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Friday, October 9, 2015

marijuana kills cancer

It's getting to the point now where it is becoming almost criminal to keep marijuana suppressed. 

It has to be removed from the Schedule I of Controlled Substances so that much more research can be done on it. Politicians need to get off of their pseudo-moral high-horse and do the right thing. Many many lives could be saved and bettered by treating various conditions with marijuana.

Cancer Institute Finally Admits Marijuana Kills Cancer

Cancer kills nearly 600,000 Americans per year. And this year alone, over 1.6 million people will be diagnosed. So much time and research has gone into the cure of cancer in the last few decades. Yet, because of the stigma associated with marijuana, this wonder plant has been largely ignored by governments and researchers as a potential cure – or a key piece to a cure at least.

The admission

In August 2015, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released a report on their website which stated, “Marijuana kills cancer”. Yes, you read that right – marijuana kills cancer.
We know that cannabis can be used for medicinal purposes to relieve symptoms of many chronic illnesses. In fact, marijuana has actually been used for medicinal purposes for over 3000 years.
The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer (and other chronic illness) include:
  • Anti-nausea
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Pain relief
  • Improved sleep

So, how does cannabis kill cancer?
There are 21 chemical components found in marijuana called cannabinoids. These chemicals activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects in the central nervous system and the immune system. This is the physiological and biochemical changes in the body produced by a drug in therapeutic concentration.
THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the primary psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. However, there are other compounds such as cannabinol (CBN), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), tetrahydrocannabivarin(THCv), and delta-8-THC that can have pharmacologic effects. For example, CBD is known to have significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity without the high that THC produces.
During a 2-year study, groups of mice and rats were given various doses of THC by tube feeding. Tests were also done of a variety of cancerous cells.

Here is what they found:

  • Cannabinoids may reduce tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed to grow tumors.
  • Lab tests on animals have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
  • Cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
  • A laboratory study of THC in liver cancer cells showed it damaged or killed the cancer cells.
  • The same study of THC in models of liver cancer showed that it had anti-tumor effects.
  • CBD may make chemotherapy more effective
Source: National Cancer Institute
Men’s Health Study proves that cannabis can potentially kill cancer: An analysis of 84,170 participants looked at the association between cannabis use and the occurrence of bladder cancer. Over 16 years, they found 89 Cannabis users developed bladder cancer compared with 190 of the men who did not report cannabis use. After dividing the study up by age, race, ethnicity, and body mass index, cannabis use was associated with a 45% reduction in bladder cancer incidence.

In conclusion, many studies have shown the potential of cannabis being able to kill cancer cells. However, little of these studies have been tested on humans. Only a handful of clinical trials have been held with humans, so it is too soon to say if the effects will work as well in humans. The good news is work is being done, and the topic is gaining interest among researchers.
Check out the full report from the NCI that explains their findings.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

sounds legit

It's somewhat of a mystery to me why so many people continue to hang onto religion. There are a million holes in the story, yet people cling to it like it's the only possible explanation of life on earth. 

Religion is presented as benevolent, but it's actually malevolent. It messes with science, history, health, women's rights, gay rights. Not adhering to it will get you killed in some countries.

Our Founding Fathers were trying to escape religious oppression, and yet millions of Americans want religion - and specifically Christianity, of course - to control the government.

Time to put it in the dustbin of history and use science to help the planet, before it's too late.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

instant orgasm?

This story seems like a hoax, but it's being presented with a straight face. Do we have to go to Hawaii to get it? Apparently.

Just another example of the mysterious world on which we live. We have so much still to discover. 

This Fungus Can Instantly Induce An Earth-Shattering Orgasm

Officially discovered back in 2001, John Halliday and Noah Soule were the first to record the effects of a fungus that could instantly induce female orgasm.
Published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Halliday explains that he and his colleague Soule heard of an unusual fungi growing in recent lava flows on the island of Hawaii – a bright orange mushroom which supposedly caused women to suddenly reach climax for no apparent reason.
Intrigued by the concept, the pair headed to the island to see if these fantastical claims are true. For science, of course.
Forming on lava flows 600–1000 years old, the unnamed Dictyophora species was deemed a very intense aphrodisiac when smelled by women – despite, or maybe because, of its “fetid” smell. The pair put the claim to the test by asking volunteers (I wonder how they whittled the number of applicants down?) to take a deep whiff, and recording their arousal levels. The results recorded in the Journal show a significant increase in arousal, with nearly half of the women experiencing spontaneous orgasms. All of the men, on the other hand, claimed it smelled absolutely disgusting.
The pair also described the morphology and chemistry of the fungus, and concluded that the "hormone-like compounds present [...] may have some similarity to human neurotransmitters released during sexual encounters."

Aww, it doesn't work on males? Eh! We don't need that much help.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Chile earthquake

NASA always produces some fascinating images. One of the few good things about living in Houston is that we do not experience major earthquakes. Occasionally there is a slight tremor here and there but nothing of any significance. Hurricanes, on the other hand.....

