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Not Breaking, but Interesting News

18 December 2014

 Are you fucking kidding me right now, Nebraska & Oklahoma? This “gap in the federal drug control system” isn’t the problem. The system that creates those gaps and refuses to remedy the situation via a national legalization of marijuana is. In other words, if your states were to legalize weed, then you wouldn’t have to “drain your treasuries and [put] stress on [your respective] criminal justice systems.” If you guys (Nebraska & Oklahoma) don’t want to foot the bill for the legal processing associated with fighting the war on drugs / marijuana—don’t. Legalize it. Let the federal government focus instead on figuring out what they’re going to do about that other substance with addictive qualities similar to those of cocaine, but which is legal and available nationwide—sugar.


Clearly. While we’re at it can we just say local cops need to improve as well? C’mon, just say it. They obviously do, and besides, our civilian lives are important too.

We’ve all known that our privacy has been shrinking since the first day we got online. Every new site is a new bit of information you have to give up about yourself. Folks have been selling their opinions and preferences for free access to social media since way before MySpace and Facebook. Sadly, it’s naïve to think we’ll ever go back to the anonymous days of yore; there’s just too much money to be made off our collective data. As the ironically anonymous IBM executive quoted in this article says, “Big data Relevant Products/Services equals big business Relevant Products/Services. Those special interests will continue to block any effective public policy work to ensure security Relevant Products/Services, liberty, and privacy online.” #RIPprivacy


MarijuanaImage Source: Ed Andrieski / AP via The Huffington Post

Well whaddaya know? Look at what’s possible when you go against the grain and legalize a drug that’s less dangerous than your average–and highly addictive–prescription painkiller, most of which are legal as apple pie.

I’m still figuring out how I feel about this. I suppose if you’re being discriminated against in your place of employment, based on your size, then it makes sense. Something about considering obesity a disability, in general, still feels off for me though. I’m unsure why. At the very least, this seems like a step in the direction. What do you think?

Maybe you should put your phone, laptop or tablet away after you’re done reading this. Alternatively, stare into the warm glow at the center of this award-winning photo until it all makes sense.