Open Thread

Having strange server problems and can’t seem to post anything other than a short line or two without getting “Service Temporarily Unavailable: The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later..” Hopefully I’ll be able to fix this later today.

In the meantime, feel free to have at it in comments.

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25 Responses to Open Thread

  1. Saint Exquisite says:

    well my school likes to block sites like erowid, yet it goes against their education policy when they do.

    Oh, and speaking about the drug war or any drug related topic is taboo on my bus, such a free world we live in.

  2. did u all see? apparently minnesota says bong water constitutes as a drug and you can be charged by the weight of the water…. just a few teaspoons is an ounce… most bongs hold at least a couple ounces of water and that would be a felony charge in minn.

  3. Maryjane Hempfield says:

    I’m wondering if the California DA knows what he’s doing with this upcomming crackdown on medical despensaries who may be operating outside of state law. After all, we have three referendum questions regarding legalization in the upcomming election. Maybe he will wait until efter the elections. I hope not though since I think there could be a nice backlash at the polls if he comes off as heavy handed and sparks protests…

  4. DdC says:

    Obama’s Statement on Federal Medical Marijuana Busts
    Ed Rosenthal
    I was so overjoyed when I first heard about Obama’s statement regarding the prosecution of medical marijuana patients and caregivers that I started singing “Happy Days Are Here Again”. I was overjoyed that our Joints for Obama campaign had finally shown some results. As I understand it, the White House received over 10,000 joints.

    Medical Marijuana Providers Targeted?
    A lawyer for some of the pot growers busted by the DEA earlier this week said his clients are registered medical marijuana providers targeted by “rogue” federal agents ignoring a directive to leave such people alone. full story

    0-22-09 How will the DOJ’s new stance affect Charlie Lynch

    Brutal Drug War Erupts in Rio
    Many residents of some of Rio de Janeiro’s worst slums are fleeing their homes to escape a drug war that has left part of the Brazilian city in ruins, and killed a dozen people.

    Video Shows Violent B.C. Police Takedown
    Police in Abbotsford, B.C., are investigating after a video was posted on YouTube showing an officer stomping on and kicking a drug suspect who is lying face down on the ground, while another officer walks on the back of the suspect’s legs.

  5. Duncan says:

    This is obviously the work of the US Government. I think they’re really feeling Pete’s heat, and they want to shut him up!

  6. DdC says:

    Baltimore Cop Debates Clinton Drug Czar youtube

    The Solution to Our Environmental Woes is to End Prohibition
    The best solution to our environmental problems is to end prohibition. There is no other viable option short of the immediate end to military conflict that will have the same positive impact on the ecosystem.
    A collection of studies about marijuana, including numerous medical research references about the various ailments and diseases treated and prevented by cannabis.

    US Patent 6630507
    Abstract: Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants
    Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH3, and COCH3.


  7. jackl says:

    Re: server problems etc.
    I kind of like “BIG LOGO” for the title of the blog. Postmodern and hip.

    And I’m reposting this in the open thread where it belongs for the benefit of those who didn’t see it at the end of the last thread on drug war follies — photography division:

    Hey, on a slightly related topic, if you want to see a recent Boston Globe “Big Picture” article that will make you smile rather than grimace like the above exhibit, check out this recommended by shots of the giant puppets in Berlin earlier this month and then this YouTube vid of same here .

    (I highly recommend thinking about stuff other than the drug war from time to time or reframing as “stuff I like to look at while using psychoactive drugs 😉 )

  8. Pete says:

    I kind of like “BIG LOGO” for the title of the blog. Postmodern and hip.

    Yeah, that was a little embarrassing. I think I’ve got that back in order. I updated the theme in order to see if that was causing the memory problems, but forgot that certain customizations would have to be re-done.

    It looks like it could take a while to get everything back to completely normal.

    But at least the blog is up and viewable/commentable.

  9. truthtechnician says:

    Let me know if you need any web development/design help, that’s what I do. I’m definitely willing to volunteer my services for this blog.

  10. jackl says:

    While we’re talking about the site mechanics, could you explain why Google Ad Words operates with such dumb “fuzzy logic” about viewers to this site that it always wants to show ads for various rehab facilities, including those sketchy ones that probably would want to ding your health care provider for a month long inpatient rehab for “marijuana addiction”, if not the whole nine yards of “intervention”, “group thereapy”, Sembler-style kidnapping, etc.?

    I know you (Pete) don’t control this and just leave space on your blog for Google to fill up with ads that their genius computers think have something to do with the interests of your readers based on a very low level linguistic analysis (like “drug war” = drugs = rehabilitation services).

    Wouldn’t Google and you make a lot more money from this ads thing if the ads were like those found on say Yahooka or Cannabis Culture rather than the Betty Ford Clinic or Narconon?

    Doesn’t make sense to me or impress me with Google’s vaunted business acumen.

  11. DdC says:

    Drug War Chronicle Issue #605 – 10/23/09
    – weekly update of drug war news and analysis from Stop the Drug

    DrugSense Weekly
    – a weekly review of the most interesting or relevant articles in the press and on the web related to drug policy reform.

