DEA OKs synthetic marijuana for pharma company that spent $500,000 to keep pot illegal

This my friends is a big part of why marijuana, cannabis prohibition continues.

It’s way more profitable to have have a pill permitted by the FDA than to let people put a seed in the ground and grow their medicine.

It’s not about pot being a “gateway drug” folks. A classic example of regulation working for the big guys and against the citizenry.

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Baltimore mayor vetoes bill that would raise Baltimore minimum wage to $15/hour

Baltimore has run enough businesses out of town over the last 50 years. I guess the mayor figured SOME jobs should be left in the place.

Consider the politics of such a veto. Obviously in a Democrat dominated (only) city like Baltimore the way to keep the voters happy (in the short term) is to raise the wage. Everyone would have declared how it was a victory for workers etc. And yet it seems that the good mayor was mugged by economic reality.

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The recent Senate Internet privacy vote is more complicated than you think

Wired generally is not in favor of the rollback of the yet to be implemented regulations, (These regs still allowed Google and Facebook to sell your information. Just not Internet service providers like Comcast.) but they give a good sense of the nuance.

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Study: Senate Can Repeal Obamacare’s Regulations through Reconciliation, with Only 51 Votes

Not 60, as we’ve been told.

Obamacare is/was a deeply crony piece of legislation, written in large part by the insurance companies and pharma. The individual mandate is a travesty. Obamacare deserves/needs to be repealed. But the GOP leadership seems to think that once a program is in place it must always remain in place. Time for that kind of thinking to end.

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An amazing ad on Wall Street from 2012, We’re for “the 1% that matters.”

This is not the way to gain friends. Remember this was back when the bank bailouts were still fresh in the minds of the public. (They will ALWAYS remain fresh for me.)

I took a picture of this ad (for a personal security company) as it was right next to the venue at which I was speaking (on crony capitalism) on Wall Street.

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Washpo: On anti-Semitism and dog whistles

Antisemitism is an issue with which I am generally interested. I believe that sometimes there is actual antisemitism. But sometimes I think it is a label used to tarnish people who are entirely reasonable. Being critical of Israel does not make one antisemitic. Being anti-banking does not make one antisemitic. Being critical of lawyers does not make one antisemitic. Being critical of Hollywood does not make one antisemitic.

There are antisemitic people out there, though outside of liberal circles ironically (I guess ironically) I’ve never heard it expressed openly.

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