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Albuquerque, NM

4/20 smoke out at roosevelt park

by John Hoeffel - Apr. 23, 2010 06:53 PM Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES - Jack Herer, an energetic advocate for marijuana legalization who was a mesmerizing presence on the Venice Beach Boardwalk in California and achieved worldwide renown after he wrote a treatise extolling the virtues of hemp, died April 15. He was 70. Herer suffered a debilitating heart attack in September minutes after he delivered a typically pugnacious pro-pot speech at the Hempstalk festival in Portland, Ore., insisting that marijuana ought to be smoked morning, noon and night. "You've got to be out of your mind not to smoke dope," shouted Herer, dressed in a green short-sleeved shirt and shorts made from hemp. "It is the best thing the world has ever had." He never recovered and died at home in Eugene on tax day. "Dad has not filed taxes in over 30 years, so it was wonderful he died on tax day, it really was," said his son Mark Herer, president of The Third Eye, the family's smoke shop and hippie wares store in Portland. Herer researched and wrote an exuberant book that became the bible of the movement to legalize hemp, a non-psychoactive strain of marijuana. "The Emperor Wears No Clothes," which was first published in 1985, has sold more than 700,000 copies. In it, Herer wields extensive documentation to ridicule the government's ban on hemp cultivation and to highlight the plant's versatility as paper, fiber, fuel, food and medicine.  (Apr 24, 2010 | post #112)

Albuquerque, NM

How clean is your drinking water?

didn't know this. Well since I stopped drinking tap water after high levels of arsenic were found in it. But how do we stop people from flushing? Is there anything about a filter for the garbage that goes out? Or is that a huge costly unsuccessful solution. I don't know it's a problem but I know I don't want to eat anything staring at me with all three eyes.  (Apr 23, 2010 | post #1)

Albuquerque, NM

Poverty in America, Debunked!

6 Myths About Poverty in America, Debunked With partisan bickering and punditry around every corner, it's easy for insignificant details like facts to get lost in the commotion. But have no fear — statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are here!--Hl The OECD is the invitation-only country club of international organizations; only 30 countries are members, and they're the cream of the crop: the Old Europeans (Italy, Germany), the Nordics (Norway, Sweden), the Wealthy Westerns (United States, Canada) and the Rich Asians (Korea, Japan), with a few wild cards thrown in for fun. For economists, policymakers, researchers and the like, the OECD is a goldmine of reliable information. It constantly collects data on every aspect of its member countries, developing comprehensive "factbooks " for public review. Using data from the 2009 Factbook, let's examine some of the common myths perpetuated, most often by conservatives, about poverty in America. #1: The United States has one of the lowest poverty rates in the industrialized world. Nope, sorry. At about 17 percent, the U.S. actually has the third-highest poverty rate of all the OECD countries, coming in only slightly ahead of Turkey and Mexico. Denmark boasts the lowest poverty rate, an inspiring five percent. #2: Income inequality isn't a big problem in America. Incorrect. Unfortunately, the U.S. still has above-average income inequality, joining the likes of Poland, Portugal, and, once again, Mexico and Turkey. Is this any surprise? After all, in 2006, CEOs of large U.S. companies made more money in a day than average American workers made throughout the year. #3: Due to our exquisite health system, Americans live longer than residents of other countries. Wrong, once again. The average life span of an American is below the OECD average, right above the Czech Republic. Of course, rich Americans can still expect to live to ripe old ages; an average wealthy white woman, for example, will enjoy 81.1 years of life. The average life expectancy for her poor, black, male counterpart, on the other hand, is only 66.9 years. #4: Okay, well, due to our exquisite health system, the U.S. has a lower infant mortality rate than other countries. No. In fact, out of all the OECD countries, we rank third to last in terms of infant mortality. But at least we get to hang out with our good friends, Mexico and Turkey, who once again join us at the losers' table. #5: At least Americans don't have to spend as much money on health care as people from other countries ... right? The truth is quite the opposite. Americans spend substantially more on their health than people from any other OECD country. Over 15 percent of the national GDP is spent on health care; Switzerland, the closest contender for most money spent on health care, only comes in at 11 percent. #6: The U.S. spends more money on helping the poor than any other industrialized nation. This is perhaps the biggest myth of all. At about 16 percent, the United States ranks fourth to last in public social expenditures as a percentage of GDP, beating only Turkey, Mexico and Korea. On the other end of the spectrum, Sweden spends about 29 percent of its GDP on public social expenditures. Reactions? Responses? Share them below!  (Apr 21, 2010 | post #1)

Albuquerque, NM

What *news* source do you use to get informed?

