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Weird Al, the Devil and Kick-Ass Cannabis   Leave a comment


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Posted January 19, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Too Much Stuff   Leave a comment


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Peoples addiction to Stuff was very evident with the shopping insanity that happened on Black Friday.  Many people live to shop.  The instant self-gratification that arises from buying new stuff is palpable. 

It makes people feel good to have new stuff.  The new stuff happiness wears off in a few days, so new, new stuff has to be bought.  Even new old stuff will do.  Thrift stores are filled with Stuff happiness hunting people these days.  Anything, a $2 T-shirt, second-hand sandals, a radio that has to be cranked to work, or a pair of scratched up roller blades.  Whatever it takes to get the stuff happiness happening in our ventral tegmental area (pleasure part of the brain).  But new, new stuff is better, especially the discounts on Black Friday.

Posted November 29, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Indonesia plans to use crocodiles to guard death row drug convicts, killer crocs can’t be bribed   Leave a comment


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Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency has proposed building a prison on an island guarded by crocodiles to hold death row drug convicts, an official has said, an idea seemingly taken from the James Bond film Live and Let Die.

The proposal is the pet project of anti-drugs chief Budi Waseso, who plans to visit various parts of the archipelago in his search for reptiles to guard the jail.

“We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile,” he was quoted as saying by local news website Tempo.

Waseso said that crocodiles would be better at preventing drug traffickers from escaping prison as they could not be bribed – unlike human guards.

“You can’t bribe crocodiles. You can’t convince them to let inmates escape,” he said.

But he is banking on the convicts lacking the crocodile-running skills shown by Roger Moore’s 007 in the Bond movie Live and Let Die when he escapes from an island using the reptiles as stepping stones.

The plan is still in the early stages, and neither the location or potential opening date of the jail have been decided.

Indonesia already has some of the toughest anti-narcotics laws in the world, including death by firing squad for traffickers, and sparked international uproar in April when it put to death seven foreign drug convicts, including Australians Andrew Chan and Mesi Sukhanarna. President Joko Widodo has insisted that drug dealers must face death as the country is fighting a “national emergency” due to rising narcotics use.

Despite the harsh laws, Indonesia’s corrupt prison system is awash with drugs, and inmates and jail officials are regularly arrested for narcotics offences.

Anti-drugs agency spokesman Slamet Pribadi confirmed authorities were mulling the plan to build “a special prison for death row convicts”.

He said only traffickers would be kept in the jail, to stop them from mixing with other prisoners and potentially recruiting them to drug gangs.

The agency is currently in discussions with the justice ministry about the plan, he added.

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Salt water croc prison guard recruit training in Indonesia

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Posted November 11, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Jim Lahey tries to get everybody to vote   Leave a comment


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Posted October 10, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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World’s Top Selling Beer Brands   Leave a comment


Bloomberg May. 2015

#10 Coors Light (United States)

2005 rank: 7
Market share: 1.3%
Outsold Coors by almost 13 to 1

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#9 Brahma (Brazil)

2005 rank: 5
Market share: 1.5%
Brazilian beer also in AB InBev family

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#8 Harbin (China) 

2005 rank: 15
Market share: 1.5%
Chinese brand owned by AB InBev

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#7 Heineken (Netherlands)

2005 rank: 6
Market share: 1.5%
Oldest brand in the top 10 (142 years)

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#6 Yanjing (China)

2005 rank: 16
Market share: 1.9%
Billed as “the state beer of China”

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#5 Skol (Brazil)

2005 rank: 3
Market share: 2.2%
InBev’s top beer before the merger with AB

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#4 Budweiser (United States)

2005 rank: 2
Market share: 2.3%
The dethroned “King of Beers.” Chef David Chang is now a spokesman. 

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#3 Bud Light (United States)

2005 rank: 1
Market share: 2.5%
Sales volume down 7% since 2009

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#2 Tsingtao (China)

2005 rank: 10
Market share: 2.8%

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#1 Snow (China)

2005 rank: 11
Market share: 5.4%
Sales volume up 573% since 2005

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An exotic type beer. Rogue brewing from Portland, Oregon

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ROGUE Sriracha Hot Stout Beer, made from Huy Fong original hot chili sauce and sun ripened Rogue Farms ingredients, is ready to drink with soups, sauces, pasta, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, chow mein, or anything you’d like to wash down with a spicy kick.

