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al  ·  2263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: BBC News - Google Glass Now Controlled by Brainwaves

I read this and panicked, thinking people had hacked into said technology which controls the brainwaves. Phew.

al  ·  2263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen (HD OFFICAL MUSIC VIDEO)

"HD"

user-inactivated  ·  2263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Whats your result?

Here's where I sit. I was expecting more like galen but this is cool.

Holy shit I am really struggling posting this simple comment this morning.

nowaypablo  ·  2263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fractal Hubski Stickers

My Humpski.

rob05c  ·  2263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Whats your result?

I like it, but I'd like to see even more granularity and dimensions.

I'm also curious where the Astrology question places you. There's no "stupid" axis.

kleinbl00  ·  2263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The real reason pot is still schedule 1

Anybody gonna call bullshit?

Okay, I'll call bullshit.

FACT 1 (from the article):

    Founded in 1992, CADCA has lobbied aggressively for a range of federal grants for groups dedicated to the “war on drugs.” The Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, a program directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, was created through CADCA’s advocacy. That law now allocates over $90 million a year to community organizations dedicated to reducing drug abuse.

'k. $90m a year for anti-drug campaigns. How much of that does CADCA get?

FACT 2 (from the article):

    Records show that CADCA has received more than $2.5 million in annual federal funding in recent years.

"Recent years" is a nebulous term. Do they mean $2.6m in 2013? Do they mean a combined $2.501m from 2005-2013? We'll give them the benefit of the doubt and say $2.6m in 2012 since they would have said "last year" otherwise. So they're taking lots of swings at Pfizer for donating to CADCA. How much money did CADCA get from Pfizer? Well, they're not gonna say. But how much money did Pfizer spend on lobbying in 2013?

FACT 3 (not from the article):

Over 10 million dollars.

And that's where it all turns into a tempest in a teapot for me. I mean, the pharmaceutical industry is the most profitable business segment in history. Their profits are legendary. And let's say all of CADCA's funding came from Pfizer in 2013 (which it didn't, or why mention the government). It would still, theoretically, only be 1/4 of Pfizer's lobbying budget.

The article is basically a bunch of lobbyists and PACs slinging mud at each other. Somewhere in there, nobody thought to ask "do you think a drug company could make money on marijuana?" I mean, Pfizer made synthetic pot in 1979. Isn't it a bit more likely that they gave money to CADCA in a

"Yes, drugs are bad but certainly not our products"

spirit, rather than a

"Yes, drugs are bad particularly those that are being legalized across the country therefore oh shit we better jump on this 'weed' shit or we'll run out of people TO SELL OXYCONTIN TO?"

I mean, really?

Here's an industry that spent $226m on lobbying last year. Maybe, somewhere in there, according to The Nation, they spent some money on lobbying against drug abuse. I mean, fuck.

Wouldn't you?

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Slight, but appropriate change of subject: marijuana has been de-facto legal in California for about eight years now. And lemme tell ya - weed ain't no thang. But you can't bust somebody for driving stoned because you can't test somebody for driving stoned... and when I ride the motorcycle down the 405 during rush hour, lane-splitting my way from the Valley to LAX, I am in a perpetual cloud of ganga smoke for eighteen.straight.miles. Not sayin' every driver is stoned, but enough of them are stoned that you might as well consider "traffic" to be stoned. And that's a little scary when they weigh 5000 lbs and you're 700 soaking wet.

So while I fully support legalization, I fully support it within a framework of caution and consideration. DARE was bullshit but just flipping off the safeties and saying "joints for everybody!" is not without consequences.

steve  ·  2263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Planning for your own death

    I've had cancer for the past few years

My least favorite thing in the world.

    it turns out I'm going to live for quite a while.

My favorite thing in the world right now.

    What kind of thoughts do you have on your own death?

edited: I shouldn't have finished reading her piece at work. It's a little close to home. It seems with each passing month, another friend or acquaintance comes toe to toe with the big C.

As far as death preparation - for me, as an old married man, my primary responsibilities while I'm here are to love my wife and kids to the maximum so they never have room to doubt it. Logistically, I avoid debt at every turn, and I insure my life to secure a home and several years of income. If I dropped today, My wife and kids have housing and money for 15-25 years (or longer if they are frugal).

The idea of having letters or emails send after I depart is a wonderful idea. I don't care where my physical stuff goes. I hope my art, films, ideas live in my kids and they multiply them into something more, and something better.

and pardon my french… FUCK cancer.

steve  ·  2263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: BBC News - Google Glass Now Controlled by Brainwaves

I know that there is a bunch of pushback and controversy about "glass-holes" and google… and in my estimation, many of the concerns have merit. Yes we'll need to find ways to protect privacy. Yes we will need checks in place on google and others...

But being alive during this kind of rapid tech advancement is just flat out exciting.

user-inactivated  ·  2263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Write a poem as fast as you can. No revisions, no caring, just BAM.... Here is my attempt

    walk from the car to the stairs
    pluck a little tooth of glass from the ball of my foot
    toss it down the hall for somebody else to find
    
    i dig in my purse for the keys you're already holding
    
    hate this city
    but every place is the same
    
    yeah i guess i could
    help you with that
OftenBen  ·  2263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fractal Hubski Stickers

My lovely lady lumpski!

What are we doing here?

Are you trying to invalidate my irrational fears?

syncretic  ·  2824 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why is "Ignored by: #" listed in your controls?

    the admins do listen.

Who else is an admin besides mk?

Spitfire75  ·  2824 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Future Timeline - A speculative timeline of future history.

What you're describing is stage 5 of the demographic transition model, where reproduction rates decline as the standard of living increases. There's actually some evidence of a stage 6, where reproduction rates start to increase again in some advanced countries (but not Japan).