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Posted on March 26 at 11:34 a.m.
"In the last two years, it seems like there has been an uptick in people resisting arrest. In the past, when you walked up and had a conversation, it was a friendly thing. It wasn’t a confrontation. That seems to have changed. I’m not sure why."
In 2014, police in the United States killed 1,100 people. During that same year, police in Canada killed 14 people, police in China killed 12 people and police in Germany didn’t kill anyone at all.
While cops haven't killed anybody in IV, yet....and that is a great thing, I commend the officers in IV for that and that alone - students know that any confrontation with a police officer, even if they are engaging in innocent activities like drinking, can potentially result in execution by police officer. The reason students don't respect cops is because they are usually enforcing stupid laws like alcohol ordinances when everybody there is drunk and noise ordinances when there have been no complaints.
On The Wisdom of Mark Ward
Posted on March 26 at 12:16 a.m.
"Arsenic And California Wine: Do You Need To Worry?
The CBS report reads as alarmist — though they mention at the end that their own independent testing of four wines yielded arsenic levels above 10 ppb but much lower than BeverageGrades’ results — and Hicks clearly finds these results concerning enough that he’s filing a class action suit against more than two dozen wine makers and sellers for their unsafe products. He’s also, by the way, marketing his company’s testing services to wine makers who might be concerned about… arsenic in their wine. This news report and lawsuit could easily be seen as creating one’s own demand. But if we assume the BeverageGrades’ results are correct — a big “if” since the results have not been independently confirmed, the company has not described its methods, and the company is simultaneously attempting to sell winemakers its services after creating a news story — how much should you be concerned if you’re a regular wine drinker?
The shortest answer, according to Kenneth Spaeth, MD, chief of occupational and environmental medicine at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, NY, is we don’t know yet.
“It’s a bit of dilemma for consumers right now because there’s so much information we don’t have,”
On Pacific Coast Energy Installs New Seep Cans
On Ills at Elings
Posted on March 25 at 5:22 p.m.
Hopefully there will be a Part 2.
On Scene in S.B.: Setting Sail
Posted on March 25 at 3:11 p.m.
lol I've grown plenty of herb botany... Some of my crops were at least as good as the best that the local dispensaries have to offer. Some of it indoors, and some outdoors.
It's actually already pretty cheap. Only a few years ago, it cost about $360/oz or $60/ 1/8th oz for top shelf herb at a dispensary, maybe $300 and $50, respectively, from a good black market source.
Currently it is as little as $30-$40/ 1/8th oz or $150-$180/oz from a local dispensary for top shelf.
I've recently paid as little as $100/oz, or about $15-$20/8th for some outdoor that was actually pretty good - would have cost $45-$50 at a dispensary a few years ago, now $15-$20 on the black market and $20-$25 at a dispensary.
That is all because it is quasi-legal. It isn't fully legal until it is treated like any other crop with no special taxes. When there is competition among growers, they can't ask for a high premium. Since it is now quasi-legal in several states, prices have already begun to drop a lot and still have further to go.
Prices are still high in some areas, especially where the legal or medicinal market isn't able to saturate yet. Where it is totally illegal, the east coast, etc, it can still be pretty expensive.. Prices in Colorado for legal herb are through the roof - but the black market is actually pretty cheap out there.
Unfortunately I don't have a personal grow situation at the moment, and while ultimately I would still like to do it as a hobby the financial incentive for me to grow my own has gone down significantly.
On 3 Men Arrested with $3 Million of Weed on San Miguel Island
Posted on March 25 at 2:33 p.m.
Hmmm, let's see, growing cannabis and hemp takes less water than most other crops... A cannabis plant and a tomato plant are pretty similar though... You can easily eat a pound of tomatoes (cooked down) when you eat a bowl of spaghetti, and I smoke a about an ounce of weed in a month. So it takes me almost year and half to smoke a pound of herb, which is about the equivalent of the amount of tomatoes in a bowl of spaghetti.
Then you have to figure in all of the water used to grow the wheat in the noodles, and the water to feed the chickens to lay the eggs for the eggs in the noodles.
So to smoke cannabis daily for almost a year and a half takes about the same amount of water as it takes to make a bowl of spaghetti.
Let's talk more about cannabis and water usage...
Botany, it will make my day when the people in the ghetto have access to inexpensive high quality organic herb at a reasonable price. Until then, if you want to donate money to poor people so they can buy hydroponic grade but go ahead, but I think my energy is better spent attempting to legalize it so it will be cheaper for everyone.
Posted on March 25 at 1:13 p.m.
"Exclusive: In a rare moment of honesty, a Western news outlet, Forbes, admits that the people of Crimea expressed their legitimate will in last year’s referendum when they voted to abandon Ukraine and rejoin Russia, an inconvenient truth for the U.S. State Department and press corps, writes Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry
A central piece of the West’s false narrative on the Ukraine crisis has been that Russian President Vladimir Putin “invaded” Crimea and then staged a “sham” referendum purporting to show 96 percent support for leaving Ukraine and rejoining Russia. More recently, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland claimed that Putin has subjected Crimea to a “reign of terror.”
Both elements have been part of the “group think” that dominates U.S. political and media circles, but this propagandistic storyline simply isn’t true, especially the part about the Crimeans being subjugated by Russia.
Consistently, over the past year, polls conducted by major Western firms have revealed that the people of Crimea by overwhelming numbers prefer being part of Russia over Ukraine, an embarrassing reality that Forbes business magazine has now acknowledged."
Alright DavyBrown, let's hear some spin!
On Use of Force in the Ukraine
Posted on March 25 at 11:57 a.m.
Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two
On Granada Books on Brink of Closure
Posted on March 25 at 11:41 a.m.
It's both funny and sad how people want to commit violence against peaceful gun owning individuals, more because the police over-reacted and shut down the freeway causing a minor inconvenience for some folks than because some guy lost it.
On Weapons Charges for Standoff Suspect
Posted on March 24 at 10:18 p.m.
"If you insist you cannot live without weed, at least go domestic locavore for the good of everyone else."
Nobody in Santa Barbara buys weed from Mexico. It was destined for the ghetto.