My response to NYT readers against the legalization of marijuana.
Levy Thamba fell from a hotel balcony after ingesting 6 x the normal dose of a marijuana cookie and then standing on the edge of a balcony. The marijuana is slightly less at fault than the person trying to balance after eating a frat house’s worth of weed cookies.
Richard Kirk shot his wife after eating some weed candy, and taking opiate painkillers. Coupled with a likely pre-existing mental condition like schizophrenia, and that drug cocktail can make you almost as crazy as too much beer.
Marinol and Epidolex both exclude the cannabinoids that are being studied for their use as a tumor deterrent, mood improvement medication, and many other potential uses.
Drug trafficking in a black market is an unregulated catastrophe whose worst victims have nowhere to turn for protection. This article is about legalization. It’s not drug trafficking if it’s legal.
"Permissive drug culture" has existed in the United States since the early 1920s when "magic bullet" pills were being discovered for use in medical and patent medications.
The group that we came to call “ISIS” and currently calls itself “the Islamic State” has gone through a number of name changes in its short history. Are we obligated to honor its current name?
A short and reasonable answer is that, no, ISIS is a bunch of tyrannical psychopaths, and we don’t owe…
I’ve been meaning to write on this, but this more or less nails the way I feel on the ever-“evolving” title of the most brutal ragtag group of murderers I’ve seen in my lifetime.
The story broke when I was on a BBC kick, which calls the group ISIS. This, of course, evoked thoughts of television hit Archer, and made me a little uncomfortable, but willing to deal.
When the president took notice of the group publicly, he called it ISIL from the get-go. I had to look that up, since the Levant was something of a new concept to me. In reality, though, the Levant has been recognized in the English-speaking world since 1497. According to Wikipedia, it’s Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and part of southern Turkey.
When they changed recently to IS, and our media changed along with them, I had to wonder why we as a nation were more ready to accept a ruthless murdergang’s name change than that of a drag queen on Facebook.
Who gives a fuck what they want to be called this week? They’re garbage, this week and every week after that.
C-SPAN online has joined the ranks of those requiring an account with a major cable provider in order to view live content.
Congratulations, Big Cable, on taking away my favorite fucking thing on the Internet.
How convenient that you should drastically limit access to live coverage of major political events like net neutrality hearings right before a major decision on the matter.
How convenient that the citizens most involved in the net neutrality debate are also those with the biggest qualms against major cable providers, many of whom don’t have cable subscriptions.
How convenient that your massive Washington influence was able to strong-arm America’s only long-form public affairs programming station into requiring a subscription to your outdated cable services, just as it was reaching the age of HTML5-level modernization.
And how unfortunate that I and others must now look at C-SPAN and see the ugly influence of Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, and the others, where we used to see hope in the shadows of raw accountability.
I am very sad.
Wrote this for my work. I really do think it’s important that people understand their electronics!
We all know that water is bad for electronics. Most people don’t know exactly why, but knowing how water affects your circuitry can save you countless hours of grief and regret later on. So let’s learn!
Circuit boards are the basis of any electrical component you own. They work by…
Hi Mr. Latta,
I’m a 24-year-old go-getter from New York, living in Los Angeles, and I want to have my own TV show someday. Only, I don’t want it to be on TV. I want it to be online, so that I can have control over its content, which is something a television network can’t really allow.
Ambitious, I know. But can you blame me? Ever since I was 10 years old, I’ve had access to some sort of Internet. And ever since I was 10, I’ve known my future would be made by this strange new tool. It was clear that open access to my peers and beyond would do a much better job at making this weird kid successful than the tools we had laying around when I was born.
Bob, I don’t like government regulation either. I help run a very ambitious small business, in California of all places. I can’t think of a more overregulated place than Los Angeles county for a business trying to make its mark. The permits, the licenses, the fees we clearly can’t afford as a new enterprise. And the mandated LCD recycling fees? It’s beyond absurd.
But there is one thing I fear more than the authorities of Los Angeles county, and it’s the telecommunications companies that control our Internet infrastructure. I and my business are both mandated to use Time Warner Cable as our service provider of choice. Why? Because each town and city is relegated to a government-allowed monopoly of Internet service, and that’s bad enough.
But you know what’s worse? That government-allowed monopoly being allowed by the government to charge my blog and my website and my 9-year-old YouTube channel a premium to reach my viewers. I’m 24 years old and as broke as you’d expect. How do you suspect I’d make my way to my viewers without a special interest investment under the lack of regulation your bill encourages?
Bob— can I call you Bob? We are more similar than we are different. I may be a struggling Los Angeles youth, but government regulation has added more burden to my life than anything else has in the past 2 years. I am by no means a liberal democrat. I’m just a kid trying to make it, and I hope you understand that by pushing to refute the reclassification of Internet as a Title 2 service, you are directly threatening my future, and the future of literally millions of my peers.
Don’t believe me? Go to YouTube, and look at the most viewed videos of the day. How many of those content creators could have afforded a fast lane?
Bob, the right thing to do almost never comes from the same place as the money that funds you. I won’t purport to know who paid you what, even though I could look it up if I wanted to. That’s accusatory, and I don’t intend to fight with you. I just hope that you and your staff understand the massive impact that this bill will have on our nation’s youth, its future, and its impact on the world as formidable creators of the Internet we all share.
Please do the right thing, Representative Latta. We are watching, and we expect you to do what’s best for our nation. Thanks for your time.
