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  1. Congrats! – As so often, Ann Coulter is alive ‘n’ kickin’. (A political animal if ever there was one).

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Yep, Dieter, Libertarian-Conservative Ann Coulter is literary pundit Numero Uno @ Peak Stupidity. She is irreplaceable. For those commenters who wrote in that she must read iSteve, if she doesn't she sure would wholeheartedly agree with him. Read this paragraph from her latest column (mostly on Weinstein/Hollywood miscellany):

    5) Also relevant to the white male pestilence infecting America: If we’d cut off immigration around 1880, certainly by 1850, there would be hardly any #MeToo cases at all. (I can't think of a single #MeToo perpetrator of founding American stock—i.e., the group that gets blamed for everything.) We need way better assimilation programs.
     
    I think even our host here would say this is pretty hard-core.
  2. Bernie: “We’re going to help African Americans start businesses to sell marijuana!”

    Biden: [Open mouth stare]

    Bernie: We’re going to…effectively legalize marijuana in every state in the country. What we’re also going to is move to expunge the records of those people arrested for possession of marijuana. [Applause]. And I tell you what else we’re going to do! We’re going to provide help to the African American, Latino, and Native American communities to start business to sell legal marijuana, rather than let a few corporations control the legalized marijuana market.

    • Replies: @Aardvark
    How can we know that Biden wasn't struggling to remember what that word "marijuana" meant?
    I mean, the guy announces he's running for the Senate, talks to a deceased former President of China and who knows what else he forgot or invented.
    , @Hypnotoad666
    In fairness to Biden, that open-mouthed blank stare is pretty much his normal expression.
    , @SunBakedSuburb
    Bernie is just being realistic. Blacks are experts in weed and BBQ. Although, having run a couple of grow houses around the time Dick Cheney's friends hit the Twin Towers I can say with some knowledge that Blacks should stick to the retail end of the weed business because the production end requires attention to detail.
    , @Almost Missouri
    That face is also the look of Biden watching Sanders steal another five points from Biden's black support.
    , @Pop Warner
    If anything large corporations will hire blacks as a virtue signal while small white-run pot shops will be run out of the market due to their fewer resources to jump through regulatory hoops. But Bernie has decided in the past 4 years that racism is more important than the American worker, as most "pro-labor" leftists have done
  3. This sounds like the work of a deep cover WN operative in the Bernie campaign, helping him win the primary so he can crater in the national… who couldn’t help but offer this plausibly deniable prank. Do it Bernie! It’s a great idea!

  4. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    And instead of fencing stolen goods, we’re going to teach black people how to open and run pawn shops! Instead of driveby’s, we’re going to teach black folks how to open and run rifle ranges! Instead of putting the pimp hand down on they bitches who be holding out on dem, we will teach black men how to run legalized whore houses with iPads and PayPal! Then the bitches won’t have to handle the cash!

    My administration will redirect primitive black tribalism to harmonize with modern socialism!

    So there, I say!

    SO THERE!!

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    Anonymous [186] 2024! The Big Man For The Little Man!
    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    "Look, fat...."
    , @e
    And not a single Dem on the stage with him called him out on that.
  5. Oh, man, Elizabeth Warren has gotta be so pissed she finally denied her native roots. She’ll have to re-fork her tongue.

    “I’m Indian.
    “OK, I’m not.
    “Yes, I’m back Indian again. Show me the wampum.”

    • Replies: @El Dato
    "In a morning rage incident, Elizabeth Warren deletes her Native American origins"
  6. It’s even worse when you spell out the reasoning. “Look, black people go to prison sometimes for selling drugs, but they get a livelihood and sway over white bitches through their illicit trade, and legalization will take both things away. So in order to really benefit them, you have to both legalize it so they won’t go to prison, and also make the business black-only, so they keep being ballers.”

    You don’t want them going back to mugging people, do you?

    • Agree: bomag
    • LOL: Mr. XYZ
  7. Someone on twitter

  8. @Anonymous
    And instead of fencing stolen goods, we're going to teach black people how to open and run pawn shops! Instead of driveby's, we're going to teach black folks how to open and run rifle ranges! Instead of putting the pimp hand down on they bitches who be holding out on dem, we will teach black men how to run legalized whore houses with iPads and PayPal! Then the bitches won’t have to handle the cash!

    My administration will redirect primitive black tribalism to harmonize with modern socialism!

    So there, I say!

    SO THERE!!

    Anonymous [186] 2024! The Big Man For The Little Man!

  9. Too bad Bernie doesn’t realize the shops will be taken over by Indian immigrants.

    • Agree: West Reanimator
    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    Bingo!
  10. Awesome! By the way, why not throw the “woke” Silicon Valley and Wall Street Billionaires to the Bernie Bros? There are only so many battles we can fight. If the Billionaires had a whiff of fear they might show some loyalty to actual Americans (for protection).

    • Replies: @International Jew
    That right there was the historical compact between the classes in America. The rich don't prey (too much) on the working class, the working class doesn't rise up in revolt as in Latin America. Importing a new working class population (impoverishing the American working class) breaks that compact. Long term it won't be good for the upper class either.
  11. Wow, that Putin really is a wiley wascal.

  12. @Anonymous
    And instead of fencing stolen goods, we're going to teach black people how to open and run pawn shops! Instead of driveby's, we're going to teach black folks how to open and run rifle ranges! Instead of putting the pimp hand down on they bitches who be holding out on dem, we will teach black men how to run legalized whore houses with iPads and PayPal! Then the bitches won’t have to handle the cash!

    My administration will redirect primitive black tribalism to harmonize with modern socialism!

    So there, I say!

    SO THERE!!

    “Look, fat….”

  13. Biden has turned some corner in age from looking like crazy Uncle Joe to looking more like Great-Grandpa Joe, pal of Abe Simpson. Quite a nation where several leading candidates for president are nearly 80 and the football half-time dancing sexpot is 50.

    • LOL: Alden
    • Replies: @Neuday
    With boomers in twilight this is to be expected.
    , @Desiderius
    One where the people who matter don’t much care about either one.
    , @Jack D
    These are the same people who used to say "never trust anyone over 30". That was when they were under 30. (Who could have imagined Jagger on stage as a 75 year old? In 1965 Sinatra was all of 50 and he seemed hopelessly ancient and uncool to the young.) Now that they are pushing 80 the new motto is "never trust anyone who is not pushing 80".
    , @anon
    Biden has turned some corner in age from looking like crazy Uncle Joe to looking more like Great-Grandpa Joe,

    Yeah, that blank look might be his normal resting face now. Not good.
    On the bright side, it isn't getting in the way of his run for the Senate!

    https://www.reuters.com/video/watch/idOVC249M8V
    , @Alden
    Boomers rule. For a few more years.
  14. I am sure this will work just as well as granting gaming licenses for tribes has lifted Native Americans.

  15. This is Bernie’s jump the shark moment. You can win a presidential election being against big business. You can win a presidential election by being in favor of set asides for minorities. Although it hasn’t happened so far, I’d bet that in 2020 you can even win a presidential election by favoring the legalization of marijuana. (Probably one of the few things I agree with Bernie about.)

    But you cannot win a presidential election by campaigning for all three in the same sentence. Sanders is so high on his own stash, he has no idea how crazy he sounds to the average American, as represented by Joe Biden in this picture. This election is going to be Nixon – McGovern all over again. Except the Democrats are so stupid they did the impeachment before the election, not after.

    • Agree: sayless
  16. @RichardTaylor
    Awesome! By the way, why not throw the "woke" Silicon Valley and Wall Street Billionaires to the Bernie Bros? There are only so many battles we can fight. If the Billionaires had a whiff of fear they might show some loyalty to actual Americans (for protection).

    That right there was the historical compact between the classes in America. The rich don’t prey (too much) on the working class, the working class doesn’t rise up in revolt as in Latin America. Importing a new working class population (impoverishing the American working class) breaks that compact. Long term it won’t be good for the upper class either.

    • Agree: SimpleSong, TWS
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    It’s not good for them now, in the same way that galleons full of New World gold weren’t good for the Hapsburgs.
    , @Thea
    I’m not sure any such tacit agreement existed.

    Historically, the American upper class imported slaves from Africa or scabs from poorer parts of Europe to undercut the wages of workers. Political cartoons from the turn of the 20th century dealt with class issues. The Wizard of Oz is about exploitation of the working class.

    The expansion of the middle class was a consequence of the post World War II environment. It was a complete anomaly.

  17. Biden is mentally reminiscing about his days with Corn Pop…using the term mentally loosely.

  18. Joe is also running for the Senate again. Look him over. If you don’t like what you see vote for the other guy, ya fat, lying, dog faced pony soldier.

  19. @Achmed E. Newman
    Oh, man, Elizabeth Warren has gotta be so pissed she finally denied her native roots. She'll have to re-fork her tongue.

    "I'm Indian.
    "OK, I'm not.
    "Yes, I'm back Indian again. Show me the wampum."

    “In a morning rage incident, Elizabeth Warren deletes her Native American origins”

    • Replies: @Muggles
    >>“In a morning rage incident, Elizabeth Warren deletes her Native American origins”<<

    Yes, she is a rager. But she repeated in the SC debate her discredited lie that she wasn't re-hired as a school marm (her true calling, judging from her bitter, angry demeanor) due to her impending pregnancy.

    Documented records from the school involved have totally disproved that lie. She was offered a renewed contract but wrote back that because she was pregnant, she would decline.

    Still, she claims otherwise. Next up, if she fails politically, will be to sign up for one of those lucrative Indian casino licenses... "Warren's Wampum House - you play we pay!"
  20. Did Bernie just tacitly admit that NAMs do more drugs than white people? I thought that was a racist canard!

