The below is a response to a friend with a past related to substance abuse, having grown older he continues to abstain from most things. He also endures a range of chronic maladies which have a proven track record of being treated successfully using distilled hash oil, coined Phoenix Tears by Rick Simpson. If you’re not familiar with them and know someone who suffers from chronological dis-ease then you might want to do some homework, if you’re reading my ramblings then chances are you’re a bit more willing to bend the rules in order to help others, or may be fortunate enough to live where you don’t need to.
With that bit of introduction out of the way I’ll throw out just a tad more, I was a full time drug policy activist with a specific focus on Medical Marijuana in Florida nearly 10 years ago, at the time it seemed like a fully uphill battle with little hope of winning, though love and support from those that needed this medicine drove me on for a couple years. The original inspiration for my jaunt into politics was 2 fold:
1) The DEA made an announcement that hemp food would be illegal at the end of 2001 (they rescinded the order)
2) Cathy Jordan — who’s name now sits on legislation to allow medical cannabis within Florida, she is an amazing person and the 2nd longest living Lou Gehrig’s Disease survivor next to Steven Hawking, and there’s quite a gap between her and #3. Her claim to living nearly 20 years past her expiration date as of this post, cannabis.
Filed Under (Nutrition) by Alvin Mites on 24-01-2013
There is no better or worse “protein”. It’s a commonly used word with little understanding, protein is like a house with bricks of “amino acids“. There are 9 “essential amino acids” that you cannot synthesize from raw ingredients and must be consumed. Any form of protein that has all 9 is termed to be a “complete protein” the great trick is that you can consume 100+ grams of protein daily and still be deficient if you have been consuming incomplete protein. This is unlikely to happen with any variety in your diet, though can happen if your staples consist of foods that come in bags and boxes.
Many plant proteins come up lower in 1 or more essential aminos unless combined ex: beans & rice. There are ongoing debates about whether these foods should be combined in the same meal or not, etc…
If you are a vegetarian or considering trying the option then please do some homework about nutrition, eating meat is simple, your almost guaranteed to have 70%+ usable protein, plenty of B vitamins from the bacteria that lived with them, and more oil soluble vitamins to help maintain your health. The downsides come in the form of other factors that cause you harm.
Diet is a tricky thing, there is more going on with health than being fat or thin, calorie in, calorie out. Perhaps in years to come someone will find a unified theory, though with such genetic diversity within our species and lots of money to be made from pushing a new fad we are unlikely to see a 1 size fits all approach to optimal health anytime soon.
There is no such thing as food that is good for you, only that which is less bad.
That was told to me by a very wise man some years ago, my research suggested that it is true. Everything you consume causes an immune response short of glacial water. So please do your own research, no-one cares about your health more than you (I hope).
1: came from friends, don’t dumb anything down — explain in a way that can be understood with the current vocabulary but don’t ever dumb something down thinking that it will help a child understand. Rather than using baby talk, or referring to a storm as “god playing bowling” or other such nonsense that seems harmless, explain what is really happening in the world. If the idea is too complex then ask if they understand and have them explain what you said. If you’ve never given kids a chance to be smart they may surprise you.
2: came from the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell — in a study of over 100 families of various social backgrounds in an attempt to identify styles of parenting there were found to be essentially 2 with a strong divide between families that were considered rich and families that were considered poor. Rich families had parents and children often engaging together with children encouraged and exposed to different activities (gymnastics, drawing, instrument lessons, sports, etc…), enabling them to begin to develop skill(s). Poor families had parents and children participating in most things separately. Parents might be watching TV while children were told to play outside.
Rich famiies had children that grew up with developed skill. Poor families grew up with children that had greater imagination.
There is generally a balance between extremes, though the kernels relate volumes of value.
What lessons have you stumbled across, by accident or on purpose? Please share in the comments below.
Filed Under (Creative) by Alvin Mites on 17-09-2012
Repetition Creates Pattern — every once in a while I dive into a couple of TED talks. Often when I’m feeling near brain dead and need a creativity spark to help push me back into productivity. Other times just cause…
This one is excellent, it’s presented at TEDx Houston and given by architect / developer Dan Phillips who likes to build things out of waste. Giving a background about how what he does works, and why so few others do so. Gets into a little philosophy smashing the ideas of making perfection for the sake of perfection, a theme seen over and over in more developed cultures.
For anyone that likes to think outside the box, remember. Repetition creates pattern, knowing this you can create patterns from ANYTHING vs buying your perfect decor at your local big box store.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) another piece of legislation introduced with the best of intent and yet having very far reaching authority that crumbles the value of the Fourth Amendment just a bit more, and perhaps quite a bit.