Get a load of this crazy sauce!

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They say the third time’s a charm, and this time the collision of crazies created a Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate ale inspired by Voodoo Doughnut’s Voodoo Doll doughnut.  The Voodoo people say the magic is in the hole.  We think it’s also in the bottle.

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Posted September 23, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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World War II Nazis Spaced-out on Amphetamines   Leave a comment


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Narco Nazis: Book Sheds New Light on Hitler’s Drug Use, ‘Amphetamine Blitzes’

Der Fuerhrer had his own personal Dr. Feelgood shooting him up with prescription speed, and Nazi soldiers gobbled down amphetamines by the millions.

 

A book published in Germany this summer adds new information to old stories about Adolf Hitler’s drug use and amphetamine use among German soldiers during World War II. The author even suggests that drugs played a major role in the war, proving decisive in some of the Third Reich’s military successes, but also leading a drug-addled Hitler to make decisions that led to Germany’s defeat.

“Doctors and drugs account for much of the internal structure of Nazism,” writes Norman Ohler, author of the just released Der Totale Rausch (Total Euphoria: Drugs in the Third Reich).

And it started at the top. According to Ohler, Hitler’s interest in drugs grew excessive under the ministrations of Dr. Theodor Morell, who became his personal physician in 1936. Morell started off prescribing the probiotic Mutaflor for Der Feuhrer’s painful stomach cramps, From there, Morell became Hitler’s own personal Dr. Feelgood for years to come, prescribing him the most powerful drugs of the day, including IV methamphetamine injections.

Ohler calculates that during the height of World War II from 1941 to 1945, in a period of 1,349 days, Hitler received no fewer than 800 injections of meth, steroids, and other substances from the good doctor. He also gobbled down more than 1,100 medications in pill form. Hitler was never “clean” throughout the whole war, Ohler writes.

That could help explain Hitler’s manic chatter in private meetings and at public events, his sudden changes of mood, and his sometimes sense-defying decision-making. But it also took a physical toll: By the spring of 1945, Hitler’s teeth were falling out and he was eating large amounts of sugar to cope with withdrawal symptoms, Ohler writes.

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The British Channel 4 TV documentary Hitler’s Hidden Drug Habit asserted that Hitler spent his final days in his bunker being injected with Vitamultin, a drug that included meth among its ingredients, but Hitler was also a hypochondriacally pill head and “splenetic” man who took 74 different medications, according to a World War II American military intelligence dossier.

The meth Hitler was doing was Pervitin, created by Dr. Fritz Hauschild, and he was far from the only one in Nazi Germany using the stuff. It was also a hit with housewives, especially Pervitin-laced chocolates produced by Hauschild’s company.

Germans were far from the only ones obsessed with amphetamines in the 1930s. Benzedrine had recently come on the scene in the US, and the amphetamine stimulants were popular among students, artists, and bohemian types in various European and American cities.

Pervitin also proved popular with the Nazi military high command, with the Third Reich’s chief doctor, Otto Ranke, calling it a “militarily valuable drug.” Ranke strongly urged Nazi generals to use Pervitin. Many followed his advice, including the “Desert Fox,” General Erwin Rommel.

Rommel and his tweaked out soldiers undertook an “amphetamine blitzkrieg” during the 1940 Ardennes offensive, with tanks and men advancing for four days without sleeping, leaving French troops in disarray. Similar Drang Nach Osten (Push Eastward) offensives against the Soviet Union followed in the east.

It was an army that marched on Pervitin pills. Between April and July 1940 alone, the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe went through 35 million 3 miligram doses of the drug.

But Germans were by no means the only military to use amphetamines in World War II–or beyond. The stimulants were also gobbled down by the millions by Allied soldiers and pilots in World War II, and were used by Green Berets in Vietnam and American pilots in Afghanistan. Amphetamine is a drug for productivity, in war-making as much as anything else.  But if you take it for too long, it can get on top of you. Ask Hitler.

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Posted September 14, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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15 Years of Burning Man   Leave a comment


Burning Man is a week-long annual event that began in San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986 and migrated to the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, which coincides with the American Labor Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. Burning Man is organized by Black Rock City, LLC and has been running since 1986. In 2010, 51,515 people attended Burning Man. 2011 attendance was capped at 50,000 participants and the event sold out on July 24; the attendance rose to 65,922 in 2014.