  21. Bernie is the hip grandpa.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    >>Bernie is the hip grandpa.<<

    Not if he thinks minorities need government help to get into the drug business. Where has he been living? Oh, Vermont...
    , @Kronos
    He’s that sugar daddy grandpa that brought the best presents for Christmas. Joe Biden brought socks for the grandkids while Bernie purchased a new game console.

    https://youtu.be/pFlcqWQVVuU
  22. So hard to find the replay… Here it is, starts at 1 hour 1 minute mark:

    1.5 x speed may be ok.

  23. I wonder if Bernie will be called on to denounce the endorsement of the Communist Party USA.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    >>I wonder if Bernie will be called on to denounce the endorsement of the Communist Party USA.<<

    Probably not. But if he wins nomination, the CPUSA will have a strong case against the Democrats for intellectual property theft.
    , @anonn
    Lying media gasbags will demand that he denounce them just like those same lying media gasbags demanded Trump denounce David Duke.
  24. @John Mansfield
    Biden has turned some corner in age from looking like crazy Uncle Joe to looking more like Great-Grandpa Joe, pal of Abe Simpson. Quite a nation where several leading candidates for president are nearly 80 and the football half-time dancing sexpot is 50.

    With boomers in twilight this is to be expected.

  25. I thought the ‘Weedparations’ idea was giving people who trace their ancestry to US antebellum slaves would be given a government monopoly over the sales of Cannabis, and the business had to be 100% such people because Korean Americans are too efficient.

    • Replies: @Thirdtwin
    I thought it was called “Reefarations”
    , @George
    Bernie's plan sounds like you will end up with African American front people and a mostly non AA management. I liked the original weedparations plan as I understood it, the whole organization had to be descended from slaves.
  26. So im guessing this means Coulter is a reader of this blog & perhaps a low key poster in the comnents section?

    • Replies: @TWS
    I think she's actually Tiny Duck
  27. If you confine it to Native Americans, it kind of makes sense in a crazy way, in the way that letting Indians run casinos makes sense. Giving some disadvantaged group a special franchise instead of a handout is an old idea. It used to be common that the newsstand in court houses was run by a blind guy.

    Also, keeping corporate America away from selling dope makes sense because in their ruthlessly $ driven way they are going to come up with more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don’t require farming, schemes to overcharge for dope and have the cost paid by insurers or taxpayers, etc., etc. The last thing we need is to apply corporate techniques to dope selling. See opiates.

    • Replies: @Thea
    So, most non-corporate, street level drug dealers aren’t ruthless and money driven?
    , @Chris Renner

    Giving some disadvantaged group a special franchise instead of a handout is an old idea.
     
    I like the idea in principle, but how do you mitigate the incentive for groups to label themselves "disadvantaged" when objectively they aren't?
    , @Spect3r
    You dont know much about weed, do you?
    Because all the things you mention "h more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don’t require farming" already all happen and was done by your "mom & pop weed store" not some mega corporation.
    There is a reason why in Holand they imposed a limit on the THC a plant can have since they knew from the start that if people managed to they would eventually create an insanely strong weed.
    And even with thous regulations in place, you can already find weed with over 20% THC that is a long way from the 7% THC the hippies were smoking.
    , @prime noticer
    "Also, keeping corporate America away from selling dope makes sense because in their ruthlessly $ driven way they are going to come up with more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don’t require farming, schemes to overcharge for dope and have the cost paid by insurers or taxpayers"

    this isn't already happening? legal marijuana isn't gonna turn out that great, in part due to lab developed THC content. long term use of high THC marijuana literally makes you dumber, and may cause schizophrenia. also, affects your lungs to a lesser extent, a more minor issue. also increases DUI car crashes, maybe 10%, another more minor issue that society may be willing to live with.

    note how drug enforcement budgets and efforts didn't go down, as every Joe Rogan drooling "Legalize all drugs!" libertarian said they would. because now the government has to stop people from getting in on THEIR drug turf. hey, our drugs, not yours. Police! he's not selling OUR drugs, arrest him!
  28. @John Mansfield
    Biden has turned some corner in age from looking like crazy Uncle Joe to looking more like Great-Grandpa Joe, pal of Abe Simpson. Quite a nation where several leading candidates for president are nearly 80 and the football half-time dancing sexpot is 50.

    One where the people who matter don’t much care about either one.

  29. Well, Joe’s not a reader at all. Neither was Trump before Twitter. My dad’s the same way – can’t sit still long enough.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    I don't think you can call someone who only reads Twitter, a reader.
  30. @John Mansfield
    Biden has turned some corner in age from looking like crazy Uncle Joe to looking more like Great-Grandpa Joe, pal of Abe Simpson. Quite a nation where several leading candidates for president are nearly 80 and the football half-time dancing sexpot is 50.

    These are the same people who used to say “never trust anyone over 30”. That was when they were under 30. (Who could have imagined Jagger on stage as a 75 year old? In 1965 Sinatra was all of 50 and he seemed hopelessly ancient and uncool to the young.) Now that they are pushing 80 the new motto is “never trust anyone who is not pushing 80”.

    • Replies: @Travis
    So true...although Frank did marry the 20 year-old Mia Farrow in 1966.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Who could have imagined Jagger on stage as a 75 year old?
     
    Not Jagger himself. He said back in the 60s that he couldn't see himself doing "Satisfaction" at 40.

    I got to hear him sing it live at 46, by chance and for free, and it wasn't worth the price.

    He also explained to reporters that the Stones weren't a rock-and-roll band, but an R&B one. He went back on that one, too.

    Consider, too, that son Deveraux is younger than his own grandniece.

  31. @International Jew
    That right there was the historical compact between the classes in America. The rich don't prey (too much) on the working class, the working class doesn't rise up in revolt as in Latin America. Importing a new working class population (impoverishing the American working class) breaks that compact. Long term it won't be good for the upper class either.

    It’s not good for them now, in the same way that galleons full of New World gold weren’t good for the Hapsburgs.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    Damn right. I grew up in a middle class neighborhood and I live in one now. Difference is that back in the 60s people did their own yard work, and got to know one another. Today, with tons of Central Americans available cheap, there's less neighborly interaction (and one less character-building chore for the boys).
  32. @Jack D
    If you confine it to Native Americans, it kind of makes sense in a crazy way, in the way that letting Indians run casinos makes sense. Giving some disadvantaged group a special franchise instead of a handout is an old idea. It used to be common that the newsstand in court houses was run by a blind guy.

    Also, keeping corporate America away from selling dope makes sense because in their ruthlessly $ driven way they are going to come up with more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don't require farming, schemes to overcharge for dope and have the cost paid by insurers or taxpayers, etc., etc. The last thing we need is to apply corporate techniques to dope selling. See opiates.

    So, most non-corporate, street level drug dealers aren’t ruthless and money driven?

    • Replies: @TWS
    Ruthless maybe, lazy as hell describes most of them
    , @Kratoklastes

    So, most non-corporate, street level drug dealers aren’t ruthless and money driven?
     
    They may be both of those things, but they do not have R&D departments dedicated to making the product more addictive.

    The 'R&D' in the weed market happens at the grower level - and is why weed from the US 'Emerald Triangle' is predictably high-quality and has a predictable level of potency by strain. It's the 'pasta sauce' approach: growers know that end-users have a range of preferences for potency, so they engineer 'product' in that range.

    The 'street dealer' level is a relatively low-information market (in states where weed is still illegal). Dumb dealers will sell schwag, claiming it's a sought-after strain... longer term they get a 'rep' for this and eventually the only market they have is high school kids who have never spoken to anyone else (which may or may not be profitable, but it's harder work).

    If Bernie had the slightest fucking idea about capitalism he would be advocating for blacks to be something other than the final intermediary between the producer and the consumer: that's where margins are smallest - competition is fiercest as a direct result.

    Not for nothin', but Emerald Triangle weed is a good part of the reason for the initial outbreak of violence among the weed business of the South-of-the-Border narco clans.

    High-quality US-sourced alternatives, meant that margins on their shitty Mexican schwag fell towards zero; demand plummeted (as it ought to for a low-quality, high-margin product) and the narcos found themselves competing for a shrinking aggregate revenue pool.

    Roughly the same is true for the 'harder' side of things: US-sourced meth is higher-quality than foreign, and cheaper because there are much lower risk premia associated with transport... mules are costly i they have to cross an international border.

    I guess for heroin they're competing against Oxy now. Heroin's still per-use cheaper than Oxy, but up until recently people have been able to acquire Oxy without stigma. People will pay a bit extra to escape social stigma - but when the budget becomes tighter they go 'down the price ladder' - to heroin, and then fentanyl.

    The Drug War is a travesty and a failure that causes mass death in people whose main crime is having a shit life. The market for illicit drugs is still a market though.
  33. @International Jew
    That right there was the historical compact between the classes in America. The rich don't prey (too much) on the working class, the working class doesn't rise up in revolt as in Latin America. Importing a new working class population (impoverishing the American working class) breaks that compact. Long term it won't be good for the upper class either.

    I’m not sure any such tacit agreement existed.

    Historically, the American upper class imported slaves from Africa or scabs from poorer parts of Europe to undercut the wages of workers. Political cartoons from the turn of the 20th century dealt with class issues. The Wizard of Oz is about exploitation of the working class.

