Chile’s First Crop of Medical Pot Larger Than Anticipated

(420Times) The Daya Foundation, a non-profit organization in Chile, is observing an unexpectedly hefty crop from South America’s first medical marijuana cultivation plot that is allotted to treat approximately 200 cancer patients.

The cultivators for the Daya Foundation have approximated that the 400 plants which were successfully harvested for the Municipality of La Florida will yield in the region of 120 kilos (about 265 lbs.) of dried bud or flowers.

Once the flowers are properly dried, they will then be transported via police escort to a laboratory, where scientists will commence extracting the essential oils from the dried plant matter in order to make a highly concentrated cannabis oil. The finished product will then be distributed to the aforementioned 200 cancer patients for therapeutic consumption via oral ingestion.

Reasons to give patients the benefit of the doubt:

I’ve had an ongoing discussion with a burnt-out fellow MS3 about the value of cultivating a little hope and optimism. Third year has been demonstrated to be the beginning of a depressing and steep incline in doctor burn-out rates. (I can’t find the relevant article right now but you all have probably seen it.) Can we talk about this for a second?

  • 1. You can make a difference! Even though it feels like none of your patients with type 2 diabetes/COPD/alcoholism will ever eat right/stop smoking/get sober, some always do. And you know what has an evidence-based impact on patients’ ability to change their lifestyles? Physician intervention.
    • See these resources that use smoking as an example to demonstrate the impact of physician attitude and intervention on smoking cessation
    • In other words, believing your patient can change MAKES A POSITIVE IMPACT ON HIS/HER HEALTH.
    • In other words, believing your patient will never change, is a HINDRANCE to your patient’s ability to improve his or her life.
    • I don’t care if your attitude increases these patients’ rates of health benefit from 1 to 2%. Or 1 to 1.1%. Or 1 to 1.01%. That’s a difference. That is a real impact on patient health. You know what that sounds like to me? It sounds like it might be your duty as a physician to act on this evidence in order to do right by your patients.
  • 2. You will be less miserable! WHY DON’T WE TALK ABOUT THIS MORE? WHY ISN’T IT MORE OBVIOUS TO US?
    • Believing that all your patients are hopeless and doomed to poor health is a terrible way to go through life (on top of being poor management, as outlined above). This is like, the basic definition of burn-out. Duh.
    • With a little mental discipline every day, we have control over our attitudes towards our patients. I know that the culture makes it hard. I know that the terrible realities of our shitty healthcare system make it hard. I know that life in general is depressing and horrible things happen and social factors are really difficult to control. I know that. But you can still do it! I believe in you!
    • Remember: often, the first thought that comes into your head is the one your social and cultural conditioning put there. The second thought is what makes you who you are.
  • So, in conclusion:
    • Have some mental discipline.
    • Be resilient
    • Be hopeful
    • => Be a less miserable physician
    • => Do right by your patients

Chestnut-tailed Starling (Sturnia malabarica)

Also known as the Grey-headed Myna, the chestnut-tailed starling is a species of starling (Sturnidae) which is native to India and Southeast Asia, where it occurs in a wide variety of wooded habitats as well as areas of cultivation. Like other starlings, chestnut-tailed starlings are omnivorous, feeding on a range of fruit, nectar, and invertebrates in moderately sized tight flocks .


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Image: JayDalal5


Colours of the Night (Satellite) by Peter Broderick

Have you ever heard a song for the first time and the world slows down to just it? That’s what happened the first time I heard Peter Broderick’s With the Notes in My Ears. A friend had put it on a mix tape (mix CD?) she had given to her wife, and the wife was playing it while she and I were off to meet my friend. The wife didn’t know what it was, so I rewound, got out my Soundhound and figured out what it was. Once I got home, I found the tune and started making an epic playlist based off of it (over 13 hours carefully cultivated over two years).

On Tuesday, Broderick came out with a new album of new magical music. It came about as the result of a residency in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. Evidently, he had passed through while playing music and developed some local friendships. They then decided to ask him to come and stay for a while and use local performers as part of the whole process of making an album. Broderick took them up on the offer. And the newness of it all allowed Broderick to grow and expand.

The first single off the album is All Colours of the Night, a gorgeous and easy folk-rock song. The song was previewed back last October, but this week a new video was released of Broderick singing the song at a small house concert where he got the audience to be the choir. It’s a charming conceit and speaks to Broderick’s magnetism and easy manner. It’s the most accessible song. Something perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Just let it wash over you.

