Saturday, November 16, 2013

Chocolate Factory to be converted for Marijuana Distribution And Obama's War Crimes

First some good news:

Chocolate Factory to be converted for Marijuana Distribution

Old Hershey’s Factory May Become Marijuana Plant
October 23, 2013 by Zoe Bain

The address 1 Hershey Drive in Smiths Falls, Ontario, was once the site of a booming chocolate factory. But now, if all goes according to plan, the building will be used to grow and manufacture hyrdoponic medical marijuana. The Ottawa Citizen reports that legal weed supplier Tweed Inc. Of Ottawa hopes to transform part of the former chocolate wonderland into a wonderland of a much different sort. Health Canada still needs to approve the plan, but the mayor of Smiths Falls, Dennis Staples, already approved the project. Health Canada has officially stopped accepting applications to allow people to grow their own marijuana for medical use, so now the 30,000 plus authorized users are turning to growers like Tweed.

If approved, the new tenants will be a whole lot different than those who inhabited the space during the Hershey era, which lasted from 1963 to 2008. There was once a museum, a huge gift shop, specialized tours, and of course the ever lingering smell of chocolate. However all of those things could make a comeback of a different variety if Tweed moves in — tourists, smell (of a much different variety), and all.

Canada chocolate factory may get new life as marijuana farm
BY JULIE GORDON Sep 26, 2013 Reuters

A Canadian start-up wants to turn an empty chocolate factory in eastern Ontario into a production facility for medical marijuana, a possible boost for a local economy that has been hurting since the landmark Hershey plant shut down in 2008.

The old factory, which for decades churned out Hershey chocolate bars, has been conditionally sold to a start-up called Tweed Inc, which plans to use about a third of the 470,000 square foot plant to grow medical marijuana.

"It's an exciting opportunity," said Mark Zekulin, Tweed's vice president of community engagement. "There is a demand and there's good opportunity in this market."

Tweed Inc has applied to Health Canada for a permit to grow medical marijuana at the factory in Smith Falls, Ontario, some 350 km (220 miles) from Toronto. It will distribute its product to patients across Canada who have permission to use the drug.

Canada legalized medical marijuana in 2001, authorizing an initial 500 people to grow and smoke the drug. That number has since ballooned to about 30,000, causing headaches for those who regulate and police marijuana use.

The government earlier this year responded with a plan to take legal production out of private homes and license private companies to produce medical marijuana for authorized patients.

also see Mom as the New Face of Anarchy? Police Terrorize Americans Who Object to Right Wing lunacy by using "Anarchist Label" by Barbara Parramore at, November 11, 2013

Barbara Parramore in her above mentioned article at discusses how her mother has become labeled by authorities as being an "anarchist" for daring to question those in authority and she is surprised and shocked but I am not.

Maybe its my age but for decades I have watched as the more rational people in our society are condemned as 'radicals' from Martin Luther King to Ralph Nader to Chris Hedges, or anyone who questions the the American Military and America's right to expand and defend its Empire.

Once it was enough to label someone a communist, commie a red etc. to marginalize and to silence critics now the government uses terms such as "Anarchist" , radicals, terrorists etc. In a recent action in New brunswick the government has labeled the anti-pipe line protesters as "radicals' which is one step away from "anarchists" and "terrorists" and the authorities are using these labels in order to shut down even peaceful protests because there is a chance some participants might be "radicals'-
For instance during the G20 so called riots in Toronto the police and the Harper government used such labels to allow for a brutal crack down on mostly peaceful protesters while most Canadians were duped into believing the government officials and their media lap dogs who are against any and all public protests it would seem.

Torture inquiry 'finds UK intelligence officers knew of mistreatment'
Gibson report, published next week, reportedly calls for further investigation of how far British ministers were responsible , The Guardian Nov. 14, 2013

More than likely little will come from such investigations . Besides neo-liberals and liberals tend to side with the government and the military and have become super-fans of the Perpetual war on terror .
Renditions, torture, drone attacks, targeted assassinations, black ops and designating anyone as a traitor who publishes supposedly sensitive intel on government operations. When every vocal and influential critic is deemed the enemy then the message from the government and the media and the liberal elite is for critics to remain silent since as they say loose lips sink ships -what a lot of bullocks but there you go-

Secrecy we are told is good for the nation and its people. What you are not told is none of your business but the government's.
So using torture on POWs and murdering innocent civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan is just good for the nation and any criticisms of these actions are by those who are unpatriotic who hate their own nation state and who hate all those who are part of the nation's military. Sadly even most so -called liberals agree as they bought into the over hyped "Cold War" now they buy inot the over hyped War on Terror.

