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New Study Shows Marijuana Users Have Low Blood Flow To the Brain (eurekalert.org) 560

cold fjord writes: State level marijuana legalization efforts across the U.S. have been gaining traction driven by the folk wisdom that marijuana is both a harmless recreational drug and a useful medical treatment for many aliments. However, some cracks have appeared in that story with indications that marijuana use is associated with the development of mental disorders and the long-term blunting of the brain's reward system of dopamine levels. A new study has found that marijuana appears to have a widespread effect on blood flow in the brain. EurekAlert reports: "Published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, researchers using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), a sophisticated imaging study that evaluates blood flow and activity patterns, demonstrated abnormally low blood flow in virtually every area of the brain studies in nearly 1,000 marijuana users compared to healthy controls, including areas known to be affected by Alzheimer's pathology such as the hippocampus. According to Daniel Amen, M.D., 'Our research demonstrates that marijuana can have significant negative effects on brain function. The media has given the general impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion. In another new study just released, researchers showed that marijuana use tripled the risk of psychosis. Caution is clearly in order.'"

Comment Re:National instant-runoff (single transferable vo (Score 1) 637

The electoral college is NOT obsolete. Unless you just want about 3 large states to control every election from now till the end, which will come sooner if that happens. Do You Understand the Electoral College? https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Re:The electoral college is not needed (Score 3, Informative) 637

The electoral college is NOT obsolete. Unless you just want about 3 large states to control every election from now till the end, which will come sooner if that happens. Do You Understand the Electoral College? https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment The Wacko CmdrTaco (Score 1) 945

I cannot believe the flat out ignorance of so very many folks on how the government of the U.S.A. is supposed to work. But before we get started on *that*, let's look at this:

"All you really have to know about Net Neutrality is that its biggest promoters are George Soros and Google."

To begin with, the article linked is at www.dailykos.com, which is run by Markos Moulitsas. He is American born of a Salvadoran (a country with long standing socialist influences) mother and a Greek (more socialism) father, and grew up both in El Salvador and Chicago. Now I am from Indiana, not all that far from Chicago and know that a Republican in Chicago is regarded a Liberal in Indiana. He backed, and campaigned for Liberal Democrats throughout. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markos_Moulitsas]. He is a Leftist, and his web site reflects that.

The DailyKos article links to an article at thinkprogress.org, from which google tells us that Soros funds Thinkprogress and following the money, behind Net Neutrality, just as Rush alleged. And for that matter, reading the entire list of inter-networked organizations covered at http://discoverthenetworks.org/ finds George Soros deeply involved in funding a vast network of anti USA, anti-freedom, anti-capitalism, anti-Business organizations of the progressive Left. That includes the attack on the Chamber of Commerce.
George Soros, a statist Socialist who wants to control the world, is behind “Net Neutrality” [link here]

All of these individuals and organizations are committed Socialists and Progressives. The problem with that here is the USA, is that it is the diametric opposite of the US Constitution, Liberty, Capitalism (which is just people saving their money and investing it), and all else this country stands for. It is nothing new that Socialism has been infiltrating the USA for over 100 years. And it is nothing new that Socialism has never, ever, not one time, worked for an extended period of time. It seems to work, until it runs out of other peoples money. It will then die as it has always in the past, and with a fair share of suffering and violence as the throes of death proceed.

In short, Net Neutrality, especially done by the FCC, is un-Constitutional

The problem of the FCC “regulating” the internet is that they have NO governmental right to do so.

They were denied that right previously in court.

They were denied that right by Congress regardless of how many times it was tried.

Briefy, the Executive branch (President, and *his* FCC) cannot make law. Congress makes law, which when passed must be approved by the President. And that can be revoked in the Courts. The case here is that the President through the FCC is making law.

Obama, long before he was elected President, Obama lamented that the "Constitution is a charter of negative liberties". [audio]. The problem here is that the Constitution in every point, limits government and gives it NO right to do anything TO its citizens. That was done by design of the Founders. Obama laments that because he wants to impose Socialism and wealth re-distribution. These two, Socialism and the US Constitution, are incompatible.

I also cannot understand why people here cannot understand business. I am a business owner in that I have a 401K, and it invests in business. Hence most of my retirement is based on business dooing well. Yet so many here do not seem to like business or understand it, and would destroy the investments and retirements of millions of ordinary average citizens in their quest to take wealth from the so called rich.

For what it is worth, I'd fire about 100% of the Democrats, and somewhere above 75% of the Republicans. That might get rid of most of them that do NOT understand the Constitution at all.

