Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Angel's Herb or the
Devil's Weed?

The bitter with the sweet. Nothing is pure, it seems, in this world. Nothing wholly good or bad. Now it turns out that certain elements in cannabis could be antidotes against cancer. If you're going to live your life cancer-free in this fashion be sure to have plenty of sweets around.


Anonymous Joe said...

Interestingly, there is evidence that fruits and vegetables that are grown for appearance (i.e, size and attractiveness) are likely to be less nutritious than ugly or small fruits/vegetables. Why? Scientists suspect that when plants are buffeted by wind, lashed by rainstorms or parched by drought, they respond with survival mechanisms by producing smaller fruits or edible parts. These in turn have more nutrients than flashy, showy fruits because the good stuff is more concentrated.

Now isn't that interesting! Pretty produce may not be such a good deal after all.

24/6/08 5:59 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Joe that is fascinating and makes complete sense to my pea brain. And the metaphor again. The adversity that creates compact healthy germ plasm.

I wish I were ugly!! At least I'm compact.

24/6/08 6:05 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The idea that American politics moves in cycles is usually associated with the historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., but it has an even longer currency. Ralph Waldo Emerson noted the political oscillations between the party of memory and the party of hope, the party of conservatism and the party of innovation. Henry Adams believed that “a period of about 12 years measured the beat of the pendulum” during the era of the founders. Schlesinger, borrowing from his historian father, estimated that the swings between eras of public action and those of private interest were nearer to 30 years.

What matters more than the length of the cycles is that these swings, between what Schlesinger called periods of reform and periods of consolidation, clearly occur

More optimism from that eternal Sagittarian, Gary Hart.
The Next chapter

25/6/08 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know what kind of cake that is...or better yet, the recipe.

25/6/08 7:09 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I don't anon! LOL! It does look appealing. Like a cheesecake, don't you think? Oreo crust, cheesy filling, and perfectly swirled chocolate. Almost too elegant to eat.:-)

25/6/08 1:58 PM  
Blogger yeshe_choden said...

RE: the 12-year beat of a political cycle:

That's about the span between a young person's coming-of-age (18-21 in Western Civ) and their Saturn Return -- better known as Getting Your S**t Together -- which propels the tested, vital adult into the civic/business/political arena.

It's also the span between Saturn Return and Middle Age, between Middle Age and Curmudgeonhood, and between Curmudgeonhood and Crone/Sage.

25/6/08 6:35 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Curmudgeonhood. LOL!

It's next to impossible to break it up arbitrarily but I think it's easy to see that some new beginning is upon us. A big one.

26/6/08 1:27 AM  

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