Political Paradigm



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It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs. Albert Einstein
There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power. Henry David Thoreau
CNN GOP Delegate Calculator
CNN has this nifty little interactive calculator that allows you to make your predictions on how many delegates each Republican presidential contender will win in every state.

CNN GOP Delegate Calculator

CNN has this nifty little interactive calculator that allows you to make your predictions on how many delegates each Republican presidential contender will win in every state.

This one is for all you stoners out there

Science has shown the dangers of cigarette smoking on lungs– smoking undermines lung function, causes lung cancer and long-term breathing problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  But what about smoking marijuana?

Researchers sought to determine whether exposure to marijuana smoke, which contains many of the same components in cigarette smoke, would also show negative effects on lung function, and they were surprised to find that subjects who occasionally smoked pot – meaning two to three times per month – did not show the same reduced lung function that was seen in cigarette smoking. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Using data from a 20 year study designed to measure heart disease called the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, researchers analyzed data from more than 5,000 men and women, aged 18 to 30, from four U.S. cities. Participants from Oakland, Chicago, Minneapolis and Birmingham were repeatedly measured for pulmonary function, height, smoking behavior, and waist circumference and asked about cigarette and marijuana smoking during each assessment.

“There are well known effects of tobacco on pulmonary function and we thought, going into this, that we would find similar types of effects for marijuana,” said lead study author Dr. Mark J. Pletcher of the University of California San Francisco, who explained that, as expected, his team found that among cigarette smokers, the more smoke a subject was exposed to, the more adverse effects they had in lung function. Lung function was measured with spirometry testing which shows the amount of air a person can forcibly exhale, giving  doctors a measure of how well the lungs are functioning.

But Pletcher notes that his team was surprised to find that subjects who smoked limited amounts of marijuana actually were able to blow large volumes of air into the spirometer.  “People who smoke marijuana inhale very deeply, which may strengthen the muscles used for inhalation – basically making them good at the test. So even though it’s a very statistically significant result, it probably doesn’t have any physiologic meaning in terms of function,” he explained. Subjects who smoked larger amounts of marijuana, which Pletcher described as smoking one joint per day, did show evidence of reduced pulmonary function, and he stressed that his study results are not intended to encourage people to use marijuana. 

However, for patients for whom medical marijuana may be a treatment option, the authors write that “marijuana may have beneficial effects on pain control, appetite, mood, and management of other chronic symptoms.  Our findings suggest that occasional use of marijuana for these or other purposes may not be associated with adverse consequences on pulmonary function.  It is much more difficult to estimate the potential effects of regular heavy use… our findings do suggest an accelerated decline in pulmonary function with heavy use.”

It’s important to note that the findings of this study are not meant to encourage marijuana smoking, nor did the study examine other known negative effects of marijuana use, which include problems with memory, concentration and perception. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Long term use of marijuana can lead to addiction, and chronic marijuana use is associated with mental health problems including anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that when marijuana use begins at a younger age, it may increase mental health problems, including psychosis, according to NIDA.

(Source: CNN)

Redistricting Authority Outlook At-A-Glance
This is really interesting. It also shows the percentage of voting-age by race and the Cook forecast on redistricting authority 2012.

Redistricting Authority Outlook At-A-Glance

This is really interesting. It also shows the percentage of voting-age by race and the Cook forecast on redistricting authority 2012.

ladygagastuff:

Barack Obama singing Born This Way

What.

(Source: fartpop)

motherjones:

Need a list of the top 20 donors in the presidential race (so far)? Of course you do. But we’ll spare any suspense: 17 of 20 are Republican donors. And half the top 20 are multimillion-buck buddies of a certain GOP ex-Massachusetts governor. Golf, anyone?
More charts and intel here:
The 20 Biggest Donors of the 2012 Election (So Far)

motherjones:

Need a list of the top 20 donors in the presidential race (so far)? Of course you do. But we’ll spare any suspense: 17 of 20 are Republican donors. And half the top 20 are multimillion-buck buddies of a certain GOP ex-Massachusetts governor. Golf, anyone?

More charts and intel here:

The 20 Biggest Donors of the 2012 Election (So Far)

Mitt Romney wins New Hampshire primary.

(Source: CNN)