March 5, 2016
I see pot-smoking as nonviolent civil disobedience. It isn’t a radical statement to admit that the Prohibition of alcohol in the United States failed and we really should end marijuana prohibition. Millions of ordinary Americans don’t smoke or drink, but don’t have a problem with alcohol and/or marijuana being legal.
A pamphlet entitled “10 Things Every Parent, Teenager and Teacher Should Know About Marijuana” produced by the Family Council on Drug Awareness tells us marijuana is not physically addictive.
The 1980 Costa Rican study, the 1975 Jamaican study and the 1972 Nixon Blue Ribbon Report all concluded that marijuana use does not lead to physical dependency.
The FBI reports that 65 to 75 percent of criminal violence is alcohol-related. On the other hand, Federal Bureau of Narcotics director Harry Anslinger testified before Congress in 1948 that marijuana leads to nonviolence and pacifism.
According to a 2003 Zogby poll, two of every five Americans say “the government should treat marijuana the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and only make it illegal for children.” Close to one hundred million Americans, including over half of those between the ages of 18 and 50, have tried marijuana at least once. Military and police recruiters often have no alternative but to ignore past marijuana use by job seekers.
Polls now show a majority of Americans (58 percent) favoring an end to marijuana prohibition. Dr. Deepak Chopra is on the Board of Directors of the Drug Policy Alliance.
As a political, as opposed to theological position, I think we should end marijuana prohibition rather than return to alcohol Prohibition. Marijuana is safer than alcohol and/or tobacco, and polls now show a majority of Americans (58 percent) favoring an end to marijuana prohibition. These views are in the mainstream.
I receive emails from Democratic politicians on a regular basis. On survey questions, they’ll ask:
WHICH ISSUES DO YOU CARE ABOUT MOST?:
STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE
RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE
PASS COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
CONTINUE TO IMPROVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
PROTECT WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND PROVIDE EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK
IMPROVE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION AND MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE
ALL INDIVIDUALS ARE TREATED EQUALLY UNDER THE LAW
PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE
PROMOTE POLICIES TO GROW THE ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS
PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
But even Democrats fail to ask their constituents, “Should we end marijuana prohibition?”
In 2010, conservative Christian Sharron Angle favored a return to alcohol Prohibition. Her opponent, Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada), a Mormon, did not.
Guess which candidate was the rational, freethinking individual, quite capable of distancing himself or herself from his or her religious beliefs?
Again, I see pot-smoking as nonviolent civil disobedience. It isn’t a radical statement to admit that the Prohibition of alcohol in the United States failed and we really should end marijuana prohibition. Millions of ordinary Americans don’t smoke or drink, but don’t have a problem with alcohol and/or marijuana being legal.
This is so funny. Vulgar perhaps, so the easily offended cover your eyes, but it made me laugh. This is a new political age where someone can sway the electorate vote with social media.
I put some of the Tweets at the bottom.
And just by the way, Morrow claims he didn’t spend a single penny campaigning and barely even told anyone to vote for him.
March 3, 2016
WARNING: NSFW due to graphic… everything.
Many who have spent years in the system believe the political establishment is coming apart at the seams these days.
The palpable outrage within the Texas Republican establishment has gone nationwide as the man who has been called a “human dumpster fire” has just been voted as the new head of the Travis County GOP and is set to take office in June.
Libertarian Robert Morrow, the newly elected chairman of the Travis County Republican Party (Travis County being the home of Austin, the Texas state capitol) is shocking people with his often vulgar comments about the Bushes, the Clintons, and even his own party, spurning calls for his removal by multiple Texas officials including Governor Greg Abbott who said Morrow “cannot adequately represent the Travis County GOP” or speak for its values.
Gee. Guess not. (HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA— *cough, cough* ahem. Excuse me.) Morrow won the position fair and square with 54% of the vote, but now even Morrow’s vice chair, GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak, is claiming he will “not rest” until he finds a way to unseat Morrow who is an “absolute embarrassment to the party”.
Problem is, Morrow won the position fair and square with 54% of the vote and this guy could obviously care less what the media or the establishment says/thinks about him.
In response to Mackowiak’s comments, Morrow reportedly called Mackowiak a “douchebag” and told the Tribune to “Tell them they can go f*ck themselves. I’m going to be chairman of the Travis County GOP.” Without further ado, check some of his recent Tweets (and again, vulgarity/language warning):
(More on that here.)
