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Kink.com to open Armory for farmer's markets, festivals

The Armory--which sat vacant for decades before the pornographers took over--is reported to be an amazing building. They give tours now and I've heard from excellent sources that they are awesome. Did you know that there is a creek that still runs under the Mission, and it runs through an open room in the basement of the Armory? Kink's Armory to Open Community Center | NBC Bay Area
The old National Guard Armory / Kink.com porn headquarters in the Mission is now looking to open its doors to the community. Kink.com's owner, Peter Acworth, who has donated tens of thousands of dollars Mission area nonprofits, intends to turn the 38,000-square-foot drill court into a community center. “We want to resurrect this space as a place of assembly,” Acworth told the Examiner, “Our goal is to start slowly.” The space is currently used for parking, but Acworth wants to use it for community banquets, film festivals, farmers markets and youth sports events.

May 18, 2011

Lazy Cakes--Brownies spiked with Melatonin

Lazy Cakes: A Sleepytime Snack Elicits Public-Health Outrage – TIME Healthland
Public health officials and politicians are debating the safety of a new snack on the market — sold as Lazy Cakes, Kush Cakes and Lulla Pies. They're brownies laced with the sleep aid melatonin. Like other compounds sold as dietary supplements, melatonin doesn't need premarket approval by the Food and Drug Administration when sold in pill form. But used as a food additive, it would likely be subject to FDA regulation. That's why the makers of the new melatonin-spiked brownies are marketing their products as dietary supplements — not food. . . . Each brownie contains 8 mg of melatonin (the dietary supplements come in doses of 0.2 to 20 mg), and the package suggests that people take half a brownie twice a day to relax and combat stress. Though the product is intended for adults, some health officials take issue with the fact that its packaging is so kid- and teen-friendly: Lazy Cakes are emblazoned with a cartoon brownie called Lazy Larry, whose drugged-out smile alludes to the illegal, hash-enhanced version of the chocolatey dessert. It doesn't help that they're sold in head shops (as well as in 7-Eleven, Walgreens and the Harvard Coop), which also sell drug paraphernalia. "Children are attracted to brownies," Dr. Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center told the Boston Herald. "I don't think it's appropriate to put herbal things that are actually drugs in brownies or food items that are attractive to children. I think that's heinous." . . .

Ursula K Le Guin recounts the first time she met a rattlesnake

BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG -- First Contact
I have seen many rattlesnakes, I have eaten fried rattlesnake; but only once have I ever been in contact with a living rattler. Though ‘contact’ is not the word I really want — it is metaphorical and inexact. We did not touch. Maybe it was communication, though of a very limited kind. As communication between alien species is perhaps doomed to be. I have told the story often as a comedy, a story in which people behave ridiculously, with a happy ending. Here it is: We were at the old ranch in the Napa Valley and I was just about to sit down on one of the 1932 iron chaise-longues (carefully, because if you sit too far toward the end, the whole unwieldy thing stands up and throws you off like a bronco) when I heard a noise I recognised. That was the first communication. It was the hissing buzz of the rattlesnake’s rattles. Startled by my movements, it was heading off into the high grass, rattling away. About fifteen feet away it looked back, saw me looking at it, and stopped there, its head up and facing me and its gaze fixed on me. As mine was fixed on it. I hollered for Charles. The rattler paid no attention. I believe they are deaf. I suppose they ‘hear’ their own rattle as vibration in their body, not in the air. . . .