Rights Versus Privileges

Well, I’ve mentioned this before, but I think it deserves another go.

A lot of people whine about “equal rights”. I say get the fuck over it. You aren’t after equal rights, you want equal privileges. You already have equal rights. Rights cannot be taken from you, that’s what makes them rights. You can give up your rights, but if they are denied to you they aren’t rights, they’re privileges; which are the things an authority figure can choose to give to you or take away.

Let’s go over just a few of these:

You have the right to defend your life. You have the right to defend your freedom. You have the right to seek happiness. You have the right to love whom you will. You have the right to any religious belief you want. No matter who you are, no matter where you are, you have these rights, the end. By exercising these rights, you may risk having some of your privileges taken away, but no one can take your rights. People can and have been anything from beaten to burned at the stake for believing in a religion, but that didn’t stop them from believing it.

Some people have the privilege of defending their life with violence without legal repercussions. Some people have the privilege to speak freely in public about any subject they wish without repercussions. Some people have the privilege to marry the person they love. Some people have the privilege to practice their religion in public. Some don’t.

Some of these privileges are really nice. Some of them are things I personally would be willing to kill for, though I have no intention of dying for anything. That doesn’t make them rights. Get it right.

You might get attacked for exercising your rights. You might go to prison, might even get yourself killed. That doesn’t mean anyone’s taking your rights.

If you’re tied to a big pole, people are screaming obscenities and calling you a witch, and they’re lighting the fire… That means you’ve lost the privilege of living peacefully in their society, but they haven’t taken your right to believe in your religion.

If you love someone you can’t marry, you don’t have equal marriage privileges. Marriage isn’t a right, love is a right. If you want to get married, fine, but I don’t want to hear that it’s a right. Marriage is a social institution managed by the government and devised by Christianity. If you don’t care about the government or that particular religion, why the hell do you want to get married anyway? I think it’s enough to be in love.

So go ahead and pursue the privileges you want, but pick your battles, think for five minutes and figure out what actually matters, and for gods sake don’t call them rights.

May you find what you seek,

Alice

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Election Prediction

So I was right. A few months ago I accurately predicted the outcome of today’s election. Fourth one in a row.

Four more years of Obamacare…

Gods help us.

May you find what you seek,

Alice

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Closing The Dragon And Sphinx

Well, say so long. Our non-profit work has received absolutely no support, so we cannot proceed. The shop has received so little business the last few months that we cannot even afford to keep the website online. So much for providing online resources… The site is getting shut down at the end of the month unless someone donates $12 to its maintenance, which also means my new email is thedragonandsphinx@gmail.com and I’m going to lose touch with anyone who doesn’t remember that.

I’m out working in the real world now, and we’re saving up to buy livestock. As of now our priority is the farm. My online presence is decreasing drastically, so to those I’ve been helping and working with, I’m sorry, but I just plain don’t have the time and resources anymore. I’ll do whatever I can with a couple hours a day of free time.

I will occasionally do spellwork and readings for people, but only for those who are in particular need, and probably mostly people here in Oklahoma. We are no longer selling crafts or tools, and I’m not offering subscriptions to The Living Pharmakopoiia anymore. The blog is staying open and I still have a facebook page, so if anyone wants to keep in touch that’s the way to do it.

May you find what you seek,
Alice

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Herbal Article Vote

The following is the current Table of Contents for The Living Pharmakopoiia.

I will be releasing one article for free as a sort of promotion, and I’m giving everyone an opportunity to vote on which one. Even if the plant you’d like to learn more about isn’t on the list, let me know and if enough people are interested, I’ll add it. After all, this represents only about 10% of my current notes.

