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Saturday, August 31, 2013

What does THC do?

THC - Tetrahydrocannabinol

"Well, THC is the one we know about because it's the more psychotropic one, and it's the one that Dr. Mechoulam first isolated as the psychotropic compound. I think it was in the 70's, or maybe even the 60's, that he identified THC. Then they identified CBD, Canabidiol. And GW Pharmaceuticals, a company out of the UK, has been extracting CBD and THC from the whole plant...so it's only recently that there's one of the labs in Oakland that's measuring THC and Cannabidiol."
- Dr. Frank  Lucido, family practice
A NORML Life Documentary

Marijuana is used because its primary active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), produces a relaxed state and may heighten the senses. THC causes dopamine release, which produces euphoria. Colors and sounds may seem more intense, time may appear to pass more slowly, and pleasant sensations may be experienced. (About.com, Chemistry)

Écoutez-moi. (Listen).

I'm not here to tell anyone what to do in life. Some may agree with me (thank you, my kind followers) and some may not. That's life! We shouldn't go around judging or trying to control other people's decisions. We know who is the true judge, and it's certainly not us mortals. Know why none of us are "better" than anyone else? Because our judgement day has not yet come. And nope, I'm not talking Terminator 2.

I'm talking about, really, what is a lifetime? How much time do we actually spend here...sixty-ish years average? I don't know the exact statistics but I mean... that's three of your twenties. It's really not that long. Time to live true to ourselves instead of trying to always please others.

If I want to blog about how a plant that is NATURAL and from the earth helps ME be a better person and a better mom...then I guess I just have to do it and quit being quiet about it. 

I guess....it's time to face criticism and debates because I know there are enough supporters and knowers out there. Peace and Stoners, that's how the 70's were that's how the 2000's are. Legalized in TWO states? Frigin GO us. Go Millennials and some of you GenX and Yer's. 

Maybe it's time I say what I actually think...which is I once was a person who got mad at my friends for "tokin up" in front of me and using "illegal drugs!" Good golly one day my best friend Dusty said, "it's just a plant, man" and that was it. I guess just realizing it was a plant made me open my mind to the possibility. And smoking MJ left the most peaceful and still very aware and alert feeling—like my troubles melted away onto the back burner—so I could then make delicious omelets and turkey bacon on the front burners. Meaning, Marijuana just helps you melt your anxiety away for a few hours, helping you focus on the good in life that is still plentiful. Somehow, no matter how broke, worried or stressed about life we are—MJ helps. Every single time.

Yes. I'm a Millennial mom who thinks legalizing MJ for parents everywhere IS the best way to go. For helping cancer patients and those with chronic illness, it IS the way to go. I think organic vegetables and fruits (Gersen Theory) combined with medical marijuana is the path I would take if diagnosed with something fatal and allowed to choose my treatment.

I have more to say, more to think over, and more to be joyful about when I have my morning puff. Because somehow, for me—an American living a perfect American life—that's not enough. I worry too much. I stress too much. It's the luck of the draw and I have to deal with it somehow... in a way that doesn't lead me to an Intervention episode in life. We can say to moms and dads "you should not feel so stressed out! Be thankful for what you have." Sure. But maybe it's not always enough.

Mj helps me get to that "okay, I'm actually a happy person and I can deal with and totally get through this thing called life" mentality that I don't know friends, I honestly don't know how I would get there otherwise. I try and I am a happy person, but if I am honest with myself—there is usually some point of each day that I just feel kind of at my limit, for whatever the reason. It's nice...to have a puff and reopen my connection to my future, my thoughts, my gratitude.

So until I am on a comfy couch with a therapist I can't possibly afford helping me deal with past issues or something...Yes, I will believe in the wonder of a plant that was once listed as "a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains" and was easily obtained at the general store or pharmacy. It's helped me more than I can imagine. I am thankful Marijuana is now becoming medically and recreationally legal in more states due to the findings and current research about the mental and physical benefits of this "dangerous drug" (on the Fed's list).

