That probably isn't news to most thinking humans, but maybe it's significant to have it at least semi-quantified in Lancet. The study proposes ranking drugs according to a more sensible "matrix of harm," which puts alcohol and tobacco above weed in terms of harm—and substantially above LSD and ecstasy, which are "Class A" drugs in the UK's A/B/C system.
Also: Kudos to the University of Bristol (who posted the article/press release) for perhaps the most bizarre photo-pullquote pairing ever in science journalism:
("Whoooo! Professor Nutt! Your methodology is AWESOME! I am so having sex with you once I get these leather pants off!")
Apparently, the little sign reads, “USA wants to save Europe’s culture from going under.” See a nice high-res two-color version and more background on good ol' Wikipedia. The high-res is worth a look just to check out all the details, e.g., the dancers in the torso-cage and the ribbon on the right leg that reads "World's Most Beautiful Leg."
(Found on Reason's blog)
I just had cause to be reminded of the New Birthday Song (again, happy birthday, JP!):
[update: even better than the YTMND link, you can see the real ATHF segment on YouTube]
I'll have to learn the complete score and lyrics before the Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary of my incoming hombrito. I think that might make for a bracing delivery-room serenade. Those words, fyi:
Deep within the womb of time,
a creature thus be born
The seed of life is united with
the egg of tyranny
Gestates forth from within the womb of life
for three-quarter and nigh a year
The creature thus be born!
The creature thus be formed!
And ye of years...
[Your current age + bells]
When the heavens open up
and drink from the silver cup
The creature thus be born!
And blow the magic horn!
To alert the spirit deep within the cycle of life.
The creature has begun its journey deep forlorn,
upon this day which he be formed
In the sea of mucus the spirit rides down from the mountain
and unites with the creature in the womb
A holy union, dark mortality, until the dark mortality
breaks the chain of life
The creature thus be born
And every year raineth down the celebratory tears
A celebration of the years
from mere mortal sky
Will the left ever stop parodying itself? I seriously had a brief moment of wondering if this was a Republican group secretly trying to come up with the most precious, caricaturedly '60s, hippy-dippy name for an organization possible, but no: a permit for a rally at Westlake this Sunday to recognize the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War was issued to "Act Now to Stop War and End Racism" (A.N.S.W.E.R).
"End Racism"? Seriously? Racism? Why not... something about fastening seat belts or eating vegetables? Or even better, something involving transgender organic food carbon credits? Or homeless welfare vegan healthcare gay marriage? Whoops, sorry, too many consonants.
Two more permits were issued just after, for "Troops Home Now Coalition" (hey, that's not a bad on-message name) and for "Jobs with Justice-March 19th Coalition Anti Iraq War" (what the hell?). A solid majority of Americans wants to end the war. Ending the war is a good thing. But just blithely, automatically putting the Iraq war under the whole giant-street-puppet, middle-class, fey-Wiccan, overeducated Seattle baby-boomer umbrella of "liberal issues" just makes more moderate and right-leaning people resistant to the idea. The rally will be an advertisement to suburban Westlake shoppers of why the the war should continue—because, you know, if the stupid hippies are against it, it must be the right thing to do.
(Just to add some public-service value to my ranting, I again highly recommend signing up for Downtown Seattle Elerts, the mailing-list for downtown bourgeoisie, to let us know when our capitalist enterprises might face some temporary disruption from the underclasses.)
3. (seriously, I am not kidding) Sovereign Valentino
I was confusing Malcolm McDowell with Terence Stamp, and then I saw on IMDB that Terence Stamp was in a new Get Smart due out in 2008 (with Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart). Then I saw he was also playing Brigham Young in some weird Mormon Western, directed by the guy who directed Young Guns, who also apparently directed this movie in 2001 with Wilford Brimley. Wow: