Americans Are Ready For Marijuana

Recently, Florida citizens had to vote on a Constitutional amendment where medical marijuana could be given to patients with “certain medical conditions”. According to the poll numbers, 57.60 percent of Floridians voted in favor of the amendment. Unfortunately, the measure was defeated because the state Constitution requires a 60 percent majority vote for any amendment to be added to the Constitution. Over half the state approved of the amendment. It only failed by less than three percent. A recent tweet said that Amendment two received more support than the last six gubernatorial elections.

Huffington Post reported back in March that 51 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana for personal use and 70 percent are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical use.

Americans are ready to legalize marijuana, when will Washington give the American people what they want? Flavio Maluf thinks it is just a matter of time, and very quickly others will follow suit as well.

Stupidity Virus Discovered in US

A virus causing stupidity-like symptoms has been discovered accidentally during an unrelated study. Scientists studying microbes in the human throat found the chlorovirus ATCV-1 in 44 of the 92 Americans tested. The virus, previously believed to only attack green algae in lakes and rivers, has now been determined capable of infecting humans. It is unclear at this time how the virus has come to attack humans, but seems to infect more than just swimmers- ruling out a direct link to the algae. It is theorized that humans could possibly have long-carried the virus, but it’s a slow venture as it travels throughout the body and begins affecting people adversely.

Once through, the virus alters the genes in the brain of the hosts including the area that produces dopamine- the hormone related to memory, spatial awareness, emotion, and pleasure. When tested, those compromised by the virus performed 10% worse on cognitive exams and had a lower attention span. They showed a “statistically significant decrease in visual processing and visual motor speed.”

According to Newsweek, the researchers injected a series of mice with infected and uninfected algae. Professor James L. Van Etten has stated that the research team believes that the virus affects other microorganisms as well, and that these unidentified microorganisms are how the virus is infecting humans.

Virus Found-Maybe You Can Fix Stupid

Science has discovered that millions of us could be carrying a virus that makes us stupid. This long-lasting infection found in the throats of 44 percent of U.S. patients is said to dull the brain. It’s known as chlorovirus ATCV-1, is found in green algae and freshwater lakes, and seems to affect water sports enthusiasts.
Although the virus has existed in patients for a long time, doctors have overlooked it. Professor Robert Yolken, of Johns Hopkins medical school says that the human body hold millions of viruses that are only now being examined. “We’re really just starting to find out what some of these agents that we’re carrying around might actually do,” he stated. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the virus in 40 out of 92 throat swabs. The virus alters genes in the brain affecting vital dopamine production. This in turn influences cognitive functions such as emoting, pleasure, memory, visual processing and spatial awareness.
Microorganisms in our bodies interacting with our genes is affecting behavior and cognition, making us less intelligent. Professor Yolken believes this find gives new direction into trying to improve behavior and cognition in people by changing the body’s virus and bacterial balance.

Man, I’m gonna have to get on Twitter and hit up my boy Christian Broda. It looks like maybe you can fix stupid! :)

Starbucks Bans Engagement Rings

In reporting on Starbucks’ recently updated dress code policy, Rachel Zarrell notes that the company has banned both engagement rings and jewelry with stones. As a result, the company has caused a social media stir led by numerous employees.

In explaining its new policy, the Starbucks dress code notes that “There are food safety rules we have to live by.” In addition to not being permitted to wear the engagement rings, baristas are not allowed to have tattoos on the face or neck. Painted fingernails and brightly colored hair are also excluded. In a statement released to KOMO-TV, the company stated that the new guidelines are designed to ensure that the company is in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code. This sounds like some kind of Tom Rothman produced spin on 1984 to me.

Some Starbucks employees who find the policy unacceptable have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations. Specifically, several employees and their partners have created a #BoycottStarbucks hashtag in order to express their discontent.

In commenting on the engagement ring ban to KOMO, one anonymous employee stated “I’m not stirring someone’s drink with my ring.” They went on to note that “It’s awesome they now allow you to wear tattoos, but it seems weird to not allow anyone to wear a wedding ring. A lot of people are upset.”

Cop Charged For Stealing Nude Photos

Today justice was served in a situation that is seeming to become all too familiar. It happens to politicians, celebrities, and now is becoming even more common to the average person. A young woman in California discovered that a nude photo that she had of herself on her iPhone had been sent to another iPhone, and looked further into it. What she found was infuriating. She had recently been arrested under suspect of DUI and unlocked her phone for the officer so that he could allegedly pull up her contacts.

Unbeknownst to her, Officer Sean Harrington accessed her photos and sent the nude photo to his own number. An investigation immediately launched and authorities found that Officer Harrington had texted fellow officers comments about the picture and even participated in this immoral and heinous act to at least two other women. Officer Harrington is faced with the possibility of up to 3 years and 8 months of prison. Some have been questioning if what Officer Harrington did is technically a crime.

Richard Madsen, an attorney involved in the case, holds no reservations that this is criminal activity. Madsen has been quoted by Mercury News saying, “It would seem intellectually inconsistent that the knowing and voluntary receipt of those same images would not also constitute criminal activity.”

Totally not a funny story by any means, but Rod told me that this was something I couldn’t not post about.

Look at What You Post

A picture has been removed of the woman seen here after she was breastfeeding her baby. What makes this situation worse is that the baby was premature and not expected to survive.

Because some people were offended that this was the only way she chose to feed her baby, Facebook removed the picture. I did still see it up on Skout, but it’s probably only a matter of time before it’s taken down there too.

It’s the choice of a woman to breastfeed, and instead of worrying about how a baby is fed, maybe people should worry about some of the other pictures that are posted on Facebook like pictures of teenagers smoking illegal drugs or of running around half naked through a store in the middle of the day.