Multiple websites, blog pages and specific editorials by people you can depend on. I do not do the lamestream press except to investigate their yellow jo-urinalism of the day. If you read enough, research enough and triangulate the information, you can usually find the reality from the spin. People are easily led and misguided because they want to believe, their inherent laziness allows them to buy the tripe or lamestream news which is usually if not always a fabrication. There are still people who believe in man made global warming even though the scientists were proven to have lied about their data, covered up the lie and falsified research methods to arrive at predestined conclusions. Look how foolish a single volcano has made these idiots seem, for them it is a false religion that they worship before instead of depending upon empirical data from evidence that can be repeated and validated.--Red Ruffan  (Apr 21, 2010 | post #1)

Albuquerque, NM

Do you ever think about the gool old days of the past?

ProjessicaDees Most drug addicts can't be trusted to make sure they turn the oven off before they leave the house, let alone take care of an infant, but that doesn't stop crack addicts from having babies, or heroin junkies from neglecting their children. The sad fact is, many mothers get pregnant while on drugs, and the babies are the ones who truly suffer. One woman is trying to change all that -- or at least change the amount of drug-addicteddrug- addicted mothers currently living in the United States. How is she working on changing it? By offering addicts money for sterilization. Barbara HarrisBarbara Harris, founder of the North Carolina based Project PreventionProject Prevention, a charity that offers $300 to addicts who "go on long-term birth control or undergo sterilization, " believes that sterilizing drug abusers is the best way to protect children from being born into harsh, neglectful circumstances. "Even if their babies are fortunate enough not to have mental or physical disabilities, they're placed in the foster-care system and moved from home to home," Harris, who adopted 4 children born to the same drug-addicted mother, told Time.comTime.com. "What makes a woman's right to procreate more important than the right of a child to have a normal life?" Project Prevention has worked with over 3,371 addicts in the US since 1997, and Harris says she's eager to expand into the UK. Even though she admits that the money addicts receive for their sterilization ($100 for the initial procedure, $100 if they keep it for six months, and another $100 if they keep it for a year) often goes to the purchase of more drugs, Harris still believes that a drug addict with a little extra money is better than a drug addict who can have a baby. "They're going to do drugs with or without our money. But maybe our money means they won't rob someone tomorrow." Many people hate the idea of Project Prevention; explaining that drug addicts can't make calm, life-altering decisions while addicted, and that sterilizing them is another form of "Nazi-style social engineering." But according to Time, certain addicts are able to use Project Prevention to either help get them on their feet, or truly protect themselves from having another unwanted pregnancy. "Addicts in my situation need to get their tubes tied," Joanne Chavarria, who lost her children to social services because of her addiction, explained to Time. "When you stop having kids, it makes you think about what else you can do in life."  (Apr 21, 2010 | post #5656)

Albuquerque, NM

Do White People "Owe" AFRICAN AMERICANS" anything?

