Mark Talmont 
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Re: “Ten Cannabis Companies to Rule Them All?

The solution always was a simple personal use grow-your-own law. You buy a license at retail like a hunting license. There doesn't even have to be any centralized data base, guess what happens as soon as there is one.

Failing that it's best if the locals simply have the authority to regulate their own areas in a reasonable fashion. It's already close to out-of-hand in the central valley with outlaw action all over the place and invasion robberies, shootings, etc. Another just popped up with a kidnapping in the Santa Rosa area I believe and the ransomers got nabbed in Modesto. The cartel operatives and the criminal element that will always be associated with them are spreading. Not good.

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Posted by Mark Talmont on 03/16/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Columbia Professor Blasts Media for Parroting Biased Pot Science

Drugs ARE toxins, it's a matter of degree and circumstance. I saw this guy on C-Span, he totally soft-pedaled pot smoking by teens which verges on the endemic in some locales. Not good. Try and study up on some math or chemistry when you're ripped.

The MDs should never have been restricted as to what they can do for people who have been written off by the conventional means, for instance in pain treatment; even for other hard-to-treat issues, I mean when they throw speed at ADD and say "we don't know why this works, try it" they've got some nerve jailing people for self-medicating.

But it's still a drug. There is a reason we went through prohibition with alcohol, enough people looked at the damage being done and voted for extreme measures. The over-correction to "anything goes" is not going to go work much better. Right now in many schools this issue is close to benign neglect, so some kids think it's automatically good for you. It's not. It's very complex and deserves to be researched extensively; but when I see people saying "try this for depression"...yikes!

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Posted by Mark Talmont on 03/15/2015 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Five Tips for Buying Marijuana-Infused Food

Make sure the stuff has been cooked or treated to make sure there's no microorganisms hitching a ride on the vegetative material! Hash brownies probably contaminated with a protozoan killed Bruce Lee!

Posted by Mark Talmont on 03/15/2015 at 5:25 PM

Re: “The Lumber Man In Charge of Climate Policy

Thinly-covered, evidence that the Northern Pacific storm track is being altered by pollution from China:

http://today.tamu.edu/2014/04/14/air-pollu…
picked up almost nowhere, NatGeo did here:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/20…

What do you want to bet all these "activists" had Iphones made in China?

Posted by Mark Talmont on 03/15/2015 at 5:12 PM

Re: “The End of Long-Term Drug Rehab

I am reminded of the drug treatment program in Thailand I once saw a CNN report about. It' s a Buddhist monastery supervised by an American ex-Special Forces/mercenary who is a former heroin addict. You simply present yourself and they decide whether to take you, it's free.

The first thing that happens is they give you a 3-day course of herbal tonic purgatives that make you spew from both ends. Then when you start eating again it's all Zen vegetarian stuff. Not that you need to go to this extreme but the point is if you want to beat addiction you need a dramatic biophysical re-set; most addicts eat filthy diets of denatured food, like packaged stuff from liquor stores. They typically would fail a basic blood-sugar assay.

If we wanted to fight the drug war in a sane fashion, we could:
1.separate the addicts from everybody else at the point of arrest and send them to an facility for addicts. I mean separate state prisons and county facilities.
2. the MDs whose wisdom could fix this are presenting on PBS these days. Watch the "healing ADD" thing with the Amens, or the shows with Drs.Fuhrman or Hyman. They've got it together on the links between diet and neurochemistry. You've got to deal with this at the gut-chemistry level. Otherwise, you're asking for relapse.

Right now we are breeding the next generation of addicts with these monstrous "snack" (misnomer when they just about live on them) foods like Cheetos and Takis. The Frankenstate says "ban soda pop" but ignores these poisonous, scientifically-engineered to be addictive non-foods; read the bag. I'll bet they are currency in the Joint.

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Posted by Mark Talmont on 03/15/2015 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Rich, Black, Flunking

The "all the courses are about whites" explanation has been repeated to the point of exhaustion and it's not even true. The standard first grade curriculum in California has modules on George Washington and MLK which are presented in sequence with equal significance.

I learned one of the Unspeakable Truths from a Cal Professor 35 years ago: though the often-made complaint about "cultural bias" seems still to be accepted with mindless agreement, the fact is that the "underrepresented minorities" (really a meaningless term now in a state with only 25% in the school aged population) do WORSE in the subjects which are least culture-bound, such as math, chemistry, and physics. At least unless you think there is something "cultural" about scientific logic. As I observed all those years ago, for some reason the Asians who totally dominated electrical engineering were not "oppressed" by the fact that all the relevant terms (volt, amp, watt, ohm) were named after white people.

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Posted by Mark Talmont on 03/15/2015 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Rich, Black, Flunking

Two famous counter-examples to the "socioeconomic factors" excuse come to mind, Escalante's calculus kids in the film "Stand and Deliver" and Marva Collins of Chicago's (now defunct) West Side Prep. Both raised "minority youths" with every negative socioeconomic indicator you could cite to the highest standards. Chillingly the response to this from the local one-party political regimes was to (1) kill off Escalante's program and (2) ignore and refuse to emulate the Collins approach despite her results achieved at ONE HALF the cost of the Chi publics budget.

Anyone who doubts the demented counter-productivity of the liberal establishment need only go to
http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us/
and look up the data for Berkeley High. The black cohort is 300 points behind the white, this after 47 years of far-left racial doctrines ruling the district.

These patterns of dysfunction and self-defeat are now being inculcated into the "Hispanic" (Mexican) now-majority in the California public schools. And the Band Plays On.

Posted by Mark Talmont on 03/15/2015 at 4:25 PM

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