When people ask me what I think of the Obama administration, I have a stock...– Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com (via tennroof) (via apsies)
Chronic High Doses of Cannabinoids Promote... →
“It has been shown that acute, high doses of cannabinoids produce anxiety-like effects in rats and depression-like effects in mice. But chronic administration of high, but not low, doses of HU210 exerts anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like effects. This suggests that cannabinoids are the only illicit drug that can promote adult hippocampal neurogenesis following chronic administration....
Thus, a corporation organized in Germany, or with its headquarters in China,...– Fred Wertheimer (via azspot)
Marijuana legalization backers hand in initiative... →
“Supporters of legalized marijuana announced today that they have gathered about 700,000 signatures for their initiative, virtually guaranteeing voters will see it on the November ballot. They plan to turn in the petitions today to elections officials in some of the state’s major counties, including Los Angeles. Supporters need 433,971 valid signatures to qualify the measure. The...
Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of...– Benito Mussolini, who coined the term fascism Thanks, SCOTUS. (via jasontheexploder)(via shynessisnice) I don’t often quote fascist dictators, but… (via absurdlakefront) (via think4yourself) (via adailyriot) (via iisabelle) (via buffleheadcabin)
If I may address the skeptics on the right directly, it is penny wise and pound...– Conor Friedersdorf (via azspot)
State Of The Union: Reactions, Analysis Of Obama's... →
Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address Wednesday night. Below is a roundup of analysis and reaction to the speech. CBS News conducted an instant poll after the speech and found the response to be overwhelmingly positive: 83% of speech watchers approve of the proposals the president made in his speech tonight. 17% Disapprove.
…The substance of the speech wasn’t spectacular. The new proposals were modest....– Joe Klein of Time Magazine (via absurdlakefront) (via rillawafers)
Laws ineffective in curbing cannabis use: experts... →
“LONDON (Reuters) - Laws against cannabis have failed to cut its use around the world and have led to policies that are intrusive, socially divisive and expensive, according to an international group of drug policy experts. In a book published on Tuesday looking at cannabis policies, the experts said that, while the drug harmed some users, it had only a modest effect on society, where...
Oh stop looking so depressed, Bryan. I’m sure one day you’ll find a...– Stewie
Sen. Webb's Criminal Justice Act Passes... →
Starbucks No Longer on Medical Marijuana... →
“Last week, SAFER, a Colorado-based medical marijuana advocacy group, called for a national boycott of Starbucks after the coffee roaster’s logo showed up on website of a group that opposes drug reforms. […] “But more evidence that we’ve now entered an (amazing) alternate dimension, where speaking out against pot actually gets you more bad PR than speaking out for...
Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction →
danielholter: kateoplis: Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, carried out a coup d’état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost. The ruling is one more judicial effort to streamline mechanisms for corporate control. It exposes the myth of a functioning democracy and the triumph of corporate power. As long as a democratic facade exists, liberals can...
Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.– Martin Heidegger (via secrets0ciety)
The American Pirate Party
vruz: —via danielholter: As drafted by levmyshkin for reddit : So here are the guiding principles I propose for the U.S. Pirate Party: Internet neutrality and progressive legislation regarding technology. (1) Legalization and taxation of drugs, prostitution, and all other activities we currently classify as “consensual crime.” <——-Quite possibly the most asinine term of...
vruz: 8 minutes on Obama’s first year by Lawrence Lessig —via poortaste:buffleheadcabin: c8h10o2n4
Support Alan Grayson's Save Democracy Platform →
The Supreme Court stabbed Democracy this morning. I was there; I saw it happen. I brought our petition with me — your signatures — and presented them to the Court. Now it’s time to act. We have filed six bills to reverse this assault, the “Save Our Democracy” platform. Sign this petition today, and show your support for saving our democracy. Together, we will move...
Virginia Republican Morgan seeks to decriminalize... →
“In the District, the city council is on the verge of approving legislation to allow the use of medical marijuana. In Maryland, a senior Republican has joined a senior Democrat in planning to propose a similar bill in the state Senate. But in conservative Virginia, the idea is a joking matter for many. That is, except for the slight, bespectacled, often-bow tie-wearing Republican delegate...
…I’m pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm...– Paul Krugman (via azspot)
U.S. court rejects corporate campaign spending... →
unburyingthelead: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court struck down on Thursday long-standing limits on corporate spending in U.S. political campaigns, such as this year’s congressional races and the 2012 presidential contest. The ruling was a defeat for the Obama administration and the campaign finance law’s supporters who said that ending the limits would unleash a flood of corporate...
