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October 26, 2009

George Will: US ‘probably in the process’ of legalizing marijuana

George Will: US ‘probably in the process’ of legalizing marijuana | Raw Story
In the chronicle of America's war against its marijuana users, conservative columnist George Will may have just earned credit for his own Walter Cronkite moment. Appearing on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, the Pulitzer-winning journalist and longtime icon of America's political right declared that with President Barack Obama's new policy which respects the states right to allow medical marijuana, the United States is "probably in the process now of legalizing marijuana." He added that if there were to be a serious effort to fight the increasingly violent, powerful Mexican drug cartels, "you'd legalize marijuana," the sale of which provides the gangs the vast majority of their funding. Will's comments come not even a week after a Gallup poll found record-breaking support across the United States for the legalization of marijuana, with nearly half of U.S. citizens in favor and a clear majority of support emerging among liberals, Democrats and moderates.

October 25, 2009

In rural India, farmers sell their wives to cover their debts

Farmers sell wives to pay debts in rural India - CNN.com
When the interest mounts up, lenders demand payment. Some farmers work as bonded laborers for a lifetime to pay off their debts. Others here say because of years of little rain and bad harvests they are forced to give money lenders whatever they ask for. Sometimes that includes their wives. "It happens sometimes when somebody borrows money," says a farmer's wife who did not want to be identified. She should know, considering what police say she told them. She said a rich man bought her from her husband. "He did buy me," she says. "That's why he told me he bought me." For 30 days she says the man forced her to live with him. When her case drew public attention, she retracted her police report and her husband took her back.

Nation's Morons March On Washington State

Nation's Morons March On Washington State | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
OLYMPIA, WA—With random cries of "Enough is enough," "Do something now," and "Huh?" thousands of the nation's biggest morons descended on Washington State this week, some 3,000 miles from their intended destination of the nation's capital. The march, which had no discernable goal or message, and no official organizers, began at approximately 8:45 a.m. in front of what the morons called the National Mall, but was actually the courtyard outside the Olympia Public Library. "More government accountability, and transparency, and accountability!" shouted grade-A moron Tammy Caldwell, 37, addressing no one in particular. "On behalf of me, and all the [morons] who came here today, listen up, greedy Washington fat cats: We're not going anywhere until each and every one of our voices is heard."

A profile of Mission Pie

The Thin Green Line : The lady behind the Pie Mission Pie, in San Francisco's Mission district (natch), is one of those amazing green success stories that give you briefly a glimpse at how the world could work. It began as a nonprofit ranch that worked with at-risk youth and evolved into a pie shop and bakery that serves the best pies I have ever had. I'm going to say that again, these are categorically the best pies ever. And they are made with local ingredients and fair market labor. The whole story is amazing. Please read it.
Mission Pie has invested in a couple pieces of equipment to help Pie Ranch with its emerging wheat production. Pie Ranch grows a heritage wheat; it's called Sonora wheat, and it was grown on the missions. It's a low-protein, really-good-for-pastries, tasty wheat. The reason Pie Ranch grows it is because it's very meaningful part of the teaching cycle: Here's the wheat; you harvest it... Young people can see the whole cycle of growth, and then the harvest, and then grinding it and making it into flour, and there's always of moment of, "Oh! That's flour." There's a tiny quarter-acre plot here, and there's a neighbor who just got on fire about Sonora wheat and grew a lot of it and donated it back to Pie Ranch. Along the way, in that process there were some infrastructure needs, like a combine. It's really hard to find any combines that are scaled to small-scale production any more. Mission Pie fronted the resources to get an old combine out from Michigan—that trip wasn't so green, but it's the best we could do. We kept in touch with the truck driver while he was driving out. I called him every day and asked him what kind of pie he'd had, and we posted that on the wall at Mission Pie. It was fun. People aren't really used to thinking about grain in California, but for a bakery, it's pretty fundamental. And it's really meaningful for Mission Pie to be sourcing more grain locally: A quarter of the flour in the piecrust is Sonora wheat that's been grown in this area.