And also: Some of the Tweets, like this pornographic one about Barbara Bush, can’t even be pasted here. Morrow even made the Times of Israel mad. They called him a Holocaust denier, likely because of Tweets like this:
Say what you want, but you’ve got to appreciate someone who exercises their First Amendment right.
The description on his Twitter account is, “Google Jeb Bush Murder of CIA Drug Smuggler Barry Seal 1986 and you will learn a lot about Jeb Bush & Oliver North”.
And just by the way, Morrow claims he didn’t spend a single penny campaigning and barely even told anyone to vote for him. Maybe, as with Trump’s enthusiastic support base, people are just fed up with the politically correct yet utterly through-and-through corrupt system and want someone with a platform to tell it like it is.
(H/T: Sonny Irvin)
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Robert Morrow Retweeted Lauren Nelson
Dr. Alan Sager and Bill Crocker NEVER put the castrated gerbil of the Travis County Republican party on the map. MORROW DID!!
Robert Morrow Retweeted Lauren Nelson
I am the face of the Re-Pube-Licking Party.
I am exploring several options to remove Robert Morrow as Travis County GOP chairman. His election is a disaster & unacceptable.
The whole idea of the Huffington Post is offensive
Picture: Barack Obama being blown by a gay prostitute Larry Sinclair while smoking crack. Reality – http://www.amazon.com/Barack-Obama-Larry-Sinclair-Cocaine-ebook/dp/B002PSD322/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456989982&sr=8-1&keywords=larry+sinclair …
== Pretty sure George W. Bush can suck a dick better than Hillary Clinton https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=George+bush+leola+mcconnell …
These tragedies bring the tally of mass shootings in America in 2016 up to 36 incidents that have caused 52 deaths and 137 injuries.
By Mark Hay
March 4, 2016
Over the past seven days, America has seen three mass shootings, all of which occurred last weekend. The violence left three dead and ten wounded.
In the first shooting on Saturday evening, a domestic dispute in which a man apparently shot his wife to death in Woodbridge, Virginia, escalated when he allegedly opened fire on responding cops, killing one and wounding two. In the second, police investigating a shooting call early Sunday morning found four men shot in a parking lot in Jurupa Valley, California, one of whom later succumbed to his injuries. In the third, an altercation involving a patron at a Detroit strip club late Sunday escalated when the ejected man returned with a gun, shooting five individuals, including a female performer he’d allegedly tried to touch inappropriately.
These tragedies bring the tally of mass shootings in America in 2016 up to 36 incidents, which have caused 52 deaths and 137 injuries.
By most standards, three mass shootings with 13 casualties in a week is a bloody toll. Europe, by comparison, had zero such incidents this week—and has had only seven mass shootings that left six dead and 27 injured this year. But by American standards, this qualifies as a mercifully calm week. It’s not the least violent week of 2016; the week bridging the end of January and beginning of February saw just one mass shooting in the US, with only four injuries. But compared to last week, which saw 12 shootings (including two high-profile random public rampages) that left 20 dead and 41 wounded—over six times as many deaths and over four times as many injuries as Americans experienced this week—the contrast is a stark one.
There’s probably no rhyme or reason for this “lull.” Experts have noted in VICE’s previous coverage of mass shootings how random they are; the types of shooting situations that usually lead to mass casualties can wound almost no one or large groups—depending on a host of incidental factors. We may have been one block, one hour, or one argument away from a much deadlier or a completely bloodless week. It all depends on the vagaries of or around an individual with a gun, which are all but impossible for observers or officers to predict or control in favor of peace.
All Americans can do is embrace a respite from last week’s more serious mass violence. Yet observers ought not allow this comparative calm to dull their awareness of the obscene scale and frequency of mass shootings in the United States. The fact that Americans now have to consider 13 senseless mass shooting casualties (relatively) palatable is appalling—especially given the example offered by our European counterparts.
Rather than tune out, America might best use this refractory period to meditate on the difference between a calm week here and a standard week in Europe—and the ways in which we might learn to mirror that continent’s consistently lower mass shooting casualties.
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Sat, 5 Mar 2016
Subject: The $19 cell phone company you can’t have
Rogers and Bell are trying to block you from a brand new $19/month mobile provider.1 The CRTC is investigating right now, and we have less than two weeks to speak out.2
We already pay the highest bills in the world.3 We must show decision-makers how much we need cheaper cell phone providers. Tell the CRTC to stop Big Telecom while there’s still time.
