The Incredible Vanishing Marijuana Stigma

So many people keep talking about the “social stigma against marijuana” as if it’s still 1969 or something. They’re wrong. Even though Life magazine had a ground-breaking cover story on it back then (October 31, 1969: 12 million Americans have tried it…should it be legalized?), and even though marijuana was almost legalized during the Carter […]

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Pharma Futility and the American Health System

Felicity had an interesting encounter with our dysfunctional health system recently. If you’re not from the United States, you may be befuddled by this story because it couldn’t possibly be true. If you do live in the U.S., you will probably sigh in commiseration or cynically say, “Well, of course! Everyone is used to this! […]


Yet Another Out-Of-Context Obama Quote

Today, President Obama made a stirring plea to the Supreme Court, quoted here on Twitter: Obama on SCOTUS: “My hope is that they go ahead and recognize what the majority of the american people now recognize” — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 22, 2015 The only “gotcha” is that he was speaking about legal same-sex marriage, […]


Batkid Rules, But Haag Breaks Rules

Today was “Batkid Day” as San Francisco turned itself into Gotham City so that Batkid — a 5-year-old boy from Northern California who’s hopefully now in permanent remission from leukemia — could defeat famous villains like the Riddler and the Penguin as well as raise money and awareness for the Children’s Make-A-Wish Foundation. Batkid got […]