Why are the Rolling Stones touring again?
Satisfaction or Stupidity?
What would you rather they be doing? Living
your sorry life? If you're not interested, don't
Just be careful, because you'll be "old"
someday, too. And sooner than you can ever imagine.
Dear Dr. Jones,
Without getting all anti-Bush on us, how long
until gas prices change for the better?
Simply and Utterly Vexed
No doubt you're American. Because Europe,
Japan and much of the rest of the world pays $4, $5, $6 and
more at the pump. They've been doing it for years. What you
SHOULD be wondering is when the price of everything else will
go up. Because it takes plenty of crude to transport all the
things you crave.
It's clear that the world needs to try something
radically different. The status quo isn't working. And what's
got to change for the better isn't gas prices it's
For one thing, the ones driving the SUVs
aren't as patriotic as their "support the troops"
bumper stickers would have us believe.
I won't name names, but imagine if the U.S.
government spent $200 billion a year on developing alternative
energy instead of some misguided war.
You want a real answer? It's wind and solar,
my friends, wind and solar. Ideally, it could be financed
by legalized bud and the government could spend that $200
billion on health care.
You know what else? I haven't gone off on
a tangent for some time, so here goes ...
The other week John Tierney, a conservative
columnist at the Times, wrote that the only bud to be legally
used for studies and tests in the good ol' U.S.A. is grown
on some sorry-ass government-approved farm in the South. What's
wrong with that? It's bad bud! They've been testing bad bud!
You know what that says? That says the government
is so afraid of the benefits that they keep medical marijuana
illegal by making sure the test results prove lackluster.
Here's what Tierney wrote in the Times:
"... but researchers who want marijuana
have only one legal source: a crop grown in Mississippi and
dispensed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Scientists
say they need an alternative partly because the government's
marijuana is of such poor quality too many seeds and
stems and partly because the federal officials are
so loath to give it out for research into its medical benefits.
Discovering benefits, after all, would undermine the great
anti-marijuana campaign that has taken hold in Washington.
Marijuana is deemed to be such a powerful "gateway"
to other drugs that it's become the top priority in the federal
drug war, much to the puzzlement of many scientists, not to
mention the police officers who see a lot of worse drugs on
How can that be?
Here's why: The government can make easy
pot busts and convince the conservatives and their sheep that
the government has things under control. Instead of legalizing,
taxing and taking a giant step toward solving a lot of problems
maybe even bankrolling the proliferation of alternative
energy, taking some power and pressure away from the Middle
East and, yes, lowering the price of gas.