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Pass Pot Research Around
Posted by CN Staff on September 04, 2009 at 05:12:11 PT
Source: Los Angeles Times
USA -- When the federal Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a request for proposals, seeking competitive applications for the production, analysis and distribution of "marijuana cigarettes," the request might have seemed a bit unusual to those unfamiliar with Washington's dance around cannabis research. The federal government, after all, is not widely known to support marijuana cultivation.
But those in the know just shrugged. The department has issued similar requests every few years to select a contractor to conduct government-approved marijuana research, and with depressing regularity it has then awarded an exclusive contract to the University of Mississippi. For 40 years now, Washington has sought such "competitive applications" and Mississippi "wins" every time.This rigged contest has successfully thwarted meaningful academic inquiry into marijuana's medicinal value, without which the debate over its efficacy is bound to endure. Other studies -- not conducted by the University of Mississippi -- have suggested that marijuana has therapeutic value. But because the United States has discouraged such research and made it legally difficult to undertake, these studies have been limited in scope. What's missing is the broad research analyzing the cultivation and properties of different strains and their effects on a variety of illnesses. For example, a strain of cannabis that is most effective with glaucoma may not be the same strain best suited to cancer patients.Even if the university were running a perfect program, one institution cannot fulfill the country's research needs. In February 2007, when Administrative Law Judge Mary Ellen Bittner recommended that the Drug Enforcement Administration grant a license to cultivate marijuana for research purposes to a botanist at the University of Massachusetts, she said she had concluded that the supply of marijuana from the University of Mississippi program was of insufficient quality and quantity for research purposes. The deadline for this latest round of applications is Oct. 9. The government should take the opportunity to break the University of Mississippi's monopoly and choose a different institution. That step alone would be a sign that the Obama administration will prioritize science over politics. Merely shifting the contract from one institution to another, however, won't change the status quo. That will only happen when the federal government changes policy and awards multiple contracts for this important research.Note: For 40 years, federal marijuana studies have been conducted in one place -- the University of Mississippi. Contracts should be awarded to several different institutions.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Published: September 4, 2009Copyright: 2009 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #49 posted by Hope on September 10, 2009 at 09:46:02 PT
You made me laugh, RChandar.
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Comment #48 posted by rchandar on September 10, 2009 at 09:15:32 PT:
Come On
Everybody should know that ATHENS was the first democracy, 2200 years before the Declaration of Independence. While we're shedding skin here, I want to document that OUR people won OUR democracy without using force or any weapons of any kind. Think about it: while the rest of the world was busy concocting the A-bomb, Indians won their freedom against the most powerful nation in the world.I'm not going to mix words, Joe: It was YOUR FAMILY, NOT YOU, that endured the Holocaust. You, me, most of us, are pretty comfortable. But why should I give an unqualified endorsement to a Constitution that included slaves in the voter counts? Why do I have to support something without qualification, when I know many Americans did wrong?The simple answer: I live here. These are my people, just as much as they are yours. And we should retire Bill the Cat. God rest his soul, let him die in peace. ACK! ACK! ACK!--rchandar
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Comment #47 posted by JoeCitizen on September 10, 2009 at 08:06:18 PT
Racist? PFFFT!!!
"JoeCitizen, it is clear to me, a Professor with 10 years of experience and a Doctorate, that you are a RACIST."Well, rchandar, it's pretty clear to me that you are an
A**hole.Do not presume to tell me what I think and feel, you do not know me. I have only commented on what you have said, that you do not love America, you simply live here. I don't know you at all, so I can't make assumptions about what you think or feel.See, I don't read the comments with great regularity, so I don't know anything about you beyond the few comments I read on this thread. Had no idea of your race. And your race didn't, and doesn't, enter into my offer for you to leave. If you have no love of America beyond the fact that you happen to live here, go find someplace you would love to live. Perhaps India.Secondly, do NOT presume to lecture me about America and the Jews, I know and have lived that. America has its fair share of anti-semites. But it's been darn kinder to me and mine than Russia or Poland, where they tried to kill most of my family before they escaped here.  Other than Israel, where do most of the Jews in the world live, HMMM? That's not by accident.Lastly, if you are indeed a professor, which I have my doubts about, you are certainly not a professor of History. Every example you cited is recent, and all fall within the same few decades of American history. It's like judging the Germans solely by 1930-1945, and leaving out any mentions of Beethoven, chemistry, or public health systems. If you take the longer view, you can see both the good and the bad.America set THE example of Democratic revolution. It HAD NOT HAPPENED BEFORE US. The French Revolution grew directly out of that. Every democracy in Europe came from our example.And as for India, and its great peaceful past, why don't you take a survey of Kashmiris and Pakistanis, and see how peaceful they think the Indians are. Ask the Muslims in India how peaceful the Hindus are, and vice versa.No one, NO ONE, has spotless hands, however much you focus on the blood on ours.And don't cry racism without clear evidence (which this certainly wasn't.) It's just crying wolf when there's so much real racism to worry about.JC
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Comment #46 posted by museman on September 09, 2009 at 09:16:50 PT
Had Enough
Thanks bro!"Tell it like it is!"It absolutely a game of smoke and mirrors that is totally controlled by its makers.
