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1  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Gov Susana Martinez: It's time to "play ball" on Amnesty on: Today at 06:50:06 PM
It's like saying "This girl I'm dating is sweet, pretty, funny, sexy, but she does like to stab puppies once or twice a week.  I don't like everything she does, like stabbing puppies, but the good totally outweighs the bad".

Supporting amnesty is a deal-breaker for any true conservative.  Anyone who disagrees isn't a true conservative, and I think most here will agree with that.

You should repeat some of the really asinine hypotheticals you come up with out loud.  Might help you sound more reasonable.  

Or maybe not. Undecided

You're not a true conservative.  You're not a conservative period.  And conservatives will be voting for whomever the Republican nominee is.  That nominee is going to be supporting some form of amnesty, just like the rest of the Republican party.  
2  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Gov Susana Martinez: It's time to "play ball" on Amnesty on: Today at 06:46:23 PM
Let's get real here.

At the end of the day the vast majority of politicians are gonna speak from a position that, first and foremost, keeps them in power.

If you look at it from a position of her retaining power as Governor of New Mexico it's probably the best possible move to make, from a Martinez standpoint. She'll get a vast majority of the white vote in New Mexico because they simply won't vote Democrat plus will do very well with Hispanics because she herself is Hispanic plus she actually has a fair amount of charisma and that "it" factor as well.

I don't see how taking that strong of a Pro-Amnesty position will allow her to win a Republican Primary and run for President at this point. I think social media and alternative media has taken things to such a level that it's going to be really hard to win a Primary unless you are pretty damn conservative. Just look at the way Drudge and Breitbart blast Cantor, Ryan and Boehnor at each opportunity they can when those guys take a pro amnesty position.

I still say a person like Martinez could be on the ticket as a V.P. choice because ultimately Republicans want to win of course, and she is Hispanic and a female with a pretty decent decent track record and people do seem to really like her as well which is huge of course in this day.

Exactly.  That's why they will be toeing the line on amnesty. 
3  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Eight Million, With 35% Under Age 35 on: Today at 06:37:52 PM
How many had insurance previously and what was the difference in cost?

This too.
4  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Eight Million, With 35% Under Age 35 on: Today at 06:11:50 PM
Good question.

Also, how many of those 8 million are citizens who lost their insurance due to ObamaCare?

The article is pretty light on's pretty much saying, "People signed up....and stuff."

Pretty weak.

Yep.  I think they will try and hide the data for as long as possible. 
5  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Gov Susana Martinez: It's time to "play ball" on Amnesty on: Today at 06:08:03 PM
Good people that support opening the border for millions of illegal aliens.   Yes!

Yes, good people who know how to lead.  They not advocate everything you like, but that good leaders are hard to find. 

And now you have a ready-made excuse to vote for a Democrat again. 
6  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: Today at 05:48:29 PM
No, but if you drank lets say a case and a half thought he course of a 12 hour day, you would prolly be buzzed most of the day.  If you took 2-3 hits from a joint and smoked it every 1-2 hours during a 12 hour day you would be high all that time too.  That being said, high and drunk are 2 different things, but they are both forms of being intoxicated. 

Thanks.  So when people smoke a joint, they don't smoke the whole thing at once like a cigarette? 
7  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Eight Million, With 35% Under Age 35 on: Today at 05:36:09 PM
How many of those alleged 8 million are paying versus getting subsidies? 
8  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Gov Susana Martinez: It's time to "play ball" on Amnesty on: Today at 05:22:58 PM
definitely.  America needs more amnesty-supporting republicans.  I hope ALL of the repubs, except one, support amnesty.  This way, the vote won't be split like in the past.  Vote for Cruz, or vote for allowing illegal immigrant lawbreakers to take over the country.  Easy choice.

Yes, America needs more good people to run for high office.
9  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: Today at 05:22:04 PM
This discussion of whether pot (or freakin' anything) is "healthy" or "harmless" is near meaningless.

