NORML's Weekly News Bulletin - October 26, 2006 

  NORML's Weekly News Bulletin - October 26, 2006 

Posted by CN Staff on October 26, 2006 at 16:24:35 PT
Weekly Press Release  
Source: NORML  

 NORML Director, Board Members In Colorado To Promote Depenalization InitiativeOctober 26, 2006 - Denver, CO, USADenver, CO: NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre along with NORML advisory board member Norman Stamper (former Chief of Police, Seattle Washington) and NORML board member George Rohrbacher (former Washington state senator) will be speaking tonight in Denver and holding a press conference tomorrow in support of Amendment 44, the Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Initiative.
They will be joined by Colorado Rep. Gary Lindstrom, University of Colorado biology professor Robert Melamede, SAFER (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation) Campaign Director Mason Tvert, and NORML Legal Committee member Jeralyn Merrit. Representatives from NORML and SAFER will also be hosting a campaign fundraiser for Amendment 44 on Friday night at the Wynkoop Brewing Company in downtown Denver.Amendment 44 would revise state statutes to make the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis legal in Colorado for anyone age 21 or older. Last year, voters in Denver passed a similar municipal initiative by 54 percent.For more information on these events, please contact Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel, or visit: or Cannabis Agonist Slows Alzheimer's Progression, Study SaysOctober 26, 2006 - Atlanta, GA, USAAtlanta, GA: The administration of the cannabinoid agonist WIN 55,212-2 reduces brain inflammation and improves memory in animals, according to preclinical data presented last week at the 36th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN).Investigators at Ohio State University, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, reported that older rats administered daily doses of WIN 55,212-2 for a period of three weeks performed significantly better than non-treated controls on a water-maze memory test. Researchers determined that rats treated with the compound experienced a 50 percent improvement in memory and a 40 to 50 percent reduction in inflammation compared to controls. Investigators said that the cannabinoid agonist was the first compound that they were aware of to reduce inflammation in "an old brain" in a preclinical trial."These results provide critical information for the use of the endocannabinoid system that may lead to the use of specific cannabinoid agonists in the treatment of neuroinflammation-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's," they concluded.The Ohio State study is the second report this month to suggest that cannabinoids may moderate Alzheimer's disease progression. Investigators at the Scripps Research Institute in California previously reported in the journal Molecular Therapeutics that THC inhibits the enzyme responsible for the aggregation of amyloid plaque in a manner "considerably" superior to approved Alzheimer's medications such as donepezil and tacrine.Separate presentations at this year's SFN conference reported that oral THC reduces symptoms of Parkinson's disease in animals, and that cannabinoids possess long-lasting neuroprotective effects against cerebral ischemia (a reduction of blood flow to the brain that can cause cell death).For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Abstracts from this year's Society for Neuroscience conference are online at: THC Eases Stomach Cramping, Study Says October 26, 2006 - Rochester, MN, USARochester, MN: Cannabinoids reduce stomach cramping and may play a role in moderating various gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, according to clinical trial data presented this week at the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology.Investigators at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota assessed the efficacy of a single dose of dronabinol (synthetic THC) on colonic motility in 52 volunteers participating in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Researchers reported that THC relaxes the colon and eases post-eating contractions and cramping compared to placebo.Investigators said that these effects were more prominent in women volunteers than men."The potential for cannabinoids to modulate colonic motor function in disease deserves a further look," they concluded.Survey data reported last fall in O'Shaughnessy's: The Journal of Cannabis in Clinical Practice found that Crohn's disease patients experience subjective benefits from cannabis, including pain relief and increased appetite.Researchers in the United Kingdom also reported last year that cannabinoids promote healing in the gastrointestinal membrane, and may provide therapeutic relief to patients with irritable bowel syndrome.More recently, investigators from Germany's Johannes Gutenberg University reported this spring in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation that the "endocannabinoid system may represent a new promising therapeutic target against different GI disorders, including inflammatory bowel diseases, functional bowel diseases, and secretion and motility disorders."Gastrointestinal disorders afflict more than one in five Americans, particularly women.For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Additional information on cannabinoids and GI disorders is available in NORML's new report, "Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids," available online at: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: October 26, 2006Copyright: 2006 NORML Contact: norml Website: NORML Archives 

