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Another Open Thread

… because you pretty much filled the last one.

Thanks for all the help on model trains. We think we’ve got it worked out. We’ll be going with n-scale due to the extremely limited space.

And by the way, I spent the last two days at my Dad’s working on getting broadband and wireless ordered for him. It’ll be installed soon, so the next time I visit, I won’t have to be so long out of touch!

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37 comments to Another Open Thread

  • claygooding

    We did ramble on a bit but we also covered a lot of ground.

    We may be getting some help from a Bill and Melinda Gates funded organization on ending the WOD.

    Time for NGOs to talk about drugs

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/nov/22/ngos-should-talk-about-drugs?newsfeed=true

  • Collateral Damage

    88 yr old inventor gets shutdown by the feds.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/saratoga/ci_19385037

  • Duncan20903

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    No dynamite??

    • Duncan20903

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      Stupidity may be incurable. I guess these people think no one will check the history books? Are they still going with “well those mass murdering dictators may be evil, human rights violating authoritarians with attitudes completely incompatible with a free society but they can’t be all bad. They said that they ordered people to stop getting high on anything other than drinking alcohol and they all stopped!”?

    • Duncan20903

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      Goddammit strayan, I just lost my flippin’ breakfast.

    • kaptinemo

      I usually try not to stereotype people, but I met a few of this sort in college. They are Billy Joel’s “Angry Young Man”, conservative edition. The self-righteous sorts, the crusaders. Usually they are very young (look at the author’s picture), making the mistake that intellectual prowess (or the facsimile of it) is a substitute for receiving an education at the School Of Hard Knocks, a.k.a. real life. Absolutely certain of their moral rectitude, they never fail to irritate the Hell out of regular people who have a hard enough time getting by without self-appointed morals proctors hectoring them. They are just what CS Lewis said they were:

      “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

      The very soul of prohibs. Bugger off, kid. If I want your advice, I’ll ask for it…when I can go ice-skating in Hell, that is.

    • darkcycle

      Just how in hell did this guy…wait..what fucking dream was he having…no…why the heck did his Mom fight the impulse to smother him in the crib? That’s it….

  • Duncan20903

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    Well here’s proof that merrywanna not only leads to terrorism, but also to self mutilation.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/22/jose-pimentel-terror-susp_n_1107677.html?ref=new-york

    Sheesh, it’s not like a mohel is an extravagance as they do work for tips.

    Bris Milah!

    • darkcycle

      What did the Moyel say to the parent before the cicumcision? “Well, it won’t be long now.”
      It’s called “Cuttin’ Kosher Calamari”

    • Duncan20903

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      …and no chance of schtupping Michelle Bachman.

    • Matthew Meyer

      That Pimentel character looks like another case of LE-invented crime. The confidential source gets high with him, talks revolution, Pimentel goes along.

      On another thought, Pimentel probably had beer in his fridge too, but somehow that was not deemed newsworthy.

  • Duncan20903

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    Cannabis Culture Magazine reports that the Amsterdam police are raiding the Cannabis Cup sponsored by High Times. Damn, I didn’t think that dominoes could stand themselves back up.

    http://cannabisculture.com/v2/content/2011/11/23/HIgh-Times-Cannabis-Cup-Raided-Amsterdam

  • darkcycle

    Not so merry christmas for Bremerton Santa Claus:
    http://www.mercurynews.com/weird-news/ci_19356301

    • Duncan20903

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      Wow, for a second there I thought they had started giving urine tests to the ersatz Santas of the land.

      Gift wrapping smuggled stuff may be the thing that more people in prison thought was a brilliant idea when it crossed their minds. The police are wise to that one.

  • darkcycle

    Well, Happy holidays all. Thanksgiving is upon us and I hope all you turkeys are layin’ low.
    Duncan, that hypothetical shortage due to record crop busts has so far not panned out in this neck o’ the woods. And the siezures of California grown meds to points east hasn’t slacked any, either. So far the only people experiencing a noticeable shortage are those few patients unlucky enough to have thier dispensaries raided. Dea can’t seem to do anything but make some helpless sick folks suffer. Tough thing to do, huh? Anyway, I’m thinkin’ the record crop siezures must reflect a pretty constant percentage of actual crops under cultivation, because nary a price nor availability ripple to be found. Must have been a record year for everbody.

    • Duncan20903

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      That’s good news (so far, knock wood). I do recall qualifying and noting that ’09 and ’10 were the previous “record” “eradication” seasons and we still had cannabis coming out of our collective ears. I also seem to recall stating that if there wasn’t a shortage/price increase that LE should seriously consider just packing it in. It is still way early though. We do have to recall that we had consecutive records in ’09 and ’10.

  • Servetus

    California drug agents are suing to prevent their jobs from being axed due to budget cuts. The union is accusing Gov. Jerry Brown of retaliating against them because the union supported Republican Meg Whitman in the 2010 California gubernatorial election:

    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/11/23/california-special-agents-sue-to-block-layoffs/

    • Ed Dunkle

      This is good news! You never know what Jerry Brown is going to do. So California no longer has a Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. Ha!

    • Duncan20903

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      Don’t get your hopes up Ed. I think Mr. Brown picked the programs he thought the Feds most likely to step in and pick up the slack. Didn’t you hear that Mr. Brown totally defunded CAMP? After 3 consecutive record years for “eradication” will the Feds just pay for their 2/3rds or will they issue some more debt instruments and pick up the slack? If they only send their scheduled payment, will that mean less overtime for the piglets?