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A large gathering of 21st century hippies partying hard

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A mechanically inclined anti-establishment do-it-your-selfer must have built this contraption.

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Posted August 29, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Ten Drugs not to take while driving   Leave a comment


This video has been around for a long time, but it is worth an encore.

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Posted June 26, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Surgeon General Warning: “do not over do it on Cialis!”   1 comment


Posted March 13, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Lebanon’s tough drug lords say they’re ready to join the fight against ISIS   Leave a comment


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Ali Nasri Shamas holds a Kalashnikov assault rifle outside his hashish factory in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Shamas says the region’s hash growers are ready to turn their weapons against any Islamic militants crossing the border from Syria.

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With so many overlapping conflicts in the Middle East, it can be hard to keep track of who’s fighting whom, and which former enemies are now finding common ground. Consider the case of Ali Nasri Shamas, who lives in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

Shamas runs a small factory on a hillside in the village of Bouday. Workers sift through huge mounds of dried vegetation, separating stalks from leaves amid a cloud of dust and the din of processing machines.

“This is three tons,” Shamas tells me, smiling. Three tons of hashish.

Hash cultivation has long been a big source of income for these communities in the Bekaa Valley, near the Syrian border. Their products, Lebanese Red and Blonde hash, are world-renowned.

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Workers in Shamas’ hashish factory pour cannabis roughage into a sifting machine.

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But, of course, not everyone is a fan. For years, the Lebanese government leaned hard on the Bekaa Valley’s drug trade. Shamas has been a wanted man for 35 years.

In 2007, the government sent in the army to destroy cannabis plants in Bouday. That’s when Shamas and 50 other men took up arms to defend their crops. To demonstrate their response, Shamas pulls out and cocks one of the two Kalashnikov rifles he keeps in his truck.

“That year we were sitting on our land,” he says. “All of the sudden we see the army rolling in. We take our weapons — rifles, Dushka machine guns and RPGs — we hit them with everything.”

Shamas says the show of force scared off the military. The army has been back since, but the last time was 2012. With Syria’s civil war raging just across — and sometimes over — Lebanon’s border, soldiers now have more pressing concerns. That’s why Shamas can parade in front of the camera, picking up and weighing bags of hash.

It also means the Lebanese army and the hash growers are now confronting the same enemy, because ISIS has also been targeting marijuana crops in Syria. The group recently posted a video online of militants destroying shoulder-high stalks of bushy green cannabis plants near the city Aleppo.

Shamas’s factory is just 30 minutes from the Syrian border. Many in the area fear the jihadis are coming to the valley, but Shamas says he’s ready if they do. “This is for ISIS and [the al-Qaeda-afilliated] Nusra Front,” he says, showing off a two-foot long machete blade.

And his threat is backed up by more than just machetes and bravado. Shamas’ arsenal of mounted machine guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, amassed to defend his crops from the Lebanese army, is ready to be turned against the jihadis.

In some places, the fight is already on. When militants attacked a village between Bouday and the Syrian border in October, hash farmers joined in to defend it.

When we heard they were attacking Brital, I joined the other men going to defend the village,” says one man, who asked to be called Abbas. “Their goal is to put fear in the hearts of people. But for us, ISIS is nothing.”

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A hashish factory worker in Bouday, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, shakes cannabis dust from a bag. Bouday is roughly 30 minutes from the Syrian border, and drug lords here say they’re ready to defend their turf, and local villages, against any incursions by militants.

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Abbas, Shamas and many of the other hash dealers have plenty of experience to go with their weapons: Most were militiamen during Lebanon’s 15-year civil war. We fought everyone,” Shamas says, “the Communists, Israel, Hezbollah, the Syrians.”

Unlike Lebanon’s well-established militias, the hash growers aren’t aligned with a sect or political party. And Shamas says his fight is no longer just about protecting his hashish business. We support every village in Lebanon,“ he says. “Christian, Sunni, Shia — whatever they are, we’ll defend them against these terrorists.”

For now at least, the weapons of these drug lords and the Lebanese army are pointed in the same direction. But hash remains illegal here, so it’s likely only a matter of time before the adversaries resume their battle against each other.

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Lebanese hash is regarded as the best in the world

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Posted January 7, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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