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The Rat Race In The Swamp

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Virtually everyone who speaks English has used the phrase “rat race” to describe the pace of modern life, but few people understand how the term came into being. Many people inside and outside of the swampy bottoms of the DC Beltway would agree that, indeed, Washington is even more of a rat race these days than usual.

As with many phrases in the English language, once you understand the origins, the meaning becomes even more delightful.

Back in the epoch of Medieval plagues, one of the many epidemics that swept Europe was not only carried by rats, but it also infected them. The rodents were first affected by extreme thirst, then hunger, then disorientation, then extreme fatigue. As a rat reached the final stage it would fall down, helpless, just lying wherever it had fallen.

Pretty soon another rat, perhaps just in the first stages of the disease, would happen by and, seeing its fellow furry compadre totally helpless and looking delicious, would settle down to dine.

Rats being rats, the morsel of choice was the anus of the poor creature lying helpless, and so as brother (or sister) rat began gnawing at its tender parts, the first rat would begin to inch along, trying to escape the teeth burrowing from behind.

But soon, since rat #2 was also sick and disoriented even while dining, rat #3 would happen by and – voila – the feast would begin anew at the hind end of rat #2.

So now we would have three rats, each concentrating on eating the juicy anus of the one in front while trying to escape being eaten from behind.

While the spectacle would most often grow to resemble a bloody little Conga line, occasionally a full circle would form. Needless to say, this sight would attract human spectators and, people being the creatures that they are, bets would be placed on which rat would be the ultimate survivor. Or, rather, which rat would die last, since there were never any actual survivors.  So, while there was no announcer to cry “And they’re off”, this everyday sporting event in the streets of London quickly came to be called a “Rat Race”.

Charming, no? And how appropriate that this is the phrase of choice to describe the activities of the creatures of the Beltway swamp.

Gentlemen (and ladies) – place your bets. My bet is on the rodent with the orange fur.