Some links:
Hashing Net Neutrality
Obama 2001: Scrap the Constitution, spread the wealth
The FCC Should Not Regulate the Internet
Just 21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet
Online books about the Constitution, Law, Liberty, etc.

Comment TI99/4a address book (Score 1) 498

Quite some time ago, I transferred my address list (about 100 records I'd guess) from a TI99/4a cartridge based program to IBM PC diskette. The cartridge based program stored data on cassette tape.

That data eventually went by way of comma delimited format into an early Palm Pilot [An IBM branded model], and then into later Palm Pilots. I still have that data, much amended, to this day and still on a Palm and in the PC based software for Palm.

I still have all that TI99/4a hardware, but haven't run it for a couple of decades.

Comment Re:Unsurprising... (Score 1) 853

You have either

Zero understanding of concepts, terms, philosophy, and facts....or

You are deliberately trying to mislead.

Now, some Republicans ( not conservatives as that is not necessarily the same thing) such as McCain, Lugar, Gramnesty, are just about as socialist/marxist as the Democrats have become. So I'll only partly dispute that.

But you are totally in error and expose yourself by claiming the Tea Party folk are Communists. The principles of the Tea Party and Communists are direct opposites. Meanwhile, you cannot tell the difference between the Democrat platform and the Communist party platform. See http://www.cpusa.org/

Comment No. This is exactly what Obama/FCC chair wanted (Score 1) 853

The Net Neutrality Coup
The campaign to regulate the Internet was funded by a who's who of left-liberal foundations.
John Fund: The Net Neutrality Coup - WSJ.com

"The net neutrality vision for government regulation of the Internet began with the work of Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor who founded the liberal lobby Free Press in 2002. Mr. McChesney's agenda? "At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies," he told the website SocialistProject in 2009. "But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control."

A year earlier, Mr. McChesney wrote in the Marxist journal Monthly Review that "any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself." Mr. McChesney told me in an interview that some of his comments have been "taken out of context." He acknowledged that he is a socialist and said he was "hesitant to say I'm not a Marxist."


Comment Re:What am I supposed to do now? (Score 1) 311

Well, I hate this change. I use Deli a lot. And my bookmarks are all in categories. And it looks like none of that exports; only the bookmarks themselves. So that stinks as well.

And I do not know of an equivalent service, period.

I suppose the reason they might [are] dropping Deli is the lack of money coming in, as I don't know where that income would come from.


One Night Stands May Be Genetic 240

An anonymous reader writes "So, he or she has cheated on you for the umpteenth time and their only excuse is: 'I just can't help it.' According to researchers at Binghamton University, they may be right. The propensity for infidelity could very well be in their DNA. In a first of its kind study, a team of investigators led by Justin Garcia, a SUNY Doctoral Diversity Fellow in the laboratory of evolutionary anthropology and health at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has taken a broad look at sexual behavior, matching choices with genes and has come up with a new theory on what makes humans 'tick' when it comes to sexual activity. The biggest culprit seems to be the dopamine receptor D4 polymorphism, or DRD4 gene. Already linked to sensation-seeking behavior such as alcohol use and gambling, DRD4 is known to influence the brain's chemistry and subsequently, an individual's behavior."

Comment Linux based, Insert-Inside Security Rescue Toolkit (Score 1) 159

Here is a Linux based CD, that can be installed on a thumb drive.

It can read/write NTFS and can run CLAM AV.

I even installed it on a thumb drive with two partitions. Used from Windows, it is a data drive. Boot from it and it goes into Insert Linux Rescue.

It is pretty spartan and very small so will fit on your older thumb drives that are too small for anything else.

Comment Re:WPS on ATM's (Score 1) 432

Actually that is a good point. Ironically in what I thought was an unrelated chat, it came up that a banking chain in the area converted to Windows from OS/2. But it didn't last long. Somehow, troubled with problems of stability, and with hackers, viruses, etc, they gave up and CONVERTED BACK to OS/2. I know where the bank is, but don't off hand recall the name. I work for a company that was big on OS/2 back in the day. And as a result got several certifications on OS/2. I have probably forgotten most of it (but still have some books), and trashed the last OS/2 machine from storage last year. Still have some disks if I wanted to....but I don't.

Bark Beetles Hate Rush Limbaugh and Heavy Metal 220

Aryabhata writes "According to scientists, climate change and human activity have allowed bark beetle populations to soar. They decided to fight the beetles by using the 'nastiest, most offensive sounds' that they could think of. These sounds included recordings of Guns & Roses, Queen, Rush Limbaugh and manipulated versions of the insects' own sounds. The research project titled 'Beetle Mania' has concluded that acoustic stress can disrupt their feeding and even cause the beetles to kill each other."

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