When they invented the concept of money, way way back in Sumeria, they built a power structure that has never been weakened in any way -for them-. They forced, coerced, lied, made up history -and religions to help- to literally breed a submissive populace that believes in their fake surrogate 'realities' to the point that a lot of people have a higher esteem for the contrived values of economics, than the real values of life, and sharing the experience.Far far too many believe in the curriculum of propaganda and BS that is taught in schools for the express purpose of engendering confusion, and undermining the family life. They believe in the 'power' of materialism, and since for most people that materialism amounts to little more than chasing a carrot on a stick, they are easily manipulated into negative states of being, almost constantly in a socially designed bi-polar disorder, fluxuating between fear and apprehension of 'not having' and the quick fix of immediate sense gratification- modern 'americans' in a nutshell.Mankind has been deceived by its 'leaders' since the first king, and none of those 'leaders' was ever supposed to be. They exist because of fear and false belief in false values. The only solution is consciousness.Their power is given to them by the ignorant allowance of the population, and they use it for THEIR OWN AGENDAS!!! Always have, and will continue to the point where a significant number of folks have thrown them out of our collective agreement.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #45 posted by Had Enough on September 09, 2009 at 08:51:30 PT
America…is not a child any more…
America is not the problem. The people manipulating the laws, and the concept of freedom are where the problems perpetuate.The problem lies with the moneychangers, lawyers, politicians, and other elitists of their ilk who seek wealth/power beyond their needs…and all that power and wealth is taken from others who are powerless to do anything about it. They do that by passing and enforcing laws that tips the scales to their favor. And they take care of each other so they can hoard excessive wealth and the power that comes with it, until one of them gets caught with their hand in the cookie jar, then they hang them out to dry to give a false sense of security to the masses “see we are watching out for you” I will use the example of the Arthur Anderson firm who was cooking books for the wall street terrorists to make my point. And where was the Securities Exchange Commission during all this???Wars…politicians cannot solve problems…they can only create wars, and spend the citizens’ coin…and a very select few behind the scenes profit tremendously from it. American corporate interests go around the world and demand to do as they say, or face the wrath of the elitists.Banks…Taxpayer/Citizens money was given to them to loan back to the taxpayers with interest…what a deal…(where can you or I sign up for that kind of operation???). Then taxpayers give even more money in the form of “Cash for Clunkers” scam. Basically, taxpayer money was given to the automobile industry and the banks made loans for cars (with interest) to boot…all sold/disguised to the public as an economic stimulus. Another fine example of greed behind the curtains hard at work.Religion… Galilei Galileo, enough said for now…, scroll down to #7 ‘Church controversy’Take a good look around…greed, wars, prison for profits…destruction of the planet for corporate profit. The spinmeisters mislead the populace/followers into supporting their hidden agendas with lies and mis-information through their own media (newspapers/TV ad machine). Meanwhile a select few gain even more power and money at the expense of everyone else, which are you, your kinfolk, neighbors, your friends and I.Laws…Several times I’ve experienced being told by Judges, Lawyers, Cops, and other authoritarians the following…”Son I know you don’t think you did anything wrong, and neither do we…but the way the law reads…you broke the law and you must face the consequences.” My response has always been…”if the law is wrong then why do this?” I always got the standard answer…”The Law, is the Law!!!”America??? America is not the problem. The people controlling things behind the scenes are the problem…a problem that has plagued mankind for tens of thousands of years, if not more…same old song and dance.************Sweet Madame BlueGaze in your looking glassYou're not a child anymoreSweet Madame BlueThe future is all but pastDressed in your jewelsYou made your own rulesYou conquered the world and more***Red, white and blueGaze in your looking glassYou're not a child anymoreRed, white and blueThe future is all but pastSo lift up your heartAnd make a new startAnd lead us away from hereStyx - Suite Madame Blue Live 1996***Lyrics for those interested…
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Comment #44 posted by rchandar on September 08, 2009 at 15:35:04 PT:
American Democracy versus Indian Democracy
