I was so loving how early the sun rose last week. The sky began turning purple at about 5:50 a.m. and I snapped a screenshot it in my head in case I woke up early wondering what time it was. If I looked out the window above my bed and there was any light at all I was sure to know what time it was.
I’m a morning person so I was so happy we were crawling out of this dreadfully cold winter.
But then, yesterday hit and we sprang forward.
This morning it didn’t start getting light until just before 7:00 a.m. and now it’s 7:07 p.m. and the dogs are all messed up. They don’t know whether to go outside or to go to bed. Neither do I.
I hate it. Why do we mess with ourselves like this?
Upps. Silly me. It’s all about (of course it is) MONEY!
So what is the point of Daylight Saving Time?
Money, money, money, money!
The Chamber of Commerce was an early supporter of extending post-workday natural light because it knew factory workers were more likely to go shopping following shift work if the sun was still shining. Later on, people were more likely to fill up the tank and head to sporting events or the mall, which to this day greatly benefits the oil industry.
Because so much extra gas is sold during Daylight Saving Time, the lobby representing convenience stores—places that sell tons of gas—are among the biggest backers of keeping the time change intact.
Downing says the golf course industry also loves Daylight Saving Time because it’s the one sport for which it still isn’t economical to use artificial lighting to extend hours. “The golf industry makes about $200 to $400 million in extra greens fees during Daylight Saving Time,” he notes.
I have so much fixing of things to do when I become queen.
The decriminalize marijuana train is on the tracks and it’s only a matter of time before every state in the country starts drooling over the money Colorado’s raking in after having legalized it:
Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world’s first accounting of the recreational pot business.
The tax total reported by the state Department of Revenue indicates $14.02 million worth of recreational pot was sold. The state collected roughly $2.01 million in taxes.
Colorado legalized pot in 2012, but the commercial sale of marijuana didn’t begin until January. Washington state sales begin in coming months.
The pot taxes come from 12.9 percent sales taxes and 15 percent excise taxes. Voters approved the pot taxes last year. They declared that the first $40 million of the excise tax must go to school construction; the rest will be spent by state lawmakers.
At this rate (more shops are opening all the time) Colorado stands to make roughly $24 million in the first year. Politicians are going to love the moolah. No way is this law ever going to be repealed. Yes, the first $40 million is slated for school construction but beyond that, I can imagine brawls at the statehouse over how to spend the millions that will roll in as time passes.
I don’t think I’ve heard a better description of Goldman Sachs than this one from this RawStory article about Matt Taibbi. Goldman Sacks is like a
vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.
This is something I could spend hours thinking about:
Amazing how a guy who claims to be in the news business (as in reporting facts) jumps to so many conclusions here in two sentences:
Maybe he’s high.
Okay folks. I did it. I finally went to a pot store here in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado this afternoon so my husband could buy some legal weed! Having lived through the good ol’ days when an ounce could net you three, five, ten years in the penitentiary, I still almost can’t believe what just happened.
The name of the store is “Terrapin Care Station.” It’s located at the corner of Canyon Boulevard and Folsom Street in the downtown area of town (very prominent intersection), in a building that used to house a Dunkin Donuts shop. (From sugar and fat to pot. Hey, why not?)
There’s plenty of parking on the south and west side of the building (probably 25 spots) but only two were open when we drove up.
There was a guard outside the front door. I couldn’t tell if she was armed because she had a jacket on.
There was another guard inside the front door (he also had a jacket on so I couldn’t see if he was armed either) who checked our IDs to make sure we were over 21 even though we very obviously are. Groups entering were limited to a maximum of three.
We were to told to “take a number” from one of those round red machines you see at the deli where you pull the tab and a little piece of paper breaks off with a number on it. Then we were offered a “menu” explaining the various forms of pot available. It listed “Sativa Dominant,” “Indica Dominant,” and “Edibles.” The edibles included candy, chews, brownies and 100 mg drops (Indica and Sativa).
There were approximately 15 people, all with numbers, in the front main waiting room. The back half of the space is walled off and can only be entered via a door that remains locked. That’s were the pot is.
The “Sativa Dominant” type was advertised as an “energizer” as opposed to a downer-type and had the most comprehensive list, with 12 varieties named things like “Train Haze,” “Glass Slipper,” “Chrenobyl #1,” (not a misspelling) and “Coal Creek Skunk.”
When our number was up we were ushered through the usually-locked door into the back room. Once through the door (which was locked behind us) we saw approximately four stations where other customers were being helped, as well as another security guard. I’m not positive but I’m pretty sure he was armed.
We were told to go to station #3. The woman who escorted us in then proceeded to talk to us about the varieties. I told her my husband was interested in buying seeds but she said seeds were only sold under the auspices of medical marijuana, which they weren’t licensed to sell and for which one needs a license to purchase, which my husband doesn’t have.
After a bit more discussion my husband decided to buy 1/4 ounce of “Glass Sipper” and 1/4 ounce of “Agent Orange.” The “Glass Slipper” was advertised as moderately strong while the “Agent Orange” is in the strongest class. The pot was presented to us in two white, opaque plastic jars a little larger than a medium-sized prescription bottle. We bought the smallest amount possible of both and the tab, including taxes, was $48.00. They only accept cash (because banks haven’t been given carte blanche by the Feds to transact money from the sale of dope yet.)
Once we’d made our purchase we were escorted out into the main waiting room through the momentarily unlocked, locked door and we left.
The whole process took about 15 minutes.
I tried marijuana for the first time in approximately 1969. I remember buying a “nickle bag” which I think was an ounce (for $5) and I pretty much smoked the whole thing over the course of a day or two but didn’t feel a thing.
I smoked pot on and off for the next five or six years but didn’t really like it and haven’t smoked it since. Still, it’s really something, after more than 40 years, to walk into a store, buy legal marijuana, and not sweat bullets the whole way home…or even after getting home.
It’s beyond about time.
Jeff Zucker left NBC Universal last year to head CNN without, apparently, any idea of how he was going to resuscitate it:
Despite the mishmash of shows and documentaries that will air in the 10 p.m. hour for the time being, [CNN's president Jeff] Zucker told TV Newser that CNN is committed to news:
The fact is CNN is actually offering more hours of live news programming today than we have at any point in the last five years. So the two [live news and documentaries] are not incompatible. We are always there when news happens. We’re in Ukraine this week, and Crimea, in tremendous numbers, offering round-the-clock coverage, far more than anyone else.
That may be true when it comes to breaking news, but it does seem to conflict with what Zucker said in December when he told Capital New York that “we need more shows and less newscasts.”
Sounds like he doesn’t know what CNN needs.
What CNN needs is bold, decisive action. But instead, Zucker has taken a more haphazard approach that will only ensure that they will remain in the cable-news ratings cellar for some time to come.
Sheesh. I’ve never heard a corporate honcho sound so lost.