Assassin: Word History Date of Origin 17th century:
In 1989 Secretary of Education Lauro Cavazos said, “We are in danger of becoming the world’s only fully industrialized Third World nation.” What does the ancient “assassin” etymology mean for today’s “medical marijuana” experiment, legal in fifteen states, Washington DC., and counting. I will here, patient reader, briefly tease out marijuana, pornography and sex trafficking as the industrialization of Third World religiosity.
My pot interest began in 1978, reading “Qat’s Cradle,” in Human Behavior. The U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare paid two jolly UCLA researchers to live two years in the Yemen Arab Republic studying, “What would life be like in a total drug culture?” The two reported a lethargic nation that grew a single crop–marijuana/qat—and that experienced widespread malnourishment, impoverishment and infant mortality. Everyone used.
Students chew liberally …. Children chew qat starting at seven or eight years of age … women …. have their own qat parties …. taxi drivers chew ..Politicians chew with politicians; religious leaders and scholars chew with their groups. Qat chewing even plays a role in the highest government circles.
From their two year long sojourn, our happy grantees concluded Americans should emulate this drug culture for Yemenites, they said, remain part of the “world economy.” The authors note Yemenite qat chewing as 400 years old. In the 19th century a traveler tried it and wrote:
The Yamini [sic] can go or several days without food, but not a single day without qat. Men and women and children, they all use it.
So, as conservative lawyers and ministers currently argue for pot legality, kindly stay with me on this. Drug apostles, “philanthropic” millionaires like Hugh Hefner, and billionaires like Peter Lewis, George Soros and similar venture capitalists financed marijuana legalization. Remember, before victims legally exposed big tobacco’s death rates and alcohol’s drunk-driving record, both industries controlled all mainline media. These “harms” emerged only after juries awarded millions to industry/advertising victims. Anticipate similar media censorship of pot harms.
Instead of the tragic Third World history of pot, we get pricey advertorials like the feature film, “It’s Complicated” where one film critic gushed, “director Nancy Meyers, and actors Meryl Streep, Steve Martin” and Alec Baldwin deserve awards for making marijuana “acceptable” in pop culture.
Sorry. When a hot new product gets “used” in a film, that is called an “advertorial” and it used to be illegitimate. The “using” star, director, writer, etc, commonly receives mucho gold to hawk the item—especially when it is supported by billions. GQ says:
The GQ author says making it “healthy” sold pot, since folks think it’s no “more dangerous, than a bottle of spirulina…” Huffington Press’s Jason Silva says the “It’s Complicated” showed “successful, cosmopolitan adults enjoying a marijuana joint with no consequences.”
Well, if Streep, Martin and Baldwin’s pot acting promo didn’t pay more than their film salary their agents should be replaced forth with. Writing as though he is stoned, Silva adds, “Our 10,000 year relationship with cannabis can now exist without shame or rebellion. There are now more marijuana dispensaries in L.A. than there are Starbucks.”
“Our” 10,000 year relationship with hashish? Americans? Silva shouldn’t smoke.
“Our” cannabis “relationship,” roughly 50 years, was largely among criminals and then young, “educated” spoiled sex and drug rebels (see Woodstock’s shagged out chaos).
With U.S. marijuana use declining consistently “since the mid-1990s,” pot investors needed to lunch a media weed blitzkrieg with pricey celebrities snorting, (oops toking) in feature films like, “It’s Complicated,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” “[C]inema’s stoned age. Films featuring characters using marijuana have mushroomed.” says The Christian Science Monitor.
Silva reports, moms are “lighting up joints in Bryn Mawr and Squirrel Hill….Just ask Lisa….who works for a financial institution.” (She handles my money?) Lisa relaxes “with a joint” at night while the kiddos sleep.
Isn’t that inspiring? However, the Judeo-Christian religious proscriptions against mind altering drugs would have allowed “Lisa” and the Bryn Mar moms those leisurely swims in their back yard pools while their Third World sisters must still haul water from the well.
Remember, generations of Third World cultures relaxed “with a joint.” Arguably these “joints,” supported by religious worldviews, have kept its people impoverished.
Until recently, alcohol, relatively costly, morally proscribed (remember prohibition?) and water-soluble was the only intoxicant readily available to the Western masses.
Odysseus reported in The Odyssey, that the land of the “Lotus Eaters” induced a timeless drugged stupor. In The War on Drugs, researcher James Inciardi writes:
[R]eferences to marijuana appear in early Persian, Hindu, Greek, Arab and Chinese writings [and] chewing of coca had already been in Inca mythology for centuries.5
Despite rich national resources, indigenous peoples; Central Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Jamaica, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Fiji, etc, generally live in dire poverty with cultural acceptance of drugs always filtering down to children.
Marijuana and betel nut are common in most of Egypt and Asia. The Cree Indians tolerate harsh labor by chewing and brewing calamus or “rat root, 6 while Central Mexico to Costa Rica, hashish and thle-pela-kano (“Leaf of God”) keep the natives in bondage. Opium, heroin, hash oil and hashish are indigenously Asian. 10 Hashish controls people in North Africa, Pakistan to Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Nepal.
Nepal’s life expectancy, like other Third World countries, teeters at about 50 years of age along with its annual per capita income in 2010 of $1,250.