There's a 25-year-old illegal immigrant woman living in Florida , with eight kids. Yes, eight quot;anchor babies" and she receives just shy of $1,500 per month per kid, plus medical, plus food stamps. Oh, wait. I've been informed that I shouldn't call them Food Stamps anymore. That's not PC. It's all called “Social Assistance” now. You do the math on that yourself. I'd say that she was schooled early in how to make it in the system. Twenty-five years old, eight kids . . . . . yep, she started early. You can whip out the calculator if you want, but this women who never has paid a dime in taxes of any kind, (and still doesn't – she's 'illegal,' remember?) is here in this country illegally. She hasn’t paid one cent in medical for all the “anchor babies,” makes more in one month, legally, than I receive in over a year and a half in disability payments and I can't even get food stamps! Oops, I mean “Social Assistance.” Technically I am eligible for “Social Assistance.” I was told it would be a walk through – a gimme – being disabled. No problem, and in the very next breath I was also informed that under the law the amount I received in “Social Assistance” would be deducted from my disability pension. Let's say I take a great photograph. It was just luck, a one of a kind accidental, in the right place at the right time shot. My local newspaper offers me fifty bucks to use the photo in a featured story. (I live in a small town and fifty bucks is all they could afford.) I have to report that fifty dollars to the VA as earned income, which will immediately be deducted from my next month’s disability check. If I don't report it I’m in violation of federal law and technically they can stop my disability pension and prosecute me under a federal felony. Pretty cool, eh? For fifty bucks. I see no point in dealing with two federal bureaucracies, so I don't bother. What's the point? She's here illegally and with justonekid would make over twice what I receive per month. She haseight and she’s not a stand-out case. She’s not alone. That's the way the system works. Millions of illegal immigrants know this, know how the system works and know how to use it. (Haven't you seen the pamphlet? It's handed out all along our borders, "The Illegal Immigrants' Guide to Keeping America Just The Way It Is.") and that's just the way it works. Did you know that the federal government provides a “refugee” in this country with a monthly “stipend” of $1,890, plus $580 a month in “Social Assistance?” That’s $2,470 a month, tax-free. That's two and a half times what I’m allowed to receive as a disabled vet. And just what did they do to earn this? All you have to do is show up on our collective doorstep, raise your right hand and swear that you're a refugee and, bingo, receive $30,000 a year, tax-free. That's more than someone making $15 an hour, and they have to pay taxes to boot! Now, in defense of the Veterans Administration, they are doing what they can with what they've got. This is precious little compared to what they should have to get the job done. At least this countryhasa VA. It's the Senate that keeps passing laws, rules and guidelines, cutting their budget, denying requests for more staff and computer systems to handle the massive work flow. Their hands are tied by the very government that's supposed to give them what they need to get the job done, by the government you voted into office. Don't scream at the VA. I have. It's misguided anger. The point to this “story?” Just why are you paying such high taxes to support this incredibly screwed-up government? Why? And I’m not proposing you stop paying your taxes. That's wrong. There are good programs and reasons to pay your taxes and support our government. What am I proposing? It's quite simple. Vote. The government, our government, is broken and we as the voters serve as the maintenance crew. We fix it . . . . . by voting. written by Mariem2m2k  (Apr 20, 2010 | post #852)

Albuquerque, NM

Cure for Cancer exists, but Big Brother won't let you know

It seems as if we're on the doorstep of curing the second deadliest disease in the world. If you're interested in the detailed story, then I suggest watching the included video, but I'll summarize the important points: A Canadian research team at the University of Alberta is claiming that they have used DCA, dichloroacetate, to treat tumours in 'in vitro' human cell cultures with positive results. They claim that the chemical attacks cancerous cells but leaves healthy ones alone. The bad news? Big Bad Pharma doesn't want you to get your hands on it since they can't make a profit. Cancer treatments make billions of profit for these companies, and they stand to lose many customers if this cure-all is made available to the public. Please watch the video, and let me know what your thoughts are. http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=d7y9P O-qAoQ  (Apr 20, 2010 | post #1)

Albuquerque, NM

Jihad in Europe: Is America heading in this direction?

Think about it, if we do not get these Progressives out of office and stop them from achieving their goal of turning the US into an Euro/Socialist country, we will wind up facing the same issues England is now facing. Barack has already been setting the tone, no secret there. All other progressives in D.C. want to turn the U.S. into Euro like countries. Watch this video and read the story below. See how important it is for us to stay focused on getting rid of these Progressives in office in 2010, 2012 and keep cleaning up locally and the school systems. W need to stay busy, spread the word, open up other minds, stay involved. The other option is to forget about it, be lazy, let our children inherit something like England or France, not quite the Republic as it was given to us, not the country we inherited and grew up in. We can't screw this up. ___________ London, Apr.18 (ANI): Muslim gangs are reportedly recruiting some of Britain's most violent lags, according to a former gangster. "They are now the main firm in the prison. The authorities, and other prisoners are terrified of them," News of The World quoted ex-con Dave Courtney, as saying. http://news.oneind ia.in/2010/04/18/m uslimgangs-recruit ing-uk-...  (Apr 20, 2010 | post #1)

Albuquerque, NM

What is plagiarism?

