Sunday, November 29, 2015
Hope: Not All College Students Have Lost Their Minds Today Some College Students Self-Absorbed and Narcissistic’
If you’ve been following the recent demonstrations going on at the University of Missouri, Claremont McKenna, and Princeton, you may be deeply concerned about the future of this country. And for good reason. When college professors and deans are being forced to resign for literally nothing at all, there’s a big problem. When students are suddenly “oppressed” by statues and former presidents, you may be forgiven for thinking the world has gone mad
But if a group called the Princeton Open Campus Coalition is any indication, maybe there is still hope for an America where reason and logic trump emotion and idiocy. - The Coalition was formed in response to the recent campus protests, most of which were directed towards the legacy of President Woodrow Wilson (of all things.)
Now the Coalition is pleading with Princeton’s leaders not to give in to every irrational demand these protesters make.with a powerful statement that every university in the country should adopt as their new motto:( We firmly believe that there should be no space at a university in which any member of the community, student or faculty, is “safe” from having his or her most cherished and even identity-forming values challenged. It is the very mission of the university to seek truth by subjecting all beliefs to critical, rational scrutiny)
Unfortunately, well-written letters and reasonable arguments and “truth” aren’t much valued in 2015’s version of America. -
You want to be heard? (Go Riot) But hey, if you like the idea of living in a country where we submit to violence and threats keep on keeping on. You’re going to get exactly what you want, But As The President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University Everett Piper put it “This is not a day care,” Piper concluded. “This is a university!” I might add Free speech—the right of anyone to criticize and evaluate the claims of anyone else,is the best environment for discovering political, social, economic, scientific truths, ideological absolutists cannot tolerate criticism,
Insult fundamentalists justify their efforts to restrict speech with the catchphrase, “Freedom of speech is not the same as the freedom to offend.” In fact, there is no freedom of speech if people cannot offend
Nothing undercuts the power and propaganda of tyrants and Liberal zealots more then the right of people to speak and write uncensored. In a free society, There a plane leaving for Fantasy Island enjoy your trip! .I am sure that Tattoo would love to hang out with you! but when to plane leave and you stay behind be sure to stay living your T.V show that all that it is a T.V Show for us living in the real world not M.T.V we understand that being offend is just a way of life, Get Over it!
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
One of the common misconceptions people have about marijuana is that it isn't addictive. Dr. Samuel Ball of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia) explains how marijuana has evolved over the years and debunks the myth that weed isn't an addictive substance.
There's a new drug in town called flakka.
While many reports are saying this new designer drug is sweeping the state of Florida, the mind-altering substance has also been popping up in a few other states across the country, including Ohio and Texas.
There, it goes by the name "gravel" because it looks like the colorful gravel pebbles you'd use to decorate the bottom of an aquarium.
Use of the drug, which can be snorted, smoked, injected, and swallowed, has been linked with serious — and sometimes deadly — behavioral problems:
- Earlier this week police arrested a man on flakka running naked across an intersection to escape the imaginary people he said were chasing him.
- In February, a man on flakka was caught on camera trying to kick in the glass doors of Florida's Fort Lauderdale police headquarters.
- And last March, a man on flakka reportedly impaled himself on a metal fence.
If these behaviors remind you of the ones that made headlines a few years ago with the appearance of drugs called "bath salts" — it isn't a coincidence. The two drugs are closely related.
What's it made of?
Flakka is made from a compound called alpha-PVP, a chemical cousin of cathinone, the amphetamine-like drug found in bath salts.
Here's the worst part: While theactive ingredient in bath salts was officially banned in 2011, its newer relative, alpha-PVP, was not.
That means it is legal in any state without its own ban.
What does it do?
Like cathinone, alpha-PVP is a type of stimulant, colloquially called an “upper.” Uppers are linked with feelings of euphoria, enhanced alertness and wakefulness, and increased movement — all symptoms that are similar to those experienced by people on other drugs like amphetamines or cocaine.
Since flakka is so new, researchers aren't sure exactly how it affects the brain, or how addictive it is.
For now, they can only guess by looking at how its chemical cousins, like cocaine and amphetamines, work. These drugs cause a surge in two chemicals: the feel-good chemical dopamine (responsible for the euphoric sensations) and norepineprhine (which raises heart rate and blood pressure and can make us more alert).
Like cocaine and meth, flakka comes with a comedown, the period when the drug leaves the body and the person is left feeling fatigued or depressed. This sensation often results in users returning to the drug to get rid of the negative comedown feeling, jump-starting a cycle of use that can lead to abuse. Also like cocaine and meth, the drug may alter brain chemistry in a way that makes users require a larger and larger dose to get the same high.
Excessive use has been linked with feelings of extreme anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations.Like with bath salts, people have also reported dozens of episodes of violent behavior in people on flakka.
At high doses, flakka may also cause the body to reach high temperatures (bath salts have been linked with the same symptom). This excessive temperature can lead to severe physical complications like kidney damage and muscle breakdown.
Flakka is on the rise
Still, flakka use is on the rise.
According to Forbes contributor Robert Glatter, the US Drug Enforcement Administration has seen a nearly 780% increase in the number of reported cases in the last three years. Back in 2010, not a single case of the drug had been reported in the US. Suddenly in 2012 there were 85 cases, and in 2014 there were 670.
Not surprisingly, one of the main reasons for this increase may be the price: flakka can cost as little as $5 a pop according to Dispatch Times, and is easy to buy in bulk.