Lessee, how much "help" we've given the world re democracy.South Africa: None. We had a policy of "constructive engagement"--giving money and expertise to firms which were apartheid in nature.Iran: None. We didn't fire a musket, or a cannon, in support of the brave revolutionaries who were crushed by Ahmedinejad--who by the way believes the Holocaust never happened and held seminars to that effect.Pakistan: None. We basically supported a narcoterrorist state, and heard Benazir Bhutto's assassination very, very quietly, without any effort. Pervez Musharraf harbored terrorists, we gave them billions in cash.Brazil: None. Brazil is one of the most racist countries in the world. We prefer to sit on the beach at Rio with our Percodan.Cuba: None. We FAILED, and FAILED miserably. When you consider that Cuba is a little island, 90 miles from our coast, it's infuriating that we did nothing to "spread democracy" against a very weak foe.Darfur: Nothing. You let 'em die. That's all.China: Nothing. You completely ignored Tianamen Square, and when it capsized you still did nothing.Aggression against other countries, in the name of freedom: so many examples. So many times this government held up right-wing dictatorships, and it was all money involved: Chile, Brazil, Zaire, South Africa, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, South Vietnam, South Korea. As far as mah darky historian self kin comprehend, US Amerikuns only were dere fow de white kuntries, lik duh Mahshall Plan in Yurup. All the other regions of the world, we basically supported colonialism, even giving millions in cash and guns to European governments to help them hold on to their colonies.Now: let's take my India. Which has never occupied another country and never waged an offensive war against any country. A democracy of 1.2 billion people; a poor country with lots of different folks, different tongues, and different faiths. Genocide? Never. Discrimination against minorities? For a poor country, it is run well.JoeCitizen, it is clear to me, a Professor with 10 years of experience and a Doctorate, that you are a RACIST. People like you have been trying to get rid of me since Mom and Dad came here and were successful. You just didn't like that we could succeed in what you thought was only YOUR country.--rchandar
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Comment #43 posted by rchandar on September 08, 2009 at 15:10:35 PT:
That's a laugh. America loves the Jews??? Any idea how much anti-Semitism there is, and how lots of big politicians basically praised Hitler for killing "kikes"? Chronicle did an enitre week segment on how our trusted leaders sported fascist, anti-semite behaviors, discriminated against the Jews, and basically praised Hitler. Sure, Sure, Sure. Us darkies bettah' git' our history right, cuz dah white mayn wants tuh kick us out!!--rchandar 
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Comment #42 posted by rchandar on September 08, 2009 at 14:50:40 PT:
some nerve you have telling me to get out of a country I grew up in. You've got even uglier balls for telling me that loving a country because it's where we live is a defunct idea. Your idea that we've "spread democracy" is so laughable that I'm going to buy a case of beer and spill it all over this computer. I'm surprised that you thought you could wipe me off this page so easily.--rchandar
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Comment #41 posted by museman on September 08, 2009 at 13:32:02 PT
Thanks, I was going to point out the part about our 'history' and who actually wrote it and what they left out for the 'schooling' of americans -in particular the bloody conquest and colonization of this country-I agree 100%. -what you said-I wrote a post very similar (but longer :) this am, but lost it when trying to post, so I didn't.I would like to add to JC; that the "North American continent" and the "South American continent" are actually one land mass, called 'America' (not counting the man-made Panama Canal as a break in the land mass) -before the US came into being, and the "Turtle Continent" by those who take the orignal inhabitants into consideration.FREE CANNABIS FOR EVERYONE
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Comment #40 posted by knightshade on September 08, 2009 at 11:12:33 PT:
democracy/system of government, sex/race equality, and all those other things you say are good that we spread around the world are not necessarily good. their systems and morals and rules have been in place thousands of years before our ideology. that doesnt make our ideology bad either. but it is new. and who are we, the new kids on the rock, to elect ourselves sheriff and tell entire nations that X and Y is the way it needs to be? this land is yours and my land, but thats THEIR land, and we should leave them alone.katt williams once said a joke about how black people feel about politics that was more of down-to-earth value than of humor and is not race specific. he said, we dont care about international politics. all we know is, you dont fxxx with me and i wont fxxx with you. THAT should be our foreign policy. THAT makes good sense, or at least way more than our current policies. 
