Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.

"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

 

Marijuana’s Recreational, Medical Use On The Ballot In Six States.

VOTE! This is our time to force a change in the drug war discussion! If you live in Colorado, Oregon, or Washington I implore you to get out and vote and make sure your friends do too! 

This is real change, act on it! It’s not just about letting pot heads be pot heads. This is about a system of mass incarceration, police militarization and social casting. A rare occasion to reduce government power while improving it’s fiscal health at the same time as it would save/earn states billions.
Marijuana’s Recreational, Medical Use On The Ballot In Six States.

VOTE! This is our time to force a change in the drug war discussion! If you live in Colorado, Oregon, or Washington I implore you to get out and vote and make sure your friends do too!

This is real change, act on it! It’s not just about letting pot heads be pot heads. This is about a system of mass incarceration, police militarization and social casting. A rare occasion to reduce government power while improving it’s fiscal health at the same time as it would save/earn states billions.

ryking:

Poll: 74 percent want end to medical marijuana raids

Nearly three out of four Americans believe that the federal government should respect state laws regarding medical marijuana and halt raids on dispensaries, according to a poll released Wednesday.

“These results are consistent with the clear and growing body of evidence that documents substantial voter support for the legalization of medical marijuana,” said Larry Harris, a principal with Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

The polling agency found that 74 percent of Americans believed the federal government should respect states’ medical marijuana laws. Support for medical marijuana laws was highest among Independents, at 79 percent, and lowest among Republicans, at 67 percent. Younger age groups were more likely to think the federal government should respect medical marijuana laws than older age groups.

ryking:

Poll: 74 percent want end to medical marijuana raids

Nearly three out of four Americans believe that the federal government should respect state laws regarding medical marijuana and halt raids on dispensaries, according to a poll released Wednesday.

“These results are consistent with the clear and growing body of evidence that documents substantial voter support for the legalization of medical marijuana,” said Larry Harris, a principal with Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

The polling agency found that 74 percent of Americans believed the federal government should respect states’ medical marijuana laws. Support for medical marijuana laws was highest among Independents, at 79 percent, and lowest among Republicans, at 67 percent. Younger age groups were more likely to think the federal government should respect medical marijuana laws than older age groups.

goodreasonnews:

socialistexan:

dmanmarx:

clayaiken2003:

so true

You’ve got to be kidding.
I’m all for marijuana being legalized, but… you’ve got to be kidding.
So I take it, this post is either wondering why gay marriage is legal while pot isn’t, or why homosexuality itself is legal while pot isn’t.
Real talk: don’t compare the legal status of something recreational to the status of equal rights for the LGBTQIA community. Just… don’t. One is essential, the other isn’t. One has lives riding on it, the other doesn’t. This absolutely disgusts me. You don’t advance the legal privileges of something that isn’t urgent by comparing it to the right to marry/the right to exist. 
Grow the fuck up.

Who the fuck made this? Seriously, this is why people find pot advocates annoying and gain less sympathy.
Fuck whoever made this, fuck.

I also wonder why photoshopping is legal and pot isn’t.
…wait…what?

I love pot, but I’m always annoyed by the pot culture in general (as shown in the bottom photo) and I’m disgusted by this half-baked, bigoted attempt at an argument. Talk about missing the point… There are so many legit comparisons to make, like prescription dugs, alcohol and cigarettes. As far as pro-legalization arguments go, this is the most epic failure I’ve ever seen. And how many fucking question marks does it take to pose a question anyway? Apparently 8. I need a bong rip.

goodreasonnews:

socialistexan:

dmanmarx:

clayaiken2003:

so true

You’ve got to be kidding.

I’m all for marijuana being legalized, but… you’ve got to be kidding.

So I take it, this post is either wondering why gay marriage is legal while pot isn’t, or why homosexuality itself is legal while pot isn’t.

Real talk: don’t compare the legal status of something recreational to the status of equal rights for the LGBTQIA community. Just… don’t. One is essential, the other isn’t. One has lives riding on it, the other doesn’t. This absolutely disgusts me. You don’t advance the legal privileges of something that isn’t urgent by comparing it to the right to marry/the right to exist. 