This review was written by regular contributor, mypurpleself, Matthew! 

anonymous asked:

do you think that zayn is not coming back anymore? i'm starting to think this is a pr stunt to sever zayn's ties with one direction

Hmm…well, if they wanted to sever his ties with One Direction, I think immediate work on solo projects and complicity in Naughty Boy bashing (”bashing”) on the boys and fans would probably sell it well enough. That, and the stepped-up, more mature image he’s begun to cultivate with the press about his vocal skill.

I do think it’s a PR stunt, but my first reaction this morning when I read the tweets was actually “Aha, Zayn’s leave is definitely a stunt!” because today’s events follow a pattern li-z-and-zayonce and I were predicting nearly a month ago (that small, annoying fart noise you hear is me tooting my own horn). Here’s a really good summary she did of the longer discussion.

We basically predicted that this would happen: Zaughty and Louis would have escalating Twitter drama (much easier to control than IRL stuff), which is liiiike step three in the prodigal theory, in which Zayn is corrupted by a “villainous force” only to redeem himself with a Defining Choice and come back to the boys, while everyone involved enjoys a credibility and profits boost. 

So, no. I definitely still think Zayn is coming back. Today has only made me more sure.

The Annotated Ten Stories


Sugar down [1] the syrup in the Queen Anne’s lace [2]

Shining in the light of nightshade [3]

Cultivating unsophistication in my face [4]

Trying to think of nothing to say

Grapes gone sour [5] and the spinach went to seed [6]

(it was spindly and sick from the outset)

Waiting for the hour with a wherewithal to leave

Patient as a dog for its master

Aubergine [7]

The Labrador [8] was locked to the promontory rock

She called down, said “time is an illusion” [9]

An inconsequential shift as the continents drift [10]

But my confidence was crushed and I miss you regardless



“You can be your body but please don’t mind

if I don’t fancy myself mine [11] - you at 32 still tied to your poor mother’s apron strings [12]!”

Sorrel in the gravel [13] and the saffron robe [14]

Sleeping like a shark in the cord grass [15]

until I saw how far I traveled down the solipsistic [16] road

I climbed out to ask for directions

There was not a pond in sight and here I’m gasping like a fish [17]

In the desert with a basket full of eggplants [18]

who asked about the passage of the Bible on my wrists [19]

But I couldn’t catch my breath enough to answer.

[note: despite widespread debate as to the nature of this song, Aaron Weiss confirms that it is a one-off song, something of an intermission from the circus narrative, and deals with a fish falling in love with an eggplant growing near the water’s edge.]

[1] “Sugaring down” is a term used by the colonial America Pilgrims for the process of making maple syrup.

[2] “Queen Anne’s Lace” is a wild variant of a common carrot, and it has many medicinal uses, even as a contraceptive.  It bares a close resemblance to Poison Hemlock, which is deadly.  This aspect possibly bears some meaning for the relationship in this song, but it is unclear.  These opening lines are perhaps just poetic terms denoting a sort of love poem from Fish to Aubergine, albeit one fraught with vegetable terms.

[3] The “nightshade” vegetables are a plant family that includes eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes. The term “nightshade” may have been coined because some of these plants prefer to grow in shady areas, and some flower at night.  Once again we have a plant that could either be edible or poisonous, depending on how careful one is.

[4] “Cultivating unsophistication” and “trying to think of nothing to say” seem to indicate that Fish is putting on a false air of humility.  This theme is common to mewithoutYou lyrics.

[5] When somebody expresses “sour grapes”, it means that they put down something simply because they can’t have it.  The term finds its origins in the fable The Fox and the Grapes by Aesop:

ONE hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. “Just the things to quench my thirst,” quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am sure they are sour.”


(Aesop’s fables. (1981). New York: Viking Press.)

[6] When spinach starts to “go to seed” it’s best to pick anything that’s salvageable right away and pull the plant, because what’s edible parts that are on the spinach will deteriorate rapidly.  Placed side by side, these two phrases (“sours grapes” and “spinach going to seed”) seem to have great bearing on the relationship in question.  Thus, Fish can’t have Aubergine, and is bitter about it; he should get out while there is something still left to salvage in the relationship.

