Weedmania Is Facing Roadbloacks

Legal Marijuana

I don’t know what you want to call it. Sixth sense or ESP without the N or just plain common sense but this was foreseeable. In an article by Bloomberg, the news outlet is reporting that marijuana farms are starting to go under. That there are too many of them and with the new rules and regulations, like you can’t sell to kids, and with the taxation, most people are starting to head back to the illicit market. The other problem is that you just can’t get a prescription from your friend who plays doctor with his girlfriend anymore, you need a real medical reason. With real rules and taxes placed on the businesses, the rage of weedmania might be heading for a dip in the market. I blogged about this exact thing prior to it becoming legal, here and there (just click on the links and it will send you to the articles), saying that the fad of legalizing marijuana is akin to prohibition. Once you make something legal, it will almost be impossible to make it illegal again. With marijuana, it was better to keep it as one of those illegal substances. You’re not going to make that much money on it, you will send a message that an addictive narcotic is ok to use and when people start getting low on cash, they’re just going back to the person that sells it cheaper, the person on the corner without the overhead. The narcotrafficantes, that’s Spanish for scumbag smugglers, are aware that all you’re doing is letting people, that might have not used prior, get a taste of their product. These guys are buying stores and putting up fake licenses to sell and never pay a dime in taxes and they are underselling the real businesses, So, ATF or MATF, you have work to do.

This is just my opinion. I thought that weed and automatic machine guns should be viewed the same, item non grata. Also, I believe that you would make more money confiscating illegally obtained funds with drug busts then you would from the taxation of legalizing the wacky tobacky.

Conspiracy Theory!

Conspiracy theory

I am not one for conspiracy theories. I like the entertainment factor in them. They make for great reading and some interesting movies. So when I read that 35% of the nation actually believe that there is going to be another civil war, I start to think of Bell’s Curve and start wondering when did the outer edges start to grow because there has never been a civil war in a functioning democracy, ever. Now Bell’s Curve is intended to show extremisms on both edges while showing that the middle is the norm depending on the question. The question of civil war in a functioning democracy was presented in political ideologies by a  news outlet that I won’t mention, saying that roughly 35% of liberal and 35% of conservatives feel that a civil war would incur within the next 5 years. Given that roughly 50% of the nation is conservative and 50% liberal, subtracting for the moderates, we are only counted when voting for a national election takes place, who make up of about 10% of the nation andBell's Curve get the final say of who is eventually elected, if we choose to vote. So, with that reasoning, that means that the outer edges of this particular curve shows a 17.5% flatline until the curve starts to head up to normalcy. That’s scary because generally, those edges would not be more that 7.5% max or only 15% of the nation or lower. I think this goes towards how powerful and consuming politics is in our nation. That we are that captivated by politics is probably not a good thing especially when it consumes you so much that you feel that you must engage in mortal combat to, in your crazy mind, solve the problem. That voting or reasoning wouldn’t be enough or even debating. My fear in this situation is that moderates become the outer edges and the craziness becomes the norm, if those outer edges start to grow. This is the biggest reason, for me,  to always vote for a moderate.

Marvel Civil War
Maybe they mean this civil war

Anyway, politics is interesting in Late Night punch lines not on battlefields inside our own borders. I think we should reduce those outer edges and the best way to do that is for our politicians, believe it or not, is to behave in a sensible and civil manner. We don’t ask businesses to shun out political rivals, we ask them to treat them with respect, we don’t label our opponents silly nicknames outside election debates, we address them respectfully because that’s what we all deserve, we don’t attack family members of our opponents because, ultimately, they are not making the decisions they are just spectators and we wouldn’t anyone to attack our families. We can all disagree, we should just do it respectfully not with muskets. These are just easy solutions.

Oh, yeah, blue states, your legalizing marijuana while red states hold on to their guns tighter than their kids so, you might be shit out of luck if crazy becomes the norm. I thought the Purge was just a movie, can we keep it that way.

