First episode of the six-part series co-created by and starring Harry Shearer. Nixon learns how the taping system works, gets a butt-kissing from Henry Kissinger, lectures dairy lobbyists on how to sell milk, and orders the tapes destroyed.
PhillyMag has a Q&A with Mike Whitier, the recipient of Philadelphia’s first summary citation for marijuana smoking in public after Mayor Michael Nutter signed a new city council resolution de-criminalizing possession of under 30 grams and public consumption.
Meet Mike Whiter, Recipient of Philly’s First Marijuana Citation
The marine corps vet, diagnosed with PTSD, says, “Weed saved me, man.”
BY MALCOLM BURNLEY | OCTOBER 20, 2014 AT 2:36 PM
As of this morning, Philadelphia is the largest city in the country to decriminalize marijuana. You’ll now receive a $100 fine for smoking in public and a $25 for possession of up to 30 grams — but you will not be arrested. Pot advocate Mike Whiter called dibs on the first marijuana citation weeks ago, and today, he promptly lit up a joint in City Hall’s courtyard at 8 a.m. with police by his side. One quick puff and one handwritten ticket later, Whiter was the happiest man to pay a municipal fine I’ve ever seen.
On the eve of his marijuana citation, I sat down with Whiter to understand the motivation behind the ceremony, what led to him founding Pennsylvania Veterans for Medical Marijuana, and why he thinks marijuana can help millions with PTSD.
I don’t feel sorry for the criminal. As the man is very young, I wonder if a felony conviction and prison time are going to change his behavior and work to the benefit of society. Hopefully, anger management classes or something similar are part of his incarceration.
The cases are remarkably similar, except for one thing
Note that it isn’t that the death penalty is being sought against one and 25 years for the other - one is being charged with capital murder and the other with felony marijuana possession.
No peeking; which defendant is white and which defendant is black?
Wow, you all guessed right!
When Apple updated the Mini for the first time in two years at its product event last week, it looked like it stayed pretty much the same. The product dimensions on Apple’s product pages are the same, and the outside certainly looks the same as it has since 2010 or so. Unfortunately, according to iFixit’s teardown, the new Mini makes several changes that we were worried about, even though the dimensions are unchanged.
In the 2010, 2011, and 2012 models, the bottom of the unit was relatively easy to twist and remove, giving users easy access to two RAM slots. In the 2014 model, the same panel must be pried off with a plastic tool, and an additional metal cover held in place with Torx Security screws must also be removed (iFixit notes that the Security screws are unusually small).
There are no RAM slots underneath that panel, and after popping the motherboard out, iFixit confirmed that the new Mini’s memory is soldered to the logic board, much as it is in the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro.
Today’s home medicine kit is fairly limited when it comes to diagnostics: You can take your temperature, check your blood pressure, and give yourself a home pregnancy test, but that’s about it. The Nokia Sensing XChallenge (from the XPrize folks) aims to improve that situation by spurring inventors to create portable gadgets that consumers can use to collect accurate, real-time health information. The 11 finalist teams, announced today, are building gadgets that do lab tests, monitor heart disease, check vital signs, and more.
The Sensing XChallenge is distinct from a very similar competition, the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize, in which teams are vying to create a universal diagnostic tool along the lines of the handheld tool wielded by Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy. In the Tricorder contest, the devices are required to diagnose a specific list of 15 ailments, whereas in the sensing challenge the tools can be designed to do just about anything.
However, the XPrize doesn’t see redundancy here, but rather a symbiotic relationship, says Grant Campany, senior director of the sensing challenge. The Nokia contest is intended to reward teams for developing technologies that could be incorporated into a Tricorder device, he told IEEE Spectrum in an email. Several sensing teams are validating technologies for collaborating Tricorder teams, Campany says, which are racing to build at least 30 working Tricorder devices for consumer testing next year.
Minutes into a conversation, Diane Heilmann rearranges the pillows on her sofa and changes positions gingerly. She’s not concerned about appearances. She’s following medical advice.
Heilmann, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, knows the other techniques that can ease her pain: rest, alternating heat and cold, pacing activities to reduce stress, massage. Nothing, however, can control her symptoms like medication, often the only relief for arthritis patients.
“If I don’t take my medications, I live in pain,” she said.
