Prejudice

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They come
uninvited
with their woofers buzzing
sitting low in their seats
and smoking reefer
that entered the country
illegally. Continue reading

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The QuickTurtle™ Band

IMG_0033           The QuickTurtle Electric Bass

Built by the famed instrument maker and Stand Up Bassist of The QuickTurtle Band, TBone Ditty.  This bass made it’s first appearance in the initial recording of The Diagnostic Symptoms Blues.  It is now a part of Robbie Slades arsenal of instruments.  TBone built the bass at the St. Andrews Estuary while picnicking with QT Magnolia the band’s lead singer.

QT in a recent interview with Howie Burn from CCB Radio talked about TBone and his music making prowess.

“That was truly a glorious weekend,” QT recalls, “we had just finished our European Tour and needed to get out from under our road weariness.  We were having a nice little picnic when TBone spotted the bass’s soundboard calling out to him from a pile of sea strewn debris.  After a little more searching he had his little pile of gems all laid out on our blanket.  Not only did TBone build the bass right there on the spot, he wrote the lyrics to The Diagnostic Symptoms Blues after hearing from one of our fans that there was an epidemic of ADHD drugging of young QuickTurtles at his alma mater WestBank Elementary School.”

“Right into create mode!”  Howie exclaimed.

“It was.  We arranged and wrote the music that same day.  It was recorded the very next weekend.”

“I understand TBone builds all of his instruments by hand?”

“Yes he’s a naturalist.  He has great hands and an abundance of patience.  He also has a fabulous ear.  It’s a good thing because he needs it when it comes to me.”

“Thank you, QT.  Anything new on the horizon?”

“I’d just say, hold on to your toupee there Howie!”

ADHD-Right or Wrong Premise

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I have encountered a great many people who have the belief that ADHD drugs and other psychotropic medications WORK on children.

First off let’s define WORK.  What exactly does this mean?

I think it all depends on the premise held by the person saying it.  Many of you operate from a premise that says these drugs do WORK.  I will go more deeply into that aspect as a viewpoint in this essay.  I will also look at it from the viewpoint of Common Sense and Spirituality and viewing from this premise we get an answer that shows that these drugs unequivocally do not WORK.

I know many of you have children of your own or know children who have been diagnosed with varying degrees of attention deficit and non-optimum behaviors that require drug prescriptions according to the opinions of psychiatrists, psychologists and or medical doctors.  These behaviors might include loud or demanding behavior, has trouble staying focused, constantly fidgets or squirms, talks excessively, interrupts, has difficulty playing quietly and many other similar symptoms of which you can find by googling ADHD symptoms.

The premise that psychiatrists, many psychologists and medical doctors subscribe to is that the body somehow dictates the function of these symptoms and that function can be positively altered or corrected by subjecting the body and mind to various chemicals.  If these chemicals APPEAR to remove the symptoms of ADHD then these chemicals are said to WORK.  The child that wouldn’t shut-up can now sit still and be quiet.  SUCCESS!  The child that wouldn’t study mathematics can now sit still long enough to read a mathematics text.  MY GOD, THESE DRUGS REALLY WORK!

That is how it appears, at least on the surface.  I would like to stress that the above is just that though, a premise.  It is not a fact.  Colleges are in the business of churning out thousands of cookie cutter graduates that are taught in accordance with this non-spiritual premise.  It is a point of view.  It is established and carried forward by Institutional Thinking and by those that would most benefit from having drug subdued children.  Those that most benefit are those that want and perceive kids as a physical commodity having a certain set standard of behavior and an optimum personality, a child that is made willing and so that he can be taught within the parameters of modern education. This standard personality is perceived to be most desirable for reasons of institutionalized learning and ease of control in school and social settings.  Anyone falling outside of this perceived norm is classified and labeled to have such disorders as ADHD, depression, bipolar personality, dyslexia or any other of various learning and mental disabilities.  Being classified to have any of these mental and social abnormalities is for the purpose of putting the child into special education programs and onto any of the various drugs designed to bring about an appearance of normality.  This label does not go away.

But I will tell you, children have had and acted out these so called ADHD symptoms from time immemorial.  I am absolutely certain that my friends and I would have been classified and labeled with having ADHD if we were in school with this generation.  We were smart and easily bored to the point of doing all manner of what would have been deemed “disturbing behavior” to modern day psychiatrists and psychologists.  I have to say that we turned out better adjusted than those who would deem it necessary to label us and drug us. These ADHD symptoms are none other than symptoms of being a child and the environmental circumstances within which that child was born and learns to socialize.  Even more basic than that is the child’s inherent personality.  He may be shy or talkative, happy or morose,  mentally or physically handicapped, or any diverse individual traits fitting the gamut of human existence.  To say the least, divorces, deaths, alcoholism, drug abuse, and violence, etc. are all potential detrimental environments that can cause a variety of symptoms.  Too much sugar, caffeine, poor diet and nutrition, bad sleep habits, poor or no exercise, etc. are just as detrimental in the majority of cases.  Everyone is an individual and different.  Some kids naturally have more energy or talk more, can’t sit still, are demanding, etc.  That these things do exist and are affecting the child’s behavior does not constitute drugging as a means to supplant the real issues and the inherent personality of the child.

