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LMFAO I'm laughing so hard I'm crying!Mexico's drug war - The Big Picture - Boston.com
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highDEA (high idea) (pronounced: hi-de-a) An idea or insight a person has when they are high. For the duration of being high, it is a truly profound, original, and useful idea, but turns out the next day to make no sense, or be of any use whatsoever (kinda like this site).
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"Bus with a pizza oven in it: Get bus and equip it with an oven. When people order a pizza, you start baking it on the way to the house. Pizza will be delivered piping hot, and faster than a regular delivery outfit."A Reporter at Large: Brain Gain: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
The underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs.
The underground world of "neuroenhancing" drugs.
The underground world of "neuroenhancing" drugs Reporting & Essays: The New YorkerThe success of drug decriminalization in Portugal - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
@SalonMedia - "The success of drug decriminalization in Portugal - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com" http://hub.tm/?LWZYD [from http://twitter.com/carreonG/statuses/1337259173]
Evaluating the policy strictly from an empirical perspective, decriminalization has been an unquestionable success, leading to improvements in virtually every relevant category and enabling Portugal to manage drug-related problems (and drug usage rates) far better than most Western nations that continue to treat adult drug consumption as a criminal offense.
Particularly in the U.S., there is still widespread support for criminalization approaches and even support for the most extreme and destructive aspects of the "War on Drugs," but, for a variety of reasons, the debate over drug policy has become far more open than ever before. Portugal's success with decriminalization is highly instructive, particularly since the impetus for it was their collective recognition in the 1990s that criminalization was failing to address -- and was almost certainly exacerbating -- their exploding, poverty-driven drug crisis. As a consensus in that country now recognizes, decriminalization is what enabled them to manage drug-related problems far more effectively than ever before, and the nightmare scenarios warned of by decriminalization opponents have, quite plainly, never materialized. The counter-productive effects of drug criminalization are at least as evident now for the U.S. as they were for pre-decriminalization Portugal. Beyond one's ideological
"Evaluating the policy strictly from an empirical perspective, decriminalization has been an unquestionable success, leading to improvements in virtually every relevant category and enabling Portugal to manage drug-related problems (and drug usage rates) far better than most Western nations that continue to treat adult drug consumption as a criminal offense."How to stop the drug wars | The Economist
How to stop the drug wars
http://www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13237193 Howtostopthedrugwars Economist 2Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work? - TIME
In 2001, Portugal officially abolished all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, replacing punishment for therapy. Did it work? How many people reading this article have served jail time for drug use? How many know someone who has? It's an arbitrary system, and people don't seem to respond well to systems that rely on harsh but infrequently carried out punishments to regulate behavior--as anyone who has ever spent more than two hours with a toddler has probably already figured out.
In 2001, Portugal officially abolished all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, replacing punishment for therapy. Did it work?
I'd like to see verification of this from someone other than the Cato Institute, and it's important to remember that the US =/= Portugal, but still... interesting. April 2009.
The paper, published by Cato in April, found that in the five years after personal possession was decriminalized, illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled."Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies" by Glenn Greenwald (Cato Institute: White Paper)
The data show that, judged by virtually every metric, the Portuguese decriminalization framework has been a resounding success. Within this success lie self-evident lessons that should guide drug policy debates around the world.Weed, Booze, Cocaine and Other Old School "Medicine" Ads - Pharmacy Technician Schools
Granted, hindsight is 20/20, but some awfully strange substances have been used for pharmaceutical purposes in the past -- and some might argue, continue to be used today. Here are some vintage advertisements touting items that we might balk at taking today.
Eye-opening. Great graphics.
referência de embalagens antigasBBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | 'Stoned wallabies make crop circles'
Australia supplies about 50% of the world's legally-grown opium used to make morphine and other painkillers. "The one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles," Lara Giddings told the hearing. "Then they crash," she added. "We see crop circles in the poppy industry from wallabies that are high."
file under "you couldn't make this up" dept ...
Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around "as high as a kite", a government official has said. Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania, said the kangaroo-like marsupials were getting into poppy fields grown for medicine. She was reporting to a parliamentary hearing on security for poppy crops. Australia supplies about 50% of the world's legally-grown opium used to make morphine and other painkillers. "The one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles," [Giddings said]. "Then they crash...We see crop circles in the poppy industry from wallabies that are high"....Retired Tasmanian poppy farmer Lyndley Chopping also said he had seen strange behaviour from wallabies in his fields. "They would just [eat some poppies and] do their circle work in the paddock."
"Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around "as high as a kite", a government official has said." Or is it biomimicry in reverse?io9 - A Drug That Could Give You Perfect Visual Memory - Memory-enhancing drugs
"A group of Spanish researchers reported today in Science that they may have stumbled upon a substance that could become the ultimate memory-enhancer. The group was studying a poorly-understood region of the visual cortex. They found that if they boosted production of a protein called RGS-14 (pictured) in that area of the visual cortex in mice, it dramatically affected the animals' ability to remember objects they had seen. Mice with the RGS-14 boost could remember objects they had seen for up to two months. Ordinarily the same mice would only be able to remember these objects for about an hour. The researchers concluded that this region of the visual cortex, known as layer six of region V2, is responsible for creating visual memories. When the region is removed, mice can no longer remember any object they see."
Imagine if you could look at something once and remember it forever. You would never have to ask for directions again. Now a group of scientists has isolated a protein that mega-boosts your ability to remember what you see.
nifty!Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.
Interesting, LONG article about the placebo effect. I always liked the thought that your mind has the power to heal you. Or if you are in a negative mood, sometimes just saying positive things can alter your feelings.
Placebos have long been used to control for the effects of taking *any* medicine. However, now those effects seem to be getting stronger... Fascinating.
"It's not that the old meds are getting weaker, drug developers say. It's as if the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger."
Mida Beecher avastas, miks see tähtis on ja kuidas edasi, kui platseeboefekt ise näib tugevamaks muutuvat?Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.
Gullibility on the rise? Count me in!
2009-08-24The world's first cocaine bar | World news | The Guardian
The world's first cocaine bar
where do i book?2009 UN World Drug report - The Big Picture - Boston.com
Collected here are a handful of recent images from the rough world of illegal drugs across the globe.
FOTOS DE DROGAS Y DROGADICYTOS!RateADrug.com: Prescription Drugs; Side Effects, Benefits & User Ratings
RateADrug, The users guide to prescription medications and side effects. Comparing RX and complementary medicine; providing best health treatment options at lowest cost, expert help, community resources, patient testimonials, educational and healthcare opportunities.
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RateADrug.com - Where users identify, evaluate and rate over 7000 prescription drugs and alternative treatments The community site for sharing experiences and learning about risks and benefits of prescription medications and alternative treatments Take control of your health. Be informed. * Learn about newly discovered side effects and alternative treatments * Participate in anonymous public studies and share your experiences with others * Rate your medications to receive personalized benefits and side effects scores * Email your survey reports to your doctors and family members to keep them updated on your health issuesWhite House Czar Calls for End to 'War on Drugs' - WSJ.com
Kerlikowske Says Analogy Is Counterproductive; Shift Aligns With Administration Preference for Treatment Over Incarceration
May article about the Obama administration's approach to drugs and the criminal justice system
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting "a war on drugs," a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use. In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation's drug issues. "Regardless of how you try to explain to people it's a 'war on drugs' or a 'war on a product,' people see a war as a war on them," he said. "We're not at war with people in this country."
@wsj - "White House Czar Calls for End to 'War on Drugs' - WSJ.com" http://hub.tm/?jmjSY [from http://twitter.com/carreonG/statuses/1794610123]
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting "a war on drugs," a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use. In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation's drug issues.
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"Regardless of how you try to explain to people it's a 'war on drugs' or a 'war on a product,' people see a war as a war on them," he said. "We're not at war with people in this country."The 10 Most Successful Potheads on the Planet… Cool Enough to Admit It : COED Magazine
An unemployed porno addict, sitting in his parents’ basement, playing video games, eating Lucky Charms out of the box with one hand while he lazily scratches his balls with the other. A dread-lock having, patchouli oil smelling, tie-die wearing, Phish listening, hula-hoop twirling space cadet. A burger flipping, acne having, socially inept, friendless loser… These are the common stereotypes associated with the term ‘pothead’. In a recent piece we published on pot farms, a debate erupted in the comments section, with some arguing that if you smoke pot, you’ll be poor, gay, and “washing dishes until you’re dead.”
Time to shatter the baseless and idiotic stereotyopes
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Sir Richard Branson While the ‘Sir’ in front of this guy’s name puts him in some very elite company, it doesn’t automatically get him on this list. What does earn him a spot is the fact that he’s the 236th richest person in the world, founder of the Virgin empire, which encompasses everything from airlines to record stores to cell phones, and made his entire multi-billion dollar fortune from absolutely nothing. Not only does this man smoke weed, he gets high with his 21-year-old son. He has publicly stated that there’s nothing wrong with smoking pot, has petitioned for the legalization of pot, and even said that if it were legal, he’d sell it.
ow awesome the Louvre is. And yet here’s Rick Steves, author of 27 top selling European travel guides, host of his own TV show and radio show, and a very outspoken pothead. He’s a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and credits pot for turning him into a better travel writer by opening his mind to new things.Stevey's Blog Rants: Have you ever legalized marijuana?