    The expansion of the middle class was a consequence of the post World War II environment. It was a complete anomaly.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    Maybe you're right, in broader perspective. I'll therefore restrict my claim to the situation between 1923 and 1985 (or whenever we really lost control of immigration).
  34. @Jack D
    If you confine it to Native Americans, it kind of makes sense in a crazy way, in the way that letting Indians run casinos makes sense. Giving some disadvantaged group a special franchise instead of a handout is an old idea. It used to be common that the newsstand in court houses was run by a blind guy.

    Also, keeping corporate America away from selling dope makes sense because in their ruthlessly $ driven way they are going to come up with more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don't require farming, schemes to overcharge for dope and have the cost paid by insurers or taxpayers, etc., etc. The last thing we need is to apply corporate techniques to dope selling. See opiates.

    Giving some disadvantaged group a special franchise instead of a handout is an old idea.

    I like the idea in principle, but how do you mitigate the incentive for groups to label themselves “disadvantaged” when objectively they aren’t?

  35. @Jack D
    These are the same people who used to say "never trust anyone over 30". That was when they were under 30. (Who could have imagined Jagger on stage as a 75 year old? In 1965 Sinatra was all of 50 and he seemed hopelessly ancient and uncool to the young.) Now that they are pushing 80 the new motto is "never trust anyone who is not pushing 80".

    So true…although Frank did marry the 20 year-old Mia Farrow in 1966.

  36. @Hail

    Bernie: "We're going to help African Americans start businesses to sell marijuana!"

    Biden: [Open mouth stare]
     
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERsWdrcXkAAeFHP.jpg

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERsWYvLXYAEfseU.jpg

    Bernie: We're going to...effectively legalize marijuana in every state in the country. What we're also going to is move to expunge the records of those people arrested for possession of marijuana. [Applause]. And I tell you what else we're going to do! We're going to provide help to the African American, Latino, and Native American communities to start business to sell legal marijuana, rather than let a few corporations control the legalized marijuana market.
     

    How can we know that Biden wasn’t struggling to remember what that word “marijuana” meant?
    I mean, the guy announces he’s running for the Senate, talks to a deceased former President of China and who knows what else he forgot or invented.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    Biden is having a tough time running against the "Other Bidens". Those doppelgangers are following him around screaming random talking points in his ear. _That_ is why he looks so confused all the time. ;-)
  37. @Hail

    Bernie: "We're going to help African Americans start businesses to sell marijuana!"

    Biden: [Open mouth stare]
     
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERsWdrcXkAAeFHP.jpg

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERsWYvLXYAEfseU.jpg

    Bernie: We're going to...effectively legalize marijuana in every state in the country. What we're also going to is move to expunge the records of those people arrested for possession of marijuana. [Applause]. And I tell you what else we're going to do! We're going to provide help to the African American, Latino, and Native American communities to start business to sell legal marijuana, rather than let a few corporations control the legalized marijuana market.
     

    In fairness to Biden, that open-mouthed blank stare is pretty much his normal expression.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    Everyday is literally a new day for Joe. I envy his blankness.
  38. @Jack D
    If you confine it to Native Americans, it kind of makes sense in a crazy way, in the way that letting Indians run casinos makes sense. Giving some disadvantaged group a special franchise instead of a handout is an old idea. It used to be common that the newsstand in court houses was run by a blind guy.

    Also, keeping corporate America away from selling dope makes sense because in their ruthlessly $ driven way they are going to come up with more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don't require farming, schemes to overcharge for dope and have the cost paid by insurers or taxpayers, etc., etc. The last thing we need is to apply corporate techniques to dope selling. See opiates.

    You dont know much about weed, do you?
    Because all the things you mention “h more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don’t require farming” already all happen and was done by your “mom & pop weed store” not some mega corporation.
    There is a reason why in Holand they imposed a limit on the THC a plant can have since they knew from the start that if people managed to they would eventually create an insanely strong weed.
    And even with thous regulations in place, you can already find weed with over 20% THC that is a long way from the 7% THC the hippies were smoking.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    No I don't but I do know how big corporations work. And yes, mom and pop's and even shady street dealers try to do the same thing that big corporations do, but big corporations are just so much better and more organized at it. Soft drinks existed before Coca-Cola and before Cargill figured out how to make sugar from cheap corn but Coca-Cola was much more efficient at getting their product sold in every possible venue and in giant size quantities. Fried chicken existed before KFC and hamburgers and french fries before McDonalds but they were relatively expensive and rare treats, not something that half the population ate on a daily basis. And so on. Kelloggs has just as much greed and no more inherent morality than Biden's friend Corn Pop (and vice versa), but corporate America is really GOOD at what it does whereas you can trust Corn Pop to at least have some level of incompetence that will prevent him from achieving his maximal goals.
    , @Alden
    Very true. There’s some incredibly strong stains of weed. On the other hand, there are already are fruit flavored weed gummies. I doubt they have any weed in them at all. Legalization has destroyed weed. High cost, 30,40% sales tax, incredible over regulation of the stores and growers. It’s all over.

    In California the growers have to get permits from 3 different water authorities. Federal state and county. Plus fertilizer, potassium and run off permits. Plus FDA regulations and Farm Bureau regs and permits.

    In most cities the store owners have to lease a store and wait for months for the permit to sell weed. Meanwhile they’re supposed to pay rent and utilities on the store and support themselves while waiting months for the permit.

    California growers and sellers were totally against legalization. Their worst expectations came true. They’re going out of business. Oh well, it was good while it lasted. That’s capitalism.
    , @Kratoklastes
    Stronger strains are the result of the punishment criteria in prohibition countries: if a person is punished according to the weight of the prohibited product, then there is an incentive to carry the most potent product per unit weight.

    As with pretty much all the adverse side-effects of the fuckwitted AngloYank puritanism of Prohibition, the causa causans of increased potency has nothing to do with the market itself, and everything to do with rational responses to the market-distorting actions of prissy cunts who think they have a legitimate right to dictate what a person may or may not ingest.

    It might seem odd that those same prissy cunts have little to no problem with the Standard American Diet being metabolically destructive - but their primary objective is control, not consistency (and certainly not the public good or public health). Feedlot humans - obese, dull-witted and easily distracted by visuals and cartoon-level narratives - are much easier to control than free-range humans, even if the latter are lit as fuck.
  39. @Jack D
    These are the same people who used to say "never trust anyone over 30". That was when they were under 30. (Who could have imagined Jagger on stage as a 75 year old? In 1965 Sinatra was all of 50 and he seemed hopelessly ancient and uncool to the young.) Now that they are pushing 80 the new motto is "never trust anyone who is not pushing 80".

    Who could have imagined Jagger on stage as a 75 year old?

    Not Jagger himself. He said back in the 60s that he couldn’t see himself doing “Satisfaction” at 40.

    I got to hear him sing it live at 46, by chance and for free, and it wasn’t worth the price.

    He also explained to reporters that the Stones weren’t a rock-and-roll band, but an R&B one. He went back on that one, too.

    Consider, too, that son Deveraux is younger than his own grandniece.

  40. So Bernie literally wants to be “The Man in the High Castle.”

  41. @Hypnotoad666
    In fairness to Biden, that open-mouthed blank stare is pretty much his normal expression.

    Everyday is literally a new day for Joe. I envy his blankness.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    I think many older voters are experiencing multiple Rip Van Winkle moments throughout the debates. Like what the happened since the 1992 Presidential election?!

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RU11trflMm8/maxresdefault.jpg
  42. anon[508] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Mansfield
    Biden has turned some corner in age from looking like crazy Uncle Joe to looking more like Great-Grandpa Joe, pal of Abe Simpson. Quite a nation where several leading candidates for president are nearly 80 and the football half-time dancing sexpot is 50.

    Biden has turned some corner in age from looking like crazy Uncle Joe to looking more like Great-Grandpa Joe,

    Yeah, that blank look might be his normal resting face now. Not good.
    On the bright side, it isn’t getting in the way of his run for the Senate!

    https://www.reuters.com/video/watch/idOVC249M8V

  43. @Hail

    Bernie: "We're going to help African Americans start businesses to sell marijuana!"

    Biden: [Open mouth stare]
     
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERsWdrcXkAAeFHP.jpg

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERsWYvLXYAEfseU.jpg

    Bernie: We're going to...effectively legalize marijuana in every state in the country. What we're also going to is move to expunge the records of those people arrested for possession of marijuana. [Applause]. And I tell you what else we're going to do! We're going to provide help to the African American, Latino, and Native American communities to start business to sell legal marijuana, rather than let a few corporations control the legalized marijuana market.
     

    Bernie is just being realistic. Blacks are experts in weed and BBQ. Although, having run a couple of grow houses around the time Dick Cheney’s friends hit the Twin Towers I can say with some knowledge that Blacks should stick to the retail end of the weed business because the production end requires attention to detail.

  44. @Anonymous
    And instead of fencing stolen goods, we're going to teach black people how to open and run pawn shops! Instead of driveby's, we're going to teach black folks how to open and run rifle ranges! Instead of putting the pimp hand down on they bitches who be holding out on dem, we will teach black men how to run legalized whore houses with iPads and PayPal! Then the bitches won’t have to handle the cash!

    My administration will redirect primitive black tribalism to harmonize with modern socialism!

    So there, I say!

    SO THERE!!

    And not a single Dem on the stage with him called him out on that.

  45. Would black and Mexican weed preferences make much difference. Just like with minority contracting, a huge chunk of the women and no whites involved are just front(wo)men for white men who actually run the businesses and make the decisions.

