Odds and Ends

bullet image Diet of quinoa, mushrooms, cocoa kept world’s oldest person alive at 123


A 123-year-old farmer, from Bolivia, who has been named the oldest person alive, has claimed that a diet of quinoa, mushrooms and coca has kept him alive for over a century.

Ah. I found it sadly humorous that the headline writer clearly didn’t know what “coca” was, and assumed it was cocoa. An entire valuable plant with amazing properties and we don’t even know anything about it in large portions of the world because of the drug war.

Probably most people who drink Coca-Cola think it’s just some fun alliteration and have no clue that “coca” actually means something in that context.

bullet image U.S. Ant-Drug Czar Says Legalization Won’t Solve the Drug Problem

Yes, Gil, thanks once again for that ridiculous straw man. Legalization is for solving the drug war problem.

bullet image The wealthy ‘make mistakes,’ the poor go to jail – interesting reading in the Guardian.

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17 Responses to Odds and Ends

  1. Nunavut Tripper says:

    “The South American country, who only started issuing official birth certificates in 1940, has legally accepted Flores’s birthday as July 16 1980 that is mentioned in his baptism certificate and national identity documents.”

    The writer desperately needs an editor. I’m sure he meant
    Flores was born 1880 but that would make him 132 years old.

    • Jean Valjean says:

      That would make him eleven years older than Jeanne Calment, a French woman who is the oldest person with a certified birth certificate. She died in 1997. The confusion in the article just adds to the doubt in my mind that this man is in fact the oldest person ever.

    • Duncan20903 says:

      More likely 1890.

  2. darkcycle says:

    Awards yesterday evening. Fun…but no cup for dc. Maybe next year.
    Learned some amazing stuff, and came home with a renewed appreciation for CBDs.

  3. Servetus says:

    “Coca kintucha hoja redonda, coca kintucha hoja redonda
    ¿Por que delito padesco tanto?”


    “O my perfect coca leaf, round leaf, O my perfect coca leaf, round leaf,

    What have I done to suffer so?”

    — Traditional Quechua Song, source: Modern Inquisitions: Peru and the Colonial Origins of the Civilized World, Irene Silverblatt, 2004, p. 163.

  4. allan says:

    a few years ago my kids’ mom went and visited friends in Peru. Besides a beautiful Peruvian poncho she got me a t-shirt that reads, la hoja de coca es no drugga, es sagrada – “the coca leaf is not a drug, it is sacred.”

    As for Droop Dogg… I’m reminded of the words of that old Jefferson Starshp tune from Blows Against the Empire

    Whatever you think of us is totally irrelevant
    Both to us now and to you
    We are the present
    We are the future
    You are the past
    Pay your dues and get outta the way

  5. claygooding says:

    Following the hearings, patient advocates will host Google Hangout panel at 5pm ET to discuss reaction to testimony –


    The Google Hangout following the hearings will feature federal defendants, family members of those incarcerated by the DOJ’s war on medical marijuana, legislators like Kriss Worthington of the Berkeley City Council, which has vowed legal action against the DOJ for its attempts to shut down one of the oldest and fully licensed dispensaries in California, Huffington Post D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim, as well as Tracy Duval, the wife of recently incarcerated Michigan patient Jerry Duval, and several others with compelling stories about federal enforcement. –

    Should be interesting.

  6. claygooding says:

    Ex-DEA chiefs blast Holder on pot stance


    “”(CNN) —A group of former top counternarcotics officials are taking on Attorney General Eric Holder over the Justice Department’s decision to soften its stance on marijuana legalization.

    Nine former administrators of the Drug Enforcement Administration wrote Holder to criticize the department’s decision not to challenge laws in Colorado and Washington state, which are allowing legal recreational use of marijuana after voter-approved ballot measures. More than two dozen other states and the District of Columbia allow medicinal use of marijuana.”” ‘snip’

    I would venture to guess the emotion they are feeling is worry rather than anger since a majority of them are vested in businesses that lose money if marijuana is legalized and all of them are guilty of blocking medical research on the most therapeutic plant in nature.

  7. darkcycle says:

    Anybody know if the Leahy hearings are being livestreamed?

  8. Servetus says:

    “Can You Smoke Weed if Your Friend Is a Cop?”…at DailyBeast. Tolerance of the weed is catching on in law enforcement:


  9. allan says:

    so… speaking of loose, odds and ends…

    … with only 5% of the vote is Anthony Weiner the living definition of a flaccid politician? I heard his political career was shrinking and that his support had shriveled up… poor guy he lost his election and can’t get it back up.

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