UK use of drones in Afghanistan remains under wraps after disclosure campaign is thwarted, The Independent november 16, 2013

Campaigners have vowed to continue to fight the "culture of secrecy" surrounding Britain's use of drones after a protracted legal battle to force the Government to disclose details of deployments in Afghanistan failed, with the information tribunal backing the Ministry of Defence's refusal to reveal information on military operations.

The appeal to the Information Commissioner was filed in wake of numerous Freedom of Information requests that were refused by the MoD. But after a two-day closed hearing the information tribunal supported the MoD's position with soldier's lives being cited as the key reason for the lack of disclosure.

"The MOD referred to the disclosure of the requested information as involving 'risk to life and limb', the Commissioner used the phrase 'life and death'," the ruling stated.

"We do not consider either of these phrases to be over-dramatising the level of risk that could be caused to service men and women should the information be released and available to enemy forces in Afghanistan."

Barack Obama Lambasted By Cabinet Minister Ed Davey Over Drone Strikes In Pakistan ,The Huffington Post UK | By Paul Vale, November 14, 2013

A senior British government minister has lambasted Barack Obama's policy of using drone strikes against Taliban and al Qaida leaders in Pakistan, adding that current international law is unfit to handle the technological advances represented by the unmanned aircraft.

Liberal Democrat Ed Davey, who sits in the Cabinet as energy secretary, said that the use of drones to strike targets in Pakistan "transgressed the sovereignty" of the country, while accusing the US military of setting a "very dangerous precedent".

Speaking on the BBC’s Question Time, Davey said: "On drones I think there's a serious question we have got to face up to. Because I think if the Americans keep using drones in the way that they have been doing everyone is going to say this is setting a very, very dangerous precedent."

...recently published Ministry of Defence figures that show the UK’s unmanned fleet flew 892 missions in 2012, with the aircraft firing weapons on 10% of those sorties. The incidents in which missile were fired are believed to have been on missions in Afghanistan, with ministers insisting that British drones are not used to carry out operations in Pakistan.

Anti-Drone Movement Speaks: 'End the Secrecy, No to Kill List'
'After ten years of using drones it is about time that American citizens demand accountability from our government'
- Sarah Lazare, staff writer Common Dreams, November 15, 2013

Activists from across the globe kicked off the largest-ever anti-drone summit Friday with a boisterous White House rally then march to the headquarters of one of the most notorious weapons manufacturers in the world.

"After ten years of using drones it is about time that American citizens demand accountability from our government," said organizer Medea Benjamin of Code Pink in an interview with Common Dreams. "Our government has been getting away with a covert program killing innocent people in our names. It is high time we react and say no to killings, no to secrecy, and no to a kill list."

and also see in reference to Rememberance Day :

Once again another American citizen seems shocked that the US military and the Pentagon and CIA and Special Ops and its related government departments are not committed to defending the freedoms of American citizens but rather are out to expand and defend the American Empire in the name of George W. Bush or Barack Obama.
Obama if he meant what he said on the campaign trail would have curtailed the War on Terror and stopped using unethical and illegal tactics such as the use of Drones to murder innocent civilians and the use of torture, renditions, targeted assassinations or toppling in some cases legitimate governments inorder to gain access to natural resources or just to extend America's influence while defending brutal dictatorships such as those in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia etc. and he would have curbed the massive survelliance now taking place or maybe he could have investigated America's broken justice system or stopped the irrational War on Pot or stopped the militarization of local police forces or even stood up to police forces over cases of the use of unnecessary force instead he used his power to expand the War on Terror and to do all he could to crush the peaceful OCCUPY Movement to appease conservatives and Wall Street.

Stop Thanking the Troops For Me: No, They Don't Protect our Freedoms!", November 11, 2013,

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