      These people really are making a mockery of the history and purpose of labor unions. In 1890 these assholes would have been Pinkertons. If there really is a law that says they have to get paid, does that also mean they have to be provided with police stations, cars, and all the other gizmos, gadgets and paraphernalia associated with modern law enforcement? What about overtime, is that also a codified entitlement for this particular litter of piglets squealing to suckle at the government teat? Can we put them all on administrative leave, send them a check for their 40 hour base pay and tell them to get lost? Better yet, could we rent them out for security personnel to recoup at least part of their costs?

  • darkcycle

    O.k. Cannabis cup update. I got messaged by D.D. (My Super Secret Mole in High Times) and he sent me the whole story after I asked him what happened.
    Dutch Tax Collectors (who I guess are in charge of coffee shop sales) and Dutch Police raided the Expo at the C.C. The Expo is just that, it’s where the coffeeshops and the vendors set up and give away nick-nacks, advertising and lots of free bud. The raided because they suspected some were giving away too much and they wanted to make sure everybody was under the 100g limit. Only one vendor appeared to be over. People were searched and thier bud and hash was confiscated. The party at the Melkweg is going on as planned and the plans are to re-open the expo tomorrow. AFAIK no one was arrested or detained.

  • funny stuff those statistics:

    Most Drug-Related Hospitalizations Due to Handful of Drugs

    Each year in the U.S., there are nearly 100,000 emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in adults 65 and older, says researcher Daniel S. Budnitz, MD, MPH, director of the CDC’s Medication Safety Program.

    “The most significant finding of this study was [that] of the thousands of medicines available to older adults, it’s really a small group … that causes two-thirds of the hospitalizations,” he tells WebMD.

    -snip-

    High-risk medications, such as narcotics, only accounted for about 1% of the hospitalizations, the researchers found.

    • Duncan20903

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      Budnitz?? I hope no one ever finds budnitz in their grow, it sounds almost as disturbing as realizing that an elephant has ejaculated in your reservoir.

  • The Local reports an incident in Sweden, implies pot as culprit, fails to mention other possible “fuels” for the “train sex attack”.

    Naked man in ‘pot-fuelled’ train sex attack

    A 30-year-old man from western Sweden has been detained after he stripped down naked and started asking people to have sex with him before attacking a female passenger and a conductor on a train traveling in central Sweden.

    The incident occurred last Saturday on a train travelling from Gothenburg to Örebro in central Sweden, the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper reported.

    According to police, the man smoked marijuana somewhere between Herrljunga and Skövde, after which he began behaving erratically.

    “He got high during the trip, he threatened and assaulted a conductor and he assaulted a woman,” police spokesperson Lars Johansson told the paper.

    After the initial assault, the man then took off all his clothes and began roaming through the train asking people if they wanted to have sex with him.

    “He asked if we wanted to have sex, but I politely declined,” one passenger told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

    Eventually, the man tried to force a woman to perform oral sex on him.

    According to Johansson, the man also threatened to kill everyone who left the train. /—/

    “But it’s quite likely he was under the influence of something. This sort of behaviour isn’t normal,” a prosecutor told local news website Skövdenyheter.se.

    Swedish Aftonbladet has pictures.

    • Duncan20903

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      I’ll skip the pictures thanks. Did anyone ask how many people in the world got high yesterday and didn’t strip naked and act like an idiot in public?

    • RuftedUpTheJubbly

      They do this sort of stuff all the time in Sweden; it’s the lack of Sunlight in late Fall to early Winter. They usually go in pairs to drink vodka in the Sauna, and then one guy goes outside. The other guy has to guess who went outside.

  • Duncan20903

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    I’m starting to think that Sheriff Tom Allman of Mendicino County, California may qualify as a true American hero. Either that or he didn’t get the memo explaining that the phrase “we only enforce the law, if you don’t like the law, get it changed and we’ll enforce the new one” didn’t anticipate that it could actually happen and should be disregarded. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard an authority use the term, “California citizen” or any other State’s name for that matter.

    “The federal and state laws exist in parallel universes,” said Thomas D. Allman, the Mendocino County sheriff, in his office in Ukiah. He is as tough as anyone on the illegal marijuana trade, he said, but “growing and using medical marijuana is a right of a California citizen.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/24/us/medical-marijuana-target-of-us-prosecutors.html (comments closed)

    • darkcycle

      Comments Closed. That’s because of us, you know…

      • Duncan20903

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        I had the chance to post the first comment on that thread but was too tired and they were closed by the time I got back, so speak for yourself. 🙂 I only added that note because I find it frustrating getting involved by an article and/or its comments only to find that there are either no comments or that they’re closed.
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        Rufted, I think you’re making a common mistake, one that I’ve made as have many of us by calculating the ratio of pro-freedom to anti-intelligence comments and deciding that it means we’ve won. Go back and redo the calculation but this time don’t forget that most prohibitionists are illiterate morons, and ask yourself, “why in the world would they be reading articles or writing responses since they haven’t the native intelligence or skill set required for either?” The ones that are able to read and write are almost certainly innumerate, that’s why it’s impossible to sway them with statistics.
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        Well it’s Black Friday. I never knew that Donald Fagen was a vampire before I saw this video. Look at them fangs!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1ZV4Mx7tw8

    • RuftedUpTheJubbly

      It took me 15 minutes to find a comment there that was remotely supportive of Prohibition. Our job’s finished; we need a new cause. Ideas anybody?

  • darkcycle

    Awesome quote I just stole from somebody:
    “Kill me in a war zone, kill me in a race car, kill me on a motorcycle. Please god, don’t let me die punching a clock…”

    • Duncan20903

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      Are there really people who think that assaulting time pieces is a joke? We hear about battered women all the time, but the grocery store has no compunction about selling battered fish sticks. We certainly have a long row to hoe getting this country to be PC compliant.