Silver Haze Strain Review 

Step aside, Jimmy because we have a new legend here!!

I picked up some Silver Haze last week and I must say that I have been blown away by the effects. With a quick onset I experienced a very clear and focused high. Green Crack and Bay Dream both left me in a very cerebral and intense state, but Silver Haze has none of that!! It was very creative, but not cloudy in the slightest. I felt fantastic but had zero difficulty in holding a conversation and keeping my train of thought. To say that Silver Haze is delightful is an understatement. With its high functioning buzz, this should be a staple in nearly every enthusiasts humidor. If you have to clean the house, take care of errands, have a conversation without seeming high, this is what you should use. 

Like most enthusiasts I respond to the Sativa/indica differences in the traditional way. However, I partake with folks who have an inverse relationship with the plant. After enjoying Silver Haze, they found it to be calming and soothing, with an element of introspection. 

With my Silver Haze experience, I can safely add it to my list of favorites, below. 

Sativa/sativa dominant hybrid:

  1. Maui Waui
  2. Blue dream
  3. Silver Haze
  4. Jack Frost
  5. Sour Diesel 

Indica/indica dominant hybrid 

  1. Blackwater 
  2. OG Kush
  3. Bubba Kush 
  4. Blueberry Kush
  5. Pure Kush 
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Tesla Continues its Vice Grip on Badassedry

  
I doubt I’ll raise many eyebrows by stating that Elon Musk is a shotgun spray of badass. Open source tech, million dollar literal moonshot prizes, and a forward thinking (and acting) leader in environmental obviousness. None of this is new to the Daily Puff audience.

What may have slipped by you, however, is a small step towards Musk’s car fleet Tesla introducing autonomous driving right now. As in fucking today. All the general tech is in place for driverless cars, we’re just waiting on big insurance to figure out how to incorporate them on our roads. Enter the gray area of law; Tesla Summon.

This feature lets your new Tesla (you pre-ordered the butterfly door Model X, right?) act as your personal valet by driving to you with the touch of a button. Right now Tesla suggests that you only use this feature on private property, but there’s not much in the way to stop you from Summoning your $100k toy to the front steps of the office or pulling up as you leave the gym. Celebrating chivalry, it opens and closes the garage door for you. Tap the keyfob or phone app to engage Summon.

Ever the optimist, Musk sees coast-to-coast Summon from your phone commonplace in just a few years. Here’s hoping that other federal laws important to the Puff family can catch up to reason in that timeframe as well.

Daily Puff News Round-Up 29 March 2016

Dangerous plants, badass animal attacks, US history gets even more racist, the one new thing you can’t enjoy summer without, and new Trailer Park Boys!

Holy mother of god, I just learned about a shitstorm of a plant. This plant can cause so much pain with just a single brush, it has driven people and animals to suicide. This thing is seriously a demon plant creating hell on earth for anything that runs afoul of it. If it were driven to extinction, I don’t know that it would necessarily be a bad thing. Even breathing around it can cause allergic responses, respiratory issues, and may result in hospitalization. Any way you look at it, it’s the exact opposite of the cannabis plant. (Contact results in months or years of pain and suffering, has no use to humans.)

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2009/06/gympie-gympie-once-stung,-never-forgotten/

lounge1

We have found one MAJOR thing that will change the way we cannabis enthusiasts enjoy our time outside! I saw a video for an almost identical product that ultimately led me to this. With the additions of an anchor loop, cup holder, phone/tablet/book holder, I don’t know if there is anything more amazing than this…what the heck do you call it? Chair? No. Hammock? Closer, but no. Air bag? Ok, Air bag kind of works. It floats, it can seat three, and you can spend a good chunk of the day in the thing and not regret a single minute. I have a vision of me chilling in this bad boy with my two UE Boom speakers on either side playing some reggae, smoking a pipe, enjoying an adult beverage, sitting outside in the sun or shade with an ear to ear grin plastered on my face for multiple hours. Heck, I can even see taking this on a lake or a friends pool. You can take it in a pool! This will especially come in handy at music festivals as well. What more could you want?