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Comment #46 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 17:40:25 PT
A Vote
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Comment #45 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 17:37:53 PT
I agree with that. I don't believe in getting even when I am wronged though. The word retribution threw me.
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Comment #44 posted by BGreen on October 27, 2006 at 17:33:39 PT
Well, taken separately
Righteous: Morally justifiableIndignation: Anger aroused by something unjust, mean, or unworthy.So, righteous indignation is "Morally justifiable anger aroused by something unjust, mean, or unworthy."That's exactly what it means to me.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #43 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 17:30:50 PT
re:anger without guilt
You can take your guilt to the grave, you can vote.Ain't got no more music,All I can hear iS FREEDOM
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Comment #42 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 17:22:53 PT
The storm will pass and tomorrow is another day and I would vote yes but I can't vote in Colorado.
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Comment #41 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 17:20:21 PT
I don't believe in retribution so maybe righteous indignation isn't the right expression for me. I get very upset about injustice towards people who can't stand on their own two feet for whatever reason.
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Comment #40 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 16:55:47 PT
the storm fomme
tonight storm will passit is the morn and how "we" the people address "our" responsibility. Vote YES for it will ignite the "end"In every LAND in every infested placeIn this God Given Green PlaceVote to Be FREE
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Comment #39 posted by BGreen on October 27, 2006 at 16:43:26 PT
Here's the Webster's Definition
Main Entry: 	righteous indignationPart of Speech: 	nounDefinition: 	retribution, retributive justice; anger and contempt combined with a feeling that it is one's right to feel that way; anger without guiltWebster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.6)I consider it as being angry for a good and necessary reason.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #38 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 16:41:03 PT
re: psaltery
psaltery is song and poetry it is thoughts and hopes,sing and be proudthere is a big camp fire tonighthope you can be thereYES
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Comment #37 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 16:36:28 PT
First I want to say I posted an article and named you Newshawk but it is from the Rocky Mountain News. Second we are having terrible rain and it's knocking out my satellite so if I don't answer or miss something that's why. Now about righteous indignation. This is what righteous indignation means to me. If I see a starving or sick street person and no one cares about that person it upsets me. That is a good example of righteous indignation. Things that would matter to Jesus. Rich people are not my concern but poor people are. Hungry people and displaced people need us to care. 
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Comment #36 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 16:26:55 PT
help me
what the fuck does "Righteous Indignation " mean?Does anybody know?I think I feel that way when I look at my face in my mirror every morning. 
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 16:10:51 PT
That's what I'm talking about too. Righteous Indignation is a good thing. 
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Comment #34 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 16:01:12 PT
sorry, make that an "f"
As in "Off", much like Deet, parasites and pesky insects breed disease, it is time to vote them buggars out, it is time for good people to make a better world.If you think that some person smoking Cannabis is the problem in this world filled with terror and war, then you really need to get a health examinition.I will pray for your soul, if you have a soul.
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Comment #33 posted by BGreen on October 27, 2006 at 15:44:40 PT
I can't speak for FoM
I was talking about the young people that are in the face of everybody with respect for nobody. I can understand righteous indignation.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #32 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 15:41:24 PT
missed an o
But you get the drift, I Hope.Submitting a link.. that article...SAFER also announced Friday that it has enough money to run a few TV commercials before the Nov. 7 election.Well {folks} you may not be Biblically versed, David who killed the Goliath did it with "one" carefully placed stone between the eyes of the giant.
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Comment #31 posted by whig on October 27, 2006 at 15:36:48 PT
FoM #19
We're rude and in the face of authority because we've been mistreated by authority and lied to for years, and we're sick of it.
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Comment #30 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 15:21:38 PT
regarding debate
Between Gorman and Tvert.There was one caller who touched upon some of the deeper aspects of this crazed war on drugs. He pointed out that people who use Cannabis are unfairly being targeted, property and asset confiscations (forfeiture) seem to be the real "gravy train" that these modern day hooligans have really excelled at.Let me help you get the scourge of drugs off your back, while in the meantime, let me take your property and your assets and place them in my bank.People of this USA it is time to shake of the fleas and lice out of our government, the parasites who exist on our blood and strength.Vote YES every chance you have, it is time for change, it is time to make this world a SAFER WORLD.
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Comment #29 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 15:02:01 PT
I agree with you. 
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Comment #28 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 14:57:17 PT
re: comment 24
"we see the double standards very clearly", if you got money or connections you can do pretty much anything in this country. The stink of corruption goes all the way to the top.A YES vote in Colorado for A44 is a vote to end this double standard, it is time replace the old and outworn laws against Cannabis, it is time to embrace change for a better and healthier world.YES
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 14:48:45 PT