    Finally, if we’d is legal, then the black comparative advantage, being willing to risk prison to deal in quantity, goes ou the window. What advantage would blacks have that could either carry over or be sustained? The way black distributors treat “employees” and customers will not endear them to the legal market. Has anyone here ever bought drugs from blacks? I haven’t in years, but it’s terrifying. That, combined with the poor financial discipline caused by high prices and no taxes, mean blacks won’t have much first mover advantage in the legal pot business. Another current black advantage, willingness to use violence to enforce territory, will go over very poorly in a legal marketplace. I mean, burn down a legal competitors store, and he’ll just use the insurance to reopen. I suppose murder would be more dissuading, but if legal weed is associated with violence, the states will just make monopoly distributors, like with alcohol in Virginia.

    I suppose they could sell complementary goods, like cocaine and opioids, but that puts them right back in an illegal business. Not to mention, federal and state LE and tax compliance agencies are going to look really closely at legal weed.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think pot should be legal. I’d even be willing to try small scale experiments legalizing the milder opioids and stimulants, like codeine and adderall, both mixed with something like Tylenol to dissuade abuse, to see if that was a viable harm reduction strategy. I just don’t think legalization will help NAMs or NAM neighborhoods much.

    • Agree: Pop Warner, Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @Jack D

    I’d even be willing to try small scale experiments legalizing the milder opioids and stimulants, like codeine and adderall, both mixed with something like Tylenol to dissuade abuse, to see if that was a viable harm reduction strategy.
     
    This is a tremendously stupid idea, like when the US gov. used to add poisons to alcohol during Prohibition in order to "denature" it. Instead of people being mildly addicted, they die of liver damage. That's MUCH better. They may be dead but at least their souls were saved.

    The line between a therapeutic dose of Tylenol and the dose that will destroy your liver is awfully close. I never take acetaminophen (which is not anti-inflammatory and doesn't do shit for my pain anyway) under any circumstances. I only have 1 liver and I am not sacrificing it so that J&J can make more billions. On the rare occasions when I have to take opiates for pain, I insist that the doctor writes the prescription for straight codeine or at least for something that is mixed with ibuprofen instead of Tylenol poison. They may balk but they can't force you to take poison in order to please the government.
  46. Anon[710] • Disclaimer says:

    I polled my crazy left wing relatives on who they want to vote for, and to my surprise, my father didn’t like Sanders or Warren. He said they were too radical. My father supported Sanders in 2016. This time he called Sanders an angry college professor, which is interesting because my father was a college professor, so that’s not a compliment. There was no interest in Warren or Sanders among my elderly, upper-middle class leftist crowd. One mentioned Biden, and the rest Klobuchar. Apparently, the left has gone too far off the cliff for the normies. None mentioned Buttigieg, so he’s too weird for them.

    If Sanders gets the nomination, it’s going to a blowout like Nixon vs. McGovern again. Except that McGovern was a lot saner than that silly old goat Sanders, who never met a cause he didn’t pander to, no matter how criminal or vile. Sander even looks like a nut on TV, with those fanatical, staring eyes.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri

    "the left has gone too far off the cliff for the normies."
     
    I dunno man, how many Leftist normies are there anymore? Most remaining normies are already Trump voters. The ones who remain on the Left, among their imported mud hordes and indoctrinated Antifa terrorists, are getting the Leftism they deserve.
    , @anon
    I dunno man, how many Leftist normies are there anymore? Most remaining normies are already Trump voters.

    In what age group? A lot of Bernie bros are 20-30 something and talk a good radical line.

    But...I get coffee sometimes at a local place and if I go there midmorning it's stuffed with Boomer libs and lefties. The whole checklist of causes, from AGW to white privilege to Drumpf's racism to gay rights but not so sure about trannies, etc. They talk a good line about Bernie but, most of them want Biden to win the nomination. Except for the old gal with a Karen haircut who is convinced Warren can win it, lol.

    Anyway, lots of leftylibs listen to NPR and watch PBS & Rachel Maddow, read the NY Times. Bubble people. They really don't know what anyone's policy positions are, which is why Biden is such a smooth fit for them. Like an old pair of loafers that just slides right on.

    I think I'll troll them next time about Biden running for the Senate. Should be interesting to see if I can break some of the calcium loose in their brains.
    , @Alden
    There’s a big difference between the old somewhat normal lefties and the completely crazy younger ones.
    , @Hibernian
    McGovern supported Henry Wallace in '48. George was a Proto-Bernie
  47. What’s interesting is that in this statement Bernie booted Asians out of the coalition of the aggrieved. I actually have no issue with blacks getting the marijuana trade as a half-ass form of reparations. It makes no sense however for “Latinos” to get a slice of this pie. Hopefully some tribalist blacks will soonstart pointing out that a large number of “Latinos” are actually white.

  48. @Hail

    Bernie: "We're going to help African Americans start businesses to sell marijuana!"

    Biden: [Open mouth stare]
     
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERsWdrcXkAAeFHP.jpg

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERsWYvLXYAEfseU.jpg

    Bernie: We're going to...effectively legalize marijuana in every state in the country. What we're also going to is move to expunge the records of those people arrested for possession of marijuana. [Applause]. And I tell you what else we're going to do! We're going to provide help to the African American, Latino, and Native American communities to start business to sell legal marijuana, rather than let a few corporations control the legalized marijuana market.
     

    That face is also the look of Biden watching Sanders steal another five points from Biden’s black support.

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
  49. @Anon
    I polled my crazy left wing relatives on who they want to vote for, and to my surprise, my father didn't like Sanders or Warren. He said they were too radical. My father supported Sanders in 2016. This time he called Sanders an angry college professor, which is interesting because my father was a college professor, so that's not a compliment. There was no interest in Warren or Sanders among my elderly, upper-middle class leftist crowd. One mentioned Biden, and the rest Klobuchar. Apparently, the left has gone too far off the cliff for the normies. None mentioned Buttigieg, so he's too weird for them.

    If Sanders gets the nomination, it's going to a blowout like Nixon vs. McGovern again. Except that McGovern was a lot saner than that silly old goat Sanders, who never met a cause he didn't pander to, no matter how criminal or vile. Sander even looks like a nut on TV, with those fanatical, staring eyes.

    “the left has gone too far off the cliff for the normies.”

    I dunno man, how many Leftist normies are there anymore? Most remaining normies are already Trump voters. The ones who remain on the Left, among their imported mud hordes and indoctrinated Antifa terrorists, are getting the Leftism they deserve.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    Yes, it's an interesting time for the lefties. Their claims of being 'mainstream' in any way are being strained to the absolute limits.

    One ongoing case study in this credibility strain is the Ilhan Omar saga. Scott Johnson at PowerLine and David Steinberg at PJ Media have been publishing the sordid truth about her many and varied felonies for three years now, but her party and their media wing have resolutely refused to acknowledge even the possibility that there is anything going on -- other than mean racist white men oppressing Omar, of course.

    Then the Daily Mail finally broke through last week with the story of Omar's fake marriage to her brother.

    And yet the leftie omerta seems to be holding. They simply cannot bring themselves to turn on an Intersectional Princess like Omar. In the meantime, they've got her out there spouting off all over the place in ways that are not likely to improve their vote totals come November.

  50. @Spect3r
    You dont know much about weed, do you?
    Because all the things you mention "h more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don’t require farming" already all happen and was done by your "mom & pop weed store" not some mega corporation.
    There is a reason why in Holand they imposed a limit on the THC a plant can have since they knew from the start that if people managed to they would eventually create an insanely strong weed.
    And even with thous regulations in place, you can already find weed with over 20% THC that is a long way from the 7% THC the hippies were smoking.

    No I don’t but I do know how big corporations work. And yes, mom and pop’s and even shady street dealers try to do the same thing that big corporations do, but big corporations are just so much better and more organized at it. Soft drinks existed before Coca-Cola and before Cargill figured out how to make sugar from cheap corn but Coca-Cola was much more efficient at getting their product sold in every possible venue and in giant size quantities. Fried chicken existed before KFC and hamburgers and french fries before McDonalds but they were relatively expensive and rare treats, not something that half the population ate on a daily basis. And so on. Kelloggs has just as much greed and no more inherent morality than Biden’s friend Corn Pop (and vice versa), but corporate America is really GOOD at what it does whereas you can trust Corn Pop to at least have some level of incompetence that will prevent him from achieving his maximal goals.

  51. @Neoconned
    So im guessing this means Coulter is a reader of this blog & perhaps a low key poster in the comnents section?

    I think she’s actually Tiny Duck

    • LOL: John Regan
  52. @Rob
    Would black and Mexican weed preferences make much difference. Just like with minority contracting, a huge chunk of the women and no whites involved are just front(wo)men for white men who actually run the businesses and make the decisions.

    Finally, if we’d is legal, then the black comparative advantage, being willing to risk prison to deal in quantity, goes ou the window. What advantage would blacks have that could either carry over or be sustained? The way black distributors treat “employees” and customers will not endear them to the legal market. Has anyone here ever bought drugs from blacks? I haven’t in years, but it’s terrifying. That, combined with the poor financial discipline caused by high prices and no taxes, mean blacks won’t have much first mover advantage in the legal pot business. Another current black advantage, willingness to use violence to enforce territory, will go over very poorly in a legal marketplace. I mean, burn down a legal competitors store, and he’ll just use the insurance to reopen. I suppose murder would be more dissuading, but if legal weed is associated with violence, the states will just make monopoly distributors, like with alcohol in Virginia.

    I suppose they could sell complementary goods, like cocaine and opioids, but that puts them right back in an illegal business. Not to mention, federal and state LE and tax compliance agencies are going to look really closely at legal weed.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think pot should be legal. I’d even be willing to try small scale experiments legalizing the milder opioids and stimulants, like codeine and adderall, both mixed with something like Tylenol to dissuade abuse, to see if that was a viable harm reduction strategy. I just don’t think legalization will help NAMs or NAM neighborhoods much.