The others that benefit from the institutional premise are the drug makers.  They benefit to the tune of billions of dollars annually.  They are happy to drug anyone and everyone to fill their coffers.  The School Boards and their Schools benefit through receiving thousands of dollars in State and Federal grant money for classifying kids as special needs.  Parents can even benefit by receiving government support money to help their special needs child.  It WORKS!  Right!

On an institutional premise, yes.  On the humanistic and spiritual premise, it’s a two thumbs down equivocal NO!  These drugs do not WORK at all.  One of the most important entities left out of the institutional premise is the child.  Being drugged does not positively alter or correct his environment or his social issues.  It does not correct his diet, sleep or exercise routines.  Most kids do not want or do not agree with having their behavior modified through the use of these powerful psychotropic chemicals.  They don’t want their emotions pared down to apathy.  What they want is to live life as an emotional and sentient being.  They don’t want to be made to sit in a chair involuntarily and drool or tic uncontrollably as a result of being medicated.  They do not want to be artificially happy.  They are kids wanting to be kids.  They want to live in control of their bodies instead of their bodies and minds controlled by chemicals the like of Ritalin, Adderall, Xanax, etc.

Once under the influence of these drugs a child tends to go out of touch with himself on various levels, he loses touch with reality and real emotional responses.  When he should be sad he is happy, when he should be enthused he doesn’t care, etc.  They become a handicap to themselves because their responses are inappropriate and they are under the delusion that they are acting “normal”.  They can have their depressions and manic behaviors intensified to the point of hurting themselves or committing suicide.  They can become a handicap to their parents and teachers by appearing to be something that a drug altered person is not; in control.  They can secretly stop their medications and have a psychotic break as a direct result of those medications and then pick up a gun and shoot up a school of their peers and teachers.  It is happening more and more at an alarming rate.  These school shootings are a direct result in a majority of cases of psychotropic medications gone very wrong and has nothing to do with guns or unmedicated personalities.

From a spiritual premise and perspective it is a known fact that all chemicals are simply poisons and adversely effect the person on a spiritual level.  In minute quantities these chemicals can have a therapeutic value on the physical level to speed up or slow down mental and physical reactions but they have absolutely no curative value.  NONE.  They are masks.  Several million children are wearing these masks because they are forced to do so by the institutional mindset that has lost touch with the spiritual nature of their species.  When you are talking about health, happiness, sadness, anger, well-being, pain,creativity, communication, passion, etc. you are talking about those things which are part and parcel to human existence.  These are the things these psychotropic drugs are designed to extinguish.  The person is replaced by a chemical personality that is delusional.  He losses his ability to discern the consequences of his actions or in other words he does not have a conscience when it comes to right and wrong.  He is a liability to himself and others even if he doesn’t necessarily appear so.  These drugs do not WORK from a humanistic and spiritual premise.  They are fooling nature.  They are fooling a grossly under informed and naive society.  They are a Pandora’s box full of disaster just waiting to happen.

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™

Betrayed

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There are times people have to stop what they are doing.  We have to examine ourselves and our actions.  We have to take the blinders off and look at the bottom line, truth.  We are not slaves.  We are not pre-programmed robots with pre-programmed responses.  We are thinking sentient beings ultimately responsible for our own thoughts, our own actions and inactions that result in reality.  We are responsible for ourselves as well as the well being of our children.  We are responsible for their physical and mental make-up and health.  We are responsible for their up-bringing.  After all, they are children.

Presently, it is a cruel reality that millions of kids are being labeled with and drugged for imaginary mental disorders by people that have chosen to put and keep their blinders on.  Kids are not mentally ill.  Let me repeat that.  KIDS ARE NOT MENTALLY ILL.  They are just kids in need of good parenting, good nutrition, sound goals and purposes, good physical education habits, good fun and constructive activities.  They also need sound spiritual principles and spiritual mentors on their path to adulthood.  Given those things most children thrive.  What they don’t need are drugs.

Drugs are poison.  Drugs are irresponsible.  Drugs are cruel.  Drugs are spiritual murder and a cop out by those that should be held accountable.  Us.  I know we have created and live in a very mechanistic and self-centered society.  That does not justify this barbaric behavior of shrugging off our own responsibilities onto the shoulders of innocent children.  They are not responsible.  They are not mentally ill.  They are being subjected to the punishment of strong psychotropic drugs instead of being helped.  They are thrown into the darkness of being alone and betrayed.  It’s time to stop and examine the repercussions of what we are doing.  It’s time to wake up.  This isn’t a dream.