Indigenous drugs produce poverty, early mortality and illiteracy, and largely explain what the west calls amotivational syndrome. All adult use always leaves children vulnerable to vile abuse, from entrapment into prostitution to parental sale of their children.
Globally, men increasingly promote drug use by spouse and consort to get more dangerous sex acts and to recruit and control prostitutes and now, to create pornography. Drug use is directly associated with increased rates of myriad venereal diseases including AIDS (due to promiscuity, vaginal, oral and anal sex, rape, etc), unmarried births, infanticide and abortion.
Returning to the definition of “Assassin,” survivors speaking at the Liberty University Law School symposium on Genocide and the Holocaust (February 14, 2011) described the blood curdling public massacres in Rwanda. It turns out that marijuana played a role in that wholesale slaughter. Perhaps the effects of grass, or poly drug use, is not always as “laid back” as affluent Merel Streep’s acting demonstrated.
An official report on “Six rapid assessments of alcohol and other substance use in populations displaced by conflict” identifies “alcohol, khat, benzodiazepine, opiate, and other substance use” as part of heinous massacres and “gender-based violence” in Rwanda and other warring nations:
“People who take drugs get reckless…. Alcohol and cannabis were….widely consumed by men and women of all ages…Cannabis was typically smoked….Ex-combatants and their friends are typically perceived as the main sellers and users of cannabis….to be brave and strong to fight or just to meet their everyday difficulties…to stop the bad dreams.”
Substance use….[caused] violence, particularly gender-based violence….fear of substances and crime – associated with ex-combatants – pervaded Monrovia.”
In addition, combat….may promote use “to dull their fears and anxieties and to commit heinous atrocities”….[They used] opiates (mainly opium), cannabis (hashish) and tranquilisers….[Men used] hashish….tranquilisers were used by women….. one third of the women interviewed said that they knew someone who had a serious problem with hashish and gave accounts of domestic violence associated with its use.…Women….[gave] opium to children to keep them quiet….traditional and widespread.
The “Assassin” definition indicts “medical” or recreational marijuana. Whatever, impairs the brain’s frontal “braking thermostat,” (described by neurologist Don Hilton as common to pornography users) impairs conscience and escalates abuse and gender based violence.
Still working within the “medical marijuana” paradigm, do consider the role of pornography and impotence as an unending pot gold mine. Police commonly find drugs, prostitution, and pornography together in raids. Indeed, the industrialization of Third World drugs raises the real issue of criminality associated with pornography induced impotence, child pornography and sex trafficking.
Cavazos intuited we were becoming a poly-drug nation, mixing alcohol, marijuana (exogenous drugs) and pornography (an endogenous drug). Based on the porn-drug nexus, with roughly 5,200 apparently protected Pentagon child pornography users, legal marijuana will further weaken our economy, governance and security, as officials increasingly succumb to blackmail, bribery, or even assassins, high on the thrill of killing for “political or religious” reasons.
For the nasty subtext in roughly 2 million web hits for “porn addict recovery,” is pornography’s erototoxic castration fallout. Fox news peeps at the coming issues; “Italian scientists have identified [impotence] as a worrying side-effect of watching too much pornography.”Gosh, auto-eroticism to “pictures” can deflate the male — libido? Shock! Surprise! Stunner!
Indeed, the Italian researchers say porn “can lead to a loss of libido, impotence and a notion of sex that is totally divorced from real-life relations.” (Shock again.) Their study of 28,000 Italian hunks opined porn use led to “sexual anorexia,” even by the “mid-twenties.” This suggests whatever “aids” the estimated 40% to 70% of American male porn sufferers is into castration gold—this is a failure that keeps on paying.
The takeaway here is that as Viagra’s defects emerged (headaches, heart attacks, sexual failure without the drug, etc) legal pot is moving to center stage, teasing out the marijuana-porn mix as nirvana–a smoking eros! Sample Psychology Today readers celebrating marijuana’s libido lifts as erotic gold.
“[T]he most intense sexual experiences I’ve ever had was [sic] fueled by weed, tequila and cocaine.”
“I try and get high with every girl that I’m going to have sex with.”
Once the word gets out….the conservative right will jump on the weed bandwagon and forget about Viagra….the tables are turning to grow for a profit, instead of prohibit for a profit.”
Former drug advocate, Andrew Weil, M.D. observed that “18 million American men” suffer from impotence. Well, since pornography sets millions up only to let them down, “medical” marijuana seems like the smoke whose time has come.
All things being equal, pornography stimulated impotence is the siren call to marijuana as yet another prison for eroding conscience, thus the loss of masculine agency.
 January 4, 1989 The Washington Times
 http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=13802. Family North Carolina Magazine—January/February 2009 reported, “the greatest misconception from the drug legalization community is that marijuana can treat symptoms or illnesses which themselves can be the result of marijuana use….respiratory illnesses, immune system complications, and poor mental health….increased violence, traffic accidents, drug abuse, as well as poor grades and risky sexual behavior in youth….[impacting] pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory time and perception, and coordinated movement.”2
The drug lobby knows pot is used to hook girls into sex and prostitution; that clouded pot smokers are on record as sexually abusing their own and other children, that stoned lawyers and financers lost their clients’ life savings and that some users have totaled the car and in it an entire family driving home from church.
EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of Modkraft.