Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bernie Sanders Explains How Terrorism is Fueled by Climate Change

Tim DeChristopher on the Late Show with David Letterman

I woke up this morning to read an epic Facebook Note by Arnold Schwarzenegger! This sent me careening around the internet looking up the recent history of climate change activism until I rediscovered Tim DeChristopher. Of course this is a little old but I thought I would share it for the first time on Tom Paine's Ghost today in the wake of the Paris Climate Change summit. I feel obligated to new TPG readers to catch you up on the story of Tim DeChristopher who in a very real way helped save a precious resource in the United States from environmental destruction. For anyone who has ever traveled to Moab, UT and seen the otherworldly beauty that abounds there, you may want to know this story...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Terrorism Fueled by Climate Change? Bill Nye Weighs In

Though I think Nye is on to something here I criticize his assertion the attackers in Paris were Syrian.  Though it looks like some of the attackers spent time in Syria, the alleged masterminds behind the attack were born in Brussels, Belgium. The New York Times has an informative page explaining the known web of terrorists who carried out the Paris attacks.  I've only started to research their origins but it looks like most were radicalized in Belgium.  Anyone have any more info on the connection between Syria and the Paris attacks?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jefferson on Updating the Constitution

Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of nineteen years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right. It may be said, that the succeeding generation exercising, in fact, the power of repeal, this leaves them as free as if the constitution or law had been expressly limited to nineteen years only. In the first place, this objection admits the right, in proposing an equivalent. But the power of repeal is not an equivalent. It might be, indeed, if every form of government were so perfectly contrived, that the will of the majority could always be obtained, fairly and without impediment. But this is true of no form. The people cannot assemble themselves; their representation is unequal and vicious. Various checks are opposed to every legislative proposition. Factions get possession of the public councils, bribery corrupts them, personal interests lead them astray from the general interests of their constituents; and other impediments arise, so as to prove to every practical man, that a law of limited duration is much more manageable than one which needs a repeal.
                               ~Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789. ME 7:459, Papers 15:396

Monday, October 19, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Guided Meditation

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dose of Nature CBD in Hempseed Oil - Product Review

About two weeks ago I received an e-mail from a representative of "Dose of Nature" a Utah-based company offering me a free sample of their product to try out and review on this blog. Though I was skeptical at first I thought "ah well just go for it and see what happens."

So what is this product, You may ask.  Well, it is hempseed oil infused with cannabidiol or CBD derived from the cannabis plant - aka Marijuana.

But what is CBD?  This is a compound found in cannabis not to be confused with the more famous and more psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. CBD  has created a buzz lately for its ability to treat some illnesses such seizures in children.  Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a "high" per se but seems to have the mellowing effect of consuming more traditional cannabis based products like smoking bud, or eating weed-infused edibles like chocolate brownies or bars or hard candies.

In this short video originally made for CNN by Dr. Sanjay Gupta the effects of CDB on the brain are explained concisely, despite the fancy graphics.

(I used this copy of the video from Vimeo instead of the original from CNN, linked above, because the CNN copy did not easily allow blog embedding)

Though there are a wide variety of CBD based products available from Dose of Nature they chose to send me the Redstrap CBD infused in hemp oil.

The recommended dose of 8 milligrams is housed in about 20 drops of the oil. The bottle (pictured above) arrived in a bubble-wrapped package in a small cardboard box. There are instructions on the bottle that say the product can be used directly or on food such as in salad dressing but should not be heated (probably as the complex CBD molecules might degrade upon heating). The oil has a distinct taste including a tang, grassy flavor. It immediately soothed my tongue, and after a few seconds I tasted more complexity, earthy notes with hints of hops (lupulin) and hay. The color of the oil looks like it was infused with fresh-cut grass.  After 20 minutes I started to feel calm and focused without any of the paranoia of other cannabis products that contain THC.  On the other hand I did not feel any of the euphoric
feelings associated with THC. There was no "high." As a healthy person with no major medical problems I could see using this product much like other herbal supplements or teas. If I were having trouble sleeping I would try this product to quiet my mind before sleep.

Overall, I had a positive experience with the Redstrap CBD in Hemp Oil with no apparent side effects. As a scientist I have to say I am a sample size of one and I can not parse out weather or not the effects I felt were due to the placebo effect or not.  However, If this product continues to be generated in accordance with all federal and state laws I see no reason not to allow its use everywhere especially if it can help people with neurological disorders especially childhood epilepsy.  I would like to thank Dose of Nature for finding me and sending me this sample in exchange for reviewing their product on my blog.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chromatophores on Display

This amazing footage of a caribbean octopus quickly changing its color to match its background was captured by Roger T. Hanlon of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Dr. Hanlon is a professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Brown Univeristy in Rhode Island.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Swedish "Genital Song" goes viral, makes it past You Tube censors

Today I woke up to a dancing cartoon penis and vagina singing to me how awesome and elegant genitals are (even on old ladies). The song and accompanying video were written for a Swedish Children's program. Though the video is "graphic" it has so far made it past the you tube censors. Well here is one way to celebrate freedom of expression through cartoons in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris... Thanks to my friend Mindy Weisberger for originally sharing this video.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Free Community College in the US?

On Thursday January 8th President Obama announced a proposal to make the first two years of community college free for anyone who is willing to work for it. This plan is marvelous for so many reasons. It will serve to further diversify the workforce, make for a more informed electorate, and drive the economy. Here's hoping for the follow-through.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mario Cuomo - In Memorium

HT to CB for this find.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Dream is Alive

This film was originally made for IMAX in 1985. Overall I'd call this Phenomenal. Cinematography alone just blows me away.