Friday, September 25, 2009

The war on drugs is a failure. How long can we keep this conservative failure going? We can no longer afford prohibition. An op/ed in the NYT.

The problem is becoming so dramatic that elder statesmen, senior law enforcement officers, intellectuals and philanthropists the world over are speaking out loud and clear: The “War on Drugs” is a disastrous policy that achieves none of its aims and inflicts huge damage on global security and governance wherever it is prosecuted.

They argue that state regulation of the drug market would reduce the health and social risks posed by narcotics and generate huge tax revenues, which could be hypothecated to absorb any costs. At the moment, the vast profits from the illegal drug trade go into the pockets of organized crime syndicates and terrorist groups.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Solar Forest

Ths should be required on all mall parking lots.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Origin Of Stupidity

The Xristian Xrazies are giving out copies of Darwin's Origin Of Species with a special prebuttal argument. Here is a rebuttal.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Man Can Set You Up!

Be Careful out there.It is a funny video, but scary too! Do not let yourself get set up.
Via Constitutional Scholar Jonathan Turley.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Help Wanted!
Via the
I will pay you $1 to sit in my bathtub full of noodles while you wear a one piece bathing suit. I will not be home, nor will anyone else while you do this. I will leave the key for you, and you will sit at your leisure. DO NOT bring any sauce. I will season the pasta after I return home prior to dinner."
Click the link for other interesting Graig's list adds.
Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day

The five A's.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

RIP Mary Travers

Mary Travers from the great folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary has died from cancer. Their album Peter, Paul and Mommy was an important part of my childhood. Here is every kids favorite, Puff (the Magic Dragon).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Almost a million Americans were arrested for marijuana last year. That is almost a third of 1%of Americans were arrested for marijuana.

Police arrested 847,864 persons for marijuana violations in 2008, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. The total marks a three percent decrease in marijuana arrests from 2007, when law enforcement arrested a record 872,721 Americans for cannabis-related violations, but still remains the second highest tally of annual arrests ever reported.

Marijuana arrests now comprise one-half (49.8 percent) of all drug arrests reported in the United States.

Amazing. What a waste of time and money.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Food Care
Michael Pollan on how food affects health care.
But so far, food system reform has not figured in the national conversation about health care reform. And so the government is poised to go on encouraging America’s fast-food diet with its farm policies even as it takes on added responsibilities for covering the medical costs of that diet. To put it more bluntly, the government is putting itself in the uncomfortable position of subsidizing both the costs of treating Type 2 diabetes and the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.[...]
As for the insurers, you would think preventing chronic diseases would be good business, but, at least under the current rules, it’s much better business simply to keep patients at risk for chronic disease out of your pool of customers, whether through lifetime caps on coverage or rules against pre-existing conditions or by figuring out ways to toss patients overboard when they become ill.[...]
The moment these new rules take effect, health insurance companies will promptly discover they have a powerful interest in reducing rates of obesity and chronic diseases linked to diet. A patient with Type 2 diabetes incurs additional health care costs of more than $6,600 a year; over a lifetime, that can come to more than $400,000. Insurers will quickly figure out that every case of Type 2 diabetes they can prevent adds $400,000 to their bottom line. Suddenly, every can of soda or Happy Meal or chicken nugget on a school lunch menu will look like a threat to future profits.
I wonder if the rules will ever take effect.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

We Can Not Afford To Wait

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Try This At Home

Go for it!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Food Should Go Bad!
But McDonald's food does not. I once spilled an order of fries on the floor of my truck while driving. I figured I would clean them up when they started to smell. They never did. That sat on the floor for a year and a half before I cleaned the truck up. Here is a list of reasons why you should not eat at McDonald's.
9. For those who enjoy sex, take note: erectile dysfunction is connected to endothelial dysfunction. Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me commented that his normally healthy sexual function deteriorated in just one month when he ate only food from McDonald’s. Even his girlfriend commented on camera that “he’s having a hard time, you know, getting it up.”
Via Susie.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

In The Crapper

Outhouse Interior, originally uploaded by Wally_Wabbit.

I have heard stories about snakes in out houses. I never really believed a snake would come out of the pit and bite me in the ass. But I never thought someone might be down there.

PORTLAND — When Gary Moody pleaded no contest to trespassing in 2005 for hiding in a pit toilet on White Mountain National Forest property in New Hampshire, a judge urged him to seek help for whatever had driven him to climb down there.

According to a new complaint, Moody didn't get the message.

The 49-year-old Pittston man is charged again – this time in federal court – with climbing into a pit toilet in the White Mountain National Forest.

The guy has problems. But hey, he never took pictures or video. Not very entrepreneurial, I am sure there is a market for that crap on the internet.