Mapping Earth Motion from the Illapel earthquake in Chile 16 September, 2015

Sitting along the southeast edge of the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” Chile is no stranger to earthquakes and tsunamis. Thestrongest quake on record was recorded there in 1960, and at least three “great” quakes have hit the country since 2000. The most recent occurred on September 16, 2015, when a magnitude 8.3 quake struck near the coast of central Chile along the boundary of the Nazca and South American tectonic plates.
Dubbed the Illapel earthquake, the shaking lasted at least three minutes and propelled a 4.5-meter (15-foot) tsunami wave that washed into Coquimbo and other coastal areas. Smaller tsunami waves raced across the Pacific and showed up on the shores of Hawaii and other islands. The earthquake and tsunami caused substantial damage in several Chilean coastal towns, and at least 13 deaths have been reported. Still, demanding building codes and extensive disaster preparedness meant the loss of life and property was much less than in other, smaller earthquakes around the world (such as Nepal or Haiti).
The maps above show how the Earth moved in mid-September, as observed by the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite (operated by the European Space Agency) and reported by ground stations to the U.S. Geological Survey. Sentinel-1A carries a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) instrument, which beams radio signals toward the ground and measures the reflections to determine the distance between the ground and the satellite. By comparing measurements made on August 24 and September 17, Cunren Liang, Eric Fielding, and other researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were able to determine how the land surface shifted during and after the earthquake.
On both the close-up and the broad-view maps, the amount of land motion is represented in shades from yellow to purple. Areas where the ground shifted the most (vertically, horizontally, or both) are represented in yellow, while areas with little change are represented in purple. Circles show the location of earthquakes and aftershocks in the two days after the initial M8.3 earthquake, as reported by the USGS National Earthquake Information Center. Larger quakes are represented by larger circles. The base map layer uses a digital elevation model and a bathymetry map to show the contours of the land surface and seafloor.
The interferograms above show that land moved as much as 1.4 meters toward to satellite (generally in the vertical direction) near the coast, and early estimates of the horizontal motion suggest it was as much as 2 meters. While SAR can see through clouds and the dark of night, it cannot see much through water. It is likely that much of the ground deformation from the earthquake occurred underwater, which explains the formation of the tsunami and the location of many aftershocks.
“The 2015 earthquake ruptured along almost the same part of the subduction zone as an earlier event in 1943 that was close to the same size,” Fielding noted. “This means that it took only 70 years for enough stress to build up in the Chile subduction zone to produce a M8.3 earthquake on each section of the zone that runs the full length of Chile.”
Interferograms can be used to estimate where the fault moved deep in the Earth and which areas have increased stress and higher likelihood of future earthquakes, Fielding noted. The details can also provide important information to better understand the earthquake process.
  1. References and Related Reading

  2. AGU Blogosphere: The Trembling Earth (2015, September) Chile keeps having earthquakes. Accessed September 29, 2015.
  3. European Space Agency (2015, September 21) Chile earthquake on the radar. Accessed September 29, 2015.
  4. The Guardian (2015, September 25) How did Chile manage to survive its recent earthquake virtually unscathed? Accessed September 29, 2015.
  5. Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (2015) Earthquake offshore Illapel, Chile. Accessed September 29, 2015.
  6. NASA Earth Observatory (2015, May 14) Sensing How Much the Moved in Nepal.
  7. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2015) Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis Center for Natural Hazards. Accessed September 29, 2015.
  8. Slate (2015, September 16) Chile earthquake and tsunami: Hawaii on tsunami alert after 8.3 quake strikes Chile. Accessed September 29, 2015.
NASA Earth Observatory maps by Joshua Stevens, using interferogram data courtesy of Copernicus and Eric Fielding NASA/JPL, and earthquake data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Buffalo Bayou Park

On October 3 the City of Houston celebrated the Grand Opening of the Buffalo Bayou Park. So the wife and I turned out, and dragged Imo along.

Actually, the park has existed for years, and the renovations are not complete. But, what the fuck! Have a Grand Opening anyway!  Two stages of live music and art performances, food trucks, alcohol, bike rentals, paddleboat rentals, an illuminated parade and fireworks, all sorts of good stuff. 

They've done a nice job with art all over the park.

These human statues, called Tolerance, are cool, and they illuminate at night. 

They got lucky and the weather in Houston could not have been much better. Mid-80's and low humidity. 5 degrees cooler would have been better, but what are ya gonna do?

from Sabine Street

They put a B-Cycle bike rental location close to the Water Works, which is a simple open-air structure, with public restrooms, marking the "Cistern", the City of Houston's first underground drinking-water reservoir built in 1927. First? There are more? It's going to become a very strange artspace.

You can also rent a paddle-boat or kayak in the same area and take it out on the bayou. Often, Buffalo Bayou doesn't stink!

They have opened up a huge dog park - Johnny Steele Dog Park - on the site of an impromptu dog park. Now there are lakes, shade, dog-washing areas, benches, and far too many people!!

The next big phase is to rip up Allen Parkway and add over 100 parking spaces so people can actually get to the park. This is a huge park and it has maybe 10 parking spaces. Sort of an example of the haphazard development you get with no zoning regulations.

A really nice day in the park. Next time we'll go west.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fuck the Pope, Pt. Deux

Some people didn't take too kindly to ol' Popey visiting with Kim Davis, the hillbilly clerk in Kentucky.

Mr. Diety didn't like it.

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