Another thought, if people are actually contemplating to take arms against each other then;

  1. Since there are no civil wars in fundamentally sound democracies, our democracy is starting to falter, at least in theory
  2. The increasingly hostile political atmosphere is detrimental to a healthy society
  3. Don’t think we can blame this one on the Russians, can we?
  4. Again, blue states, you might be fucked

The source of this information, that people actually think that a civil war is imminent, The Daily Mail, I guess I will mention their name, so I’m guessing it was definitely fake news, but it was fun to speculate on.

Recap of The Day

News outlets

Wow! What a wonderful day. In recapping of some of today’s events, I get the joyous opportunity to say that all is going well, at least in the family department. Kids will soon be reunited with their parents and the President has graciously decided to re-look at his immigration stance. I know that some people will look for the smallest opportunity to find fault in it but I am ecstatic to see that he has some new advisers, the First Lady, and maybe has decided to get rid  or at least seek a second opinion on whichever adviser handed him the option of separating families. I don’t envy the President, as his job is by far one of the most difficult jobs on this planet and that goes for all previous presidents.

The Winners;

First Lady Mrs. Trump – Regardless of whatever jacket she was wearing, the focus was on her intent to make sure that these people were handled with care and love. I know some people will seize on the opportunity to find fault in the situation, I just can’t. Thank you Mrs. Trump, I wish I could tweet it but I don’t have twitter.

Media Outlets – In a previous article I mentioned the importance of newspapers and media. When they all get together, as they did, they are an extremely potent and powerful force. I say thank you to them for the professionalism and wonderful job they did covering the story and the positive outcome it has created.

The immigrating families – I wish you the best and I hope that all your dreams come true. Being torn away from your family is by far the worst thing someone can endure. My prayers are with you.

American people – To all you that raised a voice and made it sound like a bellow from  the Gods. You should be proud of yourselfs

The President – Deciding to change course is only wrong when it makes us weaker. Some might still deride you but I think it takes courage to reassess a plan and decide that it must be improved on.

The House and Senate – Thank you lawmakers for trying to expedite a reasonable settlement. To those that raised their voice and let their grievances be known, I say 2 to 6 more years for courage is what is needed. (Where applicable)

The Losers:

To all you ingrates that think that it was alright to keep this going the way it was. I don’t even wish that on you. Grow a heart and have some decency. I also say, glad you lost.

Pain, how to manage.

back painThe hardest thing to do is manage pain when you don’t exactly know what the problem is. I am a long time sufferer of back pain. I have been having back problems since 2008 and they became quite severe in 2012. I take many medications just in order to try and stave off the pain and strengthen the tissue that surrounds it. That pain became a little more manageable when I started using strengthening medications in 2014, before that I felt that I would surely die. Here are some tips on how to manage pain.

10 Ways to Ease Back Pain

Nearly everyone suffers from some type of back pain at some point in their lives. But no matter when it appears or what may have caused it, back pain can be a real, well … pain to deal with. The good news? There are several simple things you can do to ease pain and keep your back in good condition. The following tips can help you get on the way toward feeling better.

A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep disturbances are common among people with chronic back pain, and not getting enough quality sleep may actually worsen inflammation and pain. For a better night’s sleep, invest in a good mattress and experiment with different sleeping positions. Adding an extra pillow under your body can help maintain the natural curve in your spine. If you’re a back sleeper, try putting the pillow under both knees; for stomach sleepers, try under your pelvis. If you sleep on your side, sleeping with a pillow between the knees may help.

Gentle Exercise

When you have back pain, the best thing to do is rest until the pain subsides, right? Not necessarily. Too much rest can worsen certain types of back pain and decrease muscle strength — and strengthening and stretching the muscles may actually reduce or eliminate many types of back pain. Instead, start with gentle stretchesand experiment to see how you can get moving without pain. Try going out for a slow, easy walk, and pick up the pace when you can. Remember, it’s best to discuss your current fitness routine and any changes to it with your doctor to avoid aggravating your condition.

Healthy Weight

“Having excess weight pulling on your back all day (except when you’re lying down) is just bad news for your back,” says Lauri Grossman, DT, a licensed chiropractor in private practice in New York City. “Often times, when people who wrestle with back pain for a lifetime lose a few pounds, they find that the pain that they’ve taken a million medications for and a million vitamins for just goes away.” If you’re having trouble shedding extra pounds, consider consulting with a registered dietitian or personal trainer.

