Psychedelics Emerging into the Mainstream

By Nick Shadix : potrerooiew – excerpt

Over the last 20 years psychedelics – lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin mushrooms, 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), among others – have shifted from underground and counter-culture club drugs to medicines that are increasingly taken seriously by scientists. A 2006 John Hopkins University study determined that “magic mushrooms” can create lasting “personal meaning and spiritual significance.” A steady stream of research indicates that LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and MDMA have therapeutic potential in treating a multitude of mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and addiction…(more)

We’ve come a long way Baby! Never thought I would live this long, but, then never thought I would see the world in quarantine mode either.

Trees as a civil right: ‘All we have is cement and pavement’

By Ariel Wittenberg : eenews – excerpt

SF Neighbors saved most of the 100’s of ficus trees lining 24th St. in the Mission.

When Carmen Storms, 69, looks down at the trees of Melnea Cass Boulevard from her eighth-floor apartment, she thinks of her father, Alvin — twice driven from his home during Boston’s urban renewal boom of the 1950s and ’60s, when the city used eminent domain to raze the homes and businesses of Black families.

The only time Storms saw him cry was during the family’s second move, forced out in the name of a highway that never happened. The planned inner belt was stopped by the community it displaced. As a consolation prize, the city of Boston turned the land into a suburban-like boulevard, named it after a local civil rights icon — Melnea Cass — and lined it with 600 trees.

Today, those trees are a lonely green smirk across Roxbury, where past injustices still haunt and heat the historic and political core of Boston’s Black community. The neighborhood, where more than 80% of residents are people of color, is one of Boston’s “heat islands” — made hotter by too much asphalt and too few trees…(more)

The preservation of greenery is going to become a major conversation as the urbanists go head to head with the environmentalists who believe the best way to cool the planet is to preserve the trees and plants that soak of the carbon instead of cutting the trees and building dense housing in everyones’ back yard. There are already people lining up in Washington and state capitals who are pushing density. Be on the lookout for actions in your community.

Red Skies over Artaud

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Photo shot on Septemeber 9, at 2:20 PM by Tom Deschaine

What you are hearing is true. The skies turned red in San Francisco. That was a good day. When the skies were red the smoke was above the fog. Now the skies a gray and the fog/smog is back. We watched Australia burn and Greece. Now it is us. The entire west coast is full of smoke and fires.

Very sad days.

It is time to make some meaningful changes. A serious government effort to return to science, creative thinking, tolerance and creative collaborative thinking could “save the planet.”

The government has decided that the solution to cleaning the environment is to control human behavior, but that is the wrong approach. They can’t even get people to wear masks to protect themselves from a deadly disease. They will never convince people to do things they don’t want to do.
The only way to control consumption and packing is to control what comes into the market and that has to be done by the manufacturers.
Some industries have already done a lot of work already. Cars are a lot cleaner. Paint, printers and paper companies have totally re-invented themselves. Clothing and fashion manufacturers and designers are looking for alternative fabrics. They all depend on science to do the work.
If government wants to save the planet, it can start by training the future workforce by getting out of the instant gratification and entertainment market and educate a generation of serious scientists and medical professionals. That is what we need to save the planet, not a lot of people punishing laws and restrictions.

At least that is how I see things today.

Cannabinoid Distillate vs. Isolate: Which is right for your brand?

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Cannabinoids remain the same regardless of how they are packaged, but the various types of cannabinoid extracts on the market offer significantly different benefits and potential uses. As the hemp industry has evolved, distillate and isolate extracts have risen to the fore as the most popular bulk cannabinoid ingredients, and each of these extract types has its strong points. In this guide, we’ll provide details on the properties of both distillate and isolate, we’ll explain the differences between these extract types, and we’ll help you decide whether distillate or isolate is right for your brand…

What is distillate?…

Distillate is a distilled form of hemp extract that does not contain chlorophyll, waxes, or other potentially undesirable substances that are present in crude cannabinoid concentrate. This type of cannabinoid extract is usually honey-like in both appearance and consistency, and since it still contains the terpenes and flavonoids that provide hemp with its unique flavors and aromas, this extract smells rather “hempy.”…

Distillate and the entourage effect

Since cannabinoid-rich distillate usually contains one main cannabinoid along with an “entourage” of minor cannabinoids, this type of extract may provide the intriguing form of potential cannabinoid synergy called the entourage effect. According to scientific research, cannabinoids may exert more potent benefits when they are used in tandem with other cannabinoids, so many consumers and brands prefer CBD and CBG extracts that contain other cannabinoids as well…(more)

Is San Francisco about to return to its Bohemian roots?