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kaisr-original-the-ultimate-inflatable-air-lounge/x/10001509#/

The Brotherman found this article and sent it to me. It’s old, but that shouldn’t matter. This dude used a pocket knife to defend against an attack by a cougar. The whole story is utterly badass, as is the guy involved, and it serves to underscore the importance of always carrying a pocket knife with you wherever you go – as most of us at the Daily Puff do.

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Attacking-cougar-killed-with-pocket-knife-1092755.php

This story is the only one here that gave me that sinking feeling in my stomach. The kind of stomach-pit that is filled with dread, disgust, and anger. Confirming long held assumptions by many anti-drug war advocates, we know now that the complete failure known as The War on Drugs was started as a way to target far left dissidents and African Americans. With this coming to light, it’s time to end this costly and terrible war and divert all of the funding to NASA and asteroid defense initiatives.

http://mic.com/articles/138664/the-war-on-drugs-horribly-racist-origins-have-finally-been-revealed#.TBIlKL2Jn

Trailer Park Boys season 10 now out on Netflix! After bingeing the first 6 episodes, I can honestly say that I am enjoying it. I had read that some people didn’t like it, but there’s a chance that they were not medicated enough to go with the flow and enjoy it. I have been having a good time with it and I think their expansion into the world of Sunnyvale is pretty cool. My opinion might change upon finishing the 10th season, but so far, it’s a greasy good time.

The Art of Balance Album Review

Mighty Mystic – The Art of Balance

I just picked up this album at the local record store (iTunes) today to get the vibes during the day that I can only indulge in outside of the workplace. And I am pleased to say that it is pretty awesome. It’s a roots reggae with some incredible rock guitar laced throughout like some nice dabs wrapped around a six paper joint.

As a whole, the tracks on the album contain enough diversity of sound to keep you from getting bored without losing the relaxing reggae vibe. This is an album you can pump on your speakers, spark up a spliff, and head to the beach with. However, Mighty Mystic doesn’t shy away from using some songs to address some difficult issues. For instance, “Red Light Girl” is about exactly what you think it’s about, but the verses contain the nuances and insight to paint a picture of an individual and the struggles and systems that lead to a young, good looking, smart girl getting into prostitution. It’s a solid song, though not the most uplifting one on the album (but it’s reggae so how down can you really get?).

On the other end of the spectrum, you have “How I Rock” which fits perfectly with some good headphones, a long board, and a paved beachfront path. “High Grade” is a cool addition that is ideal for sparking up whatever indica you got and straight chillin’ to the sounds of Jamaica.

One thing that adds an amazing dimension on almost all the songs are the guitar solos. A smooth, clean electric guitar lifting you up and carrying you across the tops of the clouds. Sometimes it sounds almost Santana-esq and other times it has me thinking about Slightly Stoopid. Either way its a great add that helps this album stand out against other reggae I’ve stumbled across.

I am quite fond of reggae music, though I am not well versed and lack a depth of knowledge into the scene itself. That being said, I spent $10 on this record to scratch a pretty gnarly reggae music itch and I am very pleasantly surprised! It was a $10 well spent and it has inspired me to dig further into Mighty Mystic and his contemporaries. It has me wanting to go see live reggae music pretty badly and craving the arrival of summer something fierce. If you need some good vibes to add to your next experience, definitely give this a go. You’ll be happy you did.

5* out of 5*. Highly recommended. Excellent cannabis music. Couldn’t find any reasons to drop a star.

Why the Mayans Were Right About 2012


Most of us have forgotten hullabaloo around the end of the world Mayan calendar sensation that preceded December 21, 2012. In the months and years leading up to 12/21/12 there was pseudoscience, History Channel specials, and a bunch of talk about a coming cataclysm. Mixed in, though, was some actual archaeological science that was pretty interesting. We learned that the Mayan calendar responsible for the end of the world speculation did not actually mark the end of the world, rather it marked the end of a Baktun. Baktuns are Mayan Long Count Calendar periods of about 394 years (144,000 days).