Grow the fuck up.

Who the fuck made this? Seriously, this is why people find pot advocates annoying and gain less sympathy.

Fuck whoever made this, fuck.

I also wonder why photoshopping is legal and pot isn’t.

…wait…what?

I love pot, but I’m always annoyed by the pot culture in general (as shown in the bottom photo) and I’m disgusted by this half-baked, bigoted attempt at an argument. Talk about missing the point… There are so many legit comparisons to make, like prescription dugs, alcohol and cigarettes. As far as pro-legalization arguments go, this is the most epic failure I’ve ever seen. And how many fucking question marks does it take to pose a question anyway? Apparently 8. I need a bong rip. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

(Source: heckacute)

To make marijuana against the law is like saying God made a mistake. You know what I mean? It’s like God on the seventh day looked down on His creation and he said, ‘There it is, My creation. Perfect and holy in all ways. Now I can rest - oh my Me! I left fucking pot everywhere. I should never have smoked that joint on the third day. Shit! Now I have to create Republicans.’

Comedic genius Bill Hicks on marijuana legalization.

Ask a Christian Republican about this sentiment — just for fun — this Sunday.

(via cognitivedissonance)

In 1997 Newt Gingrich Proposed the Death Penalty for Pot

vinegarwilliams:

lukehackney:

As Speaker of the House, Gingrich introduced the “Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.”

The bill would have required a “sentence of death for certain importations of significant quantities of controlled substances.” It would have applied to anyone convicted more than once of carrying 100 doses — or about two ounces — or marijuana across the border. Defendants would have had a window of 18 months to file their one and only appeal.

“If you import a commercial quantity of illegal drugs, it is because you have made the personal decision that you are prepared to get rich by destroying our children,” the Georgia Republican said at a fundraiser for Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) in 1995. “I have made the decision that I love our children enough that we will kill you if you do this.”

“The first time we execute 27 or 30 or 35 people at one time, and they go around Colombia and France and Thailand and Mexico, and they say, ‘Hi, would you like to carry some drugs into the U.S.?’ the price of carrying drugs will have gone up dramatically.”

U.S. law already allows the death penalty in the cases of large-scale drug operations — or continuing criminal enterprises — that result in murder.

Gingrich charged in 1994 that 25 percent of President Bill Clinton’s White House staff used drugs, but at the same time admitted that he had also smoked pot 25 years earlier.

“That was a sign we were alive and in graduate school in that era,” he explained.

“See, when I smoked pot it was illegal, but not immoral,” Gingrich reportedly told Wall Street Journal reporter Hilary Stout in 1996. “Now, it is illegal AND immoral. The law didn’t change, only the morality… That’s why you get to go to jail and I don’t.”

(via leftish)

Pot is not immoral. Criminalizing pot is immoral.

futurejournalismproject:

Mapping the Price of Weed
How to study underground economies? One way is to crowdsource data collection.
Floatingsheep gathered user generated data from from the Price of Weed Web site and teased out a visualization of who’s paying what across the United States. 
The map above appears in the September issue of Wired under the headline, “Infoporn: O Say, Can You THC?”
Via Floatingsheep:

The map featured in WIRED is taken from a much more detailed research paper focused on the potential for user-generated data to shed light on underground economies such as marijuana use. The map relies upon thousands of user reports on marijuana purchases referenced to city locations from the Priceofweed website (see our earlier posting). After cleaning the data to get rid of the outliers, we created a continuous surface using a statistical interpolation technique known as kriging to identify the average variance among price differences through a spherical semivariogram model. To obtain a price for each location show in the map above, an interpolated value was estimated as a weighted average of prices from its twelve neighboring points…
…We’re in the process of finalizing a paper analyzing this data including a state and city-level multivariate analysis of price. Key explanatory variables in the models include the legality of medical marijuana, level of production and an intriguing distance decay effect as one moves away from Northern California. 

Prices are per ounce.