Table of Contents
Introduction12
How To Use This Book13
How Botanical Taxonomy Works13
Disclaimer14
The Entries14
Acacia spp.14
Acacia arabica17
Acacia catechu17
Acacia Concuine18
Acacia decurrens18
Acacia farnesiana18
Acacia melanoxylon18
Acacia niopo19
Acacia senegal 19
Acacia vera 19
Acacia verek19
Achillea spp.19
Achillea millefolium19
Aconite20
Aconitum spp.20
Aconitum anthora20
Aconitum carmichaelii21
Aconitum chasmanthum21
Aconitum chinensis21
Aconitum ferox21
Aconitum fischeri21
Aconitum Hemsleyan21
Aconitum heterophyllum22
Aconitum laciniatum22
Aconitum lycotonum22
Aconitum napellus 22
Aconitum orientale27
Aconitum palmatum27
Aconitum spicatum27
Aconitum Wilsoni27
Aconite, Winter27
Acorus spp.28
Acorus calamus28
Adam and Eve Roots28
Adder’s Mouth28
Adder’s Tongue28
Adrue28
Æranthis hyemalis28
African Dream Root29
African Violet29
Agar-Agar29
Agaric29
Agathosma spp.29
Agathosma betulina29
Agathosma crenulata29
Agrimonia eupatoria30
Agrimony31
Ague Grass31
Ague Root31
Alcaravea31
Alder31
Alder Buckthorn31
Aletris31
Aletris farinosa31
Alfalfa31
Alison32
Alkanet32
Alkanna tincoria32
Allium spp.32
Allium sativum32
Allspice33
Almond33
Alnus glutinosa34
Aloe34
Aloe spp.35
Aloes35
Aloes, Wood 35
Aloe vera35
Althea35
Althea officinalis35
Alum36
Alyssum36
Amanita muscaria37
Amaranth37
Amaranthus hypochondriacus37
Ambergris38
American Adder’s Tongue38
American Bittersweet38
American Elder 38
American Ginseng38
American Mistletoe 38
Anacardium occidentale38
Anchusa spp.39
Anemone39
Anemone caroliniana39
Anemone pulsatilla39
Angelica spp.39
Angelica archangelica40
Angelica atropurpurea40
Anise41
Apple41
Apricot42
Arabic42
Arbutus unede42
Archangel42
Arctium lappa42
Arnica spp.43
Arrowroot43
Asafoetida43
Ash43
Ashwagandha43
Aster44
Aspen [Poplar]44
Asphodel 44
Asteraceae (family)44
Atropa belladonna44
Auld Wife’s Huid45
Avens45
Avocado45
Bachelor’s Buttons45
Balangot45
Balm of Gilead45
Balsam 46
Bamboo46
Bambusa spp.46
Banana46
Banewort 46
Banyan47
Barbados47
Barley47
Basil47
Bay47
Bayberry47
Bean47
Bedstraw47
Bedstraw, Fragrant47
Bee Balm 47
Beech47
Beet48
Beithe48
Belladonna48
Bell Pepper48
Belly Ache Root48
Benzoin48
Bergamot, Orange 48
Bereza48
Bergamot, Wild 48
Berke48
Bertholletia excellsa48
Be-Still49
Beta vulgaris49
Beth49
Betony 49
Betula spp.49
Birch50
Bistort 50
Bitter Bark50
Bitter Grass50
Bittersweet50
Blackberry50
Black Cherry50
Black Cohosh50
Black Hellebore50
Black Mustard51
Black Peppercorn51
Black Root51
Black Snakeroot51
Blackthorn51
Bladder Fucus51
Bladderwrack51
Blanket Flower51
Blazing Star52
Bleeding Heart52
Bloodroot52
Bluebell52
Blueberry52
Blue Bottle52
Blue Cohosh52
Blue Flag52
Bluet53
Blue Rocket53
Bodhi53
Boneset53
Borage53
Borago officinalis53
Bouleau53
Bracken53
Brassica oleracea53
Brazil Nut54
Briar Rose54
Briony54
Bromeliad54
Bugloss54
Bulrush54
Burn Plant55
Burrage55
Caaroba55
Cabbage55
Cactaceae (Family)55
Cactus55
Calamus55
Calea zacatechichi55
Callistephus chinensis56
Camellia spp.56
Camellia japonica56
Camellia sinensis56
Campanula rotundifolia56
Cape Gum57
Caper57
Capparis spinosa57
Caprifoliaceae family57
Capsicum spp.57
Caraway58
Cardamom58
Cardamon58
Carnation58
Caroba58
Carobinha58
Carrot58
Carum carvi58
Cascara59
Cascara Sagrada59
Cashew59
Castilleja spp.59
Castor60
Catch As Catch Can60
Cat’s Claw60
Cat Tail60
(see Typha spp.)60
Caulophyllum thalictroides60
Cayenne Pepper60
Celastrus scandens60
Centaurea cyanus61
Ceratonia siliqua61
Chamaecrista fasciculata61
Chamaemelum nobile62
Chameleon Star62
Chamomile62
Cherry62
Chili Pepper62
China Aster62
Chinese Lantern Plant62
Church Steeples63
Cinnamomum spp.63
Cinnamomum camphora63
Cinnamomum verum63
Cinnamon & Honey Blend63
Cinnamon Fern64
Cittim Bark65
Cnicus spp.65
Cnicus benedictus65
Cocklebur65
Crow Corn65
Crypanthus spp.65
Cucurbita pepo65
Cupid’s Car66
Curacao Aloe66
Cutweed66
Cyanide66
Cyperus articulatus66
Cypress67
Cytisus scoparius67
Datura spp.67
Daucus carota68
Deadly Nightshade68
Death Angel69
Death Cap69
Death’s Herb69
Devil’s Cherries69
Devil’s Flower69
Dextromethorphan69
Dianthus spp.70
Dianthus carophyllus71
Dicentra spp.71
Divale72
Dog’s Tooth Violet72
Dream Herb72
Dream Root72
Dumbledore’s Delight72
Dwale72
Dwaleberry72
Dwayberry72
Dyer’s Alkanet73
Dyer’s Bugloss73
Ecorce Sacree73
Earth Star73
Egyptian Gum73
Egyptian Thorn73
Elettaria cardamomum73
Enchusa73
Eranthis hyemalis74
Ericaceae family74
Erica spp.74
Erythronium americanum74
Euchema spinolum75
Eupatorium perfoliatum75
Fabaceae (Family)75
Faboideae (Sub-Family) 75
Fagopyrum spp.76
Fagus sylvatica76
Fair Lady76
Fakouha76
False Acacia76
False Bittersweet76
Fenugreek77
Fennel77
Fern77
Ferula spp.77
Ferula rurbicaulis77
Ficus benghalensis77
Ficus religiosa78
Floramon78
Flower of Immortality78
Fly Agaric78
Fly Fungus78
Foeniculum vulgare78
Fraxinus spp.78
Friar’s Cap79
Fruit of the Gods80
Fruit of the Underworld80
Fuchsia80
Fucus vesiculosus80
Gaillardia aristata80
Galega officinalis81
Galium spp.81
Garclive81
Garden Angelica81
Gelidium spp.82
Gelidium Amansii82
Geum Urbanum82
Gigartina speciosa83
Gillies83
Gilli Flowers83
Gladdon83
Goat’s Rue83
Gout Root83
Gracillaria lichenoides83
Grape84
Great Morel84
Greek Nuts84
Guinea Rush84
Gum Arabic Tree84
Harebell84
Heather84
Heemst84
Helleborus niger84
Herba Angelica84
Herb of Gladness85
Herb of Protection85
Hierochloe odorata85
Honey85
Honeysuckle85
Hordeum vulgare85
Horsenettle85
Huauhtli (Aztec)85
Hurtlesickle86
Hyacinth86
Hyacinthus orientalis86
Ibhuma86
Iris versicolor86
Jacaranda procera86
Jove’s Flower87
Kasui87
Kelp87
Kikwata87
Kummel87
Lactuca virosa87
Ladies’ Seal87
Lady of the Woods87
Lasafa87
Laurus nobilis88
Leguminosae (Family)88
Leopard’s Bane88
Liatris aspera88
Lily89
Lilium spp.89
Liverwort89
Locust Tree89
Love-Lies Bleeding89
Mad Root89
Mad Wort90
Magic Mushroom90
Mallards90
Malus Domestica90
Mamona90
