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A fresh perspective on school boards

Here’s David Bratzer’s video talking about his run for school trustee. Really nice to see this kind of perspective openly advocated in terms of drug policy reform providing a positive value for children.

(This was already posted in comments, but I wanted to have it get some more visibility. You can follow David’s campaign online.)

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12 comments to A fresh perspective on school boards

  • darkcycle

    Go David! I wish I could vote fer ya!

  • claygooding

    If only,,,I wonder how much better our education system,,which needs to be dismantled and completely rebuilt,,would be if we had educated intelligent school boards instead of educated beyond their intelligence school boards?

  • Duncan20903

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    Another day another domino:

    Former FBI chief in Seattle endorses marijuana legalization initiative
    Posted by Jonathan Martin on November 14, 2011

    Charlie Mandigo is not a household name, but the former Special Agent in Charge for Seattle’s FBI office is well-known with law enforcement. In his 27-year FBI career, he led investigations against Ahmed Ressam, “Millennium Bomber” caught at Port Angeles, white supremacists in North Idaho and countless drug smuggling cases.

    Now retired and in the private sector, Mandigo believes it is time to change course on the 74-year-old federal ban on marijuana and has endorsed a proposed state initiative, I-502, which would legalize small amounts of marijuana and regulate sales in state-run pot stores. Mandigo describes drug laws as “discretionary” public policy that are too expensive and carry to many unintended consequences.
    /snip/

    http://today.seattletimes.com/2011/11/former-fbi-chief-in-seattle-endorses-marijuana-legalization-initiative/

    Are we there yet?

  • Duncan20903

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    This post is on topic by the broadest definition of the phrase. It happened at a school dance and involved a 14 year old school girl. If true it would be a very significant event because it would be the first time it’s happened in the documented history of mankind. But the smart money says that the heart disease caused the heart attack, not the merrywanna:

    Report: Girl Who Died At Dance Had Pot In Her System
    Sabrina Keller, 14, Had Undiagnosed Pre-Existing Heart Condition, Report Says

    November 14, 2011

    On June 9, 14-year-old Sabrina Keller collapsed during a dance at Woodland Park Middle School in San Marcos. A bystander began resuscitation efforts and 911 was called, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

    She was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, despite aggressive medical intervention, the Medical Examiner’s Office reported.

    At the time, there were many rumors and stories about how Sabrina might have died and whether marijuana played a role in her death. Some friends told 10News Sabrina had smoked marijuana before going to the dance.

    The initial autopsy was inconclusive, but in the toxicology report, marijuana and a pre-existing heart condition were mentioned. According to the report, “… Toxicological studies revealed only cannabinoids (THC) marijuana” in her system.
    /snip/

    http://www.10news.com/news/29769719/detail.html

    • Francis

      “The initial autopsy was inconclusive, but in the toxicology report, marijuana and a pre-existing heart condition were mentioned.”

      Um… why would a “toxicology report” mention cannabis?

      toxicology (n.) – the study of the nature, effects, and detection of poisons and the treatment of poisoning

      Also, I love how marijuana is mentioned FIRST followed by — almost as an afterthought — the “pre-existing heart condition.” (Also observe the headline / subhead choices.) Let’s try another version of that sentence for a slightly different scenario: “The initial autopsy was inconclusive, but in the toxicology report, marijuana and a gunshot wound to the head were mentioned.”

      FYI, here’s another story on the death that doesn’t mention cannabis (journalistic malpractice?) and gives some more details on the heart condition:

      The autopsy reported Keller’s cause of death was due to cardiac arrest stemming from ‘probable cardiac channelopathy’ congenital long QT syndrome, a disorder of the heart’s electrical activity which can cause sudden, uncontrollable and dangerous arrhythmias.

      So, clearly the evidence is… inconclusive. But obviously if there’s a take-away here, it’s that we need more research on cannabis’ safety and effects before we can even consider legalizing it.

  • Francis

    Well, this story isn’t going to help the drug warriors’ narrative: High IQ linked to drug use.

    In other news, low IQ has been linked to support for the war on drugs.

