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Re: “A Culture of Civility

Thank you so much for this! NCJ and John Chiv seem to be the only ones willing to maintain any sort of decency standards. I'm sick of having to watch every single thing that I say so that I don't draw a pile-on for no good reason. Sometimes it happens anyway, no matter how careful that you are. This is what is truly stifling freedom of speech; a rabid, vocal minority being allowed to control virtually every local blog, amped by the administration of said blogs and running off almost everyone who is even vaguely decent. You are a breath of fresh air!

Posted by Janice T. on 06/22/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “About the Fourth Estate

California has enacted the National Popular Vote bill.

The bill is 61% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by changing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.
Candidates, as in other elections, would allocate their time, money, polling, organizing, and ad buys roughly in proportion to the population

Every vote, everywhere, for every candidate, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election.
No more distorting, crude, and divisive and red and blue state maps of predictable outcomes, that dont represent any minority party voters within each state.
No more handful of 'battleground' states (where the two major political parties happen to have similar levels of support) where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 38+ predictable states, like California, that have just been 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.

Posted by Susan Evoy on 06/22/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “A Cannabis Chasm

I don't need somebody to decide if I should get high or not, regardless of the means. That is too ridiculous for words. This isn't the 19th Century.

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Posted by Nan Roberts on 06/19/2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Black Lives and Good Faith

yes.

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Posted by Renata Renata on 06/18/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “A Cannabis Chasm

Heidi Messner was not elected. She does not speak for the people.

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Posted by Fred Fletcher on 06/17/2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Black Lives and Good Faith

You speak wise words Brenna! Now is the time to make way for POC, to highlight a very important issue of social justice: #BLM #BlackLivesMatter #NIOT #SayHerName

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Posted by Ady No Se Rinde on 06/15/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Smells Fishy

Here's the best way to check out the veracity of unnamed sources: Watch what unfolds. Did Flynn make phone calls to Russia and discuss sanctions? Yes he did. Did Donald Trump discuss Israeli intelligence with Russians in the Oval Office? Yes he did. Is Donald Trump being investigated for obstruction of justice? Per Donald's own tweets the day after the story was reported via "an anonymous source," he is indeed under investigation.
It's actually pretty easy. Read and wait. There's going to be lots of truth coming from unnamed sources in the foreseeable future. Get used to it and learn from it.
By the way, The NY Times issues corrections and retractions, often several per day.

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Posted by Brian Nash on 06/15/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “'A Fundamental and Necessary Right'

Who do I need to vote against or for? If this is staff, who are their bosses?

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Posted by Nan Roberts on 05/28/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Don't Panic, Bro, It's Science

"Here and in its own courts the State based its case on
an insistence that a driver who declines to submit to
testing after being arrested for driving under the influence
of alcohol {and/or weed} is always subject to a non consensual
blood test without any precondition for a warrant. That is incorrect."
>
> http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/11-1425_cb8e.pdf

Posted by Matt McLaughlin on 05/26/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “'A Fundamental and Necessary Right'

I often disagree with your collective editorial outlook, but there's no denying all y'all excel at investigative reporting when you want to. The fact that the journal is also free and tangible, available to anybody, is very important and very much appreciated. Thank you all!

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Posted by Long live the printed page! on 05/26/2017 at 6:44 AM

Re: “About Time

Hey Douglas, Thanks for this. You answered your own question: becoming "more random as the system ages" IS the arrow of time. Entropy is what gives the arrow direction, hence "past" and "future."

Posted by barryevans on 05/25/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Don't Panic, Bro, It's Science

The WSU researchers are planning on using my app in their research. I have developed a new public health app that measures impairment--it is called DRUID (an acronym for DRiving Under the Influence of Drugs) available now in the Apple App Store (Android version coming soon). DRUID measures reaction time, decision making, hand-eye coordination, time estimation and balance, and then statistically integrates hundreds of data points into an overall impairment score. DRUID takes just 5 minutes (and the 2-minute version will be part of the DRUID app in shortly).

Our website is www.druidapp.com

DRUID allows marijuana users (or others who drink alcohol, use prescription drugs, etc.) to self-assess their own level of impairment and (hopefully) decide against driving if they are impaired. Prior to DRUID, there was no way for an individual to accurately assess their own level of impairment. DRUID also demonstrates that it is feasible to measure impairment reliably by the roadside, not just exposure to a drug.

DRUID was recently featured on NPRs All Things Considered: http://www.npr.org/2017/01/25/511595978/can-sobriety-tests-weed-out-drivers-whove-smoked-too-much-weed

Also on television: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/02/28/science-lags-behind-marijuana-impairment-testing/

After obtaining my Ph.D. at Harvard, I have been a professor of psychology at UMass/Boston for the past 40 years, specializing in research methods, measurement and statistics.

Michael Milburn, Professor
Department of Psychology
UMass/Boston

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Posted by Michael Milburn on 05/25/2017 at 6:18 AM

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