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Comment #39 posted by knightshade on September 08, 2009 at 10:59:31 PT:
did you really just say that America did not colonize, rampage, or conquer? i think you ought to pull out those dusty old history books. you might find more similarities than differences between the US and the Romans, etc.
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Comment #38 posted by JoeCitizen on September 08, 2009 at 09:18:39 PT
Hope is right, you have a very bleak outlook on things.If the true extent of your love for America is that you just happen to live here, why don't you go somewhere else? If you can't afford it, I'd be happy to take up a collection to send you off. You might be happier there, and we might be happier with you there.Here's a game for you: Name me a country in the world or in history that has spotless hands, that has never abused their power, that has always acted fairly and equitably towards both citizens and neighbors.  Take as long as you like, I'll just be waiting over here.Name me the strongest nations in the world historically, and then tell me how many had the word "empire" after their names. America may have imposed our will on the world for a time, be we did not colonize like the British, or rampage and conquer like the Nazis, the Russians, the Mongols, the Romans, or the Greeks under Alexander.I have relatives (not close ones, but relations none the less) that were liberated from Nazi concentration camps by American soldiers. While the Germans and Russians were competing to see how many Jews they could kill, and while the British knew full well what evil was being done and yet folded their hands, not wishing to detract from their own war efforts, the Americans actually did something to stop that heinous evil. They saved the lives of my (very) extended family. How can I not be grateful for that?Yes, Americans have spread drug prohibition around the world, and for that people should curse us. We have also spread the concept of democratic revolution, of gender equality, and most recently of minority opportunity, with the election of President Obama. If people curse us for the bad, should they not praise us for the good?And BTW, my love of America has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with religion, I am largely agnostic. It comes from studying history, and appreciating that America is a unique nation.  It has the potential to do uniquely good things and uniquely evil things. I will do everything within my ability to steer it towards the good.JCP.S. Museman, North America and South America are continents. America is a country located within North America. America is a correct collective name for the union of individual states that make up the United States.
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Comment #37 posted by museman on September 07, 2009 at 18:58:43 PT
is a continent....the USA just acts like its all of it.
Mr. Amerika
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Comment #36 posted by rchandar on September 07, 2009 at 17:42:00 PT:
PS--I, too, love what America CAN BE. The "CAN BE" is very important, otherwise it's part of the same conspiracy theory stuff.There are several tricks to the legalization equation. The first is Reagan, making the War on Drugs immutable social law. The second is the "potent pot" myth, scaring away all the import of potheads since the 1950s, on the grounds that it whacked your brain. The third is terrorism; now we are evil men and women, bent on destroying the Republic.You know, being "proud of America" changed radically since I was a kid. It has nothing to do with being the "greatest country," or "because God loves us best."We live here. That's the extent of my "love" for America.--rchandar
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Comment #35 posted by rchandar on September 07, 2009 at 17:00:40 PT:
While We're Being Bleak
Punishment for possession of MJ, any amount:--Ghana (yes, Ghana) 5 years.
--Japan 5 years.
--Morocco (yes, Morocco) 10 years.
--Saudi Arabia death.
--India (no, it's not legal) 2 years.
--Pakistan death.
--China 5 years.I want to stress that NONE of these countries had any kind of problem with MJ, UNTIL YOUR COUNTRY MADE IT A PROBLEM, DEMANDED THAT THEY DO WHAT YOU SAID FOR THEM TO DO.
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Comment #34 posted by rchandar on September 07, 2009 at 16:58:00 PT:
While We're Being Bleak...