    • Duncan20903

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      The prohibitionist responds, “4 out of 5 school children who admit using cannabis are “D” or “F” students. If this far-fetched study that shows that drug addicts have higher IQs on average is actually true, it demonstrates without question just how damaging the use of drugs can be. Why else would children with such abnormally high IQs get such poor grades? Smart kids need to say no to drugs, or face arrest so that they can make good grades in order to produce and consume products of industry. But I admit that it’s very gratifying that the stupid children have gotten the message. Otherwise they most likely would have ended up “L” and “M” students.”
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      Say, did they ask the dummies if they drank to excess and participated in riots after football (soccer) matches?

      • darkcycle

        The poor grades? In my experience good grades are handed out to the kids who follow instructions. I wasn’t one of those kids. I went to a public highschool first two years of H.S., then to a very good private school. Grades? D’s and F’s in public school because I wasn’t even interested enough to stay on campus most days. Straight A’s in the private school.

        • Duncan20903

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          That was a prohibitionist speaking DC. I was just channeling. Try to concentrate please.

          My argument is that only idiots admit to breaking the law to authorities. Why in the world would someone who was college bound admit to committing an offense that almost certainly will result in a stiff suspension if not expulsion and a permanent entry on their academic record were it to get back to school administrators? Sheesh, if you want to get into doctor or veterinary school you’d better not have even an A- on your 1st grade report card unless you speak fluent Spanish. A drug related academic record would likely kill any fantasy of a high level security clearance, no? Et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseum.

          When I was in high school L&M was a brand of smoking tobacco cigarettes, and the “D” and “F” students lived for the opportunity to torque authority. There’s no doubt in my mind that’s why they tell the survey people that they do drugs. In reality, Beavis & Butthead don’t get high. People think potheads are all losers because only a person with nothing to lose, or unable to have taken away what they do have, would admit doing so to authority.

          I do agree that those who excel at the art of learning by rote make up a significant majority of the students who are making the best grades nowadays, but I do think that with motivation the truly intelligent can figure out how to do that. My problem was and always has been inoperative circadian rhythms. I swear I should have been born on a planet with a different day/night cycle. 32-33 hours, 20 hour days and 12 hour nights would be optimal.

          I get a kick out of being such a history buff nowadays. In 11th grade I scheduled my morning nap for history class. But its all good, that teacher was an elite level dolt. She was the first person I heard say that we live in a free country as long as you do as your told. The other nonsense I recall being regurgitated from her mouth was that in order to be elected POTUS you have to be at least age 35, a natural born citizen, have 14 years of actual residency, be male, not bald, and caucasian. No, I’m not making that up. She may have been from an alternate universe. I’m sure I did better by sleeping through her class.

          Good lord, my school system must be a different world nowadays. I wouldn’t have made it to October of 9th grade today. When I was a schoolboy in Fairfax County we used to smoke pot in the doorways and cuss the administrators if they looked at us cross eyed. At worst they’d write a stiffly worded letter telling our parents how angry they were. Even that not very often. Nowadays they drive the kids to suicide:
          http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/suicide-turns-attention-to-fairfax-discipline-procedures/2011/02/19/AB5GTYQ_story.html

        • darkcycle

          I wasn’t responding to you so much as I was relating my experience. Really a generalized response to the suggestion, nothing more.
          Why do you want me to concentrate? That makes my head hurt.

        • Windy

          I pulled down As and Bs with little to no work, I hated homework and refused to do most of it so my grades were solely based on what I did in class, including tests. The only classes in which I received grades lower than that were PE (Ds because I refused to participate in organized sports and also complained loudly about having to shower in the middle of the schoolday — my hair was REALLY curly and I slept on uncomfortable rollers every night to have a smooth hairstyle for school the next day and showering frizzed it out of control) and history (Cs) because (with very few exceptions) the teachers I had for history made it exceedingly boring and tedious. I enjoy learning about history under my own power and got Bs in Ancient History and Latin American history because of my interest in archaeology, I was particularly interested in the Greeks and Mayans (as an adult I have more interest in the Sumerians, thanks to Zecharia Sitchin).

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