That’s why the 69-year-old former Bullhead City, Ariz., city clerk and her husband, Brian, were stunned by new rules for her primary pain medication, Norco, a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid pain reliever, and acetaminophen, Tylenol’s active ingredient.
Hydrocodone combination products often are prescribed for patients with painful chronic diseases. Some patients worry they might have trouble filling their prescriptions because of the new rules, which took effect Oct. 6. Some patients are learning of the change from their pharmacists.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has reclassified hydrocodone combination products from schedule III to schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act, which will more tightly restrict access. For example, patients seeking Vicodin, Lortab or Norco generally must present a written prescription to receive the drug, and doctors will no longer be able to call in a prescription to the pharmacy in most instances.
The biggest change for the Heilmanns is the requirement that she see her doctor every month instead of every three months. Brian Heilmann considers the added visits not just unnecessary but an activity that could complicate his wife’s condition. Movement is one of the factors that aggravates Diane Heilmann’s arthritis.
The regulation is a response to widespread misuse of prescription painkillers, but some patients, doctors and pharmacists complain the new rules restrict access indiscriminately.
While acknowledging the added hardship for some patients, Dr. Larry Pinson, Nevada Board of Pharmacy’s executive director, said some action was needed because of the increase in abuse and adverse events related to opioid painkillers. Ninety-nine percent of the hydrocodone produced worldwide is consumed in the United States, Pinson said.
More people in Southern Nevada die from prescription drug overdoses than methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine combined, according to Kent Bitsko of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program. Bitsko’s task force provides assistance to local law enforcement agencies because Southern Nevada is a significant drug-trafficking region of the United States.
Prescription medications nearly have overtaken marijuana as the gateway drug for people who become addicts, Bitsko said.
Methamphetamine is the top narcotics concern for law enforcement, Bitsko said, but abuse of prescription painkillers is second. More oversight of prescription medications makes acquiring those drugs more difficult, and many abusers eventually seek alternatives.
“When they can no longer get hydrocodone, they turn to heroin,” Bitsko said.
I have degenerative osteo arthritis which has been effectively controlled by Vicodin and Norco for years.
I picked up the new, watermarked, schedule II prescription at my doctor’s this afternoon, but can’t find a pharmacy to fill it because their dispensing software hasn’t been reconfigured. They estimate April 2015. WTF.
I can’t take ibuprofen because of a nasty allergic reaction.
I honestly don’t know WHAT THE FUCK WERE THEY THINKING. The “Dr. House” TV series portrayed a completely ridiculous scenario of “Vicodin addicts.” Vicodin might make you sleepy but it does not get you high. Norco does not even have the side effects of Vicodin, it is completely a pain management tool.
Yes any drug can be abused but what about millions of people WHO LIVE IN CHRONIC PAIN. These medications allow us to live a normal life.
PAIN FUCKS YOU UP.
I shouldn’t even feel too sorry for myself because they are even denying this medication to
Now they’re predicting that people will turn to street drugs. What an improvement! Medical marijuana (legal in MI with a prescription but impossible to obtain legally) is probably the safest and best option, obviously it is not an option.
Monday afternoon, the mural was painted over, according to a report from The Times of Trenton’s Jenna Pizzi.
Pizzi writes that the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) decided to remove the mural because police officials expressed concern “that the mural sends a negative message about the relationship between police and the community.”
Sooo, it’s the mural that sends the negative message not the shootings. Gotcha.
Now that their viewpoint has been disrespected, I’m sure the residents of that neighborhood will have more positive feelings about the police./
At age 13, Madison is also the founder of NC Youth Rock, seeking to educate her peers to encourage elected officials to make decisions beneficial to young people in NC.
She recently made a PSA encouraging you to pledge to vote at ourtime.org, and spoke exclusively to attn: about why she became politically active, as well as her advice for other youth who, despite being too young to vote, want to get active.
attn: How did you become a youth activist?
A children’s museum in Jacksonville, FL refused to allow a family to renew their membership at the family membership rate because this particular family has two moms. My friend who lives in Jacksonville had played at this museum when he was little, and I got involved in the protest. I decided to write about my experiences and was surprised at how many people were interested in what I had to say. I kept writing and paying attention to local and national politics and started networking with people and organizations who were promoting the causes and ideas I was passionate about.
A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.
Asking “[w]ho really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.
Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.
“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,” they write, “while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”
ALSO SEE: THE STUDY