    I’d even be willing to try small scale experiments legalizing the milder opioids and stimulants, like codeine and adderall, both mixed with something like Tylenol to dissuade abuse, to see if that was a viable harm reduction strategy.

    This is a tremendously stupid idea, like when the US gov. used to add poisons to alcohol during Prohibition in order to “denature” it. Instead of people being mildly addicted, they die of liver damage. That’s MUCH better. They may be dead but at least their souls were saved.

    The line between a therapeutic dose of Tylenol and the dose that will destroy your liver is awfully close. I never take acetaminophen (which is not anti-inflammatory and doesn’t do shit for my pain anyway) under any circumstances. I only have 1 liver and I am not sacrificing it so that J&J can make more billions. On the rare occasions when I have to take opiates for pain, I insist that the doctor writes the prescription for straight codeine or at least for something that is mixed with ibuprofen instead of Tylenol poison. They may balk but they can’t force you to take poison in order to please the government.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    I was watching Millennial Farmer, whose videos I find fascinating, tour an ethanol plant. At 19:35 in the below video, they are loading the drinkable product into a truck and then "denaturing" it by adding 2% gasoline!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSB-8dn3CkI
    , @Rob
    Even the acetaminophen isn’t perfect. If one really wants to abuse oxycodone, one has to do a cold water extraction, filter it, and drink the water. So mixing them is somewhat effective, and snorting the water would be mighty unpleasant.

    Maybe Tylenol isn’t the way to go to deter over-abuse. How about adding capsaicin so they can’t be snorted, and see if people can be responsible. I’d also legalize shredded coca leaves for tea or chaw.
  53. anon[126] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    I polled my crazy left wing relatives on who they want to vote for, and to my surprise, my father didn't like Sanders or Warren. He said they were too radical. My father supported Sanders in 2016. This time he called Sanders an angry college professor, which is interesting because my father was a college professor, so that's not a compliment. There was no interest in Warren or Sanders among my elderly, upper-middle class leftist crowd. One mentioned Biden, and the rest Klobuchar. Apparently, the left has gone too far off the cliff for the normies. None mentioned Buttigieg, so he's too weird for them.

    If Sanders gets the nomination, it's going to a blowout like Nixon vs. McGovern again. Except that McGovern was a lot saner than that silly old goat Sanders, who never met a cause he didn't pander to, no matter how criminal or vile. Sander even looks like a nut on TV, with those fanatical, staring eyes.

    I dunno man, how many Leftist normies are there anymore? Most remaining normies are already Trump voters.

    In what age group? A lot of Bernie bros are 20-30 something and talk a good radical line.

    But…I get coffee sometimes at a local place and if I go there midmorning it’s stuffed with Boomer libs and lefties. The whole checklist of causes, from AGW to white privilege to Drumpf’s racism to gay rights but not so sure about trannies, etc. They talk a good line about Bernie but, most of them want Biden to win the nomination. Except for the old gal with a Karen haircut who is convinced Warren can win it, lol.

    Anyway, lots of leftylibs listen to NPR and watch PBS & Rachel Maddow, read the NY Times. Bubble people. They really don’t know what anyone’s policy positions are, which is why Biden is such a smooth fit for them. Like an old pair of loafers that just slides right on.

    I think I’ll troll them next time about Biden running for the Senate. Should be interesting to see if I can break some of the calcium loose in their brains.

    • LOL: Muggles
  54. in part this is what the people running the professional sports leagues are already doing. they use the leagues to artificially prop up africans. it’s not enough that they’re already better at sports than everybody else. now they get affirmative action in sports too.

    so many scrub players and garbage staff in some of these leagues who are there strictly because they are african. because the cost for keeping lots of them around is so low. sports aren’t life and death, and the teams make a profit regardless of how good they are due to revenue sharing. and when the employees suck enough, they get cut or fired, then you bring in the next wave of africans. there’s a bottomless supply to bring in, pay, then shuffle out every 5 to 10 years.

    but, you can’t fake it with ownership. so that’s why so very few of the sports owners are african. when they bungle, competent people come in and take ownership back of the team. so the Bernie/Sailer plan won’t work with OWNING marijuana business.

    but you can fake it with the employees. managers, scouts, coaches, the works. so marijuana businesses could be owned by ‘the man’, but the staff could be mostly africans. just like federal government jobs. however, they can never be owned by the africans. only briefly, anyway, before losing in the market and being bought out by people who know what they’re doing. to force african ownership you’d need a WNBA model where an outside source just burns millions every year keeping the african marijuana shops in business.

  55. @George
    I thought the 'Weedparations' idea was giving people who trace their ancestry to US antebellum slaves would be given a government monopoly over the sales of Cannabis, and the business had to be 100% such people because Korean Americans are too efficient.

    I thought it was called “Reefarations”

  56. @Thea
    So, most non-corporate, street level drug dealers aren’t ruthless and money driven?

    Ruthless maybe, lazy as hell describes most of them

  57. @Jack D
    If you confine it to Native Americans, it kind of makes sense in a crazy way, in the way that letting Indians run casinos makes sense. Giving some disadvantaged group a special franchise instead of a handout is an old idea. It used to be common that the newsstand in court houses was run by a blind guy.

    Also, keeping corporate America away from selling dope makes sense because in their ruthlessly $ driven way they are going to come up with more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don't require farming, schemes to overcharge for dope and have the cost paid by insurers or taxpayers, etc., etc. The last thing we need is to apply corporate techniques to dope selling. See opiates.

    “Also, keeping corporate America away from selling dope makes sense because in their ruthlessly $ driven way they are going to come up with more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don’t require farming, schemes to overcharge for dope and have the cost paid by insurers or taxpayers”

    this isn’t already happening? legal marijuana isn’t gonna turn out that great, in part due to lab developed THC content. long term use of high THC marijuana literally makes you dumber, and may cause schizophrenia. also, affects your lungs to a lesser extent, a more minor issue. also increases DUI car crashes, maybe 10%, another more minor issue that society may be willing to live with.

    note how drug enforcement budgets and efforts didn’t go down, as every Joe Rogan drooling “Legalize all drugs!” libertarian said they would. because now the government has to stop people from getting in on THEIR drug turf. hey, our drugs, not yours. Police! he’s not selling OUR drugs, arrest him!

  58. @John Mansfield
    Biden has turned some corner in age from looking like crazy Uncle Joe to looking more like Great-Grandpa Joe, pal of Abe Simpson. Quite a nation where several leading candidates for president are nearly 80 and the football half-time dancing sexpot is 50.

    Boomers rule. For a few more years.

  59. It doesn’t matter if you give legal pot distribution to blacks, the Koreans will STILL take it over.

    Blacks used to get rich with businesses of black hair products. It’s all owned by the Koreans now.

  60. (Now that Bernie’s exhibited the chutzpah of snubbing AIPAC…)

    What will the Israel-Firsters who until now opposed Trump do, should Bernie get the nomination? Will Never Trump! become Never Say ‘Never’! ?

    (Wasn’t that the title of a James Bond film?)

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    "(Now that Bernie’s exhibited the chutzpah of snubbing AIPAC…)"

    Hmm...

    Bend the Arc is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society. Now we’re rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation.

    You’ve got chutzpah? We’ve got work to do.

    https://www.bendthearc.us/
     
  61. @Hail

    Bernie: "We're going to help African Americans start businesses to sell marijuana!"

    Biden: [Open mouth stare]
     
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERsWdrcXkAAeFHP.jpg

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERsWYvLXYAEfseU.jpg

    Bernie: We're going to...effectively legalize marijuana in every state in the country. What we're also going to is move to expunge the records of those people arrested for possession of marijuana. [Applause]. And I tell you what else we're going to do! We're going to provide help to the African American, Latino, and Native American communities to start business to sell legal marijuana, rather than let a few corporations control the legalized marijuana market.
     

    If anything large corporations will hire blacks as a virtue signal while small white-run pot shops will be run out of the market due to their fewer resources to jump through regulatory hoops. But Bernie has decided in the past 4 years that racism is more important than the American worker, as most “pro-labor” leftists have done

  62. @Spect3r
    You dont know much about weed, do you?
    Because all the things you mention "h more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don’t require farming" already all happen and was done by your "mom & pop weed store" not some mega corporation.
    There is a reason why in Holand they imposed a limit on the THC a plant can have since they knew from the start that if people managed to they would eventually create an insanely strong weed.
    And even with thous regulations in place, you can already find weed with over 20% THC that is a long way from the 7% THC the hippies were smoking.

    Very true. There’s some incredibly strong stains of weed. On the other hand, there are already are fruit flavored weed gummies. I doubt they have any weed in them at all. Legalization has destroyed weed. High cost, 30,40% sales tax, incredible over regulation of the stores and growers. It’s all over.

    In California the growers have to get permits from 3 different water authorities. Federal state and county. Plus fertilizer, potassium and run off permits. Plus FDA regulations and Farm Bureau regs and permits.

    In most cities the store owners have to lease a store and wait for months for the permit to sell weed. Meanwhile they’re supposed to pay rent and utilities on the store and support themselves while waiting months for the permit.

    California growers and sellers were totally against legalization. Their worst expectations came true. They’re going out of business. Oh well, it was good while it lasted. That’s capitalism.