Spice Or Skunk IS A lab-Produced, Mind-Altering Drug Is Dangerous And Can Be Deadly, Say No Gavin Newsom Legalization of Marijuana
Spice, otherwise known as K2, Moon Rocks, or Skunk is a lab-produced, mind-altering drugthat's been soaring in popularity in recent years.
Giant underground laboratories, many of which are in China, are churning out thousands of pounds of the stuff. This week, the DEA arrested a man whose lab likely produced the chemicals in some 70% of the spice sold in the US, the New York Times reports.
Although it's often marketed as a "safer alternative to traditional marijuana," spice is dangerous and can be deadly.
Police in Illinois are warning the public about an extremely potent drug that is gaining popularity in the state, saying it can "cause users to disconnect from reality" and might even lead to "hallucinations and other types of psychosis." The drug is called "shatter," and it sounds awfully scary until you learn that's just a concentrated form of marijuana.
Shatter — also known as wax, sap, budder, and a number of other nicknames, depending on the presentation — is a type of cannabis concentrate that resembles honey or taffy. It can be inhaled for a stronger high per hit than marijuana buds, the part of the plant that is commonly smoked.
The Illinois State Police put out the warning last week that the high from shatter can be "up to six times stronger than the average marijuana cigarette" after they confiscated more than 100 pounds of the drug and arrested three people for possession.
It's not the first time law enforcement has sounded the alarm about the marijuana derivative, which is typically made using the chemical solvent butane, to the extent that many people use the term "shatter" interchangeably with "BHO," short for "butane hash oil." The word "shatter" refers to BHO that has been made into a thin, brittle sheet.
Smoking or vaporizing BHO typically involves heating a special apparatus with a blowtorch and then applying a bit of the substance to the heated element and inhaling. It's widely called "dabbing" because users only need to use a tiny dab of the stuff to get high.
The Illinois State Police referred questions about their shatter warning to Mark Piccoli, director of the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group, which enforces drug laws in suburban Chicago. Piccoli said they've seen about five cases of BHO possession in his area this year. He said the drug sells for about $30 to $40 for a gram, as opposed to about $15 for marijuana buds. The products contain 80 to 90 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compared to the 15 percent found in the average marijuana bud that is smoked, he noted.
"It's very strong compared to smoking marijuana or smoking a joint," he said. "You don't see overdoses from marijuana. They're extremely rare, it almost never happens, but I imagine there's a higher potential for that to happen along with hallucinations and other types of psychosis."
Kevin Fisher, who owns dispensaries and makes marijuana products in Colorado and is the former chair of the Marijuana Industry Group, said that the argument over BHO's potency is a "nonstarter" that antimarijuana groups have been trying to use for years.
"The evidence just isn't there for that," he said. "People self-regulate. One hit of something strong is equal to five hits of something weak and people's bodies tell them that."
Fisher and Piccoli acknowledged that the real dangers come when people try making their own BHO at home, either causing explosions by improperly using the gas or leaving residues of industrial gases in their BHO. Piccoli pointed to a slew of YouTube videos showing explosions from people making BHO.
Moving the production into an industrial lab can solve those problems, Fisher said.
"If you do it in [an] industrial setting, you can do it perfectly safely. It's about moving it from the black market to the regulated white market to do it," he said.
Legislators in both Washington and Colorado changed their marijuana laws this year to make at-home BHO production involving a flammable substance illegal. Colorado experienced some30 explosions during 2014 resulting from the process.
Inside a legitimate lab inspected by local building and fire authorities as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, BHO is produced with an engineered set of drugs, in a professionally cleaned, closed-loop system that allows a purer final product without the risks of amateur-led explosions, Fisher said. Some high-end vaporizers allow consumers to better regulate their intake and moderate their high.
"It's similar to distilling liquor," said Mason Tvert, director of communications at the pot advocacy organization NORML, noting the dangers of making hard alcohol at home. He compared the difference between smoking marijuana and inhaling BHO to the difference between drinking beer and hard liquor.
"That means that people need to exercise more caution when consuming it, much like someone drinking tequila should be more careful and take it slower than someone drinking beer," he remarked. "But it also means that they likely consume less."
Tvert believes that marijuana in its most concentrated form is ultimately less harmful to the consumer and society than alcohol. His group has been trying to educate consumers in Colorado about the differences between concentrates and joints since legalization.
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"Even the most potent form isn't going to result in a marijuana overdose death," he said. "It can certainly result in someone being uncomfortable, but not make someone die like drinking too much would."
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of current and former law enforcement workers who advocate for legalizing marijuana to end the crime and violence tied to the black market, said that BHO is a perfect example of why marijuana should be regulated.
"There are severe consequences of doing it illegally and illicitly, so LEAP's position is through end of prohibition we set up a legalized control structure," said Carrie Roberts, a spokeswoman for the group. "We've never had any overdose deaths from it, so from that position it's really just about the safety issue. If you can take a house off of its structure because you're inexperienced, that's where the true danger lies."
Fisher said that demand for concentrates in Colorado has been strong and continues to grow, though he thinks its strength may not make it widely appealing to all consumers. As of now, a gram costs between $17 on the low end for what he called "the greasiest stuff you can find," to $65 per gram for shatter made from excellent quality marijuana.
Piccoli dismissed the idea that moving BHO production into legalized, regulated labs would end its production on the black market.
"There still will be a black market, a strong and prosperous black market, as they're seeing in Colorado, and a lot of that has to do with the price point," he said. "There's tons of marijuana out there still, and people can buy it cheaper from a dealer they were buying it from before rather than going to the dispensary with taxes and rent. My opinion is it's not going to go away."
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