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Comment #33 posted by rchandar on September 07, 2009 at 16:57:20 PT:
"Bleak" Rchandar broods some more
Okay, so--You made a decision that THE WHOLE WORLD HAD TO CONFORM TO, BEFORE MOST OF YOU WERE EVEN BORN, andYou've popularized every form of rebellion, but couldn't make MJ legal. That means every one of us has that "arrest" somewhere in their memory or imagination. That's not good. What, prosperity, achievement, culture, knowledge--Americans are first or near that. But the rest of the world has to conform to your wishes, whether that's good for them or not.Plus, some countries are completely backlashing against it. The revolution in Iran failed. North Korea is defiant about maintaining nuclear weapons. Darfur sadly remains unaddressed, and the President of Sudan enjoys diplomatic immunity because of China, whom the US owes $2 trillion. I guess it's not easy for a person raised without God to "have faith," I admit that. Woodstock? Altamont? PMRC? MTV?You didn't get the job done.--rchandar
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Comment #32 posted by rchandar on September 07, 2009 at 16:48:59 PT:
"Bleak" Rchandar says
Hmmm. Aside from the fact that the USA made MJ illegal for THE ENTIRE WORLD, and we've had 70 years to erase this "shadow," it isn't likely that I'm going to sing your praises because I HAPPEN TO BE UNEMPLOYED, as are a lot of people. And as for "being proud of America"--what exactly is it that you want? Drug prohibition stems directly from this country, and no other one. I grew up here and learned as much as I could, though I admit I did not live in its formative periods. I TEND to be pessimistic because I was taught in elementary school, in American history--the great period of American political freedom ended with RFK's assassination, MLK's assassination, and the election of Richard Milhous Nixon.So, as one smoker might have put it, "your life was over before you had a chance to live it."America is a good country, but far from the only country in the world which is good. Americans have perspective and joy, but I sincerely doubt that they deserve a monopoly of all good things. You are in a recession--preaching patriotism to people from foreign backgrounds is not going to get it. It isn't easy to be positive when unemployment is 50% at home, and people tell you you're never going to work again.I was raised by an atheist. Any questions?"harry anslinger rules???"--rchandar
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Comment #31 posted by FoM on September 06, 2009 at 12:35:30 PT
I think that people who study animal behavior learn a lot about people in the process. Cesar Millan is a good example of what I mean. You have to figure out an animal since they can't talk. We are still learning Mufasa's quirks. I had a dalmation when I was around 3. I know I was that young since we still lived in Baltimore and we moved to PA when I turned 4. I named him Budweiser since I loved the horses and dalmation commercial they did. We got rid of him because he kept knocking me down. That's all I remember about my one and only dalmation. Rotts are proud and independent dogs mostly. They remind me of a lion. Treat them with respect and know if they lose it they can lose it big time. I avoid situations that could trigger problems. I've learned that after having a Rott since 87.
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Comment #30 posted by Hope on September 06, 2009 at 11:17:30 PT
The natures of the beasts.
My grandson was a busy, happy six year old about the time of the Rottweiler incident in Tennessee. My son's Dalmations weren't as tolerant of the lively grandchild's sudden movements and loudness and lovingness. The Rottweiler was gentle and patient and seemed to really enjoy the interaction with the children. The Rottweiler seemed to understand the children were something to be guarded and gently tolerated. The Dalmations saw them as definitely lower on the "Pack" rung and subject to snarls, snapping, discipline and distrust for some of their behaviors. Kind of like people. Some are gripey, snarley, intolerant, and bitchy or bullish, and they are seldom happy and always finding fault with someone else. They seem to get especially hateful and dangerous to others if they percieve in their hateful little minds that the "others" are on some sort of lower societal or pack rung to the gripey, bitchy, volatile, hateful, mean people. That's when they get into attack mode and devour other people.Nature. We all have it. Some of it is good and some of it not so good and, of course, some of it is really bad. The thing to do to be a better person is to nurture the good and resist the bad and not so good with all our power. 
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Comment #29 posted by Hope on September 06, 2009 at 10:59:11 PT
You said, "Beyond that, the conservatives have always fomented hateful culture wars, demonizing classes and races of Americans and others around the world. It's one of the more distasteful traits of conservatives and it's in hyper mode currently.It is largely for power, money and sport for the elites, and feigned support for the poor slobs stupid enough to sidle up to them. For most Americans, being for the Republicans is like the chickens being for Colonel Sanders." I tend to agree with that, Dongenero.Although, Republicans don't have the market cornered on demonizing and abusing people. I've noticed it's important to a lot of Democrats to criminalize and "Punish" as harshly as they can, a lot of behaviors, as well.There are certainly many "Ugly" Democrats out there to match the "Ugly" Republicans that seem to delight in throwing their weight around over the citizenry. Sometimes they do it just to please a certain segment of the population that they see monetary, societal, and power advantages in aligning themselves with. I've also noticed that there are plenty of Republicans willing to blow big money on big goverment and be pork barrellers and it looks far from being a trend only on the part of Democrats.Sheesh.Rigid and "tough" punishers, prohibitionists, "preventionists", criminalizers, demonizers, killers, enhancers, finers, and big spenders are prolific in both parties.
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on September 06, 2009 at 09:26:08 PT
I love that story. I have been reading the forum on for sometime now. I have read stories that I never would have found except for this very serious and thoughtful forum. If you want to read a great dog forum check it out. 
