17: Ned Ludds Legacy

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Guest:

The Dopefiend

The dopefiend leads a double life. By day, he is a talented media professional with wide-ranging experience within the Media Industry and a keen eye for a story. By night he is a vociferous critic of the world’s approach to drug legislation, a campaigner for the rights of Medical Cannabis users, and an outspoken commentator on Current Affairs.

“The double life that most Cannabis users live has always been an interesting concept to me,” Remarks the dopefiend. “Because of the barrage of anti-Cannabis propaganda that has been spewed out over the years, the world’s smokers have been forced into hiding. Doctors, lawyers and teachers are so terrified that their habit will wreck their career that they often promulgate the anti-Cannabis line themselves. I’m no different!”

Cannabis, according to the dopefiend, will be legal in the United Kingdom within ten years. “It’s been a long, slow process, but I think some moves have been made over the past few years which seem to be steps along the right road. I know there’s a lot more to do, but the pro-cannabis lobby has been growing stronger and more determined, and they’re not going to let this one die.”

The dopefiend believes his career puts him in an ideal position to create what he calls “an informative and entertaining read which gets the facts straight but pulls no punches”. He speaks regularly with the world’s foremost experts, commentators, campaigners and politicans on a variety of current issues. He also has access to news wires and factual content from around the globe, keeping him abreast of world matters.

The dopefiend believes his weekly Dopecast is unique and important. “There really is nothing quite like it on the web; there are other Cannabis podcasts, of course, but they’re either too straight or too light. The Dopecast strikes an important balance between the two; it reports the news, but there’s a bit of humour and music thrown in.”

Books

In this week’s show, I read excerpts from two books; The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil, and Living Homes: Integrated Design & Construction by Thomas J. Elpel.

I also read a portion of a speech entitled “Essences, Orcs and Civilization: The Case for a Cheerful Libertarianism” that science fiction author, David Brin, gave in front of a crowd of dyed-in-the-wool Libertarians. You can find the full text of that speech here: Link: http://www.davidbrin.com/libertarianarticle1.html

Other Podcasts

Music

Here you’ll find links to musical tracks that I use frequently. I use them with permission in exchange for these links. You can download any of these tracks for free at the Promonet/IODAlliance website.

Download “Somptin Happnin’” (mp3)
from “Polymorphic Convolutions”
by Various Artists
Electronic Soundscapes

 

Download “Electric Gypsy” (mp3)
from “Worlds Within”
by Govinda
Intentcity

 


04 October 2007 – show moved from Podomatic Archive to C-Realm Archive at Archive.org. The following comments were posted to Podomatic:

2 comments

at 12:47PM Thursday on January 25, 2007, cannabistourist said:

dude, you’re blowing my mind one week at a time!

at 11:07AM Friday on January 26, 2007, KMO said:

Right on, CT. Thanks for tuning in.