    • Replies: @Rob
    Ok, but that’s California. They’ll strangle any industry with regulation. Plus, if the growers are having trouble meeting runoff quality, etc, that probably means they weren’t being responsible farmers when it wasn’t legal.
  63. @Anon
    I polled my crazy left wing relatives on who they want to vote for, and to my surprise, my father didn't like Sanders or Warren. He said they were too radical. My father supported Sanders in 2016. This time he called Sanders an angry college professor, which is interesting because my father was a college professor, so that's not a compliment. There was no interest in Warren or Sanders among my elderly, upper-middle class leftist crowd. One mentioned Biden, and the rest Klobuchar. Apparently, the left has gone too far off the cliff for the normies. None mentioned Buttigieg, so he's too weird for them.

    If Sanders gets the nomination, it's going to a blowout like Nixon vs. McGovern again. Except that McGovern was a lot saner than that silly old goat Sanders, who never met a cause he didn't pander to, no matter how criminal or vile. Sander even looks like a nut on TV, with those fanatical, staring eyes.

    There’s a big difference between the old somewhat normal lefties and the completely crazy younger ones.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  64. @El Dato
    "In a morning rage incident, Elizabeth Warren deletes her Native American origins"

    >>“In a morning rage incident, Elizabeth Warren deletes her Native American origins”<<

    Yes, she is a rager. But she repeated in the SC debate her discredited lie that she wasn't re-hired as a school marm (her true calling, judging from her bitter, angry demeanor) due to her impending pregnancy.

    Documented records from the school involved have totally disproved that lie. She was offered a renewed contract but wrote back that because she was pregnant, she would decline.

    Still, she claims otherwise. Next up, if she fails politically, will be to sign up for one of those lucrative Indian casino licenses… "Warren's Wampum House – you play we pay!"

  65. @Thea
    Bernie is the hip grandpa.

    >>Bernie is the hip grandpa.<<

    Not if he thinks minorities need government help to get into the drug business. Where has he been living? Oh, Vermont…

  66. @Dissident
    (Now that Bernie's exhibited the chutzpah of snubbing AIPAC...)

    What will the Israel-Firsters who until now opposed Trump do, should Bernie get the nomination? Will Never Trump! become Never Say 'Never'! ?

    (Wasn't that the title of a James Bond film?)

    “(Now that Bernie’s exhibited the chutzpah of snubbing AIPAC…)”

    Hmm…

    Bend the Arc is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society. Now we’re rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation.

    You’ve got chutzpah? We’ve got work to do.

    https://www.bendthearc.us/

  67. @Malcolm X-Lax
    I wonder if Bernie will be called on to denounce the endorsement of the Communist Party USA.
    https://twitter.com/communistsusa/status/1232435876690456576

    >>I wonder if Bernie will be called on to denounce the endorsement of the Communist Party USA.<<

    Probably not. But if he wins nomination, the CPUSA will have a strong case against the Democrats for intellectual property theft.

  68. @Dieter Kief
    Congrats! - As so often, Ann Coulter is alive 'n' kickin'. (A political animal if ever there was one).

    Yep, Dieter, Libertarian-Conservative Ann Coulter is literary pundit Numero Uno @ Peak Stupidity. She is irreplaceable. For those commenters who wrote in that she must read iSteve, if she doesn’t she sure would wholeheartedly agree with him. Read this paragraph from her latest column (mostly on Weinstein/Hollywood miscellany):

    5) Also relevant to the white male pestilence infecting America: If we’d cut off immigration around 1880, certainly by 1850, there would be hardly any #MeToo cases at all. (I can’t think of a single #MeToo perpetrator of founding American stock—i.e., the group that gets blamed for everything.) We need way better assimilation programs.

    I think even our host here would say this is pretty hard-core.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief

    I think even our host here would say this is pretty hard-core.
     
    haha - Achmed, now see what martial arts-and haiku-tinted words about Ann Coulter my close to overheating poor brain cells fabricated after they had deciphered the above quote of the end of your already enthusiastic post:

    Her deadly tongue is unforgiving / A true master's holy sword!
  69. @SunBakedSuburb
    Everyday is literally a new day for Joe. I envy his blankness.

    I think many older voters are experiencing multiple Rip Van Winkle moments throughout the debates. Like what the happened since the 1992 Presidential election?!

    • Replies: @anon
    Lol, perfect!
  70. @Jack D

    I’d even be willing to try small scale experiments legalizing the milder opioids and stimulants, like codeine and adderall, both mixed with something like Tylenol to dissuade abuse, to see if that was a viable harm reduction strategy.
     
    This is a tremendously stupid idea, like when the US gov. used to add poisons to alcohol during Prohibition in order to "denature" it. Instead of people being mildly addicted, they die of liver damage. That's MUCH better. They may be dead but at least their souls were saved.

    The line between a therapeutic dose of Tylenol and the dose that will destroy your liver is awfully close. I never take acetaminophen (which is not anti-inflammatory and doesn't do shit for my pain anyway) under any circumstances. I only have 1 liver and I am not sacrificing it so that J&J can make more billions. On the rare occasions when I have to take opiates for pain, I insist that the doctor writes the prescription for straight codeine or at least for something that is mixed with ibuprofen instead of Tylenol poison. They may balk but they can't force you to take poison in order to please the government.

    I was watching Millennial Farmer, whose videos I find fascinating, tour an ethanol plant. At 19:35 in the below video, they are loading the drinkable product into a truck and then “denaturing” it by adding 2% gasoline!

  71. @Kronos
    I think many older voters are experiencing multiple Rip Van Winkle moments throughout the debates. Like what the happened since the 1992 Presidential election?!

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RU11trflMm8/maxresdefault.jpg

    Lol, perfect!

  72. @Thea
    So, most non-corporate, street level drug dealers aren’t ruthless and money driven?

    So, most non-corporate, street level drug dealers aren’t ruthless and money driven?

    They may be both of those things, but they do not have R&D departments dedicated to making the product more addictive.

    The ‘R&D’ in the weed market happens at the grower level – and is why weed from the US ‘Emerald Triangle’ is predictably high-quality and has a predictable level of potency by strain. It’s the ‘pasta sauce’ approach: growers know that end-users have a range of preferences for potency, so they engineer ‘product’ in that range.

    The ‘street dealer’ level is a relatively low-information market (in states where weed is still illegal). Dumb dealers will sell schwag, claiming it’s a sought-after strain… longer term they get a ‘rep’ for this and eventually the only market they have is high school kids who have never spoken to anyone else (which may or may not be profitable, but it’s harder work).

    If Bernie had the slightest fucking idea about capitalism he would be advocating for blacks to be something other than the final intermediary between the producer and the consumer: that’s where margins are smallest – competition is fiercest as a direct result.

    Not for nothin’, but Emerald Triangle weed is a good part of the reason for the initial outbreak of violence among the weed business of the South-of-the-Border narco clans.

    High-quality US-sourced alternatives, meant that margins on their shitty Mexican schwag fell towards zero; demand plummeted (as it ought to for a low-quality, high-margin product) and the narcos found themselves competing for a shrinking aggregate revenue pool.

    Roughly the same is true for the ‘harder’ side of things: US-sourced meth is higher-quality than foreign, and cheaper because there are much lower risk premia associated with transport… mules are costly i they have to cross an international border.

    I guess for heroin they’re competing against Oxy now. Heroin’s still per-use cheaper than Oxy, but up until recently people have been able to acquire Oxy without stigma. People will pay a bit extra to escape social stigma – but when the budget becomes tighter they go ‘down the price ladder’ – to heroin, and then fentanyl.

    The Drug War is a travesty and a failure that causes mass death in people whose main crime is having a shit life. The market for illicit drugs is still a market though.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    I guess for heroin they’re competing against Oxy now.
     
    Excellent post.

    I always thought H and Oxy were two different groups of users. Please enlighten me.
  73. @Achmed E. Newman
    Yep, Dieter, Libertarian-Conservative Ann Coulter is literary pundit Numero Uno @ Peak Stupidity. She is irreplaceable. For those commenters who wrote in that she must read iSteve, if she doesn't she sure would wholeheartedly agree with him. Read this paragraph from her latest column (mostly on Weinstein/Hollywood miscellany):

    5) Also relevant to the white male pestilence infecting America: If we’d cut off immigration around 1880, certainly by 1850, there would be hardly any #MeToo cases at all. (I can't think of a single #MeToo perpetrator of founding American stock—i.e., the group that gets blamed for everything.) We need way better assimilation programs.
     
    I think even our host here would say this is pretty hard-core.

    I think even our host here would say this is pretty hard-core.

    haha – Achmed, now see what martial arts-and haiku-tinted words about Ann Coulter my close to overheating poor brain cells fabricated after they had deciphered the above quote of the end of your already enthusiastic post:

    Her deadly tongue is unforgiving / A true master’s holy sword!

  74. @Spect3r
    You dont know much about weed, do you?
    Because all the things you mention "h more powerful dope, more addictive dope, dope in fruit flavors to sell to children, techniques to produce synthetic dope that don’t require farming" already all happen and was done by your "mom & pop weed store" not some mega corporation.
    There is a reason why in Holand they imposed a limit on the THC a plant can have since they knew from the start that if people managed to they would eventually create an insanely strong weed.
    And even with thous regulations in place, you can already find weed with over 20% THC that is a long way from the 7% THC the hippies were smoking.

    Stronger strains are the result of the punishment criteria in prohibition countries: if a person is punished according to the weight of the prohibited product, then there is an incentive to carry the most potent product per unit weight.

    As with pretty much all the adverse side-effects of the fuckwitted AngloYank puritanism of Prohibition, the causa causans of increased potency has nothing to do with the market itself, and everything to do with rational responses to the market-distorting actions of prissy cunts who think they have a legitimate right to dictate what a person may or may not ingest.