I am a person who uses resources from other web sites to post on *Topix.* Most often, I will attempt to put the Author's name on the article. There have been times that I haven't. I will endeavor to recognize and give credit where credit is due. Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying " and "borrowing " can disguise the seriousness of the offense: According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize " means to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own to use (another's production) without crediting the source to commit literary theft to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward. But can words and ideas really be stolen? According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file). All of the following are considered plagiarism: turning in someone else's work as your own copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit failing to put a quotation in quotation marks giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on "fair use" rules) Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism. See our section on citation for more information on how to cite sources properly. Read more: http://www.plagiar ism.org/plag_artic le_what_is_pla... you ever Plagiarize?  (Apr 20, 2010 | post #1)

Albuquerque, NM

Stem-cell research: for or against?

Stem Cell Research: For or Against? by RelativelyUnimport ant The question is one that is worth revisiting every so often. Some would argue that the issue has too many gray areas to fully define in one question, but I disagree. The basic underlying premise is whether or not it is morally acceptable to use embryos as research tools in order to unlock the vast potential of using stem cells. Do you think stem cell research/medicine is morally acceptable?  (Apr 19, 2010 | post #1)

Albuquerque, NM

Same-sex marriage. Take 2.

1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning. 2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall. 3) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans. 4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal. 5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed. 6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children. 7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children. 8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America. 9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children. 10) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract  (Apr 19, 2010 | post #1088)

Albuquerque, NM

New Generation apathy

What's ruining the new generation? by Merna It's undeniable that the majority of the new generation is basically ruined, they don't care about education, they center their lives about dating, they don't believe in intellectualism, and in my opinion, there must be more than one factor to blame, but the main reason for the shallowness of this generation is probably the media, do you agree?  (Apr 19, 2010 | post #1)

Albuquerque, NM

Las Cruces looks better than ever to potential residents

Lol, you sound like the "skunk-Bat: stinks all over" Until you really know and acknowledge the victims in El Paso and Las Cruces. Do you live and shelter yourself in a gated community and live a life of illusion? You definitely sound ignorant and lack a true sense of what it is really like in both of those communities. Hey, get out and walk w/the people in the Barrio and see just how far your words fall on deaf ears. You would find yourself digging a hole in the ground and then be buried up to you neck in the beautiful Organ mountains. People like you hide the shanties and dirt to try to get out of the way of your picturesque setting. Your not immune. You may find yourself doing exactly what I described. Citizens and Government have to work relentlessly everyday to keep both these communities safe. Right now it is a Government that has no respect for itself and refuses to acknowledge the drug, violence, and the limited resources at hand. I am afraid you are the One shoveling it and it may just hit you in the face one fine day....  (Apr 18, 2010 | post #59)

Albuquerque, NM

How many freedoms have We lost?

Freedom of speech- Gone! now you can be fined or go to jail, if somebody twists your words into a race issue. Freedom from unlawful search and siezure-Gone! Now you can lose everything you own if some cop even suspects you have some weed, and even if you are proven innocent, you have to fight all the way to the Supreme Court to get your property back, and by then, that have already auctioned it off and kept the money. Freedom of religion- GONE! Now you can go to jail and pay huge fines, if what you believe dispeases sodomites, abortionists, and atheists. Freedom of the press- hanging by a thread! The Mainstream liberal media is doing their best to cut that thread, too! Freedom from taxation without representation - History! When was the last time your so-called representatives even considered your opinion on an issue? How many times have they voted the party line, rather than the will of the people in their districts? They want your money, not your opinion, plain and simple. in fact, I can't think of one freedom that ISN'T under attack from our own government! NOT ONE!  (Apr 18, 2010 | post #1)

Q & A with skinwalker

Headline:

Talk is Cheap

Hometown:

Tijeras

Neighborhood:

Machigengi (forest dweller)

I Belong To:

several professional organizations

When I'm Not on Topix:

Reading, organic gardening, with my Pit bulls, "Amber" and "Astro"

Read My Forum Posts Because:

Who knows we may both learn something

I'm Listening To:

John Hiatt, John Prine, B.Spri

Read This Book:

Oscar Wilde

Favorite Things:

Organic gardening, flowers etc...

On My Mind:

Formula for failure: Try to please everybody...Herbert Swope

I Believe In:

To be happy, you must learn to forget yourself...Edward Lytton