    The Big Picture

    racism and religion are always intertwined.
    BruceM October 23rd, 2009

    Both tools of Fascism for the end result, Cheap Labor. More profits. Same as always. No one is born racist, its taught and learned. Keeping competition out and profits on “treatment” are bennies. Religion opiates the masses, with TV religion, while racism dehumanizes. Don’t pay animals fair wages. Oh I’m a believers blinders keep it so. Its just getting old throwing life preservers to people with a will to drown. Tossing them back, insults, I have to keep reminding my self its because its the right thing to do. The hell with the sheople going out of their way to keep the status weird. Paying for their own destruction.

    Now its Limbo, a Purgatory sorta truce from Prohibition and its prices, in a quasi illicit but tolerated market that could change at any time. Forward or Back. Depending on geography and life station more than science. Racism still caging the same Reefer Madness targets, in greater numbers than middle class or connected caucasians. More taxes back from prisoners @ $25,000 a year, than Mickey D @ $12,000. Dysfunction Junction and Talking Head wingnuts want it to remain.

    The media is owned by the same Korpses, and their subsidiaries all fighting for shelf space without need of additional competition. Or replacing entire wasteful job fabrications for pure profit, regardless of the environmental devastation of a clear cut or blowing off the top of a mountain. Hemp could replace both. Millionaires whining about their mansions sliding down the hillsides when Hemp roots are as long as the stalk. 14 to 20 feet. Anchoring hillsides, then process the harvest into jobs and clothing. 98% of the national “marijuana” eradications are ditchweed hemp. Why burn it when it can be a commodity.

    Or the confiscated Ganja given to the patients. No reason or rhyme other than greed, by a minority or International Banksters and Corporatists. Seems any first year law student could figure that out. Both defense and state schlep to the BAR, 404 gag rules? Give me a break, what other crime can’t be discussed because it might confuse the jury into releasing them? Can’t waste all that time and money on a trial if they walk. Why bust them in the first place? Duh… aflak!

    No white powder binders and fillers and gawd knows what, but they cause side effects requiring more white powders, ka-ching. Grow a plant in your kitchen that does the same, then wonder why they have over 200 lobbyists. Biraq Obomba doesn’t have to buy OPECker Oil. Or cut trees for less cellulose than Hemp. Or export meat for profit, leaving pollution for the rest of us. 12 pounds of chemical grain aborting bible belt babies, for each pound of meat,

    Hempseed is the most nutritionally complete food source on the planet. Or 90 million pounds of poisons on cotton running off into the streams. Not used on Hemp, that also has greater tensile strength, last longer, softer too. 3 types of fiber in one plant. Cannabinoids throughout everyones body require amplification occasionally. So I oblige and treat my Ganja deficiency syndrome. Just the business of the Ganjawar. Nothing to see here, time to go, wars over. Now its time for a Mardi Gras street cleaning of the drug worrier stragglers.

    History of Medical Cannabis
    Until 2008, the earliest known evidence of marijuana in human hands dated back approximately 10,000 years to a prehistoric village that was discovered in Taiwan in 1972. Pottery shards unearthed there bore the distinct impression of hemp cord, conclusively proving that marijuana has been in use since the Stone Age. However, in 2008, experts are about to publish findings on a dig in Central Asia that features evidence of the use of cannabis by a prehistoric medicine man some 27,000 years ago.

    Penn and Teller Bullshît : War on Drugs

  12. ezrydn says:

    I remember reading a discussion on a forum board about there being a line of code you could add to your Google stuff that would focus your ad content more precisely, according to YOUR specs, not theirs. Wish I remembered where and what I read.

  13. BruceM says:

    Seriously this blog – both the old and now the new software – seems to have more problems than any other. I have no doubt it’s the work of the government trying to silence and frustrate Pete and those who agree with him. Rule #1 of government propaganda – if you can’t win the debate, stop the debate from happening. Just ask Goebbels.

  14. Maryjane Hempfield says:

    This is the best informational drug reform website on the net, without a doubt!

  15. claygooding says:

    The complete disregard of scientific and historical medical applications of cannibus by our government and too keep marijuana as a schedule 1 drug is more of a crime than the people they are throwing in jail for using it.
    There have been four studies that show marijuana has cancer blocking possibilities and a man in Canada has documented over 50 cases of curing skin cancers using hemp oil. Still our government persecutes people for using it and refuse too allow studies too prove if marijuana does cure or block cancer. Only history will show the rest of America the game they are playing with peoples lives and the protection they have run for the pharmaceutical companies profits in cancer treatments and other pharmaceutical drugs that will be obsolete when marijuana is legalized.
    I believe the ONDCP is refusing too reschedule marijuana because over 1/2 their budget is for marijuana and they won’t do anything too endanger their 40 billion dollar a year budget,and congress refuses to reschedule it because they don’t want too lose the 30 million in election funds donated by the pharmaceutical industries every election cycle.
    Only by going to the following site will you know if your legislators are on the big pharm payroll:

    Both senators from my state receive hundreds of thousands from big pharm and both reply that marijuana is a schedule 1 drug and refuse too support m/m legalization.
    Both Ron Paul and Barney Frank receive no funds from big pharm and they are strong supporters of marijuana legalization. Figure it out for yourself.

  16. DdC says:

    Keep America Safe: A Family Affair
    Declassified Blog –
    Among those who had expressed such interest, said another coalition member who asked not to be identified talking about fundraising matters, was Mel Sembler, President George W. Bush’s former ambassador to Italy and a top GOP fundraiser who also served as the executive director of Scooter Libby’s defense trust. (Sembler did not return a call seeking comment and Goldfarb said the group has so far not received any money from Sembler.)

    Rachel Maddow Exposes Dick & Liz Cheney’s Funding Source

    Sembler is not a good neighbor

    Drug Free America Foundation, formerly known as Straight, Inc

    Anti-Drug Campaigns Dumb Down Vital Message
    Calvina Fay is the Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.) From 1976-1985 it was known as Straight, Inc. and had a reputation for abusing kids as a drug rehabilitation program. Mel Sembler and his wife Betty founded Straight, Inc. In 1985 it changed its name to Straight Foundation, Inc. in order to protect its money and its principals from civil suits. In 1995 it was changed again to Drug Free America Foundation. DFAF is a national and international drug policy think tank and provider of services for drug free work places.

  17. jackl says:


    Re: Personalized Google Adwords content

    You may be talking about the feature where you click on the little “Ad words by Google” and you get a screen where you can add interests, topics etc.

    Tried that, but still get rehab ads exclusively on this site. Go figure.

  18. Pete says:

    Site Update:
    It appears that I may be having a memory issue with the site. The template I’m using is fairly heavy in code (although it’s a popular wordpress template), and the equivalent of a automated memory cop at DreamHost is stopping my longer postings. The tech there has asked me to try a simpler template for a few hours to see if that is the problem. Another option is for me to switch to a private server there (which would increase my monthly costs slightly), so it wouldn’t matter how much memory I used. (right now, I can also be affected by heavy use from other users on the same server)

    I’ve got a lot to do this weekend (and it’s my birthday today), so I’m not going to jump in on this immediately. We’ll just limp along for a bit.

    Regarding advertising:
    When I first started using Google ads at the old site, the ads were all pretty uninteresting at first (mostly rehab), and then they started learning. I’m hoping the same thing will happen here, but it’s certainly taking a while. Right now, my ad revenue is about half what it was over at

    It’s possible that part of this may have to do with the site address. Before, it was, now it’s It’s possible that some ads would be less likely to be served to my pages simply because of the “drug” in the URL.

    As far as the line of code you can add to tell google ads what kind of ads would be better for your site… I researched that, and as far as I can tell from conflicting reports, that program did exist and was by invitation only. Some people were able to successfully copy the code from those who had been invited and see an improvement, but now that unauthorized workaround doesn’t work any more. If anybody has any more current info on that, I’d be happy to hear it.

  19. DdC says:

    Pot Accounts For 75% of Police Seizures by Jeremiah Vandermeer
    Many Canadians think police don’t pay much attention to marijuana, and instead focus on busting people for “hard drugs”. Think again.

    Cutting money to health services will not cut services…
    let’s try that with jails and police? by Kirk Tousaw
    Re: B.C. health cuts no harm to services: minister

    Facts and statistics that relate to police priorities by David Malmo-Levine
    I went through the Vancouver Public Library’s “Police Brutality” files a while back (I think they have been discontinued by now – budget cuts) and picked out a few quotes … and rather than have this stuff go to waste in some corner of my archives I thought I would share it with all of you!

    STOP Bill C-15!: PHONE JAM Continued
    On September 14th, The International Hempology 101 Society initiated a nation wide campaign to clog the senate with messages from disenfranchised, everyday Canadians.

    The Daily Show’s Best War on Drugs Moments
    Oct 23 2009
    Jon Stewart’s Daily Show puts together a compilation of their greatest Drug War moments. (Unfortunately not available in Canada – damn you Comedy Central!)

  20. Wendy says:

    jackl and everyone – another artistic creation of the Topiaries in the Garden of Montreal were sent to me today.

    It does help to look at the world’s artistic and exuberant love of art and expression in order to relieve some stress of this war on humanity.

    Pete – I like BIG LOGO. Commendations to You Sir!

  21. jackl says:


    Do you have a link to the topiary photos? 🙂

  22. somebody speak russian?

    tam nikogo

  23. DdC says:

    Привет там
    Добро пожаловать на DWR, вы приземлились на диване Пита и у меня нет понятия, как говорят на русском, но Google делает …

  24. DdC says:

    No wonder we have wars…

    this is what I said…

    Hello tam
    Welcome to DWR, you have landed on Pete’s couch and I haven’t a clue how to speak Russian, but google does…

    this is what translated…

    Hi there
    Welcome to the DWR, you have landed on the sofa, Pete and I have no concept of how to speak Russian, but Google does …

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