"...the whole system has to go. The modern criminal justice system is incompatible with neuroscience. It simply is not possible to have the two of them in the same room." - Robert Maurice Sapolsky
Throughout his science investigative career, Alan Alda has met with Dr. Sapolsky several times. In this video they discuss what Neuroscience could contribute to the alternatives to incarceration: rehabilitation, therapy, and more. Dr. Sapolksy is well-known for his early work studying primates in Kenya. His current research revolves around stress levels and the relationship with neurodegeneration.
"My psychedelic experience showed me that in life, there is only "the Moment" (Carpe Diem - Seize the day). Everything, is a moment. All our life, past, future and present, is only a moment (a second). When I went to Amsterdam in 2008 and ate the magic psilocybin mushroom I understood that. I was literally travelling in time (and I know, I felt the last moment on this planet [my eyes fill with tears now, when I recall to you that moment in bed, during the night]. With the eyes closed or opened in the dark, it was just feeling. No hallucinations or fake ideas, just "feeling the rain" knowing how it is to be dead (or on the verge of it): so beautiful, so much peace and happiness, so much understanding on that last moment. It was a moment in 2001 when we became friends, it is a moment know when you read this line, this word, and it will only be a moment when, many years in the future, we will pass on the other side of morning. And remember my friend, my very good friend, not to be afraid then, because I will be there for you, holding your hand, hugging you. What I felt? I felt I was watched, Nature was asking me what was my opinion or solution to life. I knew that when my thin raft will sink, all my energy will become, with the dirt just another mushroom. I understood that those shrooms had all the knowledge from all the people that lived on this planet Earth (at least). I felt again something I too often forget: that life is magic, beautiful, worth living and dying for. I understood that we are manipulated with politics, religion and finance by evil forces just to steal our love, energy and happiness. I knew that calling the magic mushrooms or the cannabis illegal was not only a theft for the life, liberties of the individual and the well being of the human race, but a crime against Mother Nature, against the right of any person, any, to have the chance of understanding WHY is here, living on this Terra Ferma and what could be after. It's only a moment, a split second, one after another, just a frame that make our life movie, but if we stop to observe the spectacle we're in on this theater scene, we notice only a frame, a split second: the Moment. The movie will begin in five moments, the mindless voice announced; all those unseated will await the next show..." - Arturo Find
The World is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it's real, because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round, and it has thrills and chills and is very brightly colored, and it's very loud. And it's fun, for a while.
Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they've begun to question, 'Is this real, or is this just a ride?', and other people have remembered, and they've come back to us and they say 'Hey, don't worry. Don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.' and we KILL THOSE PEOPLE.
"Shut him up! We have alot invested in this ride! SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account, and my family. This just has to be real."
You have scanned a document with Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended, let's say an old library book, with yellow pages and stamps on it and want to do the text recognition to transform the image scan into plain text for Microsoft Word Office, Apache Open Office Writer, RTF and Word Pad documents software or other word text editor.
Then you should select from the menu:
Document > OCR Text Recognition > Recognise Text Using OCR...
One will get the window: Recognise Text with the Pages options (All pages, Current page or From page 1 to XX) and the Setting to Edit (Primary OCR Language - where you should select the text language from the scan: Romanian, English, Italian, etc.), PDF Output Style and Downsample Images options.
Unfortunately, sometimes you will have this message (not recognising the diacritics characters you have on the text, for example when the conversion is for Romanian language):
Acrobat could not perform recognition (OCR) on this page because: This page has graphics other than images or text on it. It cannot be captured.
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped˝ cup green bell pepper, diced ˝ cup onion, diced Ľ cup CannaOil 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, diced 1 tablespoon ˝ fresh jalapeno, diced with seeds salt and pepper to taste Add fresh lime juice to taste
Jens Waldmann is a dad, husband, and tattoo-artist. He's also a recently convicted felon. You see, Waldmann suffers from anxiety, insomnia and depression, which he's had a hard time dealing with. After many failed attempts of treatments, and hours of late-night researching online, he eventually turned to growing and smoking his own weed at home.
However, Sweden (where Waldmann lives) is pretty strict when it comes to drug policies. So after two years of regularly "self medicating," the police came knocking on his door and Waldmann was arrested, charged, and convicted for drug offences. He's now forced to go back to anxiety pills. Waldmann – who's allegedly been treating himself to be able to take care of his family – is now afraid he'll fall back into depression. So with the help of a pretty big group of friends supporting his cause, he's now trying to raise awareness around the possibilities of using weed as medicine. I caught up with him to see how that's going.
VICE: I've heard that you've been afraid to be labelled by society as a junkie, and not by a court as a criminal. It seems as if you've managed to gain a lot of support from your local community. Jens Waldmann: Yeah. I've got a lot of support from people because of this. I knew beforehand that these were issues in the community, and that people wanted someone who can speak up about it. I felt the same way when I sat at home, scared of the police. When the police came, I told my wife that it's time to do something.
Sixty people showed up at your trial. Are you starting a movement now? Yes, we joined forces to reach out to the public. What we're doing is that we're trying to get the truth out about cannabis – both pros and cons. Not the propaganda politicians have been scattering around them for the last 40 years with their war on drugs.