In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

underthemountainbunker:

[Above: The GOP’s uterus inspection device]
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Va. GOP Demands Invasive Vaginal Ultrasound Procedure Before Abortion - Republicans in Virginia’s House of Delegates really have their hearts set on new legislation that will force all women seeking abortions to first undergo penetration by a transvaginal ultrasound transducer. They’re so enthralled with this harlot-shaming tool that today they voted down an amendment that would have allowed doctors to determine whether this penetration was necessary. Clearly, whether it’s medically necessary or not has nothing to do with this law. The GOP wants to get all up in women’s uteruses — literally. The penetration part is vital to their agenda.
CNN contributor and Andrew Breitbart editor DANA LOESCH saying, basically, if you’ve spread your legs  for intercourse, why would you have a problem with other things being inserted into your vag for no reason? - “That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth… [high voice] “Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?” What!? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.“

Holy shit these republicans are fucking twisted they just can’t comprehend concepts like consent, pleasure and bodily autonomy. How can Dana Loesch be serious?

underthemountainbunker:

[Above: The GOP’s uterus inspection device]

Va. GOP Demands Invasive Vaginal Ultrasound Procedure Before Abortion - Republicans in Virginia’s House of Delegates really have their hearts set on new legislation that will force all women seeking abortions to first undergo penetration by a transvaginal ultrasound transducer. They’re so enthralled with this harlot-shaming tool that today they voted down an amendment that would have allowed doctors to determine whether this penetration was necessary. Clearly, whether it’s medically necessary or not has nothing to do with this law. The GOP wants to get all up in women’s uteruses — literally. The penetration part is vital to their agenda.

CNN contributor and Andrew Breitbart editor DANA LOESCH saying, basically, if you’ve spread your legs  for intercourse, why would you have a problem with other things being inserted into your vag for no reason? - “That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth… [high voice] “Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?” What!? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.

Holy shit these republicans are fucking twisted they just can’t comprehend concepts like consent, pleasure and bodily autonomy. How can Dana Loesch be serious?

glitchthemachine:

doublethinkagain:

Medical advancements now mean humans can live without a heart

Heart Stop Beating is the story of Billy Cohn & Bud Frazier, two visionary doctors from the Texas Heart Institute, who in March of 2011 successfully replaced a dying man’s heart with a ‘continuous flow’ device they developed, proving that life was possible without a pulse or a heart beat.

Join the conversation and tweet #heartstopbeating to have your tweet featured on the Focus Forward website. Go to focusforwardfilms.com/films/9/heart-stop-beating to see the discussion

Herzliya Films

That explains Dick Cheney

File under: the coming singularity.

Mention medical marijuana and all the tough talk about states’ rights goes up in smoke.

Group takes DEA to court over claim ‘marijuana has no medicinal value’

cwnl:

The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC) on Thursday appealed the federal government’s decision to keep marijuana classified as a dangerous drug with no medicinal value. 

 The Drug Enforcement Administration denied a nine-year-old petition to initiate proceedings to reschedule marijuana in late June, claiming that, “marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision.” The decision (PDF) was announced two weeks ago. +

Yessss. This is how you fight unreasonable claims and laws by officials. Stop the lies, fight back in their arenas. I hope this case gets attention.

(Source: fuckyeahdrugpolicy)

Marijuana Advocates Sue Feds After DEA Rejects Weed as Medicine | ABC News

Although 16 states recognize marijuana as a drug with important medicinal properties, the DEA has shot down a petition to reclassify marijuana as such, citing that it has “no accepted medical use.” The result is that marijuana will remain within the strictest categorization of restricted substances, alongside heroin and LSD.

[…] Americans for Safe Access, one of the organizations petitioning the DEA, already has plans to appeal the decision, taking the federal government to court, and if necessary, the Supreme Court, in order to argue for the medicinal value of marijuana. +

Obama Administration Declares Open Season on Pot Shops in States Where Medical Marijuana is Legal

mctranscendent:

The Department of Justice sent out a memo Wednesday instructing the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and leading officials in the U.S. Attorneys Office to treat medical marijuana shops as top priorities for prosecutors and drug investigators. 

“Persons who are in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana, and those who knowingly facilitate such activities, are in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, regardless of state law,” the memo reads. “Consistent with resource constraints and the discretion you may exercise in your district, such persons are subject to federal enforcement action, including potential prosecution. State laws or local ordinances are not a defense to civil or criminal enforcement of federal law with respect to such conduct, including enforcement of the CSA.”

The memo, authored by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, “clarifies” a memo released in 2009 that declared medical marijuana sales in states that have legalized it to be a low priority for law enforcement and prosecutors. The so-called “Ogden memo” first appeared to drug law reformers as evidence that President Obama was dialing back the war on drugs. The DEA and U.S. Attorneys office continued to raid and prosecute state-legal grow operations and marijuana shops after the memo was first circulated, leading reformers to conclude that Obama was lying when he said that his administration would not be doing those things. +

Seriously? Fuck you.

I’d like to add: No, seriously. FUCK YOU! a thousand times! Is Obama trying to make me stay home on November 4th?? The way he laughs at this issue when asked about it makes me want to tear up my hope card.

