Category: Correspondence

So Far, So Good

Note to Project CBD: I wish to remain anonymous at this time, for reasons im sure you can understand. But i do want our story told, as it goes on. Our son was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, metastaic in the brain, brain stem and spinal cord and spinal cord membranes. His first MRI was done january, 28, 2013. They thought he had a horrible, malignant agressive cancer according to just the MRI.  A biopsy February 6, 2013, showed pilocytic astrocytoma with atypical behavior, indicating possible other forms of cancer. This surgery also left our son, who was 15 months...

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“The Server Went Down…”

Courtenay, BC   June 27   “The server went down,” it was explained to me when I checked my email the other day. I was in Vancouver, BC, covering the International Cannabinoid Research Society meeting. Evidently two or three weeks’ worth of Second Column items were lost, and a couple of Dispatches and some Correspondence, and I’m not sure what else. This morning I woke up with the solution to the problem! Dear United States Government, I recently lost two or three weeks’ worth of writing and graphics created on wordpress and sent directly to a server that crashed. This...

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Prescient Norbert Wiener

May 20   From William Steinsmith, MD, who pulled out this quote:    “…These new machines have a great capacity for upsetting the present basis of industry, and of reducing the economic value of the routine factory employee to a point at which he is not worth hiring at any price. If we combine our machine-potentials of a factory with the valuation of human beings on which our present factory system is based, we are in for an industrial revolution of unmitigated cruelty…”     from a New York Times piece by John Markoff  It was a vision that never saw the light of day. The year was 1949, and computers and robots were still largely the stuff of science fiction. Only a few farsighted thinkers imagined that they would one day become central to civilization, with consequences both liberating and potentially dire. One of those visionaries was Norbert Wiener (1894-1964), an American mathematician at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1948 he had published “Cybernetics,” a landmark theoretical work that both foreshadowed and influenced the arrival of computing, robotics and automation. Two years later, he wrote “The Human Use of Human Beings,” a popularization of those ideas and an exploration of the potential of automation and the risks of dehumanization by machines. In 1949, The New York Times invited Wiener to summarize his views about “what the ultimate machine...

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Note to Jane Brody

Your May 14 column in the NY Times pointing out that “Isolation is on a par with high blood pressure, obesity, or smoking as a health risk factor” brought to mind what Dennis Peron told the Institute of Medicine Investigators when they visited the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club in December, 1997 (see attached pdf). Please forward this to Dr. Cacioppo if you think he’d be interested. Yours truly, Fred...

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An Instruction to the Green Party

Thanks for sending the Green Party position paper on marijuana. You should stop calling the drug war  “a failure,” which implies that it had or has righteous goals. As explained in O’Shaughnessy’s, the war on drugs is an ongoing success for its perpetrators.  —The Managing...

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