Mangel90
Mangold90
Maranta arundinacea90
Marshmallow90
Masterwort90
Matricaria chamomilla91
Mbiba91
Mbeno91
Mdego91
Meadow Anemone91
Medicago sativa91
Medicine Plant92
Mexican Dream Herb92
Michaelmas Daisy92
Mkanju92
Mkwatia92
Mokula Kula92
Monkshood92
Mortification Root92
Musa sapientum92
Myerica cerifera93
Myristica spp.93
Myrtle Flag95
Myrtle Grass95
Myrtle Sedge95
Naughty Man’s Cherries95
Nectarine95
Nelka95
Nepeta cataria95
Nettle96
Nightshade96
Ntola96
Ocimum basilicum96
Opium Lettuce97
Orchant97
Orchis spp.97
Osmunda cinnamomea98
Palma Christi98
Palms Christi Root98
Panax quinquefolius98
Paper Lantern Plant 98
Pasque Flower99
Passe Flower99
Passiflora incarnata99
Passion Flower99
Pepper, Cayenne99
Pepper, Chili99
Pepper, Red99
Pepper, Bell99
Pepper, Sweet100
Persea americana100
Phaseolus spp.100
Philanthropos101
Physalis alkekengi101
Phytolacca acinosa101
Phytolacca Americana101
Phytolacca drastica104
Pimenta spp.104
Pimenta dioica105
Pimenta officinalis105
Pimpinella anisum105
Piper nigrum106
Plum106
Poke107
Polemonium reptans107
Polygonum bistorta107
Populus spp.108
Potato108
Princess Feather108
Prosopis dulcis108
Prunus spp.109
Prunus armeniaca109
Prunus communis109
Prunus dulcis109
Prunus persica110
Pteridium aquilinum110
Pteridophyta110
Pyrus spp.111
Raczmick111
Raspberry111
Red Campion111
Redcap Mushroom111
Red Cockscomb111
Red Pepper112
Rhamnus spp.112
Rhamnus frangula112
Rhamnus purshiana112
Ricinus communes113
Robinia pseudacacia113
Root of the Holy Ghost114
Rosa rubiginosa114
Rosa spp.114
Rose115
Rubus spp.115
Rubus villosus115
Sacred Bark116
Sacred Mushroom116
Saint paulia ionantha116
Salsola spp.116
Sanguinaria canadensis116
Saqal117
Scaffold Flower117
Seaweed117
Serpent’s Tongue117
Shafallah117
Silene capensis117
Silver Bough118
Silver Branch118
Slaz118
Snake Grape118
Solanaceae118
Solanum119
Solanum carolinense122
Solanum dulcamara123
Solanum lycopersicum123
Solanum tuberosum124
Sonchus oleraceus124
Sops-In-Wine124
Sorcerer’s Berry124
Sow Thistle124
Squash124
Star Flower124
Stargrass124
Starwort124
Sticklewort124
Stickwort125
Storm Hat125
Styrax benzoin125
Sweet Cane125
Sweet Flag125
Sweet Grass125
Sweet Pepper125
Sweet Weed126
Tahua126
Tamus126
Tetterberry126
Thevetia neriifolia126
Thevetia peruviana126
Thistle126
Thistle, Sow126
Thor’s Hat126
Thung127
Tomato127
Tree of Love127
Trigonella foenum-graecum127
True Unicorn Root127
Typha spp.127
Ubulawu127
Umakhuthula127
Uncaria tomentosa127
Undlela Ziimhlophe128
Unicorn Root128
Urtica spp.128
Vaccinium spp.128
Valerian128
Valeriana officinalis128
Velvet Flower128
Velvet Leaf128
Viburnum opulus128
Vitis spp.129
Wattle Bark 129
Wattles129
Wax Work129
Wild Hops129
Wild Lettuce129
Wild Vine129
Wind Flower129
Winter Aconite130
Wisteria130
Wisteria frutescens130
Witch’s Berry130
Withania somnifera130
Wolfsbane130
Wolf’s Bane130
Wolf’s Hat130
Wymote130
Yarrow130
Yellow Bark131
Yellow Snowdrop131
Zabila131