-Telecom giants Rogers and Bell are trying to block you from a brand new affordable cell phone service.4
Big Telecom already controls 90% of the mobile market,5 and forces us to pay the highest bills in the industrialized world.6 We can’t let them kill what few affordable options we have.
Right now the CRTC is investigating, and we have less than two weeks to convince them not to cave to Big Telecom’s demands. Your OpenMedia team is even crafting an expert policy submission for the deadline.
But we need to show how many Canadians are demanding greater wireless choice. Sign now and tell the CRTC: “Do not cave to Big Telecom’s demands.” Can we count on you to add your voice right now, Louis?
Here’s the scoop: A few months ago, an innovative new startup called Sugar Mobile began offering wireless plans from just $19 a month – a price that customers of the Big Three can only dream of. The CBC even said Sugar Mobile could finally “shake up the cellphone oligopoly.”7
But instead of trying to compete fairly by lowering their ridiculous prices, Rogers decided to block Sugar Mobile from their wireless networks, in an attempt to paralyze the company and keep you trapped in expensive plans.
Since then, The Mr. Burns Telecom Company (AKA: Bell Canada) has piled on to support Rogers’ efforts to wipe out independent providers.8
It’s a sad but familiar story: instead of playing fair, the Big Three prefer to use underhanded blocking tactics to block you from the affordable cell phone services you deserve.
But this time, the CRTC is on the case, and we only have two weeks to stop this before the final deadline. Tell the CRTC: Do not cave to Big Telecom’s demands. Stop these giants from blocking new startups in Canada.
As our last indie provider, WIND, was just swallowed up by Shaw,9 this case will be a litmus test for how the CRTC plans to handle the lack of choice in our wireless market.
I’ve been speaking with dozens of Canada’s top telecom experts on this, and we’ll be putting a hard-hitting, expert submission on the CRTC’s public record — but we need you to lend your voice to help make this work.
The stakes here are pretty high: if we win, innovative new entrants like Sugar Mobile will be able to operate on a level playing field. And that could lead to lower prices for all of us.
We don’t have a lot of time, and we’re counting on you.
–Josh, on behalf of OpenMedia
P.S. We’re already seeing a lot of media interest in this, because there’s a real chance we can finally win the change we need. Will you do your part by telling the CRTC you support affordability, innovation, and choice in Canada’s cell phone market?
Climate change doubters may have lost one of their key talking points: a particular satellite temperature dataset that had seemed to show no warming for the past 18 years.
The Remote Sensing System temperature data, promoted by many who reject mainstream climate science and especially most recently by Sen. Ted Cruz, now shows a slight warming of about 0.18 degrees Fahrenheit since 1998. Ground temperature measurements, which many scientists call more accurate, all show warming in the past 18 years.
“There are people that like to claim there was no warming; they really can’t claim that anymore,” said Carl Mears, the scientist who runs the Remote Sensing System temperature data tracking.
The change resulted from an adjustment Mears made to fix a nagging discrepancy in the data from 15 satellites.
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Contentions that scientists have failed to conduct sufficient research on the health and societal effects of cannabis are unfounded. A keyword search on the National Library of Medicine database reveals over 23,000 peer-reviewed papers specific to the marijuana plant, and new scientific discoveries are published almost daily debunking the federal government’s claims that the herb is a highly dangerous substance lacking therapeutic efficacy. Here are five new cannabis-centric studies that challenge longstanding marijuana myths.
Marijuana abuse is on the decline
Contrary to what you may have heard, the percentage of Americans reporting having experienced pot-related problems is declining. That’s according to the results of a newly published study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.
Investigators at the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis assessed trends in marijuana use and in the prevalence of marijuana use disorders during the years 2002 to 2013. Researchers found that the self-reported use of cannabis by adults increased an estimated 19 percent, but that reports of cannabis-related problems actually declined during this period.
“We’re certainly seeing some increases in marijuana use,” the lead researcher of the study said . “But our survey didn’t notice any increase in marijuana-related problems. Certainly, some people are having problems so we should remain vigilant, but the sky is not falling.”
Separate evaluations of self-reported marijuana use by young people have determined that rates of cannabis use by high-school students are significantly lower today than they were 15 years ago.
The study’s findings contradict those of a widely publicized 2015 paper which alleged that the use of marijuana had doubled over the past decade and that an estimated one-third of those who consumed cannabis did so problematically. Predictably, while the 2015 study received widespread coverage, only a handful of media outlets have published follow up stories highlighting the revised data.
Pot is associated with compensatory driving behavior; booze is not
Stoned drivers are slower drivers. That is the finding of a just published federal study in the Journal of Applied Toxicology. Its conclusions mimic those reported in a series of on-road driving studies performed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the 1990s.
Investigators affiliated with the US National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Iowa assessed the effects of vaporized cannabis on simulated driving performance. Researchers report that cannabis-positive subjects decreased their speed and increased the distance between their vehicle and the car in front of them, while alcohol-positive participants did the opposite.
“The compensatory behavior exhibited by cannabis-influenced drivers distinctly contrasts with an alcohol-induced higher risk behavior,” authors concluded.
While some studies have reported that THC-positive drivers possess a nearly two-fold risk of motor vehicle accident compared to drug-free drivers, other reviews have reported comparatively less risk and, in some cases, no elevated risk after adjusting for confounding variables such as age and gender. By contrast, driving with legal amounts of booze in one’s system is associated with a four-fold increased crash risk, while operating a motor vehicle with two or more passengers more than doubles one’s risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Smoking pot won’t make you depressed, but some depressed people smoke pot
A team of Swedish investigators conducted a three-year prospective study in a cohort of 8,600 men between the ages of 20 and 64 to assess whether cannabis use was associated with increased incidences of depression later in life. After scientists adjusted for potentially confounding variables, such as other illicit drug use and family tension, they reported no link between pot use and symptoms of clinical depression or anxiety.
Investigators did find that subjects who reported suffering from depression during their baseline interviews were more likely to be pot smokers at follow up. However, these respondents were also more likely to consume other illicit drugs as well.
Pot mitigates chronic pain, reduces patients’ need for opioids
When New York lawmakers signed off on legislation in 2014 authorizing the use of medical marijuana, they refused to permit chronic pain patients the opportunity to utilize cannabis therapy. Their decision, which is now codified in New York state law, flies in the face of compassion and science. That’s because the daily use of cannabis provides pain relief and reduces opioid use in patients with treatment-resistant chronic pain conditions, according to clinical trial data reported online ahead of print in The Clinical Journal of Pain.
Investigators with Hebrew University in Israel evaluated the use of cannabis on pain in a cohort of 176 patients, each of whom had been previously unresponsive to all conventional pain medications. Subjects inhaled THC-dominant cannabis daily (up to 20 grams per month) for a period of at least six months.
A majority of the study’s participants (66 percent) experienced improvement in their pain symptom scores after cannabis therapy, and most reported “robust” improvements in their quality of life. Subjects’ overall consumption of opioid drugs declined 44 percent by the end of the trial, and a significant percentage of participants discontinued opioid therapy altogether over the course of the study.
The Israeli results are similar to those reported in a 2015 Canadian trial which concluded that chronic pain patients who use herbal cannabis daily for one-year experienced reduced discomfort and increased quality of life compared to controls, and did not possess an increased risk of serious side effects.
Separate data published in 2014 in The Journal of the American Medical Association determined that states with medical marijuana laws experience far fewer opiate-related deaths than do states that prohibit the plant. Investigators from the RAND Corporation reported similar findings in 2015, concluding, “States permitting medical marijuana dispensaries experience a relative decrease in both opioid addictions and opioid overdose deaths compared to states that do not.”
One more time, with conviction: passing medical pot laws doesn’t increase marijuana use by teens
Repeated claims that the enactment of medical cannabis laws is associated with spikes in youth marijuana use are categorically false. Want proof? According to a new review of US federal drug use data from the years 2002 to 2011, “[T]here is no evidence of a differential increase in past-month marijuana use in youth that can be attributed to state MML (medical marijuana laws).”
While the study’s authors acknowledged that many medical marijuana states have higher rates of cannabis use compared to non-medical states, they affirmed that these jurisdictions already possessed elevated use rates prior to any change in law and that the enactments of laws did not causally contribute to this change. They are hardly alone in their assessment.
In 2015, investigators at Columbia University in New York and the University of Michigan assessed the relationship between state medical marijuana laws and rates of self-reported adolescent marijuana use over a 24-year period in a sampling of over one million adolescents in 48 states. Researchers reported no increase in teens’ overall pot use that could be attributable to changes in law, and acknowledged a “robust” decrease in use among 8th graders. They concluded: “[T]he results of this study showed no evidence for an increase in adolescent marijuana use after the passage of state laws permitting use of marijuana for medical purposes. … [C]oncerns that increased marijuana use is an unintended effect of state marijuana laws seem unfounded.”