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Sorry for the neglect, folks. I’ve been busy doing tech rehearsals for my show that opens in Chicago on Friday. I’ll give you more details on that, along with some additional postings tonight.

In the meantime, this is an open thread.

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15 comments to Neglect

  • Servetus

    Militant anti-drug contractors have a solid reputation for corruption and criminal activities:

    DynCorp, the company Washington has entrusted with a majority of taxpayer-funded counternarcotics dollars, has been mired in scandals over the years, that include: employees allegedly having sex with teenage girls in Bosnia and selling them as sex-slaves; pimping out young “dancing boys” in Afghanistan; and spraying toxic chemicals in Colombia that drifted into Ecuador and is believed to have caused ‘massive health problems, numerous deaths and widespread environmental damage.’”

    Source: http://www.truth-out.org/private-contractors-making-killing-drug-war/1309189643

  • Swooper420

    LOL, Pete, you’re a horrible person, neglecting us! (NOT!)

    Good luck with your project, hope it works out the way it’s supposed to.

    best regards

    Steve Cooper

  • Choo Choo Peppy

    by Luis Robayo – Fri Jun 24, 2:00 am ET

    CALI, Colombia (AFP) – Greenhouses lined with genetically modified marijuana sit on a mountainside just an hour ride from Cali, Colombia, where farmers say the enhanced plants are more powerful and profitable.

    One greenhouse owner said she can sell the modified marijuana for 100,000 pesos ($54) per kilo (2.2 pounds), which is nearly 10 times more than the price she can get for ordinary marijuana.

    Local authorities said the arrival of genetically modified seeds, which are imported from Europe and the United States have allowed “a bigger production and better quality at the same time”.

    A police commander in the Cauca region where Cali is located, Carlos Rodriguez, said one of the modified varieties goes by the name, “Creepy”.

    Another seed modified in The Netherlands is fetching a good price in the area, said a foreign researcher, who asked to remain anonymous. That version, well-known in Europe as “La Cominera”, is named for the Colombian village where it grows.

    “La Cominera’s” higher value is due to its increased concentration of THC, the plant’s principal active ingredient, and the modified plant verges on an 18 percent concentration level, compared to a normal marijuana plant’s two to seven percent, said the researcher.

    Despite the fact that marijuana production is illegal in Colombia, farmers say they continue to sell both traditional and modified marijuana because of economic advantages. One resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity said he can sell 11 kilograms of marijuana for 160,000 Colombian pesos ($87).

    In the greenhouses outside of Cali, in a secret location accessible only by foot, it is easy to recognize the famous plant with star-shaped leaves, where it grows amid other legal crops.

    “I don’t like growing marijuana, but it ended up that way,” one farmer said. “I received a loan to grow coffee, but I was drowning and I had to sell my harvest very cheap. My sister told me it would be better to plant marijuana.”

    Marijuana was first introduced to the country in the 1930s and residents of Cali said that for economic reasons, they have never stopped cultivating the plant since.

    They added they cannot sustain themselves on coffee and banana crops alone, because prices fluctuate widely and it is difficult to reach markets in time to sell the perishable items before they spoil, due to a poor road network.

    The hemp plant was originally legally used in the production of textiles and soccer balls until 1962, when authorities banned the use of marijauana in those products in order to comply with international standards.

    According to botanist Luis Miguel Alvarez, a teacher at the University of Caldas in Manizales and the author of several marijuana studies, after marijuana is grown and dried, it can endure long periods without spoiling, which is a strong economic advantage.

    Police commander Rodriguez said the crop’s growth poses a problem for local law enforcement, because profits are often used to finance other criminal activity.

    “We believe that the sixth front of the FARC guerrilla forces are 90 percent financed by marijuana,” he said. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is Latin America’s largest and longest-fighting insurgency with 47 years of armed struggle and 8,000 fighters.

    Marijuana production and sales are growing in Colombia, which was also the world’s biggest producer of cocaine in 2009, according to available statistics, he said.

    “This year we have already seized 27 tons (of marijuana by June), compared to 23 tons last year. It is troubling that the resources of armed groups are growing and because of this they can acquire arms and explosives,” Rodriguez said.

    Nationwide, authorities say they have seized 41.8 tons of marijuana to date in 2011, compared to a total of 228 tons in 2010.

    • Duncan20903

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      I always find it stunning when I see nonsense like this. Gregor Mendel did not engage in genetic modifications. Well if he did he must have used a pen name.