Shit is NOT easy.Ryan Grim: Read the Never-Before-Published Letter From LSD-Inventor Albert Hofmann to Apple CEO Steve Jobs
Hofmann penned a never-before-disclosed letter in 2007 to Jobs at the behest of his friend Rick Doblin, who runs an organization dedicated to studying the medical and psychiatric benefits of psychedelic drugs.
Jobs, Hoffman, LSDWhy is Marijuana Illegal?
Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug. The actual story shows a much different picture. Those who voted on the legal fate of this plant never had the facts, but were dependent on information supplied by those who had a specific agenda to deceive lawmakers. You'll see below that the very first federal vote to prohibit marijuana was based entirely on a documented lie on the floor of the Senate. You'll also see that the history of marijuana's criminalization is filled with: * Racism * Fear * Protection of Corporate Profits * Yellow Journalism * Ignorant, Incompetent, and/or Corrupt Legislators * Personal Career Advancement and Greed These are the actual reasons marijuana is illegal.
important and relevant history everyone should knowJim Webb's courage v. the "pragmatism" excuse for politicians - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
Jim Webb doing something decent.
criminal justiceHow memories form, fade, and persist over time - CNN.com
We all suffer occasional lapses in memory. Some people suffer severe neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer's, that rob them of their ability to form memories or remember recent events. Three new studies shed light on the way the brain forms, stores and retrieves memories. Experts say they could have implications for people with certain mental disorders.A Reporter at Large: Brain Gain: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
The underground world of neuroenhancing drugs. Such is the zeitgeist.
Brain Gain ?
using mind enhancing drugs to improve performance
The underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs.Technology is Heroin - What To Fix
What other facts are needed to legalize pot at this point?News & Culture | Barack Obama and the Post-Stupid Universe
I never did suspend Max. He became one of my best students, and is now studying to be a pharmacist at UC Davis. Soon, he'll be dosing people for a living. Funny how life turns out that way.
lolNorm Stamper: 420: Thoughts on Pot vs. Alcohol from a Former Police Chief
THIS IS REALLY REALLY GOOD.
The wrong policy? (Via Daring Fireball: http://daringfireball.net/linked/2009/04/20/pot-alcohol ).
'nuff saidCommentary: Legalize drugs to stop violence - CNN.com
Over the past two years, drug violence in Mexico has become a fixture of the daily news. Some of this violence pits drug cartels against one another; some involves confrontations between law enforcement and traffickers. Recent estimates suggest thousands have lost their lives in this "war on drugs." The U.S. and Mexican responses to this violence have been predictable: more troops and police, greater border controls and expanded enforcement of every kind. Escalation is the wrong response, however; drug prohibition is the cause of the violence. Prohibition creates violence because it drives the drug market underground. This means buyers and sellers cannot resolve their disputes with lawsuits, arbitration or advertising, so they resort to violence instead.
Prohibition of drugs corrupts politicians and law enforcement by putting police, prosecutors, judges and politicians in the position to threaten the profits of an illicit trade. This is why bribery, threats and kidnapping are common for prohibited industries but rare otherwise. Mexico's recent history illustrates this dramatically. Prohibition erodes protections against unreasonable search and seizure because neither party to a drug transaction has an incentive to report the activity to the police. Thus, enforcement requires intrusive tactics such as warrantless searches or undercover buys. The victimless nature of this so-called crime also encourages police to engage in racial profiling.
EricPillbox - prototype pill identification system
enables to search unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and images. The system combines high-resolution images of tablets and capsules with FDA-approved appearance information (imprint, shape, color, etc.) to enable users to visually search for and identify an unknown solid dosage pharmaceutical. This system is designed for use by emergency physicians, first responders, other health care providers, Poison Control Center staff, and concerned citizens. Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fpillbox.nlm.nih.gov
A site that identifies pillsKey to Hallucinations Found | LiveScience
What a long, strange trip it's been!PHOTO'S OF A MEXICAN DRUG LORD'S HOME AFTER BEING RAIDED - Tangos Ultimate Hot Rod House
Totally crazy photos from a raid of mexican drug lord's home, displaying money (LOTS), weapon (gold plated) and wild animals (i.e. the villa's zoo). Did I say crazy?