To illustrate why the Mayan calendar was right about 12/21/12 we first have to provide proper context. Looking at human civilization in long form – from the rise of the “modern” human to today, you have to take a few steps back to see it as a whole. The long count – a little less than 400 years at a time – is a pretty good measuring stick of human eras. Day 1 of the Mayan calendar has been determined to be August 11, 3114 BCE of our conventional understanding. However, the calendar should not be viewed as a Nostradamus precision predicting device. Rather, each Baktun marks the end and a beginning of an epoch that ushers in defining alterations to human civilization that shape us. The turning of a Baktun seems to represent an “out with the old, in with the new” time period on the a scale far larger than even the world wars. Let me explain.

Working backward from 2012, we get the years 1618, 1224, 830, 435, and 41 A.D. (I hesitate to go back much further as historical records prior are much harder to date with certainty.)While the years themselves are of some importance, the main focus is on the larger context of what is happening in history around those years. In 1618 the Jamestown colony was gaining footing in Virginia in the new world. It would mark the first permanent settlement of Europeans in America. Basically the beginning of America, which some consider to be of historical significance.

Going back to the the previous Baktun, in 1224 A.D. the Mongols were on a rampage through the steppe heading east. After 1224 they crashed through eastern Europe. Genghis Khan dies in 1227, but the Mongol Empire continues to expand for nearly a hundred years. Never to be defeated, the mongols controlled large swaths of territory throughout Asia and mongol descendants even fought on horseback in World War I. The Mongols devastated nearly everything in their path when creating their empire. They killed so many humans that scientists measured a change in the carbon levels during that period.

In the Baktun beginning in 830 A.D., a little over 15 years after the death of Charlemagne, we see his Empire on the precipice of decline, but we also have the ascension of the Macedonian Dynasty in the Byzantine Empire. While western Europe suffered through what was known as the Dark Ages, the Eastern Roman Empire flourished during this period and much of the success occurred under the Macedonian Dynasty. This stretch of time also coincides with the Golden Age of Islam…which was ended by the invasion of the Mongols and ultimately the sack of Baghdad in 1258.

The year 435 A.D., while not being particularly notable, still centers on the decline and fall of Rome. The fall of Rome has traditionally been marked with the date of 476 A.D. Afterward, Europe descends into the Dark Ages culminating in the death throes of the Holy Roman Empire under Charlemagne.

The year 41 A.D. a whole four years after the death of a one Jesus Christ actually marks the first open break between Rome and the Jews – a significant precursor to the rise and spread of Christianity. Once could make a case for this Baktun as the foundation of Christianity, ending amidst the fall of Rome. Two Baktuns’ prior to this, we get the year 747 BCE which falls right around the time that Rome itself was founded (several dates are given from various sources spanning from 753 BCE and 728 BCE).

It does not require much imagination to see how each Baktun coincides with major human events that completely alter the course of history, like the rises and falls of entire empires and THE two largest world religions by population (Christianity and Islam) and real implications for all of human history. A mere four years into the present Baktun – the 13th Baktun – we can already see what is going to determine the next major human epoch: Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality, and mobile technology. (Duh.)

What has yet to play out, though, is how each of these are going to affect our human civilization. Looking back, a case can be made for the end of 2012 being the line in the sand, a clear break from the past. I remember speculating during the 2012 hype that maybe we had hit a critical saturation point of humans owning smartphones and maybe that was what tipped the scales into the next era. But it could have been a lot of things. Companies and people had already begun executing meaningful advances in AI and VR prior to 2012, including IBM’s Watson computer winning on Jeopardy! in 2011. Now, in 2016 Google’s Deep Learning AI has just defeated 18-time world Go champion Lee Se-dol. Virtual reality goggles are slated to hit store shelves soon and the pre-orders are backlogged for months to come. IBM has begun running a number of Watson commercials on TV – a signal that big things are coming from the Watson AI and soon.

In the third month of the fourth year of the thirteenth Baktun only one thing is clear: nothing is certain and anything can happen. There’s no slowing down or stopping the breakneck pace at which the world is changing. Like our ancestors, all we can do is hold on to our quiet dignity and go forth with determination and a resolve to survive whatever this Baktun holds in store – if we can.

