cannabis: about as crazy-making as living in the city, less crazy-making than getting kidnapped by uniformed goons

The difference between statistical significance and practical significance is often blurred.  Consider the recurring alarmist articles about how skunk will make you have severe schizophrenia forever.  What’s the evidence?  Here’s a paper from 11 years ago: On an individual level, cannabis use confers an overall twofold increase in the relative risk for later schizophrenia. At…

polyamory: pseudo-revolutionary since at least the 1920s

In my experience, polyamory is a way of being self-absorbed and treating others like objects.  Much like patriarchy, it’s based on the denial and suppression of natural human emotions (attachment and jealousy).  Reading The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (1979), I was surprised to see how long this sort…

sweet potatoes were transgenically produced by nature

From Ars Technica: One of the most frequently mentioned issues with GMO foods is a vague concern about bringing genes from distantly related organisms into plants. But an international team of biologists has now found that this has occurred naturally in a major crop plant: the sweet potato. The strains of this crop that we…

you may have to kill the half-breeds, too

Sometimes I go to San Francisco, and I’d like to thank The Guardian over in the UK for the heads up: Fourteen San Francisco officers and department employees are alleged to have sent or received the text messages in 2011 and 2012. The messages included slurs against black people, Mexicans, Filipinos and gay people, police…