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Comment #27 posted by Hope on September 06, 2009 at 08:45:11 PT
Mufasa and Sassy
From the pictures I can see that Sassy is, as Cesar would say, "The pack leader" of the two... after you and Stick, of course.It's easy to see the dogs really like each other. You can see he wants her to play and scuffle with him, but she's got better sense. She, obviously, can "weigh" the situation and the oldness of her own bones. Her new happiness will probably add years to her life. He seems very respectful of her. I'm so glad they like each other.When my son was building a house in Tennessee he started noticing a big Rottweiler just watching him from the woods. It would stay in the edge of the woods and just sit quietly and stare at him solemly for several days. He kept working and ignoring it. After awhile of this and his kind of worrying about it, he decided to just call to the dog and squat down and greet it. The dog came running and was so sweet and friendly. The same way with the kids and I when we were there. Except that if we left the car door open for a minute he was loaded up and ready to go and wasn't that easy to get out of the car. He had a wonderfully sweet nature although he was huge and fierce looking. He visited my sons home nearly every day and stayed all day. They finally found out who he belonged to and discovered that he was kennelled with several less good natured dogs and he didn't like them and their ways so he just escaped every day and went to find friendlier beings to be with. The other dogs in his kennel weren't as good at escaping and he was able to leave them and their bickering at him and each other behind. He went home when it was time for his family to get home at night.
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Comment #26 posted by Hope on September 06, 2009 at 08:40:10 PT
Recent reports of immoral treatment of patients
and forcing them into more misery than they already had... and they had plenty to be miserable about... yet were trying to overcome as much of it as possible have been on my mind a lot.How dare they? How dare these cruel and arrogant taskmaster punishers behave towards their fellow humans like that? The seemingly endless inhumanity of man is revoltingly amazing. I guess there's always someone willing and more than willing to do the inhumane stuff. It's sick. And not in a good way. Sick like insane or mentally or morally unwell. Both these recently reported cases, I haven't been able to get out of my mind lately. I think these two incindents came out of our northern sister, Canada. So much for their possibly advancing to sanity ahead of us.One man in a rest home was punished for smoking cannabis by having his electric wheel chair taken away from him for ten days, by the home's administrater. A grown man. A man that was trying to alleviate some of his pain and misery.Another was a woman in Canada who had been a legal patient for years. She had no legs. They had been amputated. It's a scientificly proven fact that cannabis can be remarkably helpful with the phantom pain of amputees. That's the main reason she used it. She had diabetes and other ailments. Her landlords kicked her out of her apartment, in a building she had lived in for eight years. She was kicked out on to the street with no place to go, because a crab tenant claimed to smell the smoke from the marijuana she smoked. She died distraught, in pain, and homeless.That's inhuman. That's immoral. That's cruel. Extremely cruel. This is a cruel world, but what part of humanity requires making it even more cruel. Life is hard. These people's lives were and are even harder than most. What sort of disturbed and calloused over concience could do something like that to another human? And as bad as this is, I know there are hundreds if not thousands of people, even this very day, being treated just as unjustly right here in my home country. It just isn't making the news. But we all know it's happening.
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on September 06, 2009 at 05:21:21 PT
Thank you. We are having a wonderful time with Mufasa. Since most of my life working with animals has been my passion it's great to be able to do it one more time. Sassy is happy and let's him know his place. She is getting up in years but she seems to smile alot these days. Last night we watched Blue Planet and had him in with us and he watched the whole program. I kept a leash on him because I wasn't sure if he would go up to the TV and maybe accidentially knock it over. I never had a dog that loves watching TV. LOL! PS: I'm glad you liked the training videos. Rottweilers are good dogs. It's really nice watching him put on weight and get a beautiful shine to his coat.
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on September 05, 2009 at 21:35:38 PT
Great pictures, FoM
I'm enjoying watching those training videos, too.It's so good that your enjoying Mufasa so much.
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on September 05, 2009 at 21:32:59 PT
Comment 19 Joe Citizen
Well said, and I agree.RChandar has his very bleak moments, as we all do or can from time to time, and I can tell you know, by how well you phrased your disagreement with the way he prhased his disappointment.Well said.Huzza! Huzza! And all that good stuff.
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on September 05, 2009 at 21:22:59 PT
I did think you looked good, Rev. I just didn't want to mention I liked the "New" look cause I might sound like a paranoid old fuddy duddy to you. I thought I did tell you you looked great, though. *sigh* I hate it when I intend to do something and don't get it done and then go off thinking I did somehow. You did look good. And thank you for the work you do.No one can say you sit home and just despair over the situation. You made a very good presentation.