By Andrew Chamings : sfgate – excerpt

When I moved to San Francisco from England in 2007 the city was still a glorious, fun mess. I’d made it to the raucous edge of America that Rudyard Kipling called a “mad city, inhabited by perfectly insane people.” For every young Brit watching ‘Bullitt’ under a poster of Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ in their university dorms, San Francisco was the coolest place on earth…

By 2007, the first dot-com bubble was mostly just a joke about the brief life of pets.com and boo.com, but the growing disdain for techie culture, often voiced from the artistic community, was real…

By 2016, it was harder to find any messy trouble, or bands to while away the nights. Most had moved to Oakland, Portland or L.A. — the all-surface-no-feeling SoCal rival traditionally smirked at by San Franciscans for its lack of real culture…

I wrote an elegy to the scene that frustrated the people with genuine hope still trying to hold on to the heady days of yesteryear. I regretted being the naysayer, but really, the city — where the rent for a one-bedroom apartment was getting close to $4K a month — was demonstrably not a destination for artists anymore.

But creative kids will always find a way, especially in San Francisco…(more)

Whatever the changes are coming will be dictated by the people who stay. It may be some time before they accept any more arguments social engineering arguments from a political system that has proven to be fragile and weak. Whatever the changes are, they will come from the people.

Hundreds of Thousands of Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able to Vote in November Because of the Pandemic

By Ryan McCarthy and Jack Gillum : propublica – excerpt (This article is part of Electionland, ProPublica’s collaborative reporting project covering problems that prevent eligible voters from casting their ballots during the 2020 elections.

Renowned inventor Walter Hutchins has voted in every presidential election since 1952. This year, as many states stopped sending teams to help seniors vote, his nursing home was on coronavirus lockdown and his streak was in jeopard.

Walter Hutchins cast his first vote for president for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952, and he has voted in every election since. The last thing he wants is for his “68-year streak,” as he proudly calls it, to end in November.

An industrial engineer, Hutchins helped design the M16, the weapon of choice for American soldiers during the Vietnam War, and he invented several tools that may be currently sitting in your garage. He and his wife, Margaret, a teacher and ordained Episcopal minister whom he married the year after he voted for Ike, were “executive gypsies,” she said. They followed his jobs from Connecticut to Florida, New York and Wisconsin, until they retired to North Carolina. Wherever they were, they always voted — in fire stations, churches, their retirement community. When Walter became blind and hard of hearing, Margaret helped him in the voting booth…(more)

If you know of people who are confined to nursing homes, now might be a good time to help them vote.

Searching for an Anchor in an Uncertain Future

By Mari Eliza


Photo by zrants

I am happy for those who managed to leave the cites for greener pastures. A lot of people saw the decline of the urban centers coming and exited. But what to do now if you did not?

In my opinion, People hate change. People thrive (or at last can make future plans) when there is a clear path for them to follow. I think the biggest problem we face is the lack of a compass based on certainty thanks to years of government enforced changes that removed the predictability factor that we need to plan for our futures.

In the case of the UK, radically changing their economy during a pandemic that shut down the world economy has left many people stranded. They are forced to change to deal with the Global economic shutdown at the same time they are dealing with a huge man-made economic shift. Too much forced change and too much uncertainty all at once is not good for any society. I hope the UK citizens will be able to take some control over their lives because that is what will get people through this. Governments need to empower citizens to becomes independent masters of their own destiny, not design it for them. Given the choice to survive, most people will do the right thing for themselves, and government is not in any position to enforce big changes on anyone right now.

