever these bases interact with acids, there's a conflict between them and the result is too much salt in your system.

The “normal” range of saliva pH is between 7.3 and 7.4. Most people, on the other hand, are much too acidic with a pH that is much lower. They tend to be burned out, tired with a body starving for a balance again. Under the influence of acidic foods the muscles fatigue much more easily. You slow down because your body has trouble producing the same physical results as before.

The alkalizing foods are better for your health and help to balance the pH of your body. While acid, alkaline and pH are common terms, many people do not understand what they mean and what their collation with nutrition and health happens to be.

When you eat acidic foods the free radical oxidation occurs and causes your cells to die, making you age much faster. Your Vitamins and minerals don't absorbed as easily. The friendly bacteria in your small intestine die, and that puts the digestive system off balance and in a lot of stress. High levels of acidity inhibits the ability for intestinal walls to absorb nutrients. Cells become stressed out with all the toxins and cannot function properly.

Alkaline foods have a wide variety of benefits for your health. They improve your muscle output. They have antioxidant effects in your body and increase assimilation at the cellular level and allow cells to operate normally. There is also a reduction of parasites and yeast overgrowth with the intake of alkaline foods. They also promote a deeper and more restful sleep, youthful skin and relieve colds suffering, headaches and the flu.

Cancerous tissues are acidic, and healthy tissues are alkaline. Oxygen enters an acidic solution and combines with hydrogen ions and form water. Oxygen neutralizes the acid, but the acid prevents oxygen from reaching tissues where it is needed. When oxygen enters an alkaline solution, these two hydroxyl ions are combined to create one water molecule and one oxygen atom. The oxygen atom is able to go to the next cell and bring all the benefits of oxygen to the tissues of the body. At a pH slightly above 7.4, cancer cells become dormant, and a pH of 8.5 cancer cells die while healthy cells live.

Over stimulation of bodily tissues because acidic foods cause a lot of damage, and type II diabetes is just a symptom of an acidic lifestyle. Bringing the body back into balance, you must include alkalizing green vegetables, green drinks and the good fats back into your diet. The plant proteins from grains and legumes help restore the previous homeostasis in your body. 

Alkalizing foods have a splendid tonic effect on your body. Neutralizing the acidity in your bloodstream; alkaline foods act as quite a relief to your system that's regenerating and restoring the damaged cells. Diets high in acidic foods make the body break down prematurely. By determining what foods have an alkalizing effect on your body you can incorporate them into our diet in larger healthful amounts. On the average, the pH level of human blood is between 7.35 and 7.45; levels. A level of 7 and above is considered alkaline.

Paying much needed attention to which minerals have alkalizing effects can add the proper balance to your blood pH. These minerals that have an alkalizing effect on the body are: cesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. If your diet consists mainly of processed foods and very few vegetables, you will definitely benefit from the change.

Yes, as the old saying goes, “you are what you eat” is most absolutely true. By controlling the amounts of alkaline and acidic food you eat, you are giving your body a fighting chance for survival, and may save your life.

Balancing your PH

  1. In the morning take a half a glass of spring water.
  2. Put in 3/4 tsp of baking soda (3 1/4)
  3. Squeeze a half organic lemon and, as you stir, pour the juice in the water.
  4. It will fizz. Drink on an empty stomach ....it will make you burp, this is what you want. (You will also notice that you will get less indigestion during the day. And this will be the gateway to not having to swallow any more anti acid drugs the doctors and 'big pharma' pushes.)

LOVE Street ART, man


 Warsaw-based outdoor artist NeSpoon covers the walls and street of the city of Warsaw with these beautiful pieces of street art that imitate traditional intricate lacework.