Bodywork

“Whenever I work with any patient, I always want to make sure they’re getting some form of bodywork,” Dr. Grossman says. “I think that’s very important — whether it’s chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy, or some form of body therapy.”

Yoga

According to Susi Hately, owner of Functional Synergy, Inc., in Alberta, Canada, and author of several international best-selling yoga books, yoga can be very therapeutic for people with back pain as well. A review of scientific studies published in 2013 in the Clinical Journal of Pain found strong evidence that yoga can help reduce chronic low back pain. Yoga may help improve back pain by loosening tight muscles, building strength and range of motion, and improving breathing, explains Hately. Yoga also focuses on relaxation, which may help to relax your muscles as well as reduce pain perception.

Painkillers

For short-term pain relief, over-the-counter pain relievers including acetaminophen and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are sometimes suggested. The most common NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve). Potential side effects of NSAIDs include stomach and liver problems. Talk to your doctor if you don’t find relief after taking the recommended dose.

Supplements and Herbal Therapies

Looking for a natural way to manage your back pain? You might consider supplements or herbal therapies. Here’s what Grossman advices for her patients:

  • Glucosamine sulfate: This supplement may help lessen back pain caused by arthritis, she says. However, scientific studies on the efficacy of glucosamine sulfate are mixed — some show a lessening of pain with the supplement while others don’t.
  • Calcium and magnesium: When taken together, these supplements may help reduce muscle spasms, Grossman adds. In fact, a study published in March 2013 in Anaesthesia found that magnesium therapy helped to reduce pain intensity and improve lumbar spine mobility in patients with chronic low back pain.
  • Herbal therapies: “When back spasms are so strong you can barely move from the bed,” Grossman says, she suggests the homeopathic medicine Bryonia; when you have soreness after overexertion, she uses Arnica.  Keep in mind, there’s little scientific evidence that herbals such as Bryonia and Arnica are effective treatments for back pain; though, a study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine in 2016 suggested they might help to reduce chronic low back pain from arthritis when combined with physical therapy.
  • Topical treatments: One potential concern with dietary supplements is that some may interfere with medications you’ve been prescribed to treat back pain or other health conditions. For this reason, Grossman suggests topical treatments: “Gels and creams can be very helpful and won’t interfere with supplements or medications,” she explains. “They’re generally inexpensive, too.”

When considering supplements and herbal therapies, always talk to your doctor first about potential risks and side effects, interactions with other medications, and which therapies may benefit you.

Heat and Cold

“I always tell my patients to experiment with hot and cold packs to see which feels better for them,” says Grossman. Generally speaking, cold therapy (applied via an ice pack) works better for inflammation and helps to reduce swelling, while heat (via a hot water bottle or heating pad) is ideal for reducing tension, cramping, and muscle spasms.

Aquatic Therapy and Whirlpools

Physical therapists often recommend aquatic therapy — including exercises done in warm, therapeutic pools — for back pain. The buoyancy of the water helps alleviate strain on the joints to encourage strengthening and gentle stretching of the muscles. Even floating in warm water can help relax muscles and release tension as well as increase circulation, according to the Arthritis Foundation. With home whirlpool baths, try aiming the jets directly at your sore spots for a soothing underwater massage.

Electric Stimulation

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) machines are small, battery-powered devices that transmit low-voltage electrical currents through electrodes that are attached to your skin. Considered very safe, TENS machines, according to one theory, work by scrambling the message of pain to the brain — literally blocking it. Another theory suggests that the electrical impulses cause a release of endorphins that override the sensation of pain. Many back pain patients have had success with TENS machines, though their effectiveness has not been clearly proven in controlled studies. Ask your doctor or physical therapist if this therapy might be right for you.

These ten methods are brought to you by Everyday Health. Reviewed by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD.

