quibble: an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
White House “drug czar” John Walters for backing a Mexican government proposal that would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Walters’ public support for a drug decriminalization proposal by Mexican President Felipe Calderon, quoting Walters as saying, “I don’t think that’s legalization.” Under Calderon’s proposal, individuals caught with small quantities of marijuana would receive no jail sentence or fine and would not receive a criminal record so long as they complete either drug education or, if addicted, drug treatment. Unlike proposals supported by MPP, the Mexican president’s proposal would also decriminalize possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
:: Good for the Goose ::
Awesome news and one small step closer to dismantling the prison industrial complex. This is also one small step towards complete strangers NOT approaching me on the assumption that I want to buy drugs, sell them drugs, or know where to get them drugs. Which I find highly, highly annoying.
For the record:
Rastafarianism is a religion practiced by people so hopelessly baked that they worship a dictator as the second coming of Christ. seriously? yes.
I’m flying to the Bay Area tomorrow and I’m going to be pretty busy in sausalito explaining why software companies don’t understand their users* More free time starting wednesday and stretching into the week after that although still busy.
call or email if you want to get ill
Two U.S. fighter planes were scrambled and ordered to shoot down an unidentified flying object (UFO) over the English countryside during the Cold War, according to secret files made public on Monday. One pilot said he was seconds away from firing 24 rockets at the object, which moved erratically and gave a radar reading like “a flying aircraft carrier.” The pilot, Milton Torres, now 77 and living in Miami, said it spent periods motionless in the sky before reaching estimated speeds of more than 7,600 mph
:: Gadzooks via Yahoo ::
1. Guy is making it up (unlikely since there is documented gov papers)
2. Gov is making it up (requires cooperation of old man)
I don’t really think it’s worth much time to think about aliens but more and more I see things that edge me farther away from indifferent agnosticism.
I have a reputation for being highly persuasive which I think is largely undeserved. What appears similar but is actually quite different is that I am very good at helping people get what they want. I also (try!) to shut the fuck up unless I’ve considered the topic at length and I’m pretty decent with logistics. My theory is that while not totally impossible it’s a pretty big waste of time to try to change people’s minds or get them to do things they don’t want to do.
The next person to send me an evite invitation will get slapped. And this should be glaringly self evident but: evites make everyone (not just me) want to cry while vomiting. please, please stop.
use facebook instead. people who don’t use facebook, you are like those people 5 years ago who thought cell phones and email were stupid. That’s fine if you want to live in the 90′s, here’s some hyper colors and a bell biv devoe compact disc hopefully you’ll hear about the party with awesome people via word of mouth.
The next person that thinks they are making clever social commentary by saying “conforming to nonconformity” will get slapped.
1. On Expelling Poison From Your Body
Yes, on occasion we are all called upon to rapidly restore the balance of not-alcohol to our bodies. My opinion is that this is best done in a decisive fashion outdoors rather than hanging one’s head over a toilet for a half hour like my roommate is currently doing. Bathrooms are too rarely a pleasure to bask in and a quick walk to a nearby park can be invigorating while inviting adventure.
++ update, chris has made a strategic retreat to his bed ++
2. On Bagels
The problem with pumpernickle bagels is that I have a hard time telling when I am burning them. New York has mastered the crafting of bagels but not the technology to keep enough seeds, garlic, etc on an everything bagel throughout it’s lifespan.
FREE: a big problem with advice
If someone gives you good advice, take it!!
++ update 2, his decision to bring a trashcan was quite prescient but certainly not as prescient as his decision to withdraw from the toilet. Seriously kids, it’s way more fun to puke in some semblance of nature than risk splattering vomit on anything you own ++
My olde chum Adam Fangsrud just sent me word of an excellent dubstep mix called Devotional Dubz by Grievious Angel. Download it here from the Blackdown Soundboy blog if that sort of thing does the stuff for you. But the thing that I really love is the way the tracklisting is setup, excerpted here for your (but especially my) usability pleasure.
00:00: Jill Scott: Slowly Surely (Grievous Angel’s Erzulie Edit)
02.20: Craig Mack: Brand New Flava (Grievous Angel’s Iron River Edit)
05:19: Grievous Angel: Lady Dub
08:07: Jill Scott: Watching Me
09:30: Vaccine: Wishful Thinking (VIP Mix)
12:03: DJ Abstract: Touch
15:18: Jill Scott: Crown Royal (Grievous Angel’s Fucking In Sunshine Edit)
17:07: Jill Scott: My Love (Grievous Angel’s Deeper, Tighter Edit)
19:29: HorsePower Productions: Gorgon Sound
Look, it lists the times the tracks start!! Holy shit. Rather than this:
1 Jill Scott: Slowly Surely (Grievous Angel’s Erzulie Edit)
2 Craig Mack: Brand New Flava (Grievous Angel’s Iron River Edit)
3 Grievous Angel: Lady Dub
4 Jill Scott: Watching Me
5 Vaccine: Wishful Thinking (VIP Mix)
6 DJ Abstract: Touch
7 Jill Scott: Crown Royal (Grievous Angel’s Fucking In Sunshine Edit)
8 Jill Scott: My Love (Grievous Angel’s Deeper, Tighter Edit)
9 HorsePower Productions: Gorgon Sound
yes! yes! see? COUPLED INDICATORS MUST BE RELEVANT!! You see, knowing how many tracks on a mix is largely irrelevant. But knowing when tracks start without having to count the number of tracks is very important IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE NAME OF THE TRACK YOU”RE LISTENING TO. ie the whole damn point of a listing of tracks.
Currently at hofstra university in upstate new york (or maybe staten island?) trying to sneak into the live debate between mccain and obama. secret service agents everywhere, lots of motorcades and shitty internet access. Everyone’s calls are getting dropped.
I have no idea why I came here. The debates embody nearly everything I detest about politics, the meaningless soundbites, the trivial format that prevents any solid exposition of issues, the savagely inept media talking head moderators who let even the most blatant of lies slip through. I wouldn’t watch this on television but for some reason decided it would be worth it to see a bullshit trumpeting competition live. Let me also add that there is a triumphant bannerism suffused into every interaction. Indeed, the candidate who’s supporters wave the largest placard is ideologically superior!! sigh, this is a massive step back from even the bumpersticker politics which I so deplore.
However, I am seriously considering a sweet moment of media reform activism by slashing the tires on a poorly attended cnn media RV control center. if there’s no blogging for a few days, it’s because I’ve been arrested.