Check out these highlights from a Fresh Air interview with Tony Dokoupil about marijuana.
So in Colorado, the medical marijuana growers have to have 24-hour video of their operations, and that video is accessible by the state at any time — they can tap into it. And they all have these badges, and they had to go through background checks to get these badges. So there’s an attempt to keep black market money out of it … in Colorado, you’re unlikely to see a situation where a dispensary is, in fact, just a front for a Mexican cartel.
He also describes that because marijuana must, by law, be grown indoors, grow houses have rooms to simulate different kinds of sunlight and different seasons.
And you get a little deeper in and you open one of these doors, which are about the size of, like, Winnebagos where the actual plants are, and your eyes just recognize, ‘Oh my god — it’s summer sunshine.’ It’s like you want lemonade.
And then you go to another room and you open the door, and it will have, like, a honey-coated light, and you’ll be like, ‘Oh fall! I want a pumpkin latte — how beautiful.’
Via the Dish.
This and some less unfortunate images at LDS Clipart.
Brian Switek talks about the never-ending, fruitless search for Big Foot and other cryptozoological tales.
Field biologists study elusive living species by using camera traps, analyzing genetic data from scat, and following footprints. There should be a wealth of compelling evidence from such sources—but all we have are an abundance of purported sightings. Given the number that Sasquatch clubs busy themselves with, I should be able to look out my window each morning and see Sasquatch families raiding my trash cans for leftovers. Bigfoot aficionados protest that they have found tracks, hair, and other evidence. But photos of mangy black bears and footage that would make even the director of Cloverfield nauseous from all the shaking show nothing more than a lack of rational skepticism.
The Bible and Wikipedia tell us that King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon made a large golden statue and wanted everybody to bow to it. Not wanting to violate the First Commandment, three Jews names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn’t bow, so Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into the furnace. Even though the furnace was so hot that it killed even the soldiers who were throwing them in, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were able to walk around inside with no problem, completely unhurt. Nebuchadnezzar was forced to admit that their God was very powerful, and he declared that saying anything against the God of the Jews was an act of war.
Much later, the Beastie Boys made a song.
Whether you read and trusted all the polls, which were correct, or you told conservatives for years that they were on a losing road, you should be able to revel in being correct. Bruce Bartlett takes the opportunity to detail his long falling-out with his fellow conservatives.
I know that it’s unattractive and bad form to say “I told you so” when one’s advice was ignored yet ultimately proved correct. But in the wake of the Republican election debacle, it’s essential that conservatives undertake a clear-eyed assessment of who on their side was right and who was wrong. Those who were wrong should be purged and ignored; those who were right, especially those who inflicted maximum discomfort on movement conservatives in being right, ought to get credit for it and become regular reading for them once again.
The Denton House of New Hyde Park, NY, was built in 1795. In 1860, it was made over as a mansion. In 1986, it was bought by McDonald’s, and in 1987, local residents secured its status as a landmark. McDonald’s was not allowed to tear it down, so it had to renovate it, making it McDonalds #12000, the loveliest of all.
From Scouting NY, via Kottke. Also, Waymarking.
Rare virgin births have been documented in some snake, shark, lizard, and bird species, but until now scientists have never found members of a normally sexual species reproducing asexually in the wild.
They captured pregnant copperhead and cottonmouth female pit-vipers from the field, where males were present.
The snakes gave birth, allowing the scientists to study the physical and genetic characteristics of the litters.
Of the 22 copperheads, the scientists found one female that must have had a virgin birth.
Another single virgin birth occurred within the 37 cottonmouth litters.
“I think the frequency is what really shocked us,” said Prof Booth.
From BBC Nature, via the Morning News.