    It might seem odd that those same prissy cunts have little to no problem with the Standard American Diet being metabolically destructive – but their primary objective is control, not consistency (and certainly not the public good or public health). Feedlot humans – obese, dull-witted and easily distracted by visuals and cartoon-level narratives – are much easier to control than free-range humans, even if the latter are lit as fuck.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    We switched from being a nation of beer drinkers to a nation of hard liquor drinkers during Prohibition because it was easier for the bootleggers to avoid detection by the cops transporting a smaller volume of more highly concentrated alcohol. The consumer wanting a lower alcohol beverage mived whiskey with soft drinks.
  75. @Malcolm X-Lax
    I wonder if Bernie will be called on to denounce the endorsement of the Communist Party USA.
    https://twitter.com/communistsusa/status/1232435876690456576

    Lying media gasbags will demand that he denounce them just like those same lying media gasbags demanded Trump denounce David Duke.

    • Replies: @anon
    Lying media gasbags will demand that he denounce them just like those same lying media gasbags demanded Trump denounce David Duke.

    I'll believe that when it happens. But I doubt it will. Because obvious reasons.
  76. @Jack D

    I’d even be willing to try small scale experiments legalizing the milder opioids and stimulants, like codeine and adderall, both mixed with something like Tylenol to dissuade abuse, to see if that was a viable harm reduction strategy.
     
    This is a tremendously stupid idea, like when the US gov. used to add poisons to alcohol during Prohibition in order to "denature" it. Instead of people being mildly addicted, they die of liver damage. That's MUCH better. They may be dead but at least their souls were saved.

    The line between a therapeutic dose of Tylenol and the dose that will destroy your liver is awfully close. I never take acetaminophen (which is not anti-inflammatory and doesn't do shit for my pain anyway) under any circumstances. I only have 1 liver and I am not sacrificing it so that J&J can make more billions. On the rare occasions when I have to take opiates for pain, I insist that the doctor writes the prescription for straight codeine or at least for something that is mixed with ibuprofen instead of Tylenol poison. They may balk but they can't force you to take poison in order to please the government.

    Even the acetaminophen isn’t perfect. If one really wants to abuse oxycodone, one has to do a cold water extraction, filter it, and drink the water. So mixing them is somewhat effective, and snorting the water would be mighty unpleasant.

    Maybe Tylenol isn’t the way to go to deter over-abuse. How about adding capsaicin so they can’t be snorted, and see if people can be responsible. I’d also legalize shredded coca leaves for tea or chaw.

  77. It’s brilliant. If our African-Americans can each open a weed shop and we kick the Koreans out of the weave business, gone is the terrible cycle of poverty and crime. The entire American economy can be based on people of color selling each other increasingly powerful strains of cannabis.

  78. @anonn
    Lying media gasbags will demand that he denounce them just like those same lying media gasbags demanded Trump denounce David Duke.

    Lying media gasbags will demand that he denounce them just like those same lying media gasbags demanded Trump denounce David Duke.

    I’ll believe that when it happens. But I doubt it will. Because obvious reasons.

  79. @Alden
    Very true. There’s some incredibly strong stains of weed. On the other hand, there are already are fruit flavored weed gummies. I doubt they have any weed in them at all. Legalization has destroyed weed. High cost, 30,40% sales tax, incredible over regulation of the stores and growers. It’s all over.

    In California the growers have to get permits from 3 different water authorities. Federal state and county. Plus fertilizer, potassium and run off permits. Plus FDA regulations and Farm Bureau regs and permits.

    In most cities the store owners have to lease a store and wait for months for the permit to sell weed. Meanwhile they’re supposed to pay rent and utilities on the store and support themselves while waiting months for the permit.

    California growers and sellers were totally against legalization. Their worst expectations came true. They’re going out of business. Oh well, it was good while it lasted. That’s capitalism.

    Ok, but that’s California. They’ll strangle any industry with regulation. Plus, if the growers are having trouble meeting runoff quality, etc, that probably means they weren’t being responsible farmers when it wasn’t legal.

  80. @Thea
    Bernie is the hip grandpa.

    He’s that sugar daddy grandpa that brought the best presents for Christmas. Joe Biden brought socks for the grandkids while Bernie purchased a new game console.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    Biden brought socks for the grandkids while Bernie purchased a new game console.

    More likely the collected works of Mao Zedong.
    , @SteveRogers42
    And he bought it with someone else's money!
  81. @George
    I thought the 'Weedparations' idea was giving people who trace their ancestry to US antebellum slaves would be given a government monopoly over the sales of Cannabis, and the business had to be 100% such people because Korean Americans are too efficient.

    Bernie’s plan sounds like you will end up with African American front people and a mostly non AA management. I liked the original weedparations plan as I understood it, the whole organization had to be descended from slaves.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    You and Steve are on the right track, George. How about we have slaves again, but give the slaves unlimited marijuana ... to pick?

    "Oh Lordy, pick a bale of Mary Jane ...
    Oh, Lordy, pick ... a ... where were we, man ...?.
    , @Jim Don Bob

    Bernie’s plan sounds like you will end up with African American front people and a mostly non AA management.
     
    Just like AA contracting with the federal government.
  82. @Anon
    I polled my crazy left wing relatives on who they want to vote for, and to my surprise, my father didn't like Sanders or Warren. He said they were too radical. My father supported Sanders in 2016. This time he called Sanders an angry college professor, which is interesting because my father was a college professor, so that's not a compliment. There was no interest in Warren or Sanders among my elderly, upper-middle class leftist crowd. One mentioned Biden, and the rest Klobuchar. Apparently, the left has gone too far off the cliff for the normies. None mentioned Buttigieg, so he's too weird for them.

    If Sanders gets the nomination, it's going to a blowout like Nixon vs. McGovern again. Except that McGovern was a lot saner than that silly old goat Sanders, who never met a cause he didn't pander to, no matter how criminal or vile. Sander even looks like a nut on TV, with those fanatical, staring eyes.

    McGovern supported Henry Wallace in ’48. George was a Proto-Bernie

  83. @Kratoklastes
    Stronger strains are the result of the punishment criteria in prohibition countries: if a person is punished according to the weight of the prohibited product, then there is an incentive to carry the most potent product per unit weight.

    As with pretty much all the adverse side-effects of the fuckwitted AngloYank puritanism of Prohibition, the causa causans of increased potency has nothing to do with the market itself, and everything to do with rational responses to the market-distorting actions of prissy cunts who think they have a legitimate right to dictate what a person may or may not ingest.

    It might seem odd that those same prissy cunts have little to no problem with the Standard American Diet being metabolically destructive - but their primary objective is control, not consistency (and certainly not the public good or public health). Feedlot humans - obese, dull-witted and easily distracted by visuals and cartoon-level narratives - are much easier to control than free-range humans, even if the latter are lit as fuck.

    We switched from being a nation of beer drinkers to a nation of hard liquor drinkers during Prohibition because it was easier for the bootleggers to avoid detection by the cops transporting a smaller volume of more highly concentrated alcohol. The consumer wanting a lower alcohol beverage mived whiskey with soft drinks.

  84. @George
    Bernie's plan sounds like you will end up with African American front people and a mostly non AA management. I liked the original weedparations plan as I understood it, the whole organization had to be descended from slaves.

    You and Steve are on the right track, George. How about we have slaves again, but give the slaves unlimited marijuana … to pick?

    “Oh Lordy, pick a bale of Mary Jane …
    Oh, Lordy, pick … a … where were we, man …?.

  85. @Kratoklastes

    So, most non-corporate, street level drug dealers aren’t ruthless and money driven?
     
    They may be both of those things, but they do not have R&D departments dedicated to making the product more addictive.

    The 'R&D' in the weed market happens at the grower level - and is why weed from the US 'Emerald Triangle' is predictably high-quality and has a predictable level of potency by strain. It's the 'pasta sauce' approach: growers know that end-users have a range of preferences for potency, so they engineer 'product' in that range.

    The 'street dealer' level is a relatively low-information market (in states where weed is still illegal). Dumb dealers will sell schwag, claiming it's a sought-after strain... longer term they get a 'rep' for this and eventually the only market they have is high school kids who have never spoken to anyone else (which may or may not be profitable, but it's harder work).

    If Bernie had the slightest fucking idea about capitalism he would be advocating for blacks to be something other than the final intermediary between the producer and the consumer: that's where margins are smallest - competition is fiercest as a direct result.

    Not for nothin', but Emerald Triangle weed is a good part of the reason for the initial outbreak of violence among the weed business of the South-of-the-Border narco clans.

    High-quality US-sourced alternatives, meant that margins on their shitty Mexican schwag fell towards zero; demand plummeted (as it ought to for a low-quality, high-margin product) and the narcos found themselves competing for a shrinking aggregate revenue pool.

    Roughly the same is true for the 'harder' side of things: US-sourced meth is higher-quality than foreign, and cheaper because there are much lower risk premia associated with transport... mules are costly i they have to cross an international border.

    I guess for heroin they're competing against Oxy now. Heroin's still per-use cheaper than Oxy, but up until recently people have been able to acquire Oxy without stigma. People will pay a bit extra to escape social stigma - but when the budget becomes tighter they go 'down the price ladder' - to heroin, and then fentanyl.

    The Drug War is a travesty and a failure that causes mass death in people whose main crime is having a shit life. The market for illicit drugs is still a market though.

    I guess for heroin they’re competing against Oxy now.

    Excellent post.

    I always thought H and Oxy were two different groups of users. Please enlighten me.

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes

    H and Oxy were two different groups of users
     
    That was true until the recent reduction in access to prescribed Oxy.