Why the Mayans Were Right About 2012

 
Most of us have forgotten hullabaloo around the end of the world Mayan calendar sensation that preceded December 21, 2012. In the months and years leading up to 12/21/12 there was pseudoscience, History Channel specials, and a bunch of talk about a coming cataclysm. Mixed in, though, was some actual archeological science that was pretty interesting. We learned that the Mayan calendar responsible for the end of the world speculation did not actually mark the end of the world, rather it marked the end of a Baktun. Baktuns are Mayan Long Count Calendar periods of about 394 years (144,000 days). 
To illustrate why the Mayan calendar was right about 12/21/12 we first have to provide proper context. Looking at human civilization in long form – from the rise of the “modern” human to today, you have to take a few steps back to see it as a whole. The long count – a little less than 400 years at a time – is a pretty good measuring stick of human eras. Day 1 of the Mayan calendar has been determined to be August 11, 3114 BCE of our conventional understanding. However, the calendar should not be viewed as a Nostradamus precision predicting device. Rather, each Baktun marks an epoch that harbors major changes to human civilization that resonate for hundreds and thousands of years. The turning of a Baktun seems to represent an “out with the old, in with the new” time period on the a scale far larger than even the world wars. Let me explain. 
Working backward from 2012, we get the years 1618, 1224, 830, 435, and 41 A.D. (I hesitate to go back much further as historical records prior are much harder to date with certainty.)While the years themselves are of some importance, the main focus is on the larger context of what is happening in history around those years. In 1618 the Jamestown colony was gaining footing in Virginia in the new world. It would mark the first permanent settlement of Europeans in America. Basically the beginning of America, which some consider to be of historical significance. 
Going back to the the previous Baktun, in 1224 A.D. the Mongols were on a rampage through the steppe heading east. After 1224 they crashed through eastern Europe. Genghis Khan dies in 1227, but the Mongol Empire continues to expand for nearly a hundred years. Never to be defeated, the mongols controlled large swaths of territory throughout Asia and mongol descendants even fought on horseback in World War I. The Mongols devastated nearly everything in their path when creating their empire. They killed so many humans that scientists measured a change in the carbon levels during that period. 
In the Baktun beginning in 830 A.D., a little over 15 years after the death of Charlemagne, we see his Empire on the precipice of decline, but we also have the ascension of the Macedonian Dynasty in the Byzantine Empire. While western Europe suffered through what was known as the Dark Ages, the Eastern Roman Empire flourished during this period and much of the success occurred under the Macedonian Dynasty. This stretch of time also coincides with the Golden Age of Islam…which was ended by the invasion of the Mongols and ultimately the sack of Baghdad in 1258.
The year 435 A.D., while not being particularly notable, still centers on the decline and fall of Rome. The fall of Rome has traditionally been marked with the date of 476 A.D. Afterward, Europe descends into the Dark Ages culminating in the death throes of the Holy Roman Empire under Charlemagne. 
The year 41 A.D. a whole four years after the death of a one Jesus Christ actually marks the first open break between Rome and the Jews – a significant precursor to the rise and spread of Christianity. Once could make a case for this Baktun as the foundation of Christianity, ending amidst the fall of Rome. Two Baktuns’ prior to this, we get the year 747 BCE which falls right around the time that Rome itself was founded (several dates are given from various sources spanning from 753 BCE and 728 BCE). 
It does not require much imagination to see how each Baktun coincides with major human events that completely alter the course of history, like the rises and falls of entire empires and THE two largest world religions by population (Christianity and Islam) and real implications for all of human history. A mere four years into the present Baktun – the 13th Baktun – we can already see what is going to determine the next major human epoch: Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality, and mobile technology. (Duh.) 
What has yet to play out, though, is how each of these are going to affect our human civilization. Looking back, a case can be made for the end of 2012 being the line in the sand, a clear break from the past. I remember speculating during the 2012 hype that maybe we had hit a critical saturation point of humans owning smartphones and maybe that was what tipped the scales into the next era. But it could have been a lot of things. Companies and people had already begun executing meaningful advances in AI and VR prior to 2012, including IBM’s Watson computer winning on Jeopardy! in 2011. Now, in 2016 Google’s Deep Learning AI has just defeated 18-time world Go champion Lee Se-dol. Virtual reality goggles are slated to hit store shelves soon and the pre-orders are backlogged for months to come. IBM has begun running a number of Watson commercials on TV – a signal that big things are coming from the Watson AI and soon. 
In the third month of the fourth year of the thirteenth Baktun only one thing is clear: nothing is certain and anything can happen. There’s no slowing down or stopping the breakneck pace at which the world is changing. Like our ancestors, all we can do is hold on to our quiet dignity and go forth with determination and a resolve to survive whatever this Baktun holds in store – if we can. 

