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Demon weed, or just fags?

Don’t tell the Department of Justice, but Ray Davies may have been substituting the rhyming slang term “Harry rag” for “marijuana cigarette.” But the song could just as easily be about regular cigarettes, or fags, as the cockneys say.

Footnote, from Alternet: More U.S. teens are now smoking marijuana than smoke cigarettes.

That’s right. Among high school students, current use — defined as use within the last 30 days — is now higher for marijuana than for cigarettes. According to the CDC, 21.9 percent of teens reported smoking cigarettes within the last month, while 22.4 percent smoked marijuana.

There is a lesson here, but one that policymakers won’t want to hear: If the idea is to stop teen substance use, the approach we’ve used with tobacco works better than the approach we’ve taken with marijuana. That means regulation of adult use, rather than prohibition…

The DOJ’s jihad on medical pot

The world’s most ridiculously named law enforcement organization — the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms — is only one of many federal agencies participating in the crackdown on medical marijuana centers, something that many Barack Obama supporters couldn’t have imagined happening when they elected him. More here.

CEO pay — up, up and away

Here’s an update on a news story you’ve probably seen before in some form. The repetition of it doesn’t make it any less galling or disgraceful. From ThinkProgress:

Compensation for chief executives at American companies grew 15 percent in 2011 after a 28 percent rise in 2010, part of a larger trend that has seen CEO pay skyrocket over the last three decades. Workers, on the other hand, have been left behind.

Since 1978, CEO pay at American firms has risen 725 percent, more than 127 times faster than worker pay over the same time period, according to new data from the Economic Policy Institute:

From 1978 to 2011, CEO compensation increased more than 725 percent, a rise substantially greater than stock market growth and the painfully slow 5.7 percent growth in worker compensation over the same period.

In 1978, CEOs took home 26.5 times more than the average worker. They now make roughly 206 times more than workers, EPI found. The pay isn’t always tied to the performance of their businesses — as ThinkProgress has noted, CEOs at companies like Bank of America often pocket huge pay increases even as the company’s stock price plummets and jobs are cut.

Workers’ wages aren’t tied to productivity either. Despite substantial gains in productivity since the 1970s, worker pay has remained flat. According to Labor Department data cited by the Huffington Post, inflation-adjusted wages fell 2 percent in 2011…

I’m so bored with the U.S.A.

The Clash:

This is not America

David Bowie:

1 2 3 4

Feist on Letterman:


Everyone can carry guns at the RNC!

Mic check

Verizon shareholder meeting interrupted six times.

Camp Mariposa

I always liked Jamie Moyer, but now I respect him even more after reading this.

Camp Mariposa


Penn Foundation has partnered with The Moyer Foundation to establish  Camp MariposaTM in Pennsylvania.

Camp MariposaTM is a free weekend camp for youth (ages 9-12) who are living with addiction in their families.
The safe and caring environment gives campers the freedom to talk about their family addiction without fear
of being judged and most importantly, assures them that they are not alone.

Camp MariposaTM activities are enhanced with therapeutic elements designed to teach children a variety of problem-solving and self-care strategies. The camp gives children a chance to laugh, play, explore, and learn as well as to create friendships with fellow campers who can relate to their struggles and understand what they’re going through.

For more information or to learn how you can become involved, contact Michele Barnes, Project Coordinator, at 215.257.9999 x 100 or mbarnes@pennfoundation.org. ege

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