My eye is twitching out of disgust. I need a bong rip.

(Source: fuckyeahdrugpolicy)

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

Is Marijuana the Better Antibiotic? | ABC News

Substances harvested from cannabis plants could soon outshine conventional antibiotics in the escalating battle against drug-resistant bacteria. The compounds, called cannabinoids, appear to be unaffected by the mechanism that superbugs like MRSA use to evade existing antibiotics. Scientists from Italy and the United Kingdom, who published their research in the Journal of Natural Products last month, say that cannabis-based creams could also be developed to treat persistent skin infections. +

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

Is Marijuana the Better Antibiotic? | ABC News

Substances harvested from cannabis plants could soon outshine conventional antibiotics in the escalating battle against drug-resistant bacteria. The compounds, called cannabinoids, appear to be unaffected by the mechanism that superbugs like MRSA use to evade existing antibiotics. Scientists from Italy and the United Kingdom, who published their research in the Journal of Natural Products last month, say that cannabis-based creams could also be developed to treat persistent skin infections. +

On the legalization of marijuana & side effects

cognitivedissonance:

Rebloggable by request:

 degala

What is your position on the legalization of marijuana in the U.S.? I’m pretty sure there are side effects so how can people justify it for medical use?

cognitivedissonance:

Take a look at this first list:

Feeling anxious, dizzy, or drowsy; mild nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation; headache, mood changes; blurred vision; ringing in your ears; or dry mouth. Also, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat; feeling light-headed, fainting; confusion, fear, unusual thoughts or behavior; seizure (convulsions); problems with urination; or nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Or this second one:

Drowsiness, dizziness, tired feeling; mild nausea, stomach pain, upset stomach, constipation; dry mouth; changes in appetite or weight; sleep problems (insomnia); or decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm. Also, mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, feeling impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), depressed, or increased thoughts of suicide. Finally, very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, overactive reflexes; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady, loss of coordination; or headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, confusion, hallucinations, fainting, seizure, shallow breathing or breathing that stops.

And there’s this last one:

Warmth or redness in your face, neck, or chest; stuffy nose; headache; memory problems; upset stomach; or back pain. Also, sudden vision loss; ringing in your ears, or sudden hearing loss; chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling; irregular heartbeat; swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; shortness of breath; vision changes; or feeling light-headed, fainting.

Sounds pretty terrible right? Well, those are all side effects for legal substances. The first one is Hydrocodone (Vicodin), commonly prescribed for pain. The second is Zoloft, which is prescribed most often for depression and anxiety. The third, just for shits and giggles, is Viagra. Again, these are all legal. 

As far as medicinal marijuana, here’s an article from the Journal of the American Medical Association:

“One of marihuana’s greatest advantages as a medicine is its remarkable safety. It has little effect on major physiological functions. There is no known case of a lethal overdose; on the basis of animal models, the ratio of lethal to effective dose is estimated as 40,000 to 1. By comparison, the ratio is between 3 and 50 to 1 for secobarbital and between 4 and 10 to 1 for ethanol. Marihuana is also far less addictive and far less subject to abuse than many drugs now used as muscle relaxants, hypnotics, and analgesics. The chief legitimate concern is the effect of smoking on the lungs. Cannabis smoke carries even more tars and other particulate matter than tobacco smoke. But the amount smoked is much less, especially in medical use, and once marihuana is an openly recognized medicine, solutions may be found. Water pipes are a partial answer; ultimately a technology for the inhalation of cannabinoid vapors could be developed.” [Vaporizers now exist] - Lester Grinspoon, MD & James B. Bakalar, JD, JAMA, June 21, 1995 Vol 273, No. 23

The side effects from medicinal marijuana are much less than regular pain and nausea medications, for which it’s most often used. Anyhow, it was good enough for Newt Gingrich to endorse way back in 1982. Seriously.

As for personal use - remember, there is one recreational drug, that despite its horrific abuse potential, remains readily available. Its overdose potential is unpredictable, and it kills an estimated 40,000 people per year. If you haven’t guessed already, it’s booze.

According to the CDC, “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.”

The number of deaths attributed to marijuana last year: 0. Same as the year before that, and the year before that, and so on… It’s considered impossible to OD on marijuana.

If you have more questions, feel free to message again!

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

World Record Set By United States Marijuana Patient (November 20, 2009)

Irvin Rosenfeld, a Florida stockbroker, set the world record for the consumption of cannabis cigarettes.
The United States federal government has supplied Rosenfeld and three other US citizens for decades with a smokable cannabis medicine. Irv Rosenfeld has received his medicine for 27 years and is the longest known cannabis patient. +

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

World Record Set By United States Marijuana Patient (November 20, 2009)

Irvin Rosenfeld, a Florida stockbroker, set the world record for the consumption of cannabis cigarettes.

The United States federal government has supplied Rosenfeld and three other US citizens for decades with a smokable cannabis medicine. Irv Rosenfeld has received his medicine for 27 years and is the longest known cannabis patient. +