Reminds me of the Katt Williams bit about weed where he questions why aspirin is legal but pot is not;  With aspirin, he points out, if you take 13 of those mofo's it'll be your last damn opposed to weed which is basically impossible to OD on.

Per little Katt, the principle effects of weed are:  Hungry, Happy, Sleepy.

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Ok.  That clip made me laugh out loud.   Grin
10  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: Today at 05:19:09 PM
Depends on the context of what you are comparing it to.

An alcohol buzz is different than being high.

I'm trying to use your context.  You said smoking a joint a day is like being drunk all day.  What I'm asking is whether you think the effects of smoking a joint in a day are the same as someone being drunk?  
11  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: Today at 05:17:25 PM
There is literally no contradiction in anything I said there.

I said high doses were unhealthy, but that's not odd that you would completely misrepresent me. I even see the sentence you got that from and I was implying that it has certain negative consequences which can be robust like induction of psychosis. It is a wonder drug for many conditions, again no contradiction. The issue here is you aren't all that bright.

Your study had no conclusion on negative or positive you pleb, what opinion are you talking about?

Again where am I talking out of both sides of my mouth?

recreationally ther eis no argument
It is a wonder drug for intractable seizure, adhd, forms of OCD, pain, Nausea etc.
It shouldn't be given to kids unless medicinal (ie kids shouldn't be getting high)
It has detrimental effects which are dose dependent. The studies I posted corroborate this,not someone's discussion.
Let's do this with alcohol

It has benefits (anxiety reduction, mood lift) but is also detrimental, it has dose related effects. Long term is depletes thiamine causing confabulations and an illness, that isn't an acute effect, so acute versus chronic is different. In low doses it may have benefits even, for the liver, mental health etc, the heart, so is it good or bad Beach Bum? neither, it's a complex topic that you need to have an understanding of to discuss rationally. This will be my last response as I am not interested in debating with someone who hasn\t addressed one point and thinks he has caught me in his web of intellectual dishonesty. A substance exhibiting confounding effects isn't new, all things in moderation.

You do this a lot, move the goal posts, won't define terms, rebut a wall of text an arguments with a semantic argument.

Believe what you want, the facts are out there.

Its you who are confused, probably because you have no idea what you are talking about.

I'm not confused.  I'm simply quoting you.  Was genuinely trying to understand your position, but I can see you're felling a little challenged.  lol

I'm giving more weight to what I read from Alblow and other sources, including this from him (posted earlier):

"Research studies show that cannabis users are at a 40 percent increased risk of psychosis. Research studies show that marijuana may well be a risk factor for schizophrenia, depression and anxiety disorders.

And research shows that marijuana is linked to a syndrome in which people have little motivation to pursue goals and interests that they once found compelling."

It's ok if you disagree. 
12  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Bloomberg to donate $50 million to gun control candidates/efforts on: Today at 05:13:31 PM
The guy who posts links to says this?   

HEHEHEHE, what a freakin' maroon!

I don't know anything about  What's your beef with that site?
13  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Tennessee atheists win right to distribute literature after schools give Bibles on: Today at 05:12:22 PM
I don't know anything about the case beyond what I read in your post, but I am curious as to why you think that they're irrational? Now, to be fair, I don't think that people should be prohibited from discussing their beliefs. If this coach wants to organize Bible days, or whathaveyou, more power to him, provided that he doesn't directly or indirectly coerce anyone to participate.

So I have some questions for you: Do you believe an employee of a publicly funded University should be able to use his position to proselytize? Especially an employee in a position of authority, such as a Professor or Coach, instead of some buffoon in administration? More specifically, would you feel any different if the coach in question was Muslim and he organized transportation to Mosque Days?

To have the proper context, you need to watch the clip I posted poking fun at irrational atheists.  That dude is right.  Why are these people so offended over something they do not believe in?  It's irrational.    

I believe an employee of a publicly funded university has the right to talk about his or her faith to a group of adults.  I think he or she has the right to invite people to pray, have bible studies, etc.  And no, I wouldn't feel any differently if the coach was Muslim, Buddhist, Catholic, Mormon, etc.  

