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  • The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed?

    01/15/2019 8:57:26 AM PST · by Mariner · 210 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | January 15th, 2019 | Alex Halperin
    Older people are the fastest-growing group of cannabis users, as stigma fades and some seek an alternative to prescription drugs As attitudes towards cannabis shift, the fastest-growing group of users is over 50 – and marijuana’s popularity among seniors is beginning to change the American experience of old age. Why are more seniors getting high? It might make more sense to ask: “Why not?” As adults reach retirement, they age out of drug tests and have far more time on their hands. Some feel liberated to abandon long-held proprieties. Elegant vape pens and other attractive, discreet products have helped de...
  • Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think

    01/03/2019 8:36:53 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 228 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2019 | Alex Berenson
    ... The most obvious way that cannabis fuels violence in psychotic people is through its tendency to cause paranoia. Even marijuana advocates acknowledge that the drug can cause paranoia; the risk is so obvious that users joke about it, and dispensaries advertise certain strains as less likely to do so. But for people with psychotic disorders, paranoia can fuel extreme violence. A 2007 paper in the Medical Journal of Australia looked at 88 defendants who had committed homicide during psychotic episodes. It found that most of the killers believed they were in danger from the victim, and almost two-thirds reported...
  • Remembering Warren Miller: Innovator, Inspiration and Icon

    12/31/2018 10:08:11 AM PST · by Baynative · 18 replies
    SkiJournal ^ | Feb 2018 | Jeff Galbraith and Warren Miller
    The message is still on the office answering machine from about a decade ago, and we’ve been careful to keep it saved ever since. “This is a lot more than a publication; this is beautiful!” the man on the machine espoused. The voice was utterly unmistakable, and it was validation on a spiritual level; like getting an audio high five from the Buddha himself. Warren Miller had blessed us.~snip~
  • We need Indonesia on our side.

    12/30/2018 9:38:17 AM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 22 replies
    As the world wonders how totalitarian China will use her economic power in the future, it is worth remembering why democratic Indonesia should be among our friends.
  • Excuses We Use That Keep Us Enslaved (What being an American really means.)

    12/28/2018 6:40:46 PM PST · by vannrox · 14 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 29DEC18 | Editorial Staff
    Let’s spend some time talking about what it is to be an American. For we are all a very unique and special breed of person. This is a truth that should be obvious to anyone who has the ability to think. After all, what would the 20th century look like were America not to have existed? That being said, the sad reality is that we take this role for granted. Oh, we certainly say that “America is the best”, and we wave the flag around a lot, but we do not really and truly appreciate just how spectacular we actually...
  • One year of legal pot sales and California doesn’t have the bustling industry it expected.

    12/27/2018 2:38:53 PM PST · by Mariner · 95 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 27th, 2018 | By PATRICK MCGREEVY
    When Californians voted in 2016 to allow the sale of recreational marijuana, advocates of the move envisioned thousands of pot shops and cannabis farms obtaining state licenses, making the drug easily available to all adults within a short drive. But as the first year of licensed sales comes to a close, California’s legal market hasn’t performed as state officials and the cannabis industry had hoped. Retailers and growers say they’ve been stunted by complex regulations, high taxes and decisions by most cities to ban cannabis shops. At the same time, many residents are going to city halls and courts to...
  • Profile in Classics: Victor Davis Hanson

    12/26/2018 3:07:30 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 76 replies ^ | 9/13/12 | Emily Esfahani Smith
    (snips) ---- Victor Davis Hanson says he lives in the nineteenth century—a fact that can get him into some trouble. “Let me give you an example,” he says. Hanson was in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart one day when he saw a young woman struggling to move a big screen television into her Honda. When he went over to help her, he noticed that she was holding an EBT card, a government-issued debit card for cash and food stamps. Hanson told her, “You shouldn’t be using the food card to buy the big screen TV.” She told him to...
  • Katharine Hepburn and Donald Trump