What does this make you think about?

I came across this article in the BBC Travel. It’s about the medieval city of Ani on the modern day boarder of Turkey and Armenia. A prosperous city in the near east located along a convergence of trading routes, Ani was ruled by more than a few regimes before eventually being abandoned. Only majestic ruins hinting at the city’s former glory remain.

While the article itself does have an interactive timeline, we find ourselves with more questions than answers. Coming across articles like these always raises questions that are incredibly fun to explore. What was the daily life like for the people of Ani? Earning the nickname “City of 1,001 Churches”, religion must have played a big role in the lives of people. What were the festivals like? What were the markets like? What kind of food did they eat? If they were located along a trade route with the east, surely they might have enjoyed food with delectable spices and flavors. What would life have been like in the citadel? How about when it was under siege?

Living in a major city in the present, for those of us that do, we have a pretty good idea of what each neighborhood or area is going to offer us. For example, if I have an engagement in Queens, NY, I’d have a decent idea of what to expect if I lived in NYC. We also have a good idea of what daily life is like for most areas. In America, you can travel to any city and experience it’s business district during the noon hour on a weekday and see a hustle and bustle of suits, business lunches, individuals making phone calls, and crowded restaurants. Any business district of any medium sized city and larger will have a similar scene. In once city alone an entire documentary can be made about life on a single day as it varies from neighborhood to neighborhood, area to area. A snapshot if you will. And that snapshot is subject to change with each passing year…5 years…each decade.

Think about your city. What was it like in the 1980’s? Memories are unreliable; go look at some pictures. What buildings have come and which buildings have gone? Now let’s extrapolate that across 400 years. Ani was inhabited for around 400 years according to the article. Granted, things have begun to change incredibly rapidly over the last 115 years compared to the slower changes preceding the industrial revolution, but during it’s lifetime, Ani experienced many changes of ownership. So what was that like for people? Did their day to day experiences change a lot or a little? What were their chores like? What was it like to live in the city as it was slowly abandoned and left to crumble? And was that a fast or a gradual transition?

Of Pompeii we have a snapshot of that life. We have a frozen moment of time to shed insight on Roman daily life and culture. There’s no such snapshot of Ani. But we are still blessed with magnificent ruins that dot the landscape. A testament to the different rulers of the city and the incredible architectural feats of their builders. The mystery of this city beckons us to explore its ruins and uncover its secrets. The good news is that they are applying for Unesco World Heritage status which would help bolster efforts to preserve the remaining ruins and discover what secrets the city can answer through archeology.

What questions do you find yourself asking about Ani? Are they similar or different from questions you ask yourself when learning about other lost cities and ruins? If you could travel back in time to an ancient city – any ancient city – which one would you choose? If you could visit the present day ruins of an ancient city, which one would you pick? What’s stopping you from taking a trip there this year or next? What do you think will become of our cities in 200 years?

Cannabis-Infused Exercise

I’ve been experimenting with light cannabis use prior to my workouts for the past several weeks, and the results have been impressive, though slightly counter-intuitive at face value.  When viewed through the historic lens of lethargy, couch-lock comas, and an air of demotivation and apathy, exercise and cannabis seem to be enemies diametrically opposed. However, power users can attest that this historic lens is a false representation of the actual effects that this wonderful plant can produce. In fact, the strain, composition, and even the users’ mindset can drastically change the consumptive effects.

I’ve found the best pre-workout fuel to be 2 to 4 hits on the Pax2 at heating level 2, 10 to 15 minutes before walking through the gym doors.  This gives ample time for the calming, focused effect to wash over and put me in the zone for that days exercise. I find a hybrid (light on The indica) is a great mix as it combines a focused mind with a relaxed body.