This isn't much different than what employees of "publicly funded" institutions do all the time, including members of a presidential administration having bible studies in his office.  
14  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Gov Susana Martinez: It's time to "play ball" on Amnesty on: Today at 05:05:42 PM
I hope she runs.
15  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: Today at 02:26:08 PM
I already explained that smoking a joint in a day is like being drunk all day

Are you saying being high impairs someone in the same way as being drunk?
16  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: All things LA Lakers on: Today at 02:24:20 PM
I don't hate Kobe....I agree with you...he is a throwback to the old days....his will to win is second to none. But first the achilles injury then the knee injury back to back....As an athlete your mind tells you one thing but the body doesn't exactly cooperate once you hit a certain age.

I just don't think you'll see top flight free agents clamoring to come play with Kobe at this stage of his career. Pau should've been traded a long time ago and now a good return in trade value for him has expired, I think. I think the only reason Pau hasn't been traded yet is that Kobe has such a hard-on for him.

I agree the odds are against Kobe.  But if there is any athlete who can do it, it's him. 

It isn't just about coming to play with Kobe.  It's about what the franchise will do for the next 5 to 10 years, which is based in part on the franchise's history.  That's what will attract FAs to LA.  And that's partly why Howard's decision was so stupid.   

Pau was traded.  I think they did try and move him again, but Kupchak wasn't going to just give him away.  That was the right thing to do. 
17  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: Today at 02:04:03 PM

I can have an opinion but in matters of fact I cannot. We haven't even defined healthy, you are using a common fucking argumentative tactic of attacking semantics, side arguments and irrelevant point.

Good thing your opinion doesn't matter because you get your science from a newspaper. It has many healthy properties, I just fucking outlined them read what I actually posted. I don't know why I get into with you, you are a nitwit that misconstrues everything.

It's not black and white, sorry if you want it to be that simple, if you can't understand nuance then I don't know what to tell you. The substance can both be healthy are harmful depending on many variables. Alcohol is fine in the healthy but don't drink if you have hepatitis.

You didn't even make a fucking argument, you simply copy and pasted a shitty article thinking it trumps the newer research I just posted.

Your questions are also retarded, you ask me if I think it's fine and rebut me with use in children. You haven't addressed one point, just twist everything, you said it was fine, but I found this study in schizophrenics that shows it's not. That is the depth of your argument, your knowledge on the subject.

You haven't touched one study I posted that contradicts yours, proves my point. Nor have you countered my contentions about your paper.

J Addict Res Ther. 2013 Apr 24;Suppl 4. pii: 010.

A Review of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Studies in Marijuana using Adolescents and Adults.

Sneider JT1, Mashhoon Y2, Silveri MM1.

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Marijuana (MJ) remains the most widely used illicit drug of abuse, and accordingly, is associated with adverse effects on mental and physical health, and neurocognitive decline. Studies investigating the neurobiology of underlying MJ effects have demonstrated structural and functional alterations in brain areas that contain moderate to high concentrations of cannabinoid (CB1) receptors and that are implicated in MJ-related cognitive decrements. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H MRS), a non-invasive imaging technique used to assess neurochemistry, has been widely applied to probe a variety of substance-abusing populations. To date, however, there is a relative paucity of MRS published studies characterizing changes in neurometabolite concentrations in MJ users. Thus, the current review provides a summary of data from the eight existing MRS studies of MJ use in adolescents and adults, as well as interpretations and implications of study findings. Future MRS studies that address additional factors such as sex differences, onset and duration of use, abstinence and age, are warranted, and would lead to a more thorough characterization of potential neurochemical correlates of chronic MJ use, which would fill critical gaps in the existing literature.

Here this paper is none sensationalized, are we done here yet or have I raped you hard enough? Would you like the full paper? it goes through all the imaging studies (your study is one).

