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Trading a Loving Heart for a Purple Heart: The Travis Gilliland Story

Trading a Loving Heart for a Purple Heart: The Travis Gilliland Story

Trigger Warning: This article discusses military service, PTSD, suicide, and self-destructive substance abuse and contains disturbing passages that could be triggering, especially for those who have served or are serving in the military. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: you start talking with someone of a more liberal persuasion about cannabis legalization and/or […]

Dirty Wars: A Review of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary

Dirty Wars: A Review of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary

War is a dirty thing – it always has been and it will continue to be. The fact alone that all wars are fought because of greed or hate is inherently a terrible thing. So, to talk about covert warfare as if it were a shocking and wrong is almost silly, yet here we are. […]

Catching Up With Drug War Activist Diane Wattles Goldstein

Catching Up With Drug War Activist Diane Wattles Goldstein

Diane Goldstein, a frequent contributor to Ladybud Magazine and The Huffington Post, as well a well-respected speaker and lecturer on Drug Policy Reform, sat down with LB’s Publisher Diane Fornbacher to talk about some current world events about drug legalization, the many groups with whom she works, her favorite sources of news, and much more.  Traveling all […]

In The Shadow Of Iraq: A Veteran’s Battle With PTSD

In The Shadow Of Iraq: A Veteran’s Battle With PTSD

Reposted with special permissions from Etc. Magazine, photos courtesy of Jacob Davis by Jacob Davis On March 19th, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq–I woke up late again with a soggy T-shirt, courtesy of the racing thoughts and bad dreams which always prevent me from getting much rest. There never is any rest for the […]

I Am A Hipster And Not Ashamed

I Am A Hipster And Not Ashamed

I’ve recently come to terms with the label “hipster.” It happened one day when I was sitting on the window ledge of my apartment in the Mission district of San Francisco, smoking pot named after a revolutionary and eating a burrito I paid cash for. Across the street, the café I always avoided because it […]

We Need To Free Up Our Police To Fight Crime, Not the Drug War

We Need To Free Up Our Police To Fight Crime, Not the Drug War

PHOTO: SWAT raid in Lakewood, New Jersey “Why Cops Bust Down Doors of Medical Pot Growers, But Ignore Men Who Keep Naked Girls on Leashes” – so reads the title of an AlterNet article by Kristin Gwynne that made the social media rounds this week. The article explains the lure of asset forfeiture laws: why […]

Why Can’t We Start A Revolution?

Why Can’t We Start A Revolution?

PHOTO: “Liberty leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix Revolutions are romantic, especially for Americans. Our revolutions are all so recent that we are still so close to them, the force and violence of them lingers in our collective attitudes; it influences our laws and society. We had our first revolution a little over two hundred […]