Daily Puff News Round-Up 29 March 2016

Dangerous plants, badass animal attacks, US history gets even more racist, the one new thing you can’t enjoy summer without, and new Trailer Park Boys!

Holy mother of god, I just learned about a shitstorm of a plant. This plant can cause so much pain with just a single brush, it has driven people and animals to suicide. This thing is seriously a demon plant creating hell on earth for anything that runs afoul of it. If it were driven to extinction, I don’t know that it would necessarily be a bad thing. Even breathing around it can cause allergic responses, respiratory issues, and may result in hospitalization. Any way you look at it, it’s the exact opposite of the cannabis plant. (Contact results in months or years of pain and suffering, has no use to humans.)

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2009/06/gympie-gympie-once-stung,-never-forgotten/

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We have found one MAJOR thing that will change the way we cannabis enthusiasts enjoy our time outside! I saw a video for an almost identical product that ultimately led me to this. With the additions of an anchor loop, cup holder, phone/tablet/book holder, I don’t know if there is anything more amazing than this…what the heck do you call it? Chair? No. Hammock? Closer, but no. Air bag? Ok, Air bag kind of works. It floats, it can seat three, and you can spend a good chunk of the day in the thing and not regret a single minute. I have a vision of me chilling in this bad boy with my two UE Boom speakers on either side playing some reggae, smoking a pipe, enjoying an adult beverage, sitting outside in the sun or shade with an ear to ear grin plastered on my face for multiple hours. Heck, I can even see taking this on a lake or a friends pool. You can take it in a pool! This will especially come in handy at music festivals as well. What more could you want?

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kaisr-original-the-ultimate-inflatable-air-lounge/x/10001509#/

The Brotherman found this article and sent it to me. It’s old, but that shouldn’t matter. This dude used a pocket knife to defend against an attack by a cougar. The whole story is utterly badass, as is the guy involved, and it serves to underscore the importance of always carrying a pocket knife with you wherever you go – as most of us at the Daily Puff do.

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Attacking-cougar-killed-with-pocket-knife-1092755.php

This story is the only one here that gave me that sinking feeling in my stomach. The kind of stomach-pit that is filled with dread, disgust, and anger. Confirming long held assumptions by many anti-drug war advocates, we know now that the complete failure known as The War on Drugs was started as a way to target far left dissidents and African Americans. With this coming to light, it’s time to end this costly and terrible war and divert all of the funding to NASA and asteroid defense initiatives.

http://mic.com/articles/138664/the-war-on-drugs-horribly-racist-origins-have-finally-been-revealed#.TBIlKL2Jn

Trailer Park Boys season 10 now out on Netflix! After bingeing the first 6 episodes, I can honestly say that I am enjoying it. I had read that some people didn’t like it, but there’s a chance that they were not medicated enough to go with the flow and enjoy it. I have been having a good time with it and I think their expansion into the world of Sunnyvale is pretty cool. My opinion might change upon finishing the 10th season, but so far, it’s a greasy good time.

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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 2016: Super Tuesday Aftermath 