Here are a few of the results I’ve personally experienced. *Mandatory Disclaimer: The below experiences are reflective of a daily medicator and anyone deciding to follow a similar experiment should be very familiar with their individual tolerance and their personal reactions before introducing canabis to their regimen.*

Core body temp rise and Accelerated heart rate with less vigerous work. As ganja can accelerate your resting heart rate (the reason movies or TV are SO Intense!), you’re starting off on an elevated baseline. So you’re getting more bang for your buck as your HR will be slightly higher compared to the same work load or level completely sober.  Higher heart rate during exercise raises the body temp as blood volume circulation increases, forcing sweating and accelerating the metabolism.

More in tune to body, breathing, and muscles. This is a big focal point I’ve noticed. I am extremely intuned to each movement and the effect on and response from my individual muscles and my body as a connected machine. There is a complete, laser focus on the task at hand without outside influences clouding the mind. From breathing concentration, to full range of motion during lifting reps, to a rhythmic groove during a run or other cardio exercise, I am in the moment, fully connected to the task at hand. It adds a theraputic element to the workout, contrasted with a sober view of dreading the intensity or having the mind wander to other outside influences instead of being in the present moment.  One of the biggest benefits of exercise is the physical and emotional reaults, and cannabis helps inspire and direct focus towards that well-being in my experience.

Higher degree of set and rep completion along with a plateau breaking desire to keep pushing. This is another benefit I’ve been impressed by. There is a determination to complete the reps, sets, mileage, or timing goals that are set by the workout. Cannabis creates an internal competition where I don’t want to admit defeat and I’m able to push through for that last 20 seconds or the last 3 reps when my body is saying “That’s it”.  My cannabis brain says, “just a few more; push through this temporary pain for long term payoff”.  The result is a better workout and a consistent improvement to push through perceived barriers.

Stretching. Finally, when I’ve completed the days’ workout, there is one more benefit that cannabis provides and it’s in the arena of stretching. It relates back to being connected with your muscles, and I feel it allows me to really get deep into my stretches because I am able to feel that stretch in a more complete way than without the cannabis influence. Its a way to regulate the breathing, get tension relief into those areas you just pushed to an extreme, and connect mentally to the positive effects of the exercise that you just completed.

All in all, I feel that cannabis and exercise are great compliments to one another and allow for a total mind-body well-being combination.

If you’ve had any experience related to cannabis and exercise, please share your insights in the comments section. 

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 2016: Super Tuesday Aftermath 

Last night sent an already historic presidential race careening into the primaries amid an unprecedented amount of turmoil. Trump took a major lead for the Republican’s, but Cruz refuses to respond to the bug spray and go back into his hole in Texas. Clinton took home seven states to Sanders’ four, but the progressive still had impressive turns at the polls. In the seven states that he lost, Sanders won around a third of the vote or more, sometimes nearly half, with the two exceptions being Alaska and Georgia with 19% and 28% respectively. Still a considerable pull for someone who never stood a chance…
With the most populous states yet to vote (Texas being the exception), the race is far from over. Trump and Clinton both gave their speeches from Florida amid their continued campaign. Clinton’s message changed somewhat from earlier in her campaign. Her speech attempted to unite her party’s foundation against Trump and win over some of Sanders’ base with some progressive lingo borrowed directly from Sanders’ talking points. Seeing her attitude change towards the progressive policies is encouraging, but the American people have been fooled by this before. It’s old politics and her rhetoric is only masking the nebulous possibilities of what a Clinton presidency could hold. 
Elsewhere in Florida, Trump gave his Super Tuesday victory speech. First introduced by Chris Christie, the fat bully and bigot from New Jersey, there was great pleasure to take in watching Christie share the airwaves while Trump expelled his signature gaseous eruptions. Christie, standing over Trump’s right shoulder in prominent view as he attempts to sidle up to the GOP’s wrecking ball, offered us insight into his lost soul. His brow constantly furrowed as his eyes darted around the room, unable to remain focused for long. We see him frequently getting lost in thought, not paying particular attention to Trump. Christie is clearly on another planet, praying for Trump’s speech to end so he can engulf more of the buffet. I encourage anyone to – just once – fast forward or rewind through Trump’s speech and focus on Christie the whole time. His performance was that of a brilliant sad clown. 
Drumpf’s speech was entertaining as usual. Covering familiar points, the fatuous fuck praised his voters – CNN isn’t shy about calling them dumb, poor, and white – for giving him his lead. Offering little in the way of policy, and shutting down a reporter or two trying to ask real questions, Drumpf provided us with the familiar canon that has pulled him to lead in this race. 
As his neck folds attempted to engulf his shirt collar, Drumpf continued to sell his base on his negotiating skills while taking ample opportunities to inhale his own stench with long, audible sniffs. The questions that have been left unanswered, and I’m sure Drumpf would call me a loser and refuse to answer them, is how in God’s name does a trade deficit equate to A) Mexico paying for a wall? and B) the Gulf States taking in refugees? There is no answer because it won’t happen. Drumpf is great at selling himself and negotiating from a position where he holds the power, but what happens when he gets into a mess and has little or no power left to negotiate with? He is a bully, like the sniveling barnacle suckling at his jowls, Chris Christie, and when their power dries up, or the tables turn against them, there is no doubt that this type of megalomaniac will sell us all down the river, or scorch the earth trying. Make no mistake, the sots parading before us are not there to help make America great; they’re there only to make themselves great. 
But credit must be given where it’s due. Both Drumpf and Sanders are galvanizing a population dissatisfied with establishment politics and corporate interests buying up Washington. Both party establishments have taken years to painstakingly usher in this current wave of political revolution and creative destruction. Granted, that certainly wasn’t their intention. No, they were vying for complete control; constricting the movements of government to a two party system that serves as a profitable charade for private institutions. Politics is the entertainment division of the political industrial complex, we are told. 