Me personally, I opt for a strengthening regiment that encompasses my spine with muscle. This protects me from falls, car accidents or other unforeseen accidents. I like the heat to cold method. I usually will go to a sauna to a cold pool into a hot tub then back into the cold pool to relax the muscles and decrease inflammation. Painkillers are iffy, too many and your liver looks to overwork itself and Ibuprofen can lead to blood clots, while aspirin thins the blood but doesn’t work as well as NSAID’s.

Gym Etiquette

Gym

Where to begin. I was at the gym this morning and feeling a little out of sorts. I was trying to improve my cardio and strengthen my back. I have major back issues that are rarely seen in someone my age. My concern with being able to maintain a normal life is at an all time high as other parts of my body are now feeling the toll of this illness that have my doctors baffled. I take a ton of strength improving medications while cutting down on calories so I can wrap my spine in a cocoon of muscle. That’s not what the issue is though. While working out and feeling a little better than yesterday, I started to pick up my reps. While going to the multi station machine, some random guy looks at me, grabs his crotch and licks his lips. I was taken back and told the guy to fuck off. Him and his friend then started to question me about why I said it and I tried to ignore them, they became more aggressive in demanding an answer. At this point, his friend coming closer on my left while the other guy was moving towards me on my right. I felt my fight or flight sympathetic nervous system take over, but like in every occasion when this happens to me, I just stood there waiting for something to happen. Not paralyzed, but evaluating. Maybe I should have just taken off, because I would have definitely gotten my behind kicked, but I just stood there. After my feet started to tremble uncontrollably, I just started working out on my machine because either they were or they weren’t, either way, I was just going to keep doing what I was doing until I either had to defend myself or I would finish and walk away. The thing is, if I had made a circle with my thumb and pointer finger, looked directly at a woman and stuck my other pointer finger through the hole while licking my lips, I would have been banned from the gym. People would have been quick to label it a sexual assault. Later when I returned to finish my set he barked that “no one cares about you” and then called me a “faggot”. I responded with a catch all, “your mother”, great for any occasion. While I am straight and maybe he was confused, it still doesn’t bode well for such homophobic behavior to be displayed. The gym manager, stated that this incident would annotated on my record but didn’t say it would be on theirs. Meanwhile this young man felt like instagraming this encounter after the fact. Today’s technology put in the hands of immature kids that want to be popular or make some kind of name for themselves.

I went back to the gym and asked the manager to please look at the film from the recordings. It just so happened that the incident happened right where there are no cameras. Bad luck for me, I guess, lucky for them, seemingly. Great place to sexually assault someone if all you want is my word against a predators word. I wonder if they already knew and if they done this before. The manager did point out that the cameras do cover every other place. Well, I’m going for Social Security disability, I guess she pointed out that the film might hurt those chances. I say, give it to them.

WORLD CUP! Spain v Ronaldo

spain v portugal 2018

Alright!!!!! Did anyone see the insane game from Sochi, Russia? I don’t know what they put in the water there but if all the other games are just as exciting then we might have the best World Cup being played since the introduction of the event. It was the best one man versus one team event I have ever seen. Spain, after losing there coach, coming from behind to take the lead, Ronaldo, with some other guys with red shirts, scoring three goals and one insane, physics defying, bend it like Ronaldo foul shot from just outside the penalty box. Then you had Nacho’s get it while it’s hot, streak of lightning shot, also from just outside the penalty box that seemed to evade every defender as if it was on some kind of tracking beam just to hit the goal post with what seemed like a spin meant to do what it did, the only place that the goalkeeper could not reach, and ricochet into the goal. Then you have Costa, who seemed like Michael Jordan playing against high schoolers, when he dribbled in front of the goal just to create space and sink the goal from the top of the key. You heard of the term broken ankles, well, the spectators with the red shirts had broken everything as they couldn’t locate that round ball with their feet and seemed to be kicking each other instead as Costa just toyed with them before sending the ball into direct path with the back of the net.

An amazing game, Spain outplayed Portugal, they just made silly mistakes, Ronaldo just capitalized on all the mistakes, like your suppose to. Click on the link below for a quick recap of one of the most exciting games I have ever seen in World Cup play.

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Hahaha, I named it link.