    Once crackdowns on 'prescription mills' started happening, people who were dependent on Oxy had to obtain a less-tracked source - usually stolen pharma-grade oxycodone (etc) sold by 'street entrepreneurs'.

    Once the 'street entrepreneurs' saw the increase in demand for oxycodone, prices rose sharply - with accompanying notification that if the customer wanted, they could get the same or better 'relief' from heroin at a lower cost.

    Despite a lower cost per dose, the margins in heroin are probably better for the vendor: risk premiums in heroin dealing are huge because it's still a taboo and the authorities still take it pretty seriously (much more so that ecstasy, moly or weed). Also, every new customer is a potential snitch, and every disgruntled customer or former girlfriend, likewise.

    On the demand side, one thing about people whose lives have turned, or are turning, to shit: their price-sensitivity and stigma-tolerance both increase over time. Better bang for the buck becomes a key feature. (Hence crack preferred to coke; heroin preferred to oxy).

    And once they've overcome any residual stigma from being a heroin user, they're done.

    This has significantly changed the 'pathway' by which people become heroin addicts.

    In the 6os-80s the archetypal heroin user (and addict) was a young, white, inner-city male with no objective other than to get high. For 80% of them their first opiate was heroin.

    More recently, the archetypal user is almost a decade older, much more rural, and with a more equal sex-mix. And for about 75% of them, their first opiate was a prescription opiate.

    The paper below gives a half-decent potted history, but there have been a few good documentaries on the issue. (The better documentaries also discuss and obvious tie-in to the meth 'epidemic' among the poor throughout the West, as they realise that all hope is lost)

    Cicero, T; Ellis M; Surratt H; and S Kurtz, "The changing face of heroin use in the United States: a retrospective analysis of the past 50 years", JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 Jul 1;71(7):821-6.

  86. @Kronos
    He’s that sugar daddy grandpa that brought the best presents for Christmas. Joe Biden brought socks for the grandkids while Bernie purchased a new game console.

    https://youtu.be/pFlcqWQVVuU

    Biden brought socks for the grandkids while Bernie purchased a new game console.

    More likely the collected works of Mao Zedong.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    1) Medicare for All
    2) College Debt Forgiveness

    *These two alone would make millennials vote for Bernie.
  87. A bunch of people were prescribed hydro/oxycodone, either in immediate release pills or extended release pills, the most famous of which was OxyContin. Prescription opioids were far more a usable and addictive than the Pritzkers led doctors to believe, so many people got hooked. The low end of the labor market was not in great demand, and there were many people who felt hopeless who now had a reason to live. Many of these new users turned their friends on to oxy.

    Oxycodone addicts did things like faking pain and going to pill mills to get their fix, or they bought them from dealers or friends. The feds and states cracked down on opioid prescribing, and shut pill mills. Doctors became much leerier of prescribing opioids, and so the street supply of oxy fell a lot. Lots of people, both recreational users and people with serious chronic pain, now cut off had to find a substitute.

    That substitute was heroin. Turns out fentanyl is much cheaper than heroin, but much more potent and shorter-lasting, so dealers started cutting it into heroin, leaving us where we are now. Lots of addicts, with opioid use normalized in many communities, and fentanyl overdoses killing thousands a year, with no end in sight.

    Oh, people prefer pharmaceutical opioids like oxy, and the prescription fentanyl patches because the drugs are clean and doses are standardized, so there is much lower risk of overdosing.

  88. Trump’s reply should be that he wants blacks to run biomedical research labs. Show him who the real racial stereotyper is.

  89. @Almost Missouri

    "the left has gone too far off the cliff for the normies."
     
    I dunno man, how many Leftist normies are there anymore? Most remaining normies are already Trump voters. The ones who remain on the Left, among their imported mud hordes and indoctrinated Antifa terrorists, are getting the Leftism they deserve.

    Yes, it’s an interesting time for the lefties. Their claims of being ‘mainstream’ in any way are being strained to the absolute limits.

    One ongoing case study in this credibility strain is the Ilhan Omar saga. Scott Johnson at PowerLine and David Steinberg at PJ Media have been publishing the sordid truth about her many and varied felonies for three years now, but her party and their media wing have resolutely refused to acknowledge even the possibility that there is anything going on — other than mean racist white men oppressing Omar, of course.

    Then the Daily Mail finally broke through last week with the story of Omar’s fake marriage to her brother.

    And yet the leftie omerta seems to be holding. They simply cannot bring themselves to turn on an Intersectional Princess like Omar. In the meantime, they’ve got her out there spouting off all over the place in ways that are not likely to improve their vote totals come November.

  90. @kaganovitch
    Biden brought socks for the grandkids while Bernie purchased a new game console.

    More likely the collected works of Mao Zedong.

    1) Medicare for All
    2) College Debt Forgiveness

    *These two alone would make millennials vote for Bernie.

  91. @Aardvark
    How can we know that Biden wasn't struggling to remember what that word "marijuana" meant?
    I mean, the guy announces he's running for the Senate, talks to a deceased former President of China and who knows what else he forgot or invented.

    Biden is having a tough time running against the “Other Bidens”. Those doppelgangers are following him around screaming random talking points in his ear. _That_ is why he looks so confused all the time. 😉

  92. @Jim Don Bob

    I guess for heroin they’re competing against Oxy now.
     
    Excellent post.

    I always thought H and Oxy were two different groups of users. Please enlighten me.

    H and Oxy were two different groups of users

    That was true until the recent reduction in access to prescribed Oxy.

    Once crackdowns on ‘prescription mills’ started happening, people who were dependent on Oxy had to obtain a less-tracked source – usually stolen pharma-grade oxycodone (etc) sold by ‘street entrepreneurs‘.

    Once the ‘street entrepreneurs’ saw the increase in demand for oxycodone, prices rose sharply – with accompanying notification that if the customer wanted, they could get the same or better ‘relief’ from heroin at a lower cost.

    Despite a lower cost per dose, the margins in heroin are probably better for the vendor: risk premiums in heroin dealing are huge because it’s still a taboo and the authorities still take it pretty seriously (much more so that ecstasy, moly or weed). Also, every new customer is a potential snitch, and every disgruntled customer or former girlfriend, likewise.

    On the demand side, one thing about people whose lives have turned, or are turning, to shit: their price-sensitivity and stigma-tolerance both increase over time. Better bang for the buck becomes a key feature. (Hence crack preferred to coke; heroin preferred to oxy).

    And once they’ve overcome any residual stigma from being a heroin user, they’re done.

    This has significantly changed the ‘pathway’ by which people become heroin addicts.

    In the 6os-80s the archetypal heroin user (and addict) was a young, white, inner-city male with no objective other than to get high. For 80% of them their first opiate was heroin.

    More recently, the archetypal user is almost a decade older, much more rural, and with a more equal sex-mix. And for about 75% of them, their first opiate was a prescription opiate.

    The paper below gives a half-decent potted history, but there have been a few good documentaries on the issue. (The better documentaries also discuss and obvious tie-in to the meth ‘epidemic’ among the poor throughout the West, as they realise that all hope is lost)

    Cicero, T; Ellis M; Surratt H; and S Kurtz, “The changing face of heroin use in the United States: a retrospective analysis of the past 50 years“, JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 Jul 1;71(7):821-6.

    • Thanks: Jim Don Bob
  93. @Redneck farmer
    Too bad Bernie doesn't realize the shops will be taken over by Indian immigrants.

    Bingo!

  94. @Kronos
    He’s that sugar daddy grandpa that brought the best presents for Christmas. Joe Biden brought socks for the grandkids while Bernie purchased a new game console.

    https://youtu.be/pFlcqWQVVuU

    And he bought it with someone else’s money!

    • Replies: @Kronos
    Remember, it’s only the gift that counts.
  95. @Desiderius
    Well, Joe’s not a reader at all. Neither was Trump before Twitter. My dad’s the same way - can’t sit still long enough.

    I don’t think you can call someone who only reads Twitter, a reader.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Quantum leaps ahead of not reading at all, indeed of just watching the news on TV. Depending on who one follows of course, but Trump has some good ones.
  96. @SteveRogers42
    And he bought it with someone else's money!

    Remember, it’s only the gift that counts.

  97. @Desiderius
    It’s not good for them now, in the same way that galleons full of New World gold weren’t good for the Hapsburgs.

    Damn right. I grew up in a middle class neighborhood and I live in one now. Difference is that back in the 60s people did their own yard work, and got to know one another. Today, with tons of Central Americans available cheap, there’s less neighborly interaction (and one less character-building chore for the boys).

  98. @Thea
    I’m not sure any such tacit agreement existed.

    Historically, the American upper class imported slaves from Africa or scabs from poorer parts of Europe to undercut the wages of workers. Political cartoons from the turn of the 20th century dealt with class issues. The Wizard of Oz is about exploitation of the working class.

    The expansion of the middle class was a consequence of the post World War II environment. It was a complete anomaly.

    Maybe you’re right, in broader perspective. I’ll therefore restrict my claim to the situation between 1923 and 1985 (or whenever we really lost control of immigration).

  99. @George
    Bernie's plan sounds like you will end up with African American front people and a mostly non AA management. I liked the original weedparations plan as I understood it, the whole organization had to be descended from slaves.

    Bernie’s plan sounds like you will end up with African American front people and a mostly non AA management.

    Just like AA contracting with the federal government.

  100. @International Jew
    I don't think you can call someone who only reads Twitter, a reader.

    Quantum leaps ahead of not reading at all, indeed of just watching the news on TV. Depending on who one follows of course, but Trump has some good ones.

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