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    Medical cannabis is long-established: ...

    Medical cannabis is long-established:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_medical_cannabis
  2. Thread: Love

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    I've never confused sex with love--sex is great...

    I've never confused sex with love--sex is great fun, but love is altogether different, and more satisfying in the long run. Sex and infatuation may be related.

    John Ciardi's take on it: "Love is...
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    Sourdough by Robin Sloan (who wrote Mr....

    Sourdough by Robin Sloan (who wrote Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, which I also read. His books are engaging and light, with a backdrop of IT drudgery. Nice contrast to the depressing stuff I've...
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    In the film, Karina's coach warns her that she...

    In the film, Karina's coach warns her that she may see her friends die, and she might very well die herself, or be seriously injured. I guess that added to the thrill somehow.
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    Conservatives seem to use "virtue signaling" a...

    Conservatives seem to use "virtue signaling" a lot.

    Cannabis is here to stay; it's been around forever. And friends who use it for sleeping and pain control swear by it.

    I'm not sure why...
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    You have to be actively dying to get suicide...

    You have to be actively dying to get suicide assistance in Oregon--if I remember correctly--with only a few months to live. "Very broke" wouldn't cut it.
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    I don't know why anyone would want to try rock...

    I don't know why anyone would want to try rock climbing or BASE jumping or team sports or ballroom dancing, but people do. Adults altering their consciousness for brief periods of time (in countless...
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    Interesting article on emissions from chemical...

    Interesting article on emissions from chemical fertilizer plants: http://ens-newswire.com/2019/06/06/us-fertilizer-plants-emit-100-times-the-methane-reported/
    Spoiler--they're a lot higher than...
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    Ruminants--unmanaged or properly managed--are...

    Ruminants--unmanaged or properly managed--are necessary for fertile soil.
    http://www.regenerateland.com/why-livestock-are-necessary-for-food-production-to-be-sustainable/
  10. I think it's called "flexitarian."

    I think it's called "flexitarian."
  11. I get so tired of hearing "plant-based" and...

    I get so tired of hearing "plant-based" and "ethical" when it comes to food (everything edible is "plant-based" one way or another) that it makes me feel like grabbing a heart or liver and eating it...
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    The Obesity Code, by Jason Fung, MD. I finally...

    The Obesity Code, by Jason Fung, MD. I finally got around to reading this excellent exploration of how we gain weight, and why.

    Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and...
  13. Thread: Meritocracy

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    I swear I heard my neighbor's house went for...

    I swear I heard my neighbor's house went for $900,000K, but I can't be sure of that and it sounds ridiculously high. I remember when a friend and her husband bought a house in Portland for $500K some...
  14. Thread: Meritocracy

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    There were class rankings? >8)

    There were class rankings? >8)
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    People who bought real estate when it was...

    People who bought real estate when it was affordable, is my guess. Old people. I couldn't begin to buy my house today.

    Maybe they'll leave their property (and the tax levies) to their offspring...
  16. Thread: Meritocracy

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    It's almost necessary to be a desperate striver...

    It's almost necessary to be a desperate striver these days--there are only so many jobs one can support themselves decently on, due to sky-high costs of housing, health care, college loans. etc. I...
  17. Thread: Meritocracy

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    I feel like I was born about 50 years too soon,...

    I feel like I was born about 50 years too soon, personally. I do feel fortunate not to have missed the seventies and the freedoms they brought; I would have absolutely hated having been born any...
  18. Thread: Meritocracy

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    I'm also completely happy being a non-striving,...

    I'm also completely happy being a non-striving, middle-everything individual.

    But I do support gifted programs (and schools, for that matter) for those who otherwise would just be languishing in...
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    Well said.

    Well said.
  20. Thread: The facts....

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    I was listening to Bob Cesca this morning, and he...

    I was listening to Bob Cesca this morning, and he remarked on this--apparently Trump is an old hand at manipulating the stock market in similar ways. Cesca, in Salon:

    At risk of burying the lede,...
  21. Thread: Hong Kong

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    Hong Kong was given a raw deal, in my generally...

    Hong Kong was given a raw deal, in my generally uninformed opinion. Why weren't they allowed to maintain their ties with the UK? I suppose I should look it up.

    The American flags they're waving?...
  22. I almost never use my smart phone, but I plan to...

    I almost never use my smart phone, but I plan to use it tomorrow to listen to internet stations while I run errands. Otherwise, it's the "burner phone" for me. I do use my tablet every day, but my...
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    I couldn't agree more about the planet; maybe if...

    I couldn't agree more about the planet; maybe if we just made assault weapons more readily available, we could speed up the process. (But I have to say I'm rather overfond of the consumption...
  24. I didn't notice my ethics changing as I...

    I didn't notice my ethics changing as I transitioned from omnivore to vegetarian and back.

    I'd date a vegetarian, but probably not a vegan. I'd prefer a fellow omnivore with an interest in LCHF...
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    I saw a breakdown of Impossible Burger and its...

    I saw a breakdown of Impossible Burger and its ingredients were indistinguishable from dog food. I generally avoid engineered food-like substances.
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