So to recap, you have been talking out of both sides of your mouth in this thread.  Including the following:


It is literally a wonder drug, you have all been lied too. I would know,I have literally read every paper related to health on the subject, there are literally no side effects when done appropriately and the addiction is on par with coffee as is the intoxication.

It is the number one medicinal substance in the world, no other compound has all of these benefits and robustly so.


Long term, there are no consequences if you start in adult hood

So based on the research my personal and professional opinion on MJ use is that it can be of utility for a variety of illnesses and can be detrimental to some (like any drug). It's side effects and public health risks are moot in terms of legalization, if alcohol is legal no argument can be made for a less harmful substance with clear medicinal effects.

Kids shouldn't use it, except as a medicine in which there is clear efficacy.

I am all over the place because it's a complex topic in which I cannot make blanket statements. I think it's healthy, I think high doses of THC have robust health consequences.

So you've said:  It's a wonder drug, it is healthy, it literally has no side effects when used "appropriately," high doses are healthy, kids should not use, those with developing brains shouldn't use.  But it "can be detrimental."  

This is comical.  lol  

I think I'll stick with Ablow's opinion over yours. 
18  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: All things LA Lakers on: Today at 01:42:47 PM
I don't doubt Kobe's determination. But I think he's shot. Missing this amount of time due to injuries at his age....I think he's nearly done.

And it's not as if Howard would have stayed if Jackson was the coach last year. Howard is a head case prima donna and simply did like playing with Kobe. He was gone no matter what.

This is going to be a painful rebuilding process with Kobe in the final stages of his career. It's not going to be pretty. They've had their time in the sun. And now it's over and it will be for years, sorry to say. Just my .02. It's not like Lebron or Carmelo are coming to L.A. Sure, the draft will be talented but there's no guarantee that they land a marquee talent to build around while Kobe is still relevant.

The Lakers will be reminicent of the Wizards of 2002-2003 with an ageing Michael Jordan and a crappy supporting cast.

I don't know what will happen with Kobe, but he has been cleared to resume full-time workouts.  He's going to have six months to prep.  If anyone can come back, it's him.  And I don't know why you have hate for someone who just wants to win.  He reminds of me of the old days of the NBA, where players came to play every night.   

I think Howard would have stayed if Phil was the coach.  Phil is a master.  The fact he won three rings with Shaq and Kobe and their personalities/drama is pretty incredible. 

I don't think the rebuilding process will be that painful.  LA is still one of the top franchises in the NBA.  They will not have trouble attacking free agents.  And LA will have at least a top six lottery pick this year.   Cry  I have no idea who is coming, but if you look at Kupchak's history, I think he's going to do fine.   

Remember Kupchak convinced Malone and Payton to basically play for free and they came within three games of a championship, even with Kobe's rape trial drama. 

Kupchak also traded for Howard, and even though Howard left, it was a good trade because Bynum subsequently left the reservation. 

Kupchak also traded for Pau, a year after the Lakers were one of the worst teams in the NBA.

Kupchak traded for Ariza who helped win a championship.  He then signed Artest/World Peace, who helped win a championship.

Kupchak traded for Chris Paul, before Stern stepped in and vetoed.  I hope Stern has chronic diarrhea in his retirement.   Angry

You really doubt what Kupchak can do?  I have no idea what he has planned, but if history is a guide, it will be good.
19  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: Today at 01:26:36 PM
I am all over the place because it's a complex topic in which I cannot make blanket statements. I think it's healthy, I think high doses of THC have robust health consequences. I am trying to be honest and explain the nuance to you. The thing is the body and brain have an endocannabinoid system, which is located in the limbic (amygdala) an cortex. Now the amydala is a key center for fear and emontionality. Low and high  doses of THC have paradoxical effects, low increases serotonin, high decreases. It also exerts it's effects via modulation.

I didn't dismiss the findings, the found what they found, I disagree with the conclusion. Also, why are we discussing this? you aren't even educated on this? I mean they are describing neuroadaptation, WHOAA

"["Neuroadaptation" in long-term cannabis abuse. A clinical and electroencephalographic case study].