    12/25/2018 7:41:25 AM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 27 replies
    Donald Trump has won the presidency against the predictions of many many pundits and is now taking America out of senseless wars despite constant vitriolic attacks. Katherine Hepburn was labelled "box office poison" in the 1930'sand then went on to win two more Oscars in the 1960's and an all-time record fourth in 1981.
  • Rules for Thee but not for Me

    12/20/2018 5:32:57 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 12-20-18 | m
    MOTUS has a special guest poster today: you may know her as Betty Ann, Betty Angelou or Mellow Lemoncello, but it’s always Betty Ann, our righteous princess warrior from New Mexico and winner of the coveted Golden FLOTUS. Below is an editorial she has drafted for her local paper where, in BA fashion, she minces no words:  “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” ― Gustav Mahler h/t Son of Sobieski V9.11.1683Rules for Thee but not for Me At a Christmas Party I was reminded to write for this newspaper. Apparently young people read my...
  • (Vanity) A Different Report on Michael Flynn Sentencing

    12/18/2018 4:39:36 PM PST · by a little elbow grease · 54 replies ^ | 12/18/18 | self
    I was just watching “The Joe Pags Show" on television. I heard something much like this about the Flynn sentencing today (I paraphrase):________ Judge to Flynn: “In all my years on the bench I’ve never accepted a guilty plea from someone who wasn’t guilty. You take three months to go figure this out/think this over." (As I said --- I paraphrase)_________ I think this is about exactly what a caller reported was said at that sentencing. Most of the previous reports I had read said things like this: “The judge was giving all the signs that he was going to...
  • Pot Addicts Are Okay But Legitimate Chronic Pain Sufferers In Need of Opioids? Not So Much.

    12/17/2018 11:04:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 142 replies ^ | December 17, 2018 | Rachel Alexander
    There is a strange dichotomy taking place in society today. On the one hand, laws against marijuana are being eliminated. People who abuse pot are now able to feed their addiction with an overly generous supply of the drug. For example, in Arizona, where medical marijuana is legal, users can purchase up to 2.5 ounces every two weeks. This is enough to be stoned every day. Once you have a prescription, you can refill it for an entire year without going back to renew the prescription. It’s easy to get a prescription in most states that have legalized medical marijuana,...
  • Police raid Nicaragua journalist's offices in crackdown on dissent

    12/14/2018 10:49:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2018 | by Ismael Lopez
    MANAGUA - Nicaraguan police raided the offices of a prominent journalist often critical of President Daniel Ortega, the latest sign of a broad crackdown on civil society and independent media organizations. Carlos Fernando Chamorro, the son of former president Violeta Chamorro, runs the digital newspaper Confidencial and hosts television news programs. He blamed the Thursday night raid and seizure of equipment on increasingly authoritarian efforts to purge the country of domestic dissent. “This was an absurd attack on free expression,” the award-winning Chamorro told Reuters on Friday.
  • Global Quality of Life Comparisons

    12/11/2018 9:46:58 AM PST · by Teleios Research · 2 replies
    PRLOG ^ | December 5, 2018 | William C. Stewart
    Teleios Research evaluated the top one-third of all countries (n=63) for gross domestic product (GDP) and divided them between historically Christian countries (i.e., Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant) versus other religions or secular, to determine differences in select published indexes that might affect individual quality of life.
  • Magic mushrooms may soon be legal in Oregon

    12/05/2018 2:57:13 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 202 replies ^ | 12/4/18 | Natalie O'Neill
    “Magic mushrooms” may soon become legal in Oregon, where even powerful politicians seem high — on the idea, according to a report. The state’s attorney general green-lit language allowing the bill to hit the ballots in 2020, assuming advocates get enough signatures, according to If it passes, the initiative would decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms and allow them to be manufactured with a license. Oregon would become the first US state to legalize the drug. The bill will need 140,000 signatures in order to appear on the ballots in the 2020 general election, the paper reported. Nationwide, possession of psychedelic mushrooms...
  • Os Guinness (How To Get Free and Stay Free)

    12/04/2018 9:17:56 AM PST · by OddLane · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | Vocab Malone
    Legendary Social Critic and Public Thinker OS GUINNESS dissect the underpinnings of national "freedom". What is the basis for freedom of conscience and human rights? Os illustrates with the "Golden Triangle of Freedom" concept: freedom requires virtue, virtue requires faith, and faith requires freedom.
  • Gun owners need to take action

    11/09/2018 6:56:39 AM PST · by Paul R. · 43 replies
    Me | 11/9/2018 | PaulR
    I am going to throw this out there as an incomplete idea, in the hope that some of our more astute FReepers can put some real thought into it, and make some serious suggestions. I believe that a certain level of "gun violence" is a price we pay for freedom. I also believe that a good deal of that violence associated with drug crime and the like could be addressed and minimized with harsher penalties and a widespread program to both saturate violence prone communities with knowledge of those penalties, demonstrate to members of those communities that cooperation with police...
  • Bolsonaro's sons show up in Mossad and IDF t-shirts, and the media melt down(Brazil)

    11/06/2018 9:20:35 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 11/6/2018 | Monica Showlater
    It's happening. The media are melting down and going into hysterics about Brazil's election of Jair Bolsonaro, AKA "Tropical Trump," to its presidency. Here's a starter tweet from a Washington Post contributor to show the pattern: This is a photo of Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro’s two sons wearing IDF and Mossad shirts. Israel has become a symbol for authoritarianism around the world. Hear that? Israel, authoritarian, get it? What planet does this person live on? Bolsonaro is very pro-Israel, and Israelis are delighted by the support. Bolsonaro has vowed to move Brazil's embassy to Jerusalem in a bid to...
  • Hungary Marks Anniversary of 1956 Soviet Retaliation

    11/05/2018 4:50:27 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    Hungary Today ^ | 2018.11.05.
    Addressing a commemoration event at the Rákoskeresztúr Cemetery, where victims of the Soviet retaliation after the revolution are buried in unmarked graves, Justice Minister László Trócsányi said November 4 was “a national day of mourning but also a day of progress”. The heroes and martyrs of 1956 must be remembered and thought of with gratitude, the minister said in the cemetery’s national park of mourning. “1956 spoke to the conscience of Europe and the world,” Trócsányi said. “Nothing has moved the conscience of the free world as the Hungarian revolution.” “October 23, 1956 was borne out of hope, and this...
  • A Sign for the Times

    11/04/2018 3:47:17 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 6 replies
    email | 11/4/2018 | Owens Funeral Home
    A sign In Vice-President Pence's home town in Indiana, in the Front Window of a Business: WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, HILLARY CLINTON, NANCY PELOSI, HARRY REID, ALL THE ELITES OF CONGRESS, THE MASS MEDIA, AND ALL OF HOLLYWOOD THAN WITH ONE CONSERVATIVE AMERICAN!!! This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Whiting, Indiana (V-P Pence's home town). You are probably either outraged, or saddened, or elated, depending on your political persuasion. However, we are a society which holds the Freedom of Speech, as perhaps our greatest liberty; and after all. it is...
  • The domain has landed at Epik.

    11/03/2018 5:09:30 PM PDT · by akalinin · 51 replies blog page ^ | 11// | Rob Monster
    The domain has landed at Epik. This post will summarize why Epik welcomed It will also address why I believe the operators of the site have the right to be online. De-Platforming is Digital Censorship. Blacklisting is Digital Shunning. For those not familiar with the case,’s ability to operate was abruptly terminated by Godaddy, among other vendors, who deemed Gab to have violated their terms of service. This de-platforming of Gab generated much discussion in the mainstream technology press. It also prompted a lively discussion in the professional domain name community, including at the popular discussion board...