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This Is What Legalizing Marijuana Did to the Black Market in Colorado

Illegal pot dealers still undersell licensed marijuana merchants in Colorado, but their advantage may be fading.

Jacob Sullum | Reason | November 2014

Snip:

"The black-market prices are definitely lower than recreational prices," says Michael Elliott, executive director of Colorado's Marijuana Industry Group. "The taxes are a big reason why, the new testing requirements, the packaging requirements, and basically this whole hurdle of the extraordinary expenses people have had to go through to open these businesses. Another reason is that the businesses have had limited supply." The supply problem was especially acute in the early months, before the first harvests of plants raised for the recreational market, when repurposed medical marijuana was the only source.

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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country house in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest.

For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world’s largest information empire locked horns. The two men debated the political problems faced by society, and the technological solutions engendered by the global network—from the Arab Spring to Bitcoin.

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Quarantines / Voluntary Isolation / Civil Rights

I do not claim to know the perfect balance here, but I have two cents worth I will put in.

It finally hit me that we are using the word "quarantine" all the time, when the first level of quarantine is actually called "voluntary isolation." The nurse who is so upset really ought to be in voluntary isolation. We do seem to have a serious problem with medical personnel who do not understand standard protocols for infectious disease. If I were returning from a time in an ebola clinic, I would have stayed in a hotel in Africa for three weeks before I came home. Then I would have stayed in my home with no visitors for three weeks when I got here. I would not have needed cajoled into this, and would have done it without anyone ordering me to. I would be THAT careful about not giving it to my family. Maybe today's healthcare professionals can learn a little from zoologists?

https://www.aza.org/quarantine/

"Keepers should care only for quarantined animals or if necessary, attend quarantined animals only after fulfilling responsibilities for non-quarantined species."

I brought this quote forward because there is a conference call of nurses blowing whistles, and one of them tells of the nurses going in, treating Duncan, then going back on the floor. They do not do this with chicken pox, for Pete's sake!

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Trader smacks down Peter Schiff; says Schiff has been Wrong for Years!

Over the past few years Peter Schiff has consistently predicted that gold was headed higher, and has consistently been proved wrong. On Thursday, he vigorously defended his calls in a heated debate with trader Scott Nations, who calls his confidence "dangerous."

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102129187?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7C...

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F- the Lawn

A facebook friend posted this:

http://pulptastic.com/neighbors-saw-boxes-lawn-60-days-later...

Which leads to this project by Luke Keegan:

Fuck the lawn.
"How I replaced my lawn with a veggie garden"

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Who's the Scariest Politician? The Lions of Liberty Discuss This and Other Spooky Stuff in the Halloween Spooktacular Podcast!

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by my eclectic crew of libertarian friends for the inaugural Lions of Liberty Halloween Spooktacular! The whole “Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor” gang come together to discuss the scariest politicians and some scary current events. From Ebola to ISIS to the War on Drugs, we leave no scary topic untouched as we navigate their way through a mine field of bad impersonations and semi-buzzed ranting. So toss on your Halloween costume, grab some treats, and join the Lions of Liberty for this raucous, spooky fun time!

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Hardened Hearts Could Destroy Us All

Hardened Hearts a Could Destroy Us All

Where is Miriam's Hattie Carroll song?
Where are the marchers, where is the throng?
Where are the singers exposing what's wrong?
Where are those who won't go along?

Hardened hearts, hardened hearts, hardened hearts,
Is the cause of our fall,
Hardened hearts, hardened hearts, hardened hearts,
Could destroy us all.

In the Sixties they protested one brutal war,
Now we're silent facing ten times more,
Doing nothing about the death and gore,
As long as we don't have to go to a distant shore.

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Building With Papercrete

The dome project is moving VERY slowly forward. We had "projectus interruptus" in the form of an unemployed son with twin babies. You know, if you have to put your dreams on hold, that is a pretty fine reason. We now live in the house next to our property, so are getting back after things at last. This fall, we began to cover the dome. We covered it in plywood this summer, leaving a southern window framed to allow maximum light in winter, minimum in summer.

Papercrete is amazing stuff. We put the plywood on with the intention of putting insulation in and roofing over it, then we learned about papercrete (just in time, as always!) Some of the people using it will make a frame of styrofoam. Take two sheets, frame them so there is a gap of a few inches between and fill with papercrete, then when dry, cover with more papercrete. Lightweight, excellent insulation and very, very inexpensive.

We have been mixing it in a bucket, very tedious. We wanted to do some testing before we committed further FRNs to this. We are delighted with our test. We are building one of these now:


http://youtu.be/JoLBeV6tzJ4

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Over 200,000 Doctors Opting Out of Obamacare

There are many reasons for the declining state of the health care in the United States. It can be traced back at least to the Flexner Report and the creation of the American Medical Association, essentially cartelizing the medical industry. Various government interventions have only served to continue to increase the cost of health care while quality declines, and Obamacare is merely the latest chapter in this progression of interventions.

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DP Poll: Should Doctor Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

A question inspired by this story about a 29 year old woman who has terminal brain cancer, and has scheduled her death for November 1.

Cancer patient Brittany Maynard, scheduled to die Saturday, checked last item on ‘bucket list’
By Lindsey Bever | October 29, 2014

Last week, Brittany Maynard stood atop the Grand Canyon, dressed in a banana-yellow shirt, hot-pink sweater and a quiet smile. She posed in snapshots with her family — documenting the last adventure on her “bucket list.”

Maynard, 29, was diagnosed in April with a stage 4 malignant brain tumor and given six months to live. She also learned how she could suffer in the end, losing her ability to speak and use her own body. So, earlier this month, she made plans to die on her own terms.

“I don’t want to die,” Maynard told CBS “This Morning.” But she said she’s now suffering from “bone-splitting” headaches, seizures and “moments when I’m looking at my husband’s face and I can’t think of his name.”

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Matt Taibbi Quits First Look Media 8 Months After Joining

Journalist left Rolling Stone earlier this year to head digital magazine funded by ebay Founder Pierre Omidyar; quits before launch

Acclaimed writer Matt Taibbi has left start-up news operation First Look Media eight months after joining from Rolling Stone, the company announced Tuesday.