[Article in German]

Winterer G1, Schmidt LG, Frick K, Ulrich G.

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This report is about electroencephalographic changes in a twenty-eight year old patient with longterm heavy cannabis use. He was admitted to our hospital after he had developed a depressive-apathetic syndrome. Two days after the last cannabis-intake, the patient had recovered from initial psychopathology and his EEG was completely inconspicuous at this day. Some days later however the patient's behavior became increasingly impulsive and unstable, while his EEG showed a marked disturbed regulation of vigilance. In the following weeks his impulsiveness became less and his EEG returned to normal. We suggest that these alterations may reflect a discontinuation of the initial neuroadaption of the central nervous system to the drug.

there were changes induced by the drug and they caused withdrawal and return.

Also, the above is research, yours is an article, you may prefer someone explain this stuff to you but I prefer reading it for myself as I can understand it just fine.

This paper highlights the negatives of MJ, it's a review of the literature. Have a read.

There is also the complete difference in motor functioning, cognitive tasks etc when acute versus chronic .

So they found "chronic MJ uses induces neuroadaptation, but we can't say anything other then there was a change". That's all they found, the area is well known.

"Neuropharmacology. 2014 Apr 5. pii: S0028-3908(14)00109-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2014.03.014. [Epub ahead of print]

Prior stimulation of the endocannabinoid system prevents methamphetamine-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity in the striatum through activation of CB2 receptors.

Nader J1, Rapino C2, Gennequin B1, Chavant F3, Francheteau M1, Makryiannis A4, Duranti A5, Maccarrone M6, Solinas M1, Thiriet N7.

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Methamphetamine toxicity is associated with cell death and loss of dopamine neuron terminals in the striatum similar to what is found in some neurodegenerative diseases. Conversely, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has been suggested to be neuroprotective in the brain, and new pharmacological tools have been developed to increase their endogenous tone. In this study, we evaluated whether ECS stimulation could reduce the neurotoxicity of high doses of methamphetamine on the dopamine system. We found that methamphetamine alters the levels of the major endocannabinoids, anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) in the striatum, suggesting that the ECS participates in the brain responses to methamphetamine. Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a cannabis-derived agonist of both CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, or inhibitors of the main enzymes responsible for the degradation of AEA and 2-AG (URB597 and JZL184, respectively), blunted the decrease in striatal protein levels of tyrosine hydroxylase induced by methamphetamine. In addition, antagonists of CB2, but not of CB1, blocked the preventive effects of URB597 and JZL184, suggesting that only the former receptor subtype is engaged in neuroprotection exerted by ECS stimulation. Finally, we found that methamphetamine increases striatal levels of the cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha, an effect that was blocked by ECS stimulation. Altogether, our results indicate that stimulation of ECS prior to the administration of an overdose of methamphetamine considerably reduces the neurotoxicity of the drug through CB2 receptor activation and highlight a protective function for the ECS against the toxicity induced by drugs and other external insults to the brain. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled 'CNS Stimulants'.

Oh my god it's protects da brain? it dun stop da neurotoxicity, but they said it changes the brain.

Mini Rev Med Chem. 2009 Apr;9(4):448-62.

Endocannabinoid system: emerging role from neurodevelopment to neurodegeneration.

Basavarajappa BS1, Nixon RA, Arancio O.

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The endocannabinoid system, including endogenous ligands ('endocannabinoids' ECs), their receptors, synthesizing and degrading enzymes, as well as transporter molecules, has been detected from the earliest stages of embryonic development and throughout pre- and postnatal development. ECs are bioactive lipids, which comprise amides, esters and ethers of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Anandamide (N-arachidonoylethanolamine; AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) are the best studied ECs, and act as agonists of cannabinoid receptors. Thus, AEA and 2-AG mimic several pharmacological effects of the exogenous cannabinoid delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta(9)-THC), the psychoactive principle of cannabis sativa preparations like hashish and marijuana. Recently, however, several lines of evidence have suggested that the EC system may play an important role in early neuronal development as well as a widespread role in neurodegeneration disorders. Many of the effects of cannabinoids and ECs are mediated by two G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), CB1 and CB2, although additional receptors may be implicated. Both CB1 and CB2 couple primarily to inhibitory G proteins and are subject to the same pharmacological influences as other GPCRs. This new system is briefly presented in this review, in order to put in a better perspective the role of the EC pathway from neurodevelopment to neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and multiple sclerosis. In addition, the potential exploitation of antagonists of CB1 receptors, or of inhibitors of EC metabolism, as next-generation therapeutics is discussed.