    • darkcycle

      Maybe it slid between the seat and the seat back? I found a gram of hash I lost six years earlier while cleaning my old Celica before I sold it…happens all the time. What? They lost it out of a locked box? On a Fed Ex truck? Are they sure they got the right box? There’s lots of boxes on them things….Maybe they just THOUGHT it was in the box, I’ve mailed out bills and forgot to put the check inside before…
      Don’t worry guys, I’m sure it’ll turn up…

      • Duncan20903

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        I found a half joint in a film can under my passenger seat just yesterday. It always reminds me of the second best reason to just say no if someone wants to search my vehicle. The best reason is because those assholes never clean up after themselves. I’ll never forget an episode of COPS where a guy was leaving his girlfriend, packed up all his shit in a UHaul, and she called the cops and told them he had contraband. He didn’t so he said OK, go ahead. They unpacked the entire effing truck, and said, OK, looks like your good to go. They left the poor sap with his entire life sitting on the sidewalk and laughed at him when he asked if they were going to help him pack it back up.

  • angus

    i would appreciate someone from NORML(especially WILLIE)
    CHECK OUT THE hOLY BIBLE ON ‘HERB’

    Genesis (1st book of bible)
    ch. 1 , vses 9 ,10 ,11 ,12 29 &30

    the ‘law’ makes GOD a criminal because HE
    owns the earth!!!

  • Nick

    You have nothing to apologize for.
    You work tirelessly for others. Perchance you take a break once in a while?

  • Duncan20903

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    Here’s a Michigan judge demonstrating his deep seated disapproval of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act by blatantly breaking the law.
    http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/Man_Must_Choose_Marijuana_Or_Daughter_124624179.html?storySection=comments

    Salient language of the MMMA:
    …..
    “c) A person shall not be denied custody or visitation of a minor for acting in accordance with this act, unless the person’s behavior is such that it creates an unreasonable danger to the minor that can be clearly articulated and substantiated.”
    http://www.cannabiscenters.com/mi/legal?bill=mmma
    …..

  • vickyvampire

    Yeah,wonderful person might and probably will lose visitation of danger to his child causes,he takes medicine the judge, created unreasonable approve of so if this same guy had a bunch of legal oxy and lets say it not modified like it is for the crushing and snort high that’s OK with Judge I suppose,cause it’s a legal drug ha-ha.

    Meanwhile the kid can sit there and play violent video,recent 7 to 2 decision supreme court games but dad can not use calming medicine,what wrong with this picture, our nation is screwed up. and no I don’t care if parents allow there kids to play these games that’s there business.

  • thelbert

    thanks for being here for us, Pete. you are a lucky man to have both parents. give them a hug for me.

  • Duncan20903

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    Well now here’s a true through the looking glass moment. The plan to restrict cannabis to Dutch citizens has been scuttled because cannabis is already illegal in Holland. I’m having trouble understanding this, who’s got some LSD so I can make some sense of this?

    The Council of State ruled on a 2006 ordinance by the southern border city of Maastricht barring foreigners from “coffee shops,” where cannabis is openly sold.

    The council said Maastricht had overstepped its authority, because selling marijuana is already theoretically illegal in the Netherlands, by national law – even though under the country’s tolerance policy police don’t prosecute people for possessing small amounts.

    “Given this absolute ban laid down in law, in a formal sense there’s no room for a municipality to further regulate the sale of marijuana and hash by its own ordinances,” the ruling said.

    http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/06/29/general-eu-netherlands-marijuana_8541336.html

  • DdC

    Mexamericanada

    TO WIN WAR ON DRUGS, GOVERNMENTS MUST IGNORE BORDERS
    The whole region must come together and recognize that the fight will not be fair — much less won — as long as one side ignores borders while governments insist on protecting them. This is not pie-in-the-sky. True, it has never been done before. That does not mean it cannot be done, and it must be done.

    When A Chief Oversteps His Bounds
    This episode tells a lot about a traditional ruler who has arrogated powers way beyond himself. In the first place, the chief and his man, who is the messenger in this instance, have no authority under the sun to subject the teacher to any bodily check. If the teacher was suspected of doing anything suspicious, the lawful authority to deal with him is the police.

    Tehama bars medical pot dispensaries; permanent ban goes into effect in July
    Contacted Wednesday, Sheriff Dave Hencratt said he supported the dispensary ban in part because “they’re illegal. There’s no provision in the state law that says you can have a dispensary. I think the board was wise in their choice because they’re listening to their constituents.”

    Nixon lied to schedule Ganja #1

    Nixon Commission Report
    1972 US Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding

    US National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse
    Gov. Raymond Shafer of Pennsylvania) 1972 report, entitled “Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding,” boldly proclaimed that “neither the marihuana user nor the drug itself can be said to constitute a danger to public safety” and recommended Congress and state legislatures decriminalize the use and casual distribution of marijuana for personal use.

    “You’re enough of a pro, to know that for you to come out with something that would run counter to what the Congress feels and what the country feels, and what we’re planning to do, would make your commission just look bad as hell.”
    – Richard Milhouse Nixon to Raymond P. Shafer”