Tell this to our Sacramento politicians because they didn’t get the message yet. They think the emergency declarations give them the opportunity to force more changes on behalf of their corporate supporters while no one is watching. I assume similar actions are being taken around the country.

The citizens are going to create a new black market out of necessity. They have no choice. There will be a new currency because the old system doesn’t work. I don’t know about other states, but we recently learned that the state of California is running on really old computer systems.

Some of them are running on COBOL and their are not enough experts left in the workforce to maintain the computers running on old systems. In a state that boasts Silicon Valley and Stanford, the EDD, DMV and it appears the state public health departments have failed to upgrade their compute systems for decades.

This brings to mind the song, “Wooden Ships on the Water“. Sailing out to sea does have a certain amount to allure these days.

Good luck and see you on the other side of the bubble.

SF restaurant’s $200-per-person dome is America’s problems in a plastic nutshell

By Soleil Ho : sfchronicle – excerpt

We knew this was coming: I knew it, you knew it, anyone who didn’t get a federal stimulus check knew it. In lieu of aggressive public policies that would actually take care of the people who make up this country during a massive global pandemic, we now have plastic dome-covered tables and quirky improvised patios being erected outside of restaurants — solutions that beleaguered restaurateurs have slapped together to prevent their businesses and employees’ livelihoods from being completely wrecked as we enter the seventh month of this thing.

The domes in question are at fine dining restaurant Hashiri, which is offering $200-per-person seatings inside the structures to offer “safety and peace” in Mint Plaza, an area near Fifth and Mission streets where many people, both unhoused and housed, often congregate. The striking image immediately ignited debate among readers, garnering dozens of responses when I solicited thoughts on social media. The domes look a bit difficult to keep clean, some said; others decried the cartoonish way the domes dramatized the city’s wealth inequality, while expressing empathy for a restaurant industry pushed to such desperate measures… (more)

One of those ideas that should be limited to science fiction? I would go down and take some photos but believe me it is not worth it. I’ll work on a cartoon instead. The worst case of class separation I have every heard of live on the streets of SF. One assumes the diners arrive by private taxi service and leave the same way so they can ignore the tents that line the streets a few feet away from their “dining experience.” How will the media spin this one?

UPDATE:

SF Officials Shut Down SoMa Sushi Restaurant’s Controversial Dining Domes
The clear plastic tents violated city health orders that require the free flow of air to prevent COVID-19 transmission (more)

Retail Walmart Parking Lots Become Free Drive-In Movie Theaters

pymnts – excerpt

Walmart unveiled the details for its Walmart Drive-in today (Aug. 5), an outdoor movie theater experience that will entertain Walmart customers with a wide variety of films, from nostalgic favorites like “The Goonies” and “Back to the Future” to recent hits like “Black Panther.”

Not that anyone really needs an excuse to watch a group of misfits flee a family of criminals and find a pirate treasure.

The retail giant teamed with the Tribeca Film Festival to organize this series of free events. The two worked together on the Tribeca Drive-in, which opened in July.

Walmart also launched 50 Camp by Walmart this summer, a virtual camp that families can engage with via the Walmart app.

The Drive-in will be at 160 Walmart locations around the country and will have 320 showings from Aug. 14 through Oct. 21…(more)

I trained Trump’s shock troops. Their actions in Portland are unconstitutional

Opinion By Christopher J. Duncan : sfchronicle – excerpt

I spent 16 years in the Department of Homeland Security as an attorney with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including a detail as a federal prosecutor at the Department of Justice. I handled a wide variety of cases in addition to training agency officers and agents on what they could and could not do.

What federal agents are being ordered to do in Portland, Ore., is unconstitutional…

That is good to know.

It may come as a surprise to many that, while Border Patrol agents and other uniformed officers have broad authority under customs and immigration laws to make arrests for federal crimes, they do not inherently have state law enforcement authority.

During our training sessions, we routinely advised agents that they are not permitted to make arrests for state crimes, such as criminal mischief, disorderly conduct or trespass…(more)

Christopher J. Duncan is former assistant chief counsel in San Francisco for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and former special assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of California.