America’s four-decade war on drugs is responsible for many casualties, but the criminalization of marijuana has been perhaps the most destructive part of that war. The toll can be measured in dollars — billions of which are thrown away each year in the aggressive enforcement of pointless laws. It can be measured in years — whether wasted behind bars or stolen from a child who grows up fatherless. And it can be measured in lives — those damaged if not destroyed by the shockingly harsh consequences that can follow even the most minor offenses.
Personally, I am firmly against smoking marijuana myself and would gladly break-up with a significant other who found himself caught up on it, and will be hesitant to tolerate friends smoking it in close proximity of me, but even I can agree with the various articles and editorials New York Times has published recently calling for the legalization of Marijuana, or at least amendments to laws that govern the usage of marijuana.
I am not well versed in the matter so currently with what I know, I feel like that rules should be something like “no smoking in public” sort of like tobacco—and perhaps the smoking laws for both substances can be a bit more heavy handed to protect the non-smoking public—and “no driving or operating machinery why high” such as it is with alcohol” and finally I guess, tax tax tax the shit out of it because why not?
Or don’t tax it. But do read this article, and do consider the changes he suggests.
Someone must have ate several dozen bean burritos and then washed it all down with truckload of onions because that’s exactly what the single toilet stall in the suite bathroom smells like and has smelled like for several days. :gag:
Also, the light in the hallway in front of the sink and stove went out and I hope I can wake up and it’ll be magically fixed but based on the two week timeline it took for the staff to refill the soap in our bathroom…. I dunno man.
ƪ(˘⌣˘)ʃ Thanks guys (。⌒∇⌒)。(now if only I was actually decent at front end)
(a little add-on: I’m thanking and being happy because I signed up for a front-end UROP because it interested me and every week when I talk to my dad he starts asking me about the back-end things I’ve worked on even though I’ve continuously told him I was doing a lot of design and not like algorithms and back-end stuff but he won’t listen :x )
I have realized I am a very lame person who does not like back end coding and prefers front end stuff much much more. (Sorry dad!) This would be okay with me, except that I’m pretty sure front end coding is supposed to be the easy kind and not considered very important (to programmers, though to the users, it’s a whole different story), and I would like to do something mind-stretching and amazing.
Well, I reinstated my photo queue for at least the next month. This means I must actually write things so I don’t end up having a complete photo blog. I do have a lot of things to rant about, including people who use a “default” excuse over and over again instead of up right just saying “I don’t want to do it” and friends who are so in love with free things that if you’re randomly going to order something to eat, half the time they’ll be like “are you going to finish that?” or “can i try some of that?” (which are completely valid questions…. occasionally if you’re hungry and broke and desperate, but definitely not fine every day, etc etc.
The Supreme Court’s deeply dismaying decision on Monday in the Hobby Lobby case swept aside accepted principles of corporate law and religious liberty to grant owners of closely held, for-profit companies an unprecedented right to impose their religious views on employees.
It was the first time the court has allowed commercial business owners to deny employees a federal benefit to which they are entitled by law based on the owners’ religious beliefs, and it was a radical departure from the court’s history of resisting claims for religious exemptions from neutral laws of general applicability when the exemptions would hurt other people.
The full implications of the decision, which ruled in favor of employers who do not want to include contraceptive care in their company health plans, as required by the Affordable Care Act, will not be known for some time. But the immediate effect, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted in a powerful dissent, was to deny many thousands of women contraceptive coverage vital to their well-being and reproductive freedom. It also invites, she said, other “for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faiths.” …
I’ve mentioned that the showers in the bathroom of the dorm I’m currently living in just for the summer has lights that are timed for a maximum of thirty minutes, right? (And the switch is way outside of the shower) So I’ve also probably mentioned that my showers are pretty quick and range between 10 to 20 minutes so I never have to worry about the timer. But my friend in my same suite told me that she’s taken to showering in the gym because not only does the gym have super nice shower heads (rainfall style!), but she has the problem of taking too long in the shower and the light has a 50-50 chance of going off when she’s still in there… I’m not too sure how I feel about this: a long shower is nice, but I really don’t know what you can be doing for thirty minutes alone in a shower, especially an icky dorm shower…
Danny Ben-David, some random friend’s friend on facebook.
Good grief git.