Last night sent an already historic presidential race careening into the primaries amid an unprecedented amount of turmoil. Trump took a major lead for the Republican’s, but Cruz refuses to respond to the bug spray and go back into his hole in Texas. Clinton took home seven states to Sanders’ four, but the progressive still had impressive turns at the polls. In the seven states that he lost, Sanders won around a third of the vote or more, sometimes nearly half, with the two exceptions being Alaska and Georgia with 19% and 28% respectively. Still a considerable pull for someone who never stood a chance…
With the most populous states yet to vote (Texas being the exception), the race is far from over. Trump and Clinton both gave their speeches from Florida amid their continued campaign. Clinton’s message changed somewhat from earlier in her campaign. Her speech attempted to unite her party’s foundation against Trump and win over some of Sanders’ base with some progressive lingo borrowed directly from Sanders’ talking points. Seeing her attitude change towards the progressive policies is encouraging, but the American people have been fooled by this before. It’s old politics and her rhetoric is only masking the nebulous possibilities of what a Clinton presidency could hold. 
Elsewhere in Florida, Trump gave his Super Tuesday victory speech. First introduced by Chris Christie, the fat bully and bigot from New Jersey, there was great pleasure to take in watching Christie share the airwaves while Trump expelled his signature gaseous eruptions. Christie, standing over Trump’s right shoulder in prominent view as he attempts to sidle up to the GOP’s wrecking ball, offered us insight into his lost soul. His brow constantly furrowed as his eyes darted around the room, unable to remain focused for long. We see him frequently getting lost in thought, not paying particular attention to Trump. Christie is clearly on another planet, praying for Trump’s speech to end so he can engulf more of the buffet. I encourage anyone to – just once – fast forward or rewind through Trump’s speech and focus on Christie the whole time. His performance was that of a brilliant sad clown. 
Drumpf’s speech was entertaining as usual. Covering familiar points, the fatuous fuck praised his voters – CNN isn’t shy about calling them dumb, poor, and white – for giving him his lead. Offering little in the way of policy, and shutting down a reporter or two trying to ask real questions, Drumpf provided us with the familiar canon that has pulled him to lead in this race. 
As his neck folds attempted to engulf his shirt collar, Drumpf continued to sell his base on his negotiating skills while taking ample opportunities to inhale his own stench with long, audible sniffs. The questions that have been left unanswered, and I’m sure Drumpf would call me a loser and refuse to answer them, is how in God’s name does a trade deficit equate to A) Mexico paying for a wall? and B) the Gulf States taking in refugees? There is no answer because it won’t happen. Drumpf is great at selling himself and negotiating from a position where he holds the power, but what happens when he gets into a mess and has little or no power left to negotiate with? He is a bully, like the sniveling barnacle suckling at his jowls, Chris Christie, and when their power dries up, or the tables turn against them, there is no doubt that this type of megalomaniac will sell us all down the river, or scorch the earth trying. Make no mistake, the sots parading before us are not there to help make America great; they’re there only to make themselves great. 
But credit must be given where it’s due. Both Drumpf and Sanders are galvanizing a population dissatisfied with establishment politics and corporate interests buying up Washington. Both party establishments have taken years to painstakingly usher in this current wave of political revolution and creative destruction. Granted, that certainly wasn’t their intention. No, they were vying for complete control; constricting the movements of government to a two party system that serves as a profitable charade for private institutions. Politics is the entertainment division of the political industrial complex, we are told. 

The GOP, for years, has worked diligently night and day to keep large swaths of America poor, dumb, and fearful. They’ve been grooming that vein and tapping into it regularly for the last 50 years. What they didn’t anticipate was that it was open for others to tap into as well. 
Both parties, by creating such impossible barriers for a third party after the ‘96 elections, have limited America to a two party system – which is why we have Drumpf running as a Republican and Sanders running on a Democratic ticket. This circus has now created a schism of divide within each party. Unless each party addresses the progressive, antiestablishment contingents by catering to them, the parties are doomed to splinter or ruin, with the GOP falling first. The larger thought is that America needs more than two parties. The idea of a two party system representing the vastly different regions of America is as absurd as saying that Texas, New York, Chicago, California, and Florida are all pretty much the same; one you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all.  
On the democratic side, it would seem that by moving towards the center right since the 80’s, they’ve alienated a certain – and sizeable – chunk of their base. And there is really no telling how the Sanders supporters are going to vote come November if it’s a Clinton/Drumpf race, which it will almost certainly be. More than a few people see any alternative to Clinton as a ‘fuck you’ to the powers that be… At this point in the race, Clinton is not the unifying candidate Obama was in 2008 and she lacks the charisma and charm of her husband. She has begun changing her message, but with a campaign entrenched in scandal and a current of distrust rippling through potential voters, Drumpf has a shot of winning some of the democratic antiestablishment over to his side. He will have no trouble pouncing on her weaknesses and ripping them open like a rabid hyena in front of all the world. (What’s the over under for how many times he calls Hillary a loser? Anyone want some of that action?)
The irony of Drumpf parading as the antiestablishment Republican candidate is that he is the very type of businessman that makes his fortune swindling the middle class, the poor, and the ignorant. His rhetoric last night about forcing Apple to bring their iPhone production back to America, bringing jobs back from elsewhere in the world, sounds great, but has no founding in actual economic or political principal. For any of this to work and be profitable for the company, the American worker would need to acquiesce to a life of indentured servitude – which is what the poultry industry has done to its farmers. 
Drumpf is seducing the fat, dumb, American country girl with his glamorous, big money, big city ways. When the lights come on next January, there’s going to be a lot of shame, self-loathing, and regret. But that’s not to say that there isn’t joy to be had watching the establishments of both parties scramble and the two party system teeter on the verge of crumbling. For many of us, myself included, there is a bit of glee watching party politics fail and a joke candidate transform into a sobering reality as we careen forward, almost certainly to our doom. 

