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Seriously folks, read this paragraph however many times it takes until it sinks in:

The association between short-term memory declines — potentially permanent ones — and heavy pot use is very real, according to this study, and shouldn't be discounted. On the other hand, it's also quite surprising that you can smoke weed every single day for five years, and not have it impact your problem-solving abilities or your ability to focus at all.

Got that?

The study in question found that there was a correlation between heavy pot smoking (as in daily smoking from age 20 to 45) and being able to remember 2.5 fewer words (out of 15) on a short-term basis.

But.... correlation is not causation, and associative studies cannot determine causation.  The correlation is potentially concerning at some level but the fact that even under extremely heavy use they did not find problems with the ability to focus or cognition pretty-much blows a hole the size of a truck in the thesis that smoking pot "makes you stupid" and therefore as a matter of public policy there is an argument for banning it.

So here's the question for you -- why would you support or for that matter have anything to do with any politician or police officer who is willing to arrest and throw in jail someone who is engaged in consensual adult use or distribution of a substance that even when used daily and heavily for five years doesn't cause cognitive or attention (focus) problems?

Any defensible position on jailing people in this regard has gone right out the window, never mind that I have a suspicion alcohol wouldn't fare so well under this analytical criteria.

The people who ought to be in prison are the cops and politicians who have destroyed the lives of countless individuals and families via permanent criminal branding for their decision to consume something that has been on this planet for as long as we have (if not longer) and, as it turns out, is a perfectly-viable recreational means of enjoyment with few if any inherent long term negative effects when consumed in moderation.

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I'm done with the Olympics and you ought to be too.

There’s great news for adventurous male Olympic hopefuls: if they declare themselves women and reduce their testosterone below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to competition, they can compete against ladies.

There’s even better news for these men; according to transgender guidelines approved by the International Olympic Committee, genitalia does not serve as a prerequisite. The guidelines state: “To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights.”

There goes any hope of fair competition for women's sports in the Olympics.

Men and women are not equal when it comes to physical prowess.  Oh sure, there are exceptions -- there are always exceptions to any general statement of truth.  But that doesn't change the fact that any so-called "trans" man who declares himself a woman has a monstrous physical advantage and always will irrespective of whether he takes hormones to suppress testosterone or not.

This crap is flat-out nuts.

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