Author: panaceachronicles

I will be moving to Portland, Oregon in the Fall of 2017 & am looking for an opportunity to contribute to the success of the Cannabis revolution that I helped to start with my 1969 "Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana". "Cultivators" was the first book-length US guide to growing Cannabis, and was a call for individuals to take ownership of this sacred plant before the government and criminal syndicates stole it from the People. Well, it only took 50 years or so, but it looks like the revolution is almost complete, although the struggle isn't quite over yet. Still, I intend to continue to be part of this movement, and am looking for the right opportunity in Oregon to help make the Cannabis revolution unstoppable. Here are some of the skills that I can contribute: Teamwork: I work hard to create win-win dynamics Management: I know how to motivate and lead successful teams Media savvy: I know what editors and readers want and how to give it to them Problem solving: I enjoy helping to find workable solutions to difficult problems Product naming: I create great product and brand names Compelling writer: I craft effective stories and advocacy arguments Strong researcher: I love discovering & validating new, workable concepts Loopholes & Angles: I can find ways to accomplish almost any objective Cultural Awareness: I look far beyond US Anglo culture for inspiration Conservative: I can always do more with less Compliance: I love finding legitimate, innovative pathways through legal issues Milestone Achievements The Cultivator’s Handbook of Marijuana, Agrarian Reform Press, Eugene, Oregon, 1969. The first US grower’s guide Self-published in the face of active FBI interference. Managed initial West Coast distribution. Published worldwide in six languages. 3+ million copies sold. Still in print in 2017. No longer the best – but still the first in its genre. Marijuana Foods, Simon & Schuster, 1981. The first full-length medicinal Cannabis extract cookbook in the US, offering unique extraction options and techniques for creating edible Cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. The first Medical Cannabis book to focus specifically on the needs of Seniors. Still in print in 2017. Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. 1980-82. Conceived, founded & developed the company & its flagship brand “American Spirit™”. Worked with Native American groups to develop a market for native, natural tobacco produced by Native Americans on tribal lands. Initiated organic growers program. Lost company through bad choice of outside investors – lesson learned. Writer/Producer of “International Straight Talk” video/CBT series. 1995-97. Sponsored by US/SBA, Texas Instruments, Texas Utilities and GTE. Ten full-length country-specific videos with accompanying Computer-based interactive training app. Focus on practical cross-cultural skills for Americans doing business with, or operating on teams with people from other countries. National & international distribution 100,000+ copies. Still used in Graduate Schools of Business & International Management. Countries in series: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Republic of Korea, People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, South Africa, Turkey, and Poland. Available on YouTube. Blogger & Social Media Fanatic: 2012 – Present. 150+ full-length posts on the historical and contemporary medical and spiritual uses of Cannabis, Coca and Opium, advocating for the full legalization of Coca Leaf as a natural medicinal plant to complement the emerging range of medical applications of Cannabis and the historically validated importance of Opium as a natural medicine. Plus, occasional political ranting and utopian dreaming. https://panaceachronicles.com My Current Passions 2011 – Present: I enjoy being part of a Husband/Wife team responsible for producing web and print advertising graphics & copy, targeted press releases, videos, logos, branding concepts, marketing copy, brochures, special events promotional materials, and blogs for major arts organizations. http://www.kacckerrville.com 2014 – Present: Online Business & Professional English teaching through SuperProf, located in Paris, France. Interact by webcam and messaging with professional, adult students in a range of countries including Brazil, China, Korea, Spain, France, India and Russia https://internationalstraighttalk.wordpress.com/business-professional-english-lessons/ 2016 – Present: Part of a Husband/Wife team functioning as Arts Editor and Photojournalists for “Hill Country Culture”, a monthly premium magazine with state-wide circulation published by the Kerrville Daily Times. https://issuu.com/hillcountryculture Other Relevant Publications The Connoisseur’s Handbook of Marijuana, Rolling Stone/Straight Arrow Books, San Francisco & NY, 1971. Best-selling history of Cannabis as recreational, inspirational and medical drug. First "coffee-table" book on Cannabis. International Cultivators Handbook of Hashish, Opium and Coca, Wingbow Press, Berkeley, 1975. First US book to link together & document the traditional medicinal and spiritual uses of these three great natural plants. The Cultivators Handbook of Natural Tobacco, Cultural Dimensions Press, 1982- 2010. The first grower’s manual for natural tobacco as grown by Native Americans for thousands of years before this powerful spiritual herb become corrupted by the modern cigarette industry. The Coca Leaf Papers, 2012. Medical and scientific research from 1750-1900 on the therapeutic uses of Coca Leaf in the form of extracts and tonics. Extensive bibliography hyperlinked to original historical resources. Advocates for acceptance of Coca Leaf alongside medical Cannabis as a powerful, natural medicine that cannot be co-opted by the Pharmaceutical industry. Cultural Dimensions Of Expatriate Life, 1999-2017. Series of full-length ebooks that currently includes: Australia, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Portugal, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the US, and the U.K. Published for Kindle on all laptop & desktop computer platforms and available with Kindle App for iPad, iPhone & Android platforms. Academic History B.S. Sociology/Anthropology, Dickinson College, 1965 Graduate School, Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, 1968-69 Languages: English (native), French (20% current fluency), Spanish (20% current fluency). Other Professional & Creative History 1965-67 Peace Corps Volunteer, RCD/TEFL, Chad, West Africa 1967-68 Teacher – Head Start program, Caribbean and U.S. 1986-1990 Partner in Lisle Yarns, a high-fashion hand-dyed knitting & weaving yarn manufacturer located in Austin, Texas. Responsible for national sales & marketing, production of publicity, advertising and promotional materials. Traveled to industry shows and presented Lisle Yarns products to fiber arts retailers; interacted with yarn industry media and buyers. Company sold to employees in 1990. 1990-1999 Founder of CultureBanc.com, an online and on-site cross-cultural training company. Designed and delivered original cultural training courses for corporate clients including AT&T, Shell Group, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, GTE, Texas Utilities, Total and British Airways. Company sold to employees in 1999. 1995-97 Computer-based training developer and international management consultant to the non-profit Centre for International Business Studies, Amstelveen, The Netherlands. Part of a multi-cultural team developing proprietary cultural gaming/learning systems. 1997-1999 Adjunct Professor of International Management, University of Texas at Dallas, Graduate School of Management. Developed and implemented the original distance learning curriculum for the Executive MBA program. Taught three courses per semester: cross-cultural research; international business communications; multi-cultural team management.

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