Why do people get fat? From eating excess calories? Too much dietary fat? Not enough gym time?
Actually, people get fat because sugar. “Wow Ashley you seem pretty confident about that bold statement.” Yeah, cause it’s true. And sugar is way more things than the stuff you put in your coffee— at least as far as your body’s concerned. It’s also a total junkie and probably needs an intervention, but we’ll get to that later.
Things that your body immediately turns into glucose:
• Table sugar (sucrose) • Fruit sugar (fructose) • All carbohydrates (even whole grains) • and alcohol. Yes, unfortunately even drinking straight vodka is a little bit like binging on candy. This one makes me sad, but when science speaks, we must listen.
Sugars are the fastest way for your body to obtain glucose for cell energy. Depending on activity level, your cells are fueled with as much glucose as they can eat, and there’s usually a lot left over. That extra glucose is stored as glycogen in case you need it later. But if you don’t need it, and that storage is full, the glycogen becomes adipose tissue— that’s body fat. Eating the adipose tissue of other animals does not directly affect how much adipose tissue you gain. That’s an annoying duality about the word “fat” that we need to separate. Fat you eat has a much harder time becoming fat on your body than sugar does, mostly because fat gets busy digesting essential vitamins you need to survive before it leaves on its metered journey through your bloodstream.
Is a calorie a calorie? If you’re burning them, then maybe. But when you’re eating them, absolutely not. Glucose created by sugars (and carbs, and alcohol) are like cocaine to your body’s cells. Okay, maybe like caffeine, whatever. They work fast, give cells a massive burst of energy, and then a crash. While your cells do need energy to survive, a diet of mostly sugars can lead to a cell glucose dependency that looks a lot like addiction. Our cells are party animals too, guys.
While we can tell the difference between a loaf of whole grain bread and a soda, our cells just want the junk. There is no difference, there is only glucose, and they want it now. Of course, the whole grain bread delivers much more nutrients to the body, but let’s not kid ourselves about why we had the urge to eat it. You are but a middleman in this transaction.
Fats you eat are broken down into fatty acids, which travel through your blood feeding your cells their energy. But if your cells have already filled up on non-nutritious glucose, then the excess fatty acids become triglyceride bundles and are stored in the adipose tissue created by the excess carbs you ate earlier. This causes the adipose cells to expand, creating even more body fat.
Does fat make you fat? Only if your cells have stuffed themselves with junk food. The nutrient-dense cell-sustaining fatty acids have nowhere to go, but to live and die on your upper thighs. And because sugars process so quickly, your cells will soon be hungry again for the fats that got away.
Eating cold body fat is gross, and your cells feel the same way. Getting them to burn and eat that instead of actual food requires very hungry cells, and excessive physical activity that forces your starving cells to eat the fat. Like soggy microwaved leftovers.
That’s why anyone with a simple understanding of the basic tenants of digestion will understand that “a calorie is a calorie” is a ridiculous thing to tell someone sincerely trying to lose weight. Your body has no idea what a calorie even is. Our digestive system works in terms like glucose, glycogen, DNA synthesis, nutrient absorption, and cell energy. The rest is for us to figure out— not to utilize ancient terms for “energy” from before we understood how glucose worked.
I was going to make this article about how the CDC still thinks saturated fat causes cardiovascular disease despite growing evidence to the contrary. But that seems kind of boring compared to the basic rules of digestion we’ve ignored for so long, and the obesity that’s been making Americans very sad for a long time. Make your own decisions. Eat saturated fat if you want to. I eat a ton, and I stay away from carbs, but you don’t have to. Open minds birth the most revolutionary discoveries. Keep reading science and party on.
Obviously having one sucks but DO YOU KNOW WHY? because they’re super-intelligent masters of counterfeit like the absolute most badass mobsters you can imagine.
here’s how a virus works and I’m not even kidding:
virus enters you
immediately starts counterfeiting keys to get inside your cells. normally only your body’s own immune system is allowed to have those but since it has a key the cell lets it in because it has a key, right?
the virus goes inside and all the workers in the cell welcome it as a cool new visitor and bring it straight down into the nucleus which is usually a factory for immune cells. it gets there and just fuckin explodes RNA into the nucleus. that completely changes its function and basically makes it the virus’ bitch, turning it into a factory that makes more copies of the virus.
those new virus copies leave the cell and go find new cells to make their bitches, and it goes on and on. they’re so good at bullshitting that the immune system actually helps them out at first.
it takes a little while for your immune system to realize wtf just happened (that’s why vaccines work) which gives the virus enough time to basically take over, and then if your immune system is strong enough it goes on a massive killing/eating spree of as many virus copies as it can. which is fine because invaders are a white blood cell’s fav food but sometimes total eradication is just impossible because the virus is too clever.
BUT HERE’S THE KICKER: The virus needs you to stay alive so it can keep using you as a factory, so most viruses don’t kill you. HIV makes your immune system permanently injured so the virus can stay there forever, but it doesn’t kill you. getting sick while your immune system is disabled is what kills you, which is the only fuck you nature can really give to the genius of the virus.
oh and HERE’S WHAT THEY ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE:
this bacteriophage virus has legs and walks around implanting RNA into bacteria to make THEM produce more virus cells INSIDE OF YOU:
I seriously wonder sometimes if viruses are more evolved than humans. They’re sure as hell smarter than we are and they look way cooler. And they make catch me if you can look like a children’s movie.
dude musicians are just people