T-Mobile Phone android app HATES WordPress

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2015 by zenquagga

I spent far too much emotional energy wrestling with a Google Play (goddess I hate that thing) app that would have let me update WP from my phone. It absolutely refused to cooperate with me. I could not log on, and nothing could move the process forward. Logging on a standard computer is no problem. What a crummy app.

Sorry, I hope I never have to post such a bitchy rant again.

Making medicine out of medicine. Wait, what?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 11, 2015 by zenquagga

Cannabis is an amazing medicine. It comes with a range of chemicals that can be adjusted through breeding to accommodate the user’s needs. It has aromatic terpenes that carry the cannabinoids to where the body needs them, thus serving as a built-in delivery system. Yet for Big Pharma, well, that’s not quite good enough.

This article from the Motley Fool highlights some medicines that are being made from cannabis. That’s wonderful and should be encouraged. But cannabis is already medicine. Big Pharma’s resistance to cannabis is due to the fact that’s it’s pretty good as it is. Keep in mind: there are plants and herbs and natural sources of all sorts of chemicals that can be altered into medicine because its natural form might have unpleasant or toxic side effects. This is great for Big Pharma, because an imperfect natural treatment makes room for Big Pharma labs to insert themselves and concoct “perfecting” techniques. In other words, plant medicines you have to alter before you can use them rationalize Big Pharma’s existence.

Cannabis is rendered as medicine with nothing more than a curing process and subsequent application of heat to activate the cannabinoids (this is why smoking is effective, even though combustion destroys a lot of cannabinoids). There’s no room for a guy in a labcoat to “fix” cannabis when it ain’t broken. That’s why Big Pharma fought cannabis for so long. Not only does cannabis work better than a lot of artificial drugs, but its effectiveness and natural sourcing spoil Big Pharma’s self-justifying narrative.

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A note about CBD: CBD-only medicines are fine and dandy for illnesses that are best treated with only CBD. But there’s little evidence that the other components in cannabis are either detrimental or unnecessary. They pick CBD for one and only one reason: it doesn’t get you high.  Now that cannabis’s medical value is accepted, Big Pharma is trying to co-opt what it once fought. They can live with cannabis-based medicine, only if they separate it from its natural source and remove its best feature. A cannabis high, in reality, has plenty of medical value. Not only does it treat mental illness symptoms straight up, it also treats the more mild and temporary forms of depression and anxiety that are par for the course for people with chronic physical illnesses. Taking the high out of pot and saying you’re “helping” sick people by giving them a medicine that treats fewer ailments and makes the patient white-knuckle mental distress–like it doesn’t count as a “real” problem–is akin to taking the taste out of food and claiming it helps people with eating disorders somehow.

On the “death” of OBL

Posted in Uncategorized on June 4, 2011 by zenquagga

“The terrorist menace has eased off momentarily in deference to newer and meaner things like the War Against Communism in Nicaragua, the War On Drug Lords In Bolivia and the War Against Almost Everything in Mexico except tacos.” -Hunter S. Thompson, 1986

Obama’s not a liberal (he just plays one on TV) Pt.1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 9, 2011 by zenquagga

Glenn Greenwaldonce again illustrates the basic right-wing authoritarianism of Barack Obama, with right-wing authoritarian Republican Rep. Peter King backing him up. It amazes me, though, how many people (*cough, SodaHead, cough*) still insist on making the ridonkulous claim that Obama is a “”socialist””. I simply do not understand how handing billions of dollars to corrupt corporate bankers is “”socialism””. I can certainly concede it’s brutish and oppressive. But massive upward distributions of wealth are the earmarks of state-capitalist acquisition, not communistic rationing, or distribution, or “government monopoly” or whatever the hell conservatarians are braying about this week. The government is a business that taxes for profit. It is the upward mobility, compete-at-any-cost mentality that drives government growth\domination, just as assuredly as it drives business growth\domination. The government slavishly rewards business with social and economic largesse at the expense of everyone else for the simple reason that the top tier of the private sector bought our government piece by piece. By investing in right-wing pundits to scream at the top of their lungs about how “government doesn’t work”, they drove down the demand, and thus the price, of government until it was cheap enough for them to buy.

The conservatarians applaud the buyout of the government by the wealthy elite, but cry the loudest at miniscule government “handouts” towards the welfare state. Apparently selling your country to the top bidder is acceptable, but providing people with less than enough money to live on is unfathomable.

Obama is a whore to Wall Street and big money, the 100% exact opposite of a socialist, yet that’s what he’s called over and over again.

Even stranger is the attitude of quasi-fascists on the right who applaud Obama’s most tyrannical behavior (so long as it vindicates Republicans who have done the same thing):

The White House detainee policy volte-face vindicates the policies of President George W. Bush. At the very least, Mr. Obama should apologize to his predecessor for smearing his reputation so thoroughly during the 2008 campaign. Our novice commander in chief has learned the valuable lesson that talking about being president, at which Mr. Obama was so adept, is a far cry from actually being president, at which he clearly is not.

This makes even less sense than I initially realized: if Obama learned a “lesson” by continuing Bush’s policies, then hasn’t he proven he IS an “adept” President? Even when he does EXACTLY what the Right wants, even if it’s as EVIL as they want, it will STILL never, ever, ever be good enough for them.

This is precisely why lamenting Obama’s constant capitulation is pointless: he is not, nor has he ever been, a Marxist, a communist, a socialist, a leftwinger, a liberal, or even a moderate. He is a right-wing authoritarian asshole, and yes he is an unindicted war criminal, just like George W. Guantanimo is for people like THEM–except that I’m in favor of giving even bloodthirsty warmongers fair and speedy trials, not out of bleeding-heartedness, but out of spite and contempt for their sick, demented perversions of “justice”.