Recently The Onion News (a fake and funny news series) put out a great show about how the CIA was using Facebook(link to video below) to track people allowing them to cut their budgets. While it the show was produced with tongue in cheek satire, CISPA would actually make this farce look rather secure as it would limit the ability to track your personal activities to a single web-site.
establish procedures to allow intelligence community elements to share cyber threat intelligence with private-sector entities and encourage the sharing of such intelligence ”CRS report on CISPA“. Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
On the surface these seem like great ideas, prevent theft and help intelligence gathering agencies to protect and fight against the threat of cyber criminals that may wish to cause harm. Take a few minutes to think these items through and they start to look a little less shiny, similar to how many measures of the PATRIOT act are not longer thought of as being the best idea this bill creates a slippery slope.
theft or misappropriation of private or government information I can see the intent, no-one wants protected information to enter the wild, your journal, your bank statements, and other items are not meant to be shared, that was part of the intent of SOPA/PIPA (the bills defeated by the internet blackout). Yet in context of the 2nd excerpt above this gets interesting. Privately held information should be shared, so now The Onion News satire starts holding water, since this bill is aimed at manufacturers and service providers it looks even more like the great big brother of 1984 coming out as our lives become increasingly networked.
The laws that stand in place already allow the FBI to eavesdrop on your cell phone any time the battery is plugged in. Knowing this the bad guys now know to leave them at home or pull the battery before engaging in a conversation that could be revealing. Your cell phone conversations and email are already being read so the bad guys know to use encryption similar to the way that codes have been used for millenia when transmitting data that you don’t want anyone else to understand. Projects like TOR are used to take this same encryption and apply it to your internet browsing, a nice novelty to some and critical to allow the dissemination of information and in some cases preventing execution for researching specific information in countries with restrictive policies like China.
CISPA works similar to the idea of gun control, make guns illegal and the bad guys will stop getting them right? Ever seen the movie Lord of Wartouches on the surface (if in a highly dramatic fashion) of how effective gun control laws are. So long as they are produced the bad guys are going to find a way to acquire them if they want to. In similar fashion the bad guys are going to continue playing the cat and mouse game with the internet, using the newest methods and ideas of how to bypass and prevent internet snooping to allow them to communicate and transmit data.
That said I like the idea of regulation, while I’ve long accepted that many of my private details are being swallowed in the form of tracking to allow better ads to be shown I don’t like the idea of having EVERY detail about what I do transmitted without any regulation. To me there is a great difference between using a service that collects data with my knowledge and having EVERYTHING I do with any networked device available. Call me a nut, I still believe in what’s left of the Fourth Amendment and the right to privacy.
If you are reading this sometime in the future I hope it is used for a source of reference about how absurd these ideas were at one time. If you are reading this in 2012 then please take a few minutes to contact your Senators and encourage voting no, or at least showing support for the amendment to allow some regulation on the collected private data that is ENCOURAGED to be shared with private entities.
“to permit federal lawsuits against the government for any violation of restrictions placed on the government’s use of voluntarily shared information, including the important privacy and civil liberties protections contained in the bill,” Albanesius, Chloe. “White House Threatens to Veto CISPA”. PC Magazine.
You can find your Senator’s contact details and even send a pre-written email if that’s all you have time for at FightForTheFuture.org
When you make contact please remember that this bill has been presented with great intent, yet it offers open ended access to your personal details as it currently stands. Details that are Encouraged to be shared with private-sector entities. At which point it becomes unregulated completely, potentially even sold like the credit card numbers that the intent of this bill is to help protect.
The below is a letter I recently submitted to the White House through their commentary page. This letter was written in response to recent moves by the U.S. attorney General Melinda Haag. I’ve added links to the letter for reference and hope you will click on the above link to send in your own feedback, and let me know, do you think that the Federal Government should invest resources into closing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries that comply with their state laws?
“I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users,” [Rolling Stone]
This is a quote from Mr. Obama in 2007. Recently the policy seems to have changed tides with raids on medical dispensaries in California. Some 80% of the US public [ABC News Poll, NORML list of other polls] are in agreement with allowing sick patients to access medicine which the DEA has refused to acknowledge in the nearly 24 years that follow the ruling by administrative law judge Francis L. Young who after reviewing months of testimony stated “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”
When the laws of the land do not reflect the will of the people there will be conflict until one of the two changes.
Having personally escorted more than one patient that had gone well past their diagnosed expiration date without the use of any medication other than marijuana I am not about to give up on their right to continue living for the sake of a law that no longer represents the people and hope that Mr. Obama will return to the statement he gave that helped him win the California vote, probably among others.
Filed Under (Mind Walk) by Alvin Mites on 23-06-2012
Ever see room for a little bit of improvement doing something that seems fairly easy to change?
The famous 5 minute fix?
Timed this one — nearly 2.5 hours, for what was supposed to be rather quick. Sadly this time it didn’t work out, the issue remains and I had a thought about revision control for complete systems.
How easy should it be to undo a change?
Seems like this may help to cause or delay further change though it will be
criticism is easy, spotting faults requires very little effort
helping to create solutions requires an investment of time and energy, yet if you wish to see change in behavior to improve results it is the only way
if you see something you like or dislike then please, offer some positive feedback to show that the effort taken was appreciated, and/or take the time to think through another way to handle the situation, then mentally walk through how the outcome might have changed given the new behavior / process
whether your suggestion is implemented or not, through the exercise of doing so you have improved upon your own ability to create solutions to difficult situations
just my 2 cents (apologies for the *lack of* grammar — perhaps someone has a method for helping a dyslexic to improve?)