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Ancient Heads

Max, 2008/11/28 

2,700-year-old marijuana stash found

OTTAWA – Researchers say they have located the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China.

The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,” rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.

The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China.

The extremely dry conditions and alkaline soil acted as preservatives, allowing a team of scientists to carefully analyze the stash, which still looked green though it had lost its distinctive odour.

“To our knowledge, these investigations provide the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent,” says the newly published paper, whose lead author was American neurologist Dr. Ethan B. Russo.

My favorite comment in the Daily Kos thread on this…

Thanks for finding that, man.

So that’s where I left it. I hardly even remember stashing it there. I do remember something about dragons…

Things I want to blog about

Max, 2008/11/26 

I want to blog about the miracle of Bob Dylan (listening to Blonde on Blonde as I write this).

I want to blog about living in Montara.

I want to blog about Jeremy’s awesome baseball season that just finished.

I want blog about my wife’s amazing silk paintings.

I want to blog about going to Chico to see Steve Green.

I want to blog (again) about Snow Mtn.

I want to blog about riding over Montara Mtn. at night with my new bike light setup.

I want to blog about the Ring Cycle.

I want to blog about Obama’s views as expressed in The Audacity of Hope.

I want to blog about Love That Kills.

There’s a whole bunch of other stuff I want to blog about too, but it isn’t crossing my mind at this instance.

I wonder if I will blog?

The Chute.

byronius, 2008/11/25 

that video
that fricking awful video
compressed and kicking your feet
when the grinning man mugs
like fricking baron von harkonnen
reaches down and cuts your throat
bleeding to death upside down
not much of a life
now slow death inside a metal tube
in the foreground, the cruel crazy woman chats
while the creature bleeds upside down
struggling jerking every fiber
pure despair in a small brain
is still pure despair
i know that flavor of despair
i have smelled it
she chats and the grinning man mocks
his hands clenched tighter on the legs
the tube shudders
upside down
kick
struggle
mock
chat

screamy heaven, full of blood
hallowed be thy mad caged creature
thy torment done
just for fun
by folks who’re just apparently wired that way
and lead us not into medieval darkness
but deliver us from from our hindbrain
that mocks above the metal chute
and clutches tighter on the legs
while the reptile plots in happy cadence
Amen.

Canuckian Alien Invasion!

byronius, 2008/11/24 

Kick

Video: Amazing Footage of Meteor Over Edmonton, Canada

This astounding footage was taken by a police cam Nov. 20. They are still searching for where it landed.

Please Oh Please Oh Please.

byronius, 2008/11/21 

Plame!!

Bartcop

Huge glaciers on Mars

Max,  

Another reason to start the Mars missions. It might soon be the only place to find glaciers.

Glaciers on Mars

Vast stores of water ice surround Martian equator

Ice glaciers hundreds of metres deep are lurking just underneath the Martian surface around the planet’s mid-latitudes, new radar measurements suggest.

The discovery represents the largest cache of ice yet found beyond Mars’s polar regions and bolsters the case that the planet’s tilt changes periodically. The ice could also be an ideal place to study the ancient Martian climate and look for evidence of life.

The glaciers, found at latitudes between 30 and 60° in both the northern and southern hemispheres, sit underneath fields of rocky debris. The appearance of the landscape suggests the debris flowed from hills lying up to 20 kilometres away.

Republicans Rape the Earth

Max, 2008/11/20 

Not exactly Man Bites Dog, is it?

Bush attacked over wildlife plan

The Bush administration wants to help mining and drilling projects go ahead

US environmentalists have accused President George W Bush of trying to rush through changes to the Endangered Species Act in his last days in office.

They say the changes could take away protection for animals and plants facing possible extinction.

The Bush administration wants to make it easier for drilling, mining and major construction projects to go ahead without a full scientific assessment.

Under current rules, the impact of such projects must be assessed by experts.

xkcd.

byronius, 2008/11/18 

Ferret!!

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This is a great collection of cartoons. Really cool, especially the scratchy graph-paper class doodles.

Later, the stick figure dreams about holding on to the flying ferret, soaring through the sky.

This is great stuff. I love it.

xkcd

I Got This Plate, In My Hat, See…

byronius, 2008/11/17 

Mormons!!

And a lizard came outta the fire and told me what for, too.

Jesus’ General

Fun Facts.

byronius,  

Between 1340 and 1350, the Black Death killed more than one-third of the human population of the planet Earth. In India, entire regions were strewn with the dead, as none were left alive to bury the bodies. In Europe, 2000 villages disappeared.

When the disease first came to Europe, it began as a five-day contact-spread buboe death; then, it progressed to the virulent airborne form, resulting in death in less than 72 hours after first symptoms; finally, it progressed in virulence to the point where one could go to bed a healthy man and never wake up.

The survivors eventually experienced an economic boom, as they inherited all that the dead left behind — land, houses, gold, animals, clothing.

Only Bohemians (Czech), of all human earth dwellers, proved initially immune.

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