The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Sunday, October 16, 2011


The winds of change were blowing through Northampton's Pulaski Park with a copycat Wall Street style occupation underway.

Not a lot of people involved.

But a lot of signs were participating.

Most of the signs had dull slogans on them, but a few like this one showed a sense of humor.

The protests in Boston had a contingent from Springfield, as seen in this photo by Michaelann Bewsee

In downtown Amherst there were cries of treason.

UMass students were focusing on fixing the bottle bill.

Big pot pow-wow at UMass this week - the general public is invited.

When: Wednesday, October 19, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Student Union Ballroom
Hosted by: Cannabis Reform Coalition

It's time to talk about the elephant in the room, folks. Cannabis is making headlines in pop culture, medicine, politics, you name it. So how is it that something so present can still be so misconstrued? Well, we're working to solve that. Whether you're a cannabis connoisseur or just curious what all the hype is about, this is your event.

The UMass CRC Cannabis Colloquium will be an event centered on education about the drug and discussion of relevant topics. Members of the UMass CRC as well as student groups from the Amherst area and beyond will have tables to present information and answer questions on such topics as the Mexican drug cartels, hemp, and knowing your rights. In addition, we will provide speakers from organizations in the cannabis industry, including:

1:00: Terry Franklin Executive Director of The Freedom Bus Caravan.
1:30: Erik Wunderlich of Mass Patients (MPAA).
1:45: Jack Cole of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition(LEAP.)
2:25: Richard Cusick of High Times Magazine.
3:00: Allen St. Pierre of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

This morning while waiting for the bus I saw a kid doing yo-yo tricks in the lobby of the Academy of Music. I made this video holding the camera wrong so it came out sideways.

I got off the bus in Amherst by the Robert Frost library at Amherst College.

I noticed that they were having the ceremony for the induction of Carolyn Martin, the new college president and the first female one.

In honor of the occasion, in the Frost Library some Tibetan monks were making a psychedelic mandala using only finely colored sand, as seen in this video I made.

It rained a lot this week, as you can see from this picture I took out the back door of the Haymarket Cafe.

But that didn't stop Jordan Williams (below) and myself from doing some hiking around the Holyoke reservoir.

It was mostly just misting out, and eventually stopped completely.

The last rays of light at sunset made a rainbow fragment.

A sign of good luck, and better days.


Anonymous said...

A very nice post Tom.

Anonymous said...

I Know Trish. I'm not surprised she would protest with a phony $1 dollar bill.

I met her on a train to Philly. Her parents are filthy rich and reside in a toney suburb near...well...Philly. She was accepted to Smith, but decided to attend Amherst.

She is afraid of the homeless people(not the phoney, pretend homeless)in NoHo.

I encouraged her to attend Caltech and be an engineer. She decided she would rather be a campaign volunteer for Mitt Romney and try to influence Democrats to vote for a Republican candidate for president.

I advised her to reconsider her decision not to attending Caltech.

Krysty said...

I love the rainbow photo at the end!

Tim said...

Tom, that resevoir there, Whiting St? I was running there a couple of years ago, and a bald eagle flew right over my head. Very low, as if it was just another pigeon. So, beautiful! I used to love that place, but I moved and now go out to Peaked Mt. in Monson when I want a good hike. There's a place, along with the pond, I believe its called Lunden Pond that I'd recommend for a feature.

Tom said...

Thanks, I'll check it out!