Why dangerous?

Because after I puff I want to eat a big sandwich, cuddle with my family, giggle and see the brighter side in life?

Oh yeah. Pull out the list. Dangerous. Check.


FunFact: Legos were invented in the year 1958.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

[遊戲無關]賓妹傳奇 Lost in Boracay


在長灘島某一個晚上,我在一個叫做Charlh's Bar的地方遺失我的iPhone 4S,隔天去詢問所有店員,所有人皆表示沒看到。

那天,我們一人大概也付了100-200 Peso的小費,其中一個女生還給一位男服務生500 Peso以上的小費,那個晚上的花費也超過8000多 Peso,當然該付的也沒有少付,而且還很熱情跟他們工作人員一起跳舞、合照。隔天詢問時,自然而然的他很熱心的幫我詢問,我也沒有多疑心,只好聳聳肩繼續旅行。

因為工作的關係,從事手機遊戲相關的工作,回國第一天上班就是去買一台iPhone 5,接上Wifi開始用iCloud同步我的資料,每次同步聯絡人隔沒多久又被刪掉,當時正流行聯絡人自動消失的Bug,我也沒多想。有一次無意打開照片串流這個功能,沒想到........


當然你以為劇情這樣結束了嗎? 其實麻哩壓的學習能力很強,她接著開始使用我的Instagram等App,並起直接使用我的帳號。

當然你會問為什麼你不用Find My iPhone的功能把她鎖起來,其實我做過,但悲劇就發生了。怎麼刪都刪不到她那隻。



突然我腦袋靈光一閃:對耶!她是我們的Waitress,那天去找手機也有問她啊!! 唉~切心啊!我現在對菲律賓人非常感冒,這個Po文期間又恰巧經歷菲國射殺我國漁民事件,對於菲律賓人真的很感冒,何況我當時從馬尼拉轉機到長灘時攜帶機場買的Whiskey,因為拆封就被沒收然後公然索賄80美金,我也很不爽。 原本我對菲律賓人的評價還不錯。好吧!大家看看其他麻哩壓的照片集吧!


P.S. Charlh's Bar的 Mango Daiquiri很好喝,是用一整顆新鮮的芒果加Rum去調的,另外他的吧檯是半圓形的木頭高腳吧,中間是Live Band表演,非常近、很有臨場感,有機會去長灘島就去喝一杯吧!順便幫我跟麻哩壓打招呼,問問:"Hey! How's the iPhone?"

   Ariel's Point @Boracay, a must-go for cliff diving! jump!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Undead? Perhaps. Unfashionable? Never!

In a recent issue of Esquire, I saw this image in a full-page ad for Adriano Goldschmied jeans.

Its strategy for selling jeans puzzled me.  A common interpretation of how advertising works, especially glossy magazine advertising, is that it appeals to the viewer's fantasies -- owning this product can help you attract or be like the person in the image.

But what if I do not wish to date nor be a 20-something hipster zombie?

Honestly, this couple looks like something Rick and his band of misfits from The Walking Dead would encounter if they made it as far west as Santa Monica.

Don't Let the Cover-Up Crew Throw You Off Track

A word of warning to those of you who are new to the subject of game-fixing in college and professional sports. I'm constantly subjected to vicious personal attacks for making these allegations, and one reason why is that people are naturally reluctant to admit they've been deceived, especially about something that's important to them.

There's a natural tendency to recoil when confronted with unpleasant facts and to kick into denial mode. It's a well-known pyschological reaction known as cognitive dissonance. I reacted the same way myself until I learned the truth about this and many other unpleasant subjects, but I've discovered that lots of things in this world are not always as innocent, simple and straightforward as they appear. The question is, would you rather know the truth or would you rather continue to be deceived?

For those of you who are feeling a natural inclination to reject this information without giving it a fair chance, I would just make a simple request. Try looking at the evidence with an open mind and then decide for yourself whether it's something that merits closer scrutiny.