[7] “Aubergine” is another name for an eggplant.  In this case it seems to be the proper name of the eggplant for whom Fish is lamenting.

[8] In this context “Labrador” probably refers to a large peninsula of northeast Canada, on the Atlantic, the Gulf of St Lawrence, Hudson Strait, and Hudson Bay.  Being “locked to the promontory rock” probably refers to the act of  “locking” a ship; moving it by means of a lock or locks, as in a canal.  In this case, up to the highest point of land.  As with the song’s opening lines, the exact purpose is unclear.  It could once again be poetic place setting for the romance going on, or it could have a deeper meaning.

[9] The notion of “time as an illusion” is marked in many sciences and philosophies, and by the likes of Albert Einstein.  The most popular philosophical work on the subject (and considering the weight of philosophical ideas in Ten Stories, likely the most relevant) is John Mactaggart’s 1908 book The Unreality of Time.  In the work for which he is best known today, McTaggart argued that our perception of time is an illusion, and that time itself is merely ideal. He introduced the notions of the “A series” and “B series” interpretations of time, representing two different ways that events in time can be arranged. The A series corresponds to our everyday notions of past, present, and future. The A series is “the series of positions running from the far past through the near past to the present, and then from the present to the near future and the far future”. This is contrasted with the B series, in which positions are ordered from earlier-than to later-than relations. Thus the A series represent the events in time in a moving relation (from future to present to past) to the temporally moving observer, whereas the B series orders the time events as in firm and fixed relations to other time events.  McTaggart argued that the A series was a necessary component of any full theory of time since change only occurs in the A series, but that it was also self-contradictory and that our perception of time was, therefore, ultimately an incoherent illusion.  

As it applies to the narrative of Fish and Aubergine, it seems that this notion is Aubergine’s response to Fish’s lament to their past relationship.  Fish longs for how things were, and he wants what he can’t have.  

This concept also brings to mind a quote from C.S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet, in which earth-man Ransom is confronted by an alien philosopher over his skewed perception of the importance of time:

And how could we endure to live and let time pass if we were always crying for one day or one year to come back–if we did not know that every day in a life fills the whole life with expectation and memory and that these are that day?” - C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

(Lewis, C. (1996). Out of the Silent Planet. New York: Scribner Classics.)

[10] The reference to the drifting of continents seems to be another way of illustrating the meaninglessness of the passage of time.

[11] Aubergine’s rebuttal to Fish here suggests that he is still more concerned for fleeting earthly pleasures than of any spiritual growth.  This is, in a sense, another image of ego death, in that Aubergine smothers her own body’s desires.

[12] Being “tied to her apron strings” is a phrase that means to be wholly dependent on or controlled by a woman, especially one’s mother or wife. For example, “At 25, he was still too tied to her apron strings to get an apartment of his own.” This expression, dating from the early 1800s, probably alluded to apron-string tenure, a 17th-century law that allowed a husband to control his wife’s and her family’s property during her lifetime.  

As it applies to this song: at the time of its writing, Aaron Weiss indeed was still living with his mother.  It seems that much of this relationship, and the criticisms of Fish’s behavior and mindset, come from a deeply personal place, the same personal place regarding a singular past relationship that runs through much of mewithoutYou’s catalogue.  Even the album artwork for this track contains a a fish that bears a remarkable resemblance to Weiss in its anthropomorphous face.  There will be another direct indication that Fish is, in some ways, a cypher for Weiss (note: this can probably be said of many of the characters in Ten Stories, but in Aubergine we see at least two direct references to Aaron Weiss that causes this to stand out enough to be mentioned; here the age of “32” is a perfect example - his age at the time of the recording of the album).

[13] The sorrel here is possibly referring to the hibiscus plant.  Hibiscus has always been considered a medicinal and symbolic plant and spiritual plant. The Sanskrit name for hibiscus, japa, literally means “mantra repetition” and it is said to strengthen the effects of prayers, devotions and the repetition of mantras. It is said to “strengthen devotion in Japa, help make mantras fruitful, and enhance attention in meditation.”  It is also used by Sufi Muslims during the fast of Ramadan.  To quote an article on herbs in Ramadan, “In the Middle East and Africa, hibiscus is readily served to guests, especially during Ramadan. However, for so many Ramadan traditions like the kunafa (a Ramadan sweet) and the musaharati (the man who wakes people for suhur), few look beyond the tradition for its benefit.