May you find what you seek,

Alice

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Fair Wages Or Something

So here’s the latest political and activist tripe. Apparently the unfair treatment of laborers in China is now a hot button issue.

Seems a company called Foxconn is responsible for production of Apple’s iPhone 5. They have factory workers running ten hour shifts for almost no pay, and they’re not allowed to go back to school.

Because of this some idiots actually want to boycott Apple products in protest. This is a stupid idea.

News flash, it’s not just Apple. It’s practically every product in the US. You know why? Because the Chinese work for nothing and let their government tell them they don’t have a choice. Communist China dictates who works where, for how long, and for what pay. No one does anything about it.

All other things notwithstanding, the Chinese people out number Americans to such an extent that China’s standing military is larger than the entire American population. They outnumber their communist dictators by far more.

The only explanation I know for 4 billion people not standing up to 400 people is cowardice. Blaming the government for their problems is a cop out. When the government causes more harm than good, replace it. Blaming the corporations for the problem is just damned retarded. The Chinese corporation does what their government says, just like everyone else. The American corporations are motivated by the bottom line. You want to change policies of Apple, Microsoft, and other American giants, hit them in the cash flow. Make it no longer cost effective to outsource to China, and they won’t do it anymore. For right now, demanding American labor just raises the prices on your precious iPhones, you bunch of internet addicted technology whores.

That said, you go right ahead and boycott Apple for using underpaid Chinese labor, and switch to any of their competitors who all do the same. Make those Chinese factory workers assemble more Microsoft devices than they do Apple devices. Sure, that’ll change things.

Or you could go without the mass produced Chinese products altogether. In which case you’re left with no computers at all, and then how would you bitch at the people on Facebook about how much you care about the Chinese people?

You want to change the world? Shut up and do something instead of talking about it.

I use Facebook and the internet to keep up with what’s happening in the world, but I honestly don’t care about much that doesn’t directly effect me and the people I care about. My time is better served protecting my first and second amendment rights, than fighting for fare wages in China.

Meanwhile in the part of the world you all actually live in, as opposed to the parts you only hear about from photos on Facebook, there’s a presidential election coming up in the US. One of the candidates wants to take your second amendment rights, the other wants your first amendment rights. Take your pick. Or get the hell over the problems in China and do something about the problems in your own back yard. No matter who wins the upcoming election, you’ll all either fight for your rights, or give them up and be just like all those sheep in China doing what the big bad government tells you to, while the moose are laughing at your stupid asses up in Canada.

I may be a selfish bitch because I don’t really give a shit about Chinese factory workers or starving African kids, but at least I’m not a hypocrite. I won’t boycott Apple because they’re taking advantage of a situation in China that I will gladly admit is an atrocious abuse of human rights, but I’ll damn well shoot someone for abusing those same human rights here in my neck of the woods. Maybe the Chinese will get the idea. If not, I can’t help them, and I don’t care to try.

May you find what you seek,

Alice

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Retrograde

Tonight I wish to submit for the general record that I believe Mercury must be in retrograde again or something.

For the last three or four days, the entire world has been full of jackasses not thinking things through and generally being obnoxious and rude. This phenomena is particularly visible on the internet, where I am not part of any community which is not currently in a tizzy over some form of pointless drama, all of them completely unrelated to each other.

May you find what you seek,

Alice

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Assumption

Beware of jumping to conclusions. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, all you know is that it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck. You don’t necessarily know it’s a duck. Appearances can be deceiving, they are only appearances.

And if all you know is that it has feathers and makes bird noises, it might be a chicken.

May you find what you seek,

Alice

 

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