I happen to live in the only yellow spot in all of California. But that’s ok, we have some of the finest weed in the world here. Well worth the price.

futurejournalismproject:

Mapping the Price of Weed

How to study underground economies? One way is to crowdsource data collection.

Floatingsheep gathered user generated data from from the Price of Weed Web site and teased out a visualization of who’s paying what across the United States. 

The map above appears in the September issue of Wired under the headline, “Infoporn: O Say, Can You THC?”

Via Floatingsheep:

The map featured in WIRED is taken from a much more detailed research paper focused on the potential for user-generated data to shed light on underground economies such as marijuana use. The map relies upon thousands of user reports on marijuana purchases referenced to city locations from the Priceofweed website (see our earlier posting). After cleaning the data to get rid of the outliers, we created a continuous surface using a statistical interpolation technique known as kriging to identify the average variance among price differences through a spherical semivariogram model. To obtain a price for each location show in the map above, an interpolated value was estimated as a weighted average of prices from its twelve neighboring points…

…We’re in the process of finalizing a paper analyzing this data including a state and city-level multivariate analysis of price. Key explanatory variables in the models include the legality of medical marijuana, level of production and an intriguing distance decay effect as one moves away from Northern California. 

Prices are per ounce.

I happen to live in the only yellow spot in all of California. But that’s ok, we have some of the finest weed in the world here. Well worth the price.

(Source: futurejournalismproject)

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: The Myth That Will Not Die | TIME

The idea that marijuana may be the first step in a longer career of drug use seems plausible at first: when addicts tell their histories, many begin with a story about marijuana. And there’s a strong correlation between marijuana use and other drug use: a person who smokes marijuana is more than 104 times more likely to use cocaine than a person who never tries pot, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The problem here is that correlation isn’t cause. Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang members are probably more 104 times more likely to have ridden a bicycle as a kid than those who don’t become Hell’s Angels, but that doesn’t mean that riding a two-wheeler is a “gateway” to joining a motorcycle gang. It simply means that most people ride bikes and the kind of people who don’t are highly unlikely to ever ride a motorcycle. +

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: The Myth That Will Not Die | TIME

The idea that marijuana may be the first step in a longer career of drug use seems plausible at first: when addicts tell their histories, many begin with a story about marijuana. And there’s a strong correlation between marijuana use and other drug use: a person who smokes marijuana is more than 104 times more likely to use cocaine than a person who never tries pot, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The problem here is that correlation isn’t cause. Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang members are probably more 104 times more likely to have ridden a bicycle as a kid than those who don’t become Hell’s Angels, but that doesn’t mean that riding a two-wheeler is a “gateway” to joining a motorcycle gang. It simply means that most people ride bikes and the kind of people who don’t are highly unlikely to ever ride a motorcycle. +

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

City of Amsterdam opposes proposed law that would ban tourists from coffee shops | Global Post

The capital’s town council, backed by the tourist board and local campaigners, is opposing a new law proposed by the Dutch government that would ban foreigners from frequenting the city’s cannabis-serving coffee shops by 2012.
“If tourists are denied access to coffee shops, illegal sales and drug dealing on the streets of Amsterdam will increase,” warned Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. “Amsterdam does not want to facilitate soft drug use by tourists, but to help those who wish to use drugs to do so as responsibly as possible.” +


Wait a sec, “If tourists are denied access to coffee shops, illegal sales and drug dealing on the streets of Amsterdam will increase,” warned Mayor Eberhard van der Laan

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

City of Amsterdam opposes proposed law that would ban tourists from coffee shops | Global Post

The capital’s town council, backed by the tourist board and local campaigners, is opposing a new law proposed by the Dutch government that would ban foreigners from frequenting the city’s cannabis-serving coffee shops by 2012.

“If tourists are denied access to coffee shops, illegal sales and drug dealing on the streets of Amsterdam will increase,” warned Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. “Amsterdam does not want to facilitate soft drug use by tourists, but to help those who wish to use drugs to do so as responsibly as possible.” +

Wait a sec, “If tourists are denied access to coffee shops, illegal sales and drug dealing on the streets of Amsterdam will increase,” warned Mayor Eberhard van der Laan