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Comment #21 posted by RevRayGreen on September 05, 2009 at 12:25:20 PT
Carl's Cannabis Corner dark today
on replay, 1st show in new studio next Saturday.....
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Comment #20 posted by runruff on September 05, 2009 at 11:56:21 PT
I compliment you. Sorry you had to prompt me. I tune into your show too!
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Comment #19 posted by JoeCitizen on September 05, 2009 at 10:22:21 PT
rchandndar, RE: comment 7
You said, "America is a BS country, founded on the principle of one thing, and one thing only: Money."I really don't take kindly to that kind of talk. Oh, I may totally agree that the United States has fallen totally short of the principles of America, that too often money does trump all that we believe in.But America is not a BS country, nor are our principles. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Promoting the General Welfare. Securing the Blessings of Liberty now and in the future. Those are good principles.From the very start, we have struggled to live up to those lofty goals. Three fifths compromise, enfranchising only white male taxpayers, slavery, decimation of the native tribes, Jim Crow, Japanese's not a pretty history. No argument about that at all.But those are not the principles of America, those are its sad failings. Emancipation, Women's Suffrage, Integration, Civil Rights, Reparations and Apologies to the Interned...those are when we step back towards our ideals.I love what America can be, and hate what it currently is. That's why I stay here and work to change these stupid, evil laws. Because I see that our country not only CAN be a better place, but it MUST be. America has too much might, even in our decline, to be a rogue nation in the world. The consequences of using our power wrongly hurts not only we Americans and our descendants, but everyone in the entire world.So I stay, and fight, and remember what America can and should be.And that is NOT BS.JC
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Comment #18 posted by RevRayGreen on September 05, 2009 at 09:55:00 PT
#12 re:Hope
I figured you would have complimented me on my TV interviews last week, I wasn't wearing my pot-sunglasses :)
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on September 05, 2009 at 07:03:28 PT
Niles Medical Marijuana Grower Can Stay in Home
September 3, 2009URL:
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on September 05, 2009 at 07:01:32 PT
Support Seattle’s Alternatives To The War on Drugs
September 3, 2009URL:
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on September 05, 2009 at 06:18:09 PT
Good Morning Everyone!
I hope everyone is planning on a nice holiday weekend. It's beautiful around here, sunny and cool. News will pick up in time but for now it will be slow. I'm spending my free time working on training our new young adult Rottweiler. He is growing like a weed. Here's a funny picture of him and our older dog we rescued six years ago.
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Comment #14 posted by charmed quark on September 05, 2009 at 05:24:31 PT
Re:Cruel and Unusual Punishment
I was very disturbed by this story and have been trying to get more information. Legal medical marijuana patients have been denied organ transplants, lost their jobs, lost their housing and benefits, etc. I finally found out a bit more about this one. If the posting at the link I gave is truly a family member, the story is this:Back story- it appears BC put in a non-smoking law in nursing homes unless the home builds special smoking rooms with special ventilation. Almost none did so you can't smoke inside. Mr. Nagy's home went further and doesn't allow any smoking on site. Sorta extreme nanny statism - paralyzed people are forced to quit cigarette smoking even if it couldn't possibly make their situation any worst and they have few other pleasures left.So he's been using an electric scooter to go to the side of a busy road to smoke his marijuana. He's paralyzed from the neck down, so I don't know how he does this without help from family or staff ( he operates the scooter by neck movements). They are afraid he will drop sparks on himself or start a fire (BC gets very dry in the summer), plus they don't want him operating the scooter by the road under the influence of the drug. So they took the scooter away.The family is trying to find a home that is more accommodating. The member below says that the government doesn't pay for the "spray" (Sativex?) and he can't afford it, and the "pills" (Marinol?) don't work as well. Too bad we can't send him a vaporizer.What gets me is that if it was some other legal pain/spasm medication, I'm sure the home would try to accommodate him.
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Comment #13 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on September 05, 2009 at 00:25:32 PT
Not quite over, Hope, but I'm glad we're alive.
Not all of us are, anymore.But back to the War shit, I still think something is rotten in the Netherlands. More on the Dutch Unstoned Cops from Radio Netherlands Worldwide -Drug bust targets academic experiment"Academics from Wageningen University are using the field to ascertain whether hemp could replace cotton as a textile crop."That could certainly ruin Monsanto, Dow, and DuPont's day.BTW, an "anonymous tip-off" led to this fiasco.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on September 04, 2009 at 19:04:36 PT
I'm still alive. Haven't been able to read or post... but hopefully will be able to catch up before long.Just a glimpse... but I guess the "War" isn't over yet.Dang it.Anyway. Just checking in.