Eating Raw Weed: A Look into the Future of Pot and Health

The Stoner’s Cookbook published the below article about eating raw weed. While reading it I was absolutely amazed by the nutritional properties of this incredible plant. It was mind blowing how much there is to take away from that article and how promising eating raw weed is!! Please be sure to read it; it’s linked at the end. I can see a future where this is an essential part of dietary health alongside basil, spinach, mint, and kale. Eat your greens, right? But after thinking about it, there are some questions. At $50 – $70 for an eighth of an ounce…surely buying cannabis for your smoothie or salad is going to be an expensive purchase.

Secondly, though the article points out the amazing and incredible properties, it does not lay out any dietary guidelines. It doesn’t inform us of how much we should eat to get the benefits. How far does 3.5 grams get us? An ounce?

Cannabis, and raw ‘food’ weed, is just too new to the dietary science scene for much research to have been done into the subject of consuming raw cannabis, but boy do we hope that people take a look into this. It is incredibly promising! Let’s say all of these findings make their way into peer reviewed work, some celebrity doctor goes on TV and says, “cannabis is the next superfood!!”, and let’s say, for the sake of argument that the superhealthfoodnut people start eating cannabis like the Koreans’ eat kimchi. I see this resulting in one of two realities. The optimal situation is that raw weed comes down in price big time, and everyone is healthier and better for it. It becomes served up like kimchi in both fancy restaurants and $10 a plate restaurants. Raw weed and smokeable weed becomes the defacto norm for most people. This scenario is like 20 years down the road, cannabis becomes normal and accepted. People are healthier and the world is a better place. We look back on the prohibition era as a major fuckup in the history of the world.

The second scenario is that prices remain high, it becomes a fad among the HealthNut elite, and only they really have the money to purchase it in the amounts required to consume it raw and reap the benefits. There are several different types of ‘food’ weed, but it’s unregulated by the FDA or regulated so poorly that the consumer never really knows what they are getting. Not widely and commercially available, in a ‘legal’ United States, roughly 40% of the market for raw weed is still black, mostly peer to peer. As a result of high prices and absurd regulations, food weed stays on the fringes of society and health. Despite the benefits it’s said to have, most people are not aware or simply are unable afford it as an option.

I hope and think, that as information is shared more and more that we can avoid the second situation. It has long been my opinion that cannabis should be widely available for adult consumption and a staple of both the medicine cabinet and a healthy lifestyle. After reading the article below, and pending scientific research, it is my hope that an edible form of cannabis can be widely available to people. If one plant – ONE PLANT – can have such incredible promise for human health in multiple forms of consumption, while being almost entirely harmless, then we as humans would need to entirely rethink health as a whole. Healthfulness could have a cannabis-centric approach. Or, at nothing less, a cannabis-centric health book or lifestyle book could be written and develop acceptance and a following if the right celebrity was attached. Haha, OK I’m a little baked, but I can envision an US Weekly headline “How I lost 15 lbs. on the Pot Diet – and Never felt better!” Or People Magazine – “Oprah’s New POT Diet – Lose weight and live happier and healthier!”  How many years away from this are we now? We can’t be that far. 3 years? 5? Cosmopolitan “How to Introduce Weed to Your Man in the Bedroom”. Men’s Health “The Ultimate Pot Regimen”. GQ “Ultimate Guide: How to Wear, Eat, and Consume Marijuana – in Style”. I just hope that in the not too distant future I can go to my local grocery store, grab some cage free eggs, nitrate free, antibiotic and hormone free turkey bacon, and some cooking weed for a healthy breakfast to start a healthy day* – and not have to pay black market prices for it.

The original Stoner’s Cookbook Article can be found here. We encourage you to read it!


*For the sake of brevity I left out a shitload of organic vegetables that I would include as part of a healthy breakfast. The example is targeted at our changing attitudes towards our food and health.

Privacy and the Internet of Things

While Apple took a stand for privacy and against unreasonable requests from the US Govt and NSA this past week, the news isn’t all rosy.  Now, according to The Guardian and other reports, smart devices can be used to spy on you.  From Amazon Echo, to your samsung TV, to eventually your refrigerator, thermoatat, and virtually any electronic device will be connected by an Internet of Things that the government has every intention of exploiting for surveillance purposes.

This is both an exciting and concerning time to be alive, friends.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/09/internet-of-things-smart-devices-spying-surveillance-us-government?CMP=edit_2221