I don't know if we live in an area that we can vote for Dennis. I never voted in an off presidential election before but if we can we sure will. I will vote for every Democrat that I can though. 
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Comment #26 posted by ekim on October 27, 2006 at 08:49:06 PT

more info on cellulose ethanol
Biomass and Solar Technologies Lauded
 Monday, July 12, 2004Golden, Colo. - Two technologies developed by the U.S. Department of
Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are among this year's most
significant innovations, as judged by Research & Development (R&D) Magazine.The Laboratory's two R&D 100 Awards for 2004 are for an innovative,
lower-cost method for transforming plant material into the sugars that can
be used to make fuels and chemicals, and a thin-film solar cell that
produces electricity directly from sunlight, which has greater efficiency,
and is lighter weight and more flexible than previous devices.This year's announcement brings to 37 the number of R&D 100 Awards garnered
by NREL."Once again, the technologies developed by our Laboratory's researchers are
being acknowledged for their importance to the nation," said Stan Bull, NREL
associate director for science and technology. "It's particularly gratifying
that the R&D 100 Awards this year include two NREL technologies that can
enhance our nation's energy security and reduce our reliance on foreign
sources of oil."The Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Biomass Cellulose to Sugars technology is
expected to allow a wide range of biomass resources to be used to produce
energy and chemicals. It is an important step toward realizing the potential
of bio-refineries-in which plant and waste materials are used to produce an
array of fuels and chemicals, analogous to an oil refinery today.Through this technology, the cost of converting cellulosic biomass into
usable sugars can be reduced by more than 20 times per gallon of ethanol
produced.The award is shared by NREL, Genencor International and Novozymes Biotech,
Inc. NREL researchers who worked on this project included Michael Himmel,
Jim McMillan, Dan Schell, Jody Farmer, Nancy Dowe and Rafael Nieves.Also recognized for 2004 are light and flexible thin-film copper indium
gallium diselenide (CIGS) photovoltaic modules, which can be manufactured in
various sizes and have a compact, foldable design that allows for easy
deployment, transport and storage.As a result, the modules have twice the power-to-weight ratio, and three
times the power-to-size ratio as competing products. Because of this, they
are especially suited for military applications, portable power for consumer
and public use, boating and other marine applications and building-related
uses, such as for bus shelters and in PV-integrated roofing.The award is shared by NREL, Global Solar Energy and ITN Energy Systems.
NREL researchers who worked on this project included Harin Ullal, Ken
Zweibel and Bolko von Roedern.NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's premier laboratory for renewable
energy research and development and a leading laboratory for energy
efficiency R&D. NREL is operated for DOE by Midwest Research Institute and
Battelle.For further information contact NREL Public Affairs at (303) 275-4090.NR-3404
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Comment #25 posted by mayan on October 27, 2006 at 08:40:46 PT

Church of the Universe
Fringe candidate nabbed in drug bust: Stoning of Jesus: apparently, Grant Krieger has been granted a new trial. I don't care to register but here's a summary... Supreme Court quashes conviction of medical marijuana crusader:
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 08:39:16 PT

When I think of marijuana prohibitionists I think they must have a switch in their brain and turn off any progressive thoughts. They don't want to change with the times. They think we are hell bent on becoming a society of disfunctional people. We might become a society of disfunctional people if they don't open their eyes and grow with the times and know we see the double standards very clearly.
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Comment #23 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 08:31:16 PT

i got the feeling
that Gorman was talking to much about sobriety, even favoring the old failed alcohol prohibition. Gorman started to say that alcohol probation was starting to work, imagine that, starting to work. I guess all those gangsters that were given birth are a sure sign that prohibition works, all that corruption is a sure sign that prohibition really works. I think that Gorman is either a fool or an idiot or both. I think that him defending his position is wasting my tax money and my good time.
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 08:02:35 PT

Yes Mason did an excellent job. He is a young man that demands attention and he is quick and smart and it will be very hard to pull one over on him and they know that. They probably wish he was on their side. 
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Comment #21 posted by global_warming on October 27, 2006 at 07:55:01 PT

I think Mason did an excellent job. I especially like the part when he said straight out that Gormans job depended on this prohibition, truer words have been said again and again, Vote YES 44, its time to take this corrupted maligned law down.YES44 and Q7
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Comment #20 posted by mayan on October 27, 2006 at 07:47:02 PT