Its role in nervous system development is quite complex, I suggest you learn about g coupled proteins first.

This study had different results.

Neuropsychopharmacology. 2014 Mar 17. doi: 10.1038/npp.2014.67. [Epub ahead of print]

Long-Term Effects of Cannabis on Brain Structure.

Battistella G1, Fornari E2, Annoni JM3, Chtioui H4, Dao K4, Fabritius M5, Favrat B6, Mall JF7, Maeder P1, Giroud C5.

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The dose-dependent toxicity of the main psychoactive component of cannabis in brain regions rich in cannabinoid CB1 receptors is well known in animal studies. However, research in humans does not show common findings across studies regarding the brain regions that are affected after long-term exposure to cannabis. In the present study, we investigate (using Voxel-based Morphometry) gray matter changes in a group of regular cannabis smokers in comparison with a group of occasional smokers matched by the years of cannabis use. We provide evidence that regular cannabis use is associated with gray matter volume reduction in the medial temporal cortex, temporal pole, parahippocampal gyrus, insula, and orbitofrontal cortex; these regions are rich in cannabinoid CB1 receptors and functionally associated with motivational, emotional, and affective processing. Furthermore, these changes correlate with the frequency of cannabis use in the 3 months before inclusion in the study. The age of onset of drug use also influences the magnitude of these changes. Significant gray matter volume reduction could result either from heavy consumption unrelated to the age of onset or instead from recreational cannabis use initiated at an adolescent age. In contrast, the larger gray matter volume detected in the cerebellum of regular smokers without any correlation with the monthly consumption of cannabis may be related to developmental (ontogenic) processes that occur in adolescence.Neuropsychop harmacology advance online publication, 16 April 2014; doi:10.1038/npp.2014.67.

Again no permenant conseqeunces.

So you say you "cannot make blanket statements" and in the next sentence say "I think it's healthy . . . ."  lol  Seriously?  The reason you're all over the place is because you keep making unqualified (i.e., blanket) statements.

What's pretty clear to me based on what I've read, seen, and heard is we cannot call marijuana use "healthy," harmless, etc.  Whether it should be legal is a separate question, but calling it harmless, or even "healthy" sounds pretty naive. 
20  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: Today at 01:10:02 PM
6 joints a week is excessive.

A better way to gauge use would be to record how many times a day does a person get high. 

Getting high once a day can be compared to a 2-4 beers in an hour.

Six was only the median, so some smoked less and some smoked more. 

Why do you think a joint a day is excessive? 
21  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: All things LA Lakers on: Today at 12:52:46 PM
You really think he's the problem? Blame it on the GM, a past his prime self-centered ball hog and the shitty personnel. D'Antoni is an up tempo coach with an oft-injured PG he wishes was 8 years younger from his Phoenix days.

Yes.  They should have hired Phil.  Huge mistake.  I don't blame him for the injuries, but he did a lousy job even without the injuries. 

I don't fault Mitch Kupchak for much of anything.  I think Jim Buss was the reason they hired D'Antoni over Phil.  Kupchak has done a phenomenal job.  I think trading Blake was a mistake, but I'm a believer in him as a GM.  And he has the championships to prove it. 

If by "past his prime self-centered ball hog" you mean the five-time champion Kobe, that isn't factual at all.  Kobe had one of the best years of his career in 2012 and he missed the entire 2013-14 season, so no, he's not to blame in any way for the reason the Lakers suck.  He's the reason they made the playoffs last year. 