The Banking System Is The Devil
underpaidgenius: - David Stockman, Taxing Wall Street Down to Size The banking system has become an agent of destruction for the gross domestic product and of impoverishment for the middle class. To be sure, it was lured into these unsavory missions by a truly insane monetary policy under which, most recently, the Federal Reserve purchased $1.5 trillion of longer-dated Treasury bonds and...
City Of Seattle Will No Longer Prosecute Marijuana... →
“[The city of Seattle] is no longer going to prosecute marijuana possession cases anymore,” said Holmes. TheTimes reports that Holmes has already begun dismissing cases that were filed by the previous city attorney, Tom Carr.” […] “Tomorrow, Washington state lawmakers on the House Committee on Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness will vote on two pending marijuana law...
We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly...– MLK
Michigan Residents: Act Now to Save Medical... →
“63% of Michigan voters — and at least 50% of voters in every Michigan county — approved the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) in 2008. That kind of resounding support should send a clear message to politicians in Lansing that the people of Michigan support compassionate care for those suffering from debilitating illnesses. We need to make sure Lansing got the message. A...
A Flapper's Dictionary (1922) →
Crabhanger = Reformer Petting party = Social event devoted to hugging Fire alarm = A divorced woman Corn-shredder = Young man who dances on lady’s feet
The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a...– Carl Sagan (via skeptictank) (via poortaste)
Bill Maher Explains Why You Should Move Your Money... →
Supreme Court To Decide Pivotal Campaign Finance,... →
When the Supreme Court reconvenes in January, the first big case it is expected to decide could redefine the role of corporations in financing federal campaigns. The decision is expected to reflect the will of the conservative justices, who remain in the driver’s seat on the high court. […] The case’s outcome will determine corporations’ ability to make political...
Will Supreme Court Rule For One-Dollar-One-Vote? →
buffleheadcabin: azspot: The Supreme Court could say as soon as Monday that corporate executives are free to use huge amounts of corporate resources to directly influence elections. The vote will probably be 5-4 and we know which 5 and which 4 and why. If this happens it will fundamentally change the way our elections are decided, our leaders are chosen, and our laws are made. The ruling...
There’s only one good thing about northeast Ohio: it’s the only...– my 70-year-old U of Michigan history professor/ possible Don Rickles protege.
Blackwater Settles Massacre Lawsuit by Paying...
jeremyscahill: Blackwater says it is “pleased” with the outcome. By Jeremy Scahill Two sources with inside knowledge of Blackwater’s settlement with Iraqi victims of a string of shootings, including the Nisour Square massacre, have confirmed to me that Blackwater is paying $100,000 for each of the Iraqis killed by its forces and between $20-30,000 to each Iraqi wounded. One source said it was...
It’s truly astounding to watch us — for a full decade — send fighter jets and...– Glenn Greenwald (via azspot)
Bankers are as valuable as film stars or athletes,... →
ledgergermane: We mere mortals need to shape up our thinking. Goldman Sachs’ employees are so special that they ought to be viewed in the same category as professional athletes and movie stars, according to a board member of the Wall Street behemoth. Bill George, a former boss of the medical technology firm Medtronic who has been a Goldman Sachs director since 2002, has delivered a curious...
Ex-N.M. Gov Gary Johnson to speak at Marijuana... →
“WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) — Organizers of a marijuana-legalization fundraiser in Washington say former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson will appear along with comedy legends Cheech and Chong. Johnson will be the featured speaker at the 15th annual gala sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project, a group seeking the legalization of pot nationwide. The former governor’s appearance is...
Obama's Compromise Leading To A New Housing...
underpaidgenius: Obama didn’t push hard enough to get principal reductions made on millions of homes that are likely headed for foreclosure, and he also should have pushed hard to get principal reduction in bankruptcy, which is still not allowed: This Year’s Housing Crisis The best way to modify an underwater loan is to reduce the principal balance, lowering the monthly payment and restoring...
Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws to Unveil... →
“CARSON CITY, NEVADA — On Wednesday, Jan. 6, on the steps of the Nevada State Capitol building in Carson City, Dave Schwartz, the campaign manager for Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, will discuss the details of a 2012 ballot initiative to establish a taxed and regulated marijuana market for adults 21 years of age and older in the state of Nevada. The press conference will occur...
Dante, I think, committed a crude blunder when, with a terror-inspiring...– Nietzsche
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