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™

Common Sense, Snake Oil

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“Any need for a chemical or drug, be the need be derived via mind or body can be considered an addiction.  Creating that need and addiction is the job of modern day advertisers, kinfolk to the old snake oil salesmen that once sold cure-all elixirs filled with alcohol, opium, heroine, cocaine, etc.  Drug companies spend billions of dollars in advertising annually for the chance to catch you with your eyes closed and your pants down.  Their ads are plastered all over the internet and on TV.  You see them in magazines and on billboards.  Men (presumably with erectile dysfunction) sit around 24/7 thinking up new ads to get you hooked mentally or physically on one of their “products”.  Annually, only a handful of innocent people are killed as a result of police brutality.  The police are kittens and lambs compared to these snake oil crackers.  Drug companies kill thousands upon thousands of innocent people annually with their poisonous elixirs.  If you feel a need to vent your anger, pick a worthy opponent like Phizer.  Or how about Monsanto? Most policemen I have met are great guys and gals.  They are your friends, they’re not your enemy.”

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™

Common Sense Irrationality

“It is completely and utterly irrational that millions of children could and do get sedated through the prescribing of psychiatric medications. When the so called most learned members of a society promote and carry out this mass drugging of their offspring, that segment of society doing the drugging could rightfully be called insane.”

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™

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Common Sense 2014 Issue 1

Common Sense; 1) Ordinary good sense or sound practical judgement. 2) normal intelligence. 3) decisions guided by reason and principle.

“Who the Author of this Production is, is wholly unnecessary to the public, as the Object for Attention is the DOCTRINE ITSELF, not the MAN. Yet it may not be necessary to say, that he is unconnected with any Party, and under no sort of influence public or private, but the influence of reason and principle.” Thomas Paine, Feb.14th, 1776.

I make no claims that I am anything but a person with ordinary good sense. I am not attempting to impress anyone. I did not attend a University to acquire higher education degrees or important titles to add to my name. I am simply a sentient being with a full set of faculties. In other words, I have two eyes, two ears and all my other innate senses fully intact. So having, my inherent nature to know right from wrong is in full force. I have a sound mind, a stout conscious and I am capable of a wide spectrum of human emotion. It is all these things and more that are the river that runs deep and foremost, through each and every human being on Earth. We all possess an innate common sense. So how does one’s home, one’s job, his city, his nation and world get so out of kilter as to foster abuse, injustice, and other dire things such as the psychotropic drugging of millions of innocent school age children? How could anyone with any common sense get himself or herself involved in such nonsensical actions? What truly caring psychiatrist or doctor would prescribe these mind-altering drugs to himself, let alone give them to a defenseless child. This is bad behavior by misinformed adults trying to resolve a falsely perceived or imagined bad behavior in children. The child is just being a child, they do not have ADHD, abnormal depression, Bi-polar or any other number of absurdly false labels being bestowed on them. They do not need mind-altering drugs. They need patience, communication, strong parenting, good nutrition and diet, care and proper guidance in school and by health professionals. What is happening instead is unconscionable and criminal. Bottom line, it has become all about the money. Our society has been and is under a relentless barrage of advertising tactics funded by the pharmaceutical industry. It is meant to supplant our common sense with a nascence belief in psychotropics. They are telling you and your children that they have ADHD, depression, Bi-polar disorder and a multitude of other non-existent mental disorders. Their lobbying tactics and endless stream of dollars have already bought Washington. We are on our own folks.

Just what the hell is a psychotropic drug anyway? Let’s define our terms here.

Psychotropic Drug: 1) (of a drug) acting on the mind. 2) a narcotic or stimulant substance or influence. (PSYCHO- + Gk trope; turning

So all drugs in this class act on and influence the mind. That is what they do. They turn the mind away from normal function. They do not kill bacteria, ward off viruses, or in anyway act as a healing agent for the body or mind. They are psychotropic. Many of them anesthetize or deprive one of physical or mental sensation. They turn off appropriate emotional responses and skew the human conscience. A formula for disaster if I’ve ever seen one. Just look at all the recent shootings in our schools and anyone with common sense can see the correlation. These kids are on mind altering drugs and in most cases a deadly mixture of several all at once. These are the facts folks.

Let’s take this a little further and define narcotic and stimulant.

Narcotic: 1) (of a substance) inducing drowsiness, sleep, stupor, or insensibility. 2) (of a drug) affecting the mind. 3) of or involving narcosis (Gk narkotikos (AS NARCOSIS)

Narcosis: 1) a state of insensibility. 2) the working or effects of narcotics. (Gk narkosis f. narkoo; make numb)

Stimulant: that stimulates, esp. bodily or mental activity. (L. stimulare stimulant- urge, goad)

By nature narcotics induce a state of insensibility and numb the ability of a person to reason. By nature a stimulant urges or goads mental activity. Put two and two together and common sense will tell us that on one hand you have insensibility and on the other hand that insensibility is being stimulated. Compound the effects of these drugs with the yet undeveloped minds of kids and you can predict the results. Yes, these school shootings are unreasonable, but common sense clearly points its finger at the pharmaceutical industry as the root cause. Common sense does not put the blame on a child or a gun. You can take away the gun and it’ll be replaced by a pipe bomb, take away the bomb and it’ll be replaced by a Molotov cocktail, ad infinitum as long as the drugging remains in place. Common sense could predict, take away the pharmaceutical pipeline and these violent acts will diminish considerably.

Common Sense 2014