The personnel, when healthy, was actually not bad.  Not a contender, but not a lottery team either. 
22  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: Today at 12:41:46 PM
6 Joints a week is excessive not occasional.  

If you smoke 6 joints a week you are a pot head.

Basically, you can get high on 1-3 hits.  Joints prolly give you 10-30 hits.  This would mean you got "high" 60 to 150 times if you smoked 6 joints a week.  or 9 -25 times a day. lol.

that's like being drunk all day.

That's a joint a day.  I have no idea if that is excessive or "occasional," but six joints a week was the median for those who smoked. 
23  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Question on: Today at 12:23:29 PM

I read the study, this isn't the study this is an article, the power of the study is shit, the methods shit. They found alterations in chronic users ie six joints a week. that's not occasional. the other group was occasional. They found what Beach Bum? what concerns you here? do you even know what the nucleus accumbens does? why would forming new connections be bad? they infer they are, um nope, MJ increases growth factors namely BDNF, hence increased connectivity. They also didn't study or indicate if the changes had any negative effects.

Guess what receptors are in the limbic system (read above I have been through this), CB receptors, if you study any drug in this fashion (and they have) they alter brain function. THC is also lipophilic so 6 joints a week would saturate you for a while, hence chronic use.

This study doesn't control confounding variables, and all it has indicated is that brain alterations occur with usage, probably in line with the clinical effects, bad and good.

Nothing concerns me here.  I'm just trying to understand your position.  You're sort of all over the place.  You previously said occasional, responsible use has no adverse effects.  When I posted this study, you then said any use by a developing brain is problematic (and the brain develops into young adulthood).  Now you're saying six joints a week is not "occasional" (which misstates what the study actually says) so you dismiss the findings of this study.

Here is what it actually says about the frequency of use:

"Half of the group said they used marijuana at least once a week, and the other 20 had not used the drug in the past year, and reported using it less than five times in their life.

Among the group that did smoke, the median use was about six joints per week."
24  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Random Political Pictures on: Today at 12:15:44 PM
25  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Alleged leaker Bradley Manning: hero to Berkeley? on: Today at 11:41:40 AM

Manning sentence approved by Washington military district commander
Case of convicted WikiLeaker now automatically appealed
April 14, 2014|By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON The commander of the Army Military District of Washington has approved the findings of the court-martial last year of WikiLeaker Chelsea Manning.

Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst for the Army in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010 as Pfc. Bradley Manning, was accused of giving hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. She was tried last year at Fort Meade, found guilty of 20 offenses and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan approved the findings and the sentence last week, officials said Monday. The case will now be appealed automatically to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Manning, who lived with an aunt in Potomac and studied at Montgomery College before enlisting in 2007, has filed requests for a pardon from President Barack Obama and clemency from Army Secretary John M. McHugh. Her former attorney says he has been advised that neither a pardon nor clemency will be considered until the appeals process is complete.

Manning acknowledged leaking diplomatic cables, war logs from Afghanistan and Iraq and gunsight video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack that killed civilians in Baghdad in the hope of provoking debate on U.S. foreign policy.

Critics say she is a traitor whose leaks risked American lives. Supporters say the information deserved a public airing and endangered no one.

Col. Denise Lind, the military judge who heard the case against Manning last year, found her guilty of wrongful possession and transmission of national defense information, theft of government information, unauthorized access to a government computer and wrongful possession and transmission of protected government information, violation of lawful regulations related to his computer use and storage of classified information and wrongful publication of U.S. intelligence information.

Lind sentenced Manning to 35 years of confinement, reduction to the rank of private, dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

Buchanan, as the convening authority in Manning's court-martial, had the authority to disapprove any or all of the findings and to disapprove or modify any or all of the sentence. He did not have the authority to impose additional punishment or change a finding of not guilty to guilty.

Manning is being held at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Attorney David Coombs, who represented her through the court-martial, said in October that Manning was being held in the general population, where she is able to receive visitors, telephone calls and correspondence.
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