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Midweek links

  • Shut up, be terrified, and do what you’re told, Americans.
  • Eleven charts that show just how mainstream cannabis has become. We’ve come a long way, baby. (Although as the first link shows, not always in the right direction.)
  • Get a load o’ this. A cop (ex-cop now) is ordered to pay out of pocket to compensate the family of the teen he killed. Individual accountability begins at last for agents of the state.
  • I wonder if this former agent of the state will be held liable by her (potentially) 21,000 victims? It’s taken long enough — nearly four years! — for the state to move on canceling their convictions.
  • Oh, da poo widdle campus thought police. Apparently we don’t feel sufficiently sorry for them.
  • Love the headline: “Open the pod bay doors, Watson.” The implications will of course be lost on those rushing to adopt smarttech.
  • If this study proves accurate (and so many don’t, these days), it turns a very old piece of common knowledge on its head. Salt doesn’t make you thirsty; it makes you hungry.
  • Faces in everyday objects (but not a single Jesus or Virgin Mary in a tortilla, you’ll be glad to know).

9 Comments

  1. rochesterveteran
    rochesterveteran April 19, 2017 12:22 pm

    Claire wrote: “Eleven charts that show just how mainstream cannabis has become. We’ve come a long way, baby.”

    Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said yesterday (4/18/2017):

    “Let me be clear about marijuana,” Kelly said during comments at George Washington University in D.C. “It is a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs.”

    Looks like Kelly is still a believer in “Reefer Madness”! 🙁

  2. Desertrat
    Desertrat April 19, 2017 12:59 pm

    Harry J. Anslinger believed that “Reefer Madness” was a documentary.

    Re Wellesley: What will the Snowflakes and Safe Zoners do when they are no longer in college? I’ve not found any safe zones in the real world. And a degree in Underwater Basketweaving isn’t likely to make a $200/hr pshrink affordable.

  3. Claire
    Claire April 19, 2017 2:18 pm

    “What will the Snowflakes and Safe Zoners do when they are no longer in college?”

    I fear that a terrifying percentage of them will get jobs in academia, government, “human resources” departments of corporations, and non-profit organizations, where they will pass their toxic and tyrannical views on — and where their views will eventually become official or de facto policy.

  4. larryarnold
    larryarnold April 19, 2017 4:30 pm

    I’m afraid the snowflakes will go to law school, become constitutional professors, get jobs as community organizers and be elected president.

    And a degree in Underwater Basketweaving isn’t likely to make a $200/hr pshrink affordable.
    Not to worry; Watson will have a therapy module.

    If a hotel has these little monsters, I won’t need the “wake word.” I’m going to be asking how to physically unplug the thing. If I don’t like the answer, we’re going elsewhere.

  5. trying2b-amused
    trying2b-amused April 19, 2017 5:07 pm

    Hopefully, no company will decide to brand the cognitive room service as “Hal.”

    Oh, I don’t know – why not? Embrace the suck! Actually, it would be OK so long as “Hal” isn’t programmed with a secret government agenda . . . uh, on second thought, definitely not OK.

    Harry J. Anslinger believed that “Reefer Madness” was a documentary.

    There may have been a few aficionados of ‘High Camp’ (so to speak) at the time, but apart from them, so did everyone else who paid any attention to it. Otherwise, Anslinger would have remained in the bureaucratic obscurity he so richly deserved.

  6. John
    John April 19, 2017 8:55 pm

    John Kelly is a Marine.

    I’ve seen that people who have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution (not the stuff that followed, sustained but by the governments court.) bend and twist, as they pass promotion beyond Lt, Col. or so, and begin to look as though they are morphing into another thing, than what they began being and believing in.

    On this “Patriots Day”, I’d wager that when people lined up with musket or rifle on Lexington Green to face the British regulars, Kelly would have been the sort that would have been there.

    Form again at Concord, and follow and harass the withdrawal.

    I don’t really want to look to deep today, and risk disappointment, or watch the speech just now.

    A comment I’ve read said that Kelly addressed congress or legislator, and not America or the American people. I’m hopeful…

    This distinction is important.
    A Marine, or a Soldier for that matter, follows orders. Because:

    He (she) is a commissioned agent in service of “something”.

    What that something is, matters.

    If it go astray,
    so then will actions of those who believed in it, when they first took the commission.
    ~

  7. John
    John April 19, 2017 10:24 pm

    ****** NEWS FLASH *******

    (Washington: 8 Dec. 1941)

    Pearl Harbor bombed !!!

    President calls for Congress to declare war on sneak attacks !!!

    Sources report that some undisclosed highly placed advisors in the
    administration are encouraging the President to ask that the
    declaration of war be extended to any with weapons or a bad attitude.
    When asked to clarify “bad attitude” consensus was that the
    administration would be able to determine this on an ongoing basis.

    When asked if such a policy might have implications respecting some
    of our allies who are known to be both upset and to also have
    weapons, a high level member of the administration replied that; “Our
    allies are safe because we will not abandon them at this time of
    crisis.” Emphatically he added; “Furthermore, our allies do not
    engage in sneak attacks.”

    When asked if the night time bombing attack on Berlin by our British
    friends was not a sneak attack, an administration official replied;
    “That is pure nonsense, the Huns bombed London first. Furthermore,
    the Brits are trying to damage the economy that builds Hun weapons,
    and to wreak their will to fight. To this purpose their methods are
    good ones.”

    A top level official offered clarification when he said; “It is
    important to understand that this is a simple matter of good and
    evil. You can only get to a good end by the correct way. If you do
    not have the tools, then you do not have the correct way.”

    When asked; “While New Zealand does not have significant weapons to
    speak of, it is considering obtaining some. Should we declare war on
    them so they will not obtain weapons?”. An administration official
    said; “I cannot be specific on that, but it is imperative that
    weapons not be allowed to proliferate.”

    Another official, on condition of anonymity said; “France is way up
    on our target list because everyone knows about their attitude, and
    after that embarrassing defeat to those Huns, some Frenchmen are
    trying to arm themselves to the teeth”
    ~
    (I’m cheatin’. Sent this to my sis, Feb 2002)

  8. John
    John April 20, 2017 3:11 am

    I watched. My eyes hurt. My ears.

    Cannot ever before recall seeing a senior Marine read from a script!

    ( Video first five minutes is PR & BS.)
    A Marine, assimilated into the Borg, talking for someone else..
    Then he speaks to rally his new DHS troops, like they are pennant winners.

    I’m happy for his willingness to be co-defender against the “evil” invading America.

    Rudimentary Militia has profoundly better competence and capacity to deal with the BS wimpy threats addressed in the written script, than the usual detached flash bang welding silly federal heroes. (The ones that often cannot find the correct house.)

    Thirty two minutes in he addresses legislation.
    Then fuzzy PR Q&A. Didn’t listen.

    I Cry.
    Maybe One Star to many.
    It is political shit. So, we watch and see…
    Semper Fi
    It isn’t over.

  9. Pat
    Pat April 20, 2017 7:30 am

    I question the salt research; it doesn’t tell us much. One group was isolated longer (105 and 205 days) – why, and which group? What level of salt was each group given?

    And what were they fed with their salt? If mostly carbs/starchy foods (which generally require more salt and/or sugar to improve taste), it’s already known that carbs/sugars are ‘addictive’ in the sense of “the more you eat, the more you want.” So it might be the carbs/sugary foods that precipitated the hunger or desire for more, not the salt. (Likewise if a group was fed foods with less salt, they would be less likely to want water.)

    I don’t think this study, as far as we’ve been told, has proved their point.

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