Mason Tvert and the pro-44 forces are going to hold a press conference and challenge Governor Owens to a debate immediately after the anti-44 press conference that Owens will be hosting! Will Owens pick up the gauntlet? Anyway, there ought to be plenty of media folks there to carry the news! Way to steal their thunder, Mason! Welcome to the Debate, Gov. Owens... Why Don't You Stay Awhile? WAY OUT...Barrett speaks at UWO - Lays out case for 9/11 conspiracy: Interview With Andreas von Buelow (video): call to NTSB regarding AA77 Flight Data Recorder (video):
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 07:15:13 PT

I agree with you. I was talking to my sister last night and young people are upsetting her. They are so rude and act like they are really important. I don't know for sure why they have such an attitude. I know my generation knew their place because they knew the draft was probably going to drop them in Vietnam before they had a chance to become too cocky. I don't wish that on this generation though. It was a sobering way to start out as a young adult.
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Comment #18 posted by BGreen on October 27, 2006 at 07:04:34 PT

I'm sure Mason, like most of us, is tired of years of being spoken to with the same arrogance and scorn from the pro-jail crowd.I can't have a simple discussion about changing the laws on cannabis without being called a "pothead" and being summarily dismissed as a brain-fried idiot, no matter how much sense I make and how stupid the arguments of the cagers.A younger person, like FoM said, not only has that exhuberance, but also this younger generation is much more "in your face" than the previous generations. If we can get them to focus that defiance towards something besides completely superficial and selfish behaviour then we can change the world.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 06:43:10 PT

I think that because Mason is very young and young people are idealistic they tend to be a little flippant. Time will take that edge off because time always does. I know because I was a idealist but now I am a realist. 
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 06:25:19 PT

I am not sure if they archive the program but if they do it will probably be available and someone will post it. If it is archived it should be on Safer's blog.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on October 27, 2006 at 06:22:49 PT

We are both voting for Dennis. He's a good person in my opinion. I haven't seen the ad but I probably will. The Republican ads in Ohio are lies and very mean. I sure can't change the world but we will do our best to help make Democrats win. Other people we've talked to are voting straight Democrat too.
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Comment #14 posted by The GCW on October 27, 2006 at 04:16:47 PT

Dear Friend of Dennis,What do they have to hide? The National Republican Party has launched a desperate, last minute "swiftboat" type smear attack against Congressman Dennis Kucinich who is in line to chair an key investigate subcommittee of the House of Representatives.The Republican Party’s official website,, attacks Kucinich in machine gun style, about FIFTY TIMES, for his opposition to the Bush agenda including, the War in Iraq, the Patriot Act, and National Missile "Defense." Everyone knows Kucinich was right, and Bush was wrong, on each and every contested issue relating to national security. (Yesterday they gave Nancy Pelosi similar treatment.)Why then, with the Republicans on the verge of losing control of both the House and the Senate, would they train such a lengthy, hysterical and vicious attack on Kucinich?The answer is obvious: Kucinich is in line to chair the Government Oversight subcommittee on International Relations, National Security and Emerging Threats, which will bring out the truth about each and every Administration lie which led us into war, into fear, into a roll back of our civil liberties. Under his chairmanship, people in Washington will at last be held accountable for their misdeeds. The truth will come out about 911, the war in Iraq and how the Administration's policies and actions have directly put America in more danger.Now is the time for us to stand up to the GOP smear machine. Now is the time to stand up for Dennis Kucinich, not only because he has stood up for us, but because his honesty, and integrity is needed in Washington for security which comes through peace and prosperity.He has shown real leadership for the Democratic Party. Don't let the Republicans get away with this rotten, mean-spirited attack on an honest Congressman who fights for the people and works for peace. Give Dennis Kucinich the ability to respond NOW. Please, urgently send your contribution (up to $2100.00) to Re-Elect Kucinich or click here to contribute online at Kucinich.usAs Chairman of the Cuyahoga Democratic Party of Ohio, one of the largest Democratic organizations in the nation, I say it is time to tell the Republican party that their "swiftboating" days are over. They swiftboated John Kerry. They did it to Max Cleland. This gang even attacked one of their own, John McCain! Help Dennis get the gavel to give the GOP the boot.Sincerely,Jimmy DiMora,
Chairman, Cuyahoga Democratic Party.
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Comment #13 posted by BHicks on October 27, 2006 at 03:48:15 PT:

Is it possible to listen to the debate again? Which channel was it? Thanks.
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Comment #12 posted by Wayne on October 26, 2006 at 22:19:13 PT

just in case you don't hate crooked cops enough
Here's a little snippet from Florida, a prohibitionist's haven these days. Don't carry large amounts of cash when visiting Bradenton.
US FL: Bradenton Police Department Bypassing Courts In Forfeitures
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Comment #11 posted by Nausicaa on October 26, 2006 at 21:38:54 PT

Mason Tvert
I quite enjoy Mason's performance during debates in terms of content, but I must say that I wish he would drop the attitude a little bit. He seems awfully argumentative lately - often putting words in the mouths of his opponets, speculating about their motives, and interrupting them during their responses. I think he might win over some fence sitters with a bit of civility. Honestly, I agree with almost everything he says, but to the layman or non-smoker, his claims about the LEOs wanting to keep their jobs and the like might seem a little kooky.I really give props to the moderator Chip, who remained calm and objective at all times, asked intelligent questions, and kept the conversation as civil as possible.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on October 26, 2006 at 19:55:07 PT

A Little Inspiration
With election time getting close I wanted to listen to something that would give me strength and all day this was going thru my head. We Are the World.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on October 26, 2006 at 19:42:52 PT

I have no idea who Glenn Beck is. I know Ed though. I hope he is doing fine.
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Comment #8 posted by Wayne on October 26, 2006 at 19:05:36 PT

Judge in WI bites the big one
Sorry guys, I wouldn't normally link an article from a major media outlet, as unreliable as they have proven to be. But you have GOT to see this story, it is a hoot! He's 67 years old, and he's facing 108 YEARS in prison!! I LOVE it when corrupt public officials get outed, I just F***ING LOVE IT!!!Where are the cries for 'what about the children' on THIS one??
Women accuse ex-judge of sex for Rx swap
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on October 26, 2006 at 18:57:02 PT

Dankhank --- weed mans site
gee i wonder how much longer it will be before the elected ones are forced to admit that Canada is 10 years ahead of us and Cannabis is 77% cellulose.Ag Secretary Endorses Alternate Ethanol Sources   
 Compiled By Staff  
 October 26, 2006  
 USDA Secretary Mike Johanns told state and local leaders to keep an eye on a day when ethanol overtakes oil at the gas pumps in the U.S. Speaking at a meeting of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, Johanns promoted emerging cellulosic ethanol technology, in which ethanol is produced from sources other than corn, such as wood chips, switchgrass, and corn stalks. "I believe the time has come to bring renewable energy into the mainstream of American thinking and American technology," Johanns says. Johanns also says that more research is required in order to make cellulosic ethanol an efficient alternative. Plants in Brazil have made ethanol from switchgrass and other plants which can be produced more efficiently than corn. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Tuesday that if ethanol is to be the fuel of the future in America, it will have to be made from sources more efficient than current corn breeds. 13th Hemp convention Nov 8-9 San Fran
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Comment #6 posted by Dankhank on October 26, 2006 at 18:46:05 PT

Ed Forchion 
just saw a bit about Ed on the Glenn Beck show. Very tongue-in-cheek, but a good chance to see and hear the man.look for repeat of Beck, about 50 minutes into the show.
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Comment #5 posted by mayan on October 26, 2006 at 18:05:02 PT

What About The Real Thing?
The last headline on the bulletin reads..."Synthetic THC Eases Stomach Cramping, Study Says"What about the real thing? We have enough pills! Pills,Pills,Pills! Don't need no more pills!!!THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...FBI Bin Laden Poster: No 9/11: and Popular Mechanics attack Prof Jones & 911 truth! (video) - One Picture Worth A Thousand Words... Before WTC 7 Collapse? 9/11 Truth Political Party:'s First 911 Truth Meeting: Interview with David Ray Griffin:
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Comment #4 posted by freewillks on October 26, 2006 at 17:54:26 PT

Where off the air right???????
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on October 26, 2006 at 17:26:29 PT

This Is A Great Debate
Mason is doing a really good job! He is so quick and accurate.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 26, 2006 at 17:03:17 PT

Live Debate on NOW! Amendment 44!
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Comment #1 posted by Dankhank on October 26, 2006 at 16:47:29 PT

coming soon ... the googler-in-chief
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