The Experiment

The federal government has imposed additional and unique restrictions on cannabis research, with little rationale—beyond politics. The federal government has enabled only one institution, the University of Mississippi, to legally grow cannabis for research on its behalf, although it is free to award additional and alternative contracts. And cannabis is the only research substance for which the government is the sole supplier. For a scientist to receive cannabis from the federal farm at the University of Mississippi, a trifecta of approvals…must be obtained from the FDADEA, and a Public Health Service panel.

Perhaps as states legalize marijuana, this barrier to research will be lowered, as it was for stem cell research, once restricted by federal law. And as more studies are conducted on marijuana for medical or recreational uses, opponents and enthusiasts may both discover that they were neither entirely right nor entirely wrong.

Uber

David Krane, who last summer led a $258 million investment in Uber by Google Ventures,

 

Uber an on line service that connects riders with drivers for a fee. A person wanting a cab can get a ride from anyone with a Uber account in the area. The ride is charged through the cell phone and is cheaper than a cab in most cases however fares change during peak holiday times. This new idea is challenging legal and fixed transportation habits and rules. I guess lawyers will be the big winners.

What is wrong with Government provided vocational training?

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.’ We must prepare our workforce for the advanced skills needed in today’s economy. Nothing is more critical to our success. Let us set about to sharpen our ax together.” Gov Bryant’s State of the state speech.

The first responsibility of a public education system is to provide a liberal education so each citizen has an understanding of the world they live in and the ability to survive and contribute as a citizen.

Throughout history job training has been provided by the people seeking employees not the government taxpayer. Today we have a bigger problem with technology changing so fast that it is impossible to keep up with the equipment that is changed on a regular basis. My COBOL training is useless in today’s workforce. The planned obsolescence of equipment is a strategy corporations use to keep a continuous demand for product. The government sector can not afford to continually up date school equipment to keep technology training current and the students lose proficiency after a few years all that they trained for and still no job.

It is much better to teach children to teach themselves rather than provide the technical training that does not meet the changing environment. If a student can do research they can learn how to do any current job that may need to be filled. In the course of a life time, many will have several different job careers.

Do not waste public tax money chasing the technology never ending consumer treadmill. Provide an education that lasts a life time the ability to teach yourself.

Governor Bryant, try a chain saw or better yet a harvesting machine.

Recycling

Recycling does not work because the supply chain is not local and energy to transport material is greater costs than the efficiency of recycling. In the world of trained worker/consumers we have lost the concept of sustainability. In the quest for money, decisions are made on profit rather than quality of life and a healthy environment. Many of the materials we use today are made because of profit and it does not support long term sustainability. We see it in zoning for example where stores for what we need are not in walking distance. Our work is not in walking distance. This creates waste and pollutes the planet with waste energy and causes the need for more products such as cars.

 

The spin put on by the media is to get people to consume more and then make them feel guilty for not giving free labor to the corporations to recycle their designed disposable products. Everything today is designed to fall apart so you have to buy more. I still have an ax from my grandfather no recycling required. Who has a 100 year old chain saw?

Dansette