Quote of the Day: “Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” -Mark Twain
Jun27

Quote of the Day: “Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” -Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885),the latter often called “the Great American Novel.” Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his singular lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. In 1865, his humorous story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” was published, based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention, and was even translated into classic Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers,and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Though Twain earned a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he invested in ventures that lost a great deal of money, notably the Paige Compositor, which failed because of its complexity and imprecision. In the wake of these financial setbacks, he filed for protection from his creditors via bankruptcy, and with the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain chose to pay all his pre-bankruptcy creditors in full, though he had no legal responsibility to do so. Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley’s Comet, and he predicted that he would “go out with it,” too. He died the day following the comet’s subsequent return. He was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age,” and William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature.” Source:Wikipedia Pic Source:...

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The TRUTH About Marijuana: How Congress and the DEA Have Thwarted Official Research On Cannabis for 40 Years
Jun27

The TRUTH About Marijuana: How Congress and the DEA Have Thwarted Official Research On Cannabis for 40 Years

Source: AFP Photo Ever wonder why, despite millions of personal anecdotes about pot’s healing effects, there is a stark lack of government-approved, clinical studies to back up that human experience? The research gap is no accident. Cannabis is the only illicit substance with an extra set of governmental requirements specifically intended to prevent independent study. While medical marijuana patients in nearly half of the states swear by the herb’s medicinal properties, prohibitionists can conveniently point their fingers at that lack of scientific evidence whenever cornered by a pro-legalization argument. Stacks of research have affirmed the extraordinary potentials of the cannabis plant, but none received the official approval of the U.S. government. Hiding behind these outdated prerequisites, the US Drug Enforcement Administration has effectively blocked government approval of all independent scientific studies on pot for four decades. Created in the ’70s as part of Richard Nixon’s Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Prevention Act of 1970, the DEA, a policing agency tasked with enforcing national drug laws, has the authority to decide how each drug is restricted under the law and whether/where it is produced. This has allowed the DEA to restrict the production of cannabis allowed for federal research to the point of near non-existence. In a new report titled “The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding and Rejecting Science,” the nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance teamed up with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to point out the many ways in which the law enforcement agency stifles science. “This concerns me greatly as someone who has studied marijuana and given thousands of doses of the drug,” said psychiatry professor Carl Hart during a June 11 teleconference about the DEA report. Hart pointed out the existence of government-funded studies showing “some potential for marijuana” to help people with serious illnesses, for example HIV and AIDS. “The notion that the DEA is has not acknowledged this and thought about reconsidering the scheduling of marijuana just seems to be against the scientific evidence,” he said. “It seems to be against what we’re trying to do in terms of having a society that relies on empirical evidence to base our decisions.” The report also identifies a “regulatory Catch-22″ in which the DEA is exceedingly quick to prohibit certain drugs (MDMA, synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic stimulants) but takes its time responding to evidence that it should reconsider the strict classification of certain drugs. For example, the report notes that the three times the agency has been presented with a petition to reschedule marijuana, it has taken between five and 16 years to respond. TWO RECOMMENDATIONS The DPA-MAPS report makes two recommendations: First: Remove the DEA’s power...

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The World is Such a Beautiful Place: This Man Filmed Heaven for 7 Days.
Jun27

The World is Such a Beautiful Place: This Man Filmed Heaven for 7 Days.

Filmed over the course of 7 days at El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, renowned as one of the best places in the world to photograph stars. Turn your sound on and activate full-screen HD for the full experience! source: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2014/06/this-man-filmed-heaven-for-7-days-what-he-saw-will-take-your-breath-away.html Pic Source:...

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They Told This 98 Year Old Woman She Was Too Old. What She Did In Return Shocked Them.
Jun27

They Told This 98 Year Old Woman She Was Too Old. What She Did In Return Shocked Them.

A 98 year old woman named Evelyn lost her license – not because of any accidents, but because of her age. Unfortunately, the public bus route was also canceled, making it impossible for her to get from her retirement home to the grocery store. So, she had enough and took matters into her own hands. Check this out. Source:...

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Ted Talks: Shaka Senghor: Why Your Worst Deeds Don’t Define You
Jun26

Ted Talks: Shaka Senghor: Why Your Worst Deeds Don’t Define You

In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was, he says, “a drug dealer with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol.” Jailed for second degree murder, that could very well have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t. Instead, it was the beginning of a years-long journey to redemption, one with humbling and sobering lessons for us all. Source: Ted talks Pic Source:...

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