Ask yourself how many times you've been surprised in recent years when your favorite team played an uncharacteristically terrible game and caused you to feel disappointment and bewilderment. As a Michigan graduate and longtime fan of the Wolverines, I noticed a dramatic increase in that sort of experience in recent years, and that made me curious, so I started to watch the games from a more skeptical viewpoint, and that's how I arrived at my conclusions.

My motivation for bringing this issue to the attention of other people is the fact that I don't enjoy being deceived and I don't enjoy seeing other people being deceived. I hope that by making more people aware of the problem, the result will be a decrease in the incidence of game-fixing and a restoration of the integrity of college and professional sports.

The way things are now, some games have little more integrity than a professional wrestling match.

As a lifelong sports fan and armchair quarterback, I've enjoyed watching the games for many reasons, including the spirit of athletic competition and the strategy involved. Believing that both teams were giving it 100 percent is what made it interesting to me. But it's been a long time since I've felt that way, and I'd like to see the integrity of the games restored for my own sake, the sake of my fellow sports fans, and also for the players and coaches.

Another reason why I'm attacked so bitterly for suggesting not everything is on the level in the world of college and professional sports is that there are lots of  agents out there whose job is to help cover up the fact that there's an epidemic of game-fixing going on now.

In the past when I've posted comments about this subject on newspaper web sites, I've been called "delusional" and given such insulting and ridiculous advice as, "Take your meds."

LOL! I'm not delusional, and I'm not on medication of any kind. I'm a retired newspaper reporter and editor, and I started out as a sports writer, so I've had lots of experience covering college sports and I've learned a lot through the years.

But the cover-up artists rarely address any of the issues I raise. Their job is to discredit the messenger, and thereby, they hope, to discredit the message.

Don't let them throw you off track. I can back up my allegations with sound logical arguments, and since they aren't able to offer anything substantive in response, they usually resort to insulting me personally.

The fixing of college and professional sports has been going on ever since the games began, and it's much worse today than ever before. But don't take my word for it. There's lots more about game-fixing at http://thefixisin.net/

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Okay...now we're getting somewhere...

Sanjay Gupta: I was wrong about weed

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is apologizing for "misleading" the American public on weed.
CNN's chief medical correspondent, whose documentary Weed airs on CNN this Sunday, said he was wrong about the effects of the drug.

"I have apologized for some of the earlier reporting because I think, you know, we've been terribly and systematically misled in this country for some time," Gupta told Piers Morgan on CNN Wednesday night. "And I did part of that misleading."

Gupta has spoken out against the use of medical marijuana in the past, including penning a TIME magazine article in 2009 titled, Why I would Vote No on Pot.

In an op-ed that appeared on CNN's website Thursday, Why I Changed My Mind On Weed, Gupta said he had mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency had sound scientific proof when it placed marijuana in the category of the most dangerous drugs.
"I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.
Instead, I lumped them with the high-visibility malingerers, just looking to get high. I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have "no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse."
Gupta says he hopes his upcoming documentary will help set the record straight on medical marijuana.

Monday, August 5, 2013

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Political relationships

In most political theories and ideologies, there is a preposterous oversimplification about what kinds of political relationships are desirable, common, or even possible. Given the irreduceable complexity of society, any summary of real-world political relationships is by necessity going to be greatly oversimplified, but most such movements neglect even very broad and common kinds of political relationships.  So herein, based on my extensive study of the legal relationships between political players that have existed in a very wide variety of polities, is a classification scheme:

Let's define a "polity" as any entity with some coercive powers. Polities can range in scale from the United Nations to the jail cell at the back of your local shopping mall.  By studying polities over many years, and borrowing from previous work on law and political science, I have identified three basic kinds of legal relationships between polities. The basic legal structure, or constitution, of a polity can also be characterized by how much and in what ways it is composed of each kind of relationship. The three basic kinds of political relationships are:

(1) Delegation: This includes any kind of delegation from a principal to an agent.  The principal authorizes the agent to act for him, e.g. by making a contract or treaty with a third party to which the principal will be bound. A principal can be a boss, a contractee, or voter; the corresponding agents being employee, contractor, or representative.  We can characterize principal/agent relationships by representation distance, with each extreme common:

(A) at a very short representation distance is the master/servant (in modern parlance, employer/employee) relationship. The master gives orders to the servant who is delegated to carry them out and closely supervised. A military dictatorship, for example the Roman Empire, is or was dominated by commander-subordinate relationships.  In such a system, to paraphrase the legal code compiled for the Emperor Justinian, the emperor's will is law.

(B) at the other extreme, an extremely long representation distance, is the relationship between millions of voters and the representatives they vote for in most modern governments.  Voters do not give orders, but rather are treated as having delegated most their coercive powers to their representatives.  Representatives in modern governments usually further delegate political and legal power to unelected bureaucracies themselves dominated by type A (boss/employee) relationships.

(2) Subsidiarity: for example the relationship in the United States between counties and states, or between the states and the federal government. Often these combine supremacy clauses (when in conflict the law of the encompassing jurisdiction trumps that of its subsidiaries) with typically enumerated powers (the subject matters of the encompassing power is typically limited relative to that of the subsidiary). We can characterize subsidiarity relationships by how much and what kinds of coercive power can be exercised by the encompassing jurisdiction.

In medieval England, the subject matter of the encompassing jurisdiction was very small, the Crown essentially having jurisdiction only regarding procedural laws for interactions between subsidiarity jurisdictions (which like the encompassing Crown were held as property by individuals or corporations), as well as some war-making powers. Substantive law was almost entirely in the hands of the encompassed jurisdictions, including the specialized merchant courts as peers enforced an international standard of business law, the lex mercatoria.

By contrast in the modern U.S., the substantive legal jurisdiction of the encompassing power has become vast in scope.  Nevertheless one can still find many examples of fine-grained subsidiarity, down to "stand your ground" laws, citizen's arrest, and those shopping mall jail cells.

In property law (which once was also procedural law and essential to defining political relationships), the landlord/tenant relationship is a subsidiarity relationship. The landlord is generally not the master of the tenant, and cannot issue the tenant arbitrary commands, but rather their relationship is governed on both sides by the constraints imposed by the tenancy.

(3) Peer-to-peer: these include any agreements made between polities where neither is a subsidiary of the other, or a standard law arrived at in parallel, either through parallel development of precedent (as in the lex mercatoria and many other bodies of law) or codification of a standard law (e.g. the Uniform Commercial Code, which is not federal or national law, but a standard set of laws separately enacted by 50 separate jurisdictions, the states of the United States, as peers).  Peer-to-peer relationships most commonly involve maintaining distinct sets of laws adapted to local conditions along with agreements or mutually evolved practices for resolving conflicts of laws. Conflict-of-laws law itself was primarily developed through parallel development of judicial precedent, through courts respecting each other in order to maintain their reputations for enforcing the rule of law. On a larger scale wars and treaties between nations are peer-to-peer relationships. In medieval Italy, a wide variety city-states that were often at war with each other nevertheless also developed through this process most of the body of modern conflict-of-laws law.

Since political theory developed in universities out of the study of Roman imperial law, it has been dominated by imputing to polities only one of the above kinds of relationships -- namely master/servant or commander/subordinate relationships, or at best delegation in general.  This is especially apparent in the quixotic search for a "locus of sovereignty", a search that typically amounts to conspiracy theory in search of a hidden commander-of-all when in fact far more sophisticated combinations of the above kinds of relationships are at play.

For further reading:
Conflict-of-laws law
Substantive vs. procedural law
Jurisdiction as property (subsidiarity and peer-to-peer relationships via property law)
Representation distance
Liberty of house (common law origins of stand-your-ground laws)