Reality Repose

April 3, 2014

Three_WorldsClear and chilly again this early Thursday on California’s north coast — the weekend’s finally in sight.
Forecasts call for a “chance of rain” for the immediate future, which up here really means a drizzle at most, with no appreciable precipitation called for until the end of next week.

Up top the news this morning is another America-speciality: Mass shootings. This one yesterday at Fort Hood. Texas — four dead, including the shooter, with 16 wounded. And like most of these affairs, no motive as of yet, other than PTSD.
Meanwhile, down Chile way another big aftershock off that 8.2 earthquake earlier this week with a 7.6 rattler yesterday afternoon. No major damage or injuries were reported so far.
And Malaysian officials offered a tip on the infamous missing airliner: “At the end of the investigations, we may not even know the real cause. We may not even know the reason for this incident.”

(Illustration: M.C. Escher’s ‘Three Worlds‘ found here).

Now, the episode is fodder for movies, books and all kinds of bullshit — 227 passengers from 14 different countries and 14 crew members, tons of stuff for any entertainment venue. The Flight 370 disappearance, though, is one crazy story.

And another crazy item, one which will most-likely gain traction — via the San Francisco Chronicle:

A Wyoming college student visiting Denver on spring break jumped to his death after eating a marijuana cookie that his friend legally purchased in one of Colorado’s recreational pot shops, authorities said Wednesday.
An autopsy report lists marijuana intoxication as a “significant contributing factor” in the death of 19-year-old Levy Thamba Pongi, a native of the Republic of Congo who fell from a motel balcony on March 11.
It marked the first time the Denver medical examiner’s office has listed a marijuana edible as a contributor to a death, said Michelle Weiss-Samaras, a spokeswoman for the office.
“We have not had that,” she said.

The friends told investigators that Pongi ate the cookie and “exhibited hostile behavior” that included pulling things off walls and speaking erratically, the autopsy report said.
Attempts by the three friends to calm Pongi seemed to work until he went outside and jumped over the balcony railing, according to the report.
Denver police ruled the death an accident but said their investigation remains open.

One has to really remember all the offshoots of pot can be really different in its impact, even for medical treatment and marijuana itself is just a plant.
Personally, I can’t handle any of those things — cookies, brownies, oils, etc. — and I discovered long, long ago to just let it be and just suck on a pipe or doobie with regular smoke.
But, even with all that shit, never heard of “hostile behavior” coming off even cookies. There’s more here than meets the bowl.
And the dumb-ass, long-long-running “war on drugs” amongst Americans?
Treatment is the cure:

The public appears ready for a truce in the long-running war on drugs.
A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 67 percent of Americans say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for those who use illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
Just 26 percent think the government’s focus should be on prosecuting users of such hard drugs.

Dude, just be cool.

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