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Comment #11 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on September 04, 2009 at 15:56:40 PT
Graehstone #4
That would be like the DEA raiding the University of Mississippi (if they did anything useful there). As stupid as cops can be, could that really happen by accident?"The project had been underway for years and was in its final phase, which would have allowed us to introduced these new fibres to the market."I smell DuPont, or something like them.
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Comment #10 posted by charmed quark on September 04, 2009 at 15:29:05 PT
Freedom leads to cesspool of corruption off topic for your amusement. Don't know if you've followed this, but Bill O'Reilly on Fox News says that more individual liberties will cause the USA to become a cesspool of corruption like Holland. The Dutch, obviously, take offense at this and try to show O'Reilly that he is full of #$% .The one that gets me is when they show him the statistics that youthful use of cannabis is much lower in the Netherlands than in the USA, O'Reilly responds:"The way they do statistics in the Netherlands is different. Plus, it's a much smaller country, a much smaller base to do the stats on."Sort of the drug war in a microcosm. Some drug warrior makes unsubstantiated statements about cannabis; pro-cannabis people show science that totally disproves statement; drug warrior dismisses science as a valid approach.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on September 04, 2009 at 13:46:35 PT
It isn't off topic. We have strong feelings about what is going on. I can barely stand to watch the news these days. It's embarassing to see how some people who say they love our country are acting towards Obama. How can people hate so much and have any kind of a quality life?
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Comment #8 posted by dongenero on September 04, 2009 at 13:30:33 PT
about money
Probably true.Beyond that, the conservatives have always fomented hateful culture wars, demonizing classes and races of Americans and others around the world. It's one of the more distasteful traits of conservatives and it's in hyper mode currently.It is largely for power, money and sport for the elites, and feigned support for the poor slobs stupid enough to sidle up to them. For most Americans, being for the Republicans is like the chickens being for Colonel Sanders. Eff 'em. I'll take about anything anyone offers as alternative to US conservatives. Sorry about the off topic. The goons are getting me riled up.
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Comment #7 posted by rchandar on September 04, 2009 at 12:57:06 PT:
It Doesn't Matter
America is a BS country, founded on the principle of one thing, and one thing only:Money.
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Comment #6 posted by dongenero on September 04, 2009 at 11:36:25 PT
You put a bunch of conservative jerks (that's the nice word) in power and the society starts turning to crap before your eyes. We all have to stop empowering these conservative pin heads!Happened here with the Bush Administration and Canada followed suite with Harper. Here's to better days for Canada. Here's to freedom, peace and respect for individuals, especially those on the lowest rungs.
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Comment #5 posted by Storm Crow on September 04, 2009 at 10:56:52 PT
This is cruel and unusual punishment....
false imprisonment, and just plain WRONG! Man's Wheelchair Seized Over Medical MarijuanaCANNABIS CULTURE - A Canadian care home resident with full body paralysis was confined to his bed against his will after his wheelchair was seized by caregivers - all because he smokes medical marijuana to relieve his Multiple Sclerosis.CHBC news reported yesterday that Nyle Nagy, a Kelowna, British Columbia man who lives at the Brookhaven care home, was forcefully removed from his wheelchair and put in bed for a week after manager Adrien Vaughan objected to his legal use of medical marijuana."She sent two men over here to take my wheelchair and tell me that I've got to stay in this chair for seven days, as a punishment", Nagy told the TV crew. (snipped)
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Comment #4 posted by Graehstone on September 04, 2009 at 10:44:37 PT:
Speaking of research ...
Overeager Dutch police ruin legal cannabis experiment of frightening to see that law enforcement is equally unintelligent the world over huh?
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Comment #3 posted by christ on September 04, 2009 at 09:06:14 PT
I wonder if HHS's award (or past awards) to the Univ of Mississippi includes some documented basis for why they awarded the contract to Ole Miss over others. If such documentation existed, I wonder if it could be discovered via an FOIA request. 
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on September 04, 2009 at 06:50:13 PT
Puff, puff, pass, you Mississippi Cretans!
Hey Uncle Sam, how about putting a little ghee butter on Mr. Craker?
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on September 04, 2009 at 06:05:40 PT
October 9
#9,#9,#9, John Lennon's Birthday. A perfect day for change!
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