It’s funny\sad how the Tea Party nuts who call Obama “Hitler” tolerate him ONLY when he actually behaves like a dictator.

When the Right’s almost right

Posted in law with tags , , on March 4, 2011 by zenquagga

Here’s Gingrich screaming like a banshee about Obama and DOMA, alleging “replacing the rule of law with the rule of Obama”, half-threatening impeachment. As over-the-top as it is boring. One quick point, though:

“He swore an oath on the Bible to become president that he would uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws of the United States. He is not a one-person Supreme Court. The idea that we now have the rule of Obama instead of the rule of law should frighten everybody. The fact that the left likes the policy is allowing them to ignore the fact that this is a very unconstitutional act,” Gingrich said.

There is no doubt that Obama HAS done exactly that, albeit regarding rather different matters. Obama may have violated the Constitution in regards to the War on (some) Terror, but the gay marriage issue he’s been, well, less than consistent, lousy but less than tyrannical. It’s just so frustrating to want to be able to address Obama’s extra-Constitutional reach without giving credence to Gingrich’s nonsense.

Cannabis is fueling the Egyptian revolution!!! Part 2

Posted in CIA, conspiracy, drugs, Egypt, free speech with tags , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by zenquagga

The brutal behavior of the Egyptian police is not new, nor is it unique to Egypt. It’s just another example of how authorities react to whistleblowers. And they react by trying to destroy them.

Visa can’t find anything to get WikiLeaks charged with in Iceland despite a private investigation and commitment to continue blocking their customers from donating to WikiLeaks. Security firm HBGary has had their asses handed to them by hacktivist group Anonymous after company head Aaron Barr bragged that he had infiltrated Anon through Facebook. The response was for Anonymous to hack HBGary’s files through Barr’s email, which led to the discovery of staggeringly cutthroat plans to attack journalists1 (where else have we heard that recently?)

Over and over again, people from Egypt, Australia, and Facebook (which isn’t exactly a country, but is certainly large enough to BE a country) are daring to speak truth to power find that power responding swiftly and harshly, whether it’s trying to get you arrested, plotting to attack your credibility, or just killing you. All of which, in the long run, shows just how right the whistleblowers are.

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Meanwhile, cannabis prohibition in America is certainly being challeneged, but the government’s response is less reactionay violence than cynical chicanery.

The DEA is trying to make a loophole for government-grown pot (there’s one place at the University of Mississippi that does this) to be sold legally under the current federal law which bans THC in all forms. Here’s how the Daily Caller explains it:

[DEA spokesperson:] “THC, natural or synthetic, remains a schedule I controlled substance. Under the proposed rule, in those instances in the future where FDA might approve a generic version of Marinol, that version of the drug will be in the same schedule as the brand name version of the drug, regardless of whether the THC used in the generic version was synthesized by man or derived from the cannabis plant.”

In other words, THC in plant form or as an extract, will still be illegal. What won’t be illegal is if a pharmaceutical company buys THC from a government-licensed provider, puts it in a pill, receives the DEA’s stamp of approval, and sells it a price that will likely be far higher than the price of marijuana.

Daily Caller doesn’t mention that the only “government-licensed provider” is UofM, which NORML’s blog does. This smells like cronyism to me: they have all this weed lying around, the rules are a little looser for what you can do with weed these days, and there’s a screaming market. Did UofM ask the DEA to make an exception in their favor, which they won’t do for dying people, in order to make money off of dying people at an inflated rate?

Hillary Clinton recently said the reason drugs can’t be legalized is “there’s too much money in it,” which I at first dismissed as just being laughably stupid, if taken literally(you can read the entire interview transcript here2). But prohibition has benefited The Powers That Be (and oh how they be) in myriad ways, from destabilizing countries to justify pro-corporate military intervention, to funding juntas in third-world countries to install pro-American, pro-business regimes (similar themes have have popped up recently as well).

The DEA tricking out the government’s homegrown, while Hillary runs cover for the drug war. You have to wonder how deep this goes…

WikiLeaks, Anonymous — you’re up.

(Much love to @dailyhempbuzz on Twitter for retweeting Part 1!)

1See page 4 for list of journalists. Also, take a look at pages 6 and 8, with photos and descriptions of Bahnhof AB, a web server host in a former “Cold War bomb shelter” [thier emphasis] nestled in Pionen White Mountains in Sweden, which hold much of WikiLeaks. You really begin to get a feel for the mentality info-security groups have.

2Thanks to Scott Morgan for the link

Cannabis is fueling the Egyptian revolution!!! Part 1

Posted in drugs, Egypt with tags , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2011 by zenquagga

Well, not really. But Khaled Saeed, an Egyptian political activist who was savagely beaten to death according to testimony in published reports, was apparently uploading videos of local police divvying up confiscated marijuana to resell on the street. The police responded by approaching Saeed in a cybercafe mere yards from his house and savagely beating him to death in front of witnesses. The police claimed Saeed choked to death on a 3″X1″ bag of marijuana that he was trying to swallow to avoid arrest. Nobody’s buying this story, although the Egyptian state apparently had two “official” autopsies that confirmed the police’s story. It seems far more likely to be not-so-subtle political metaphor: fuck with the cops and our dealings, and we’ll shove the dope down your throat, literally.

The protests in response to this are credited with fomenting what the Twitter hashtag calls “#jan25”. The Egyptian government’s internet shutdown, which proceeded over the next few hours, is believed to have largely been an effort to attack internet social networks, like “We Are All Khaled Said” Facebook page.

I’ll have more to say later…

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