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Brian, that was a great show; a little slow to develop initially, but he delivered in a big way. I think the ending you describe will become his signature. It wouldn't surprise me if he makes it a staple of all his shows or he creates an album (CD/Book) of them--many albums at that. I also liked that his first attribution was to George Carlin, whom many of us like-minded faithless consider a sort of patron saint of humor and even contemporary philosophy.
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The biggest "pro" issue that was left out was the jeopardy users place themselves into when they are subject to random drug testing that can reveal usage from up to 30 days. So when Marquis offers that its use is practically legal now, it is far from being a casually accepted in the workplace (in its latent form, of course not in an active form) as he seems to think. Plus, the misinformation that is pushed by the "reasonable suspicion" employer-sponsored management seminars suggests that individuals can be affected by MJ weeks after use due to these metabolites being released by fat cells. That claim is patently false, but it doesn't ever get questioned lest one appear supportive. Too bad the Lars Larson clip couldn't have been cut. Where's the fairness doctrine when you need it?
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It's time nationally, for sure, but I'm a little embarrassed by Oregon's rejection of Measure 80. Perhaps it was the way the measure was written where it created a state-run distribution system (similar to how alcohol is distributed today). But it is more likely that we have a stronger conservative bent than either WA or CO that still isn't ready to admit to reality (see our treatment of gay marriage). But the question is how the feds will react. It really only requires that the Attorney General remove MJ off Schedule I (though there's a provision in the law that allows for the opportunity for public hearing, which the GOP would love to turn into a circus). It should be on the same list as alcohol (is that on a list?). The only other issue is whether international treaties require that we keep it controlled. At the least the current AG sees individual enforcement for possession/use consistent with state law as a low priority, though I would guess that he'll be unpredictable on supply chain enforcement even in those states.
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I recall when I moved to Salem in 2006 learning that a Humanist group met monthly at the library. I wonder if this group is a remnant or new. At any rate, this news is encouraging and thanks for blogging about it (not that you need encouragement). Perhaps you could share any plans for future meetings (I'll check out the meet-up link) and whether you plan to attend.
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Brian, thanks for conveying your experience with the MBP 13R. It seems it suits your use cases well. I'm a web developer and I need the screen real estate. I've used a MBP 17 that is now over 3 years old and my only choice for replacement (assuming I want mobility) is the MBP 15R. Having said that, I'm really liking the new iMac 27 (which is easy on my 53yo eyes) and maybe I'll split the cost of a new MBP 15R to the iMac and a new full-sized iPad since if I need to take something on the road, I will mostly be for reference and light productivity.
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DirecTV's failure to cut a deal with the Pac-12 has been a boon of sorts for local sports bars at least here in Salem (having the Ducks/Cougars on at the same time made it interesting and more crowded). Sam's was standing room only and I got the last stool at the Battle Creek 19th Hole. While I fully echo your sentiments as a long-time subscriber, I have to say--being somewhat of a homebody--that it was a refreshing change of pace being in a public place with.all those other Beavers/Ducks fans. I'm not likely to switch since I've had Dish in the past and I much prefer DirecTV, but I have sent them a couple of requests and I've received pretty much the same responses. Fortunately, I won't miss the WSU game since I'll be there and if the Beavers they win by as much as they should (hold or improve their ranking), my guess is that much of the rest of the season (except the Nichols State game) will get picked up by the established networks. Nevertheless, I find DirecTV's behavior reprehensible. They seem to be taking their Pac-12 area customers for granted and are choosing the use them as a bargaining chip instead of serving them. Short of a massive subscriber churn, I don't see them relenting given their public statements and for the time being, I won't be a contributor to that influence.
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@tucson, man are you grabbing at straw. Ryan will likely lose his own seat to a well-funded Democrat and he probably won't deliver Wisconsin like Al Gore couldn't deliver Tennessee. Ohio polling has Obama up by more than the 4% he won by in 08. And the GOP is "still" holding its convention in Tampa? Like they were going to move it? And the grand finale, the "White Power" strategy. I think this one sums up the desperation of a bad candidate and poor VP pick. When the best way to spin it reveals an appeal to racist motivation, you have lost. Thanks for confirming what Brian already knew.
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Actually, just from looking above and subtracting out the differences you can make a provisional case for "guns kill." Even though the dates differ for some countries I don't imagine that having the absolutely correct data sets will change the result much. Non-firearm homicide rate per 100k pop.: US: 0.7 Canada: 0.8 UK: 1.1 Australia: 0.8 Germany: 0.6 So, factoring out guns puts us on par with comparable societies and adds to the argument that easy access to guns leads to more killing by them.
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It's possible to build a better argument for the "guns kill, not people" argument if we could compare non-firearm homicides from those same countries. Without doubt, it is much harder to kill using alternate means like knives or strangulation unless the killer is a trained professional, so the greater access to guns in the US (legally or otherwise) means that we lazy Americans can readily kill without much effort.
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