[14] The “saffron robe” most likely refers to the robes worn by Buddhist monks upon ordination, although there is also a specific reference to a saffron colored robe in Homer’s Iliad, concerning the goddess Eros.

Now when Dawn in robe of saffron was hastening from the streams of Oceanus, to bring light to mortals and immortals, Thetis reached the ships with the armor that the god had given her.

Iliad xix.1

(Bloom, H. (1996). Homer’s Iliad. New York: Chelsea House.)

[15] Spartina, commonly known as “cordgrass”, is grass frequently found in coastal salt marches.

[16] Solipsism, (from Latin solus, meaning “alone”, and ipse, meaning “self") is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist.  Note that solipsism, at least on the surface, flies in the face of much of the “positive” philosophy found throughout the album so far, and even extending to other mewithoutYou album.  Thus “Only I exist” is the antithesis of “I do not exist, only You exist.”

[17] The imagery of a Fish emerging from water only to find himself gasping for air bears a strong resemblance to a story by M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, though possibly in imagery alone.  The fish foolishly searches for water (explained as symbolic for God), and through ignorance will not believe that land and air will harm him, nor that he is already in what humans call “water”.

Is it not a great wonder that a fish would go around searching for water, even though it is living in that very water? If one who has pure wisdom should try to tell a fish who has such a strange kind of wisdom, “Look! This is water!” will it listen? Will such a fish accept the truth if you speak the truth? It will never accept it, for its wisdom is incapable of analyzing itself and judging it’s own state. It is not even aware that, being a fish, water is the only place it can survive, and that it would die on land, where there is no water. If you tell the truth to a fish in the state, it will not understand. Worse than this are those in this world who speak such wisdom and do not realize they are in danger. You must analyze this thoroughly and reflect on it with your wisdom.

Even if you brought the fish to the shore to show it the difference, it still would not except what you say. However if you picked it up and actually threw it on the sand - once it was struggling there gasping for breath - maybe at that stage, if you said to the fish, “Do you see now? This is land.  The place you have been living in all this time was water. You could never have survived out of the water, and if you stay in this place where there is no water, you will die”, then, maybe at that stage the fish might say, “Oho! Is that so? Is this land?” and try hard to agree with what you say. But, in fact, it will not accept even what it has seen with its own eyes. Only because it feared losing its life did it pretend to agree, saying, “Oho! Is that so? Is this the truth?” However, the minute you return that fish to the water, it will go right back to wandering around in search of water, saying, “What he told me was not true, it was a bunch of lies. He was trying to kill me.” Accusing you and reproaching you in this way, it will probably go round and round again, searching for water, and keep doing that for the rest of its life. You must understand this well and explain it to those of wisdom.

(Muhaiyaddeen, M. (2001). The Resonance of Allah: Resplendent Explanations Arising from the Nūr, Allāh’s Wisdom of Grace. Philadelphia, PA: Fellowship Press.)

[18] Note that Fish’s almost mystical view of his love, Aubergine, is now a rote image of a basket of eggplants.  Perhaps this denotes a shift in perspective on his relationship, much like his emergence from the ocean.

[19]  Aaron Weiss reportedly has a verse from Matthew tattooed on his wrists.  

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 5:3

To be “poor in spirit” is to recognize your utter spiritual bankruptcy before God. It is understanding that you have absolutely nothing of worth to offer God. Being poor in spirit is admitting that, because of your sin, you are completely destitute spiritually and can do nothing to deliver yourself from your dire situation. Jesus is saying that, no matter your status in life, you must recognize your spiritual poverty before you can come to God in faith to receive the salvation He offers.

I’m starting to accept the psychic energy that is unfolding, although some of it is a harsh reality. But if you push on through your ego you will see the truth is bliss. You really do have to get over yourself and the ideas that you were brought up with though. I’m hoping to keep cultivating simple and true joy!

“There are always beginnings and endings, springs and winters, whether those seasons call to mind the heavenly seasons of creation and restoration or only the human seasons of birth and death. The symbolism of evergreen trees predates Christianity, and the Christmas trees of Eliot’s poem have meaning beyond their religiosity. The cultivation in the poem’s title is not really of trees, but of persons. Joy is born naturally, but it requires tending if it is to last.” 

Casey N. Cep on T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Cultivation of Christmas Trees.”