The GOP, for years, has worked diligently night and day to keep large swaths of America poor, dumb, and fearful. They’ve been grooming that vein and tapping into it regularly for the last 50 years. What they didn’t anticipate was that it was open for others to tap into as well. 
Both parties, by creating such impossible barriers for a third party after the ‘96 elections, have limited America to a two party system – which is why we have Drumpf running as a Republican and Sanders running on a Democratic ticket. This circus has now created a schism of divide within each party. Unless each party addresses the progressive, antiestablishment contingents by catering to them, the parties are doomed to splinter or ruin, with the GOP falling first. The larger thought is that America needs more than two parties. The idea of a two party system representing the vastly different regions of America is as absurd as saying that Texas, New York, Chicago, California, and Florida are all pretty much the same; one you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all.  
On the democratic side, it would seem that by moving towards the center right since the 80’s, they’ve alienated a certain – and sizeable – chunk of their base. And there is really no telling how the Sanders supporters are going to vote come November if it’s a Clinton/Drumpf race, which it will almost certainly be. More than a few people see any alternative to Clinton as a ‘fuck you’ to the powers that be… At this point in the race, Clinton is not the unifying candidate Obama was in 2008 and she lacks the charisma and charm of her husband. She has begun changing her message, but with a campaign entrenched in scandal and a current of distrust rippling through potential voters, Drumpf has a shot of winning some of the democratic antiestablishment over to his side. He will have no trouble pouncing on her weaknesses and ripping them open like a rabid hyena in front of all the world. (What’s the over under for how many times he calls Hillary a loser? Anyone want some of that action?)
The irony of Drumpf parading as the antiestablishment Republican candidate is that he is the very type of businessman that makes his fortune swindling the middle class, the poor, and the ignorant. His rhetoric last night about forcing Apple to bring their iPhone production back to America, bringing jobs back from elsewhere in the world, sounds great, but has no founding in actual economic or political principal. For any of this to work and be profitable for the company, the American worker would need to acquiesce to a life of indentured servitude – which is what the poultry industry has done to its farmers. 
Drumpf is seducing the fat, dumb, American country girl with his glamorous, big money, big city ways. When the lights come on next January, there’s going to be a lot of shame, self-loathing, and regret. But that’s not to say that there isn’t joy to be had watching the establishments of both parties scramble and the two party system teeter on the verge of crumbling. For many of us, myself included, there is a bit of glee watching party politics fail and a joke candidate transform into a sobering reality as we careen forward, almost certainly to our doom.